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    1. Springfield Regional Chamber Breakfast to Feature Speed Networking

      Springfield Regional Chamber Breakfast to Feature Speed Networking

      SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Regional Chamber will hold its monthly Business@Breakfast with a speed-networking theme on Wednesday, Feb. 3 from 7:15 to 9 a.m. at the Colony Club, 1500 Main St., Springfield. Sponsored by United Personnel, the breakfast will provide attendees with a quick and entertaining opportunity to introduce themselves and pitch their company to the other attendees.

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    2. WNEU College of Business Students Partner with White Lion

      WNEU College of Business Students Partner with White Lion

      Western New England University College of Business students recently collaborated with White Lion Brewing Co. to create an in-depth market-research report to help the company expand its reach outside of the Pioneer Valley. White Lion Brewing, the first craft brewery in the city of Springfield, recently cracked the Valley Advocate Beerhunter’s “Must Try Craft Beers” list.  The university students began their research last spring, culminating in their final report in December 2015.  White Lion was part of Valley Venture Mentors’ inaugural accelerator cohort last year, and a finalist for competing in the Accelerator Awards in April, winning seed money ...

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    3. Nancy Shendell-Falik Assumes President’s Role at Baystate

      Nancy Shendell-Falik Assumes President’s Role at Baystate

      In October, Shendell-Falik was promoted to a position — president of Baystate Medical Center — that has traditionally been held by the president of the Baystate system, including the current holder of that title, Dr. Mark Keroack. However, with the recent expansion within the system, the need for this administrative change became apparent, she said.  “As we added two more hospitals, the system is now five hospitals,” she explained. “And with that came the belief that integration across all of the enterprise is really essential, and there needs to be a senior leader focused on that.”  Shendell-Falik brings to the position nearly ...

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    4. Top Entrepreneurs 2015

      Top Entrepreneurs 2015

      The award and the philosophy behind it explains why Big Y is still here 80 years after Paul D’Amour, with assistance from his much younger brother, Gerry, and, later, sisters Ann Marie, Yvette, and Gertrude, opened the Y Cash Market in Chicopee. They also explain why the company now logs $1.7 billion in annual revenues; how it’s gone from one 30-foot-wide corner market to 63 supermarkets in Massachusetts and Connecticut; why it continues to expand into new business realms, such as convenience stores with its acquisition of several O’Connell Convenience Plus gas stations; and why it ...

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    5. Partnerships Spur Development in Amherst

      Partnerships Spur Development in Amherst

      Construction is underway on multi-use buildings, infrastructure work is planned, the town has hired its first economic development director, and officials are involved in collaborations and partnerships aimed at fueling economic development.  “We’re well-poised to move forward, thanks to the vision and work done by Town Manager John Musante,” said David Ziomek, the interim holder of that title, as he spoke about the well-loved and respected official who died last September. “He really focused on building strong relationships between the town, UMass, Amherst College, and Hampshire College, which is important because our futures and success are intertwined; the colleges ...

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    6. Elms College Announces Accreditations of Business Programs

      Elms College Announces Accreditations of Business Programs

      The MBA program at Elms College has been accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). This accreditation also includes a reaccreditation for the college’s undergraduate business program.  “This is exciting because IACBE accreditation not only validates the quality of our business education and our commitment to program excellence, but also enhances the employability of our graduates and offers significant value to their employers,” said Kim Kenney-Rockwal, MBA program director at Elms College.  IACBE accreditation of a higher-education institution is mission-driven and outcome-based, and indicates the business program’s effectiveness. The process of accreditation involves a comprehensive ...

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    7. Massachusetts Launches Comprehensive Digital Health Initiative

      Massachusetts Launches Comprehensive Digital Health Initiative

      Gov. Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and executives from the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership (MACP) joined leaders from across state government, healthcare, and the technology sector at Boston Children’s Hospital this week to announce a comprehensive public-private partnership designed to accelerate the competitiveness of the Commonwealth’s digital healthcare industry.  “Our administration is committed to making Massachusetts a national leader in digital health by partnering with private industry, convening key stakeholders, and addressing market gaps,” Baker said. “This emerging industry cluster has the potential to become a powerful driver of job creation across the Commonwealth ...

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      Mentions: Robert DeLeo
    8. EpiCenter Helps Clients Manage All Aspects of Their Business

      EpiCenter Helps Clients Manage All Aspects of Their Business

      Jeff Glaze thought the second-generation manufacturing company he led in Westfield would survive a lot longer than it did, “but the rules changed.”  It’s a story with a happy ending, however — not that it’s anywhere close to ending. Instead, EpiCenter, the business-consulting company that emerged four years ago from his previous enterprise, is growing by some 20% per year, boasting a national and international reach.  “We were a contract manufacturer of metal nameplates, labels, and signs; 80% of our business was making nameplates for companies,” Glaze said of a family business called Decorated Products that his father launched ...

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    9. Software Logic Joins Forces with VertitechIT

      Software Logic Joins Forces with VertitechIT

      Software Logic, one of the East Coast’s leading Microsoft platform provider companies, has been acquired by Massachusetts-based VertitechIT as it continues expansion of its healthcare IT consultancy. Already a nationally recognized leader in the design and implementation of hyper-converged architecture and VDI, the new company adds additional hybrid cloud and monitoring management systems expertise to its strategic and tactical offerings.

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    10. State Launches $30 Million Residential Solar Loan Program

      State Launches $30 Million Residential Solar Loan Program

      Mass Solar Loan is a program run in partnership by the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC). It is available for solar installations on single-family homes and residential buildings up to three units, with all lenders offering loans between $3,000 and $35,000 and some lenders offering loans up to $60,000. The program provides funding to Massachusetts banks and credit unions to incentivize lenders to make solar lending a part of their portfolios and to make solar loans available to borrowers with lower incomes or credit scores. To date, Bank Five, First ...

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    11. UMass Landscape Design Students Bring Attention to Downtown Springfield

      UMass Landscape Design Students Bring Attention to Downtown Springfield

      Frank Sleegers wants his classroom to extend far beyond the UMass campus.  “For these students, it’s not just the work they do to get grades, but they actually care about what they do; they see their work is important and can make an impact,” said the urban design professor at UMass Amherst.  He was speaking of a recent project by a group of landscape architecture students, who worked with the Springfield Central Cultural District to improve the downtown pedestrian walkway known as Market Place and attract more activity there.

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    12. State Announces Infrastructure-improvement Grants for Farms

      State Announces Infrastructure-improvement Grants for Farms

      The Baker-Polito administration recently announced that five Massachusetts farms with land permanently protected from development through the state’s Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) Program — including three in Western Mass. — have been awarded $400,000 in grant funding for infrastructure improvements. “These agricultural investments help create jobs and make Massachusetts’ farms more competitive in the national and global marketplace,” said Gov. Charlie Baker. “Our administration is committed to supporting Massachusetts’ vibrant agriculture industry, which provides fresh, healthy food for the Commonwealth’s residents.”

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    13. HCC Plans $43.5 Million Renovation of Campus Center

      HCC Plans $43.5 Million Renovation of Campus Center

      The number outside the door is G-313. But everyone knows it as the ‘digital video studio.’  It’s a well-equipped facility — done over as part of a $2 million renovation of the media center in Holyoke Community College’s campus center in 2008 — and, in most respects, it looks like a modern classroom.  Except for the black tarpaulin positioned just below the ceiling near the middle of the room.

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    14. Partners for a Healthier Community Names Collins Executive Director

      Partners for a Healthier Community (PHC) has confirmed Jessica Collins as its executive director. Collins is a nine-year veteran of the Springfield-based nonprofit, where she previously served as interim executive director and deputy director. She will be leading the institute’s expansion of services in research and evaluation, coalition-building, and policy advocacy. “Communities of color, members of the LGBT community, and people with disabilities face significant disparities in health in our region, Collins said. “Our mission is to address these inequities so that all people will have what they need to lead healthy lives.”

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    15. MassDevelopment Designates 3 TDI Initiative Fellows to Work in Pittsfield, New Bedford, Brockton

      MassDevelopment Designates 3 TDI Initiative Fellows to Work in Pittsfield, New Bedford, Brockton

      MassDevelopment has selected Pittsfield, Brockton, and New Bedford for its second round of Transformative Development Initiative (TDI) fellows to advance local redevelopment visions in those cities’ TDI Districts. The TDI Fellows, who will have experience in city planning, community partnership building, real estate, and economic development, will work in their host districts for three years in collaboration with local partnerships. These fellows follow the successful initial placements earlier this year in Haverhill, Lynn, and Springfield.

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    16. Ware Aims to Revitalize Town, Promote Growth

      Ware Aims to Revitalize Town, Promote Growth

      “Ware is somewhere worth investing in.”  That’s the new tagline for this Hampshire County community of nearly 10,000 people. That statement is already true, said town officials who spoke with BusinessWest, but a host of initiatives are underway to make it even more so, and to make the slogan resonate with those who hear or read it.  Indeed, major efforts are underway in Ware to stimulate growth and economic development, projects focused on everything from increasing access to higher education to expanding public transportation.

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    17. TDI Fellow Laura Masulis Is Laser-focused on Springfield

      TDI Fellow Laura Masulis Is Laser-focused on Springfield

      That sentiment helps explain why she considers her current assignment, as a so-called Transformative Development Initiative (TDI) fellow working in Springfield for MassDevelopment, a “match made in heaven.”  Indeed, Springfield’s long history as a manufacturing hub and current work to reinvent itself certainly resonated with Masulis as she was rating potential landing spots within the statewide TDI program as part of a matching process similar to the one experienced by graduating medical-school students.  “We rate them, and they rate us,” said Masulis, 28, as she talked about how she interviewed in Springfield, Lynn, and Haverhill, and officials in those ...

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    18. STCC ‘Fast Track’ Customer Service Certificate Classes start Feb. 16

      Beginning Feb. 16, Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) will again offer a 16-week (two 8-week sessions) “Fast Track” option of the new certificate program in Customer Service Essentials. Students will earn 24 college credits that can transfer into an associate degree in business administration. Customer service representatives are in demand in a variety of fields including financial services, call centers, manufacturing services, retail organizations, inside sales, and small business services. Working in customer service requires a good foundation of skills in marketing, computer literacy, communication, and business etiquette to support the needs of both the customer and the employer. These ...

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    19. Dress for Success of Western Mass. Receives National Recognition

      Dress for Success of Western Mass. Receives National Recognition

      Dress for Success of Western Massachusetts is receiving national recognition with the help of the Westfield News Group, LLC, which collected more than 200 pairs of shoes as part of Dress for Success’ #GivingShoesDay event. The collection earned Dress for Success of Western Massachusetts the number-two spot in the world for donations from a single donor, and eighth in the country for total donations that day.

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    20. DevelopSpringfield Announces Façade-improvement Grants

      DevelopSpringfield Announces Façade-improvement Grants

      DevelopSpringfield recently awarded several façade-improvement grants through the Corridor Storefront Improvement Program (CSIP), which provides grants of up to $10,000 per storefront for exterior improvements to first-floor businesses located on State and Main streets in Springfield. A grant of $30,000 was provided to Boynton Property Group for work related to its rehabilitation of the shopping plaza located at 666 State St. in the city’s Mason Square area. Funds provided were allocated toward new signage, enhanced lighting, and new windows to the plaza, home to a restaurant and beauty salon.

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    21. Builders Benefit from a Boom in Auto-dealership Construction

      Builders Benefit from a Boom in Auto-dealership Construction

      Balise has been renovating and expanding in the area, most recently with a new Hyundai dealership on Columbus Avenue in Springfield, but with several new facilities over the past decade. Meanwhile, the Lia Auto Group has built and renovated new stores across the Pioneer Valley, as have TommyCar Auto Group in Hampshire and Franklin counties, Sarat Ford Lincoln in Agawam, Marcotte Ford in Holyoke, and Fathers & Sons in West Springfield, just to name a few.  “Part of it is the growth of the industry,” added Eric Forish, president of Forish Construction in Westfield, one of the region’s leading builders ...

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    22. Next Phase of Viaduct Project Will Usher in Traffic Congestion

      Next Phase of Viaduct Project Will Usher in Traffic Congestion

      At a recent public meeting about the massive, ongoing I-91 viaduct project, attendees were able to view a yellowed page from the Springfield Daily News featuring an aerial shot of the viaduct slicing through the downtown in 1970. The headline: “I-91 Linkup Provides Access to a Bright City Future.”  That was a long time ago, said Richard Masse, acting director for Mass. Department of Transportation (DOT) Region 2.  “It’s been 45 years,” he told BusinessWest. “We’re way beyond the road being reliable. We shouldn’t have to come out and patch holes, but we’ve been doing that ...

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    23. Healthy Pattern of Growth Continues in Hadley

      Healthy Pattern of Growth Continues in Hadley

      own Administrator David Nixon said it’s one of many projects that are underway or on the drawing board, and a combination of factors make Hadley a great place for a business to grow and flourish.  “We have low property taxes, a stable single tax rate, affordable water and sewer utilities, appropriate zoning, and good access to transportation,” he told BusinessWest. “The town is in a strong financial position and has a AA+ rating from Standard & Poor’s, so as a package Hadley is an attractive place for businesses.”

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    24. Economic Outlook 2016

      Economic Outlook 2016

      By most accounts, the state’s economy — and area businesses — had a solid 2015. Performance didn’t match pre-recession levels, but it was an improvement over the previous three or four years. The question looming over 2016 is whether that performance can be sustained, and there are enough doubts, or reservations — created by everything from a stronger dollar to still-falling oil prices to uncertainty about who will win the White House next November — to keep confidence in check.

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