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    1. Rediker Software Helps Schools Run More Efficiently

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      Rediker Software Helps Schools Run More Efficiently

      As a chemistry teacher in the late ’70s, Rich Rediker was simply seeking a way to generate tardy notices more efficiently, using a computer which, by today’s standards, seems impossibly inadequate for … well, anything. But that humble machine became the foundation of what has evolved into an international leader in school administrative software, doing business in every state and 115 countries. Through four decades of innovation and growth, one goal has remained constant: to make life easier for teachers and administrators, so they, in turn, can spend more time with the kids.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    2. Berkshire Bank Announces $2.3 Million in Community Support

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      Berkshire Bank Announces $2.3 Million in Community Support

      Berkshire Bank announced that its two charitable foundations awarded a total of $1,810,229 in grants to nonprofit organizations in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, and Vermont during 2015. The grants supported education and community-development initiatives as well as health and human services and cultural programs. In addition, Berkshire Bank provided approximately $500,000 in community sponsorships, raising its total contributions in the community to more than $2.3 million.

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      Mentions:   Berkshire Bank

    3. Jet-travel-related Businesses Are Hitting New Heights

      Explore BusinessWest (Feb 9 2016)

      Jet-travel-related Businesses Are Hitting New Heights

      Kevin Bradley calls them “time machines.”  He was referring to the private jets Rectrix has available for hire that are used by businesspeople to transport them to and from meetings in distant states.  Clients can drive their cars directly up to these well-outfitted aircraft that are stationed in general-aviation airports and board immediately, which saves the time it would take to park, check in, go through security, and suffer the delays that can occur at a commercial airport. Once passengers are airborne, they have access to technology, privacy, and comfort that allow them to continue their business dealings alone or ...

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      Mentions:   Greenfield   Westfield

    4. United Way Chapters Ask Supporters to ‘Show the Love for Kids’

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      United Way Chapters Ask Supporters to ‘Show the Love for Kids’

      United Way of Pioneer Valley, United Way of Hampshire County, and United Way of Franklin County are collaborating for a new mobile-giving campaign called “Show the Love for Kids.”  Aimed at smartphone donors, United Way’s text-to-give effort allows people to easily contribute to programs that impact the lives of children in Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden counties.

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    5. Leadership Institute 2016 Begins This Week

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      Leadership Institute 2016 Begins This Week

      Western New England University and the Springfield Regional Chamber are partnering to offer “Leadership 2016: Skills for Personal, Organizational, and Community Development.” Seven consecutive sessions will be held from 1 to 4:30 p.m. every Thursday from Feb. 11 through March 24.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Western New England University   Springfield

    6. Demolition of I-91 Viaduct Deck Begins Feb. 10

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      Demolition of I-91 Viaduct Deck Begins Feb. 10

      MassDOT’s contractor, the joint venture of White-Schiavone, will begin demolishing the I-91 viaduct’s reinforced concrete bridge deck on Wednesday, Feb. 10. The work will take place in the inner northbound lane of the viaduct along the median, which is currently closed. The contractor will work a day shift (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and a night shift (4 p.m. to midnight) on Mondays through Fridays.  Demolition of the inner northbound lane deck is expected to continue through April 2017. Demolition of other portions of the viaduct deck will continue through summer 2017.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    7. FutureWorks Welcomes Six New Board of Directors Members

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      FutureWorks Welcomes Six New Board of Directors Members

      FutureWorks Career Center announced the addition of six new directors to the organization’s board: Brian Connors, deputy director, Economic Development, city of Springfield; Kermit Dunkelberg, assistant vice president, Workforce Development, Holyoke Community College; Marylou Fabbo, attorney, Skoler, Abbott & Presser; Mike Grandfield, senior vice president, commercial relationship manager, Berkshire Bank; George Kohout, director, ABE/ESOL Services, Springfield Technical Community College; and Vicki Shrewsbury, director, Talent Acquisition, Smith & Wesson.

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      Mentions:   Brian M. Connors   Holyoke Community College   MassMutual

    8. Bay Path Online Learning Platform Shortlisted for Prestigious Awards

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      Bay Path Online Learning Platform Shortlisted for Prestigious Awards

      Social Online Universal Learning (SOUL) at Bay Path University’s American Women’s College was shortlisted for the Wharton-QS Stars Reimagine Education 2015 Awards, a ceremony billed as the ‘Oscars of higher education.’

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      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts

    9. WNEU School of Pharmacy Looks Beyond First Graduating Class

      Explore BusinessWest (Jan 29 2016)

      WNEU School of Pharmacy Looks Beyond First Graduating Class

      Briana Santaniello can trace her interest in the pharmacy profession to an article in the local press about a local pharmacist working for Baystate Health, which her mother showed to her when she was 16 and contemplating what to study in college.  “She said, ‘you’re strong in math, you’re strong in science, you’re good with people … have you ever considered pharmacy?’ I hadn’t, and at the time, I was looking at college programs, and there weren’t any pharmacy colleges around here — and I really wanted to stay in Massachusetts.”

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Big Y Foods   Western New England University

    10. Elms College Programs Keep Pace with Community Needs

      Explore BusinessWest (Jan 28 2016)

      Elms College Programs Keep Pace with Community Needs

      When Sr. Mary Reap took the helm at Elms College in 2009, she arrived with a reputation for identifying needs and building the partnerships necessary to meet them. She has done all that and more at Elms, launching a number of new degree programs, expanding enrollment and employment at the Chicopee institution, and maintaining the service- and community-oriented character that its students have long valued.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Baystate Health   Chicopee

    11. New Co-working Space Seeks ‘Parent-preneur’ Scholarship Applications

      Explore BusinessWest (Jan 27 2016)

      The cluster of offices dedicated to Cultivate and Nest are located on the first floor in the Hadley Crossing business park, with 1,650 square feet dedicated to Cultivate and Nest members. There is space for four dedicated desks with other work areas that will be rented on a ‘use as you need’ basis. Members will pay in cost tiers that range from $100 to $600 per month, depending on amenities and level of office access. The grand opening will be held in the space in an all-day event on Feb. 13 that will also mark the 10th anniversary of ...

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    12. Developers Ramp Up Plans at Historic Court Square Building

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      Developers Ramp Up Plans at Historic Court Square Building

      Long touted as the potential site of a boutique hotel, the historic building at 13-31 Elm St., bordering Springfield’s Court Square, is now the focus of a different vision, due to MGM Springfield’s own hotel plans. Peter Picknelly’s OPAL Real Estate Group now sees the property as a mixed-use center for retail, office space, and market-rate housing, and is working with the city to make the $40 million project a reality — and yet another key element to Springfield’s downtown revival.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Paul C. Picknelly   MGM

    13. State Proposes $83.5 Million for Vocational Technical Education

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      State Proposes $83.5 Million for Vocational Technical Education

      Gov. Charlie Baker, Secretary of Education James Peyser, Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Ronald Walker II, and Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash announced a series of new initiatives to support career vocational technical education, including $83.5 million to be proposed between the governor’s FY 2017 budget recommendation and new capital grant funding to be filed in an economic-development bill this week.  “With too many good-paying jobs going unfilled, we are pleased to announce this critical investment in our career and technical schools,” Baker said. “Our proposal will make it possible for more students to ...

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    14. Hcc, Stcc Begin Training Programs for Casino Careers

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      Hcc, Stcc Begin Training Programs for Casino Careers

      STCC and Holyoke Community College (HCC) have formed a collaboration to provide knowledge about jobs, training, and qualifications that will be required by MGM Springfield when it begins hiring, and have joined forces with numerous local organizations that have a vested interest in filling the gap for the estimated 3,000 employees the casino will need. Efforts began with TWO program, which was established by the presidents of the two community colleges with the goal of supporting regional workforce needs. Since its inception, a seemingly endless amount of work has been done to create custom-designed programs and provide employee assessments ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Springfield Technical Community College   Regional Employment Board of Hampden County Inc.

    15. Downtown Investments Spark Growth in Chicopee

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      Downtown Investments Spark Growth in Chicopee

      Mayor Richard Kos says Chicopee is well-poised for growth, thanks to what he called a multi-faceted approach to economic development. “We’re trying to address the city as a whole to make sure we strengthen any areas where there are weaknesses,” he told BusinessWest a few days after being sworn into office for the second consecutive term and sixth term overall. “Although any urban environment has challenges, Chicopee has a great track record of addressing infrastructure needs in conjunction with development opportunities, and we continue to build on this in one of the strongest financial communities in the state.”

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Springfield   Chicopee

    16. U.S. News Ranks Isenberg’s Online MBA Program 12th Nationally

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      U.S. News Ranks Isenberg’s Online MBA Program 12th Nationally

      The Isenberg School of Management’s online MBA program at UMass Amherst ranks among the best online MBA programs in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Online MBA Programs.” The Isenberg MBA is ranked 12th out of 221 institutions ranked by the publication. “We continue to lead the pack in an increasingly competitive online educational landscape,” said Mark Fuller, dean of the Isenberg School. “This confirms what thousands of Isenberg students and alumni have known for over a decade: Isenberg’s online program goes beyond case studies and textbooks to drive students to real success ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    17. Springfield College Students Win Hoophall Classic Leadership Award

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      Springfield College Students Win Hoophall Classic Leadership Award

      Springfield College and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame presented the fourth annual Hoophall Classic Leadership Award to Springfield College sport management students Brooke Fairman and Gregory Weigert.  Springfield College President Mary-Beth Cooper and Hall President and CEO John Doleva made the formal presentation during the 2016 Spalding Hoophall Classic at Blake Arena. Both Fairman and Weigert were key contributors during the 2016 Spalding Hoophall Classic, the leading high-school basketball tournament in the country, showcasing the nation’s top recruits. As part of their responsibilities, Fairman and Weigert helped lead more than 75 student event-staff workers and more than ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield College   Springfield   Basketball Hall of Fame

    18. United Way of Pioneer Valley Women’s Leadership Council to Meet

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      United Way of Pioneer Valley Women’s Leadership Council to Meet

      The United Way of Pioneer Valley Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) will hold its Membership Meeting and New Year’s Celebration on Wednesday, Jan. 20 from 4:45 to 6:15 p.m. at the UMass Center in Springfield.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield

    19. Jobs Will Be Top Local Story for 2016

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      Jobs Will Be Top Local Story for 2016

      The Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to be working with the EDC of Western Massachusetts and the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County, along with our community colleges and others, to help ensure that we not only have a trained workforce ready to fill these positions, but that we have enough of those trained in the workforce to fill them and other positions that might be vacated by those moving from existing employers.

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      Mentions:   Regional Employment Board of Hampden County Inc.   Springfield   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    20. Glenn Welch Takes the Reins at Freedom Credit Union

      Explore BusinessWest (Jan 13 2016)

      Glenn Welch Takes the Reins at Freedom Credit Union

      Glenn Welch’s move from Berkshire Bank to Freedom Credit Union wasn’t very far geographically — just a half-mile north on Main Street in Springfield — and, to hear him tell it, perhaps even less of a move culture-wise.  “One of the things I heard before coming here — from at least four people who used to work at Hampden Bank was that Freedom reminded them very much of Hampden with its community orientation,” said Welch, a 17-year veteran of Springfield-based Hampden Bank and its president from 2013 until its acquisition by Berkshire Bank last year.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Western New England University   Berkshire Bank

    21. Springfield Regional Chamber Breakfast to Feature Speed Networking

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      Springfield Regional Chamber Breakfast to Feature Speed Networking

      SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Regional Chamber will hold its monthly Business@Breakfast with a speed-networking theme on Wednesday, Feb. 3 from 7:15 to 9 a.m. at the Colony Club, 1500 Main St., Springfield. Sponsored by United Personnel, the breakfast will provide attendees with a quick and entertaining opportunity to introduce themselves and pitch their company to the other attendees.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    22. WNEU College of Business Students Partner with White Lion

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      WNEU College of Business Students Partner with White Lion

      Western New England University College of Business students recently collaborated with White Lion Brewing Co. to create an in-depth market-research report to help the company expand its reach outside of the Pioneer Valley. White Lion Brewing, the first craft brewery in the city of Springfield, recently cracked the Valley Advocate Beerhunter’s “Must Try Craft Beers” list.  The university students began their research last spring, culminating in their final report in December 2015.  White Lion was part of Valley Venture Mentors’ inaugural accelerator cohort last year, and a finalist for competing in the Accelerator Awards in April, winning seed money ...

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield   Valley Venture Mentors

    23. Nancy Shendell-Falik Assumes President’s Role at Baystate

      Explore BusinessWest (Jan 12 2016)

      Nancy Shendell-Falik Assumes President’s Role at Baystate

      In October, Shendell-Falik was promoted to a position — president of Baystate Medical Center — that has traditionally been held by the president of the Baystate system, including the current holder of that title, Dr. Mark Keroack. However, with the recent expansion within the system, the need for this administrative change became apparent, she said.  “As we added two more hospitals, the system is now five hospitals,” she explained. “And with that came the belief that integration across all of the enterprise is really essential, and there needs to be a senior leader focused on that.”  Shendell-Falik brings to the position nearly ...

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Health New England   Mark R. Tolosky

    24. Top Entrepreneurs 2015

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      Top Entrepreneurs 2015

      The award and the philosophy behind it explains why Big Y is still here 80 years after Paul D’Amour, with assistance from his much younger brother, Gerry, and, later, sisters Ann Marie, Yvette, and Gertrude, opened the Y Cash Market in Chicopee. They also explain why the company now logs $1.7 billion in annual revenues; how it’s gone from one 30-foot-wide corner market to 63 supermarkets in Massachusetts and Connecticut; why it continues to expand into new business realms, such as convenience stores with its acquisition of several O’Connell Convenience Plus gas stations; and why it ...

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      Mentions:   Big Y Foods   Springfield   Northampton

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