Kripalu Wins Lever Berkshire Intrapreneur Challenge

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Kripalu won Lever's 2021 Berkshire Intrapreneur Challenge and $25,000 on Thursday, Sept. 23, the first event of the Lever Innovation Summit, which continues Friday, Sept. 24. 
 
A panel of judges declared Kripalu the winner for its plan to bring its sourdough bread and other baked goods to local and regional markets, with proceeds being used to bring yoga to underserved communities.
 
Other finalists competing in the Challenge were Kripalu, Wellness Concepts, JM Spartan, and The Chamberlain Group. The Challenge was emceed by Gregory Thomas, Executive Director & Lecturer at UMASS Amherst's Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship Management. 
 
"The Intrapreneur Challenge is a great showcase of how established companies can continue to innovate," said Lever Executive Director Jeffrey Thomas. "It's also more proof that the Berkshires are ripe for innovation. In addition to the entrepreneurship that happens here, businesses with deep roots are ready to launch new ideas that will ultimately create jobs in the region."
 
Lever's two-day Innovation Summit features intrapreneurs who "innovate from within" mature companies, a discussion of rural innovation, and presentations from leaders who are innovating for inclusion. Other events at the Summit include keynotes by Carolyn Kirk, Executive Director of Mass Tech Collaborative and Kenn Turner, CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. 

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North Adams Urgent Care Center Ready to Open in November


The center will offer a variety of services for urgent, non-life-threatening illnesses, including labs, vaccinations, X-rays and pharmacy. 
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Southwestern Vermont Health Care and ClearChoiceMD Urgent Care are teaming up to bring convenient care options to the Northern Berkshire community. The organizations have formed a joint venture to build and operate an urgent care center under the identity of SVHC Urgent Care powered by ClearChoiceMD. 
 
The new center located in the Stevens Plaza next to Stop & Shop was approved by the Planning Board in December 2020. 
 
This is the first urgent care center to serve North Adams and the surrounding communities. Up until now, people with urgent medical needs had to seek care in the emergency room or drive 20 miles to the nearest urgent care clinic. The partnership between ClearChoiceMD and SVHC will meet a need in this community.
 
"Partnering with ClearChoiceMD was an easy decision for us," stated Stephen Majetich, chief financial officer of Southwestern Vermont Health Care. "Not only are our missions aligned — to provide our communities accessible, affordable, compassionate, exceptional patient care; they are also the Northeast's leader in developing physician-led urgent care centers focused on patient-centered care."
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