Business in Brief


Pittsfield: Monthly Chamber Nite is March 20

The Berkshire Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly Chamber Nite event on Wednesday, March 20 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The hours are 5 to 7 p.m.

Chamber Nite events are free for all Chamber members and their employees. Registration by Friday is strongly encouraged. To register, visit, call (413) 499-4000, or email

Pittsfield: Business women hold district meeting

Berkshire Business and Professional Women will host the 2013 Western District meeting on Saturday, April 13 at the Crowne Plaza.

The hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Those with dietary concerns should contact director of catering and special events Janet Brennan at (413) 553-2184.

The cost is $37.50 and includes parking. Registration is required by April 1. Registration information and the form can be downloaded at

North Adams: Julia Bolton is named board chair

Northern Berkshire Healthcare's board of trustees has elected Julia Bolton of Williamstown to serve as board chair.

First elected to the NBH board in 2008, Bolton has served as co-chair of the Quality Committee and currently chairs the Nominating Committee.

Boston: The Jimmy Fund seeks fundraiser ideas

The Jimmy Fund is seeking ideas from the public for "the Jimmy Fund Big Ideas Contest," a new fundraiser to benefit cancer research and patient care.

The contest is open to anyone with creative fundraising ideas. The deadline for submission is midnight on Sunday, April 21. Ideas could include an app, a product, or corporate promotion, or something new on social media. Individuals or teams of up to four people are permitted to enter the contest. Participants are required to be at least 21 years old, and resides in the United States. Five finalists will be selected to present their idea at a Jimmy Fund Big Ideas judging event in June. The panel consists of notable CEOs and business leaders from across New England.

The winner receives a seven-night Caribbean vacation, Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots experience packages and more. The four other finalists will receive $2,000 in gift cards, Red Sox and Patriots tickets, and more.

For more information, go to


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