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Small Business Professor: Investing in tech

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Q: I have a small video production company and my budget is tight, but I’m considering investing in new technology to “keep me in the game.” What do you suggest? A: According to Tony Nguyen, CEO and program director at UMii Corp., you don’t have to go “high-end” to get the job done. Nguyen says that many small businesses are considering new technology that is already available. Instead of purchasing … 0

Are independent booksellers replacing big-box retailers?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

PITTSBURGH — At the time Dan Iddings opened the doors of Classic Lines Bookstore in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood last year, his greatest fear was that the technologies that ate up some of his largest competitors would swallow his business whole. “I had this fear that I would be the Amazon showroom — … 0

Sybil's Leaf offers tattoos, both decorative and cosmetic, in Shelburne

Thursday, May 14, 2015

SHELBURNE — Tattoo parlors of old look nothing like Sybil’s Leaf, a tattoo studio that recently opened in the Arrowhead Shops on the Mohawk Trail. Plants, running fountains, and soft music fill the rooms, where people can come for both decorative and cosmetic tattoo transformations. Owner Rebecca “Ruby” Rasbury, a 23-year tattoo artist … 0

Real Estate/Changing Hands

Friday, March 13, 2015

Ashfield Edward R. Preissler of Mattapoisett and Deborah G. Thomas to Deborah G. Thomas, 1379 West Road, $1. Charlemont Richard D. Stone and Patricia I. Stone of Framingham to PI&RD Stone Irrevocable Trust, Catherine P. Stone, trustee, 33 Warfield Road, $1. Conway Laurie VonDung to Laurie VonDung and … 0

Artist buys Rooney’s building

Monday, March 9, 2015

GREENFIELD — The three-story landmark on Main Street where Rooney’s clothing store once thrived has been sold to a Greenfield resident who plans to live there, run her art studio there and rent to other artists. Rachael Katz, … 0

Shelburne Falls locals say state film tax credit helped

Friday, March 6, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — The Massachusetts Film Tax Credit — which helped bring Hollywood filmmaking to Shelburne Falls in 2012 and 2013 — could become a thing of the past. Gov. Charles D. Baker has proposed ending that tax … 0

Sugarloaf Hair Studio

Thursday, March 5, 2015

DEERFIELD — The Daylily art gallery and gift shop on Sugarloaf Street is now home to a third tenant: Kim Vieira of Ashfield and her new business, Sugarloaf Hair Studio. Vieira moved into the back half of the … 0

On the Job

Friday, March 6, 2015

Better Yet: James Smith SHELBURNE FALLS — Shelburne resident James Smith is celebrating thirty years of operating his business, which offers editorial writing, editing, technical writing, training and software quality assurance for businesses such as France-based Schneider Electric, … 0

Real Estate/Changing Hands

Friday, March 6, 2015

Charlemont Jeffrey J. Skibik Estate, Coleton J. Skibik, personal representative, to Coleton J. Skibik, Legate Hill Road. No consideration. Conway Eve Endicott to Detra C. Sarris of Centerport, N.Y., 1497 Main Poland Road, $270,000. Deerfield Sandri Realty Inc. of Greenfield to S&Z Deerfield Realty, LLC, 513 State Road, … 0

Greenfield house earns builder energy award

Sunday, March 1, 2015

GREENFIELD — It all added up for this former math teacher, given the net sum of skyrocketing energy costs. So he built a net-zero energy saltbox. And it scored big. From the outside, the only thing saying the … 0

On the Job

Friday, February 27, 2015

New Quabbin Valley Healthcare hire ATHOL — Michael T. Piscopo BS, RRT has been named by Quabbin Valley Healthcare as its provider for a new Respiratory Services Program. Piscopo is a Registered Respiratory Therapist who has been practicing … 0

Real Estate/Changing Hands

Friday, February 27, 2015

Ashfield L’Artigue S. Helveston and Iris A. Helveston of Dade City, Fla., to Paul T. Bouchard of Williamsburg, South Ashfield Road, land also in Conway, $35,000. Buckland Frank S. Gerry and Janet E. Gerry of Sugar Grove, Ill., to Carl W. Nelke and Janet E. Gerry of Conway, … 0

Bank merger earns OK from regulators

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Greenfield Cooperative Bank and Northampton Cooperative Bank have gotten final government approvals to merge this April. The banks announced Thursday that they have received final regulatory approvals from the Federal Reserve Board and the Massachusetts Division of Banks. The banks will complete the legal merger on April 1. … 0