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    1. West of the River Chamber Presents Annual Food Fest West Oct. 26 - BusinessWest

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      West of the River Chamber Presents Annual Food Fest West Oct. 26 - BusinessWest

      The West of the River Chamber of Commerce announced its Annual Food Fest West to be held Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Crestview Country Club in Agawam.  The event will feature the foods of area restaurants including Chez Josef, Crestview Country Club, Hofbrauhaus, LPVEC, Main Street Deli, Partner’s Restaurant, Pintu’s, Storrowton Tavern, Tekoa Country Club, and more. Proceeds raised by Food Fest West will go toward the Partnership for Education and the WRC Educational Fund, which provides grants to businesses for on-the-job training and continuing-education needs.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield

    2. Area Chambers to Host Table Top Expo Oct. 4

      Explore BusinessWest (Sep 28 2016)

      The Greater Chicopee, Greater Holyoke, Greater Westfield, and Springfield Regional Chambers of Commerce will hold the 19th annual Table Top Expo & Business Networking Event on Tuesday, Oct. 4 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Castle of Knights, 1599 Memorial Dr., Chicopee. This event is an opportunity to learn more about the businesses in this area and to meet the people who represent them. For the businesses that participate, it is an opportunity to market their business in a forum that will bring potential customers to them. The business community and the general public are invited to attend ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Medical Center   Springfield   Chicopee

    3. Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce Names Award Winners

      Explore BusinessWest (Sep 27 2016)

      Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce Names Award Winners

      Bryan Marcotte, dealer principal of Marcotte Ford, has been named 2016 Business Person of the Year by the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce, and Michael Regan of Goss & McLain Insurance was selected to receive the Henry A. Fifield Award for Voluntary Service to the Chamber.  Marcotte Ford has been a Holyoke business since 1961. Marcotte said he is honored and humbled to be selected. “This award reflects everyone in our company. We have a great group of hardworking, loyal employees, and this award belongs to the entire team.”  Added Kathleen Anderson, president of the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce, “Marcotte ...

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      Mentions:   Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce   Kathleen G. Anderson   Holyoke

    4. Annual ERC5 Golf Tournament Slated for Sept. 30

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      Annual ERC5 Golf Tournament Slated for Sept. 30

      The East of the River Five Town Chamber of Commerce’s (ERC5) 14th annual Golf Classic will be held on Friday, Sept. 30 at the Country Club of Wilbraham. Presented by ERC5 with support from Gaudreau Group, Proshred Security, Advanced Drainage System, Life Care Center of Wilbraham and supporting members, the tournament will kick off with registration at 11 a.m., followed by lunch sponsored by Polish National Credit Union at 11:30 a.m., then a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    5. LPV Refines Its Mission to Identify, Develop, and Connect Leaders

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      LPV Refines Its Mission to Identify, Develop, and Connect Leaders

      Lora Wondolowski says she and her staff at Leadership Pioneer Valley do a lot of measuring.  That’s a broad term she used to describe a number of steps aimed at quantifying the overall impact of this program, now in its fifth year, a key milestone in many respects.  For example, LPV, as it’s known, likes to chart the progress of its graduates, she said, adding that some of the statistics are eye-opening. For example, a good percentage of program participants had received promotions, raises, or both within a few years of graduating.

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      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   West Springfield   Springfield

    6. Open, Collaborative Office Spaces Are on the Rise

      Explore BusinessWest (Sep 20 2016)

      Open, Collaborative Office Spaces Are on the Rise

      As Joe Hickson welcomed BusinessWest to Aegis Energy Services in Holyoke, he didn’t want to be the only one talking. So he called eight other team members to a large, oval table to pick their brains on the topic of modern office design.  “It’s how we do things here,” said Hickson, the company’s director of marketing and sales — a collaborative gesture that reflected the very topics he wanted to talk about. Take, for example, the office’s layout, with workstations bunched closely together in an open, high-ceilinged room in Open Square, the converted mill complex along Holyoke ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    7. Area Leaders to Speak at GHCC Economic Development Breakfast

      Explore BusinessWest (Sep 19 2016)

      Area Leaders to Speak at GHCC Economic Development Breakfast

      The Economic Development Business Breakfast of the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 a.m. at Wyckoff Country Club, where local community economic development will be the focus. Participating economic-development leaders will include Marcos Marrero, director of Economic Development for the city of Holyoke; Mike Sullivan, South Hadley town administrator; and Mike Vedovelli, director of Economic Development for the city of Chicopee.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Medical Center   Chicopee   Holyoke

    8. OMG Inc. to Host Open House, Job Fair on Oct. 1

      Explore BusinessWest (Sep 16 2016)

      OMG Inc. to Host Open House, Job Fair on Oct. 1

      OMG Inc., a global supplier of specialty fasteners and products for commercial roofing and residential construction applications, will host an open house at its Agawam headquarters on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and will include a variety of family-oriented activities as well as a job fair and tours of its state-of-the-art factory. “OMG is a great business and an excellent employer,” said Hubert McGovern, president. “We like to involve the community in our activities whenever possible. We get very positive feedback from our employees when ...

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    9. Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce Celebrates Oktoberfest

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      Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce Celebrates Oktoberfest

      The Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual outing on Wednesday, Sept. 14 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Munich Haus on 13 Center St. in Chicopee.
       Dig out your lederhosen and join your friends and colleagues at the Bier Garten at the Munich Haus for a night of German beer, a buffet of authentic German food, and plenty of networking.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   Holyoke   Easthampton Savings Bank

    10. SRC Event to Focus on Economic-development Legislation

      Explore BusinessWest (Sep 12 2016)

      SRC Event to Focus on Economic-development Legislation

      State Rep. Joseph Wagner, chair of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, will keynote the Springfield Regional Chamber’s Pastries, Politics and Policy event on Tuesday, Sept. 27. He will discuss the nearly $1 billion in economic-development investments recently signed into law.  In his role as chair, Wagner was instrumental in authoring the final bill that was signed by Gov. Charlie Baker. Among the investments included in the legislation are $500 million over five years in public infrastructure grants to support economic development and job creation, $45 million to support the revitalization of Springfield and other gateway ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Joseph Wagner

    11. Region’s Competitive Commercial-loan Market Poses Plenty of Opportunity

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      Region’s Competitive Commercial-loan Market Poses Plenty of Opportunity

      Banks and credit unions know all too well that the health of a commercial-loan portfolio is often dependent on the economic climate. Several years of improvement on that front has bolstered the portfolios of many regional lenders, some dramatically. But the added opportunity has brought little relief from fierce competition in the sector, both for loan business and the talent to procure it.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Westfield

    12. Springfield Regional Chamber Debuts New Dental Benefit

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      Springfield Regional Chamber Debuts New Dental Benefit

      The Springfield Regional Chamber has teamed up Altus Dental to offer to its chamber members a new employee benefit to enhance their employee-compensation package. Administered through American Benefits Group, dental insurance provided by Altus Dental is now available for companies with as few as one employee. Altus Dental offers the state’s largest preferred-provider (PPO) dental network with more than 6,200 participating locations in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Southern New Hampshire, and national access through CONNECTION Dental, with more than 108,000 dentist locations nationwide.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    13. More Than 1,100 Volunteers to Make Impact on Annual Day of Caring

      Explore BusinessWest (Sep 8 2016)

      More Than 1,100 Volunteers to Make Impact on Annual Day of Caring

      On Friday Sept. 9, the United Way of Pioneer Valley will launch its annual fund-raising campaign with the Day of Caring, when more than 1,100 volunteers from more than 40 area businesses volunteer across the region to help local nonprofits. Starting with a kickoff breakfast in Court Square in downtown Springfield at 7:30 a.m., participants will travel to towns across the Valley, contributing in myriad ways to support programs and organizations that support the community.

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      Mentions:   Comcast   TD Bank   MassMutual

    14. Women’s Chamber Helps Members Achieve Critical Balance

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      Women’s Chamber Helps Members Achieve Critical Balance

      The Women’s Professional Chamber of Commerce is like most of the organizations with those three words in their title. But it is different in one important respect — the membership shares common challenges, issues, and emotions as they go about trying to balance work and life. This makes the WPC not only unique in character and mission, but also quite effective in providing needed support to members.

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      Mentions:   Springfield Technical Community College   West Springfield   Smith & Wesson Corp.

    15. STCC Project Is Historic on Many Levels

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      STCC Project Is Historic on Many Levels

      As Springfield Technical Community College commences a year-long 50th-anniversary celebration, a landmark historic restoration project is taking shape — with the accent on ‘landmark.’ So-called Building 19, a 700-foot-long warehouse that predates the Civil War, is being converted into a campus center, a project that will enable the past and present to co-exist in a powerful fashion.

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      Mentions:   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield Armory   Springfield

    16. Partnerships Attract Business to Quaboag Region

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      Partnerships Attract Business to Quaboag Region

      The chamber and QVCDC have coordinated their efforts and are working collectively to help new businesses as well as landlords with property to rent in the 400-square-mile rural region. “If a business in Ware does well, Palmer and Brimfield also benefit, and if we all work together, we can bring more businesses to the area, which will lead to more jobs,” Weake said, adding that, although some might question the desirability of setting up shop in this region roughly halfway between Springfield and Worcester, it is not as far away as people think. “Palmer is only 15 minutes from Springfield ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Palmer   Springfield

    17. PeoplesBank Named to List of ‘Top Ten Banks in Massachusetts’

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      PeoplesBank Named to List of ‘Top Ten Banks in Massachusetts’

      AdvisoryHQ has named PeoplesBank to its list of “The Top Ten Banks in Massachusetts” after an extensive review. According to the publication, “the names on this list of banks in Massachusetts are all very distinctive from one another, yet all have many advantages, benefits, and value-creating products and services that make them excellent choices for consumers seeking the very best in financial services.” The bank’s corporate values were highlighted by AdvisoryHQ in its announcement of the list, which noted, “the corporate philosophy of PeoplesBank is a commitment to customers, maintaining corporate responsibility, creating a great place to work, and ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke

    18. Economic-development Leaders to Address Holyoke Chamber Breakfast

      Explore BusinessWest (Aug 31 2016)

      Economic-development Leaders to Address Holyoke Chamber Breakfast

      The Economic Development Business Breakfast of the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 a.m. at Wyckoff Country Club. Attendees will learn about community-development updates and initiatives straight from local economic-development leaders, including Marcos Marrero, director of Holyoke Economic Development; Mike Sullivan, South Hadley town administrator; and Mike Vedovelli, Chicopee Director of Economic Development.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Medical Center   Chicopee   Holyoke

    19. Springfield Cultural District Seeking Unconventional Gallery Proposals

      Explore BusinessWest (Aug 29 2016)

      Springfield Cultural District Seeking Unconventional Gallery Proposals

      The Springfield Central Cultural District (SCCD) has issued a call to artists for a unique opportunity in downtown Springfield. The cultural district is searching for artists to host a solo show and sell their work in one of three locations downtown: New England Public Radio (NEPR), SilverBrick Lofts, and 1550 Main. Applications are due on Thursday, Sept. 1. The request for proposals asks for proposals from artists of all mediums to show their work from October to December 2016. Requirements to what the art should look like are fairly laid-back, to best enable creative expression. All art will be available ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    20. Eastern States Exposition Taps White Lion to Brew Its Centennial Ale

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      Eastern States Exposition Taps White Lion to Brew Its Centennial Ale

      White Lion Brewing Co., in collaboration with Williams Distributing and the Student Prince and the Fort, will commemorate the Eastern States Exposition’s 100th anniversary with an exclusive centennial ale.  This limited-quantity Kolsch ale will be featured at one of the newest Big E venues from Sept. 16 through Oct. 2: the Wurst Haus, located near the New England Center and the Coliseum, where the Student Prince and the Fort will feature its German menu.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Eastern States Exposition   Student Prince

    21. Brian Houle Receives Spherion Staffing’s Excellence in Safety Award

      Explore BusinessWest (Aug 26 2016)

      Brian Houle Receives Spherion Staffing’s Excellence in Safety Award

      Spherion Staffing Services, a local recruiting, staffing, and workforce-solutions provider, recently honored West Springfield franchise owner Brian Houle with the company’s 2016 Excellence in Safety Award. The annual award recognizes the Spherion owner who maintains the lowest workplace-injury rate among placed employees during the previous year and consistently demonstrates a safety-first mentality. Through an emphasis on safety protocols and a commitment to ensuring employees understand and adhere to workplace regulations, Houle and his team improved their year-over-year injury frequency rate by nearly 20%. Houle frequently participates in panels and calls to relay new safety-improvement best practices, and implements new ...

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Sisters of Providence Health System

    22. West Side Balances Private, Public Projects

      Explore BusinessWest (Aug 24 2016)

      West Side Balances Private, Public Projects

      Mayor William Reichelt says West Springfield is a small town that in many ways assumes the character of a city, due in part to the popular retail establishments — stores and restaurants — that line its two main commercial corridors, Riverdale Street and Memorial Avenue.  But that economic development has been balanced by efforts initiated by the new mayor: Reichelt, a member of BusinessWest’s 40 Under Forty Class of 2016, took office in January and has already streamlined the permitting process and formed new committees and task forces to ensure that the zoning is appropriate, traffic flow does not affect residential ...

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      Mentions:   Colvest Group   West Springfield   Springfield

    23. Western New England University Named a College of Distinction

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      Western New England University Named a College of Distinction

      Western New England University (WNEU) is featured in the 2016-17 edition of the Colleges of Distinction guidebook. Based on the opinions of guidance counselors, educators, and admissions professionals, the guidebook honors colleges that excel in key areas of educational quality and appeal to students’ unique and varied interests. “We place high value on innovation and excellence in order to provide the best possible experience for our students. We challenge students to dream big, take risks, and surprise themselves with all they can accomplish,” said Bryan Gross, vice president for Enrollment. “This recognition affirms that our distinctive best practices are effective ...

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield

    24. Jiminy Peak, PeoplesBank, W.D. Cowls Win AIM Sustainability Award

      Explore BusinessWest (Aug 23 2016)

      Jiminy Peak, PeoplesBank, W.D. Cowls Win AIM Sustainability Award

      Six Massachusetts companies, ranging from a ski resort in the Berkshires to the largest grocery chain in New England, have been named winners of the inaugural Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) Sustainability Award. The award recognizes excellence in environmental stewardship, promotion of social well-being, and contributions to economic prosperity. AIM announced that Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort of Hancock, PeoplesBank of Holyoke, W.D. Cowls Inc. of North Amherst, Cavicchio Greenhouses Inc. of Sudbury, Gorton’s Seafood of Gloucester, and the Stop & Shop New England Division of Ahold USA were selected from among 33 nominations. The six companies will be honored ...

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      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Coca-Cola   Amherst

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