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Celebrating the 2018 Difference Makers

Back in late 2008, the management team at BusinessWest conceived a new recognition program. It was called Difference Makers because this would be a trait shared by those who would […]

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Features

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HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute Makes Stirring Debut

Something’s Cooking The Holyoke Community College MGM Culinary Arts Institute opened its doors to considerable fanfare last month. Officials at the school wore out the phrase ‘state-of-the-art’ as they talked […]

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Geoff Kravitz (left) and Paul Bockelman

Mixed-use Projects Highlight Growth in Amherst

Community Spotlight Anyone who has spent time in Amherst recognizes the town’s enviable mix of cultural institutions, restaurants, academic energy — more than 33,000 students attend UMass Amherst, Hampshire College, […]

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Special Features

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Construction Industry Struggles to Attract Young Talent

Building Concern The good news for area contractors is that construction is humming along in Western Mass. The bad news? A limited talent pool has been stretched even thinner, and […]

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Careers in Health Law Are Diverse and Often Surprising

Positive Prognosis The field of law that focuses specifically on healthcare is diverse, challenging, and constantly changing, and that presents growth opportunities at a time when some fields of law […]

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Look for These Construction Tech Trends in 2018 and Beyond

On the Horizon In the construction industry, many firms, general contractors, and individual construction workers have done their job a certain way for decades. They learned a certain technique, process, or […]

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Top Entrepreneur 2017

T-Birds’ Owners and Managers Continue to Push the Envelope An Exercise in Teamwork Back in the spring of 2016, a consortium of owners came together, bought the Portland Pirates AHL […]

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Gateway City Arts Is a Place to Meet — in More Ways Than One

Inspiration Point Gateway City Arts touts itself as “a venue for events, entertainment, dining, art making, teaching, and learning.” That’s quite a mouthful, but the sprawling complex in Holyoke’s growing […]

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Willys-Overland Property Might Become a Growth Engine

Vehicle for Growth? Chuck Irving says the property at 151 Chestnut St. in Springfield — known to the well-informed as the Willys-Overland Building because the long-defunct car maker had a […]

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Normandeau Technologies Embraces a New World of Communication

Call Forward Brett Normandeau recalls the early days of the company his father started 28 years ago, when installing telephone systems was simpler, and even voice mail seemed revolutionary. Those […]

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Erin Witmer says her goal was to preserve the history of the Keystone building while creating flexible spaces that can be crafted to the mood of each event.

The Boylston Rooms Wed Modern Amenities, Industrial Charm

Brick by Brick It’s a different wedding photo, to be sure. Their names are Kyle and Liz, and they’re standing, decked out in formal clothes, in front of a 110-year-old […]

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HMC Adds Westfield Property to Growing Portfolio

Progress in Site Michael Grossman says his New York-based firm, HMC Real Estate Partners, looks at several hundred properties in the Northeast corridor over the course of a year — […]

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For Sale, for Lease

A listing of available commercial properties

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David Kalicka

Everything You Need to Know About the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Finance: A Primer on the TCJA By David Kalicka It is important to note that, although many business changes are permanent, the individual changes are temporary. The changes in tax […]

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Marketers Discuss the Best Way to Get an Audience’s Attention

Getting the Message SEE: List of Advertising & Marketing Firms Marketing was never an example of a simple exercise, but in today’s multi-media landscape, it is even less so. To […]

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Opinion

Amazon Quest: The Price of Winning

Editorial We’ve written extensively about Amazon’s ongoing search for a second headquarters facility, and we’re addressing it again, even though the region’s only real submission — one involving property in […]

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Examples of How to Make a Difference

Editorial ‘Empower’ is a word with a very specific, somewhat technical definition. To empower means to essentially grant someone or some entity the official authority, or legal power, to do […]

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