Cover

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GTI’s Marijuana-cultivation Facility in Holyoke Is a Budding Enterprise

Growth Industry Green Thumb Industries’ marijuana-cultivation facility in Holyoke is not like most other businesses — or any other business, for that matter. There is no sign over the door, there was no elaborate ribbon-cutting ceremony when it opened, and, with a few minor exceptions, no one will visit this place. It is like all […]

read more...

Features

Doug Stefancik says the ‘trickle-down effect’ from redevelopment of the Ludlow Mills complex is already in evidence.

Ludlow’s Mill Project Is Right on Schedule

Community Spotlight Eric Nelson said he recently had cause to look over the occupancy permit issued to Westmass Area Development Corp. for the property now known as Ludlow Mills. The date on the document — April 2012 — gave him both pause and more evidence that time does, indeed, fly. Yes, it’s been more than […]

read more...
Nicole Griffin

2018 Continued Excellence Award Finalists Announced

The Fab Five Scores submitted by a panel of three judges have determined the five finalists for this year’s Continued Excellence Award, an honor created in 2015 to recognize past 40 Under Forty honorees who have built on the business success and civic commitment that initially earned them that honor. They are: • Michael Fenton, […]

read more...

Special Features

SummerTime18Feature600x200

Our Annual Guide to Summer Fun in Western Mass.

Hot Tips Vacations are highlights of anyone’s calendar, and summertime is, admittedly, a perfect time to get away. But it’s also a great time to stay at home and enjoy the embarrassment of riches Western Mass. has to offer when it comes to arts and entertainment, cultural experiences, community gatherings, and encounters with nature. From […]

read more...
Law0618bFeature600x200

Bulkley Richardson Launches Alternative Dispute Resolution Group

Not an Arbitrary Decision John Greaney spent more than four decades behind various benches — everything from this region’s first Housing Court to the state Supreme Judicial Court. Desiring to take advantage of all that judicial experience, the Springfield-based firm Bulkley Richardson, which Greaney joined in 2016, has created an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) group, […]

read more...
Education0618aFeature600x200

Enchanted Circle Theater Makes Learning Come Alive

Art of the Matter Forty-two years ago, Enchanted Circle Theater was born as, true to its name, a touring theater company, but its interactions in school classrooms led to a dramatic evolution of its mission. Today, the nonprofit — which works not only in theater arts, but with a whole host of creative endeavors — […]

read more...
Kristina Drzal Houghton

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Puts Greater Emphasis on Planning

Upping the Ante By Kristina Drzal Houghton, CPA, MST It’s June. This is generally not the time to be thinking about taxes. In reality, though, businesses and individuals should always be contemplated taxes and how to reduce their burden. And the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law late last year gives people even […]

read more...
Westfield State University President Ramon Torrecilha

‘3+3’ Lets Students Get Bachelor’s and Law Degrees in Six Years

Streamlining the Process Since he took the helm as president of Westfield State University in 2015, Ramon Torrecilha has talked often, and consistently, about a changing dynamic in higher education and especially at public institutions. In this environment, he has said to BusinessWest and a wide range of other media outlets and audiences of various […]

read more...
Even her military experience repairing jet engines — work she finds intriguing — hasn’t kept Stephanie Dalton from reaching her goal of becoming a nurse.

Nursing Proves to Be a Solid Option for Career Changers

Course Correction Stephanie Dalton has wanted to be a nurse since she was 7, though it took a few intriguing detours to get there. “I’ve always wanted to do it, and I paid for school myself,” she said of her initial enrollment in American International College six years ago. That entailed working at a series […]

read more...
Julie Quink

Business Owners Must Understand Risks in Their Organizations

The Fraud Triangle By Julie Quink, CPA As a culture, we generally believe that people are honest and are trustworthy. Failures like Enron and WorldCom, whose combined fraud losses totaled $46 billion, have raised an awareness of the costs of fraud and have highlighted the need for management to understand and monitor the business risks […]

read more...
2018 Restaurant Guide

2018 Restaurant Guide

The region’s bevy of restaurants comprises one of the area’s most intriguing business sectors, one in which there is constant movement, new additions, and exciting stories unfolding. This year is no exception, and BusinessWest captures that movement, that excitement, in its annual Restaurant Guide.     There’s More Growth on the Menu Bean Group has […]

read more...
Andy Yee says his family’s goal is to create the region’s largest and best restaurant group. Some would argue that the Bean Group is already there.

Bean Group Has a Number of Intriguing Plans Coming to a Boil

There’s More Growth on the Menu   Andy Yee says he’s heard what he readily concedes is a truism pretty much his whole life. ‘The restaurant business is really hard.’ But while he acknowledges this commonly held belief, or the related opinion that this business is certainly harder than it looks, he quickly adds that […]

read more...
Jerry Moccia says his goal is to provide diners with an authentic Italian experience.

West Springfield’s bNapoli Melds Big-city Style with Local Flavor

Taste of Italy If today’s dining public has become more demanding, Jerry Moccia says, television may bear some of the blame. But he’s not complaining. “People are very into food — they know flavors, they know a lot about food, and things like the Food Network have brought a lot of exposure,” he noted. “People […]

read more...
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Agents Work to Communicate the Many Nuances of Auto Insurance

Matters of Policy When Massachusetts opened up its auto-insurance landscape in 2008, switching from a one-price-fits-all approach to the current model known as managed competition, it created more challenges for independent agents, but much more opportunity for customers willing to take the time to examine the many options and credits available to them. The key, […]

read more...
Allison Baker (right, with Cheryl Moran)

Memory-care Communities Emphasize Engagement, Individuality

Mindful Connections Over the past few decades, assisted-living facilities have increasingly opened dedicated memory-care units, and for good reason — a booming senior population is set to spawn sharp increases in Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. These facilities stress safety, but more than that, they aim to keep residents active and engaged with life, while […]

read more...

Opinion

The Numbers Game at UMass

The Numbers Game at UMass

Editorial A recent report issued by the Pioneer Institute, a conservative-leaning, Boston-based think tank, brought a new wave of criticism to the admissions practices at the University of Massachusetts and its flagship campus in Amherst, but what it really did — we hope — is open some eyes to some of the alarming trends in […]

read more...

Think Before Clicking That Link

Opinion By Beth Haddock The e-mail can arrive in your inbox cleverly disguised, appearing to come from your boss, a co-worker, or some other person, business, or organization you trust. But click on a link or attachment as instructed, and you could be in for a headache. You’ve just given cybercriminals access to your company’s […]

read more...

Cover

GTI cover 0618a Feature600x200

GTI’s Marijuana-cultivation Facility in Holyoke Is a Budding Enterprise

Growth Industry Green Thumb Industries’ marijuana-cultivation facility in Holyoke is not like most other businesses — or any other business, for that matter. There is no sign over the door, there was no elaborate ribbon-cutting ceremony when it opened, and, with a few minor exceptions, no one will visit this place. It is like all […]

read more...

Features

Doug Stefancik says the ‘trickle-down effect’ from redevelopment of the Ludlow Mills complex is already in evidence.

Ludlow’s Mill Project Is Right on Schedule

Community Spotlight Eric Nelson said he recently had cause to look over the occupancy permit issued to Westmass Area Development Corp. for the property now known as Ludlow Mills. The date on the document — April 2012 — gave him both pause and more evidence that time does, indeed, fly. Yes, it’s been more than […]

read more...
Nicole Griffin

2018 Continued Excellence Award Finalists Announced

The Fab Five Scores submitted by a panel of three judges have determined the five finalists for this year’s Continued Excellence Award, an honor created in 2015 to recognize past 40 Under Forty honorees who have built on the business success and civic commitment that initially earned them that honor. They are: • Michael Fenton, […]

read more...

Special Features

SummerTime18Feature600x200

Our Annual Guide to Summer Fun in Western Mass.

Hot Tips Vacations are highlights of anyone’s calendar, and summertime is, admittedly, a perfect time to get away. But it’s also a great time to stay at home and enjoy the embarrassment of riches Western Mass. has to offer when it comes to arts and entertainment, cultural experiences, community gatherings, and encounters with nature. From […]

read more...
Law0618bFeature600x200

Bulkley Richardson Launches Alternative Dispute Resolution Group

Not an Arbitrary Decision John Greaney spent more than four decades behind various benches — everything from this region’s first Housing Court to the state Supreme Judicial Court. Desiring to take advantage of all that judicial experience, the Springfield-based firm Bulkley Richardson, which Greaney joined in 2016, has created an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) group, […]

read more...
Education0618aFeature600x200

Enchanted Circle Theater Makes Learning Come Alive

Art of the Matter Forty-two years ago, Enchanted Circle Theater was born as, true to its name, a touring theater company, but its interactions in school classrooms led to a dramatic evolution of its mission. Today, the nonprofit — which works not only in theater arts, but with a whole host of creative endeavors — […]

read more...
Kristina Drzal Houghton

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Puts Greater Emphasis on Planning

Upping the Ante By Kristina Drzal Houghton, CPA, MST It’s June. This is generally not the time to be thinking about taxes. In reality, though, businesses and individuals should always be contemplated taxes and how to reduce their burden. And the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law late last year gives people even […]

read more...
Westfield State University President Ramon Torrecilha

‘3+3’ Lets Students Get Bachelor’s and Law Degrees in Six Years

Streamlining the Process Since he took the helm as president of Westfield State University in 2015, Ramon Torrecilha has talked often, and consistently, about a changing dynamic in higher education and especially at public institutions. In this environment, he has said to BusinessWest and a wide range of other media outlets and audiences of various […]

read more...
Even her military experience repairing jet engines — work she finds intriguing — hasn’t kept Stephanie Dalton from reaching her goal of becoming a nurse.

Nursing Proves to Be a Solid Option for Career Changers

Course Correction Stephanie Dalton has wanted to be a nurse since she was 7, though it took a few intriguing detours to get there. “I’ve always wanted to do it, and I paid for school myself,” she said of her initial enrollment in American International College six years ago. That entailed working at a series […]

read more...
Julie Quink

Business Owners Must Understand Risks in Their Organizations

The Fraud Triangle By Julie Quink, CPA As a culture, we generally believe that people are honest and are trustworthy. Failures like Enron and WorldCom, whose combined fraud losses totaled $46 billion, have raised an awareness of the costs of fraud and have highlighted the need for management to understand and monitor the business risks […]

read more...
2018 Restaurant Guide

2018 Restaurant Guide

The region’s bevy of restaurants comprises one of the area’s most intriguing business sectors, one in which there is constant movement, new additions, and exciting stories unfolding. This year is no exception, and BusinessWest captures that movement, that excitement, in its annual Restaurant Guide.     There’s More Growth on the Menu Bean Group has […]

read more...
Andy Yee says his family’s goal is to create the region’s largest and best restaurant group. Some would argue that the Bean Group is already there.

Bean Group Has a Number of Intriguing Plans Coming to a Boil

There’s More Growth on the Menu   Andy Yee says he’s heard what he readily concedes is a truism pretty much his whole life. ‘The restaurant business is really hard.’ But while he acknowledges this commonly held belief, or the related opinion that this business is certainly harder than it looks, he quickly adds that […]

read more...
Jerry Moccia says his goal is to provide diners with an authentic Italian experience.

West Springfield’s bNapoli Melds Big-city Style with Local Flavor

Taste of Italy If today’s dining public has become more demanding, Jerry Moccia says, television may bear some of the blame. But he’s not complaining. “People are very into food — they know flavors, they know a lot about food, and things like the Food Network have brought a lot of exposure,” he noted. “People […]

read more...
InsuranceFeature600x200

Agents Work to Communicate the Many Nuances of Auto Insurance

Matters of Policy When Massachusetts opened up its auto-insurance landscape in 2008, switching from a one-price-fits-all approach to the current model known as managed competition, it created more challenges for independent agents, but much more opportunity for customers willing to take the time to examine the many options and credits available to them. The key, […]

read more...
Allison Baker (right, with Cheryl Moran)

Memory-care Communities Emphasize Engagement, Individuality

Mindful Connections Over the past few decades, assisted-living facilities have increasingly opened dedicated memory-care units, and for good reason — a booming senior population is set to spawn sharp increases in Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. These facilities stress safety, but more than that, they aim to keep residents active and engaged with life, while […]

read more...

Opinion

The Numbers Game at UMass

The Numbers Game at UMass

Editorial A recent report issued by the Pioneer Institute, a conservative-leaning, Boston-based think tank, brought a new wave of criticism to the admissions practices at the University of Massachusetts and its flagship campus in Amherst, but what it really did — we hope — is open some eyes to some of the alarming trends in […]

read more...

Think Before Clicking That Link

Opinion By Beth Haddock The e-mail can arrive in your inbox cleverly disguised, appearing to come from your boss, a co-worker, or some other person, business, or organization you trust. But click on a link or attachment as instructed, and you could be in for a headache. You’ve just given cybercriminals access to your company’s […]

read more...

Cover

GTI cover 0618a Feature600x200

GTI’s Marijuana-cultivation Facility in Holyoke Is a Budding Enterprise

Growth Industry Green Thumb Industries’ marijuana-cultivation facility in Holyoke is not like most other businesses — or any other business, for that matter. There is no sign over the door, there was no elaborate ribbon-cutting ceremony when it opened, and, with a few minor exceptions, no one will visit this place. It is like all […]

read more...

Features

Doug Stefancik says the ‘trickle-down effect’ from redevelopment of the Ludlow Mills complex is already in evidence.

Ludlow’s Mill Project Is Right on Schedule

Community Spotlight Eric Nelson said he recently had cause to look over the occupancy permit issued to Westmass Area Development Corp. for the property now known as Ludlow Mills. The date on the document — April 2012 — gave him both pause and more evidence that time does, indeed, fly. Yes, it’s been more than […]

read more...
Nicole Griffin

2018 Continued Excellence Award Finalists Announced

The Fab Five Scores submitted by a panel of three judges have determined the five finalists for this year’s Continued Excellence Award, an honor created in 2015 to recognize past 40 Under Forty honorees who have built on the business success and civic commitment that initially earned them that honor. They are: • Michael Fenton, […]

read more...

Special Features

SummerTime18Feature600x200

Our Annual Guide to Summer Fun in Western Mass.

Hot Tips Vacations are highlights of anyone’s calendar, and summertime is, admittedly, a perfect time to get away. But it’s also a great time to stay at home and enjoy the embarrassment of riches Western Mass. has to offer when it comes to arts and entertainment, cultural experiences, community gatherings, and encounters with nature. From […]

read more...
Law0618bFeature600x200

Bulkley Richardson Launches Alternative Dispute Resolution Group

Not an Arbitrary Decision John Greaney spent more than four decades behind various benches — everything from this region’s first Housing Court to the state Supreme Judicial Court. Desiring to take advantage of all that judicial experience, the Springfield-based firm Bulkley Richardson, which Greaney joined in 2016, has created an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) group, […]

read more...
Education0618aFeature600x200

Enchanted Circle Theater Makes Learning Come Alive

Art of the Matter Forty-two years ago, Enchanted Circle Theater was born as, true to its name, a touring theater company, but its interactions in school classrooms led to a dramatic evolution of its mission. Today, the nonprofit — which works not only in theater arts, but with a whole host of creative endeavors — […]

read more...
Kristina Drzal Houghton

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Puts Greater Emphasis on Planning

Upping the Ante By Kristina Drzal Houghton, CPA, MST It’s June. This is generally not the time to be thinking about taxes. In reality, though, businesses and individuals should always be contemplated taxes and how to reduce their burden. And the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law late last year gives people even […]

read more...
Westfield State University President Ramon Torrecilha

‘3+3’ Lets Students Get Bachelor’s and Law Degrees in Six Years

Streamlining the Process Since he took the helm as president of Westfield State University in 2015, Ramon Torrecilha has talked often, and consistently, about a changing dynamic in higher education and especially at public institutions. In this environment, he has said to BusinessWest and a wide range of other media outlets and audiences of various […]

read more...
Even her military experience repairing jet engines — work she finds intriguing — hasn’t kept Stephanie Dalton from reaching her goal of becoming a nurse.

Nursing Proves to Be a Solid Option for Career Changers

Course Correction Stephanie Dalton has wanted to be a nurse since she was 7, though it took a few intriguing detours to get there. “I’ve always wanted to do it, and I paid for school myself,” she said of her initial enrollment in American International College six years ago. That entailed working at a series […]

read more...
Julie Quink

Business Owners Must Understand Risks in Their Organizations

The Fraud Triangle By Julie Quink, CPA As a culture, we generally believe that people are honest and are trustworthy. Failures like Enron and WorldCom, whose combined fraud losses totaled $46 billion, have raised an awareness of the costs of fraud and have highlighted the need for management to understand and monitor the business risks […]

read more...
2018 Restaurant Guide

2018 Restaurant Guide

The region’s bevy of restaurants comprises one of the area’s most intriguing business sectors, one in which there is constant movement, new additions, and exciting stories unfolding. This year is no exception, and BusinessWest captures that movement, that excitement, in its annual Restaurant Guide.     There’s More Growth on the Menu Bean Group has […]

read more...
Andy Yee says his family’s goal is to create the region’s largest and best restaurant group. Some would argue that the Bean Group is already there.

Bean Group Has a Number of Intriguing Plans Coming to a Boil

There’s More Growth on the Menu   Andy Yee says he’s heard what he readily concedes is a truism pretty much his whole life. ‘The restaurant business is really hard.’ But while he acknowledges this commonly held belief, or the related opinion that this business is certainly harder than it looks, he quickly adds that […]

read more...
Jerry Moccia says his goal is to provide diners with an authentic Italian experience.

West Springfield’s bNapoli Melds Big-city Style with Local Flavor

Taste of Italy If today’s dining public has become more demanding, Jerry Moccia says, television may bear some of the blame. But he’s not complaining. “People are very into food — they know flavors, they know a lot about food, and things like the Food Network have brought a lot of exposure,” he noted. “People […]

read more...
InsuranceFeature600x200

Agents Work to Communicate the Many Nuances of Auto Insurance

Matters of Policy When Massachusetts opened up its auto-insurance landscape in 2008, switching from a one-price-fits-all approach to the current model known as managed competition, it created more challenges for independent agents, but much more opportunity for customers willing to take the time to examine the many options and credits available to them. The key, […]

read more...
Allison Baker (right, with Cheryl Moran)

Memory-care Communities Emphasize Engagement, Individuality

Mindful Connections Over the past few decades, assisted-living facilities have increasingly opened dedicated memory-care units, and for good reason — a booming senior population is set to spawn sharp increases in Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. These facilities stress safety, but more than that, they aim to keep residents active and engaged with life, while […]

read more...

Opinion

The Numbers Game at UMass

The Numbers Game at UMass

Editorial A recent report issued by the Pioneer Institute, a conservative-leaning, Boston-based think tank, brought a new wave of criticism to the admissions practices at the University of Massachusetts and its flagship campus in Amherst, but what it really did — we hope — is open some eyes to some of the alarming trends in […]

read more...

Think Before Clicking That Link

Opinion By Beth Haddock The e-mail can arrive in your inbox cleverly disguised, appearing to come from your boss, a co-worker, or some other person, business, or organization you trust. But click on a link or attachment as instructed, and you could be in for a headache. You’ve just given cybercriminals access to your company’s […]

read more...

Cover

GTI cover 0618a Feature600x200

GTI’s Marijuana-cultivation Facility in Holyoke Is a Budding Enterprise

Growth Industry Green Thumb Industries’ marijuana-cultivation facility in Holyoke is not like most other businesses — or any other business, for that matter. There is no sign over the door, there was no elaborate ribbon-cutting ceremony when it opened, and, with a few minor exceptions, no one will visit this place. It is like all […]

read more...

Features

Doug Stefancik says the ‘trickle-down effect’ from redevelopment of the Ludlow Mills complex is already in evidence.

Ludlow’s Mill Project Is Right on Schedule

Community Spotlight Eric Nelson said he recently had cause to look over the occupancy permit issued to Westmass Area Development Corp. for the property now known as Ludlow Mills. The date on the document — April 2012 — gave him both pause and more evidence that time does, indeed, fly. Yes, it’s been more than […]

read more...
Nicole Griffin

2018 Continued Excellence Award Finalists Announced

The Fab Five Scores submitted by a panel of three judges have determined the five finalists for this year’s Continued Excellence Award, an honor created in 2015 to recognize past 40 Under Forty honorees who have built on the business success and civic commitment that initially earned them that honor. They are: • Michael Fenton, […]

read more...

Special Features

SummerTime18Feature600x200

Our Annual Guide to Summer Fun in Western Mass.

Hot Tips Vacations are highlights of anyone’s calendar, and summertime is, admittedly, a perfect time to get away. But it’s also a great time to stay at home and enjoy the embarrassment of riches Western Mass. has to offer when it comes to arts and entertainment, cultural experiences, community gatherings, and encounters with nature. From […]

read more...
Law0618bFeature600x200

Bulkley Richardson Launches Alternative Dispute Resolution Group

Not an Arbitrary Decision John Greaney spent more than four decades behind various benches — everything from this region’s first Housing Court to the state Supreme Judicial Court. Desiring to take advantage of all that judicial experience, the Springfield-based firm Bulkley Richardson, which Greaney joined in 2016, has created an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) group, […]

read more...
Education0618aFeature600x200

Enchanted Circle Theater Makes Learning Come Alive

Art of the Matter Forty-two years ago, Enchanted Circle Theater was born as, true to its name, a touring theater company, but its interactions in school classrooms led to a dramatic evolution of its mission. Today, the nonprofit — which works not only in theater arts, but with a whole host of creative endeavors — […]

read more...
Kristina Drzal Houghton

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Puts Greater Emphasis on Planning

Upping the Ante By Kristina Drzal Houghton, CPA, MST It’s June. This is generally not the time to be thinking about taxes. In reality, though, businesses and individuals should always be contemplated taxes and how to reduce their burden. And the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law late last year gives people even […]

read more...
Westfield State University President Ramon Torrecilha

‘3+3’ Lets Students Get Bachelor’s and Law Degrees in Six Years

Streamlining the Process Since he took the helm as president of Westfield State University in 2015, Ramon Torrecilha has talked often, and consistently, about a changing dynamic in higher education and especially at public institutions. In this environment, he has said to BusinessWest and a wide range of other media outlets and audiences of various […]

read more...
Even her military experience repairing jet engines — work she finds intriguing — hasn’t kept Stephanie Dalton from reaching her goal of becoming a nurse.

Nursing Proves to Be a Solid Option for Career Changers

Course Correction Stephanie Dalton has wanted to be a nurse since she was 7, though it took a few intriguing detours to get there. “I’ve always wanted to do it, and I paid for school myself,” she said of her initial enrollment in American International College six years ago. That entailed working at a series […]

read more...
Julie Quink

Business Owners Must Understand Risks in Their Organizations

The Fraud Triangle By Julie Quink, CPA As a culture, we generally believe that people are honest and are trustworthy. Failures like Enron and WorldCom, whose combined fraud losses totaled $46 billion, have raised an awareness of the costs of fraud and have highlighted the need for management to understand and monitor the business risks […]

read more...
2018 Restaurant Guide

2018 Restaurant Guide

The region’s bevy of restaurants comprises one of the area’s most intriguing business sectors, one in which there is constant movement, new additions, and exciting stories unfolding. This year is no exception, and BusinessWest captures that movement, that excitement, in its annual Restaurant Guide.     There’s More Growth on the Menu Bean Group has […]

read more...
Andy Yee says his family’s goal is to create the region’s largest and best restaurant group. Some would argue that the Bean Group is already there.

Bean Group Has a Number of Intriguing Plans Coming to a Boil

There’s More Growth on the Menu   Andy Yee says he’s heard what he readily concedes is a truism pretty much his whole life. ‘The restaurant business is really hard.’ But while he acknowledges this commonly held belief, or the related opinion that this business is certainly harder than it looks, he quickly adds that […]

read more...
Jerry Moccia says his goal is to provide diners with an authentic Italian experience.

West Springfield’s bNapoli Melds Big-city Style with Local Flavor

Taste of Italy If today’s dining public has become more demanding, Jerry Moccia says, television may bear some of the blame. But he’s not complaining. “People are very into food — they know flavors, they know a lot about food, and things like the Food Network have brought a lot of exposure,” he noted. “People […]

read more...
InsuranceFeature600x200

Agents Work to Communicate the Many Nuances of Auto Insurance

Matters of Policy When Massachusetts opened up its auto-insurance landscape in 2008, switching from a one-price-fits-all approach to the current model known as managed competition, it created more challenges for independent agents, but much more opportunity for customers willing to take the time to examine the many options and credits available to them. The key, […]

read more...
Allison Baker (right, with Cheryl Moran)

Memory-care Communities Emphasize Engagement, Individuality

Mindful Connections Over the past few decades, assisted-living facilities have increasingly opened dedicated memory-care units, and for good reason — a booming senior population is set to spawn sharp increases in Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. These facilities stress safety, but more than that, they aim to keep residents active and engaged with life, while […]

read more...

Opinion

The Numbers Game at UMass

The Numbers Game at UMass

Editorial A recent report issued by the Pioneer Institute, a conservative-leaning, Boston-based think tank, brought a new wave of criticism to the admissions practices at the University of Massachusetts and its flagship campus in Amherst, but what it really did — we hope — is open some eyes to some of the alarming trends in […]

read more...

Think Before Clicking That Link

Opinion By Beth Haddock The e-mail can arrive in your inbox cleverly disguised, appearing to come from your boss, a co-worker, or some other person, business, or organization you trust. But click on a link or attachment as instructed, and you could be in for a headache. You’ve just given cybercriminals access to your company’s […]

read more...