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Encouraging Small Business

While some in this region still cling to the hope that large corporations will magically appear on the Western Mass. horizon, bringing hundreds of those ‘good-paying jobs’ with them, everyone else seems to have accepted reality. And that is that those days — if there ever really were any in this specific part of the […]

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OPINION

The End of Binge-spending Days In 1981, I learned about cycles the hard way. I invested in Texas real estate when it was at an all-time high only to see values, and my investment, take a nosedive. This experience alerted me once again to the law of cycles: What is up will eventually come down, […]

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OPINION

Make Investments in Your Community I have been in my position as president and chief executive officer for the Pioneer Valley United Way for 15 months. During this time, I feel that I have learned as much from my experience as I have contributed to it. Among the many things I have learned is that […]

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The Control Board Should Stay in Control

When news first leaked of planned legislation to extend the Springfield Finance Control Board’s stay in the City of Homes, many people expressed doubts about whether this was the best route for Springfield. We at BusinessWest don’t have any. A quick look around would reveal that some measurable progress has been made on a number […]

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