Employer confidence weakens in February, AIM Index states

The Associated Industries of Massachusetts Business Confidence index fell 0.7 points to the 55.1 mark last month, still above the 50 mark that denotes a positive economic outlook.

But last month's reading was 4.7 points below its level of a year earlier, weighed down by growing concern about the slowing U.S. economy.

"We're seeing some ambivalence aong employers as they look at the economy, epecially the turmoil in some overseas markets, but all within the range of general optimism about 2016," said Raymond G. Torto, Chair of AIM's Board of Economic Advisors.

Latest list of unclaimed state property has been released

The latest grouping of names has been added to the state's list of unclaimed property owners, according to State Treasurer Deb Goldberg.

Over 54,000 new properties worth millions of dollars are owed to individuals and businesses through the commonwealth.

The full list of new individuals and businesses added to the unclaimed property list will be published in The Boston Globe on Sunday and in the Boston Herald on Sunday, March 13.

The list will also be published in over 30 regional and local newspapers around the state.


Berkshire Starts holding first pitch competition March 8

Berkshire Starts, and initiative of 1Berkshire, will be holding a pitch competition on Tuesday, March 8 at the Stationary Factory.

The hours are 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Five general business pitches from various entrepreneurs will take place. Entrepreneurs, investors and business mentors will be in attendance. Admission is free.

Berkshire Starts is a program of 1Berkshire, the county's leading economic development agency. Information: