Making Business News, November 10th

Girl Scouts receive $10,000 for financial literacy program

The Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts have received a $10,000 grant from the TD Charitable Foundation to support On Your Own: Financial Literary for Girls. The scholarship provides all Girl Scouts with a free badge program designed to empower them to take control of their financial future.

All participants complete age-appropriate activities to develop real-world money management skills. Girl Scouts develop leadership skills and self-esteem while gaining a better understanding of how to become responsible consumers, budget and live, build and manage credit, grow their income, and save and invest for whatever comes next.

On Your Own: Financial Education for Girls is available to all members of grades K through 12. Not a current member yet? Learn more and sign up at

Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts serves nearly 5,000 girls in grades K-12 with the strong support of over 3,000 adult volunteers in 186 cities in central and western Massachusetts.

Halbert joins the law firm’s Northampton office

NORTHAMPTON–Attorney Lisa L. Halbert has joined the Northampton office of Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury and Murphy, PC, Springfield.

Halbert brings over 30 years of experience representing clients throughout western Massachusetts. She has extensive knowledge of elder law and estate planning; Estate and trust administration (including preparation of estate tax returns); special needs trusts; asset protection planning; residential real estate; and preparation of personal and fiduciary income tax returns.

Halbert serves customers in the counties of Hampshire, Hampden and Franklin. Since 2016 she has served on the Board of Directors of the Lathrop Community based in Easthampton and Northampton and is currently its Secretary. She is a member of the National and Massachusetts Association of Elder Law Attorneys, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Hampshire County Bar Association and the Pioneer Valley Estate Planning Council.

The new Hadley Pharmacy taps into energy from solar farms

HADLEY – HadLeaf Holistic Greens Dispensary, which opened at 251 Russell St. in September, is sourcing all of its electricity from renewable energy. The company sources all of its electricity from nearby solar farms through Eversource.

Compliance Manager Matt McTeague said HadLeaf uses Community Solar, a Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources program that connects electricity consumers to existing solar farms. These farms, all in Massachusetts, are looking for customers who can use the free energy they produce. The program includes a 10% reduction in monthly electricity costs.

HadLeaf is one of the first cannabis dispensaries in western Massachusetts to benefit from the Community Solar program.

bankESB announces 4 actions

EASTHAMPTON – bankESB has announced four new promotions: Shelley Bongiovanni to Underwriting Officer; Devon Bunger to the degree and post-degree representative; Bryan Fleury to the secondary and system supervisor; and Madison Kinney to Deputy Branch Manager, Amherst Branch. The promotions of Bongiovanni, Bunger and Fleury coincide with the launch of Hometown Mortgage, bankESB’s newly formed home loan division.

Bongiovanni from Easthampton joined bankESB in 2013 as a Loan Specialist/Underwriter and was promoted to Senior Loan Specialist and Underwriter in 2020. She is responsible for underwriting and loan approvals, mentoring and training new underwriters, and overseeing construction loans during the disbursement phase at Hometown Mortgage. Bongiovanni has 26 years of banking industry experience and holds an associate degree in business administration from Holyoke Community College.

Bunger from Belchertown joined bankESB in 2018 as Disclosure Desk Specialist/Closer. As Closing and Post-Closing Officer, she is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of Hometown Mortgage’s home loan underwriting and post-closing/financing department. Prior to joining bankESB, Bunger worked at Dwyer & Sanderson as a real estate paralegal, at Florence Bank as a loan originator and at Greenfield Savings Bank as a post-closing quality control specialist.

Fleury from South Hadley joined bankESB in 2013 as a Loan Processor and was promoted to Mortgage Systems Administrator and then Secondary/Post Closing Manager. In his new role as Secondary and System Support Officer, Fleury is responsible for supporting the Secondary Market and all lending software at Hometown Mortgage. Fleury has an associate degree in business administration from Holyoke Community College and is President of Board 28 of the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials.

Kinney, from Northampton, joined bankESB as a Cashier in 2017 and most recently held the title of Cashier Supervisor. In her role as Assistant Branch Manager, Kinney is responsible for providing overall branch management support for bankESB’s Amherst office, as well as consumer and home loan applications and the staff hiring process. Kinney holds a Certificate in Human Resources from the Center for Financial Training.

Honors for the UMass sports management program

AMHERST – The Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst was named the world’s best postgraduate sport management program by SportBusiness magazine, which has compiled and published its worldwide rankings for the past 11 years .

McCormack offers both a two-year Masters in Business Administration and a Masters of Science in Sports Management, as well as a one-year Masters of Science in Sports Management. The division returns to the top of the overall global rankings for the first time since 2019.

Student feedback is one of the primary metrics in the rankings. Annual initiatives such as the Graduate Mentor Program (where each graduate student is provided with an industry mentor for a year), frequent professional development trips, and many hands-on, experiential learning-based projects with industry customers help ensure a positive response from the students who Take part in the annual SportBusiness survey.

In addition to worldwide recognition, polls ranked McCormack as the top postgraduate sports management program in North America and a top graduate choice.

$1.5M to support the development of cybersecurity forces

SPRINGFIELD – A new initiative to encourage the development of a diverse cybersecurity workforce and improve local cyber resilience in the Commonwealth will raise nearly $1.5 million for Springfield. The award was recently announced by the Baker-Polito administration, the MassCyberCenter and Congressman Richard E. Neal of the MassTech Collaborative.

The funding will enable Springfield Technical Community College to establish a security operations center at Springfield Union Station that will provide threat monitoring and other cybersecurity services to Commonwealth communities and small business/non-profit customers. The funds will also establish a Cyber ​​Range, a new testing lab that mirrors real-world IT environments to provide hands-on training opportunities to local businesses, universities and other cyber-centric organizations.

The facility will be overseen by a steering committee of public, private and academic stakeholders, which will include the Springfield Redevelopment Authority (SRA), owners of Union Station.

The project will serve western Massachusetts and beyond. STCC will staff and operate the facility in partnership with a consortium of higher education institutions in the region, including UMass Amherst, each offering a range of undergraduate degrees and degrees in IT/security, cybersecurity, computer science and programming, digital forensics and criminal justice.

HCC was again recognized as one of the top women-owned companies in the state

HOLYOKE — For the second year in a row, Holyoke Community College was named one of the top women-owned businesses in Massachusetts by Boston Globe Magazine and The Women’s Edge, formerly the Commonwealth Institute, a non-profit organization that supports women leaders.

HCC and its President Christina Royal were ranked 61st. Jeffrey Hayden, HCC Vice President for Business and Community Services, nominated HCC and President Royal for the award.

Royal has been President of HCC since January 2017. She is the fourth President in HCC’s 75-year history and the first woman to hold the position. In August, she announced that she would be retiring from HCC after the 2022-2023 academic year.

Also at No. 59 on the Top 100 list was HCC graduate and Westfield native Linda Markham ’83, President of Cape Air and Nantucket Airlines based in Hyannis, Mass.

To compile the list, The Women’s Edge examined revenue or operating budgets for each organization, as well as other variables including the number of full-time employees in the state, workplace and managerial diversity, and innovative projects.


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