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MassMutual Responds to a Changing Landscape

Policy Shifts Over the course of its 167-year history, MassMutual has successfully responded to changes in society and also in how business is conducted. Today, the pace of change has […]

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Features

From left, MJ Adams, Mayor William Martin, and Jim Lunt all see many positive signs in Greenfield’s downtown.

Greenfield’s Downtown Gaining Momentum

Community Spotlight Greenfield Mayor William Martin acknowledged that it isn’t exactly a scientific measure of either his downtown’s vibrancy or the efficiency of his long-term strategic plan for the central […]

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Local Companies Starting to Land Contracts with MGM Springfield

The Trickle-down Effect Rebeca Merigian says the slip was found, and promptly given to her, many years ago by a long-time customer, a description she quickly categorized as an obvious […]

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Special Features

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Credit Unions Continue to Promote Their Structure, Culture

Members Only Although myths persist about what credit unions are, their leaders are cheered by statistics showing that 43% of Massachusetts residents belong to one. But they know members aren’t […]

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PeoplesBank Series Takes Viewers on a Rollercoaster Ride

Spotlighting Innovation Throughout its 133-year history, PeoplesBank has touted innovation as one of its core values. But until very recently, this emphasis on innovation has been focused inward, on products, […]

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An Employment Lawyer Diversifies into Manufacturing

Doors to Opportunity When she started her law career with a firm in Springfield, Amy Royal didn’t consider herself an entrepreneur. But that quality emerged quickly, and she would go […]

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Dr. Scott Cooper, one of PSSP’s managing partners

Pioneer Spine & Sports Physicians Helps Patients Get Back to Their Various Fields

Game On No one is totally immune from a sports injury, from kids on the playground to serious college athletes to ‘weekend warriors’ in middle age. Treating those injuries — […]

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While there are plenty of banks doing business in this region, Jeff Sullivan says, there is an opportunity for a new one that is based locally.

Team Forwards Plans for Another New Bank in the Region

Addition by Addition   Jeff Sullivan has spent more than 30 years working in and around the region’s banking community, most recently as chief operating officer for United Bank. So […]

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Brett Gearing says some of the region’s best business ideas come from people who don’t consider their idea a business, but the Alchemy Fund is trying to change that.

The Alchemy Fund Aims to Spin Ideas into Businesses

Bridging the Gap Alchemy is a term that dates back to medieval science — specifically, the effort to convert raw materials into gold. It was a fruitless attempt, of course. […]

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Bob LeDuc, seen here with sons Kurt, left, and Eric, started in a chicken coop and has recorded steady growth ever since.

RR Leduc Marks 50 Years of Bending, Shaping Opportunities

Showing Their Metal Bob Leduc says that, in many respects, there’s been a world of change since he affixed his last name to a sheet-metal fabrication company a half-century or […]

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Clinicians Issue New Warnings About Safety of Energy Drinks

Refreshing the Data The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has released a new official statement regarding energy drinks, published in the college’s clinical review journal, Current Sports Medicine Reports. […]

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Way Finders Relocation Creates More Momentum in Both Ends of the City

Making a Move The nonprofit group Way Finders, formerly known as HAPHousing, has released renderings of the new 35,000-square-foot home it intends to build on the site of the soon-to-be […]

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Paying for College Can Be a Challenging Puzzle to Assemble

Piece by Piece It’s hardly news that college costs have consistently risen over the past two decades, outpacing both inflation and incomes. But there are a host of resources families […]

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Local union carpenters gather for a forum on women in construction at Mount Holyoke College.

Construction Is Largely a Man’s World, but It Doesn’t Have to Be

Framing the Issue Construction has long been a male-dominated industry, but the playing field doesn’t have to be so uneven, several carpenters with Local 336 told BusinessWest. They all took […]

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Adam Metsch says he works to help make the many moving targets that emerge in the college-selection process move a lot less.

The College Advisor Puts Parents, Students on Proper Course

Smart Strategy Adam Metsch was asked to explain why individuals who retain his services should look upon the fees they pay him as an investment, rather than merely an expense. […]

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Opinion

The Importance of Summer Jobs

Editorial Winter hung in for so long, we thought spring might never arrive. But it has. Indeed, the first of the college commencements were last weekend (it wasn’t so long […]

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Natural-gas Curbs Hurt Environment

Opinion By Bob Rio A shortage of natural-gas capacity during the December-January cold snap added $1.7 billion to the electric bills of business and residential customers in New England while […]

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