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    1. Western New England University to Convene 37th Annual Social Work Conference

      Western New England University to Convene 37th Annual Social Work Conference

      More than 350 professionals from throughout Western Mass. will gather on the campus of Western New England University on Wednesday, May 22 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the 37th annual Social Work Conference. The keynote speaker will be Jen Falcone, director of Businesses Against Human Trafficking. A survivor of child sexual abuse and trafficking as an adolescent, she will discuss her experiences and how utter devastation kick-started the healing that drives her life choices and professional work. Falcone will focus on launching a movement within the Springfield-area business community to address human trafficking.

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    2. American International College Introduces AIConversations Tonight

      American International College Introduces AIConversations Tonight

      American International College (AIC) will launch AIConversations, a discussion series highlighting important topics featuring members of the campus community, today, May 2, at 6 p.m. in the Stinger Pub on campus. The inaugural event will feature Lina Racicot, AIC’s director of Graduate Psychology, who oversees the forensic psychology and clinical psychology master’s-degree programs as well as the educational psychology and mental health counseling doctoral offerings for the college.

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    3. David Rooks Appointed Director of Operations at baytechIT

      David Rooks Appointed Director of Operations at baytechIT

      The largest healthcare IT managed-services provider in Western Mass. is expanding its leadership team with the appointment of David Rooks as director of Operations. A seasoned IT and telecommunications industry leader, Rooks previously served as manager of the Project Management Office at VertitechIT. “In our nationwide search for the right person to oversee our expanding field services and call-center staff, we realized that the most qualified and dynamic management candidate was literally sitting right across the hall,” said baytechIT President Patrick Streck. “David has successfully managed complex technology projects ranging from office moves to the implementation of new unified communications ...

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    4. Hogan Technology Receives Top Industry Award

      Hogan Technology Receives Top Industry Award

      Hogan Technology recently received Technology Assurance Group’s (TAG) top award at the 19th annual TAG Convention held in Orlando, Fla. TAG, an international organization of independently owned managed-technology service providers in the U.S. and Canada, selected Hogan Technology as the winner of the TAG Champion Award. The award is based on the company’s ability to drive fellow TAG members’ growth and advancement. Hogan Technology offers an array of IT networking, voice, and video solutions all designed to increase customers’ profitability and productivity. The TAG Champion Award was accepted by Sean Hogan, president of Hogan Technology.

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    5. Leadership Pioneer Valley Now Accepting Applications for LEAP Class of 2020

      Leadership Pioneer Valley Now Accepting Applications for LEAP Class of 2020

      Leadership Pioneer Valley (LPV) is now accepting applications for enrollment in the LEAP class of 2020, a nine-month, regional leadership-development program that engages the Pioneer Valley’s most promising emerging leaders through learning and exploration. Participants are trained in leadership skills by experts in a classroom setting. They also attend in-depth field experiences across the region where they meet with local leaders and explore the region’s economy and culture. The LEAP program runs September through May. In its seven years, nearly 300 individuals representing more than 90 companies, organizations, and municipalities have participated. The program has filled a critical ...

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    6. Berkshire Blueprint 2.0 Charts Ambitious Course to Economic Growth

      Berkshire Blueprint 2.0 Charts Ambitious Course to Economic Growth

      Jonathan Butler knows what happens to a lot of reports, and he’s determined to avoid that fate. “This wasn’t intended to be just a two-year study that ends up as a report that sits on a shelf,” he said, referring to Berkshire Blueprint 2.0, an 80-page action plan of sorts for the Berkshire County economy. “It very much means to be a new look at our economy, a new baseline for where we are that identifies challenges we have in different areas and action steps needed to move forward.”

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    7. Machine Metrics Continues Torrid Pace of Growth

      Machine Metrics Continues Torrid Pace of Growth

      Over the past five years, Machine Metrics, a company that specializes in predictive analytics for manufacturers, has been scaling up its operation. But with an infusion of $11.3 million in venture capital last fall, this process enters a new and dynamic phase. The company has nearly doubled its workforce, expanded with a new office in Boston, and become much more aggressive in efforts to educate potential clients about its game-changing software.

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    8. Homewood Suites by Hilton Hadley Now Open

      Homewood Suits by Hilton, part of Hilton’s All Suites portfolio, announced the opening of its newest property, Homewood Suits by Hilton Hadley. With 96 new suites, the hotel is the first extended-stay property in Hampshire County. “The extended-stay hotel model has been missing in this region. With visiting professors and foreign students in need of housing, as well as parents visiting for extended periods of time, we believe this hotel will meet their needs,” said Sharon Thompson, general manager. “Homewood Suites was designed to equally meet the needs of those people staying one night, as well as several months.”

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    9. Berkshire Bank Announces 2019 Volunteer Service X-ellence Award Winners

      Berkshire Bank Announces 2019 Volunteer Service X-ellence Award Winners

      Berkshire Bank announce the 2019 Volunteer Service X-ellence Award winners: Leonard O’Dea, money desk officer in Pittsfield, for his leadership and individual volunteer service activities outside of his role at the bank; Melissa Myers, compliance analyst in Pittsfield, for her leadership and service in both company-supported and individual volunteer activities; and Shanatia Bygrave, financial services representative in Hudson, N.Y., for her leadership and participation in the bank’s corporate volunteer program.

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    10. Bay Path Inducts Three into 21st Century Business Leaders Hall of Fame

      Bay Path Inducts Three into 21st Century Business Leaders Hall of Fame

      More than 1,700 women celebrated the induction of three new Hall of Fame members at last month’s Women’s Leadership Conference. The 2019 induction ceremony celebrated the impact of Dr. Ann Errichetti, Kate Kane, and Mel Robbins. Each inductee received a hand-blown Josh Simpson paperweight to honor their achievement. Established in 2004, Bay Path’s 21st Century Women Business Leaders Hall of Fame celebrates and shares the courageous spirit of women in business. Through this virtual Hall of Fame, thousands of visitors have learned the stories of extraordinary women. The induction criteria, originally developed as part of a ...

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    11. Mark Kempic to Assume Role of President at Columbia Gas of Massachusetts

      Mark Kempic to Assume Role of President at Columbia Gas of Massachusetts

      Mark Kempic will assume the role of president of Columbia Gas of Massachusetts on May 1. The role of president is in addition to his current role as chief operating officer of Columbia Gas, which he has held since January 2019. From September 2018 to January 2019, Kempic was a key part of the leadership team for the Greater Lawrence recovery efforts. Since January, he has led the team focused on restoring the communities of Andover, Lawrence, and North Andover, including overseeing the introduction of the Columbia Gas Equipment Repair Plan, the Heating Equipment Replacement Program, and the private-property restoration ...

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    12. Bay Path to Host Workforce Training Fund Program Information Session

      Bay Path to Host Workforce Training Fund Program Information Session

      Ready to apply for Workforce Training Fund (WTFP) program, but unsure where to begin? Join Bay Path University and the Commonwealth Corp. on Friday, May 3 for a free information session at Breck Suite in Wright Hall, Bay Path University, 588 Longmeadow St., Longmeadow Topics to be covered include the features and requirements of each program, funding availability, and the application process. Following the information session, participants should be able to determine which grants are best suited for their business needs and know how to begin the application process.

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    13. Eversource Welcomes Joe Mitchell

      Eversource Welcomes Joe Mitchell

      With more than 25 years of business-development and public-relations experience, Joe Mitchell has joined Eversource as its newest community-relations and economic-development specialist. He will serve as the company’s liaison for communities in Hampden and Hampshire counties. His focus is supporting Eversource’s electric service business. Mitchell is a past co-chair of the Economic Development Partners of Western Massachusetts, executive director of the Westfield Redevelopment Authority, and a graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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    14. Bay Path to Host Workshop on May 6 to Help Women Re-enter the Workforce

      Bay Path to Host Workshop on May 6 to Help Women Re-enter the Workforce

      Looking to return to work after an extended absence? You need to understand your professional story — and how to tell it. On Monday, May 6, Bay Path University will host “The Next Chapter: Transitioning Back to Work After an Extended Absence.” This session, presented by Strategic Alliances at Bay Path University and Johnson & Hill Staffing, and in partnership with the Bay Path University Advisory Council, is designed for women in all industries and at all levels of their career looking to make a return to the workforce.

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    15. MGM Springfield to Kick Off May with Food Truck Fridays and Derby de Mayo Weekend

      MGM Springfield to Kick Off May with Food Truck Fridays and Derby de Mayo Weekend

      MGM Springfield will kick off a weekend of festivities on Friday, May 3 with the launch of Food Truck Fridays and Derby de Mayo Weekend at Armory Square. Derby de Mayo Weekend kicks off at 11 a.m. with a performance by local cover band Feel Good Drift, lawn games, and bites from the inaugural Food Truck Fridays event. Guests can also enjoy TAP Sports Bar’s signature outdoor beer garden, which will be open for the first time this season. On Saturday, May 4 at 4:30 p.m., Armory Square will transform into an outdoor viewing party for ...

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    16. Springfield Technical Community College to Offer Summer Classes

      Springfield Technical Community College to Offer Summer Classes

      Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) will offer five-week and 10-week on-campus and online summer sessions. Session one begins on June 3, and session two starts July 8. Summer classes are the perfect opportunity for area college students to earn college credit between June and August, said STCC Dean of Academic Initiatives Matthew Gravel. “Our summer offerings are chosen to appeal to a broad range of students, and most of the courses offered in summer can be used to fulfill requirements at other colleges and universities. But classes tend to fill up very quickly, so it’s important for students to ...

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    17. Drone Pilot Certification Course at HCC Begins May 4

      Drone Pilot Certification Course at HCC Begins May 4

      Holyoke Community College (HCC) will once again offer a hands-on program for individuals who want to become FAA-licensed drone pilots. “Flying Drones for Profit, Public Safety and Commercial Applications” will meet on four Saturdays beginning May 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the main campus of HCC, 303 Homestead Ave. The last class is June 1. The course will prepare individuals to take the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Remote Pilot in Charge exam, which they must pass to become licensed drone operators. All classes will be taught by Larry Harmon, co-director of the GeoGraphics Laboratory at ...

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    18. JA Celebrates 100 Years of Providing Life Lessons - BusinessWest

      JA Celebrates 100 Years of Providing Life Lessons - BusinessWest

      The 100th Anniversary Gala for Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts will have a decidedly ’20s flair — as in the 1920s. In fact, the theme is “The Roaring ’20s are Back.”  Attendees are encouraged, but not required, to come in period dress, a challenge that Jennifer Connelly, executive director of the local JA chapter, met (with considerable help from her daughter) by doing a hard search online that yielded the appropriate dress as well as a headband with a feather.

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    19. Tina D’Agostino Joins Mercy Medical Center in ‘Major Gifts’ Role

      Tina D’Agostino Joins Mercy Medical Center in ‘Major Gifts’ Role

      Tina D’Agostino has joined Mercy Medical Center as a major gifts officer in the Fund Development Department. In this role, D’Agostino’s responsibilities include expanding the Major Gifts Program by cultivating donors and donor prospects, coordinating major gifts as they relate to capital fundraising campaigns, and overseeing volunteers who support the department. D’Agostino joins Mercy Medical Center after 17 years in the arts and entertainment industry.

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    20. Sports & Leisure Archives - BusinessWest

      Sports & Leisure Archives - BusinessWest

      The golf business has never been entirely about golf. There has always been a need a diversity in the form of food and beverage, weddings and other events, and even cross-country skiing in the winter. But at a time when clubs are being challenged by declining play and rising expenses, the need to create revenue streams and put all their facilities to use has never been greater.

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    21. For 150 Years, the YWCA of Western Mass. Has Been Helping Survivors Heal - BusinessWest

      For 150 Years, the YWCA of Western Mass. Has Been Helping Survivors Heal - BusinessWest

      Helping survivors heal. That’s been the mission of the YWCA of Western Mass. for 150 years. Today, the agency does this in a number of ways, some well-known, such as its 58-bed domestic-violence shelter, and others far-less-heralded but still important, such as helping area young people attain their high-school equivalency. In each case, the key is providing these survivors with the tools they need to achieve a higher quality of life.

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    22. Springfield Regional Chamber Releases Legislative Agenda

      Springfield Regional Chamber Releases Legislative Agenda

      The Springfield Regional Chamber (SRC) 2019 Outlook has released its legislative agenda outlining the priorities of its more than 500 members for the legislative session and the major issues it will focus on to strengthen business competitiveness, lower business costs and stimulate growth in the greater Springfield region. “Every other year, we survey our more than 500 members to gather feedback about the issues that are impacting their business, their success, their growth strategies,” said SRC President Nancy F. Creed. “We then determine our legislative priorities based on what matters most to them and this forms our advocacy roadmap for ...

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