EforAll Ask The Experts Series

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) Berkshire County is launching an educational workshop series over Zoom targeted to small business owners.  
Funded by a Resiliency Grant from Mass Growth Capital Corporation and the Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corporation (PERC), all programs will be free of charge to participants.
"We are so pleased to be able to award this MGCC Resiliency Grant to EforAll Berkshire County," Jay Anderson, the President of PERC said. "Small business owners will be able to connect with top professionals at no cost and address their own critical business needs.  We hope that many EforAll alumni,  minority and immigrant businesses that are vulnerable from the impact of the pandemic will take advantage of this great opportunity."
Beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 13 from noon-1:30pm, EforAll will give participants a chance to break into small groups on Zoom to consult with and learn from area professionals.  Attendees can come to any or all of the sessions.  Every week will feature a different topic and different experts as follows:
Wednesday, Oct. 13:  LAW SESSION
Intellectual Property:  Debra Serota, Fish & Richardson
Contracts:   Jesse Cook-Dubin, Cohen, Kinne, Valicenti & Cook
Corporate Entity Questions:   Jenevra Georgini, Spark + Sterling
Wednesday, Oct. 20:  ACCOUNTING SESSION
Valuation:  Kevin Hines, CPA
Tax Issues for Small Businesses:  Raymond McGarrigle, CPA
Financial Reports:  Dan Putignano, MS Management
Wednesday, Oct. 27:  FUNDING, LOANS SESSION
Getting a loan from a bank:  Heather King, Greylock Federal Credit Union
Sources of capital:  Raymond Lanza-Weil, Common Capital
Getting outside investors: Paul Silva, Angel Catalyst
Registration, permits, regulations:  Nate Joyner, City of Pittsfield 
Certification as a Minority/Women owned biz:  Michelle Miller of CWE
Complying with employment laws:  Carletta Hill, EforAll
Wednesday, Nov. 10:  MARKETING
Websites that sell:  Roger Matus
Social Media:  Kaitlyn Pierce, Pierce Social
Finding new customers creatively:  Karen Hines, BCC
Wednesday, Nov. 17:  OPERATIONS
Human Resources/Hiring:  Jason Valenti
Creating systems, operational manuals:  John Schnyder, Organization Ink
Renting a space, buying equipment:  Kathie Penna, Milltown
At the conclusion, an in-person lunch and networking event for panelists and participants is planned at the Berkshire Innovation Center, 45 Woodlawn Avenue in Pittsfield.
Registration for any or all of the weeks can be completed online at http://bit.ly/EFAaskexperts

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Patrick's Pub For Sale After Almost 40 Years in Business

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The owners of the popular Patrick's Pub, the Powell family, have decided to sell the business after 20 years of running and then owning it.

The decision was announced on the pub's Facebook page on Friday.

"We have been so very lucky to work alongside simply the best people and we have made so many dear friends in our community through the years," the post read. "It hasn’t always been easy, and of course, the decision to sell certainly was an emotional one, but we truly feel this is the right time for us."

Patrick's will remain open for regular business hours.

The eatery at 26 Bank Row is listed for sale at$289,000. The listing is for the business, not the building that it is in.

The selling points that are highlighted include a fully equipped kitchen and ample storage, a prime downtown location surrounded by offices and cultural venues, and the pub's history as "serving happy patrons for almost 40 years."

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