Making the News in Business, November 10

Girl Scouts receive $10,000 for financial literacy program

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

All participants complete age-appropriate activities to learn real-world money management skills. Girl Scouts develop leadership skills and self-esteem by gaining a better understanding of becoming responsible consumers, creating and sticking to a budget, creating and managing credit, increasing income, saving and investing for the future.

It’s Your Turn: Financial Literacy for Girls is available to all K-12 members. You are not a member yet ? Learn more and register at

Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts serves nearly 5,000 girls in kindergarten through 12th grade with the strong support of more than 3,000 adult volunteers in 186 cities in central and western Massachusetts.

Halbert joins the law firm’s Northampton office

NORTHAMPTON — Lawyer Lisa L. Halbert joined the Northampton office of Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury and Murphy, PC, of ​​Springfield.

Halbert brings over 30 years of experience representing clients in Western Massachusetts. She has extensive experience in elder law and estate planning; administration of estates and trusts (including the preparation of estate tax returns); special needs trusts; asset protection planning; residential real estate; and the preparation of personal and trust tax returns.

Halbert is available to assist customers in Hampshire, Hampden and Franklin counties. Since 2016, she has served on the board of Lathrop Community located in Easthampton and Northampton, and is currently its secretary. She is a member of the National and Massachusetts Associations of Elder Lawyers, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Hampshire County Bar Association and the Pioneer Valley Estate Planning Council.

New Hadley Dispensary harnesses energy from solar farms

HADLEY — HadLeaf Holistic Greens Dispensary, which opened in September at 251 Russell St., meets all of its electricity needs with renewable energy. The company receives all of its electricity from solar farms in the area via Eversource.

Compliance officer Matt McTeague said HadLeaf takes advantage of Community Solar, a Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources program that connects electricity users to solar farms that already exist. These farms, all located in Massachusetts, are looking for customers to take advantage of the uncommitted energy they produce. The program provides a 10% reduction in the monthly cost of electricity.

HadLeaf is one of the first cannabis dispensaries in Western Massachusetts to take advantage of the Community Solar program.

bankESB announces 4 promotions

EASTHAMPTON — bankESB has announced four recent promotions: Shelley Bongiovanni to the Subscription Agent; Devon Bunger the closing and post-closing manager; Brian Fleury to the secondary and system support agent; and Madison Kinney to the Assistant Branch Manager, Amherst office. The promotions of Bongiovanni, Bunger and Fleury coincide with the launch of Hometown Mortgage, bankESB’s new residential lending division.

Bongiovanni, from Easthampton, joined bankESB in 2013 as Loan Specialist/Underwriter and was promoted to Senior Loan Specialist and Underwriter in 2020. She is responsible for loan underwriting and approvals, mentoring and training new underwriters, and monitoring construction loans throughout the disbursement phase at Hometown Mortgage. Bongiovanni has 26 years of banking experience and holds an Associate’s degree in Business Administration from Holyoke Community College.

Bunger, of Belchertown, joined bankESB in 2018 as a Disclosure Desk Specialist/Closure. As a Closing and Post-Closing Agent, she is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Residential Closing and Post-Closing/Financing department at Hometown Mortgage. Prior to joining bankESB, Bunger was employed by Dwyer & Sanderson as a real estate paralegal, Florence Bank as a loan officer and 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 her new role as Secondary and System Support Officer, Fleury is responsible for secondary market support and all lending software at Hometown Mortgage. Fleury holds an associate’s degree in business administration from Holyoke Community College and is president of the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials Board 28.

Kinney, from Northampton, joined bankESB in 2017 as a Teller and most recently held the title of Supervisor Teller. In her role as Assistant Branch Manager, Kinney is responsible for assisting with the overall branch management of bankESB’s Amherst office, as well as consumer and home equity loan applications, and the hiring employees. Kinney holds a certificate in human resources from the Center for Financial Training.

Honors for UMass Sports Management Program

AMHERST – The Mark H. McCormack Department of Sports Management at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been named the top-ranked postgraduate sports management program in the world by SportBusiness magazine, which has compiled and published its world rankings for the past. 11 years old.

McCormack offers both a two-year Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Sports Management, as well as a one-year Master of Science in Sports Management. The department returns to the top of the general world ranking for the first time since 2019.

Student feedback is one of the primary ranking metrics. Annual initiatives such as the Graduate Mentorship Program (where each graduate student receives an industry mentor throughout the year), frequent professional development trips, and numerous hands-on learning-based projects experience with industry clients help ensure a positive response from students who take part in SportBusiness’s annual survey.

In addition to global recognition, polls have ranked McCormack as the top sports management postgraduate program in North America and the top choice of graduates.

$1.5 million to promote workforce development in cybersecurity

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

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 municipalities and small business/non-profit customers lucrative. The funds will also help establish a cyber range, a new test lab to mirror real-world computing environments to provide hands-on training opportunities to local businesses, universities and other cyber-focused organizations.

The installation will be overseen by a steering committee of public, private and academic stakeholders, which will include the Springfield Redevelopment Authority (SRA), the 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 area higher education institutions, including UMass Amherst, each offering a range of certificate and undergraduate degree programs in computer science/security, cybersecurity, computer science and programming, digital forensics and criminal justice.

HCC Again Named One of the State’s Top Women-Led Companies

HOLYOKE — For the second year in a row, Holyoke Community College has been named one of Massachusetts’ top women-led businesses by Boston Globe Magazine and The Women’s Edge, formerly the Commonwealth Institute, a nonprofit organization that supports female senior managers.

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

Royal has served as President of the HCC since January 2017. She is the fourth President in the 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 2022–23 academic year.

Linda Markham ’83, president of Hyannis, Mass.-based Cape Air and Nantucket Airlines, was also on the top 100 list at number 59.

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


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