BERKSHIRE COUNTY, MA – The Berkshire Starts Get Mentored program held its final meeting of the 2018-2019 session last week at the Stationery Factory in Dalton. Get Mentored, a program of 1Berkshire, helps a selected cohort of five local entrepreneurs launch and grow their ventures over the course of a five-month program by pairing them with experienced mentors from the Berkshire County business community.
At this years final meeting, the Get Mentored cohort presented three-minute elevator pitches, honed over the course of five months of mentoring, to the assembled mentors. After each pitch, the mentors had an opportunity to pose questions and provide advice about the steps the entrepreneurs will be taking over the next six months.
The graduates of the 2018-2019 Get Mentored class are: Joe Barry, a construction supervisor whose venture involves building homes where elders can age in place; Brian Handspicker, a startup executive whose venture involves moderation of corporate electronic communications; Rae Langsdale, an IT professional whose venture is a technical support cooperative; Sopheap Nhim, an board-certified behavior analyst whose venture is an applied behavior analysis clinic,, and Jebb Remelius, owner of a motion-capture company whose venture is an advanced motion-capture system.
Ben Lamb, 1Berkshire’s Director of Economic Development, said “This year’s cohort speaks well to the breadth of entrepreneurial spirit that runs deep here, and it will be incredibly exciting going forward to see how we can continue supporting and bolstering these and other ventures to become rooted, thriving opportunities right here in the Berkshires.”
About Berkshire Starts
Berkshire Starts is a program designed to assist Berkshire entrepreneurs in every stage of their business, from the planning and launch through growth. Berkshire Starts offers a variety of programs, including monthly networking-focused Entrepreneurial Meetups, one-on-one consultations, Business BootCamp training in collaboration with the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and Get Mentored. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
1Berkshire is a county-wide organization focused on economic development and promotion of the region as a preferred place to visit, to live, and to grow a business. It provides programs that connect businesses with each other and with potential customers, as well as works to develop future leaders and support entrepreneurs. For more information, visit 1Berkshire.com.