Making the News in Business, April 7

Posted: 2022-04-06 13:52:35

Modified: 06/04/2022 13:51:33

Northampton Chamber adds five new board members

NORTHAMPTON – The Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce welcomed five new board members at its first meeting of 2022. They include:

Jennifer Aiguieres, living in Florence, is an insurance broker with Finck & Perras Insurance. She sits on the Chamber’s Investors and Ambassadors Committee and chairs the Partners Committee. She is a community volunteer, wife, mother and businesswoman, serving on the boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County, Easthampton Chamber of Commerce, and an active member of the Northampton Rotary Club. Additionally, Ewers is currently Chairman of the Board of Cancer Connection.

Christopher Gallivan of Feeding Hills is a Business Solutions Consultant with Complete Payrolls Solutions based in Springfield. He serves on the Chamber’s Investors and Ambassadors Committee and served on the planning committee for its virtual annual meeting last year.

Doug Gilbert of Agawam is vice president and head of commercial loans at Florence Savings Bank in Florence. He is certified as a public accountant in Massachusetts. He holds a degree in accounting from Westfield State University and an MBA in finance from the University of Connecticut.

Randy Krotowski of Northampton is a retired tech executive and community volunteer. He has experience from for-profit boards to not-for-profit board members. He is active on the House Economic Development Committee.

Katie Wolf de Northampton is the chief operating officer of Transhealth in Florence. Wolf brings a wealth of skills and experience to his role on the Chamber’s Board of Directors, including LBGTQIA+ healthcare, operations, data analytics and planning.

Florence Bank donates $100,000 to the Basketball Hall of Fame

SPRINGFIELD — Florence Bank recently made the final donation of her $100,000 gift to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to support the museum’s multi-phase renovation project that began four years ago. The bank’s donation has been made in stages over the past five years, with the last donation of $20,000 being made recently.

As work to improve the museum progressed, sections of the museum closed in phases. A reopening was celebrated in July 2020, but due to the pandemic, visits were at a minimum for the year. However, since July 2021, attendance at the museum has exceeded pre-pandemic levels every month.

New museum features include a new theater in which all visitors watch a brief signature film about the history of basketball; a more interactive Hall of Fame Hall of Honor, where visitors can do in-depth background research on Hall of Fame members; and new digital exhibits, including one in which visitors can overlay images of themselves in a game with Hall of Famers.

bankESB donates $15,000 to the Children’s Advocacy Center

EASTHAMTPON – bankESB will provide a community grant of $15,000 to the Children’s Advocacy Center in Hampshire County to expand child abuse prevention, service and advocacy efforts.

The CAC home is located at 593 Elm St. in Northampton and responds to allegations of child abuse in a child-friendly way. The donation came from the bank’s charitable giving program called The Giving Tree, which serves as the bank’s root in its communities.

HCC Offers New Series of Free Hospitality Employment Trainings

HOLYOKE — Holyoke Community College is hosting a free seven-week hospitality training program beginning April 26.

Hands-on in-person classes for hotel front desk clerks and hotel room attendants will be held in the HCC Hospitality Training Lab on the second floor of the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute on Race Street in downtown Holyoke.

The program runs on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., from April 26 to June 9.

The course will provide students with up-to-date knowledge of the hospitality industry, practical experience for front desk and/or room attendant roles, workplace skills, CV writing, interviewing, assistance with job search and relationships with local employers.

The HCC hotel lab was outfitted with $35,000 from a 2019 Massachusetts Skills Capital Grant, which funds purchases for educational initiatives related to workforce needs .

HCC held its first round of free hospitality industry training in February and March.

The laboratory is set up like a hotel reception with a reception and an adjoining room and equipped with the most modern technologies and software.

No high school diploma or GED/HiSET test is required for admission. Offered as part of HCC’s Business & Workforce Development division, the hospitality training course is free to qualified candidates.

For more information, contact Laura Smith, HCC Job Placement Assistant and Career Development Advisor, at [email protected], 413-552-2833, or complete the application form at

Lawyer Miles obtains a medical-legal certificate

NORTHAMPTON — Lawyer Harry L Miles de Green Miles Lipton, LLP, received a graduate certificate in forensic accounting from the College of Professional Studies at Northeastern University. Miles is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Jurisprudence Section and the American College of Trial Lawyers.

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