Making News in Business, Sept. 2

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Published: 9/1/2021 10:39:31 AM
Western Mass job fair on tap

SPRINGFIELD — The Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau, Economic Development Council of Western Mass and MassHire Hampden County Workforce Board have partnered to produce a regional in-person job fair called the Western Mass Job Trail.

On Sept. 8 and 15, dozens of participating businesses will host hiring events at their locations in an effort to help fill the hundreds of jobs available in the region.

Job seekers will be directed to participating businesses where they can walk in, fill out an application, get an interview and maybe even a job on the spot. Available positions are posted on the ExploreWesternMass and WesternMassEDC websites. Participating businesses will place Western Mass balloons and signage at their hiring locations until their jobs are filled.

“So many of our tourism partners have asked us to help spread the word about individual hiring events that we decided to implement a more regional approach to our industry’s critical employee shortage,” GSCVB President Mary Kay Wydra said.

Businesses can still get involved in the Western Mass Job Trail by contacting the GSCVB (mgoldberg@explorewesternmass.com) or EDC of Western Mass (x.delobato@westernmassedc.com).

Caouette new senior VP at Greenfield Co-op Bank

GREENFIELD — Christopher Caouette, of Florence, has joined Greenfield Cooperative Bank as the new senior vice president, credit officer. He will be based in the bank’s main office at 62 Federal St. in Greenfield.

Having spent the majority of his career in the Pioneer Valley, Caouette brings over 30 years of banking experience to Greenfield Cooperative Bank, most recently as vice president, credit officer at another area bank. He holds an Masters in Business Administration in Finance from UMass Amherst, and attended the Massachusetts Bankers Association, Bank Exec Program — School of Financial Studies, where he finished second among 10 competing bank groups.

Caouette is a native of Greenfield and has lived in the Valley for the past 18 years. He lives with his wife Maria, and their family, in Florence.

Venture X opens new location in Holyoke

HOLYOKE — Venture X, a premium membership-based workspace community, celebrates the opening of its newest location in Holyoke. The 16,000-square-foot co-working space is located at 98 Lower Westfield Road. Venture X Holyoke invites the community to stop by on Thursday, Sept. 9, from 4-7 p.m., to tour the business center and connect with other professionals.

Venture X Holyoke provides flexible workspace solutions, information technology security, and amenities that the professional western Massachusetts workforce needs to succeed. The space was built out during the pandemic, so special attention was given to the installation of high-tech air filtration system, touchless bathrooms, and keyless door entry systems.

In addition to services provided by Venture X Holyoke, clients will enjoy 65 private offices ranging from one-person up to 10-person offices with dedicated desks and shared desks. The location also offers a community space, where members may mingle and network in the lounge area or around the coffee bar café. Members will have access to hi-tech conference rooms, mailboxes, copy center, shredding service, and other business-related amenities.

Venture X Holyoke is conveniently located at the intersection of I-90 and I-91 and is on the access road to the Holyoke Mall. The facility also has ample free parking.

Vanessa Smith appointed to HCC board of trustees

HOLYOKE — Vanessa L. Smith, of Holyoke, senior vice president and chief legal officer for Baystate Health, has been appointed to the Holyoke Community College board of trustees by Gov. Charlie Baker.

Baker announced the appointment Monday, Aug. 23. Smith’s term will run until March 1, 2025.

Smith has worked for Bay State Health since 2016, as associate general counsel, vice president and chief general counsel, and now senior vice president and chief legal officer. Prior to that, she was a partner in the law firm of Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas, LLP in Springfield. She has also worked as an assistant attorney general in the New York Attorney General’s Office in Syracuse and as a court attorney for the New York State Court of Appeals.

She holds a law degree from Syracuse University College of Law and a bachelor’s degree in French from Wells College.


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