Free business consultation offered
NORTHAMPTON — Valley Community Development Corp. will provide individual consultation for owners and managers of Hampshire County businesses who want to better leverage their products and services.
Consultation is provided by Gene R. Talsky, director of small business development, who has founded and managed four successful companies. Talsky has also held management positions with international corporations.
This program is funded by a grant from Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation.
To set up an appointment, contact Talsky at firstname.lastname@example.org or 586-5855, ext. 23.
Tax preparers certified
HATFIELD — Western Mass Tax Associates announces that Cheryl Bucala and Robin Edwards have met IRS requirements for federal tax return preparers and have passed the registered tax return preparer’s exam.
Bucala graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1993 and has worked in the tax field for the last 10 years. She also specializes in Quick Books payroll and bookkeeping.
Edwards graduated from UMass in 2002 and has worked as a tax professional for the last eight years. Edwards specializes in small business tax preparation.
Western Mass Tax Associates recently relocated to 10 West St., West Hatfield, in the Danco Plaza.
joins area Girl Scouts
HOLYOKE — Sara Rowan has joined Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts as product programs manager.
Rowan has more than 20 years of experience in product development and brand management at Timex Corp., Yankee Candle Co., Kanzaki Specialty Papers and, most recently, Pioneer Nutritional Formulas Inc.
Rowan, a former Girl Scout and the mother of two girls, will lead the group’s signature cookie program and fall product program. She will collaborate with troop leaders and volunteers around the region to promote Girl Scout financial literacy programs.
Rowan holds a bachelor’s degree in government from Smith College and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
partner at law firm
NORTHAMPTON — Mark A. Tanner has been named a partner at the Springfield-based regional law firm Bacon Wilson PC.
Working primarily out of Bacon Wilson’s Northampton office, Tanner represents clients in court in cases involving business disputes, injuries, land use and zoning, will and estate disputes and criminal defense.
He is president of the Northampton Soccer Club and serves on the boards of the People’s Institute Inc., the Franklin County Community Development Corp. and the Hampshire County Bar Association.
Tanner earned his law degree with honors from the University of Wyoming, his master’s degree in business from the University of Colorado, his bachelor’s degree cum laude from the University of Massachusetts, and his associate’s degree from New Mexico Military Institute, where he was commissioned as an officer in the Army Reserves.
He lives in Florence with his wife, Sarah, and their children.
Agent joins S. Hadley real estate firm
SOUTH HADLEY — Maria Lomartire recently joined ERA M. Connie Laplante Real Estate.
Owner and broker M. Connie Laplante said Lomartire “brings broad experience and proven leadership that will certainly benefit our company as well as our customers.”
Lomartire previously worked at Coldwell Banker. She attended Holyoke Community College and Fisher Junior College. She speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish.
Bank pledges $10K to regional chamber
NORTHAMPTON — United Bank of West Springfield has made a $10,000, two-year investment in the newly formed Hampshire County Chamber of Commerce.
United Bank has 39 branches around western and central Massachusetts and Connecticut, including two in Northampton and one in Huntington.
“Even though our presence in Hampshire County is not extensive, we certainly want to be supportive because we know there’s a lot of opportunity to connect with customers and prospects in Hampshire County who may also be involved with the Regional Chamber and its events,” said Dena Hall, the bank’s senior vice president of marketing and community relations.