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Staying in the Berkshires for Summer Camp

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The Rural We: Christina Barrett

Christina Barrett is the Director of Marketing and Student Recruitment at Berkshire Community College, but her involvement with local nonprofit organizations is practically another full-time job. On top of all her charitable work, she also manages to find some time for herself, hitting rural roads in the Berkshires as

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Nov
27
Mon
Berkshires Holiday Auction 2017 @ Online
Nov 27 @ 8:00 AM – Dec 7 @ 8:00 PM

Grab up great deals on theater tickets, spa services, dining certificates and one-of-a-kind experiences in our online auction, opening on November 27th and closing on December 7th.

Proceeds from 1Berkshire auctions support the Berkshire Marketing Fund, which promotes the region as a destination for all seasons.

PREVIEW THE AUCTION NOW

Contribute to the Holiday Auction and receive free marketing for your business >>

Nov
28
Tue
Entrepreneurial Meetup @ Shire Breu-Hous
Nov 28 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Come to an Entrepreneurial Meetup!Join us for our last Entrepreneurial Meetup of 2017! We’ll be returning to Shire Breu-Hous in Dalton to learn more about how the business has progressed in the last five months, try some of their new brews, and chat with friends old and new. We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday the 28th of November!

1Berkshire’s Entrepreneurial Meetups are free events that gather entrepreneurs together to network, learn, and engage. They provide small business owners, or people interested in starting a business, opportunities to have casual, organic conversations with peers and resource providers. Register Now>>

Dec
4
Mon
MSBDC: Basics of Starting a Business @ Go to MSBDC.org for Details!
Dec 4 @ 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

MSBDCBasics of Starting a Business

Learn the whole nine yards of starting a business. This free workshop, presented by Allen Kronick, senior business advisor with the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network Western Regional Office, will focus on business fundamentals, from start-up considerations to business plan development and funding sources. It is designed for owners of existing businesses as well as those who are planning to start one.

The workshop will help entrepreneurs write a business plan and provide structure to starting/managing their venture.

Topics will include:

  • Introduction and need for planning
  • Basic business plan format
  • Choosing your legal form of organization
  • Marketing, market planning and research
  • Cash flow projections
  • Financial statements
  • Financing

Oreste Varela, Springfield branch manager of the U.S. Small Business Administration will also present, The SBA Advantage: An Overview of SBA’s Programs and Services. This presentation will help you gain a better understanding of the various SBA programs and services available to prospective or current entrepreneurs who need assistance in starting or expanding their businesses, and will include capital, counseling and contracting information.

This free workshop is typically held on the first Monday of the month in Springfield and the first Thursday of the month in Greenfield (unless otherwise noted, due to holiday or other conflict). See chart below for dates, times, locations and registration links.

The Greenfield workshops are cosponsored by the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce.

Cost: No charge
Contact: Pre-registration is required. Register online with link below. If you have questions or are unable to register online, contact Lynn Shedd at lshedd@msbdc.umass.edu or 413-577-1761.

MSBDC register online

  • Monday, August 7, 2017 | 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.
    Scibelli Enterprise Center, 1 Federal Street, Building 101, Springfield
Dec
7
Thu
MSBDC: Basics of Starting a Business @ Go to MSBDC.org for Details!
Dec 7 @ 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

MSBDCBasics of Starting a Business

Learn the whole nine yards of starting a business. This free workshop, presented by Allen Kronick, senior business advisor with the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network Western Regional Office, will focus on business fundamentals, from start-up considerations to business plan development and funding sources. It is designed for owners of existing businesses as well as those who are planning to start one.

The workshop will help entrepreneurs write a business plan and provide structure to starting/managing their venture.

Topics will include:

  • Introduction and need for planning
  • Basic business plan format
  • Choosing your legal form of organization
  • Marketing, market planning and research
  • Cash flow projections
  • Financial statements
  • Financing

Oreste Varela, Springfield branch manager of the U.S. Small Business Administration will also present, The SBA Advantage: An Overview of SBA’s Programs and Services. This presentation will help you gain a better understanding of the various SBA programs and services available to prospective or current entrepreneurs who need assistance in starting or expanding their businesses, and will include capital, counseling and contracting information.

This free workshop is typically held on the first Monday of the month in Springfield and the first Thursday of the month in Greenfield (unless otherwise noted, due to holiday or other conflict). See chart below for dates, times, locations and registration links.

The Greenfield workshops are cosponsored by the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce.

Cost: No charge
Contact: Pre-registration is required. Register online with link below. If you have questions or are unable to register online, contact Lynn Shedd at lshedd@msbdc.umass.edu or 413-577-1761.

MSBDC register online

  • Monday, August 7, 2017 | 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.
    Scibelli Enterprise Center, 1 Federal Street, Building 101, Springfield
Dec
8
Fri
BYP Ugly Sweater Party @ Methuselah Bar
Dec 8 @ 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Join Berkshire Young Professionals at Methuselah Bar for the annual Ugly Sweater Party! Methuselah will be closed for this private party of ugly sweaters, holiday decoration, holiday music, signature cocktails, complimentary food, and more much!! >>Register Now>> 

Tickets are $10/Members, $15/NonMembers. Become a BYP Member >>

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