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Photographer Brings a Unique Niche and a Thriving Business into Focus

Body of Work When Dani Klein-Williams started her own photo studio, she had only enough confidence to seek a month-to-month lease. Fast-forward nearly 20 years, and she’s occupying 1,300 square […]

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Features

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Pilot Program Targets Region’s Manufacturing Sector

The Goal: to Make Progress In an effort to bolster the region’s manufacturing sector by opening doors to opportunity for many of the smaller firms that dominate the landscape, Valley […]

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Developments Spur Growth in Northampton

Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz says the scope of new construction and renovation projects that were recently completed, are underway, or are in the planning stages total $36 million, and attest […]

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Photographer Brings a Unique Niche and a Thriving Business into Focus

Body of Work When Dani Klein-Williams started her own photo studio, she had only enough confidence to seek a month-to-month lease. Fast-forward nearly 20 years, and she’s occupying 1,300 square […]

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At Area Dealerships, Crossover Sales Continue to Soar

More for the Money Sport utility vehicles have long staked out significant market share in the auto-sales world, as Americans appreciate their roominess and flexibility. But their price tag has […]

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Employers Navigate Challenges Posed by the BYOD Culture

Left to Their Own Devices Whether or not a company explicitly allows it, employees in all fields are increasingly using their own laptops, tablets, and smartphones as part of their […]

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Banks Face Rising Need for IT Talent

Hard Data Young people studying information technology in college, or IT professionals seeking a career change, don’t always think about the opportunities afforded by the banking industry. But perhaps they […]

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Kim Miles

Conference Helps Women Master Important Business Skill Sets

Network News Kim Miles says many women fail to network effectively, and for various reasons. They lack the confidence to promote themselves, their accomplishments, and their products and services, she […]

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Ray Smith

Motorcycle Shops See a Slow but Steady Rise in Sales

Revving Up for Success Ray Smith left his career as a homebuilder 14 years ago to live his dream. “Motorcycles are my passion,” he told BusinessWest, as he recalled how […]

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Businesses Need to Be Proactive to Cope with the New OT Rule

Work to Do By Susan G. Fentin, Esq. On May 18, the Department of Labor (DOL) finally released its highly anticipated revisions to regulations governing the Fair Labor Standards Act […]

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MGM, Surging Downtown Boost Prospects for Meetings, Conventions

Meeting Expectations As news circulates concerning construction of MGM’s $950 million casino in Springfield’s South End, the region is finding itself a player in many more of the spirited competitions […]

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Development Associates Broadens Its Portfolio

Building Momentum Over the years, Agawam-based Development Associates has steadily grown its portfolio to more than 2 million square feet of space under management. Behind those numbers are some intriguing […]

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Boat Dealers Navigate Challenges to Post Strong Sales

Rising Tide A boat is, for most buyers, a true luxury item, and price tags can get high. Yet, boat sales have remained steady over the decades, and even the […]

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Caitlin Eckhoff

Dizziness Is Often Caused by Treatable Inner-ear Malfunction

A Sense of Motion Some 90 million Americans will experience a sudden onset of dizziness at least once, and about 50% of those may have a condition called benign paroxysmal […]

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Hadley Farms Meeting House Aims to Create Memorable Events

Thinking Outside the Box After-5 events, those ubiquitous get-togethers sponsored by area chambers of commerce, can get a little stale, Brenda Lee said. “You go, and everyone eats, drinks, and […]

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Opinion

A Chance to Manufacture Progress

Editorial If nothing else, the recently announced initiative to take Valley Venture Mentors’ accelerator model for helping startup businesses and customize it for existing manufacturing companies wins high marks for […]

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Region Needs More Than a New Slogan

Editorial 2 When the president of the Oklahoma-based ad agency hired to help the region better promote itself introduced himself and his latest assignment last month, he said this exercise […]

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