Making News in Business, Aug. 19

Published: 8/18/2021 4:04:39 PM
HCC Women’s Leadership Luncheon Series resumes Aug. 24

HOLYOKE — Holyoke Community College will resume its Women’s Leadership Luncheon Series on Wednesday, Aug. 24, with business coach and strategist Lynn Turner leading the first of a three-part class on “Vision Boards.”

The second and third parts of Turner’s class will be held on Sept. 1 and Sept. 8. Those and the rest of the fall 2021 HCC Women’s Leadership Luncheon Series sessions will take place on Wednesdays over Zoom from noon to 1:15 p.m.

During each session, participants will join prominent women leaders for discussions on relevant topics and ideas to help their leadership development. They will also have the opportunity to form a supportive network to help navigate their own careers.

The rest of the series include:

■Sept. 29: “Do Something Every Day that Scares You” — Pattie Hallberg, chief executive officer, Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts

■Oct. 27: “Just Go For It” — Helen Gomez Andres, co-founder and chief executive officer, The High End

■Nov. 24: “Journey to and from Exit Zero” — Sharale Mathis, HCC vice president of Academic and Student Affairs

The cost of each session is $25, with the exception of the three-part Vision Board class with Lynn Turner, which costs $99. The cost for the full six-session series is $120. Cost, however, will not be a barrier to participation. If pricing is an issue, please contact Michele Cabral, at

Space is limited. Advance registration is required. To register, please go to:

COVID grants for
small businesses

In an effort to help those most affected by the pandemic, Massachusetts set aside grant funds through the Federal CARES Act for small businesses in the state.

The town of Amherst has enrolled to offer grants up to $10,000 in grants, while the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission and the communities of Easthampton, Southampton, Westhampton, Hadley, Granby, South Hadley, Hatfield, Agawam, and Southwick together enrolled in the program under the name Regional Grants to offer grants up to $25,000 to local microenterprises.

Eligible applicants must have five or few employees and an owner with low- to moderate income. Amherst businesses must be registered with the town before March 10, 2020. Valley Community Development will oversee the application process.

To learn more, visit or email to

Real estate sales licensing course

SPRINGFIELD — Beginning Sept. 8, The Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley will sponsor a 40-hour, 14-class, sales licensing course to help individuals prepare for the Massachusetts real estate salesperson license exam.

The course will be completed on Oct. 13. Tuition is $400 and includes the book and materials. The course curriculum includes: property rights, ownership, condos, land use, contracts, deeds, financing, mortgages, real estate brokerage, appraisal, fair housing, consumer protection and Massachusetts License Law, and more.

The Association also has an affiliated partnership with the CE Shop to offer discounts on online exam prep materials.

Classes meet Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 6-9 p.m. at the Association office, 221 Industry Avenue in Springfield.

For an application, visit, or contact Laura Herring at 785-1328 or


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