Business Briefs: State gas prices decline another three cents

State gas prices decline another three cents this week

The small increases in the price of crude oil at the end of last week won't affect state motorists at the pump.

AAA's survey of state gas prices on Monday founded self-serve, regular unleaded averaging $1.81 per gallon, three cents less than last week. This is the eighth consecutive week that state gas prices have fallen.

A year ago at this time the average price in Massachusetts was 25 cents higher at $2.06.The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 46 cents.


Big Y program donates food, toys to charities, food banks

Big Y Food's sixth annual Sack Hunger/Care To Share program brought 19,316 bags of food to local charities, while the supermarket chain's first Toys for Tots drive brought $13,063 worth of toys to needy children.

This year's Sack Hunger program took place from Nov. 5-Dec. 31. All five foodbanks within Big Y's marketing area participated in Sack Hunger, including the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.


1Berkshire to hold first Berkshire sales pitch camp

1Berkshire will host its inaugural Pitch Camp, a session for local entrepreneurs and small business owners, on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at its headquarters building at 66 Allen St.

The event will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but the session is limited to 25 participants. Pre-registration is required.

The 90-minute session will offer experience insight into the preparation of an effective pitch, whether it be a 30 second elevator pitch or a full preparation for a group of investors.

Pre-registration is available at Additional info: David Curtis,


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