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HOLYOKE — In support of the growth and success of women business owners, PeoplesBank is partnering with WomenUpFront to host a monthly, ongoing roundtable for women who have ownership and leadership responsibility and want to grow toward $1… Read more

SPRINGFIELD — The Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield (ACCGS) announced that Sarah Mazzaferro has joined the ACCGS team as its member services director, succeeding long-time director Cecile Larose, who retired in… Read more

AMHERST — Hossein Kazemi, professor of Finance at the UMass Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management, has been named the Michael and Cheryl Philipp Distinguished Professor in Finance. The appointment was approved by the UMass board of… Read more

WILLIAMSTOWN — Main Street Hospitality Group (MSHG) announced that Adam Brassard has been appointed to the position of executive chef of the Williams Inn. His responsibilities include all kitchen operations and menu… Read more

EASTHAMPTON — Columbia Gas of Massachusetts has donated three natural-gas combustible indicators (CGIs) to the Western Massachusetts Technical Rescue Team (WMTRT). Founded in January 2014, the WMTRT provides specialized skills and equipment… Read more

WESTFIELD — Tighe & Bond, a civil and environmental engineering consultant, has appointed Robert Belitz its chief financial officer this week. In this role, he will direct Tighe & Bond’s financial operations and priorities, as… Read more

NORTH ADAMS — State Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Rachel Kaprielian and state Health and Human Services Secretary John Polanowicz recently joined legislators and local workforce-development officials at a ribbon-cutting… Read more

WEST SPRINGFIELD — Northeast IT Systems Inc. announced the addition of Paul Fortin to its team. Fortin will be joining Joel Mollison and Brian Sullivan as a desktop support specialist. In that role, Fortin is able to implement cloud-based… Read more

PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Bank and its foundation challenged bank employees to take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Aug. 14. The Berkshire Bank Foundation donated $50 for each of the first 50 employees that took part in the challenge and… Read more

SPRINGFIELD — Dr. Mary-Beth Cooper, president of Springfield College, will address the Springfield Rotary Club’s luncheon meeting on Friday, Sept. 5. Her topic will be “Getting to Know the College and the Community.” Cooper… Read more

SPRINGFIELD — With the change of Wing Memorial Hospital’s parent company from UMass Memorial Health Care to Baystate Health expected to take place on Sept. 1, Baystate Health announced leadership appointments for its Eastern Region and… Read more

EASTHAMPTON — The Women’s Fund of Western Mass. announced a total of $240,000 in grant commitments in Berkshire, Franklin, Hamden, and Hampshire counties. Working within its focus areas of educational access and success, economic… Read more

SPRINGFIELD — Hampden Bank President and CEO Glenn Welch accepted the challenge presented by Bill Trudeau of the Insurance Center of New England to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in the Hampden Bank parking lot, and instead of nominating… Read more

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Construction employment expanded in 223 metro areas, declined in 72, and was stagnant in 44 between July 2013 and July 2014, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released by Associated General Contractors… Read more

HOLYOKE — Hank Porten, former president of Holyoke Medical Center, paid back $860,000 to the hospital this week to cover overpayment for consultant services and other errors over the past three years, hospital officials told the… Read more