AIM Business Confidence Index was steady in 2015

Associated Industries of Massachusetts' Business Confidence Index dropped 1.6 points in December to 55.3 to close 2015 two points down from its level at the end of 2014.

However, every monthly reading of the index last year was above 55, the first time since the Great Recession that the index remained over a neutral 50 throughout an entire calendar year.

"We had not had a year with readings steadily above 55 since 2004," said Raymond G. Torto, chair of AIM's Board of Economic Advisors. "From that perspective, 2015 was a year of progress for our economy and for the state's employer community."


Hurley to speak at Zonta Club's monthly meeting next week

Kristine Hurley, the executive director of Downtown Pittsfield Inc., will speak when the Zonta Club of Berkshire County meets on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at Hotel on North, 297 North St.

The meeting begins at 5 p.m. It will include a brief networking period, a business meeting, the speaker, then dinner.

Zonta International is a worldwide service organization working to advance the status of women. Guests are welcome at all meetings, but reservations are required for dinner.

Information:, or on Facebook at Zonta Club of Berkshire County.


BYP trivia night at Bousquet

The Berkshire Young Professionals will hold trivia night on Thursday, Jan. 14 at Bousquet Mountain in Pittsfield.

The hours are 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for teams of five. Ten dollar lift tickets will also be available.

RSVP to Jonah Sykes at