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BBPW selects Hazzard as 2016 Woman of Achievement

Berkshire Business and Professional Women have selected Berkshire United Way CEO Kristine Hazzard to be the recipient of the BBPW's 2016 Woman of Achievement Award.

Following a rigorous nomination process, the honor is annually bestowed on a Berkshire County woman for her considerable career accomplishments and outstanding commitment to the community.

In celebration of National Women in Business Week, Hazzard will receive her award from the BBPW on Monday, Oct. 17 at a dinner event at the Country Club of Pittsfield. The event begins at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $35 for BBPW members and $50 for non-members. Those planning to attend are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance at

Proceeds from the reception and dinner benefit the Berkshire BPW Career Advancement Scholarship Fund. Information:

County entities eligible for SBA disaster loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration has made federal economic injury disaster loans available to Berkshire County entities that received damage during the frost and freeze that occurred in this area Feb. 12-15.


Small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofits of all sizes are eligible to apply.

Applicants can apply online using the Electronic Loan Applications (ELA) via SBA's secure website at

Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling 800-659-2955 or at