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Old Sturbridge Village Family Fun Days
Aug. 31 to Sept. 2: Bring the whole family to Old Sturbridge Village on Labor Day weekend, when the largest outdoor history museum in the Northeast opens its doors to children for free (normally, youth admission is $8). Guests are invited to play baseball the way early New Englanders did, make a craft, join a game of French & English (tug of war), meet the oxen in training, try their hand at marbling paper, see a puppet show, watch a toy fire-balloon flight, visit the Freeman Farm, stop and see craftsmen at work, and much more. In addition, the weekend will feature appearances by Bob Olson, performing 19th-century magic, as well as the Old Sturbridge Village Singers and the Old Sturbridge Village Dancers. Adult admission is $24. For more information, call (800) 733-1830 or visit

Bay Path College Cybersecurity Summit
Sept. 5: Jennifer Lesser Henley, director of Security Operations for the social-media giant Facebook, will be the keynote speaker at Bay Path University’s second annual Cybersecurity Summit, “Security: Changing the Game,” in the Blake Student Commons. Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m., with the lecture immediately following at 8 a.m. The conference will address security in the world of social media and how everyone plays a role in keeping people safe and making the Internet a more secure place. The summit is presented by Bay Path’s Master of Science in Cybersecurity Management program, which was launched last October as the first of its kind in New England. The summit is free to attend and open to the public. To attend in person or virtually, register at For more information, contact Ann Cantin at [email protected].

Workshop Series on Growing a Business
Sept. 5: The Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with Common Capital Inc., is presenting a six-part workshop series, “Taking Care of Business: How to Develop and Grow Your Business.” Sponsored by Common Capital, this series addresses best practices for all types of businesses. The first session, being staged on Sept. 5, is “From Startup to Finish: Financing Your Business.” This first workshop will be held at the Residence Inn by Marriott Springfield/Chicopee. The other five seminar topics are: “Negotiating and Understanding Leases,” “Human Resources: Best Practices for Small Businesses,” “How to Retain Your Top Talent,” “Is Your Website Working for You?” and “Strategic Networking: Networking to Increase Profitability.” Facilitators for each seminar are experts in their respective fields. The cost is $20 per workshop for chamber members and $30 for non-members, or $120 for all six sessions for chamber members and $150 for all six sessions for non-members, meaning one session is free when signing up for the entire series. Register online at under Upcoming Events, or call (413) 594-2101.

ACA Roundtable Seminar
Sept. 11: With changes coming to the Affordable Care Act in 2015, business owners and managers need to ensure that their companies are up to speed on the newest developments, including the employer mandate, which will go into effect next year. Attorney Channez Rogers, an associate with the Northampton-based firm Royal LLP, will lead a roundtable-style seminar where she will provide practical pointers to assist attendees with helping their organizations stay current with the latest Obamacare provisions. Rogers will cover topics such as what to include in a comprehensive package, who is subject to the employer mandate and how to comply, and penalties for non-compliance. The seminar will be staged at Royal LLP’s offices, at 270 Pleasant St. in Northampton, from 8 to 9 a.m. The cost is $30 per person, and advance registration and payment are required. Seating will be limited. Contact Ann-Marie Marcil at (413) 586-2288 or e-mail [email protected] to register or if you have any questions about this seminar.

Western Mass. Business Expo
Oct. 29: BusinessWest will present its fourth annual Western Mass. Business Expo at the MassMutual Center in downtown Springfield. The business-to-business show, which last year drew more than 2,000 visitors, will feature more than 150 booths, seminars, and Show Floor Theater presentations; breakfast and lunch programs; and a day-capping Expo Social. Comcast Business will again be Presenting Sponsor, while the social will be sponsored by Northwestern Mutual and MGM Springfield. Silver Sponsors are Health New England, DIF Design, and Johnson & Hill Staffing. Education sponsor is the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information on sponsorships or booth purchase, call (413) 781-8600.

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