Business in Brief
Lanesborough: Chocalatier in mall for Easter
LANESBOROUGH --Catherine's Chocolates, the Great Barrington-based confectioner, has opened an Easter season location -- Catherine's Chocolates & Gifts -- at the Berkshire Mall in Lanesborough, according to owner Kathy Sineco and Ann M. Huban, the mall store's manager.
Huban said she and Sineco decided to open a location to the Berkshire Mall in advance of Easter. The store is open during mall hours. The shop is stationed near the Target entrance to the food court every day until Easter.
Sheffield: 16 nonprofits to share $36K in grants
SHEFFIELD -- The Central Berkshire Fund, a fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, has awarded $35,898 in grants to 16 nonprofit organizations.
Those receiving grants include, Berkshire Music School; Berkshire Nursing Families Lactation Program; Berkshire Theatre Festival BTG PLAYS!; Central Berkshire Regional School District Families First Program; Community Health Programs Becket Family Playgroup; Dalton Community Recreation Association Kindergym & Swim; and Elder Services of Berkshire County Meals on Wheels.
Other recipients are: Housatonic Valley Association; IS183 Art School of the Berkshires; Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival; MCLA Wee Read in Central Berkshire; The Nutrition Center Food; Pediatric Development Center; Sculpture Now; St. Agnes Academy PTO Community Playground; and Wahconah Regional High School/Nessacus Music Program.
Boston: Help available to reach foreign markets
BOSTON -- The New England Council has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Department of Commerce that will assist the council's 400 members in accessing foreign markets and increasing exports. It is now a strategic partner to the U.S. Commercial Service's New Market Exporter Initiative (NMEI).
The council can now offer its members expert advice on new export markets; access to free online market research reports; opportunities for export training; access to the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service's worldwide network; expert advice, local contacts and market intelligence and more.
The New England Council is the country's oldest regional business organization. Information: www.newenglandcouncil.com.
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