Berkshire business news in brief


Pittsfield: Heart Association cites County Ambulance

County Ambulance Service of Pittsfield has received the American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline EMS Silver Award.

This honor recognizes the commitment and success in implementing specific quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who suffer a severe heart attack known as a STEMI (ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction).

Agencies that receive the Mission: Lifeline Silver award have demonstrated at least 75 percent compliance for each required achievement measure for the entire year, and treat at least eight STEMI patients for the year.

Each year, almost 300,000 people experience a STEMI, a type of heart attack caused by a complete blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment.


Small Business Center
to present workshop

The Berkshire office of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center will hold an interactive workshop on Tuesday, from noon to 1 p.m., at 1Berkshire Central Station, 66 Allen St.

The workshop will explore national economic trends and see if/how they translate into local challenges or opportunities. Strategies for success will be offered, hot trends discussed and sources for research and trend spotting will be presented.

Keith Girouard, regional director of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center, is the facilitator.

Admission is free.

Pre-registration is encouraged: Susan Himmel, (413) 499-0933, susanhimmel@msbdc.umass .edu; or select training seminars online at


Berkshire Museum to host teaching session

The Berkshire Museum will host the Berkshire Region Museum Institute for Teaching Science from July 14-18. The session is slated for teachers between grades 5 and 12. Berkshire Museum is the lead educational partner for MITS in the Berkshires.

Registration is $350 for individuals, and $325 for two or more participants from the same school district. A $10 stipend is available for every colleague referred to the program.

Educators can earn either 67.5 professional development points, or 40 PDPs. For an additional $150, educators can earn three graduate credits from either MCLA, or Cambridge College, based on a teacher's chosen level of participation.

Online registration is available at The deadline to guarantee a spot is June 4. An orientation session will be held on June 21.


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