BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien talks with State Sen. Eric Lesser, co-chair of the Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies. The two discuss the recently passed $600 million economic development bill and how its various provisions will help small businesses severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. They also discuss how the bill might help level…

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Interest in advanced manufacturing, join us at an exciting free online events hosted by UMASS focused on the applied sciences. Monday afternoon is a deep-dive on Advanced Manufacturing where they will start a conversation about the translational research they have underway.  They’ll then open the floor to discuss the “grand challenges” shaping the industry in…

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Baystate Health will open a temporary 12-bed child and adolescent unit at its Baystate Medical Center campus in April, the health system announced Friday. Providence Behavioral Health, operating locally as Trinity Health Of New England, closed its 74 inpatient psychiatric beds in September that it once offered in Holyoke. That number included the only 12…

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The Baker-Polito administration announced $37.4 million in awards to 638 additional small businesses in a fourth round of grants through the COVID-19 Small Business Grant Program administered by the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corp. Restaurants, bars, and retail stores, which have been especially impacted during the pandemic, are among the key industries to lead this round.…

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New, single portal replaces 10 existing, separate application processes Provides simpler, easier access to important economic development programs key to recovery The Baker-Polito Administration announced the launch of the Community One Stop for Growth, a joint application process that will allow applicants—including municipalities, public entities, community non-profits, and private companies—to use a single portal to…

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