Business Confidence Index remains steady in October

The Associated Industries of Massachusetts Business Confidence Index edged off three-tenths of a point in October to 55.6 as employers across the commonwealth balanced weaker current conditions against expectations of improvement in the first half of 2016.

Raymond G. Torto, Chair of AIM's Board of Economic Advisors, noted that economic growth slowed to 1.5 percent nationally and to 2.0 percent for Massachusetts in the third quarter.

The AIM Index, based on a survey of Massachusetts employers, has appeared monthly since July 1991. It is calculated on a 100-point scale, with 50 as neutral.


Berkshire County Arc holding annual meeting next week

Berkshire County Arc will hold its 61st annual meeting at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 13 at the ITAM Lodge in Pittsfield.

Awards will be presented to individuals who have made significant contributions during the past year. Featured guests will speak about the agency's highlights over the past year.

Breakfast will be served. A donation of $20 per person is requested. Information/registration: 413-499-4241 ext. 200.

DOR upgrading tax system for state business owners

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue will roll out the second phase of its new tax revenue system, MassTaxConnect, to business owners on Monday, Nov. 30. The first phase was launched last November to a small group of taxpayers.


MassTaxConnect will replace WebFile for Business as the new web portal for businesses to file and pay taxes. Individuals income taxpayers will be included by the end of 2017.