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Berkshire Youth Leadership Program, Reflection

Marina Germain, Junior at Mount Everett Regional School Over the past ten months I have learned invaluable skills through the Berkshire Youth Leadership Program, a program of the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce. It began in August at the kick-off retreat. After we got to know each other, we started on our project. With much debate, […]

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Berkshire Initiative for Growth: Workforce Action and Results

Part III: Action and Results By Julia Dixon Creative Economy Specialist, 1Berkshire Berkshire Initiative for Growth Co-Coordinator Although the summer has not yet arrived, this year has already been a productive one for the Population Task Force. In addition to exciting projects in development, the task force has seen a number of internal changes including […]

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May 2015 Practitioner Spotlight: MSBDC

Keith E. Girouard, Regional Director Berkshire Regional Office, Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network Recently, we at the Berkshire Office of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network, have experienced an uptick in small business activity – a reassuring relief from the slowdown of a harsh business winter. Notably there has been an increased number […]

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1Berkshire Trending April 2015

What’s Trending A collection of pertinent stories/information about issues which effect our regional and national economy. SBIR Pulse: A “Start Up Hub” For Entrepreneurs Looking to Make A Difference U.S. Small Business Administration Incubators, accelerators, and startup hubs are an emerging and important part of the high-tech ecosystem. These entities support entrepreneurs and startups in […]

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1Berkshire Trending March 2015

What’s Trending A collection of pertinent stories/information about issues which effect our regional and national economy. Employers Encouraged as Governor Announces ‘Workforce Skills Cabinet’ Associated Industries of Massachusetts The cornerstone recommendation of the new Associated Industries of Massachusetts long-term economic plan, Blueprint for the Next Century, is for “business and… New Online Data Analytics Tool Will […]

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Practitioners Group Guest columnist: Ann Dobrowolski – “How to Grow a Small Business”

How to Grow a Small Business By Ann W. Dobrowolski Community Development Specialist, Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corporation Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, constituting a majority of the employers in Berkshire County and supplying most of the jobs.  Businesses are continuously being created and expanding. There are many sources of guidance for a business […]

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1Berkshire Board Spotlight: John Toole

John Toole President, L.V.Toole Insurance Agency, Inc.  What do you do at Toole Insurance Agency? I set the strategy for operations and work with key clients to assess risk, create plans to manage risk, and reduce their total cost of risk. Why did you become involved with the 1Berkshire board of directors? My involvement began as […]

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Branding the Berkshires, part VI: Visitor Perceptions

By Lauri Klefos President & CEO, Berkshire Visitors Bureau Chief Marketing Officer, 1Berkshire The Berkshire Visitors Bureau has been marketing the Berkshires as a premier travel destination for over 75 years.  There is no doubt that “the Berkshires” is a recognizable brand, drawing millions of visitors from around the country and around the world.  The […]

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Entrepreneurial Meetup: February 27, 2015 at 8am

1Berkshire is assisting in the coordination of an Entrepreneurial Meetup on Friday, February 27 at 8am at the Marketplace Café in downtown Pittsfield. This event is the first in a series of meetups which will begin to gather entrepreneurs together to engage and network, as well as allow 1Berkshire to share resources with this important business community. […]

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1Berkshire Trending February 2015

What’s Trending A collection of pertinent stories/information about issues which effect our regional and national economy. Speaker Outlines Clear Economic Strategy Associated Industries of Massachusetts Balance the budget with no new taxes or fees. Extend economic growth beyond Greater Boston. Trade Deals Would Open New Channels for Small Business Growth U.S. Small Business Administration During […]

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