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40 Under Forty Gala Update

On Sept. 23, BusinessWest will stage its annual 40 Under Forty Gala at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House in Holyoke.

As this celebration approaches, this site will provide regular updates on the event, its schedule, and other information. Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a series of steps are being taken to help ensure the health and safety of all those who will be attending the 40 Under Forty Gala. Our overriding goal at BusinessWest is to create an event that will recognize these rising stars in the manner they deserve, but in a way that addresses the health and safety concerns related to COVID for attendees and Log Cabin employees alike.

As we continue to monitor local and state guidance, 40 Under Forty event organizers have worked creatively and collaboratively to bring you an event that keeps everyone’s safety in mind. Thus, the following steps are being taken:

• Masks must be worn by ALL attendees when not eating or drinking or seated at your assigned table.

• ALL registration and check-in will be conducted outdoors, outside the main entrance.

• The popular VIP reception hour prior to the event will take place outdoors on the terrace located directly outside the Grand Edna Ballroom.

• Both indoor and outdoor seating will be utilized to create the ability for social distancing and spacing between tables: indoors in the Grand Edna Williams Ballroom and the Southampton Room; and outdoors (ALL tented) on the Grand Edna Terrace, the Southampton Room Terrace, and the Upper Vista (the event space above the Log Cabin that comes complete with breathtaking views of Mount Tom and the valley below).

Details of the program and presentation are still being finalized, but the plan is to bring portions of the announcement of the 40 Under Forty class live to those in both the indoor and outdoor spaces. Streaming of the proceedings will remain available to all those gathered at the Log Cabin and those wishing to join remotely.

Watch for updates on the event in the coming days.

2021 40 Under Forty Gala Tickets are on Sale Now!

When BusinessWest launched a program in 2007 to honor young professionals in Western Mass. — not only for their career achievements, but for their service to the community — there was little concern that the initial flow of nominations might slow to a trickle years later.

Read the amazing stories of our 40 Under Forty Class of 2021 in the 40 Under Forty digital flipbook HERE

Event Date: September 23, 2021
Time: 5 – 9 p.m.
Tickets are $80/per ticket and can be purchased by either calling (413) 781-8600 or emailing [email protected].
This is a sell out event, so tickets are sold on a first come, first serve basis. You won’t want to miss this!

View this year’s 40 Under Forty digital flipbook here!

Presenting Sponsor


Alumni Achievement Award

When BusinessWest launched its 40 Under Forty program in 2007, it did so to identify rising stars across our region – individuals who were excelling in business and through involvement within the community –and celebrate their accomplishments. In 2015, BusinessWest announced a new award, one that builds on the foundation upon which 40 Under Forty was created. It’s called the Alumni Achievement Award (formerly the Continued Excellence Award). as the name suggests, will be presented to the 40 Under Forty honoree who, in the eyes of an independent panel of judges, has most impressively continued and built upon their track record of accomplishment.

This year’s nominations are CLOSED. Nominate next year’s Alumni Achievement Award recipient HERE.

2021 Alumni Achievement Award Presenting Sponsor

Celebrating Previous Year's 40 Under Forty

Class of 2020

The class of 2020 celebration was a hybrid event spread out over two days on Tues., Oct. 13 and Wed., Oct. 14. at the Upper Vista of the Log Cabin.

Class of 2019

The class of 2019 was celebrated at the annual 40 Under Forty Gala on Thursday, June 20 at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House in Holyoke.


40under40SMALLNominations for 40 Under Forty Class of 2021 are now CLOSED. You may submit a nomination for 2022 consideration beginning in February 2022.

Class of 2018

The class of 2018 was celebrated at the annual 40 Under Forty Gala on Thursday, June 21 at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House in Holyoke.

Class of 2017

The Log Cabin in Holyoke was once again bursting with energy and excitement as more than 700 people packed the house to celebrate the 40 Under Forty class of 2017

Class of 2016

More than 700 people packed the house to celebrate the 40 Under Forty class of 2016 — the 10th class of successful young professionals so honored by BusinessWest

40 Under Forty Past Honorees