March Networking Events/Seminars
The Berkshire Chamber of Commerce is having its second Good News Business Salute meeting on Wednesday, March 10, from 7:45 to 9 a.m., at the Crowne Plaza, West Street, Pittsfield. The cost is $25 for Berkshire Chamber members and $35 for non-members, and includes a breakfast buffet. To register, call 413-499-4000, Ext. 26, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.berkshirechamber.com. Individuals who registered for the canceled February event do not need to register again.
Lenox Chamber of Commerce is having its next event on Monday, March 1, at 6 p.m., at the Firefly Restaurant, 71 Church St., Lenox. Bring your business card for door prizes, which include a one-month membership to Lenox Fitness Center, golf with a cart for two at Cranwell, and a gift certificate for $35 to Furnace Brook Winery. RSVP to 413-637-2700 by Monday at 3 p.m.
The North Adams Rotary Club is actively looking for new members and is inviting those interested to join the group for a meeting to see what it's all about. The next meeting is Tuesday, March 2, at 12:15 at the Freight Yard Pub. Guest speakers also wanted; contact President Tracy McConnell at 413-663-2189 if you are interested in speaking about your business or organization.
The Williamstown Chamber of Commerce presents "The Marketing Transformation: A Road Map to ROI" on Tuesday, March 2, from 9 to 11 a.m. at The Orchards. Allen Jezouit and Jeff Stripp will discuss current marketing investments and "new media" opportunities. Free for chamber members; $25 for nonmembers. Wireless service is available so bring your laptops. Register at 413-458-9007 or email@example.com.
Spark!, the networking group for the Berkshires' creative economy, has rescheduled this week's postponed meeting for Thursday, March 4, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Francine and Sterling Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 413-822-8324.
The Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce's annual dinner was postponed to Tuesday, March 2, at 5:30 p.m. at the Red Lion Inn because of snow. For more information, 413-298-5200 or email@example.com.
Pamela Smith of Esselte will present "Got Paper: Organizing for Better Workflow and Efficiency" at the March meeting of the Berkshire County Chapter of International Association of Administrative Professionals on Wednesday, March 10, at Berkshire Bank on West Street in Pittsfield. Networking begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by the program at 6. Refreshments will be provided. The meeting is open to members and non-members and qualifies for 1 recertification credit for CPS and CAP. The cost is $5 per person to cover the cost of refreshments. RSVP to Melissa James at firstname.lastname@example.org by March 8.
The Southern Berkshire Chamber's next Business After Hours event will be on Wednesday, March 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 at Lee Bank, Main Street, Great Barrington. RSVP at email@example.com, or call 413-528-1510.
The chamber's also sponsoring a ski night at Catamount Ski Area on Saturday, March 6, from 3 to 10. Lift tickets for Southern Berkshire Chamber members are $15 and must be purchased in advance at the Great Barrington office at 40 Railroad St. by Friday or the visitors' center on Main Street on Friday or Saturday.
The Williamstown Chamber of Commerce is having an after hours event at Gala Restaurant at the Orchards Hotel on Thursday, March 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. Hors d' oeuvres will be provided by Executive Chef Chris Bonnivier. Cash bar will be available.
Activities will include tours of the hotel, Wii bowling, a special announcement from David Rempell on the Williamstown Youth Center "Together We Can” fund raising campaign, and a special giveaway. After the chamber event, there will be karaoke with Brian Flagg.
There will be a fee of $10 and advance registration is required; call or e-mail the chamber at 413-458-9077 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Berkshire Visitors Bureau is holding a free, open forum discussion on Wednesday, March 17, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., to share ideas and strategies for soliciting group business in the Berkshires. The event takes place at the Comfort Inn and Suites, 249 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington.
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Job Summit Organizers Shrug Off Negative Press
Baldwin took to the airwaves last Friday to explain the circumstances that landed him prison.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The negative press on the principals isn't affecting Friday's Berkshire Job Summit in Pittsfield.
Allen Harris of Berkshire Money Management said Wednesday afternoon that a flurry of RSVPs this week had bumped the number of attending to more than 180.
"I've had more phone calls about Money Management in the last week than the last three months," he said. "It turned out pretty good."
The summit, focusing on the role of employers job creation rather than employment agencies, brings CNBC's senior analyst Ron Insara, Robert H. Nelson and P. Edgardo Tarratts of the Small Business Administration and marketing strategist Jonathem Salem Baskin.
Harris and fellow organizer Sherman Baldwin of WBRK talk show "TalkBerkshires" were the subject of an article in last Friday's Berkshire Eagle that delved into the two men's legal peccadillos.
Harris was ordered to pay $2 million to former employer Dion Money Management over a client list used to establish his business and was charged with misdemeanor assault over a bar fight in 1994.
Baldwin defrauded investors of funds to ensure the completion of the cult hit film "The Crow" after the accidental death of its star Brandon Lee. The film went on to make $400 million worldwide. Baldwin, however, ended up in federal prison in 1999 for nearly a year and is still paying off a fine.
Harris described the story as an insult. "It was presented like it was new news. It was stuff that was already talked about. It was literally old news."
Neither man has disputed the main facts of the article but both were concerned over its effect — and a paired story on local skepticism — on the summit.
On Friday, after a "press conference" discussing the past charges against him on his radio show, Baldwin said most of the response had been positive. (The entire program, with responses by Eagle writer Clarence Fanto can be downloaded here.)
Representatives of the Small Business Administration debated declining their invite to the summit because of the negative press but have remained on board, said Harris.
Both said they remained committed to $1.5 million in equity investment to the right business - Harris with $1 million through BMM and Baldwin in $500,000 in advertising. Harris said they haven't back away from the investment but did say it was pulled from ads because they focus was too much on them and not on the summit.
Harris is focused on the morning summit that will take the more than a 100 business leaders through Insana's analysis of current conditions, the SBA's available programs and how to bring it all together in branding with Baskin.
"People aren't going to create jobs to makes themselves feel good, they're going to create jobs because their business in growing," he said. "By being brave, by natural self-interest, jobs will be created.
"What we need to do is have a conversation with people on how to make 2010 a good year."
As for the fallout about revelations of his past: "People are calling and they're not saying 'you're a jerk.'"
Note: The Eagle stories will disappear behind a paywall so read them quick.
|Tags: Berkshire Job Summit, Berkshire Money Management, Talk Berkshires|
Williamstown Chamber Nite Has Valentine's Theme
The Store at Five Corners host its first Business After Hours social for the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, Feb. 11, from 5 to 7:30. Bring your significant other because the theme is "Bring Your Valetine."
In addition to reintroducing members to The Store at Five Corners, will unveil their newest project: Mountain View Catering.
Appetizers will start the evening along with a wine sampling. The menu will consist of a chef-attended pasta station with bowties and a choice of local marinara, alfredo or pesto sauces with a wide variety of ingredients.
Beverages will include old-fahioned soda flavors, from birch beer to saspirella to pineapple. Each parting guest will also receive a Valentine's Day gift
The fee is $10 and advance registration is required by contacting the chamber at 413-458-9077 or email@example.com. The charity selected to benefit from this event is the South Williamstown Community Association.
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