Making News: People in Valley business
City man makes it into ‘Best Lawyers’ book
NORTHAMPTON — Keith A. Minoff, of Northampton, is named in the 20th edition of “The Best Lawyers in America” in the practice areas of commercial litigation and corporate law.
Minoff is a Springfield trial attorney specializing in business and employment litigation and has been in practice for more than 25 years.
Turcotte to lead networking talk
NORTHAMPTON — Jason Turcotte, the managing director of BNI Western Mass., will offer a talk titled “Proven Networking Strategies to Increase Business Results,” at the Mill River BNI meeting Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 7 a.m.
The meeting will be a visitors’ day for BNI’s Mill River Chapter, which meets at the Quality Inn at 117 Conz St. in Northampton. The program is free and open to the public.
Turcotte, the owner of Turcotte Data and Design, a website design and development business in Ware, was the 2012 “Director of the Year” for BNI Western Mass.
For more information, contact Turcotte at 303-1533 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Casey selected to represent Vision 2020
HATFIELD — Janet Casey, of Hatfield, principal of Marketing Doctor, a full-service advertising agency in West Springfield, has been selected as a National Delegate from Massachusetts for a two-year term to Vision 2020, a national organization committed to achieving women’s economic and social equality.
As the Massachusetts delegate, Casey will lead projects in Massachusetts and across the country to accelerate leadership among women by the year 2020, the centennial celebration of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote.
Casey will join Carla Oleska, executive director of the Women’s Fund, as the state’s delegation. Vision 2020 is comprised of 100 delegates from across the U.S.
A graduate of the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Casey is also vice president of the Professional Women’s Chamber.
Creamery rebrands on Route 9 in Hadley
HADLEY — Dusty Rose’s Creamery, 229 Russell St., which opened last summer as an ice cream stand and landscaping store, has shifted its focus to “roadside fare with a flare.” The business in the former Java Hut property serves hotdogs and kielbasa, 24 flavors of soft serve ice cream and nonfat frozen yogurt and signature coffee drinks.The menu also includes bagels and bakery items from Tandem Bagel Co. in Easthampton and a variety of home-style soup and sandwich specials.
Owner Brenda Fydenkevez owns two other businesses on Mill Valley Road: Split Excavating Inc. and Megan’s Valley Garden and Landscape Supply. Fydenkevez is planning a benefit event for late September to support children and families affected by domestic violence.
WNEU to host entrepreneur talk
SPRINGFIELD — The Western New England University Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will host a presentation by serial entrepreneur Ron Lalli Thursday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Sleith Hall, room 100.
Lalli will discuss the path he took to starting, running, and growing his business ventures. The event is free, open to the public and lunch will be provided.
In 1967 Lalli co-founded EBTEC, one of the first electron beam welding and laser sub-contacting facilities in the country. In 1986 he started Texcel Inc., which produces hermetic laser welding and marking services to the microelectronic, medical surgical instrument and medical implant industries. He also helped establish Berkshire Brewing Co. with his son Chris Lalli, among other ventures.
For more information about the center or the speaker series, call 796-2030 or visit www.wne.edu/cie.