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Nonprofit Center Hosting Online Auction

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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires is holding an online auction from March 16-31 to raise money for its educational programs and services for nonprofits.

The "Nonprofit Necessities" online auction features items needed by nonprofit organizations as well as things that appeal to the general public.

"Our local businesses and consultants are very generous in their support of our programs because they value the contributions of nonprofits to our community," NPC founder Liana Toscanini said.

The NPC is accepting donations of products and services through March 31.

Nonprofits and their board members are encouraged to bid on practical items they might not normally be able to afford such as consulting, billboard advertising, bylaw review, event photography or marketing services. 

The public can also bid on everything from local honey to a week on Cape Cod to a "microneedling" rejuvenating skin treatment. Visit npcberkshires.org to learn more and connect to the auction.

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Small-Business Loans Available to Affected Berkshire Businesses

BOSTON — The state's providing financial relief to small businesses affect by COVID-19 with the creation of a $10 million loan fund.
 
The Small Business Recovery Loan Fund will provide emergency capital up to $75,000 to Massachusetts-based businesses and nonprofits impacted by the novel coronavirus that have fewer than 50 full- and part-time employees. Loans are immediately available to eligible businesses with no payments due for the first six months. Massachusetts Growth Capital Corp. has capitalized the fund and will administer it.
 
"As our administration continues to take steps to protect the health and safety of residents, we recognize the hardships facing the small businesses that create the foundation of the state's economy," said Gov. Charlie Baker. "This recovery loan fund is a new resource to help small businesses address emergency needs due to the disruption caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic."
 
Applications can be made online through the MGCC's website, EmpoweringSmallBusiness.org. Completed applications can be sent via email to mgcc@massgcc.com with the subject line "2020 Small Business Recovery Loan Fund."
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