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Red Apple Butchers picking up where it left off

Red Apple Butchers sure knows how to make a re-entrance. The butcher shop, which originally opened in Dalton, moved to a larger space on Pittsfield's North Street in 2017 to expand its offerings. But …

Slow food, fast pace as Cantina owners work to open Great Barrington eatery NEW MARLBOROUGH — The home basement of the Irwins is packed with equipment and all manner of things typical of a Berkshire family of five. Except the humidity-controlled curing room."Good …
PERC grant to help acupuncture business improve operations The Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corp. has awarded a $5,000 Technical Assistance Grant to Shire Acupuncture LLC of Pittsfield to support computer and software purchases to manage medical …
5 tips for GE pension plan participants GREAT BARRINGTON — General Electric announced Monday it was freezing the pension plans of about 20,000 current workers. They are also offering lump-sum buyouts to 100,000 former employees not …
Berkshires' Best Employers 2019 Want to know if you should get an advanced degree? Is it time to change jobs? Do you think you can be more assertive in the workplace? These questions and more, answered in this installment of Berkshires' Best Employers.

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North St. eatery J. Allen's said to be closing for good after Tuesday PITTSFIELD — J. Allen's Clubhouse Grille, a fixture on North Street for the past six years, was scheduled to close at the conclusion of business Tuesday, according to both a restaurant employee …
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Executive Spotlight: Rich Weisenflue, president and CEO of Berkshire Family & Individual Resources

PITTSFIELD — Rich Weisenflue likes athletics as much as he enjoys working with people with disabilities. He camped out on Brodie Mountain in the late 1980s, when he came to the Berkshires for …

Executive Spotlight: John Reynolds, veterinarian and owner of Pittsfield Veterinary Hospital, Shaker Hill Pet Resort PITTSFIELD — John Reynolds might be a veterinarian, but he grew up in a family in Wayne, N.J., that never owned a dog or a cat. When he was a junior in high school, Reynolds read a book on …
Executive Spotlight: Alfred Enchill, co-owner of Elegant Stitches, Pittsfield PITTSFIELD — Growing up in Ghana, Alfred Enchill's dream was to become a lawyer and work as a diplomat at the United Nations, but life had other plans.
Executive Spotlight: Gwendolyn Hampton VanSant Gwendolyn Hampton VanSant didn't take a direct route to the Berkshires. She was born in Philly. Her father was an engineer in the Navy, so they moved often. Still, something in the Berkshires was calling her, VanSant said. Perhaps it was the ghost of W.E.B. Du Bois?
John Regan, Associated Industries of Massachusetts president and CEO The state's largest business association might be based in Boston, but it has deep ties to Western Massachusetts and the Berkshires — 26 manufacturers from the western part of the state, …
Executive Spotlight: John Bresnahan, managing partner, Devanny Condron Funeral Home, Pittsfield PITTSFIELD — John Bresnahan's professional career has been marked by his work in two professions: funeral service and license inspecting.Funeral directors are trained to be "empathetic" …
Executive Spotlight: Edward Forfa, CEO Berkshire Place Edward Forfa has worked at Berkshire Place, a senior health care community in Pittsfield, for two decades, the past 15 as executive director. Under his tenure, the nonprofit with roots dating to the …
Executive Spotlight: Kay McMahon, co-owner EduKaytion Golf, golf instructor It might seem difficult, but learning how to swing a golf club properly isn't as hard as it looks. The key to mastering the proper form lies in the method of instruction, says Kay McMahon, a former …
Executive Spotlight: Scott Kirchner, Mad Macs Co-owner/president and director of operations PITTSFIELD — Scott Kirchner has a hobby and a career. He has used one to create a successful business, and the other to maintain his creativity.Kirchner is the co-owner of Mad Macs of …
Executive Spotlight: Jonathan Butler, CEO of 1Berkshire PITTSFIELD — Jonathan Butler is a millennial, the age group that the Berkshires are seeking to attract. The Cheshire native grew up in the Berkshires, graduated from high school in 2000, then …
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Executive Spotlight: Vassilios 'Vasso' Stamatkos, co-owner of The Clip Shop Grand Salon and Day Spa PITTSFIELD — Vassilios "Vasso" Stamatkos got his first glimpses of America when post-World War II aid workers traveled to his village in Greece and when relatives sent him clothes from the …
Executive Spotlight: Ken Singer, CEO Berkshire County Arc When the Berkshire County Association for Retarded Citizens opened its first group home, in 1971, the agency was located in a small office building on Wendell Avenue. It had three …
Executive Spotlight: Larry Hazzard, president of Berkshire Life Insurance Co. PITTSFIELD — Not many of the Berkshires' storied businesses have local roots as deep as the Berkshire Life Insurance Co.The firm, founded as the Berkshire Mutual Life Insurance Co. in 1851, a …
Executive Spotlight: Laurie Norton Moffatt, Norman Rockwell Museum CEO Laurie Norton Moffatt was majoring in art history at Connecticut College in 1977 when she did a summer internship at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge. She didn't know much about one of …
Executive Spotlight: Gary Johnson, chairman of the Johnson Dealerships of Pittsfield PITTSFIELD — For Gary Johnson, chairman of the Johnson dealerships of Pittsfield, selling and repairing motor vehicles is more than an occupation. It's a way of life. It also was a way of life …
Executive Spotlight: Main Street Hospitality Group CEO Sarah Eustis It might seem odd now, but in 1968 The Red Lion Inn was struggling so much that there was talk of replacing it with a gas station ... 
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DALTONCompliance officer receives certificationCompliance officer Jayne Bills of Berkshire Money Management has earned the National Regulatory Service's Investment Adviser Certified Compliance … more
TUESDAYSeeking grant applicationsThe Richmond Cultural Council seeks grant applications from organizations, schools and individuals applying for support for cultural activities in the community by … more
Global markets regained their footing this week, as expected good news on the trade front produced a "relief" rally in equities. Who cared that there was little substance to the deal? Investors … more
SPRINGFIELD — Scholarships are available for a new round of casino dealer training classes being offered by the Massachusetts Casino Career Training Institute. Blackjack dealer training classes … more
LENOX — Berkshire Holistic Associates, a division of the nonprofit Planetary Health Inc., will sponsor a plant-based open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Eastover Estate.The event will … more
WORTHINGTON — Hilltown Community Development Corp. will hold its annual meeting from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Rabbit Hole Restaurant at the Fiddlehead Inn, 144 Huntington Road.The event … more
HUNTINGTON — The Jacob's Ladder Business Association invites all hilltown businesses and their employees to its next Snack and Schmooze event from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Comfort Kitchen & … more
WILLIAMSTOWN — Northern Berkshire United Way will hold its annual meeting and campaign kick-off breakfast from 7:45 to 9 a.m. Thursday at The Williams Inn's new location on Spring Street.The … more
LENOX — Local merchants are planning the town's inaugural Columbus Day weekend event, according to the Chamber of Commerce.Building off a successful summer season for business and art gallery … more
DETROIT — Contract talks aimed at ending a 21-day strike by the United Auto Workers against General Motors have taken a turn for the worse, hitting a big snag over product commitments for U.S. … more

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