Biz Briefs: Pittsfield Couple Opens Realty Agency
As one of the leading brokers in the area, Jason Nocher, along with his wife, Jennifer, decided it was time to grow their business and open their our own agency. Their first office opened in in downtown Pittsfield at 34 Depot St. at the start of February and they kicked things off with many new listings throughout Berkshire County.
Before opening his own agency, Jason was a top seller in a large local firm. Jennifer will serve as office manager. Jason enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, hiking, camping and fishing. Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and jogging.
Nocher Realty added a new agent in the field, Jeff King, who comes with a great land and building development background. They are also opening our doors to agents that need a place and want to work with a high-energy team.
Berkshire Money Management has invited several Berkshire entrepreneurs to participate in the first of a series of "business roundtables" in which attendees are invited to discuss the many challenges facing local businesses during a time of great transition. The event is by invite only, and will take place on Thursday, March 8, at 2 p.m. at BMM's new headquarters at the Model Farm at 161 Main St. in Dalton. For information, call 413-997-2006.
John Krol of the John Krol Show will moderate the discussion, which will also include Fred Rutberg of the Berkshire Eagle, Barbara Pickwell of Wohrle's, Zogics founder Paul LeBlanc, Main Street Hospitality's Sarah Eustis, and BMM founder and CEO Allen Harris.The 60-minute session will be aired on Krol’s podcast. There will be time allotted for questions at the end of the roundtable.
The roundtable discussion will specifically address the major concerns put forth by Berkshire business owners, including hiring reliable, skilled employees and increases in general costs (i.e. healthcare and utilities). Per the Berkshire Business Confidence Index (BCI), a quarterly survey of nearly 4,000 local decision makers -distributed and analyzed by Berkshire Money Management - these are the two most pressing issues, alongside retirement and anticipating competition and new technologies.
Around the world
The Red Lion Inn is expanding its traditional culinary offerings with a new Menus of the World dining experience. Executive Chef Max Kiperman has created five regional prix fixe menus inspired by the distinctive cuisine of Provence, Southern Louisiana, Bavaria, Korea and Tuscany.
From March through May, the specialty menus will be available for two weeks, Sunday to Thursday, in the inn's Main Dining Room. Each prix fix menu includes three internationally-inspired courses with a wine or beer pairing selected by Red Lion Inn’s sommelier, Dan Thomas. The three-course dinners are $35 per person plus tax and $55 per person plus tax including the wine or beer pairings. Call 413-298-5545 for dinner reservations and mention "Menus of the World."
Women's Day celebration
Greylock Federal Credit Union will celebrate International Women's Day with a week-long lineup of events from March 8-15. Greylock's theme for the week is "Greylock: Strong women empowering our community." The week-long celebration of Greylock Women schedule is as follows:
* Thursday and Friday, March 8 & 9: All Greylock branches will offer refreshments and red carnations for female members and employees. A photo frame will be displayed in all branches for members to take selfies with a Greylock woman, and will encourage all to share it on social media with the hashtag #gfcuwomenpower.
* Monday, March 12: Greylock women will offer testimonials about other Greylock women that will be posted on Greylock’s website.
* Tuesday through Thursday, March 13-15: Days of Caring. Greylock women will volunteer around the community during the work day.
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