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Thursday, November 23, 2017
Dice small-business coordinator at Valley CDC

NORTHAMPTON — Dee Dice of Northampton has joined Valley Community Development as its small-business coordinator.

She will provide free technical support and business assistance to small and medium-sized businesses of low and moderate income, as well as to entrepreneurs thinking about starting a business.

Dice is an entrepreneur with more than 10 businesses to her credit, starting with a cross country ski rental business that enabled her to fund her degree at the University of Connecticut and most recently a marketing and consulting business with Constant Contact, an email provider.

Her garden center and farm market on Martha’s Vineyard, Eden, has been in business for 25 years and has allowed her to advocate for and advise small business owners for the past 10 years.

Her direct business experiences extend from retail and wholesale to consulting and event management.

Dice can be reached at dd@valleycdc.com or 413-586-5855, ext. 230.

Arrha to close Hadley branch

SPRINGFIELD — Arrha Credit Union intends to close its Hadley branch at 140 Russell St. in late January.

The credit union has submitted a request for permission to close to the state Division of Banks.

“We have made this request due to the Hadley branch not meeting its original projections,” said Michael S. Ostrowski, president and CEO.

Ostrowski said the competitive market has made efforts to grow the branch difficult.

Arrha intends to notify all customers of the Hadley branch closing by personal letter.

Staff at the branch will be offered comparable positions at the credit union’s other locations in Springfield and West Springfield.

Lia Auto Group makes Red Cross donation

MEDFORD — The American Red Cross of Western Massachusetts received a $10,000 donation for hurricane relief efforts from Lia Auto Group/Lia Toyota of Wilbraham.

Lia gave a check for $5,000 to the American Red Cross and with the assistance of Toyota Motor Corp. through its Match Fund initiative, Lia was able to double its donation, bringing the total Lia Auto contribution to $10,000.

“This dealer match initiative offered through Toyota Motor Sales, USA presents an opportunity for Lia Toyota to increase our community participation,” explained Michael Lia, co-president of the Lia Auto Group. “Our dealerships have always been involved in the communities around us — Toyota Motor Sales is willing to match our commitment, allowing us to double our fundraising and donation impact on a local level. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

Ceremony to mark new look for story

HADLEY — ALDI is celebrating the new look of its store at 354 Russell St.

ALDI will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8:25 a.m. on Nov. 30. Following the ceremony, the first 100 shoppers will receive a golden ticket, each containing ALDI gift cards of various amounts.

Remodeled stores feature a modern design, open ceilings, natural lighting and environmentally friendly building materials — such as recycled materials, energy-saving refrigeration and LED lighting.

Community Bank names vice president

SPRINGFIELD — Keith J. Nesbitt has been promoted to vice president, commercial banker, Community Bank N.A. has announced.

In his new role, Nesbitt, who lives in Amherst, will manage new business with present and prospective customers, as well as maintain current customer relationships. He will also be responsible for providing direct service to commercial customers pertaining to deposit, loan, and other products and services.

“We are very pleased to recognize Keith for all of his incredible efforts and contributions to Community Bank N.A.,” said Geoffrey Hesslink, Community Bank regional president.

Nesbitt joined the Community Bank  team through its acquisition of Merchants Bank earlier this year. He joined Merchants in 2016 as the regional commercial credit officer for NUVO, a division of Merchants Bank.