PERC seeking applicants for business grants

The Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corporation is seeking applicants for matching grants of up to $5,000 that it can award to businesses in Berkshire County for technical assistance services.

The purpose of the technical assistance grant program is to help small businesses with 20 or fewer employees grow, improve their operations and create jobs.

Technical assistance includes financial, architectural, legal, engineering, or specialized business planning services. The funding was awarded to PERC by the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation.

Program information and eligibility guidelines can be found at www.PERCloans.com, or by calling Ann W. Dobrowolski at 413-499-9371.

Additional business assistance in the northern Berkshire area is also being provided this year through PERC's collaboration with the Franklin County Community Development Corporation. Information: Amy Shapiro, 413-774-7204 ext. 107, amys@fccdc.org.


Costello promoted to EVP at Berkshire Bank

Alan Costello has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Home Lending at Berkshire Bank and will join the bank's management team.

Costello has over 30 years of experience in the banking industry with expertise in risk management, compliance, accounting, internal audit and operations.


In his position, Costello will continue to lead the sales and operations functions of the Home Lending Division, which includes loan origination, underwriting, compliance, processing and serving.

Costello joined Berkshire Bank in 2011. A resident of Clermont, N.Y., Costello holds a BBA in accounting from Siena College and completed the American Bankers Association three year graduate banking program.


New realty company opening in Pittsfield

Berkshire Parkway Realty LLC, an independently owned full-service real estate company serving all of Berkshire County, is opening in Pittsfield.

Broker/owner Todd Tyer brings years of experience from working at Stone House Properties, LLC and Century 21 A-Perras Inc. Tyer and his family reside in Pittsfield. Information: www.BerkshireParkwayRealty.com; info@BerkshireParkwayRealty; 413-822-5929.