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KEVIN GUTTING
Ira Bryck is the director of the Family Business Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and hosts The Western Mass. Business Show each Saturday on WHMP in Northampton.

Who says business and pleasure don’t mix? Not these family business owners

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Running a family-owned business has rewards — and also challenges — unique to businesses owned by members of the same family, say those in the field. The most notorious local example of a family business gone awry is the Market Basket debacle of last summer, when a long-simmering dispute over ownership and bad blood between two factions of the family …

Many considerations for consumers in hiring a financial adviser

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

When it comes time to seek professional advice to help with your financial goals, such as saving for college tuition or retirement or handling an estate plan, finding the right financial planner takes work. It’s the job of financial planners, advisers or consultants to understand your needs, goals, assets and willingness to take …

Major life events often lead to hiring a financial planner

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

You don’t have to be a millionaire to seek professional advice in managing your money. In fact, area financial advisers say, it is usually major life events, such as a death resulting in an inheritance, preparation for retirement, divorce, sale of property or a successful insurance claim, that lead people to hire financial …

Atlantic City’s $2.4B Revel starts closing after 2 years

Monday, September 1, 2014

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The most spectacular and costly failure in Atlantic City’s 36-year history of casino gambling began to play out Monday when the $2.4 billion Revel Casino Hotel emptied its hotel. Its casino will close early …

Stocks advance to put S&P 500 at record high

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NEW YORK — The stock market advanced for a fourth straight day Thursday, pushing the Standard & Poor’s 500 index to a record high. Investors were encouraged by news that the number of people seeking unemployment benefits remains …

Stocks rise as US home construction rebounds

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

NEW YORK — A summer swoon for the stock market appears to be over for now. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index closed within six points of its all-time high Tuesday, less than two weeks after slumping on …

Miss. sues credit-reporting firm Experian, alleging errors

Monday, June 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — Mississippi has sued Experian, the world’s largest firm that collects detailed information about consumers to evaluate their financial trustworthiness. The lawsuit and a separate investigation of the industry by 32 other states led by Ohio represent …

Occupy returns to stage for May Day

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

NEW YORK — Glimmers of Occupy Wall Street will surface this week in a smattering of cities as activists join rallies for workers’ rights, as they do every year on May Day. Occupiers probably won’t show up en …

Student volunteers focus attention on wage inequality issues for women during Arts Night Out in Northampton

Friday, April 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A group of student volunteers took advantage of “Equal Pay Day” to focus attention Friday evening on wage inequality issues for women. Equal Pay Day — April 8 in the U.S. — represents the point in the new year that American women typically have to work …

Job market at last shows signs of thawing out

Sunday, April 6, 2014

WASHINGTON — In an encouraging sign, a survey by a big payroll processing firm suggests that hiring may be picking up after the harsh winter. ADP Inc. estimated last week that private employers added 191,000 jobs in March. Though still a moderate gain, that number is the most …

Calif.’s $425M Powerball winner comes forward

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

MILPITAS, Calif. (ap) — The sole winner of February’s $425 million Powerball jackpot came forward to claim his prize Tuesday. California Lottery officials said B. Raymond Buxton, a Northern California man, claimed the prize at the California Lottery headquarters in Sacramento. “ ‘Unbelievable!’ is all I could muster,” …

UMass hotel program expands as casinos seek employee base

Sunday, March 9, 2014

AMHERST — Judging from those who turned out at a recent jobs fair at the University of Massachusetts, MGM International, seeking to build an $800 million resort casino in Springfield, could be an appealing employer for graduates of …

Valley mentor group helps business startups thrive: Aim to counter 7 out of 10 failure stat

Monday, March 3, 2014

With the help of the local nonprofit Valley Venture Mentors, potential entrepreneurs can make strides in their quest to achieve their dreams. Jane Janovsky of South Hadley is a good example. A graphic designer and teacher in the …