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3 Media Web Expands Operations to the Midwest

3 Media Web a local digital agency providing custom tailored web solutions to medium and enterprise sized businesses has opened a second location in Grand Rapids, MI.

Over the past five years, 3 Media Web has grown significantly – more than 200%. Most markedly this growth has been due to the company’s success in developing web solutions for both enterprise-sized technology and manufacturing companies in Massachusetts and beyond.

“We are geographically targeting look-alike companies in the verticals we have had a very successful track record in, and know we can make an impactful difference,” says Lysa Miller, VP of Business Development.

In 2018, 3 Media Web completed more than eight major web projects for these global, national, and local technology and manufacturing corporations. MA-based companies like Microgroup, American SuperConductor, New England Wire Products, SigfoxUSA, and PA-based Hardinge Inc. Most were complex ventures that included eCommerce, multiple languages, and accessibility features very specific to the manufacturing vertical.

In Grand Rapids, 3 Media Web is also hoping to continue to build on its success with its “Agency Partner Model.” The company has found success working as a value-added partner to marketing and creative agencies who don’t provide complex web design, development, or digital marketing for their clients.

“This model allows specialized agencies to continue to work with their clients, even when they themselves don’t provide the services required by bringing in a trusted partner,” says Miller. 3 Media Web has been very successful in applying this model to its current MA-based business.

Marc Avila, CEO & Founder, explained, “One major manufacturing project came to us from one of our partners, Red Javelin, a Boston area public relations agency.”

While Red Javelin managed the communications and messaging portion, 3 Media Web handled the design, development, and integration of the website overhaul project for Hardinge a PA-based global manufacturing enterprise.

“When we needed to choose a partner to work with us on this large website project, 3 Media Web was the obvious and easy choice for us,” said Dana Harris, co-founder, and principal at Red Javelin. “Their process, creativity and ‘do what it takes’ attitude worked to meet the needs of an international manufacturing business with several web properties, thousands of SKUs, multiple language requirements, and a tight deadline.”

Marc Avila added, “We are very excited to be in Grand Rapids, MI. Michigan has a wealth of tech-manufacturing companies. Manufacturers are specialized complex businesses that require vertical expertise. The industry also needs to attract new, young people to the workforce, and are looking for partners to help them develop a strong brand and presence on the web. We are excited to work with them to do just that.”

3 Media Web is located in Hudson, MA and Grand Rapids, MI. They can be visited at 3mediaweb.com.

About 3 Media Web:

3 Media Web is an award-winning website design and digital marketing agency that specializes in designing, developing, and promoting websites on the WordPress platform for growing organizations.

3 Media Web has been the recipient of numerous industry awards, including Communicator Awards, Davey Awards, IWA Awards, Interactive Media Awards, and W3 Awards. Most recently, 3 Media Web was named to the 2018 Entrepreneur 360 List of small businesses who, according to Entrepreneur Magazine, “ … are mastering the art and science of growing a business.”

About Grand Rapids:

As early as the mid-1800s Grand Rapids, Michigan, was known as “Furniture City,” a leading producer of fine residential furniture. Today manufacturing in the area has grown to include a diverse roster of more than 2400 manufacturers that include automotive, medical devices, personal care products, bullet-proof composites for military and industrial vehicles, food processing, technology, aerospace and defense, and a thriving craft beer industry.

Contact 3 Media Web:

Lysa Miller

lysa@3mediaweb.com

(508) 439-4781

Boston Area:

7 Felton St.

Hudson, MA 01749

Grand Rapids Area:

99 Monroe Building, Suite 200

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

MassHire Business Workshop

The MassHire North Central Career Center, Harvard Business School and Breakthrough Champion will partner to host the first annualMassHire North Central Hiring & Retention Workshop on April 9th at Devens Common Center.

 

Given the struggle that many organizations are facing to hire and retain talent in today’s tight labor market, The MassHire North Central Career Center decided to create a four hour workshop designed to help companies reach their retention goals. The half-day conference for businesses will feature two keynote speakers who combine the knowledge of a Harvard Business School professor along with a well-established expert on retention strategies to give focused expertise and solid research that can positively impact retention and hiring for local companies.

 

The $50 per-person fee includes a light lunch and information on related state & federal programs.  Registration is required by April 5th.  For more information, please contact Scott Percifull at 978-534-1481 x209; spercifull@masshirenorthcentralcc.com

 

Register through Constant Contact: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=huosel6ab&oeidk=a07eg37zpa971cd961d&condition=SO_OVERRIDE

OR Contact:
Name: Scott Percifull
MassHire North Central Career Center
100 Erdman Way, Leominster,, MA 01453
978-534-1481 X209

eMail: spercifull@masshirenorthcentralcc.com

Fitchburg Public Library Presents Pre-diabetes: Could It Be You?

Join us at the Fitchburg Public Library (610 Main St.) on March 27, 2019, at 6:30 PM as Registered Nurse and Certified Diabetes Educator, Scherrie Keating talks about the solution to the pre-diabetes epidemic in the US.  According to the CDC, “there are 86 MILLION adults living in the US with prediabetes and 9 out of 10 don’t know it.” Could you be one of them?  Attend this life changing class on prediabetes and its potential serious health risks.  Take the prediabetes risk screening test and leave class with 2 simple, proven ways to cut your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes by more than half.  Diabetes prevention is within your reach!  Start today, change your tomorrows.  Ms. Keating offers risk screening and education on proven lifestyle changes that reduce the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes and spreads her message through CEU and community educational programs and as a speaker at regional, state, and national conferences.  This is a free program.  Free parking is available in the lot at the corner of Boulder Drive and Newton Place. F or information about this or other Library programs call 978-829-1780 or visit our website: www.FitchburgPublicLibrary.org.

Workers Credit Union Provides Community Relations Funds to the Wendell P. Clark YMCA

FITCHBURG, Ma., Feb. 28, 2019 – Workers Credit Union has presented the Wendell P. Clark YMCA, which serves the greater Winchendon area, a donation of $5,000 towards its Promise for Tomorrow Capital Campaign. The YMCA’s capital campaign is raising funds to build a new youth and community building that will house a state-of-the art-gymnastics facility as well as after-school programs and a community room.

Workers Credit Union executives and staff presented the check on Wednesday, Feb. 6 and toured the YMCA’s current facilities. The donation is a part of the credit union’s community relations fund.

“The Winchendon-area YMCA has a rich history and is a vital community asset,” said Doug Petersen, president and CEO of Workers Credit Union. “We are pleased to be able to contribute these funds to help the YMCA further its mission, programs and services.”

The Wendell P. Clark YMCA has undertaken a two-phase construction project to improve, expand and renovate its existing building. Phase two includes the new youth and community building and gym that will offer expanded programs to students from kindergarten through 12th grade as well as provide resources and opportunities for families who rely on the Y. The new building is planned to be nearly 14,000 square feet and includes the gym, program rooms and multi-purpose areas. The new space will allow the YMCA to double its capacity for students in the before and after school programs, vital to working families. It also allows the Y to expand its gymnastics program and offer a safe and supportive environment for this underserved population in which to learn and grow.

“We are grateful for the support of Workers Credit Union and its belief in the mission of the Clark YMCA,” stated Michael Quinn, executive director of the Clark YMCA. “It gives us great pride to provide quality programs and services to the community and to make these programs accessible to all families regardless of their financial means. This is made possible only through the many generous volunteers and contributors such as Workers Credit Union, who make the Clark YMCA everything it is to so many.” 

The Wendell P. Clark Memorial YMCA is a nonprofit community service organization made possible because of charitable donations, member support, and dedicated employees and volunteers. The Wendell P. Clark Memorial YMCA is devoted to the education, physical health, mental wellbeing, and the moral development of children, families, and their community. It seeks to be a welcoming center serving individuals of any age, race, religion, heritage, economic circumstance, or physical ability. The Wendell P. Clark Memorial YMCA strives to incorporate the core values of honesty, caring, respect, and responsibility into everything they do.

Workers Credit Union, home of the $3 million GiveBack program, is headquartered in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. With assets of $1.7 billion, the credit union serves over 102,000 members from 15 offices in Athol, Chelmsford, Fitchburg, Gardner, Groton, Lancaster, Leominster, Lunenburg, Orange, Townsend, Westford and Workers Online at www.workerscu.com. 

MWCC Employee Lawrence NFOR Honored at Black Excellence on the Hill Ceremony

BOSTON – Mount Wachusett Community College Employee and Alumnus Lawrence NFOR was honored recently at the Black Excellence on the Hill ceremony.

“It is an honor to recognize Leominster’s Lawrence NFOR with the Black Excellence on the Hill Award. Lawrence gives back to his community in so many ways, through his work at MWCC, his service as a Leominster Library Trustee, and an Ambassador to the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce, and inspires us all with his positivity and passion for the region,” said State Representative Natalie Higgins of NFOR who she nominated for the recognition.

The ceremony took place at the Massachusetts State House on Monday February 4. The goal of the awards are to celebrate Black History month and the leaders with the state’s communities that make them thrive. As such, the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus (MBLLC) presented its unique citation to leaders for their work in civic engagement, education, business, and other fields.

“Lawrence is a valued member of not only our college community, but the city of Leominster and the multiple organizations he gives his time to,” said MWCC President James Vander Hooven. “I am happy to see him recognized for all of his hard work and community service. He is an example to all of us.”

Lawrence NFOR was born in Ndu, a small town in Cameroon, West Africa. He moved to Leominster with his family in 2009 after receiving a Visa through the Diversity Visa Lottery Program.

Having already studied mathematics and computer science at the University of Buea, NFOR earned his Associates Degree from MWCC, Bachelor’s Degree from UMass Amherst, and his MBA in Accounting from Fitchburg State University. NFOR went on to build his career serving in the business office at MWCC and currently serves as the Business Manager for the college’s Access and Transition Office.

NFOR is actively involved in the Leominster community and strives to make the region a better place to work and live. He serves as a Leominster Public Library Trustee. He is an ambassador for the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce and was recognized as their Ambassador of the Year for 2017 to 2018. He also serves as the president of the New England Community of Cameroon Immigrants organization and is actively involved in his church, the First Baptist Church in Westminster. He and his wife Elizabeth, a dental hygienist (also an MWCC graduate) have four children.

English Learners Graduate with CNA Certificates from New MWCC Program

DEVENS – Ten students received Certified Nurses Assistant certificates from Mount Wachusett Community College at a graduation last week for a free program that pairs the certificate with continued English for Speakers of Other Languages classes.

“This is a group who is focused and committed and who are going to do great things,” said MWCC President Vander Hooven at the graduation. “You are going to be helping people in need and you are going to be working with them in ways that make them feel better… I’m very proud of you and it’s a pleasure for me to be here.”

The students from Clinton, Fitchburg and Leominster were surrounded by family and friends as they received their certificates on Wednesday, February 15 at the college’s Devens campus. This was the first group of students to complete the newly launched program. The student speakers – Jaqueline Conte, Katia Ferrari and Sarai Marcial-Rodriguez – explained the program has helped them move toward their dreams of helping people.

“We have traveled together sharing the same dream,” said Conte. “We’ve had to face many difficulties, but knowing that in the end I will be helping other people will make it all worthwhile.”

Students in the program not only put in the hours for CNA training, but also took ESOL classes two nights a week. Students said the work was tough, but worth it. The next step for students will be to take their state exam and then they will be able to work out in the community.

Everyone was a great student, said MWCC’s Associate Director of Adult Education and Training at Devens Kijah Gordan, and now they will be able to make an impact as they give back through their work.

“You being a part of our college makes it a better place. You working in the community will make it a better place, because you’re all amazing,” said Gordon at the ceremony.

This new program is operated at MWCC’s Devens campus by the MWCC Adult Education and Training Department in partnership with the College Workforce Development Office. It offers English language instruction that has been contextualized to the healthcare field in conjunction with training to prepare students for the Massachusetts Certified Nursing Assistant Exam.

MWCC received the Integrated English Language and Civics Education grant that funds the program from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in 2018. All student costs for the program are covered by the grant and matching funds from MWCC, including all the supplies and textbooks, making it free for the students. The clinical portion of the program was conducted at Life Care Center of Leominster.

Grant funds will cover 20 students a year through 2020. While many students were referred from other English language programs, interested students may also inquire directly with MWCC’s Adult Education and Training at Devens by calling 978-630-9363.