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Economic Outlook 2015 — Positively Charged

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December 16th, 2014
Region’s Economy Gets a Jolt of Vibrancy Since the end of the Great Recession in 2009, economic expansion in Western Mass. — and many other parts of the country as well — has been, in a word, limited. And these limits have...

Off to a Roaring Start

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December 16th, 2014
White Lion Brewing Is Making a Name for Itself Ray Berry Jr., seen here at a display of White Lion at Table & Vine, says his company’s mission is to build a great brand and help revitalize a great city. Not long after graduating from...

Easthampton Savings Bank to Acquire Citizens National Bank

December 15th, 2014
EASTHAMPTON — Easthampton Savings Bank, the wholly-owned subsidiary of ESB Bancorp Inc., announced that ESB Bancorp has signed a definitive merger agreement with Citizens National Bancorp Inc., under which ESB Bancorp will acquire Citizens...

Today Is Final Day for Difference Makers Nominations

December 15th, 2014
WESTERN MASS. — Today is the final day to nominate an individual or group for BusinessWest’s Difference Makers program. Nominations must be received by the end of the business day (5 p.m.). Nominations can be completed online by...

United Personnel Names Dave Malloy Client Services Manager

December 15th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD — United Personnel announced that Dave Malloy has been named client services manager. Malloy will plan, direct, and implement business development, account retention, community relations, and marketing activities for United...

Greta Kipp, Pam Knisley, Tim Hajduk Join Team at Williams Inn

December 15th, 2014
WILLIAMSTOWN — The Williams Inn has announced several appointments to its leadership team. Greta Kipp, the inn’s new general manager, arrives from Topnotch Resort in Stowe, Vt., where she held several positions, including director of...

Remember and Honor Loved Ones on the HMC Tree of Love

December 15th, 2014
HOLYOKE — The Holyoke Hospital Auxiliary Assoc. is continuing its annual tradition of remembrance with its Tree of Love, which will be located in the lobby of Holyoke Medical Center at 575 Beech St. through the first week of January. The...

Valley Gives Day Records More Than $2.67 Million in Donations

December 12th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD — Western Mass.-based nonprofits sent out the call, and their supporters gave — and gave and gave. In 24 hours, 14,189 donors made 28,824 gifts for a grand total of $2,676,595 at the third annual Valley Gives Day. In...

Whittlesey & Hadley Appoints David Greenblatt Manager

December 12th, 2014
HARTFORD — Whittlesey & Hadley, P.C., one of the area’s largest independent accounting firms, announced that David Greenblatt, CPA, has been appointed manager, joining the firm’s healthcare practice. Greenblatt has 15 years of...

Monson Savings Bank Seeks Community Input on Charitable Giving

December 12th, 2014
MONSON — For the fifth year in a row, Monson Savings Bank is asking the community to help plan the bank’s community-giving activities by inviting people to vote for the organizations they would like the bank to support during...

Lou Curto Earns Professional Plan Consultant Designation

December 12th, 2014
LUDLOW — PV Financial Group announce that Lou Curto, one of its top retirement-plan advisors, has earned the specialized designation of professional plan consultant (PPC). Recent regulatory changes to the qualified-retirement-plan industry...

Mother Mary’s Thrift Store Announces Christmas Sale

December 12th, 2014
HOLYOKE — Mother Mary’s Thrift Store at 364 High St., Holyoke, announced its Happy Holidays Christmas sale, to run from Tuesday, Dec. 16 through Tuesday, Dec. 23. Household items, clothing, and furniture are on sale for 20% off. Mother...

Springfield Chamber Opposes Recommended Tax Rates in City

December 11th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Chamber of Commerce, an affiliate of the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield, announced Wednesday that it has reviewed the city of Springfield’s proposal for property taxes for fiscal...

American Red Cross Calls for Hometown Hero Nominations

December 11th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD — Each year, the American Red Cross of Western Massachusetts hosts the Hometown Heroes Breakfast to honor local individuals and groups that have shown courage, kindness, and unselfish character when a friend, family member, or...

State Issues $12.2M in Training Grants to Reduce Healthcare Costs

December 11th, 2014
LOWELL — Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Rachel Kaprielian awarded more than $12.2 million in the latest round of grants to help train healthcare providers to improve patient service and reduce healthcare costs. The funding goes...