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    1. Steve Rosenkrantz Touts Franchise Ownership with the Entrepreneur’s Source

      Steve Rosenkrantz Touts Franchise Ownership with the Entrepreneur’s Source

      Western Mass. has seen an impressive surge in entrepreneurship over the past decade, but when people think about the successes, they tend to call to mind startups and independent companies. But there is another way to succeed in business ownership, and that’s through franchising. Through a national company called Entrepreneur’s Source, Steve Rosenkrantz has been matching clients with franchises for 17 years — by focusing on what they want not just in a career, but out of life.

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    2. Cambridge College Announces Partnership with ILI

      Cambridge College Announces Partnership with ILI

      Cambridge College and the International Language Institute of Massachusetts (ILI) recently announced a partnership through the University Pathways Program. Through this partnership, international students in the University Pathways track receive the academic support and counseling they need to help them transition successfully to Cambridge College. ILI carefully selects its partner colleges and universities. Cambridge College was selected because of its program offerings and commitment to the adult-learning model.

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    3. Group’s Mission Centers Around Women Investing in Women

      Group’s Mission Centers Around Women Investing in Women

      Kate Putnam knew something special was going on — right from the first get-together. That was back about 18 months or so ago, when a dozen women were invited to a breakfast to discuss ideas for making Western Mass. the place for women entrepreneurs and innovators. “More than 30 showed up,” said Putnam, one of the organizers and chief spokespeople for a group that came to be known, after considerable discussion, as WIT, initially a joint venture of Valley Venture Mentors and the Economic Development Council of Western Mass. That’s short for Women Innovators & Trailblazers, and also for What It ...

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    4. Peoples United Relocates Office, Names New Manager

      Peoples United Relocates Office, Names New Manager

      Jim Curran was asked about the heightened state of competition within the commercial-lending realm in Western Mass. and how People’s United Bank is responding to this changing landscape.  He began his answer by noting that, while conditions in this region are perhaps somewhat more competitive than they were when he first started working in this market more than 30 years ago, the reality is that there have always been a lot of strong competitors for People’s United, formerly the Bank of Western Mass.

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    5. Baystate’s Jane Albert Embraces Change in Many Ways

      Baystate’s Jane Albert Embraces Change in Many Ways

      From her early days in marketing, Jane Albert had a goal — to work in the field of healthcare, and specifically for Baystate Health, the region’s largest health system. To achieve that goal, and eventually be part of the organization’s senior leadership, she was willing to take risks, welcome new opportunities as they arose, and continually make connections — all the while never losing sight of who her customers are and how to most effectively meet their needs. 

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    6. STCC to Host Health Careers Exploration Night on Nov. 29

      STCC to Host Health Careers Exploration Night on Nov. 29

      On Wednesday, Nov. 29, Springfield Technical Community College will offer Health Careers Exploration Night, an opportunity for anyone interested in becoming a healthcare professional to learn more about STCC’s programs. Open to the public, the free event will take place from 4 and 6 p.m. While no registration is required, visitors should check in with organizers in the first-floor lobby of Building 20, on the Pearl Street side of the campus.

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    7. Rural Franklin County Is Making Strides Toward Becoming a Destination

      Rural Franklin County Is Making Strides Toward Becoming a Destination

      Franklin County, the state’s most rural county, and also its poorest, faces a host of challenges today — from a declining and aging population to poor broadband service in most of its communities, to statistically lower wages for comparable jobs. But those working to spur economic development and improve quality of life here see progress in many forms and vast opportunities to attract the young people who covet many of things this region can offer them.

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    8. Bay Path Hosts Fifth Annual Cybersecurity Summit

      Bay Path Hosts Fifth Annual Cybersecurity Summit

      At the fifth annual Cybersecurity Summit held recently at the Longmeadow campus of Bay Path University, keynote speaker and Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech) CEO Timothy Connelly told summit attendees that cybersecurity is a top issue for Gov. Charlie Baker and MassTech. According to Connelly, MassTech is making cybersecurity a priority “because we recognize this is the fastest-growing sector. This is why we established the MassTech Cyber Growth and Development Center. Governor Charlie Baker thinks this is a terrific market that can produce sustainable jobs as long as we develop the needed talent.”

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    9. DevelopSpringfield Wins Award for Merrick-Phelps House

      DevelopSpringfield Wins Award for Merrick-Phelps House

      DevelopSpringfield was presented with a 2017 Massachusetts Historical Commission Historic Preservation Award by Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin at a ceremony on Nov. 2. “The Massachusetts Historical Commission is proud to recognize the extraordinary accomplishments of this year’s awardees,” Galvin said. “The projects the commission is recognizing this year are particularly diverse and represent the many creative ways that significant historic resources are being preserved across the Commonwealth. With this project, the Merrick-Phelps House will now be an important contributor to Springfield’s economic future.”

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    10. East Longmeadow Embraces Change, Progress

      East Longmeadow Embraces Change, Progress

      Denise Menard says low taxes, streamlined permitting, and quality of life are all factors in making East Longmeadow an attractive landing spot. When East Longmeadow switched from a town-meeting style of government to a Town Council and town manager, Denise Menard said the change wasn’t meant to be simply cosmetic. Rather, noted Menard — who came on board as interim town manager in 2016 before shedding the ‘interim’ title earlier this year — creating her position and replacing the three-member Board of Selectmen with a seven-member, elected Town Council provided the momentum to launch several new municipal departments aimed squarely at ...

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    11. FogKicker Principals Have a Vision, and Like What They See

      FogKicker Principals Have a Vision, and Like What They See

      There’s no word yet on whether the creators of FogKicker will embrace Johnny Nash’s 1972 reggae hit ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ as their theme song, but it would certainly work. The product, developed in the polymer science lab at UMass Amherst, has proven itself successful in keeping a range of surfaces, from scuba masks to bathroom mirrors, clear of fog. Partners Yinyong Li, Marc Gammell, and Kenneth Carter are scaling up their venture, Treaty Biotech LLC, and while their vision of the future isn’t totally clear, it is certainly coming into focus.

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    12. GSCVB Elects Anthony Frasco to Chair Board of Directors

      GSCVB Elects Anthony Frasco to Chair Board of Directors

      The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau (GSCVB) elected Anthony Frasco to succeed Michael Hurwitz as chairman of the organization’s board of directors. Frasco, who serves as the vice president of Sales & Marketing for Chicopee-based Williams Distributing Co. Inc., was formally installed at the bureau’s annual meeting on Nov. 2. Also elected to seats on the agency’s board were Alex Dixon from MGM Springfield and Sandra Sheehan from PVTA. David Griffin Jr. of Dowd Insurance will complete a one-year term remaining on the seat previously held by Robert Gilbert Jr., also from Dowd. “Our annual meeting is ...

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    13. Partners for a Healthier Community Nabs Complete Streets Study Grant - BusinessWest

      Partners for a Healthier Community Nabs Complete Streets Study Grant - BusinessWest

      Partners for a Healthier Community (PHC), the public-health institute of Western Mass., has received one of only nine national Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Policies for Action Grants for $250,000 to study Springfield’s Complete Streets policy.  Complete Streets refers to policies that support roadways that are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users by prioritizing pedestrian, bike, and public transportation. Springfield’s City Council passed a resolution adopting the Complete Streets Plan and Implementation Guide in October 2015.

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    14. STCC to Offer Certified Auto-damage Appraisal Course

      STCC to Offer Certified Auto-damage Appraisal Course

      The Workforce Development Center at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) will offer a certified auto-damage appraisal course beginning Tuesday, Nov. 28. The 60-hour course is designed to train insurance-claims professionals and auto-body technicians for the Massachusetts Auto Damage Appraisers License Examination. Twenty sessions will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., through Feb. 8. The fee is $599, which includes the cost of class materials. The idea for the course came from William Johnson, a member of the STCC board of trustees, who owns Pleasant Street Auto Body & Repair in South Hadley and Belchertown.

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    15. Community Collaboration Enhances OT Services for Square One

      Community Collaboration Enhances OT Services for Square One

      In support of the Square One mission to ensure that all children have the foundation they need to be successful in life, Bay Path University and Eversource have formed a partnership to enhance the clinical services provided to Square One children. Eversource recently awarded a $2,500 grant to the university for its Play Matters Therapy program. The funding will be utilized to expand current services and broaden the scope of assessments that will be conducted with children in this program, incorporate nutrition curriculum, and to purchase materials and equipment needed to facilitate movement groups or treatment components. Students and ...

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    16. Center for EcoTechnology Wins Recognition for Composting Efforts

      Center for EcoTechnology Wins Recognition for Composting Efforts

      The Center for EcoTechnology (CET), a local nonprofit organization, has been awarded Top Honor in the North American 2017 Rathmann Challenge, “Mitigating Climate Change: Expanding the Use of Compost,” for its pioneering work over the past 20 years to expand the use of composting to reduce wasted food, which in turn reduces greenhouse-gas emissions. The announcement of the award was made on Nov. 1 by the Rathmann Family Foundation. The Rathmann Challenge, which was launched in 2014, seeks to advance organizations possessing the creativity, entrepreneurial ethos, and innovative spirit to make a positive difference in the world. CET receives $100 ...

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    17. Mobile Devices Find New Frontiers of Speed, Power, and Quality

      Mobile Devices Find New Frontiers of Speed, Power, and Quality

      An on-the-go society demands on-the-go technology, and the array of smartphones, tablets, wristband health sensors, and portable game systems only continues to expand as the major players compete for their share of a growing pie. In its annual look at some of the hottest tech items available, BusinessWest focuses on those mobile devices, which are connecting more Americans than ever, 24/7, to bottomless online resources and, sometimes, to each other.

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    18. Staffing Agencies Meeting Needs, but Challenges Are Mounting

      Staffing Agencies Meeting Needs, but Challenges Are Mounting

      The region’s staffing industry has always been a solid barometer of the overall economy, and that is certainly true in this economy. Firms report that demand for qualified workers is high, and the pool of talent is small and in some respects shrinking. Meeting the demands of various sectors, firm owners and managers say, requires a mix of persistence, imagination, and, well, hard work.  Andrea Hill-Cataldo calls it the ‘Perm Division.’  That’s ‘perm,’ as in permanent-hire, or direct-hire, work. The venture she founded nearly 20 years ago, Johnson & Hill Staffing Services, has always provided such services. But they ...

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    19. Sunshine Village Celebrates a Half-century of Creating Great Days

      Sunshine Village Celebrates a Half-century of Creating Great Days

      Back in the mid-’60s, a group of parents, advised by friends, family members, and attorneys alike to put their developmentally disabled children into an institution, collectively rejected that idea and, far more importantly, came up with a much better one. The result of their innovative, forward-thinking outlook was Sunshine Village, which, 50 years later, remains an immensely powerful source of light, warmth, hope, and lives fulfilled. Lenny Recor was in a good mood — or as good a mood as you might expect someone to be in on a Monday morning.

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    20. HCC to Inaugurate Christina Royal as President Today

      HCC to Inaugurate Christina Royal as President Today

      Holyoke Community College will mark a new chapter in its history with the inauguration of Christina Royal as its fourth president today, Nov. 3, at 10 a.m. in HCC’s Leslie Phillips Theater in the Fine & Performing Arts building. Royal started working at HCC in January. She is just the fourth president in the 71-year history of HCC and the first woman to hold the position. The inauguration ceremony will include a processional of HCC faculty, staff, and distinguished guests, including the presidents of the other Massachusetts community colleges, as well as the presidents from some of HCC’s ...

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    21. Bay Path Slates 5th Annual Cybersecurity Summit

      Bay Path Slates 5th Annual Cybersecurity Summit

      The 5th Annual Cybersecurity Summit will be conducted on the Longmeadow campus of Bay Path University on Nov. 9. This free event will start with a networking continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m., followed by an open lecture and panel to begin at 8 a.m. Speakers include:

      • Timothy Connelly, executive director and CEO of the Mass. Technology Collaborative including the new Cybersecurity Growth and Development Center;
      • Tim Russell, Supervisory Special Agent in Cybersecurity, FBI / Boston; and
      • Dr. Carol Leary, president of Bay Path University, member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council.
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