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UMass System Generates $8.3 Billion in Economic Activity

AMHERST — The five-campus University of Massachusetts system generated a record $8.3 billion in economic activity and supported nearly 40,000 external jobs across Massachusetts, according to a new Donahue Institute report. The analysis found that the economic impact generated by the five-campus UMass system translates into a 9-to-1 return on the state investment in the university. According to the report, each of the five university campuses generated a significant economic impact for its region and the state. The major drivers of economic impact are student, faculty, and staff spending; construction projects; and the university’s purchase of goods and services required for university operations. Besides the spending captured in the economic-impact formula, the report highlights several other UMass contributions to the Massachusetts economy. For example, more than 330,000 of the university’s alumni live in Massachusetts, contributing skills and knowledge to the economy, purchasing goods and services from Massachusetts businesses, and paying local and state taxes. Each year, the university’s five campuses award approximately 20,000 undergraduate and graduate degrees, and nearly three-quarters of its undergraduates are working in Massachusetts five years after graduation. Furthermore, the university’s five campuses house more than 90 core research facilities that are made available to small and medium-sized Massachusetts companies to accelerate their job-creating research and development activity; users of the core facilities make a $364 million contribution to the Massachusetts’ economy, beyond the $8.3 billion cited in the report. The university’s $813 million research enterprise — the third-largest behind Harvard and MIT in Massachusetts — results in patents and technology licensing that creates jobs in established companies and forms the basis for startup companies. In FY 2022, UMass inventions generated $41 million in licensing revenue for the university and 242 patent applications. Finally, UMass campuses attract thousands of people for campus tours, conferences, performances, and sporting events, generating significant economic benefits through spending for transportation, restaurants, lodging, cultural attractions, and retail shops.


Girls Inc. of the Valley Receives $2 Million Earmark

HOLYOKE — U.S. Rep. Richard Neal recently joined Girls Inc. of the Valley Executive Director Suzanne Parker to announce a $2 million earmark to support the renovation of the Girls Inc. of the Valley headquarters and program center. The allocation was made possible through congressionally directed spending from the Department of Education. Neal included funding for this project in the FY 2023 spending bill that was signed into law on Dec. 29, 2022. With this funding, Girls Inc. of the Valley will be able to complete the $7 million renovation of its 16,000-square-foot facility at 480 Hampden St. in Holyoke. Their new location will serve as their permanent headquarters and program center where it will serve more than 1,000 girls from underserved communities. Students in the organization range from ages 5 to 18 and participate in programs offered year-round to help them make better decisions about their health and lifestyles, set and achieve higher academic goals, and put themselves on track to lead independent, successful lives.


Longtime Listener Bequeaths $3 Million to NEPM

SPRINGFIELD — The late Walter Wolnik of Amherst has bequeathed New England Public Media $3 million, the largest gift in NEPM’s history. The transformational gift will support NEPM’s ongoing commitment to presenting classical music on the radio in Western Mass., with a specific focus on access to classical music overnight. Wolnik passed away on Sept. 20, 2022 at the age of 76. He was born and raised in Indian Orchard, where he attended a local high school before graduating from Harvard University in 1969. Wolnik then studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a systems programming consultant for labs at several hospitals in the Boston area and spent a significant portion of time researching and managing his investments. He lived in Newton before moving to Amherst in 2000, where he was active in local politics and enjoyed gardening. He was a longtime listener to NEPM and was especially fond of classical music in the overnight hours.


Berkshire Bank Foundation Donates $426,000 in Third Quarter

BOSTON — Berkshire Bank announced more than $426,000 in Berkshire Bank Foundation philanthropic investments during the third quarter of 2023 in communities Berkshire Bank serves. According to foundation Director Lori Gazzillo Kiely, “the Berkshire Bank Foundation is committed to supporting programs that provide equitable opportunities for economic prosperity. During the third quarter of 2023, we assisted 124 nonprofit organizations with funding to support community needs. In addition, we supported programs that align with Berkshire Bank’s Center for Women, Wellness, and Wealth that provides opportunities for women to build a future enriched with financial stability, balance, and growth.”


Freedom Credit Union Raises More Than $2,700 for Food Bank

SPRINGFIELD — Throughout the months of July and August, Freedom Credit Union raised more than $2,700 through its annual summer food drive for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. In addition to cash donations, Freedom also collected non-perishable food items. Since 1982, the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts has helped provide much-needed food to area residents in Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire counties. It sources its products from donations, which it distributes to participating pantries, meal sites, and shelters throughout the region.


United Way Opens Holyoke Community Cupboard

SPRINGFIELD — United Way of Pioneer Valley (UWPV) opened its Holyoke Community Cupboard on Nov. 2 at 164 Race St. in Holyoke. The result of a partnership among Holyoke Community College (HCC), the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute, and United Way of Pioneer Valley, this new food pantry will have the capacity to serve many Holyoke residents, as well as neighbors in nearby towns. The Holyoke Community Cupboard is located within the Culinary Arts Institute building on Race Street, an area identified as a food desert in the city. UWPV and HCC are excited to use the Culinary Arts Institute space to build collaborative solutions to food insecurity.


Happier Valley Comedy Awards ‘Free Happiness’ to Nonprofits

HADLEY — The Happier Valley Comedy board of directors announced their selection of two Western Mass. nonprofits as the fall 2023 recipients of its Free Happiness Program: Community Health Center of Franklin County (CHCFC) and Transhealth. The Free Happiness Program offers a free Happier Valley Comedy private event, such as a professional-development event or private improv show, to local nonprofit organizations that benefit underrepresented, underserved, and/or BIPOC individuals and communities. Community Health Center of Franklin County is a nonprofit agency operating medical clinics in Greenfield and Orange to treat patients regardless of their ability to pay or insurance status. It will use its award to bring a professional-development event called “An Improviser’s Guide to Building Resilience & Connection” to its fall retreat. Transhealth is a trans-led Northampton medical center that provides affirming and empowering healthcare services to transgender and gender-diverse individuals and their families. It will use its award to help support the staff’s continued work in healthcare, advocacy, and education in the local trans community. Applications for the Free Happiness Program are accepted on a rolling basis and awarded twice a year. Any organization who would like to be considered for future awards must be a registered 501(c)(3) and can apply at www.happiervalley.com/free-happiness. The next round of awards will be presented in the spring of 2024.


Bulkley Richardson Named 2024 Best Law Firm in 14 Practice Areas

SPRINGFIELD — Best Lawyers, in partnership with U.S. News and World Report, ranks Bulkley Richardson as 2024 Best Law Firm in the Springfield region in the following 14 practice areas: banking and finance law, bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law, business organizations (including LLCs and partnerships), commercial litigation, corporate law, criminal defense – general practice, criminal defense – white collar, employment law, litigation – labor and employment, medical-malpractice law – defendants, personal-injury litigation – defendants, real-estate law, tax law, and trusts and estates law. To be eligible for a ranking, a law firm must have at least one lawyer included in the list of Best Lawyers. Bulkley Richardson has 15 lawyers included on the 2024 Best Lawyers list, and two of the firm’s partners, Michael Burke and John Pucci, were named 2024 Springfield-area Lawyers of the Year. Rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations and peer reviews from leading attorneys in their field.


Healthcare Heroes Nominations

Through June 24: In the spring of 2017, the Healthcare News and its sister publication, BusinessWest, created a new and exciting recognition program called Healthcare Heroes. It was launched with the theory that there are heroes working all across this region’s wide, deep, and all-important healthcare sector, and that there was no shortage of fascinating stories to tell and individuals and groups to honor. That theory has certainly been validated. But there are hundreds, perhaps thousands of heroes whose stories we still need to tell, especially in these times, when the COVID-19 pandemic has brought many types of heroes to the forefront. Nominations will be accepted in seven different categories: Patient/Resident/Client Care Provider, Health/Wellness Administrator/Administration, Emerging Leader, Community Health, Innovation in Health/Wellness, Collaboration in Health/Wellness, and Lifetime Achievement. The Healthcare Heroes event is presented by Elms College. Nominations can be submitted at businesswest.com/healthcare-heroes/nominations. For more information, call (413) 781-8600.


Blue Sox Youth Baseball Clinics

June 28 to July 1; July 5-8; July 12-15: The Valley Blue Sox of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, in coordination with presenting sponsor Holyoke Medical Group, announced three youth baseball clinic dates. At these clinics, to be held in three different locations around Western Mass., participants will hone their hitting, pitching, and fielding skills with instruction from Blue Sox players and coaches. The dates and locations are as follows: June 28 to July 1, 9 a.m. to noon, Hadley Elementary School fields (rain date July 2); July 5-8, 9 a.m. to noon, Mackenzie Stadium, Holyoke (rain date July 9); and July 12-15, 9 a.m. to noon, Spec Pond Recreation Area, Wilbraham (rain date July 16). The registration cost for each clinic is $120. The clinics are open to children ages 6-13. Every child who participates in the youth clinic will receive two tickets to the Blue Sox Clinic Night on Wednesday, July 21. This night is a way to commemorate the work put in during the clinics, and every child will have the opportunity to take the field with the Blue Sox during the pregame ceremonies. To register for these youth clinics, click www.bluesoxcamps.com for the Hadley or Holyoke clinic, or www.wilbrahamrec.com for the Wilbraham clinic. For more information, visit www.valleybluesox.com and select ‘Youth Clinics’ from the drop-down menu.


Golf Tournament to Benefit Surrendered Farm Animals

July 17: The Whip City Animal Sanctuary will be hosting its inaugural golf tournament on Saturday, July 17 at East Mountain Country Club in Westfield. Whip City Animal Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides a stable, forever home for rescued and surrendered farm animals, many of whom have been neglected or abused. The tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Play is a four-person, best-ball scramble. The entry fee is $100 per person and includes cart, green fees, and dinner following the tournament at 5:30 p.m. There will be prizes for closest to the hole and closest to the line, along with a raffle. Various levels of corporate sponsorship are still available for those who would like to contribute. For more information about player registration and sponsorship opportunities, contact Sonia Henderson at (413) 627-6192 or [email protected].


RVCC Golf Tournament

Sept. 10: River Valley Counseling Center (RVCC), a multi-faceted mental-health agency, will hold its sixth annual golf tournament fundraiser at East Mountain Country Club in Westfield. The event is presented by Action Ambulance Service Inc. Funds raised will support the programs RVCC provides to children and teens in the community, in schools, and through local partnerships. The cost per golfer is $100 and includes greens fees, a golf cart, a gift bag, lunch, and dinner. Golfers will also be able to participate in course contests and a raffle. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. with a 10:30 a.m. shotgun start. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Visit rvccinc.org/golf for more information and to register or sponsor online.


40 Under Forty Gala

Sept. 23: BusinessWest’s 15th annual 40 Under Forty gala will take place at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House in Holyoke. The class of 2021 was introduced to the region in the magazine’s May 12 issue, and the profiles may be read online at businesswest.com. Tickets cost $80 per person. This is expected to be a sellout event, and tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve a spot, call (413) 781-8600, or e-mail [email protected].



The following business incorporations were recorded in Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties and are the latest available. They are listed by community.


Husar Arms, Inc., 104 Ramah Circle South, Agawam, MA 01001. David N. Moore, 257 Mountain Road, Hampden, MA 01036. Manufacturing.


New Hadley Cleaners Inc., 358 College St., Amherst, MA 01002. Hak Yong Jang, 12 Riviera Dr. Amherst, MA 01001. Dry Cleaners.


Hum Inc., 545 State St. Belchertown, MA 01007. Tahira Khatoon, same. Convenience Store.


Gutter Cleaning USA Inc., 543 Springfield St., Chicopee, MA 01013. Alex John Korotich, same. Gutter Cleaning, Repair, Installation.

Trafa Trade Inc., 140 Padgette St., Unit D, Chicopee, MA 01022. Shahid Habib, 19 Spring Meadows South Hadley, MA 01075. Investments.


S&W Excavation Inc., 56 Adams St., Easthampton, MA 01027. Symon Dastoli, same. Excavation and Site Work Services.


Cajun Ladies Inc., 5 Columbia St., Holyoke, MA 01040. Araceli Lopez-Rivera, same. Restaurant serving Creole and Cajun food.


About Fate, Inc., 82 Wendell Ave., Suite 100, Pittsfield, MA 01201. Sergei Bespalov, 221 River St. 9th Fl., Hoboken, N.J. 07030. Film production.

Beastfair Inc., 41 Noblehurst Ave., Pittsfield, MA 01201. John Garcia, same. E-commerce.


Arham Inc., 305 Walnut St., Springfield, MA 01109. Muhammed Rafiq, 311 E. Middle TPKE, Manchester, CT 06040. Fast food restaurant.


Shiva Laxmi Inc., 54 Pleasant St., Westfield, MA 01085. Umeshkumar Patel, same. Liquor Store.


The following business incorporations were recorded in Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties and are the latest available. They are listed by community.


Rob Campbell Inc., 36 Mercedes St., Chicopee, MA 01020. Robin Campbell, same. Sales/service of home equipment and furnishings.


Suns Mass Inc., 198 Mill Village Road, Deerfield, MA 01342. Steven White, 627 South 48th St., Suite 100, Tempe, AZ 85281. Cultivate, manufacture, market, promote, sell, and distribute medicinal cannabis and products.


Procedural Writing Associates Inc., 205 Hendricks St., Easthampton, MA 01027. Devin D. Hague, same. Technical writing, documentation, training.


Taba Inc., 2 Juniper St., Florence, MA 01062. Maya Tal-Baker, same. Real estate.


New England Support Team Inc., 4 South Main St., Haydenville, MA 01039. George D’Asous, 254 Bryant St., Chesterfield, MA 01012. Nonprofit organization pooling together contractors from all over country; organizing regional support teams of licensed professionals in localities where disaster has struck.


Premier Growers Inc., 5A Appleton St., Holyoke, MA 01040. Norman Robert Betournaym 24 Shore Rd, Southwick, MA 01077. Agriculture.

Searles Automation Corp., 110 Northbridge St., Holyoke, MA 01040. William K. Searles, same. Corporation service company.


Patriot Riders of America Chapter 6 WMass, Corp., 306 Main St. Monson, MA 01057. Floyd Fairbanks, same. Membership organization made up of volunteers whose sole intention is to help out our Veterans & local communities.


Starbp Athletics Inc., 82 Wendell Ave. Ste 100, Pittsfield, MA 01201. Jianrong Zheng, 167 North 3rd Ave., Suite H, Upland, CA 91786. Trading.


Nova Leap Health Ma III Inc., 235 Greenfield Road #6, South Deerfield, MA 01373. Christopher Dobbin, 4-37 Wentworht St., Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. Provide personal care services, homemaking, and non-medical companion care.


Sabuska Corporation, 305 State St., Suite C2, Springfield, MA 01105. Veerjinder Singh, same. Business management services.


Springfield Motor Freight Inc., 11 Haywood Ave., West Springfield, MA 01089. Mickeal J. Wilson, same. Trucking/transportation.


Pulse Cellular Inc., 45 Stonegate Circle, Wilbraham, MA 01095. Anthony Orlando Colapietro, same. US national wireless carrier, cellular provider.


Systems Plumbing and Heating Inc., 19 Rida Road, Worthington, MA 01098. Ryan Rida, same. Plumbing.


The following business incorporations were recorded in Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties and are the latest available. They are listed by community.


Odessa Transportation Inc., 458 Main St., Agawam, MA 01001. Pavlo Dukach, same. Transportation.

Quality Auto Trans Inc., 61 Center St. Agawam, MA 01001. Nelya Hrytskevich, same. Transportation.


Nike Sushi Inc., 1180 Thorndike St., Palmer, MA 01069. Hong Fei Huang, 34-25 Linden Place, Flushing, N.Y. 11354. Sushi bar inside the supermarket.


Holyoke Retirement Community Inc., 75 North St., Suite 210, Pittsfield, MA 01201. William C. Jones, 16 Charisma St., Pittsfield, MA 01201. To operate and maintain housing complex providing independent and assisted living units for elderly.

Nerd Cavalry Inc., 23 Adams St., Ludlow, MA 01056. Michael R. Grogan, same. Information technology consulting.


Peter Jackson Hospitality Inc., 375 Hewins St., Sheffield, MA 01257. Adrian D’ambrosi, 20 Salem Road, Pound Ridge, MA 10576. Bed & breakfast.


Mr. Dunn Enterprises Inc., 1655 Boston Road, Springfield, MA 01129. Aaron Dunn, 1210 Main St., Warren, MA 01083. Management of business entities.

Nolan Wells Inc., 26 Ryan Circle, Springfield, MA 01118. Nolan Wells, same. Retail clothing.

Ofcounsels Corporation, 35 Riverview Terrace, Springfield, MA 01108. Anthony Ivan Wilson, same. Ofcounsels is a social network for attorneys.

PIWC — Springfield Assembly, 187 Stuart St., Springfield, MA 01119. Karl O. Badu, 19 Stephanie Circle, Springfield, MA 01129. Christian church.


Murphy Real Estate & Construction Inc., 45 North Westfield St., Feeding Hills, MA 01030. Michael Murphy, same. Residential real estate.


Paramount Construction ABC Inc., 35 Springfield St., Wilbraham, MA 01095. John Pappanikou, same. Remodel existing residential properties.