Making News in Business, Dec. 9

  • Mike Kelly

  • Douglas Scanlon

  • A new gift card kiosk has been installed on the second floor of Thornes. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Published: 12/13/2021 10:28:59 AM
Modified: 12/13/2021 10:28:23 AM
Pathlight holding job fair

SPRINGFIELD — Pathlight, a western Massachusetts organization supporting people with developmental and intellectual disabilities, is taking over the Basketball Hall of Fame on Dec. 13 for a large job fair.

The event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., will feature representatives from all programs at Pathlight, including the residential programs (for direct care and nursing positions) as well as Whole Children, Milestones, and Autism Connections. Pathlight is also looking for individual supports staff for its Family-Based Living division.

The event will include on-the-spot interviews for RNs, LPNs, administrative and direct care positions. Qualified candidates may get offers on the spot. Pathlight is also offering hiring bonuses of up to $3,500 for qualified candidates.

Northampton Chamber opens new gift card kiosk

NORTHAMPTON — The Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce has installed a new gift card kiosk on the second floor of Thornes Marketplace downtown. The kiosk allows shoppers to buy a Northampton Gift Card, or check the balance on an existing card, any time Thornes is open to the public.

The Northampton Gift Card Program, which has been celebrating its 15th anniversary all year long, enables card holders to redeem their cards at over 70 participating restaurants, retailers, salons, and other services throughout the greater Northampton area. Since its inception, the program has infused almost $5 million into the local economy. The new self-service kiosk at Thornes is the latest investment and replaced the previous machine, which was at least 12 years old. Another big investment in the program earlier this year was Keiter Corporation’s $10,000 donation and the “Keiter Card” promotion that allowed shoppers to buy a $50 gift card for just $25. Also, nearly two dozen new merchants have joined the program as part of this year’s anniversary celebration.

In addition to using the new kiosk, shoppers can purchase the gift card online at, by phone at 413-584-1900, or in person at the Chamber offices at 99 Pleasant St.

HCC welcomes Scanlon to advancement team

HOLYOKE — Holyoke Community College welcomes Douglas Scanlon of South Hadley to the college’s Institutional Advancement team as its first development and external communications coordinator.

Scanlon comes to HCC after serving for seven years as communications specialist in the Development office at Springfield College. Before that, he worked as assistant director of Institutional Marketing for Elms College in Chicopee.

At HCC, Scanlon will be responsible for creating print, digital, and event-related messaging to support donor engagement, community engagement, and fundraising.

Scanlon, who started Nov. 29, holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from St. Bonaventure University in New York.

He grew up in South Hadley, where he lives now with his wife, Autumn, and their four young children.

Smith Brothers names Kelly as
private client
practice leader

EASTHAMPTON — Smith Brothers Insurance, with an office in Easthampton, has hired Mike Kelly as private client practice leader. Kelly is responsible for private client growth initiatives, client service, and enhancing the company’s people-focused culture.

He brings 15 years of experience in the insurance industry on the agent, broker, and carrier sides, with key leadership roles in high-net-worth personal lines. Most recently, Kelly was vice president, regional executive for PURE Insurance, a carrier that specializes in financially successful families.

Founded in Hartford, Connecticut in 1971 by brothers, Bob and Brian Smith, Smith Brothers Insurance has expanded to more than 200 professionals, the firm is licensed in every state in the U.S. and is headquartered in Glastonbury, Connecticut.

Wright Builders donates to co-op low-income fund

NORTHAMPTON — Wright Builders Inc. has donated $7,500 to River Valley Co-op’s Low Income Owner Assistance Program to celebrate the opening of the Easthampton River Valley Co-op. The program supports co-op ownership participation of all income levels.

This contribution has been matched by gifts from many of the co-op’s current co-op owners for a total of $15,000 in new funds, which will support 200 new low-income co-op ownerships.

River Valley Co-op is a cooperative retail grocery store specializing in fresh local and organically grown foods. River Valley Co-op stores in Northampton and Easthampton are open to the public. Nearly 13,500 area community members cooperatively own it.

Co-op owners invest in an equity share of $150 each (this can be paid with monthly installments of $25). This is a one-time equity share investment, it is not an annual fee, and it is refundable if you move from the area or otherwise no longer wish to participate as a co-op owner. With funding from the Low-Income Assistance Program, low-income co-op shoppers are eligible to become co-op owners with a total investment of just $75. The other $75 for the total equity share is funded through donations to the fund from other co-op owners. With this program, low-income co-op owners can fulfill their equity share purchase with $5 monthly installments to complete their co-op owner equity share investment. Co-op membership is co-op ownership.

Low-income co-op shoppers interested in co-op ownership are invited to join online or in-person in either store: 228 Northampton St. in Easthampton and 330 North King St. in Northampton.

Those co-op owners wishing to make contributions to support River Valley Co-op’s Low Income Owner Assistance Fund may also make contributions online or in either store.

Florence Bank extending grant program

FLORENCE — Twenty-six Hampden County nonprofit leaders attended Florence Bank’s first Zoom event in mid-October to learn about participation in the bank’s Customers’ Choice Community Grants Program.

The organizations will now launch individual efforts to raise awareness about their missions in hopes of helping them gain votes — and funds — at the bank’s 20th annual Customers’ Choice celebration in May 2022.

Nonprofit leaders who missed the Zoominar and would like a link to the video can contact Erin Defoyd at

In the past 20 years, Florence Bank has donated $1.3 million to 158 nonprofit organizations.

The participating organizations are listed on the voting page and in a promotional piece being handed to customers in the Hampden County branches through Dec. 31, when voting closes.

The bank’s kit for nonprofits includes an information sheet on the Customers’ Choice program, a sample flyer to display and a press release leaders can adapt and send to the media. To access, visit

Customers of Florence Bank can vote for a nonprofit by visiting, or vote in a Florence Bank branch.

New Appointments at Big Y

SPRINGFIELD — Big Y Foods Inc. has announced the following new appointments:

Ross M. Corcoran of Belchertown as inventory control supervisor at its Fresh & Local Distribution Center in Springfield.

Samantha Lussier of Hadley as deli sales manager at the Big Y World Class Market in Greenfield.

Roy F. Costabile of South Hadley as meat/seafood sales manager at the Big Y World Class Market in Southampton.


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