Making news: UMass cafe saluted by food trade magazine
UMass cafe saluted
by food trade magazine
AMHERST — Procrastination Station, the café in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has won Food Management magazine’s Best Concept Award for Best Convenience Retailing Concept.
The newly renovated cafe opened last September on the first floor of the library and draws 1,800 customers daily and is open 24 hours a day from Sunday to Thursday, with other hours Friday and Saturday.
“It is one of the most successful retail operations we have on campus and serves as a model for other schools to follow,” said Ken Toong, executive director of Auxiliary Enterprises at UMass.
The awards will be featured in a special editorial section of the August issue of Food Management and will be presented at the Penton Restaurant Group’s annual MUFSO conference in Dallas. UMass Amherst was a previous winner in 2007 and 2008.
Lococo promoted at adaptive cycle company
WESTFIELD — Lisa M. Lococo has been named vice president of American Eagles Cycles.
Lococo is an honors graduate of the Isenberg School at the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in marketing and psychology.
She joined American Eagle Cycles in January of 2010 at the startup phase and was instrumental in working with owner Gary Webster to take the company from marketing research, through first round financing, and incorporation.
Lococo has been involved in the company’s business planning and brand development, as well as assisting in product development. She is in charge of putting together a second round of financing, implementing sales plans for people with disabilities and creating the sales team necessary to move the product into full production.
Tree care firm wins accreditation
NORTHAMPTON — C.L. Frank and Co., a commercial and residential tree and landscape company in Northampton, has been re-accredited in accordance with Tree Care Company Accreditation standards put forth by the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA). Accredited tree care companies must re-apply every three years.
To achieve business accreditation, businesses undergo an extensive review of professional practices aimed at safeguarding consumers.
Small business workshop set Aug. 5
SPRINGFIELD — The Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network Western Regional Office offers a workshop on the basics of starting a business Aug. 5 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Scibelli Enterprise Center, 1 Federal St., Springfield.
This free workshop, presented by Allen Kronick, senior business adviser will focus on business fundamentals, from startup considerations to business plan development and funding sources. It is designed for owners of existing businesses as well as those who are planning to start one. The workshop will help entrepreneurs write a business plan and provide structure to starting and managing their venture.
Oreste Varela, Springfield branch manager of the U.S. Small Business Administration will present an overview of the agency’s programs and services.
To register call 413-737-6712 or visit www.msbdc.org/wmass/training.html.
Local recognized by lawyers’ newspaper
NORTHAMPTON — Rosemary J. Nevins, left, of Royal LLP, a woman-owned boutique management-side labor and employment law firm, has been selected as one of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s Top Women of Law.
Nevins will be honored at an event in Boston in October.
Amy B. Royal, Founding Partner of Royal LLP, was a 2012 recipient of this award.
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adds electric vehicles
NORTHAMPTON — Enterprise Rent-A-Car has added five Nissan Leaf electric vehicles and a new charging station to its Northampton location.
Enterprise officials say they selected Northampton because it is a progressive community that has already taken steps to support electric vehicle adoption by building out a charging infrastructure.
Event to benefit
animal rescue group
SPRINGFIELD — Kane’s Krusade, a nonprofit organization that helps dogs in need in Springfield, will hold its second annual Kane’s Cookout Sunday, Aug. 18, from noon to 5 p.m. at King Phillip’s Stockade, 73 Columbus Ave.
The day’s events will feature music, food sponsored by Whole Foods Market and a pizza and salad station sponsored by Bertucci’s of West Springfield. Other attractions include Jim Helem’s Adventure Dog show, games, vendors and raffles. In addition, attendees can meet “celebrity dogs,” such as Lilly the Hero Pit Bull, who saved her owner from death by pulling her off the train tracks, and Juno from Juno’s Place. Kane’s Cookout is the largest summer outdoor pet event in the Valley.
Kane’s Krusade distributes CARE (Canine Assistance, Resources and Empowerment) Kits to families in need to help them care for their dogs in difficult times. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15 at kanescookout2.eventbrite.com or for $20 day of the event. Children under 12 accompanied by a paying adult may attend free.