Business Briefs: City firm names one of Microsoft's top partners



City firm named one of Microsoft's top partners

Ascentek Inc. of Pittsfield has been named by Redmond Channel Magazine as one of the 200 best Microsoft Solution partners in the United States. The magazine picked Ascentek out of a pool of 100,000 active partners.

Founded in 2000, Ascentek provides IT support to businesses in Berkshire County and the greater Albany, N.Y. area with specialities in WAN designs, Microsoft's Office365 Cloud products, and Help Desk services.

Local Applebee's raising funds to fight kids' cancer

Pittsfield's Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar is one of more than 1,000 of the chain's eateries nationwide that is raising funds this month to support a charity that funds childhood cancer research.

The is the 11th straight year that Applebee's franchises have supported Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. Fundraising takes place through July 31.

Funds raised in support of ALSF vary by participating restaurant.


Cranwell adds two members to resort's executive team

Deanna Mangiardi and Matthew Polk have joined the executive team at Cranwell Spa & Golf Resort as director of sales and marketing and director of finance, respectively.

Mangiardi previously spent eight years at Hampton Inn & Suites in Lenox specializing in meetings, groups and negotiated rates.

She has 25 years of sales and marketing experience in the service industry.

Polk started his financial career at Cranwell over 14 years ago, but has spent the last 12 years working globally with Four Seasons, Marriott in Australia and most recently the Ritz Carlton in Hawaii.

Cranwell is located on a hill 2.9 miles from Tanglewood.


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