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Best Buy at Berkshire Mall Staying Open
By Larry Kratka On: 05:52PM / Monday April 16, 2012
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — It looks like the Best Buy store at the Berkshire Mall will be staying open.

Best Buy is reeling from online competition and announced last month that it would be reducing the number of locations in an effort to cut costs. The company has just disclosed the list of retail locations it plans to close this year, which will come to a grand total of 50 stores in the United States.

Boston and Wareham will lose one store each but that's it for Massachusetts. No stores are closing in nearby New York or Connecticut.

The hardest hit states were California, Illinois and Virginia. Best Buy officials said they expect most of these stores will permanently close by May 12. Three additional locations are expected to permanently close later this summer. Best Buy operates 1,400 stores across the nation.

USA Today reported the electronics retailer is also cutting 400 corporate jobs. CEO Brian Dunn stepped down last week. The company has said it will be opening some 100 smaller and more profitable "mobile" stores.


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Berkshire Career Fair Seeks Employers
On: 11:14AM / Thursday April 12, 2012
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Chamber of Commerce is seeking employers to exhibit at the 2012 Berkshire Career Fair on Thursday, April 26 at Berkshire Hills Country Club.  
 
The Berkshire Career Fair is open to the general public from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and attendees are encouraged to bring copies of their resumes.
 
Last year, more than 40 companies participated, offering an array of job opportunities from entry level to high-level management positions. 
 
"We have many quality employers returning to the career fair again this year, allowing job-seekers to see first-hand the exciting employment opportunities available in the region and giving them the opportunity to make valuable face-to-face connections with a variety of businesses," said Christine Hoyt, director of programs and events for the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce. "We look forward to another great Career Fair." 
 
Career fair exhibitors may choose between six-foot and eight-foot tables, each with table skirting.  Prices for Berkshire Chamber members are $99 for the six-foot table or $125 for the eight-foot table.  Non-members prices are $150 for a six-foot table or $180 for the eight-foot table.   For more information or to reserve a spot, contact Christine Hoyt at 413-499-4000, ext. 26 or choyt@berkshirechamber.com.
 
As an added benefit, the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce is offering a series of workshops in association with BerkshireWorks Career Center to help exhibitors and job-seekers alike prepare for this highly anticipated event.
 
► Creating Your Resume: April 11, 10 a.m. – noon; Facilitator: Barbara Emanuel
 
► Job Club: Job Fair Success Strategies: April 17, 1 – 2 p.m.; Facilitator: Millie Calesky
 
► Job Fair to Job Offer: April 18, 10 a.m. – noon; Facilitators: Barbara Emanuel and Barbara Bond
 
► Job Club: Job Fair – Do's and  Don'ts: April 23, 1 – 2 p.m.;  Facilitator: Millie Calesky
 
► Job Club: Confidence Building for Job Seekers: April 30, 1 – 2 p.m.; Facilitator: Millie Calesky
 
All workshops will be held at BerkshireWorks Career Center, 160 North St. and are free and open to the public. To register, visit www.berkshireworks.org or call 413-499-2220, ext. 110.


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Birthplace Museum Receives $2,500 Grant
On: 10:40AM / Tuesday April 03, 2012
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 ADAMS, Mass. — The Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum received a $2,500 grant from Adams Community Bank, which will match a Mass Humanities grant the museum recently received for its 2012 event series.

The Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum, located at 67 East Rd., holds events throughout the year. Local and nationally known performers, authors and scholars will participate in series.

"We’re very pleased that Adams Community Bank is making this investment in the museum and in Adams," Program Director Cynthia Whitty said. "The grants help fund our event series that benefits people of all ages throughout the Berkshires."

Greylock Federal Credit Union is also a Mass Humanities event contributor to the Birthplace Museum this year.

For more information on the Birthplace Museum and the event series, contact info@susanbanthonybirthplace.org or 413-743-7121 or visit www.susanbanthonybirthplace.org.


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Recycle, Renew and Reuse Technology Program Launched
On: 11:35AM / Thursday March 29, 2012
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Bank announced the launch of its Recycle, Renew and Reuse Technology Partnership Program.

Through the program, small Berkshire County non-profit organizations will have the opportunity to apply to receive a limited number of computers, telephones and other technology equipment. The technology has been made available as the result of equipment upgrades and recent mergers.

“We are excited to be able to recycle this technology for use by some of the really important non-profit organizations doing great work in our community, but which may not have the resources to maintain up-to-date computers," said Lori Gazzillo, assistant vice president of community relations at Berkshire Bank.

For more information, visit www.berkshirebank.com/technology.


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State Treasurer Visiting Berkshires
On: 08:29PM / Thursday March 22, 2012
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Steven Grossman
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Treasurer Steven Grossman is visiting the Berkshires on Friday.

Grossman will be in Pittsfield in the morning to highlight his Small Businss Banking Partnership. According to Grossman's office, the partnership directs deposits usually held by large institutions into state community banks with the understaninding they would increase their lending to small businesses.

He will meet with banking officials and elected officials at Berkshire Bank and then tour Starbase Technologies, which received a partnership loan.

In the afternoon, he will visit the new Luma's Muffin and Mug on Main Street in North Adams. Luma's is also a recipient of a partnership loan.


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