EforAll Announces Prize Winners

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) Berkshire County awarded nearly $10,000 in prizes to the Spring 2022 Business Accelerator Cohort at an awards ceremony held on Zoom.
 
The awards were granted as follows:
  • Jenny Gitlitz (Dalton) of Berkshire Family Advocates received the Paula Buxbaum Award–established in honor of a member of the Fall 2021 cohort who died in a car crash in October 2021.   This award in Paula's memory is granted to an individual making a career pivot and incorporating a social mission into their business.
  • $1,000 to Rachel Hailey (North Adams) for DEI Outdoors.
  • $2,300 to Deirdre Horan (Great Barrington) of Dri Ocean Products.
  • $2,500 to Jackye Stoddard (Hudson, NY) for Hierba Buena Foods.
  • $3,500 to Elizabeth Heller (Pittsfield) for The Kids Super Journal.
The celebration and gala began with remarks from Massachusetts State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier who spoke about the public-private partnership that supports EforAll's regional efforts and lauded the efforts of the 12 businesses that completed the program.
 
The Class Speaker, Rachel Hailey of DEI Outdoors was chosen by her colleagues and shared many of the lessons of the program for future EforAll participants.
 
The virtual event was also simulcast on Pittsfield Community Television.  The recording is available to view here.
 
EforAll's next Accelerator class will begin in September 2022 and applications are due at www.eforall.org before August 25th.
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To the Editor:

As recently reported by The Eagle in a piece by Clarence Fanto, at Tanglewood on Parade, the Ukrainian national anthem was played. Many in the shed and the lawn stood up in support. While I would certainly concede that Russia is the worst of the two countries in terms of human rights abuses, Ukraine has many despicable aspects to it of which I am highly confident almost all the people standing were ignorant.

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