Berkshire Money Management Adviser Receives CEPA Designation

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DALTON, Mass. — Berkshire Money Management's Lauren Russo recently earned the prestigious Certified Exit Planning Advisor designation.

The CEPA program was specifically designed for business advisers who work closely with owners of privately held companies. CEPA designation is given through the Exit Planning Institute, offering the most widely accepted and endorsed professional exit planning program in the world. The organizing principle of the program is Master Planning, the alignment of the three legs of the stool (business, personal, financial), which is executed through the implementation of a process called the Value Acceleration Methodology.

"We manage the assets of business owners, and 80 percent of their net worth is tied up in their company. Stocks and bonds are a small part of their identity," BMM founder and CEO Allen Harris said. "It's all about taking care of their baby, their business. Lauren and other strategists with the CEPA designation are uniquely qualified to help grow and defend the value of their most important asset of an entrepreneur – their business."

To receive the CEPA designation, Russo completed a rigorous four-day program that included 100 hours of pre-course study, 30 hours of classroom instruction, and the successful completion of a three-hour exam. She is one of the youngest advisers to earn this designation.

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Pittsfield Receives Insurance Grant to Inspect Parks

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff

City Council accepted a number of grants and referred several matters to the Finance Subcommittee. 
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city received a $10,000 grant from the Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association to inspect all playgrounds and provide inspection trainings.
 
The City Council accepted the $10,000 grant Tuesday. Superintendent of Parks Chris Evangelisto told the council that it will allow the city to inspect its own parks instead of outsourcing the service.
 
"Previously MIIA had a risk assessor they would send out. They haven't done it in three-plus years but that is why we went after this grant," Evangelisto said. "To get an unbiased inspection by a third party and have the ability to do that in house."    
 
The initial inspection would allow for a comprehensive safety inspection of all playgrounds and playground equipment.
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