Business Briefs

Tuesday October 16, 2012

Pittsfield: Bank donates to fire departments

The Pittsfield Cooperative Bank in conjunction with National Fire Prevention Week has donated $250 each to the fire departments in Pittsfield, Dalton, Hinsdale, Lanesborough and Great Barrington.

The bank's recognition of the importance of fire safety began on Oct. 9 where third-graders at Allendale Elementary School were treated to a lesson by Pittsfield fire inspectors Randy Stein and Harold "Bud" Sheerin. The event also marked the opening of The Co-ops' Saving Makes Cents prgram which is beginning its 16th year at Allendale Elementary School. The bank will provide $5 to every third-grade student who opens a chold daving account.

Pittsfield: Ninety Nine holds annual fundraiser

Ninety Nine Restaurants is holding its annual fundraiser in October to raise funds for local Boys and Girls Clubs. Berkshire County's only Boys and Girls Club is located on Melville Street in Pittsfield.

Restaurant patrons can contribute by either adding $1, $3, or $5 to their guest check; purchasing a commemorative bracelet for $15; or ordering the Boys & Girls Club sandwich or Boys & Girls Club entrée. One dollar from the bill for those food items goes to the closest club chapter.

With every donation of $5 or more, guests receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a monthly dinner for two for a year to the Ninety Nine (one winner from each restaurant will receive twelve $50 Ninety Nine Restaurants gift cards). Ninety Nine Restaurants raised $200,000 for local Boys and Girls Clubs during their chain-wide fundraiser in October 2011.

Pittsfield: Nov. 1 forum on broadband set

The Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corporation will be holding an informational forum on broadband technology on Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Beacon Cinema on North Street. The hours are 8 to 10:30 a.m.

The discussion will include opportunities that MassBroadband 123 is bringing to small businesses; how a small business can determine its IT infrastructure needs and use it in strategic planning; benefits small businesses can gain from the use of web marketing and social media; the value of broadband tools training for small businesses; and what small businesses experience in the use of broadband technology.

PERC will also announce a financial assistance program to help small businesses acquire the hardware, software, and technical training that will enable them to utilize the internet more effectively to accomplish their business goals.Admission is free, but attendees should RSVP by Oct. 25. Call Ann W. Dobrowolski, (413) 499-9871.


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