HCC Spring Women’s Leadership Series Begins Jan. 26

Holyoke Community College (HCC) will begin its spring 2022 Women’s Leadership Series on Wednesday, Jan. 26 with Dawn DiStefano, president and CEO of Square One in Springfield, who will give a presentation titled “What’s the Worst That Can Happen?” All sessions run from noon to 1 p.m. on the last Wednesday of the month over…

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MGM has strong month of gaming revenue bringing in $22 million

Business is starting to heat up for MGM which had a strong month of December, racking up a high number in revenue. The Springfield based business brought-in just over $22 million in gaming revenue. The jump in revenue made December their best month since July of 2021. It was their second best month since the…

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Springfield Symphony Orchestra announces return of concerts this spring

The Springfield Symphony Orchestra will be back and performing two concerts this spring, the first official SSO concerts since the start of the pandemic. A long-running dispute between the symphony and its musicians just recently ended with a settlement between the SSO and the National Labor Relations Board. The concerts are scheduled to be held…

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Florence Bank Hires Jim Hickey as VP, Director of Marketing Operations

Florence Bank hired a Greenfield native with 25 years of strategic marketing experience with a focus in the banking sector to serve as vice president and director of Marketing Operations. Jim Hickey stepped into the new role in mid-November after keeping his eye on Florence Bank for many years because he respects its creative marketing…

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Exciting news from Bay Path University’s MS in Cybersecurity program!

Increasingly we are learning that cyber threats are posing serious challenges to businesses and governments. Today, the need for cybersecurity professionals far outpaces the supply. In response, Bay Path University has added new, career-focused concentrations to its MS in Cybersecurity program! These new concentrations include Cyber Defense, Digital Forensics, and Generalist.  Cyber Defense – Students will learn best practices for identifying malicious…

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Mergers and Acquisitions Continue to Dominate the Insurance Industry

If you think you’ve seen more headlines than usual lately about insurance agencies being bought and sold, you’re not mistaken. In fact, 2021 was the fifth straight record-setting year for M&A activity in the insurance world. The reasons range from federal fiscal trends to a desire to broaden an agency’s expertise; from pandemic fatigue to…

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Springfield YPS and the Ad Club to Host Annual Membership Event on Jan. 20

The Young Professional Society of Greater Springfield (YPS) and the Advertising Club of Western Massachusetts will host an annual Mix & Mingle membership event to support young professionals and encourage them to become more involved and invested in their local communities. The event will take place on Thursday, Jan. 20 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.…

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PeoplesBank Sets New Record for Charitable Contributions in 2021

With a focus on food insecurity, housing, and literacy, PeoplesBank announced a record level of charitable contributions, with donations reaching $1,315,000 over the past year with a total of close to $11 million donated since 2011. The bank has doubled its donations in the last five years. “It is a big part of who we…

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