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Annie Selke sells American style from Bucolic Berkshires location, The Boston Globe

PITTSFIELD — Annie Selke’s office looks lived in. Her shelves and tables are piled with sources of inspiration: antique books, swatches of eyelet, a tray of binding tape, vintage ski sweaters, even a bright red beauty cap. “I like to see everything. It never occurs to me to look in a file cabinet. We keep […]

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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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Sci-fi pioneer Douglas Trumbull ready for new frontiers, The Boston Globe

By Ethan Gilsdorf New Marlborough Douglas Trumbull has a bone to pick with Hollywood. Cinema screens are minuscule. Projection is dim. Resolution and frame rate are low. The film industry’s “penny wise, pound foolish” attitude is akin to “making a $300 million movie and then showing it in 16mm,” says the visual effects master behind […]

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From Bali to the Berkshires: John Stanmeyer Comes Home, National Geographic

Story and Photographs by John Stanmeyer The National Geographic photographer welcomes you to West Otis and West Stockbridge, which embraced him as family. In our series My Town, writers and photographers from around the world reflect on places that hold special meaning for them. Seven years ago, home was literally in the middle of a […]

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What’s Trending – January 2015 Edition

What’s Trending A collection of pertinent stories/information about issues which effect our regional and national economy.   Employer Confidence Highest Since 2007 Associated Industries of Massachusetts Massachusetts employers are more confident about the economy than at any time since before the Great Recession. Forget Resolutions, What’s your “Beautiful Question” for 2015? Fast Company Big questions […]

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What’s Trending – December 2014/January 2015 Edition

 What’s Trending A collection of pertinent stories/information about issues which effect our regional and national economy.   Pittsfield Manufacturer Celebrates Growth In New Facility iBerkshires.com Staying on the cutting edge of technology has been key to staying competitive in modern manufacturing, says Donald Rochelo, founder and COO of Apex Engineering, and a key player in […]

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State Senate Panels Hears Struggles and Successes of Western Mass, iberkshires.com

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Patricia Begrowicz received a $2.4 million electric bill in 2014 for her business, Onyx Specialty Papers Inc. “The cost of electricity puts us at a competitive disadvantage,” she told eight state senators Wednesday morning at the Berkshire South Community Center. Onyx exports half its paper products produced in Lee overseas and […]

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