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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 …

Survey: Vital household savings still lag in US

Friday, February 28, 2014

Even as the economy slowly gains stronger footing, most Americans don’t have much in the rainy day fund and are feeling woefully unprepared for their long-term financial future, according to a national survey on household savings conducted by the Consumer Federation of America. When asked if they were …

Earnings gap between grads, non-grads widest since 1965

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

WASHINGTON — The earnings gap between young adults with and without bachelor’s degrees has stretched to its widest level in nearly half a century. It’s a sign of the growing value of a college education despite rising tuition costs, according to an analysis of census data released Tuesday. …

Coalition aims to increase number of workplaces that pay ‘living wage’

Sunday, February 2, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When Kitty Callaghan started working as a Legal Aid attorney serving the needs of the poor in 1980, most of her clients were unemployed. If they had jobs, they likely didn’t qualify for her services based …

Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund helping families in need for 81st year

Sunday, November 24, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — The calls began coming in September, parents starting to think about the holiday season, wondering whether the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund would be lending a hand again this year. The answer is yes. The Gazette-sponsored …

Making News: Awards for local businesses, charitable donations

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Rotary Club hosts events NORTHAMPTON — The Rotary Club of Northampton is hosting four events in December. Dec. 4 from 5 to 9 p.m. the group welcomes new and prospective members at Packards Restaurant on Masonic Street. Cover …

B2B ID: Danielle Anne Lorenzo, owner at Florence Animal Clinic

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Name: Danielle Anne Lorenzo, DVM Job Title, Company: Owner at Florence Animal Clinic, 185 Locust St., Northampton Website: florence-animal-clinic.com Age: 45 What You Do: Help our clients care for their pets, strive to be compassionate and caring and …

Eastmont Custom Framing in Easthampton changes name to Big Red Frame

Sunday, November 24, 2013

EASTHAMPTON — A framing business in the Old Town Hall that has been known as Eastmont Custom Framing for the last 12 years is now Big Red Frame. Owner Jean-Pierre Pasche announced last week that he was renaming …

Shel Horowitz: Busting myths about the costs of going green

Sunday, November 24, 2013

You often hear going green is too expensive. Answer those critics with the ways going green is actually cheaper than staying brown. And there are many of those “low-hanging fruit” savings areas. So you can put those into …

Area propety deed transfers

Sunday, November 24, 2013

For the week ending Nov. 15, 2013 Amherst Cheryl H. Cobb, Cheryl V. Cobb, George & Cheryl Cobb Living Trust, George W. Cobb to Cheryl V. Cobb Revocable Trust, Cheryl V. Cobb, trustee, George W. Cobb Revocable Trust, …

Financial stress may hit your brain and wallet

Thursday, August 29, 2013

WASHINGTON — Being short on cash may make you a bit slower in the brain, a new study suggests. People worrying about having enough money to pay their bills tend to lose temporarily the equivalent of 13 IQ points, scientists found when they gave intelligence tests to shoppers …