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The forum, set for 9 to 11 a.m. Sept. 9 at the Delaney House, 1 Country Club Road, Holyoke, is hosted by the Commonwealth Health Connector and Associated Industries of Massachusetts.

Topics include new premium tax credits, cost sharing subsidies, Medicaid expansion, health insurance taxes, rating factor changes, affordability standards, employer shared responsibility assessments (delayed to 2015) and a federal individual mandate which are changing the health insurance landscape.

This is part of a series of seven events throughout Massachusetts, with forums scheduled in Dedham, Holyoke, Hyannis, Peabody, Pittsfield,
Taunton and Worcester.

Hadley hotels win industry recognition in customer service

The Courtyard by Marriott on Route 9 in Hadley received the Silver Circle Award from Marriott International Inc. It was rated in the top 10 out of 852 Courtyards in North America, No. 1 on the East Coast.

The Econolodge in Hadley was awarded the 2013 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence, given to the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on the travel website for having consistently receiving high reviews from visitors.

The Holiday Inn Express & Suites at routes 116 and 9 received 2013 Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor as well and was recognized by Intercontinental Hotels Group Inc. as having the best increase in guest service scores in the Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island Region.

Howard Johnson Express Inn received the Wyndham Rewards Rising Star Award.

Gift shop opens in Hampshire Mall

Hannoush has expanded from 1,347 square feet to 3,418 square feet and has brought on an additional 10 staff members.

The Gift-ology chain has two others stores in Massachusetts and four in New York.

Five lawyers singled out in trade publication

John P. Pucci of Northampton was named lawyer of the year in the Springfield criminal defense: non-white-collar category. He was recognized for white-collar criminal defense as well.

Peter H. Barry of South Hadley was recognized in the field of construction law.

Robert A. Gelinas of South Hadley was recognized in the field of personal injury litigation (defendants).

William E. Hart of Amherst was recognized in the field of trusts and estates.

Kevin C. Maynard of Belchertown was recognized in the fields of commercial, banking and finance and construction litigation.

Smith launches leadership program with Univision

The program for Univision Communications Inc., will work with female programming managers, producers, news anchors and correspondents in the company’s Miami operation.

Taught by business school faculty and leadership experts, the curriculum will focus on the development of leadership skills, especially in areas that are uniquely challenging to women.

Smith College Executive Education for Women has more than 35 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies to develop and advance women of potential at all levels of their organizations.

Univision Communications Inc., headquartered in New York City, has television operations in Miami and television and radio stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the U.S.

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