Making News in Business, Sept. 16

  • Lakesha Ruth

  • Marci Cormier

Published: 9/15/2021 3:24:17 PM
Hampshire Mall to host in-person job fair on Sept. 22

HADLEY — Hampshire Mall will hold an in-person job fair inside the shopping center on Wednesday, Sept. 22, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Target corridor.

The “Get Hired Job Fair,” sponsored by C&S Wholesale Grocers, is a convenient opportunity for local employers to interview, hire workers, and to help job seekers connect with businesses who need their skills. Employers from a variety of industries will be in attendance looking for candidates at all skill levels.

Businesses from western Massachusetts that will attendance include: Amherst Innovative Living, LLC, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Cooley Dickinson, Greenfield Savings Bank, Hampshire County Sheriff’s Office, Inn On Boltwood, Pathlight, ServiceNet, Stop & Shop-Amherst, University of Massachusetts Amherst, U.S. Marines and Yankee Candle.

Several stores and venues at Hampshire Mall, including Target, will also be hiring to fill open positions and will be in attendance. The event is free to attend for all job seekers.

Employers interested in participating in the job fair should contact James Geraghty, advertising representative for Hampshire Mall, at 617-840-2998 or For full details and information regarding the Hampshire Get Hired Job Fair, visit

Ruth named VP of program supports for Pathlight

SPRINGFIELD — Lakesha Ruth, an educator and advocate within the disability and human services field, recently joined Pathlight’s leadership team as the vice president of program supports.

Pathlight, established in 1952 and headquartered in Springfield, is a pioneer in services for children, teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout the four counties of western Massachusetts.

Ruth started her career at Pathlight four years ago in the Family-Based Living program, working first as a manager and then as a director of the program. In her new role, she will oversee the programs and services that support the people of Pathlight, including training, quality, and clinical and behavior supports.

Ruth says she has been drawn to the career paths centered around helping others. She attended Lincoln University for her bachelor’s in elementary and special education and then continued her education by obtaining a degree in organizational leadership and management from Central Connecticut State University and Springfield College. Her clinical background is in marriage and family therapy.

Bank to host free shred days

EASTHAMPTON — bankESB invites customers and members of the community to free “Shred Days” at local offices. Events will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on the following dates and at the following locations: Oct. 2, Amherst office, 253 Triangle St., and Oct. 16, Northampton office, 297 King St. No appointment is necessary.

Residents can reduce their risk of identity theft by bringing old mail, receipts, statements or bills, cancelled checks, pay stubs, medical records, or any other unwanted paper documents containing personal or confidential information and shredding them safely and securely for free. Valley Green Shredding, a professional document destruction company, will be on site in the bank’s parking lot and can accept up to two boxes of documents per person.

WMass chapter of Women to Watch to host luncheon

AGAWAM — Women to Watch USA Western Mass Chapter will hold an in-person luncheon at 141 Main St. on the patio (formally the Main St. Deli) in Agawam on Sept. 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The public and all members are invited to attend. Proper COVID protocol will be observed.

The luncheon will feature guest speaker and Easthampton resident Marci Cormier, owner and founder of Greenbark, which supports entrepreneurs’ by providing customizable, administrative support that frees small business owners to engage with their passions and avoid the mundane tasks needed to keep their businesses running.

Cormier’s second business is Cormier Coaching Collaborative, which also provides business coaching as will as lifestyles, parenting and career coaching to individual clients. As a positive discipline facilitator she also assists toward stronger connections between caregivers and their families to reduce stress and increase authenticity and independence in young people.

The cost for Women to Watch USA members is $25, and $35 for nonmembers. To sign up, visit

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