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    1. Elms College Off-Campus to Host ‘Shake Up Storytime’ Workshop for Educators at GCC

      Elms College Off-Campus to Host ‘Shake Up Storytime’ Workshop for Educators at GCC

      In celebration of the Week of the Young Child, Elms College Off-Campus will host a presentation and workshop by professor and author Megan Dowd Lambert of Simmons University on Saturday, April 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Greenfield Community College (GCC) dining room. This event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

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    2. HCC Hosting ‘Taste & Tour’ on April 11 at Hcc Mgm Culinary Arts Institute

      HCC Hosting ‘Taste & Tour’ on April 11 at Hcc Mgm Culinary Arts Institute

      Holyoke Community College will hold an open house on Thursday, April 11 at the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute for anyone interested in taking classes there as well as members of the general public who want to tour the facility and sample dishes prepared by students and staff. The “Taste & Tour” event runs from 5 to 7 p.m. at the 164 Race St. facility and coincides with an open house at the adjacent Freight Farms hydroponic container farm, where visitors can learn about the ongoing urban-farming project there managed by HCC.

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    3. Greater Westfield Chamber Slates Legislative Lunch for April 12

      Greater Westfield Chamber Slates Legislative Lunch for April 12

      The Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce will hold its Legislative Lunch on Friday, April 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Tekoa Country Club, 459 Russell Road, Westfield. Those attending include state Sen. Donald Humason Jr.; state Rep. John Velis; Jon Gould, representative of state Sen. Adam Hinds; and Westfield Mayor Brian Sullivan. Other invited guests include state Reps. Nicholas Boldyga, Smitty Pignatelli, and Lindsay Sabadosa. Tony Cignoli, political consultant with A.L. Cignoli Co., will moderate the event, which will give attendees an opportunity to address business concerns to their legislators.

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    4. Home & Garden Show Marks 65 Years of Making Connections - BusinessWest

      Home & Garden Show Marks 65 Years of Making Connections - BusinessWest

      The Western Massachusetts Home & Garden Show may last only four days each March, but Lori Loughlin says vendors reap the benefits all year long.  “The exposure at the show is tremendous,” said Loughlin, manager of Frank Webb Home in Springfield. “It pays for itself within the first week after the show closes. In May, June, July, people are coming in saying, ‘I was at the home show, and I saw this showerhead.’ They come back six months after and want to buy something they saw there. It’s nice.”

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    5. Bay Path to Host Free Workshop to Teach Women How to Be Their Own Salary Advocate

      Bay Path to Host Free Workshop to Teach Women How to Be Their Own Salary Advocate

      Attaining a college or graduate degree is only the beginning of the road to success, and when it comes to salary, women often fall behind before they even start. Women, and especially women of color, generally earn 20% less than their male counterparts who have the same degree and same years of experience, and stand to lose over between $250,000 to $500,000 over the course of their lifetime. Success and pay parity for women requires extra attention to navigating the various phases of their careers — especially learning how to self-advocate.

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    6. Eric Lesser Wants to Close the Distance Between East and West - BusinessWest

      Eric Lesser Wants to Close the Distance Between East and West - BusinessWest

      Since first elected to office five years ago, state Sen. Eric Lesser has made economic development and, more specifically, closing the wide gap in prosperity between the eastern and western areas of the state his top priority. While he’s most closely linked to high-speed rail, he’s put his name — and energy — behind a number of initiatives to bring more jobs and more vibrancy to the 413.

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    7. Deerfield Balances Old, New Ways of Thinking - BusinessWest

      Deerfield Balances Old, New Ways of Thinking - BusinessWest

      Deerfield boasts numerous draws for businesses looking to relocate, Diana Schindler says, from its reasonable property-tax rate to its proximity to Interstate 91, Route 116, and Routes 5 and 10.  But there’s also been some pushback against some of those businesses, which reared its head when residents recently spoke out against a proposed Dollar General store in town. The Planning Board listened and turned down the project, said Schindler, Deerfield’s interim town administrator.


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    8. YouthWorks Program Seeks Employers to Participate in Summer-jobs Program

      YouthWorks Program Seeks Employers to Participate in Summer-jobs Program

      The MassHire Hampden County Workforce Board will hold a press conference on Friday, April 5 to launch its 2019 YouthWorks summer-jobs campaign. The event will take place at 1 p.m. at the Reed Institute, located at 152 Notre Dame St., Westfield. The agency’s goal is to place up to 800 youth in summer jobs. Westfield Mayor Brian Sullivan will be joined by Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, and Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos to announce the summer youth-employment initiative. Also in attendance will be state Sen. James Welch and state Reps. Joseph Wagner, John Velis, Jose ...

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    9. UMassFive and GCC to Host Sixth Annual Reality Fair for High-school Students

      UMassFive College Federal Credit Union and Greenfield Community College (GCC) will host their sixth annual Reality Fair for local high-school seniors this week. Also joining the event this year are partners from Franklin First Credit Union. The event will take place over two days from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Greenfield Community College.Students from Greenfield High School, Mohawk Regional High School, Four Rivers Public Charter School, Frontier Regional School, and Franklin County Technical School will attend the event today, March 19. Students from Amherst-Pelham Regional High School, Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion School, and Turners Falls High ...

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    10. American International College Prepares Graduates for Economic Success

      American International College Prepares Graduates for Economic Success

      American International College (AIC) is among the state’s top colleges and universities in increasing graduates’ earning potential, according to a recent study. A 2017 Harvard University study revealed that AIC ranks second among private institutions of higher education in Massachusetts in upward income mobility of its graduates. According to the report, “Mobility Report Cards: The Role of Colleges in Intergenerational Mobility,” the likelihood of an AIC graduate moving up two income quintiles in their lifetime is 24%. This data is based on the anonymous tax records of more than 30 million students over a 15-year period.

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    11. Springfield College Announces Two Army and Air Force ROTC Grants - BusinessWest

      Springfield College Announces Two Army and Air Force ROTC Grants - BusinessWest

      Springfield College announced two new grants that assist with funding for Army and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) cadets enrolled full-time and participating in the ROTC program at Springfield College.  The Springfield College Room and Board Grant covers on-campus housing and basic meal-plan expenses for any Springfield College Army or Air Force ROTC cadet who has earned a national or local full-tuition ROTC scholarship.

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    12. Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing Reaches 100-employee Milestone

      Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing Reaches 100-employee Milestone

      Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing recently reached a milestone of 100 employees. In addition, it is actively recruiting for another 11 jobs, including entry-level professional and senior-leadership roles. Jennifer Kratovil-Moriarty, senior manager, Human Resources, said the 100-employee milestone is notable for any small business and particularly noteworthy in Berkshire County. She noted that Gov. Charlie Baker visited the facility in January to check out its expansion and success first-hand.

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    13. Grant Aims to Build Pathways in a Technology-driven Workforce

      Grant Aims to Build Pathways in a Technology-driven Workforce

      When people talk about an ‘IT gap,’ Amanda Gould says, the appropriate response might be, ‘which one?’ Indeed, there’s the gap that seems to getting most of the attention these days, the one that involves the huge gender disparity in the IT workforce, with the vast majority of those well-paying jobs going to men, said Gould, chief administrative officer for the American Women’s College at Bay Path University, one of the institutions working to do something about this through its expanding Cybersecurity and IT degree programs.

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    14. Holyoke Community College Welcomes Lea Occhialini as Its First Ombudsperson

      Holyoke Community College Welcomes Lea Occhialini as Its First Ombudsperson

      Holyoke Community College (HCC) recently welcomed Lea Occhialini as its first ombudsperson and chief culture officer. Occhialini is the former faculty and staff ombudsperson at Hampshire College and mediator/trainer in the Smith College Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity. Prior to that, she worked as a Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court qualified mediator for the Mediation and Training Collaborative in Greenfield and helped oversee the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Face-to-Face mediation program in Holyoke, Northampton, and Greenfield small-claims courts.

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    15. Hazen Paper Co. Impresses AIMCAL Judges to Win 2019 Product of the Year

      Hazen Paper Co. Impresses AIMCAL Judges to Win 2019 Product of the Year

      Turning a simple box into an unusual ‘beauty and the beast’ packaging statement, Hazen Paper Co. was honored for the second year in a row with Product of the Year honors at the annual meeting of the Assoc. of International Metallizers, Coaters, and Laminators (AIMCAL), held recently in Palm Beach, Calif. The winning entry was a folding carton titled “The Spirit of Innovation” for prestige luxury box maker Autajon Packaging USA, which featured a three-dimensional, jewel-toned snake and a female model whose face transformed from flawless to gorgeously reptilian when the box is tilted.

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    16. Timothy Garstka Named Director of Sales at Eastern States Exposition

      Eastern States Exposition announced that Timothy Garstka has joined ESE and will serve as the organization’s director of Sales. Garstka comes to ESE from his position at Williams Distributing in Chicopee, where he served as Sales manager and Brand Marketing manager. He has more than 15 years of experience in strategic direction, coaching and counseling, performance management, and revenue growth, overseeing inside and outside sales professionals. His skills range from direct sales management and revenue growth to team building and training initiatives. Prior to joining Williams Distributing, Garstka was a Field Sales manager for Molson/Coors Brewing Co. in ...

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    17. BusinessWest Now Accepting Continued Excellence Award Nominations - BusinessWest

      BusinessWest is looking for nominees for its fifth Continued Excellence Award, and will accept nominations through Friday, May 3. The winner of the award will be unveiled at the magazine’s 40 Under Forty gala on Thursday, June 20.  Four years ago, BusinessWest inaugurated the award to recognize past 40 Under Forty honorees who had significantly built on their achievements since they were honored.

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    18. Bay Path Receives Grant to Help Fund Student Internship Experiences

      Bay Path Receives Grant to Help Fund Student Internship Experiences

      Bay Path University has been awarded $5,000 in grant funding support from the Charles H. Hall Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., trustee, for its project, “Impacting the Community: Fostering Social Justice Through Student Internships.” The foundation’s support will benefit Bay Path undergraduate students who are performing internships at nonprofits in Hampden County, including Square One, the Jewish Community Center, and Girls Inc., all of whom service at-risk children and youth.

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    19. Financial Times Ranks Isenberg’s Online MBA First in U.S. for Third Straight Year

      Financial Times Ranks Isenberg’s Online MBA First in U.S. for Third Straight Year

      The online MBA offered by the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst has been ranked first in the U.S. and third in the world by the Financial Times.  With one of the largest and most established accredited online MBA programs in the country, the Isenberg School of Management has provided online education opportunities for nearly 16 years. More than 1,100 students are currently enrolled in the program. “The Isenberg School has established itself as an international leader in online education, offering students innovative pathways to develop advanced skills and enrich their careers,” said UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble ...

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    20. Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative Receives Grant Awards for Community Film Fund

      Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative Receives Grant Awards for Community Film Fund

      The Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative (BFMC) received two grant awards for its newly established Community Film Fund, which is a matching fund to help local nonprofit organizations create videos for their branding, marketing, fundraising, and social media. The grants were received from the Berkshire Bank Foundation and the Feigenbaum Foundation, each in the amount of $2,500.

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    21. Elms College to Host ‘Growing Up WILD’ Workshop at Berkshire Community College

      Elms College to Host ‘Growing Up WILD’ Workshop at Berkshire Community College

      The School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Elms College, in partnership with Berkshire Community College and 1Berkshire, will host an early-childhood-education workshop on Saturday, April 13 from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the cafeteria at Berkshire Community College.The workshop, titled “A Glimpse at Growing Up WILD,” is free and open to the public. In this extensive training for educators run through MassWildlife, Jane McCarry, academic coordinator and advisor for the Early Care and Education program at Elms, and also a trained Growing Up WILD facilitator, will present two of the program’s activities: “Seed Need” and ...

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    22. Women’s Leadership Luncheon Series Kicks Off March 22

      Women’s Leadership Luncheon Series Kicks Off March 22

      Women leaders of prominent area institutions will be featured speakers at a spring Women’s Leadership Luncheon Series hosted by the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce at the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute. The four-part, monthly “Leadership in Your Future 2019” series kicks off Friday, March 22 and continues on April 26, May 24, and June 28. Each of four presenters will sit at a different table and speak on a subject of their choosing. Over the course of the four-session series, they will rotate among the tables so guests have the opportunity to hear all the presentations.

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    23. Longtime TD Bank Executive David Glidden to Take Reins at Liberty Bank

      Longtime TD Bank Executive David Glidden to Take Reins at Liberty Bank

      Connecticut-based Liberty Bank announced that David Glidden will serve as its new president and CEO, effective March 18, succeeding Chandler Howard, who has led the bank since 2007. “We extend a warm welcome to David as he joins Liberty Bank,” said Mark Gingras, chairman of the Liberty Bank board of directors. “After an extensive, nationwide search, we are confident that David’s leadership experience and remarkable achievements will lead Liberty Bank toward a future of continued growth, outstanding customer service, and community involvement.”

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    24. Melha Shriners Sell 133 Longhill St. Campus to Breakthrough Worship Center - BusinessWest

      The Melha Shriners announced they have sold their property and building at 133 Longhill St. in Springfield to the Breakthrough Worship Center of Springfield, with a March 25, 2019 closing date anticipated. The Melha Shriners, the local chapter of Shriners International, supporters of Shriners Hospitals for Children, have been headquartered at the Longhill Street location for almost 60 years.

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