SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – BusinessWest is now accepting nominations for their Difference Makers Class of 2024.

The program highlights people, groups, organizations and families that have made a positive impact in their community and have made a difference in the region. Previous classes of the program have worked in their community and improved the quality of life, had success in a business or public service, contributed and inspired others to get involved, or helped solve societal issues.

BusinessWest is accepting nominations for the Class of 2024 through December 8, at 5:00 p.m. If you would like to nominate someone, you can submit a nomination on their website.

Class of 2023 Difference Makers:

  • Nathan Costa, president, Springfield Thunderbirds
  • Steven and Jean Graham, owners, Toner Plastics Group
  • Helix Human Services, formerly the Children’s Study Home
  • Burns Maxey, board president, CitySpace
  • Claudia Pazmany, executive director, Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce; and Gabrielle Gould, executive director, Amherst Business Improvement District
  • Gary Rome, president and CEO, Gary Rome Auto Group
  • Springfield Ballers
  • Henry Thomas, president and CEO, Urban League of Springfield

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