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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NBUW's Spirit of Caring Awards Being Held in Person

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Northern Berkshire United Way is hosting the 4th annual Spirit of Caring Awards on Thursday, June 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. at 3 West Events in the Norad Mill. 

This will be the first time since 2019 that the event will be held in person. This event honors individuals for their service to Northern Berkshire United Way, its network and the overall Northern Berkshire Community.

Adams Community Bank is a platinum sponsor of the event and Greylock Federal Credit Union is the gold sponsor.  Silver sponsors are George Apkin & Sons, Specialty Minerals, Moresi & Associates and Wal-Mart.

Amy Giroux will be presented with the Al Nelson Spirit of Caring Award, named after the former Northern Berkshire United Way executive director. Giroux is a longtime volunteer in the community and a former board president of Northern Berkshire United Way. During her many years of work in the community, she has been an advocate for creating learning and recreational opportunities for children of all ages.

Stacy Parsons will be presented the Spirit of the Future Award. Stacy works out of North Adams Public Schools as the North Berkshire School Housing Partnership coordinator and state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education McKinney-Vento regional liaison. Her work focuses on supporting schools and community organizations in meeting the educational stability needs of highly mobile students. Parson works tirelessly on behalf of the community and served as the volunteer coordinator at the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic in North Adams during the pandemic.

Alex Daugherty will be presented the Spirit of the Community Award. Daugherty is a longtime adult probation officer through Northern Berkshire District Court who has given back to his community in so many ways through his volunteer service. At the core of his volunteerism is youth development and support for individuals who have overcome challenges and are trying to make a fresh start

Adams Community Bank will be recognized as NBUW's Campaign of the Year for the generous employee and corporate support.

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