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​A Panel Discussion on Creating New Opportunities for Non-Profit Organizations facilitated by Prosper Non-Profit Advisors. Sponsored by PeoplesBank and hosted by the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Announcing the 17th Annual Charity Golf Tournament 17th Annual Charity Golf Tournament Socially Distanced Edition   To Support The Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) Of Hampshire County and Amherst Area Chamber & Cooley Dickinson Health Care Amherst Regional High School Scholarship Program The Chamber will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC)…

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Eversource Energy Efficiency Supervisor Bill Bullock details energy efficiency and savings programs and services for small business owners. Bill is the supervisor responsible for the Eversource small business program in Massachusetts. He has been helping commercial and industrial customers optimize their energy use for more than 25 years.

Thank you to Eversource Energy for sponsoring and making this event possible.

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Local experts Brandon O’Donnell of Boisselle, Morton & Wolkowicz, LLP and Bill Fontes Senior Vice President of bankESB present on changes to the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

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Webinar hosted by the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce featuring Insurance Counselors Beth Pearson, President Alex Pearson Bennett, Vice President of Pearson Wallace Insurance, LLC and Jon Coppelman, Senior Workers Compensation Specialist of Renaissance Alliance. Web series sponsored by Pearson Wallace Insurance.

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44th Lighting of the Merry Maple Photo Album Available The Amherst Area Chamber celebrated the 44th Annual Lighting of the Merry Maple on Friday, December 6, 2019 on the Amherst Town Commons. View photo album. View Photo Album Categories Business Development COVID-19 Golf Tournament Launching Women Luncheon Legislative Breakfast Margarita Madness Merry Maple & Holiday Season Professional Development…

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Chamber 2019 Legislative Breakfast Highlights New Electeds and Brings Region Together In 2019, the Amherst Area had several candidates elected that were serving in their first term. Locally, in Amherst, the inaugural Town Council was finishing up their first year with Lynn Griesemer serving as the first President of the Council. Likewise, in Hadley, Christian…

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Shalini is an advocate of mindfulness in business, higher-ed and society. She is committed to integrating the transformative potential of mindfulness in education, business and policy to revitalize classrooms, organizations and communities. She has a doctoral degree in marketing from the Isenberg School of Management, UMass Amherst, where she is an Affiliated Expert/Lecturer. Her award-winning research on mindfulness has been published in premier marketing and public policy journals. Through her organization, KnowYourMind.training, she designs and delivers mindfulness-based solutions that address organizational challenges. In her studio, Downtown Mindfulness, she is co-creating a community to promote mindful living. As a District Councilor in the inaugural Town Council in Amherst, MA, she is now collaborating with multiple stakeholders to co-create mindful towns and cities.

She has been practicing mindfulness for over fifteen years and received professional certification to teach mindfulness from the Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School and the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (the mindfulness-based emotional intelligence program that started at Google).

When she is not working, Shalini loves all kinds of creative projects, cooking, being in nature, meditating and Zumba.

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Carla Oleska PhD

Carla Oleska, PhD.

Carla Oleska, Ph.D. has more than thirty years of experience in professional leadership roles as well as creatively addressing and facilitating the aspirations of underserved populations.  She has specialized in the design of programs enhancing academic preparation and higher education access, leadership development, and non-profit programming.  Under her leadership the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts developed and initiated the Leadership Institute for Political and Public Impact –LIPPI, a highly successful program which has graduated over 250 women who have gone on to successfully run for political office, achieve new leadership positions in their careers, and found new businesses.

Her work on behalf of women and girls has been recognized both regionally and nationally. In 2010 Oleska was one of the one hundred women across the United States selected as the charter delegates to Vision 2020, a national initiative to create leadership parity.  She was also one of 50 women from around the world invited to participate and speak at the United Nations Won Buddhist Center meeting on women and the UN development goals.

Whether Carla is working or not, she always loves to laugh, and she loves to spend quality time with friends, and that includes time spent on the golf course.

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