Making News in Business, July 22

  • Erin Defoyd

  • Lindsay Barron LaBonte

  • Rachel Simpson

Published: 7/21/2021 3:43:45 PM
Cybersecurity training for businesses

The president of Suite3, an IT services provider based in Easthampton, will lead a Zoom presentation for businesses called “Cybersecurity Express.”

The Aug. 4 event, scheduled for 1-2:15 p.m. and hosted by the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network, will feature Dave DelVecchio, Suite3’s president.

Attendees can learn about high-level security awareness training in three steps: Identify the cybersecurity problem, create a security framework, and define what businesses can do to help, including how to recognize a security incident, and how to define an incident response plan.

Preregistration is required. To register, visit Information on how to join the Zoom meeting will be sent after registeration.

Florence Bank hires Defoyd as marketing communications officer

FLORENCE — Florence Bank has appointed Erin Defoyd to the position of marketing communications officer. Defoyd, who lives in Hampshire County, comes to the bank with more than 20 years of banking experience and deep connections in the communities the bank serves.

She most recently served as marketing officer at a local community bank. Her duties included implementation of marketing strategies to increase brand awareness, creation of communications materials, support of media planning, website management and social media administration.

Defoyd graduated from the New England School for Financial Studies in 2018 and is currently pursuing a degree in marketing at Southern New Hampshire University.

Broker joins Florence real estate firm

NORTHAMPTON — Real estate agent Rachel Simpson has joined Maple and Main Realty LLC as a broker.

Kate Iles, co-owner and managing broker of Maple and Main, said Simpson brings experience and production the agency, and has roots in the Valley.

Simpson, of Florence, worked for seven years at Goggins Real Estate in Northampton before making the move. In addition to selling real estate, she also managed the office for several years.

Simpson grew up in Northampton and is a 1988 graduate of the Ada Comstock Scholars Program at Smith College. She worked as a journalist, marketer and communications specialist before becoming a Realtor.

Applied Mortgage’s Lindsey Barron LaBonte recognized

NORTHAMPTON — The Applied Mortgage Team, a DBA of HarborOne Mortgage, announces that branch manager Lindsay Barron LaBonte has been recognized as the No. 1 loan originator at a mortgage company in western Massachusetts, for both the number of units and volume of loans funded for 2020. The May 24 special section of the Warren Group’s Banker & Tradesman Magazine features the Massachusetts Top Loan Originators of 2020.

The list of rankings is pulled from the National Mortgage Licensing System public records for Hampshire, Hampden, Franklin and Berkshire counties.

Applied Mortgage team has provided residential mortgage lending in the region since 2002.

SONIC donates to local teachers

OKLAHOMA CITY — Six teachers in the region received funding from SONIC Drive-In as part of the fast-food chain’s initiative to honor the creative efforts teachers have made during the pandemic. Sonic donated $1.5 million to fund teacher requests on national education nonprofit site DonorsChoose on Teacher Appreciation Day, May 4.

Teachers getting funding include: Mrs. Desroches at Cold Spring School in Belchertown, $86 for the project Super Supply Sacks; Mrs. Williams at Hadley Elementary School, $73 for the project Organized Learning With Mrs. Williams; Ms. Rosso-Gosselin at Maurice Donahue Elementary School in Holyoke, $202 for the project Flexible Seating Is Just Right!; Ms. Geer at Pelham Elementary School, $187 for the project Ms. Geer’s Classroom Library; Mrs. Ward at Southampton Road School in Westfield, $155 for the project Kindness Ambassadors; and Mrs. Poulin at White Brook Middle School in Easthampton, $88 for the project Imagine with Sphero Bolts and RVR’s.

Freedom Credit Union raises more than $1K in support of Walk MS 2021

SPRINGFIELD — Throughout the month of May, Freedom Credit Union collected cash donations at its 11 branches throughout western Massachusetts to benefit Walk MS 2021, which supports the work of the National MS Society. They raised $1,034 thanks to the generosity of members and staff.

Throughout the months of June and July, Freedom Credit Union is now collecting cash donations at all its branches to benefit The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, which fight against food insecurity in Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire counties.

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