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Restaurant Guide 2016

Plenty to Chew On This Year’s Restaurant Guide Reflects a Diverse Dining Scene By all accounts, restaurant are flourishing across Western Mass., a region that offers nearly endless choices when […]

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Features

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Accelerator Helps Entrepreneurs Hone Ideas, Shape Dreams

Meetings of  the Minds ‘Community’ and ‘network.’ Those were the two terms used time and again by members of the second cohort of Valley Venture Mentors’ accelerator program to describe […]

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Greenfield Strives to Reinvent Its Downtown

Community Spotlight Mayor William Martin says projects that were started years ago are coming to fruition in Greenfield, and new ones are underway that will help the town continue down […]

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Special Features

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Restaurant Guide 2016

Plenty to Chew On This Year’s Restaurant Guide Reflects a Diverse Dining Scene By all accounts, restaurant are flourishing across Western Mass., a region that offers nearly endless choices when […]

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Square One Advocates for Access, Opportunities in Early Education

For more than 130 years, Square One has met the challenge of providing quality early-childhood education, thus serving not only young people, but also their families and the community. Today, […]

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Pelican Products Looks to Become a True Household Name

Making a Strong Case For decades now, the names Pelican and Hardigg (which came together through a merger in 2008) have been well-known in the commercial, government, and public-safety realms, […]

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Giombetti Associates Builds Stronger Companies, One Person at a Time

Getting to Know You Thirty years ago, Rick Giombetti developed a concept, called Performance Dynamics, that links personality with business productivity and potential. His Hampden-based company, Giombetti Associates, has grown […]

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Monica Perez

Initiative Strives to Boost Enrollment, Cut Cost of College

New-school Thinking Carlos Santiago says it would be one of those proverbial ‘good problems to have.’ He was referring to the possibility that so many individuals will seek to take […]

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David Cruise

Series of Key Partnerships Will Help Develop a Rail-car Workforce

On Schedule When a company from across the globe sets up shop in Springfield, it can’t exactly bring its workforce with it. “We need 100% new employees,” said Bobby Doyle, […]

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Barrington Brewery & Restaurant Enjoys a Moment in the Sun

Star Power Andrew Mankin recalls that when he and business partner Gary Happ were crunching the numbers regarding their planned use of solar-heated water for their brew-pub establishment in Great […]

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The Challenge and Reward of Transparency Culture

Visual Flight Rules By Elizabeth McCormick Don’t incentivize employees with money. They don’t want it. Did you do a double-take? The statement is a bit facetious; your workers expect fair […]

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Six Ways to Make Your Meetings More Memorable

Words to Live By By Patricia Fripp   In a perfect world, you would have an unlimited budget to hire top keynote speakers for all your meetings and conventions. Since […]

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Chez Albert Offers French Cuisine in a Relaxed Atmosphere

Gourmand’s Delight Chez Albert is no ordinary French restaurant. But then, Paul Hathaway, who opened the award-winning bistro in Amherst after moving to Western Mass. from Boston 11 years ago, […]

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The Grill at the Boulevard Aims for a Copacabana Vibe

Singing for Your Supper As a 30-year veteran of the restaurant industry, Tony Serafino wasn’t interested in just another eatery when he considered opening the Grill at the Boulevard. That’s […]

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Westfield, Chicopee Merger Called a Logical Step on Many Levels

Dollars and Sense Westfield Bank and Chicopee Savings Bank will come together in the first merger of locally based institutions in more than two decades. The $2.1 billion entity will […]

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Opinion

Accelerating the Pace of Progress

Jas Maggu got it right. Entrepreneurship is certainly a lonely proposition, said Maggu, who has launched a business called AuthenFOOD, which brings healthy foods to one’s doorstep — one of […]

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A Long-term Challenge for the State

Opinion By Stephanie Anthony, Keith Nevitt, and Carol Raphael   Long-term services and supports (LTSS) enable hundreds of thousands of people of all ages in Massachusetts to live with independence […]

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