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CHICOPEE — To expand its offering of leadership-development opportunities to all students, the Elms College will launch the Elms College Student Leadership Institute (SLI) at the start of the fall 2018 semester.

Affirming the Elms College values of faith, community, justice, and excellence, SLI — run by the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership — will offer all students the opportunity to engage in a variety of experiences that will benefit their leadership development.

SLI encourages leadership development by hosting dynamic workshops and seminars; establishing mentoring relationships with faculty, staff, and students within the campus community; creating opportunities for community service by partnering with local organizations; and sparking discussions with peers about important personal and social issues.

Fall 2018 SLI sessions include offerings centered around the college’s core values. Participants may choose to attend individual sessions for personal enrichment, or take part in a series of sessions to earn a certificate in values-based leadership. This certificate is awarded to students who complete all eight of the SLI programs offered each year. This certificate track is designed for those who want to strengthen their leadership by aligning their decisions with the values of faith, community, justice, and excellence.

The new institute is an extension of Elms College’s existing Sophomore Leadership Program, which will continue to be offered this year as a part of SLI to encourage second-year students to engage in deep development of their leadership qualities and potential. Through leadership programming, workshops, and activities, sophomores will self-reflect, develop skills, and make changes through action.

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SPRINGFIELD  The third installment of the BusinessWest lecture series Future Tense, titled “Change Considerations: An Examination of Lean Process, Market Disruption, and the Future of Your Business,” will take place on Thursday, Sept. 20 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Tech Foundry, 1391 Main St., ninth floor, Springfield.

The lecture, open exclusively to CEOs and business owners, will be delivered by Mark Borsari, president of Sanderson MacLeod. The cost is a $25 donation to Tech Foundry. Event sponsors include Paragus IT, the Jamrog Group, and Meyers Brothers Kalicka, P.C.

With increasingly automated business processes, AI, and machine manufacturing, lean concepts are becoming more important than ever in terms of staying competitive. Borsari will discuss change and innovation through lean concepts and focus on resulting cultural considerations. The presentation will also address already-active market disrupters that will affect business processes in various industries.

Metered street parking is available near the venue, and there are several parking-garage options nearby as well. To register, visit businesswest.com/lecture-series-2.

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LUDLOW — With September’s designation as College Savings Month, LUSO Federal Credit Union is welcoming students back to the classroom this fall by placing a special focus on saving for college.

According to studies based on National Center for Education Resources data, the average annual in-state college tuition in Massachusetts was $25,406 during academic year 2016-17. That figure is $11,464 higher than the U.S. average and ranks Massachusetts as the fourth-most-expensive state or district in which to attend college. Given those costs, it’s important for families to get a head start on saving.

“With the rising costs of college education, it’s never too early to start planning for your child’s future,” said Jennifer Calheno, president and chief executive officer of LUSO Federal Credit Union. “LUSO offers a number of savings options to help families prepare for college, including various share accounts and term share certificates. We are firm believers in setting a strong financial foundation, so we offer our in-school banking program at seven schools in Ludlow, Hampden, and Wilbraham, allowing the students themselves to begin saving for the future.”

Since LUSO’s in-school banking program began in 2009, more than 1,800 students have gone through the program, saving an average of $103,400 per year over the last four years.

“LUSO strives to make saving fun for students,” said Sharon Dufour, chief financial officer. “It is important that good savings habits are developed early, and students learn that saving routinely is just as important as the amount they save.”

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HOLYOKE — Holyoke Community College theater alumni, together with students from the HCC Theater Department, will gather once again this fall to put on an evening of one-act plays written in just 24 hours.

The HCC 24-hour theater festival, renamed the HCC Phillips Festival this year in memory of Leslie Phillips, the late HCC drama teacher who inspired the festival’s creation, will be presented Saturday, Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. in the Leslie Phillips Theater in HCC’s Fine & Performing Arts Building. 

Like the previous two festivals, the third is a benefit show, and all proceeds will go toward the Leslie Phillips Fund for Theater Arts and Education at Holyoke Community College.

This event was first organized in 2016 by HCC alumni working with HCC theater professor Pat Sandoval as a tribute to Phillips, founder of the HCC drama program, who died in 1988.

“Leslie Phillips was a dedicated faculty member and played a pivotal role in the creation of the HCC Theater Department,” said Lisa Poehler, a Holyoke native, resident of Springfield, and one of the organizers of the event. “In her memory, we invite everyone to join in this celebration of the arts for the benefit of current and future HCC theater students.”

HCC alumni along with current HCC students will meet on Friday, Sept. 28 to begin writing and rehearsing the one-act plays they will perform the following night. Anyone who would like to participate in this year’s festival can contact the HCC Alumni Players at [email protected] or on the group’s Facebook page.

Tickets for the show are $15 for general admission and $10 for students, seniors, HCC faculty, and staff.  To order tickets, call (413) 552-2485 or visit hcc.edu/alumnievents.

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CHICOPEE — On Monday, Sept. 17, HRMA of Western New England will present its annual Legal Update program on the new ‘grand bargain’ legislation, recreational and medical marijuana regulations/best practices, and the new non-compete agreement ruling.

John Gannon, partner at Skoler, Abbott & Presser, will speak to attendees about being prepared for the minimum-wage hike over the next several years and how best to prepare for paid family leave. He’ll also include a discussion on best practices for pre-employment and reasonable-suspicion drug-testing policies.

The current legislative climate can be burdensome for employers, and the goal for this program is to help local employers understand the laws and facilitate best practices, according to Myra Quick, HRMA president.

The program starts at 4 p.m. with a cocktail and networking hour, followed by Gannon’s presentation at 5:15 p.m. A buffet dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. The location for this event is the Castle of Knights in Chicopee. The program has been approved for both HRCI and SHRM credits.

“The HRMA September Legal Update is always an important event for the human-resources community,” Quick said. “This year will be particularly important as the grand-bargain changes are enacted. We welcome anyone with an interest in this topic but strongly suggest they register early, as we are expecting a large turnout for this event.”

For more information and to register, visit www.hrmawne.org.

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SPRINGFIELD — Last November, Facebook announced the launch of a new program to invest in small businesses across the country. The program, Community Boost, is designed to help small businesses grow and to give people the digital skills they need to compete in the new economy.

Facebook Community Boost will be visiting 30 cities this year and will be in Springfield on Sept. 10 and 11. Registration is open for anyone who wants to come to Community Boost, which kicks off on Sept. 10 at Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. To learn more, visit www.fbcommunityboost.com/cities/springfield-ma.

When Facebook heard that Massachusetts wanted more digital skills training, it became a driving force behind why Springfield was chosen to host Community Boost. A survey by Morning Consult of small businesses in Massachusetts found demand for digital skills — 69% — of respondents said an individual’s digital skills were important — while small businesses also see social media as critical to their success. Of the surveyed businesses, 76% say Facebook allows them to reach more customers outside their cities, states, and countries, while 53% small businesses on Facebook say it has helped them hire additional employees.

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SPRINGFIELD — Local law firm Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin, P.C. announced that eight of its attorneys were listed in The Best Lawyers in America for 2019. They include:

• Shareholder Michele Feinstein, in the fields of elder law and trusts and estates;

• Shareholder Gary Fentin, banking and finance law and commercial transactions/Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) law;

• Shareholder Carol Cioe Klyman, elder law;

• Managing Partner Timothy Mulhern, corporate law and tax law;

• Shareholder Steven Schwartz, business organizations (including LLCs and partnerships), closely held companies, and family business law, as well as corporate law;

• Shareholder James Sheils, commercial transactions/Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) law;

• Shareholder Ann Weber, elder law; and

• Shareholder Steven Weiss, bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law.

In addition, Weiss and Mulhern were both recognized as 2019 Lawyers of the Year — Weiss for his work in the field of bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law, and Mulhern for his work in the field of corporate law.

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SPRINGFIELD — The Hampden County Bar Assoc. will hold a Legal Help Hotline in conjunction with Western New England University School of Law on Thursday, Sept. 20 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the law school, 1215 Wilbraham Road, Springfield.

The volunteers will provide legal advice on a variety of topics, including divorce and family law, bankruptcy, business, landlord/tenant, and real estate. Spanish-speaking attorneys will be available. Individuals needing advice should call (413) 796-2057 to speak to a volunteer.

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HADLEY — Cybersecurity and data protection are top of mind for many business owners. Unprecedented hacking in recent years has shown that even the most protected systems are vulnerable to attack.

As part of its popular “Most Important Meal of the Day” breakfast event series, Paragus IT will welcome Andy Levchuck from local law firm Bulkley Richardson for a cybersecurity info session on Thursday, Sept. 13 from 8 to 10 a.m. at Paragus Headquarters on 112 Russell St., Hadley. A food-truck breakfast will be provided, followed by the info session and questions and answers.

Paragus founder and CEO Delcie Bean and Levchuck will share key information on what businesses can do to protect themselves — and how to respond in the event of an attack. They will also share case studies of local businesses who have been victims of hacking and data breaches and what others can learn from their experience.

Levchuck spent 24 years at the U.S. Department of Justice and has received training in cyber and computer-network investigative techniques at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va. As a certified information systems security professional, his work at Bulkley Richardson involves advising clients on state and federal data protection and privacy rights.

“At Paragus, we work hard to give our clients the strongest data protection and to react quickly and effectively in the event of a breach or hack,” Bean said. “We’re very honored to have Andy share his high-level authority on security matters, in addition to his legal expertise related to these issues.”

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HOLYOKE — The Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce board of directors announced that Barry Feingold has been named chamber president. He will also serve as president of the Greater Holyoke Chamber Centennial Foundation Inc.

Feingold is a veteran chamber executive who previously served as the Milford Area Chamber of Commerce’s (MACC) president for 10 years, increasing its membership by 50% and revenue over 35%. Prior to arriving at the MACC, he served the American Chamber of Commerce in Lima, Peru, starting as the administrative and marketing manager and working his way up to executive director. After spending the last four years once again in Peru, where he successfully ran his own hospitality-management business, he decided to move back with his family to his native Massachusetts.

Feingold, who replaces Kathleen Anderson, is the Greater Holyoke Chamber’s first bilingual president.

“The leaders of the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce are impressed by Barry’s experience as a business professional and as a proven leader of chambers both in Massachusetts and in Peru,” said Kevin McCaffrey, Mount Holyoke College’s director of Government and Community Relations and chairman of the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce board of directors. “We are looking forward to working with him as the chamber continues its long history of serving our members and working with other civic leaders to support this great city. Barry’s energetic leadership will be a key ingredient in the next chapter of the chamber’s success.”

The board’s unanimous decision to hire Feingold resulted from a rigorous review of numerous qualified candidates interested in the position. He takes the helm effective Sept. 11. Among his first tasks will be meetings with civic leaders and chamber members to assess the challenges and opportunities facing Holyoke and the chamber. Among the many focuses of his presidency will be bringing new members to the chamber, including tapping into Holyoke’s Latino business community.

“A chamber is all about bringing together people to do business, and by promoting our membership’s diversity with its many cultures and languages, we can overcome all obstacles to help folks connect,” he said.

Anderson, who served as chamber president for six years, recently joined the leadership at Holyoke Medical Center as director of Community Benefits.

“I am honored and excited to be the next president for the Greater Holyoke Chamber,” Feingold said. “I’m looking forward to meeting our members and hearing from them how the chamber can best continue to support the business community in the Greater Holyoke area. Holyoke has made so much economic progress in recent years. My main focus will be on continuing to support that momentum, by bringing new members to the chamber and increasing the involvement of — and benefits for — everyone.”

As one step in introducing the new president, the chamber will hold an After Hours networking event on Wednesday, Sept. 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Gateway City Arts, 92 Race St., Holyoke, where members and others can meet Feingold at his first official event as chamber president.