Business Briefs: First 1Berkshire pitch competition winners announced

First pitch competition winners announced

Mary Parkman of Pittsfield finished first among the five entrepreneurs who presented their business plans in the first of 1Berkshire's three First Pitch Competitions.

Parkman received $1,000 from a panel of judges that were made up of business leaders. Her business, BFF Adventures, focuses on outdoor sports and guided biking, hiking and ski excursions for women and girls.

Devin Shea and Patrick Danahey of Pittsfield received the second place prize of $300. Their business, R3SET, is a digital media platform focused on helping start-ups scale their impact.

Third place and $100 was awarded to Mary Georgefils of Florence.

Information on 1Berkshire's two remaining first pitch competitions is available at

1Berkshire holding session on cultural competency

1Berkshire will present a Brown Bag session, "Building a Positive Work Environment: Developing Cultural Competency" on Wednesday, March 16 at Central Station, 66 Allen St.

The hours are noon to 1 p.m. Gwendolyn Hampton VanSant of Multicultural BRIDGE is the presenter.

The event is free and open to the public but registration is required. Information:


Chiropractic firm is sponsoring Habitat for Humanity

New Life Chiropractic has chosen Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity as this year's recipient of the company's annual philanthropic campaign, owner Karl Schagen said.

To support Habitat for Humanity, Schagen will donate all of the proceeds from new patient exams scheduled through his community outreach program.

Overthe last four years, Schagen has partnered with several not for profit organizations and has donated $8,000 to date. Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity does projects in Pittsfield.


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