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    1. Rick Sullivan to Address Economic Development Business Breakfast

      Rick Sullivan to Address Economic Development Business Breakfast

      Kathleen Anderson, president of the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce, announced that the Fall Economic Development Business Breakfast, “Holyoke’s Building Blocks,” will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 7:30 a.m. at the Log Cabin in Holyoke. “Local and regional community economic and property development will be the focus,” she explained. “It is important for our business community to understand what is available for future development in the city and for our keynote speaker, Richard Sullivan, to see the opportunities as he attracts businesses to this region.” The keynote speaker will be Rick Sullivan, president and CEO ...

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    2. Planned Renovation Project Would Change the Landscape at STCC

      Planned Renovation Project Would Change the Landscape at STCC

      Springfield Technical Community College President Ira Rubenzahl likes to say the school moved into the historic Springfield Armory site back in 1967 … “and it’s been moving in ever since.” Elaborating, he said the process of converting former Armory manufacturing buildings, office space, officers’ quarters, and other structures into classrooms, administration areas, and assorted other academic facilities hasn’t really ceased since it first began back when Lyndon Johnson patrolled the White House. And the latest, and perhaps most ambitious, example of this phenomenon in the college’s nearly-50-year history is the planned conversion of the structure known as Building ...

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    3. PVTA Taps Project Manager for Bus Operations, Maintenance Facility

      City Point Partners announced it has been selected by the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) to oversee the design and construction of the new Bus Operations and Maintenance Facility on Cottage Street in Springfield, replacing the existing, 100-year-old facility. The new, 280,000-square-foot, $70 million facility will be built on an 18-acre site and will provide bus maintenance and storage for the PVTA’s Springfield fixed-route operation. The facility will be able to accommodate approximately 150 fixed-route buses, including standard-size diesel buses and articulated buses.

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    4. Elms College Recognized in U.S. News & World Report Rankings

      Elms College Recognized in U.S. News & World Report Rankings

      The College of Our Lady of the Elms ranks in the top 25 in U.S. News & World Report’s annual list of Best Regional Colleges (North). Elms is one of only five colleges in the state that made the top 25, and one of only two in Western Mass. The college also ranked 10th on the list of Best Value Schools in the region, and ninth in the Freshman Retention Rate category.

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      Mentions: Chicopee
    5. Springfield Regional Chamber Joins Local Chambers for Business Expo

      The Springfield Regional Chamber is once again partnering with the Greater Chicopee, Holyoke, and Westfield chambers of commerce on the 18th annual Rake in the Business Table Top Expo and Business Networking Event on Tuesday, Oct. 13 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Castle of Knights, 460 Granby Road, Chicopee, sponsored by Nuvo Bank & Trust Co. The expo provides local vendors an affordable opportunity to exhibit products and services to consumers. Last year, more than 100 vendors participated in the event, including photographers, marketing firms, staffing firms, banks, entertainment venues, and health insurers.

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    6. Springfield Regional Chamber to Host Session on Sick-leave Law

      Massachusetts Assistant Attorney General Jocelyn Jones will lead a discussion on the recently enacted earned-sick-time legislation at an information session presented by the office of Attorney General Maura Healey in conjunction with the Springfield Regional Chamber on Tuesday, Sept. 29 from 8:15 to 10 a.m. in the TD Bank Conference Center, 1441 St., Springfield.

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    7. Amherst Area Chamber to Present Networking Breakfast Sept. 18

      Amherst Area Chamber to Present Networking Breakfast Sept. 18

      The Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce will host a networking breakfast featuring UMass Amherst Director of Athletics Ryan Bamford on Friday, Sept. 18 from 7:15 to 9 a.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott, 423 Russell St., Hadley.  Bamford has an extensive background in college athletics and served on the senior leadership teams at both Yale and Georgia Tech prior to arriving at UMass in April. Since then, he has strived to create energy within the Department of Athletics and build excitement in the community around the athletics programs.

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    8. Greenfield, Northampton Banks Make a Smooth Transition

      Greenfield, Northampton Banks Make a Smooth Transition

      For the CEO of Greenfield Cooperative Bank, the recent merger with Northampton Cooperative Bank — joining two institutions with a combined 236 years of history — made sense on a number of levels, from their similar cultures to the prospect of greater lending clout, to different but compatible branch footprints that eliminated the need for layoffs. The goal, he said, was to make the merger as seamless for customers as possible, while putting a broader range of services within their reach. For 36 years in the banking industry, Michael Tucker has weathered plenty of changes, so the recent merger of Greenfield Cooperative ...

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    9. Market Street Research Thrives by Getting Answers

      Market Street Research Thrives by Getting Answers

      Julie Pokela says it was already shaping up to be a busy summer for Market Street Research (MSR), the firm she helped lay the groundwork for nearly 40 years ago. And then, some additional work start pouring in.  Funneled by the Wallace Foundation, started by the founders of Readers Digest, as part of an ongoing initiative concerning the arts, these projects involve several noted institutions — the Seattle Opera, the Pacific Northwest Ballet, and the New York-based Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater — that want some insight into how to grow their audiences.  A major focal point of these analyses will be ...

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    10. Machine Metrics is Producing Results for Customers

      Machine Metrics is Producing Results for Customers

      It is 2:05 p.m., so the second shift has just started, and therefore all but one of the rings are green, meaning the machines are operating at or above the desired performance levels. One is orange, which means it is operating slightly below that level. If one should happen to turn red, it means what that color usually means — trouble.  But because of the dashboards and other elements of this system, that trouble can be identified, and dealt with, much sooner and more effectively than previously possible, said Steve Capshaw, president of VSS, who spoke about Machine Metrics ...

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    11. Bay Path University Recognized Among Fastest-Growing Colleges

      Bay Path University Recognized Among Fastest-Growing Colleges

      A recent report published by the Chronicle of Higher Education recognizes Bay Path University as one of the fastest-growing colleges in the U.S.  The university ranked 17th on the Chronicle’s “Almanac of Higher Education 2015,” a top-20 list of the fastest-growing private baccalaureate institutions nationwide, with enrollment growth of nearly 80% over a 10-year span.

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    12. Holyoke Chamber Slates Ask-an-expert Workshop for Sept. 9

      Holyoke Chamber Slates Ask-an-expert Workshop for Sept. 9

      he Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce announced the return of the popular ACE (Ask a Chamber Expert) business workshop series. Sponsored by PeoplesBank and the Republican/MassLive, the series is member-taught by successful, knowledgeable community business owners and professionals who are eager to pass on their knowledge to business people and entrepreneurs in Greater Holyoke communities.

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    13. Reorganization Plan Creates Springfield Regional Chamber

      Reorganization Plan Creates Springfield Regional Chamber

      Jeff Ciuffreda says the ‘affiliated’ model for chambers is outdated, and the regional concept being proposed is more efficient. As he talked about what amounts to a long-discussed — and in many ways long-overdue — reorganization plan and renaming of the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield (ACCGS), Jeff Ciuffreda, president of that organization, used several methods to explain why this move was deemed necessary.

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    14. 2015 Diversity & Inclusion Workshop Set for Sept. 10

      2015 Diversity & Inclusion Workshop Set for Sept. 10

      Exploring unconscious bias will be the topic for discussion at the 2015 Diversity & Inclusion Interactive Workshop, sponsored by Baystate Health, to be conducted Sept. 10 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield.  Open to the public, participants can select either the morning session from 7:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. or attend a repeated session from 1 to 5:45 p.m.  “At Baystate Health, we understand that diversity and inclusion are a business imperative. In alignment with our business and development goals, and in support of the community, we are pleased to offer hands-on education and best ...

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    15. Harpoon CEO Will Be Keynote Speaker at Expo Breakfast

      Harpoon CEO Will Be Keynote Speaker at Expo Breakfast

      The Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield announced today that Dan Kenary, CEO and co-founder of Boston-based Harpoon Brewery, will be the keynote speaker at the chamber’s November breakfast, the lead-off event for the fifth annual Western Mass. Business Expo, produced by BusinessWest and presented by Comcast Business on Nov. 4.

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    16. Davis Educational Foundation Awards Grant to Bay Path University

      Bay Path University was awarded a $10,000 presidential grant for a study with the four other private institutions of the Cooperating Colleges of Greater Springfield on investigating collaborative purchasing to reduce expenses. The grant was received from the Davis Educational Foundation established by Stanton and Elisabeth Davis after Stanton’s retirement as chairman of Shaw’s Supermarkets Inc.

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    17. Thomas Senecal to Succeed Douglas Bowen as PeoplesBank President

      Thomas Senecal to Succeed Douglas Bowen as PeoplesBank President

      The PeoplesBank board of directors announced that bank President and CEO Douglas Bowen will retire in July 2016, to be succeeded by Thomas Senecal, currently executive vice president and chief operating officer.  The board’s leadership-succession plan calls for Senecal to become president at the bank’s annual meeting in February 2016. Bowen will become chairman and CEO at that time. Senecal will be named president and CEO in July 2016 upon Bowen’s retirement. During this transition period, Bowen will remain active in his position and the bank’s management and strategy implementation.

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    18. Attendance Surging, the Big E Looks to the Future - BusinessWest

      Attendance Surging, the Big E Looks to the Future - BusinessWest

      Since taking over as CEO of the Eastern States Exposition in 2012, Gene Cassidy has overseen record-setting attendance during the 17-day Big E fair and a robust series of year-round events that, together, generate nearly a half-billion dollars in economic impact. But that success is no fluke; it’s a result of year-round work and the ability to plan years down the road. That road will soon bring several challenges, from increased competition for dollars (notably from a Springfield casino) to a very worrisome highway reconstruction. But with a century of history behind it, the Big E seems poised for ...

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    19. Paragus IT Acquires Applied Software Technologies

      Paragus IT Acquires Applied Software Technologies

      Paragus IT has continued its pattern of active growth with its first acquisition: West Springfield-based Applied Software Technologies. Prior to the acquisition, AST provided IT services to businesses in the region and beyond for more than 20 years. “We are very happy to welcome the staff and clients of Applied Software Technologies into the Paragus family,” says Paragus CEO Delcie Bean. “They are a great company, and we’re excited that we will be able to give their clients the opportunity to maintain their relationships with the people they know while also having access to the resources we are able ...

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    20. Community Spotlight: Southwick, Mass.

      Community Spotlight: Southwick, Mass.

      After 12 years in business, Stephen and Todd Phillips decided it was time to own their own building.  They spent two years looking at sites in Springfield, Agawam, West Springfield, and Windsor, Conn. before they found the perfect location: Southwick Industrial Park.  “We were able to buy 3.1 acres on an industrial building lot for $30,000 per acre, which gave us plenty of room to expand; you can’t touch that price anywhere, and the double whammy was the town’s uniform tax rate. It was a huge incentive to come here,” Stephen said, adding that, prior to ...

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    21. Valley Fest Organizers Raise a Toast to Springfield and the Region

      Valley Fest Organizers Raise a Toast to Springfield and the Region

      White Lion will present Valley Fest on Aug. 29 in Court Square in downtown Springfield, expecting to draw some 2,000 beer enthusiasts to sample more than 100 different offerings of beer and hard cider made by more than 50 craft brewing companies from throughout the region — and well beyond.  “This is about the city of Springfield, about the region, but it also revolves around craft beer,”  White Lion is actually the first one of those brewers based in the City of Homes, and Berry hopes the festival — which will also feature culinary fare from local restaurants, live music, and ...

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    22. Healthcare Workforce Partnership Aligns Education, Workplace - BusinessWest

      Healthcare Workforce Partnership Aligns Education, Workplace - BusinessWest

      Dramatic changes are expected to take place in the field of healthcare and the way it is delivered over the next five years. But graduates from local colleges should be well prepared to fill the needs of regional employers, thanks to the Healthcare Workforce Partnership of Western Mass., an arm of the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County, or REB.  “Our partners come together to think through strategies to respond to ever-changing workforce needs,” said David Cruise, the REB’s president and CEO. “Part of the challenge is to be forward-thinking, innovative, and able to anticipate and balance supply versus ...

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    23. OnBoard Encourages Nonprofits to Take Park in Networking Event

      OnBoard Encourages Nonprofits to Take Park in Networking Event

      OnBoard, a Springfield-based nonprofit organization that matches qualified individuals and area boards of directors, is inviting local organizations and businesses to participate or become a sponsor in the “Get On Board!” event in October.  The event, to be held Thursday, Oct. 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, will connect local organizations with individuals looking to increase their community involvement.

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    24. Finalists Announced for Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards

      Finalists Announced for Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards

      Twenty-one companies from across the state, including three from Western Mass., have been selected as finalists for the 2015 Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards, awarded annually by MassEcon.  These finalists, representing companies from Boston to the Berkshires, will present one-minute elevator pitches describing their growth in the Bay State to a panel of judges and business leaders on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at Nutter McLennen & Fish LLP in Boston.

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