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    1. SSO Strives to Improve Outreach, Visibility in Community

      SSO Strives to Improve Outreach, Visibility in Community

      As the Springfield Symphony Orchestra prepares to kick off its 75th season on Sept. 22 with “Gershwin, Copland, and Bernstein,” it faces a host of challenges shared by most orchestras its size, especially a changing, shrinking base of corporate support and a need to make its audiences younger. Susan Beaudry, the SSO’s executive director, says the way to stare down these challenges is through imaginative responsiveness — and especially greater visibility through stronger outreach. And she’s doing just that.

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    2. Dress for Success ‘Breaking Down the Barriers’ Event to Focus on Domestic Violence

      Dress for Success ‘Breaking Down the Barriers’ Event to Focus on Domestic Violence

      Dress for Success Western Massachusetts will host “Breaking Down the Barriers,” its second annual half-day conference with a focus on domestic violence, its impact on women in the workforce, and new legislation affecting both survivors and their employers. The event will be held on Thursday, Oct. 11 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield. Panelists include Elizabeth Dineen from the YWCA, Morgan Ferrarotti from MassMutual, Diana Lozano from Riverside Industries, and Pamela Thornton from the Employers Assoc. of the NorthEast. The perspective of a survivor will also be part ...

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    3. Baystate Health and VertitechIT Partner to Launch baytechIT

      Baystate Health and VertitechIT Partner to Launch baytechIT

      Baystate Health and VertitechIT announced the formation of a new company to meet the increasingly complex IT needs of medical practices, clinics, and healthcare social-service organizations in the Western Mass. and Northern Conn. regions. BaytechIT is a first-of-its-kind independent joint venture, providing monitoring and management of information-technology networks, telephony, clinical engineering support, and other IT-related consulting and engineering expertise previously unaffordable to the local healthcare community. Already serving Baystate Health, its operating medical practices, and several large and mid-sized offices and clinics, baytechIT currently has 150 clients and manages/monitors more than 16,000 endpoint devices.

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    4. Educare Springfield to Break Ground on Sept. 17

      Educare Springfield to Break Ground on Sept. 17

      Springfield will be host to the 24 Educare early-education center to be built in the U.S., and the only one in Massachusetts, with a groundbreaking to be held at 100 Hickory St., adjacent to Brookings School, on Monday, Sept. 17 at 10 a.m. Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito will be joined by Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno; Educare officials; Janis Santos, executive director of Holyoke Chicopee Springfield Head Start; other representatives of the Commonwealth; local leaders in philanthropy and project funders; representatives of Springfield College and Old Hill Neighborhood Council; and other community members for the ...

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    5. U.S. News And World Report Declares WNEU a ‘Best Value’

      U.S. News And World Report Declares WNEU a ‘Best Value’

      Western New England University (WNEU) received multiple recognitions in U.S. News and World Report’s 2019 “America’s Best Colleges,” an in-depth look at more than 1,800 institutions of higher education nationwide. Along with its traditional place among the top tier of Regional Universities in the North, Western New England was included in such categories as Best Value Schools, Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs, and A-Plus Schools for B Students.

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    6. Five Local Chambers of Commerce to Present Table Top Expo

      The Greater Chicopee, Greater Holyoke, South Hadley & Granby, Springfield Regional, and Quaboag Hills chambers of commerce will collaborate to host their annual Table Top Expo on Tuesday, Oct. 2. The event will be held at the Castle of Knights, 1599 Memorial Dr., Chicopee, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The Expo features 120 vendor tables, which sell out each year. These include members of all five chambers and represent a broad cross-section of area businesses. From banks and event venues to specialty retailers and marketing specialists, any business that an individual or company could have a need for will ...

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    7. New Executive, Associate Directors Named at Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship

      New Executive, Associate Directors Named at Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship

      The Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst announced two new directors for the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship. Gregory Thomas, who brings diverse experience in corporate America, was named the center’s new executive director, while Stephen Brand, who has taught entrepreneurship at colleges and universities across the country, will serve as the new associate director.For the past 20 years, Thomas has held various senior-level global manufacturing, finance, and control roles with Corning Inc. During the last five years at Corning, he was a strategist in the Emerging Innovation Group, focusing on bringing new products, processes, and businesses to ...

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    8. Unify Against Bullying Accepting Grant Applications

      Unify Against Bullying Accepting Grant Applications

      Unify Against Bullying Executive Director Christine Maiwald announced that the organization is accepting grant applications online. The organization will be awarding $15,000 in microgrants, which can be anywhere from $500 to $2,000. Paul Mitchell and its Neon product line will award an additional $1,000 grant.“Our number-one goal is to inspire youth of all ages and to ignite their ideas as to how to prevent bullying,” Maiwald said. “We encourage parents, guidance personnel, teachers, administrators, and charity partners to also apply. Their programs must be dedicated to anti-bullying education and furthering the Unify mission: to bring an ...

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    9. Lenox Looks to Further Boost Quality of Life - BusinessWest

      Lenox Looks to Further Boost Quality of Life - BusinessWest

      As its town manager, Christopher Ketchen is certainly bullish on Lenox.  “If you’re moving to the Berkshires, Lenox has clearly got to be on your radar for many reasons,” he told BusinessWest, adding that he’s one of the more recent converts. “I made the move here myself from the Boston area four years ago. I’m originally from Alford, and when I moved back to this area, I chose to live in Lenox.”

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    10. Innovation in Health/Wellness: TechSpring

      Innovation in Health/Wellness: TechSpring

      Christian Lagier has a deep background in entrepreneurship, business operations, and strategic business development. He’s been involved with startups and high-growth companies in Paris and Copenhagen, and he spent 10 formative years in Silicon Valley’s high-octane startup environment at arguably its zenith (the ’90s). Thus, he’s an expert in … collisions. That’s a word you hear quite often within the realms of innovation and entrepreneurship. Generally, it refers to the art and science (because it’s both) of bringing people together and making things — meaning products, services, and the companies to provide them — happen.

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    11. Elms College Launches Student Leadership Institute

      Elms College Launches Student Leadership Institute

      To expand its offering of leadership-development opportunities to all students, the Elms College will launch the Elms College Student Leadership Institute (SLI) at the start of the fall 2018 semester. Affirming the Elms College values of faith, community, justice, and excellence, SLI — run by the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership — will offer all students the opportunity to engage in a variety of experiences that will benefit their leadership development.

       

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    12. HRMA of Western New England to Present Legal Update on Grand Bargain and More

      HRMA of Western New England to Present Legal Update on Grand Bargain and More

      On Monday, Sept. 17, HRMA of Western New England will present its annual Legal Update program on the new ‘grand bargain’ legislation, recreational and medical marijuana regulations/best practices, and the new non-compete agreement ruling. John Gannon, partner at Skoler, Abbott & Presser, will speak to attendees about being prepared for the minimum-wage hike over the next several years and how best to prepare for paid family leave. He’ll also include a discussion on best practices for pre-employment and reasonable-suspicion drug-testing policies.

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    13. Facebook Community Boost Opens Registration for Upcoming Springfield Event

      Facebook Community Boost Opens Registration for Upcoming Springfield Event

      Last November, Facebook announced the launch of a new program to invest in small businesses across the country. The program, Community Boost, is designed to help small businesses grow and to give people the digital skills they need to compete in the new economy.Facebook Community Boost will be visiting 30 cities this year and will be in Springfield on Sept. 10 and 11. Registration is open for anyone who wants to come to Community Boost, which kicks off on Sept. 10 at Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. To learn more, visit www.fbcommunityboost.com/cities/springfield-ma.

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    14. Paragus IT, Bulkley Richardson Team Up for Info Session on Cybersecurity

      Cybersecurity and data protection are top of mind for many business owners. Unprecedented hacking in recent years has shown that even the most protected systems are vulnerable to attack. As part of its popular “Most Important Meal of the Day” breakfast event series, Paragus IT will welcome Andy Levchuck from local law firm Bulkley Richardson for a cybersecurity info session on Thursday, Sept. 13 from 8 to 10 a.m. at Paragus Headquarters on 112 Russell St., Hadley. A food-truck breakfast will be provided, followed by the info session and questions and answers.

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    15. Barry Feingold Named President of Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce

      Barry Feingold Named President of Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce

      The Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce board of directors announced that Barry Feingold has been named chamber president. He will also serve as president of the Greater Holyoke Chamber Centennial Foundation Inc. Feingold is a veteran chamber executive who previously served as the Milford Area Chamber of Commerce’s (MACC) president for 10 years, increasing its membership by 50% and revenue over 35%. Prior to arriving at the MACC, he served the American Chamber of Commerce in Lima, Peru, starting as the administrative and marketing manager and working his way up to executive director. After spending the last four years ...

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    16. Alex Korobkov Becomes Owner, President of Industrial Steel & Boiler Services

      Alex Korobkov Becomes Owner, President of Industrial Steel & Boiler Services

      William O’Neil and Gayle Rae, owners and founding partners of Industrial Steel & Boiler Services Inc., announced a change in company management, as Alex Korobkov has become sole owner and president of ISB. Korobkov has been employed by ISB for 17 years, beginning his career as a welder/boilermaker. He has steadily increased his responsibilities and expertise to become the operations manager for the last several years.

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    17. OMG Inc. to Host Job Fair and Open House on Sept. 8

      OMG Inc. to Host Job Fair and Open House on Sept. 8

      OMG Inc., a leading global supplier of specialty fasteners and products for commercial roofing and residential construction applications, is having an open house at its Agawam headquarters, located at 153 Bowles Road, on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and will include a job fair, a variety of family-oriented activities, and tours of OMG’s state-of-the-art factory.In addition to the job fair, on-site screening, and factory tours, the open house will include a giant, multi-employee tag sale, as well as children’s activities including a ...

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    18. Dexter Johnson’s Primary Assignment is to Whip the Springfield Y into Shape - BusinessWest

      Dexter Johnson’s Primary Assignment is to Whip the Springfield Y into Shape - BusinessWest

      Last fall, while Dexter Johnson was making up his mind to take the job being offered him — president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Springfield — a few friends and relatives had a simple five-word question for him: ‘Are you sure about this?”  He was — and is.  But he acknowledged then and now that those asking the question had every right to do so.  That’s because this YMCA, though steeped in history and tradition (it is the fourth oldest Y in the world, after all), like a number of other Ys across the country, has been struggling financially as ...

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    19. Bay Path University’s Online Liberal Studies Program Earns Accolades

      Bay Path University’s Online Liberal Studies Program Earns Accolades

      The American Women’s College at Bay Path University has been helping women complete their bachelor’s degrees at twice the rate of the national average since its inception in 2013, thanks to its digitally enhanced learning model, SOUL (Social Online Universal Learning). This innovative approach to education has placed its bachelor of arts degree in liberal studies among the 50 best in the nation, as ranked by TheBestSchools.org.“The American Women’s College seeks to accommodate our students by offering a liberal studies degree, complimented by our Women Empowered by Learners and Leaders [WELL] program, to develop well-rounded ...

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    20. Bay Path Named Among Fastest-Growing Colleges in Master’s Institution Category

      Bay Path Named Among Fastest-Growing Colleges in Master’s Institution Category

      The Chronicle of Higher Education has recognized Bay Path University in its Almanac of Higher Education 2018-19 as one of the fastest-growing colleges in the U.S., currently ranked 13th in the category of private nonprofit master’s institutions, with a 118.1% growth rate over a 10-year period (2006-16). Bay Path was the only institution of higher education from Massachusetts on the list, and the only women’s college in New England ranked in this category.“I am pleased that Bay Path has moved up four places in the national ranking,” President Carol Leary said. “Our continued presence on ...

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    21. American Women’s College at Bay Path Launches Food Industry Management Degree

      American Women’s College at Bay Path Launches Food Industry Management Degree

      The American Women’s College at Bay Path University announced the launch of its bachelor of science degree in business: food industry management, now enrolling. The university’s fully online food industry management major prepares students for a wide array of positions within the industry. The program covers core business fundamentals and combines them with a solid foundation in food science. Business topics include accounting, marketing, operations, and management. The major areas of food science, such as food processing and safety, are also covered and have been adapted for flexible online learning through the university’s digitally enhanced learning model ...

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    22. Elms College Ranks High in ‘Best Colleges for Your Money’ List

      Elms College Ranks High in ‘Best Colleges for Your Money’ List

      Elms College ranks in the top 30% of colleges in Money magazine’s list of Best Colleges for Your Money 2018. “We are very pleased to be recognized as a Best College by Money magazine,” said Walter Breau, vice president of Academic Affairs at Elms College. “It’s gratifying to receive recognition from Money magazine for the work of faculty and staff to provide high-quality academic programs and personalized student support at a reasonable cost.”

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    23. MSBDCN Offers Workshop on Starting a Business

      The Mass. Small Business Development Center Network’s Western regional office will offer a free workshop ‘The Basics of Starting a Business,’ four times this fall, starting on Sept. 17. Presented by Allen Kronick, senior business advisor with the MSBDCN’s Western Mass. office, will focus on business fundamentals, from start-up considerations to business-plan development to funding sources.

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