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Businesses need to understand how customers will behave after the population receives its COVID-19 vaccinations. Even after the memory of the pandemic fades, the effects on consumer behavior may persist.

Colin M. D’Amour has been named senior director of the Big Y Express Gas & Convenience Stores division, while Christian P. D’Amour has been appointed the company’s director of e-commerce.

PITTSFIELD — Caitlyn Elliott recently joined Pearson Wallace Insurance as a senior account executive. She has experience in the agency and carrier side of the insurance business, having spent time previously at Plymouth Rock and Liberty Mutual Insurance.

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WESTWOOD — The state's average gas price has jumped 7 cents from last week, with a gallon of self-serve regular unleaded averaging $2.27, according to AAA Northeast.

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PITTSFIELD — Downtown Pittsfield Inc. and Cross Insurance will hold a free, 45-minute Insurance 101 webinar via the Zoom platform on insurance information specifically for restaurants.

LEE — On Wednesday, Toole Insurance will host a webinar on the property and casualty industry’s market conditions, what businesses should prepare for and what they can do to mitigate the impact on their costs.

PITTSFIELD — Charlotte Irwin and Kathryn Hersey of Berkshire Bank will discuss how investing with an environmental, social and governance focus can lead to impactful results, when Berkshire Business and Professional Women hold a virtual meeting Feb. 1.

Sales of single-family homes in Berkshire County ended 2020 with a flourish as double-digit increases were recorded in December in overall sales and in the median sales price on a year-over-year basis.

Over the past six months, an increasing number of investors have come to believe that a rise in the inflation rate is inevitable. That appears to be a sound bet from where I sit, even though the present data doesn’t support that wager.

LENOX — Attorney Paula Almgren, of Lenox,  recently received an award for her service and dedication for serving as 2020 president of the Massachusetts chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

BOSTON — State Attorney General Maura Healey has joined a coalition of nine states in filing a lawsuit to stop the last-ditch effort by the Trump administration to allow employers to withhold tips from their employees and make it harder for these workers to earn a living wage, especially ami…

WESTWOOD — The state's average gas price has jumped 7 cents from last week, with a gallon of self-serve regular unleaded averaging $2.27, according to AAA Northeast.

PITTSFIELD — CEO Meg Sanders of Canna Provisions will speak when 1Berkshire holds a virtual entrepreneurial meetup at 9 a.m. Jan. 26 via the Zoom platform.

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Nestle Prepared Foods is recalling 762,615 pounds of not-ready-to-eat pepperoni hot pockets that may be contaminated with pieces of glass and hard plastic, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

PITTSFIELD — The Dulye Leadership Experience will present a virtual workshop on cybersecurity at 5:15 p.m. Jan. 27. Dave Hall, the founder and president of CompuWorks of Pittsfield, will give advice on how to dodge cyber hackers in “Ask the Expert: Size Up Your Cyber Risk Workshop.”

PITTSFIELD — The Berkshire Media & Film Collaborative will be holding two virtual seminars with Hollywood Literary Agent, Manager, Producer and Author Marilyn Atlas via the Zoom platform.

NORTH ADAMS — Five entrepreneurs have been selected as finalists for the Mohawk Trail Entrepreneurship Challenge, conducted by small business accelerator Lever. The challenge focuses on regional, woodland-based business models designed to create jobs and spur economic activity in the Mohawk …

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