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    1. AIC to Celebrate Prominent Individuals During Women’s History Month

      AIC to Celebrate Prominent Individuals During Women’s History Month

      Throughout the month of March, American International College (AIC) will use the college’s website and social-media platforms to recognize groundbreaking and influential women who have boldly stepped forward to lead, make new discoveries, and break down barriers. The diversity of women featured will represent a cross-section of disciplines including medicine, the sciences, humanitarianism and social justice, political and public service, athletics, and the arts and entertainment.

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    2. Bay Path, Johnson & Hill Staffing Team Up to Help Women Navigate Their Career Path

      Lifelong learning is an important concept to Bay Path University, and its Strategic Alliances division is moving that undertaking from the classroom to the boardroom with its upcoming Career Transition series. This series, designed for women entering the workforce or planning a career transition, contains five independent sessions that speak to various stages of career growth and development. Presented in partnership with Johnson & Hill Staffing and the Bay Path University Advisory Council, each session of this five-part series will cover a different stage of career transition, from landing one’s first professional job to preparing for a promotion, to rebooting ...

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    3. Bay Path to Host Harvard University’s Barbara Nobles Crawford on March 8

      Bay Path to Host Harvard University’s Barbara Nobles Crawford on March 8

      In celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, Bay Path University’s On the Move Forum will present Harvard University’s Barbara Nobles Crawford to speak on the United Nations Women’s Day theme “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change.” This event, happening on Thursday, March 8, will unite people and organizations who are committed to advancing women, inspiring girls, and innovating for change, as well as implementing effective networking and resource sharing for future success. Attendees are invited to have lunch, learn, and lead.

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    4. Comcast Appoints Evan Broslovsky VP of Customer Experience for Western New England

      Comcast Appoints Evan Broslovsky VP of Customer Experience for Western New England

      Comcast recently announced the appointment of Evan Broslovsky as vice president of Customer Experience for the company’s Western New England region, which is headquartered in Berlin, Conn. and includes more than 300 communities in Connecticut, Western Mass., Western New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York. In this newly created regional role, Broslovsky will be responsible for regional implementation of the company’s multi-year strategy to transform the customer experience. He will partner with all functions of the business to ensure customers have the best possible engagement with the company during each interaction; whether it’s digitally, over the phone, in ...

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    5. Two Western New England University Engineering Professors Awarded Grants - BusinessWest

      Two Western New England University Engineering Professors Awarded Grants - BusinessWest

      Two professors at Western New England University have been awarded $30,000 in seed funding by the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center (MTTC) Acorn Innovation Fund.  Dr. Vedang Chauhan and Dr. Jingzhou “Frank” Zhao were among 13 grant recipients statewide, including researchers from Boston University Medical Center, Northeastern University, Tufts University, and UMass. The funding is designed to assist researchers in testing the viability of their technologies and potentially bringing the research to market.

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    6. Balise Motor Sales Celebrates 100 Years of Seizing Opportunities - BusinessWest

      Balise Motor Sales Celebrates 100 Years of Seizing Opportunities - BusinessWest

      Some time in 1919 — when, exactly, no one really knows — Paul Balise went into business for himself repairing automobiles and selling them on the side. Today, that company he founded is one of the largest auto-dealer groups in New England and one of the 50 largest in the country. But in most all ways, it’s still doing business the same as it was when Woodrow Wilson was in the White House.

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    7. Historic Deerfield Strives to Make the Region’s History Relevant - BusinessWest

      Historic Deerfield Strives to Make the Region’s History Relevant - BusinessWest

      It’s a grand reopening more than 200 years in the making.  Specifically, it’s a house in Deerfield, built in 1795, that operated as a tavern for roughly a decade.  “We know a lot about it, and because most Americans today travel, we thought it would be great to show the public how people back then lived, not when they were at home, but when they were out and about,” said Philip Zea, president of Historic Deerfield, the living-history museum that comprises more than 50 buildings on or near sleepy Old Main Street.

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    8. 1Berkshire Launches Implementation Phase of Berkshire Blueprint 2.0

      1Berkshire Launches Implementation Phase of Berkshire Blueprint 2.0

      On Feb. 15, 1Berkshire launched the implementation phase of the Berkshire Blueprint 2.0, a strategic economic-development imperative. With more than 300 registered attendees packing the Colonial Theatre in downtown Pittsfield, 1Berkshire members, regional leaders, and elected officials from across the county shared this project, already two years in the making. The event was the culmination of more than 100 interviews, thousands of hours of work, and more than 20 months of planning and design. 1Berkshire President and CEO Jonathan Butler kicked off the primary outline during the launch by recognizing that $1 billion in regional investments have been made ...

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    9. Leadership Pioneer Valley Providing Board Basics Training

      Leadership Pioneer Valley Providing Board Basics Training

       Leadership Pioneer Valley (LPV) will offer monthly training and workshops programming focused on leadership and board development for nonprofits in the Pioneer Valley through its Leaders On Board program. On Tuesday, March 12, Leaders On Board will be providing a Board Basics training at Springfield Technical Community College from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The three-hour-long training, led by Beth Spong from Rainmaker Consulting, will cover what it means to sit on a board, roles and responsibilities, and how to be effective as a board member. The training is free to attend, and dinner is provided.

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    10. Lights on Art and Culture Days to Highlight Downtown Chicopee

      Lights on Art and Culture Days to Highlight Downtown Chicopee

      The Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the Chicopee Cultural Council, MassDevelopment, and the City of Chicopee, will host the Lights on Art and Culture event on Friday, Feb. 22 from 5 to 8 p.m. An additional date has been added on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. to noon to show appreciation to those who live, work, and play in the downtown area. To draw more attention to the event, three buildings — Lyman Mills, Old City Library, and SilverBrick Mills — will all be lit up in blue to attract everyone in the area, passing by ...

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    11. Florence Bank to Exceed $1.1M in Giving in Community Grants Program

      Florence Bank to Exceed $1.1M in Giving in Community Grants Program

      Ten years ago, a first-time mother struggled with the care of her newborn and later helped another mother having difficulty. Her efforts marked the grass-roots founding of It Takes a Village in Cummington. Today, a handful of part-time staff members and a committed team of volunteers for the nonprofit provide support — ranging from help with laundry and dishes to an extra set of hands at a doctor’s visit — for families in the hill towns with infants in their first year. The organization served 1,500 families last year and distributed more than $100,000 in diapers and other baby ...

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    12. Bay Path President Carol Leary to Receive Donna Shavlik Award

      Bay Path President Carol Leary to Receive Donna Shavlik Award

      The American Council on Education (ACE) announced that Carol Leary, president of Bay Path University and author of Achieving the Dream: A How-to Guide for Adult Women Seeking a College Degree, will receive the 2019 Donna Shavlik Award. The award will be presented ACE2019, ACE’s 101st annual meeting in Philadelphia, during the Women’s Leadership Dinner on Saturday, March 9.   ACE President Ted Mitchell noted that “2018 was a critical year for women in higher education. Carol Leary not only met its challenges head-on with her leadership of Bay Path, but she also widened opportunity for her students and ...

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    13. Callaway’s Chicopee Plant Doubles Workforce Since 2017 - BusinessWest

      Callaway’s Chicopee Plant Doubles Workforce Since 2017 - BusinessWest

      The Callaway golf-ball-manufacturing facility in Chicopee has borrowed a famous page from the Chicago Cubs’ playbook.  When the Cubs win, a white flag with a large blue ‘W’ is flown atop the legendary hand-operated scoreboard in center field. Back to Callaway. When a member of its team — comprised of players on the various professional tours who play Callaway balls and clubs — posts a win, a flag with a large script ‘C’ (the same one used for the Callaway brand) flies underneath the American flag on the pole outside on the facility on Meadow Street.

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    14. Study Shows Economic Impact of Westover Air Show

      A UMass Amherst economic impact study released today estimates that the two-day Great New England Air Show (GNEAS) held at Westover Air Force Base in Chicopee in July 2018 generated $4.3 million in direct and induced local spending. The project was completed by the Hospitality and Tourism Management Department of the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst.  The overall economic significance including respondents’ expenditures both within and outside the region of the air show for 2018 was estimated to be $4.02 million. However, when local attendees were removed, the direct economic expenditures from non-locals was estimated to ...

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    15. City, Chamber to Host ‘New Wave’ Economic Development Event

      The city of Springfield and the Springfield Regional Chamber will co-host “The New Wave,” on March 19, at 4 p.m. at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The event will feature an overview of the new wave of economic development, including updates on projects in progress, and an introduction to upcoming initiatives in Springfield. A reception with light fare and a cash bar at 5 p.m., following the presentation. The presentation will be led by the city’s chief development officer, Kevin Kennedy.

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    16. Two Co-work Spaces Find Fertile Ground in Greenfield

      Two Co-work Spaces Find Fertile Ground in Greenfield

      Co-working spaces — hives of business where members share office space — have taken root in many Western Mass. communities over the past several years, for a number of reasons, from the efficiency of sharing resources to opportunities to network and be inspired by other professionals. In the past year and a half, two have cropped up a block apart in downtown Greenfield, with different types of clientele but the same goal: to help enterprises develop and grow, and have fun doing it.

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    17. United Personnel Wins ClearlyRated’s 2019 Best of Staffing Client And Talent Awards

      United Personnel Wins ClearlyRated’s 2019 Best of Staffing Client And Talent Awards

      United Personnel announced it has won the Best of Staffing Client and Talent Awards from ClearyRated, formerly known as Inavero. These awards were granted to United Personnel for the second year in a row for providing superior service to its clients and placed talent. Presented in partnership with CareerBuilder, ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing winners have proven to be industry leaders in service quality based entirely on ratings by their clients and the candidates they’ve helped find jobs. On average, clients of winning agencies are 2.2 times more likely to be completely satisfied, and candidates who have been ...

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    18. Bay Path Invites Women to Ask ‘Why Not Me?’ at 24th Women’s Leadership Conference

      Bay Path Invites Women to Ask ‘Why Not Me?’ at 24th Women’s Leadership Conference

      In celebration of women everywhere knocking down doors and breaking through glass ceilings, Bay Path University will host its 24th annual Women’s Leadership Conference (WLC) on Friday, March 29 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. This one-day event, which has become the region’s prime women’s leadership event for professional networking and enrichment, will challenge women seeking to make career or life changes to look at the power within to make their dreams a reality, and to dare to ask “why not me?” instead of “why me?”

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    19. Columnist Margaret Carlson to Keynote Springfield Regional Chamber Outlook Luncheon

      Columnist Margaret Carlson to Keynote Springfield Regional Chamber Outlook Luncheon

      Margaret Carlson, columnist for the Daily Beast, will be the keynote speaker at the Springfield Regional Chamber’s annual Outlook luncheon on Monday, March 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 pm. at the MassMutual Center, 1277 Main St., Springfield. Presented by Health New England, the Springfield Regional Chamber Outlook is the area’s largest legislative event, attracting more than 700 guests and presenting expert speakers on local, state, and federal issues. The event is sponsored by platinum sponsors Eastern States Exposition, Eversource, MassMutual Financial Group, and United Personnel; and gold sponsors Bulkley Richardson and Berkshire Bank. Program ...

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    20. Bay Path to Host Free Virtual Event to Help Women Find Their Power Voice

      Bay Path to Host Free Virtual Event to Help Women Find Their Power Voice

      Women far and wide will virtually gather together on Monday, Feb. 11 at noon as Bay Path University’s Strategic Alliances hosts a virtual roundtable with guest Angela Lussier. Lussier, an award-winning speaker, six-time author, two-time TEDx presenter, and CEO and founder of the Speaker Sisterhood, will teach women how to find the strength in their voice, how to avoid losing their power, and how to create confidence and strength in the moments when they need it most.

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    21. Gov. Charlie Baker Declares Feb. 11 as 211 Day in Massachusetts

      Gov. Charlie Baker Declares Feb. 11 as 211 Day in Massachusetts

      On Monday, Feb. 11 at 1 p.m., Springfield Mayor Dominic Sarno will hold a news conference at the United Way of Pioneer Valley headquarters, located at 1441 Main St., to declare that day 211 Day in Massachusetts. He will read a proclamation by Gov. Charlie Baker. “The mayor is committed to raising awareness of Mass211, which receives more than 130,000 calls annually and responds to over 250,000 web inquiries from people in the Commonwealth seeking resources. Over 41% of all inquiries to Mass211 come from the Pioneer Valley area,” said Paul Mina, CEO of Mass211. Callers can ...

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    22. Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce Executive Director to Retire

      Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce Executive Director to Retire

      After 27 years of service to the Pioneer Valley, Suzanne Beck announced that she will retire as the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce’s executive director. She cited the completion of the chamber’s strategic plan as the ideal time to pass the baton. “I could not be more excited about the chamber’s future,” Beck said. “The strategic plan is a forward-thinking response to the area’s growth and change. With a new generation of business and community leaders, I strongly believe that the best way to move the chamber forward is to have a leader representative of that ...

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    23. Bradley Continues to Grow Its Routes — and Its Amenities

      Bradley Continues to Grow Its Routes — and Its Amenities

      It’s no secret that the air-travel industry is a competitive one. But Kevin Dillon said it’s doubly so for the airports themselves. “We’re competing with many regional airports for passengers, but we’re also competing with every airport in the country for limited assets — meaning aircraft,” he told BusinessWest. “Airlines will put aircraft where they get the best return. So we have to provide the best customer service possible, along with keeping operating costs low for airlines. Airports that can do both will be very successful.” By any standard, Bradley International Airport has been exactly that in ...

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    24. New Ownership Group Exudes Confidence on the Future of Tower Square

      New Ownership Group Exudes Confidence on the Future of Tower Square

      Both the office/retail complex known as Tower Square and the hotel that sits on the property would be considered somewhat risky investments, given their recent history. But the investment group Springfield Hospitality believes otherwise — in both cases. The new ownership group has announced an ambitious plan to get the Marriott flag back on the hotel, and it is confident about gaining a wide range of new tenants on the retail side of the equation.

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