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Every Monday evening throughout the summer, dozens of classic cars cruised into Court Square in downtown Springfield, where hundreds of car enthusiasts gathered to admire cars and enjoy music, food and drinks, thanks to the Springfield Business Improvement District (BID). Each week, participants were encouraged to make a donation in support of the work that both Square One and Shriners Hospitals for Children—Springfield are doing to support children and families in the region....

Women Business Owners Alliance invites you to its Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting ceremony in its new Easthampton home at the Keystone Mill on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 5:30 PM. The Grand Opening is planned as one of several events to celebrate the organization’s 35th anniversary and its move to a permanent location in the valley. Moe Belliveau, Director of The Greater Easthampton Chamber of Commerce will kick off the evening with an official ribbon cutting ceremony. Guests...

You selected your wedding venue, now you need to decide on a DJ or band to provide music. A decision that has several considerations, including what is most suitable for your location. Talk to the Wedding Planner at the Venue  Ask the venue’s wedding planner what couples typically hire for that location. Having an outdoor wedding? Inquire about noise ordinances. There are venues that have limited hours for weddings because of such ordinances. Consider Your Guests Will...

May 07 2015
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Woman to Watch - Maria Ferrero

Maria Ferraro-Wingate Pop’s Biscotti & Chocolates What do you do when the business you’ve managed for twenty-four years closes, your husband gets laid off and you have five children to support? Well … you make chocolate of course! Most of us might have begun a job search in earnest, but Maria Ferraro Wingate took a different  approach. She began making chocolate and asked her husband Jeff , the “chef” of the family, to create biscotti. The plan: sell...

Nov 18 2014
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If you’ve ever considered owning your own business, now might be a great time to make this a reality. According to an American Express analysis of Census Bureau data, women start an estimated 1,288 companies each day in the U.S. Between 1997 and 2014, the number of women-owned businesses grew +68 percent compared to just +47 percent for all owners. One factor cited for this rapid growth among women business owners is a lot more women role models to follow. Business leaders such...