Business Briefs: July 16, 2021


  • Covestro is a manufacturing company in the Whately Industrial Park. Staff File Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Published: 7/15/2021 2:56:06 PM
Women to Watch holding in-person luncheon

SPRINGFIELD — The Western Massachusetts chapter of Women to Watch USA will hold an in-person luncheon at Max’s Tavern in Springfield on Thursday, July 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

According to a press release from Dee Emery-Ferrero, founder of the Western Massachusetts chapter, the luncheon will feature guest speaker Marci Cormier, owner and founder of Greenbark. Greenbark’s mission is to support entrepreneurs’ growth by providing customizable, hands-on 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 well as lifestyle, parenting and career coaching to individual clients, the release states. As a positive discipline facilitator, she assists with fostering stronger connections between caregivers and their families to reduce stress and increase authenticity and independence in young people. Cormier resides in Easthampton.

The cost for Women to Watch USA members is $25 and $35 for non-members. Attendees can sign up at

Dunkin’ celebrating Red Sox with summertime promotions

SPRINGFIELD — With baseball season in full swing, Dunkin’ is serving up chances to celebrate the Red Sox, including with a Red Sox-inspired doughnut and a special sweepstakes to honor coaches for youth sports across Western Massachusetts.

■Through Aug. 17, customers can get any medium hot or iced latte, cappuccino or signature latte for $3 between 2 and 6 p.m. daily. Flavors can be added.

■Dunkin’ is unveiling a limited-edition Fenway Faithful Donut, available at participating locations in Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties. It is a classic vanilla-flavored frosted doughnut topped with limited-edition red sprinkles, inspired by the color of the hometown team.

■Lastly, Dunkin’ is launching the Raise a Cup to Coaches Sweepstakes to celebrate community members, athletes and coaches across Western Massachusetts. Fans can nominate a deserving coach at through Aug. 15, for the chance to win weekly prizes. One grand prize winner will receive the Grand Slam Prize Pack, which includes free coffee for a year for both the winner and the nominator. The winner will also receive a Donut Party at his/her local sports field, $5 Dunkin’ gift cards for up to 15 team members, face masks for their team and four tickets to an upcoming Red Sox home game.

Covestro named ‘Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion’

WHATELY — Covestro LLC, a producer of high-performance polymers that operates a manufacturing plant on Fairview Way, was named among the top scorers in the 2021 Disability Equity Index (DEI), a joint initiative of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and Disability:IN.

The company’s score across several inclusion criteria, including community engagement, employment practices and supplier diversity, deemed Covestro a “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion,” according to a Covestro press release. Covestro is based in Pittsburgh, Penn.

“This award from the DEI underscores a company-wide commitment to educating our workforce about visible and non-apparent disabilities,” said Jennifer Pannill, head of recruitment and employer branding at Covestro. “We’re especially proud of how the Covestro Accessibility Resource Effort Employee Resource Group (CARE ERG) fostered engagement among all levels of staff and expanded its programming during the pandemic.”


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