Business Briefs: Berkshire Money Management donates to nursing program; 401(k) seminar for businesses; engagement grant for Jacob’s Pillow; Haddad Subaru to donate to BHS; Flying Cloud gains board member

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Berkshire Money Management staff with nursing students and faculty from Berkshire Community College on Monday, March 27, during the presentation of a donation.

Berkshire Money Management presents donation to BCC nursing students

Pittsfield — Berkshire Money Management gifted $7,740.00 to 18 students currently enrolled in Berkshire Community College’s nursing program in a presentation on Monday, March 27.

Several nursing students attended the presentation at the college’s state-of-the-art SIM lab. Nursing faculty and staff, including director of nursing Tochi Ubani and BCC president Ellen Kennedy, also attended the presentation.

“This gift is a true difference-maker for BCC nursing students who will soon embark on the next phase of their careers,” said Kennedy. “This support will underwrite the costs for this year’s graduates of BCC’s Practical Nurse Certification Program to take required licensure exams. This generosity will allow our students to focus on exam preparation ─ without worrying about how to afford the costly testing and certification process. The partnership is a wonderful example of how area businesses and educational institutions can work together to foster successful student outcomes.”


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Salisbury Bank to offer 401(k) seminar for businesses

Great Barrington — Salisbury Bank will offer a free seminar with information about best practices for business owners with 401(k) plans on Wednesday, April 5, at 5:30 p.m. at the Mason Library. Seminar topics will help business owners understand their roles as plan fiduciaries, provide steps to take to manage their responsibilities and risk, and select and monitor providers, as well as covering some of the most common mistakes made by plan sponsors and how to reduce the chances of occurrence.

The seminar will be led by Brian Nicholson, senior sales relationship manager for benefit plan administrative services. Throughout his career, Nicholson has developed expertise in a variety of plan types that range from 401(k) and 403(b) plans to various forms of defined benefit and nonqualified plans. In addition, his experience includes advising and servicing small-market companies as well as very large medical organizations.

Reservations are suggested but not required. To reserve a spot, contact Kevin Norton by calling (860) 453-3497 or emailing at and typing “401K” in the subject line.


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Jacob’s Pillow receives grant to expand engagement programs

Becket — Jacob’s Pillow Dance has announced the receipt of a $100,000 grant from the Barr Foundation to expand and create new programs engaging local Berkshire County residents, organizations and businesses. The funding will also allow for the planning and implementation of dance field convenings in 2017 and 2018, offering new and necessary resources to the larger arts community.

The funding will enable Jacob’s Pillow Dance to expand its free offerings for community members and create opportunities for Berkshire residents to connect with Pillow artists in onsite and offsite performances, workshops, classes and other participatory events. In addition, the funding will help to launch new programs at the Pillow including the Dancing Berkshires Fund, which offers discounted Festival performance tickets to students enrolled in schools and dance studios in Berkshire County. Based on its Curriculum in Motion program offered in Berkshire County schools, the Pillow will pilot a program in kinesthetic learning for adults working in medical settings in partnership with Berkshire Medical Center, Volunteers in Medicine and dance educators.

The funding will also allow the Pillow to host three new convenings, creating a space for growth and development for the wider dance community. Beginning this fall, the Pillow will develop and host regional and national convenings including a gathering of New England choreographers in the fall of 2017.  In summer 2018, the Pillow plans to revive the Dance Presenters’ Forum with the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Dance/USA, and New England Foundation for the Arts. Support from Barr is also assisting in the creation of the Jacob’s Pillow College Partnership Program, serving dance faculty and students from regional colleges and universities.


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Haddad Subaru to donate to Berkshire Humane Society

Pittsfield — As part of its ongoing support of local communities, Subaru of America Inc. and Haddad Subaru will present a check to Berkshire Humane Society on Tuesday, April 4, during BHS’ 13th annual Cause for Paws radiothon at the Live 95.9 radio studio. Berkshire Humane Society was selected by Haddad Subaru as its “Hometown Charity” choice during Subaru’s Share the Love program.

From November 17, 2016, to January 3, 2017, customers who purchased or leased a new Subaru vehicle selected from a list of charities to receive a donation of $250 from SOA. This year, there was no cap on the total donation from Subaru of America to its Share the Love charitable partners. At the beginning of the Share the Love campaign, Haddad Subaru had set a goal of $30,000; the exact total raised will be revealed at the check presentation.


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Flying Cloud Institute welcomes new board member

Mary Nash. Photo: Eric Korenman

Mary Nash. Photo: Eric Korenman

Great Barrington — Flying Cloud Institute has announced that Mary Nash has joined its board of directors. Nash runs NASH Insights in Lenox, working with organizations to assess their needs, conduct program evaluations and obtain grant funding. She is the former executive director of the Berkshire County Regional Employment Board and the Boston Area Health Education Center. Since moving to the area in 1992, Nash has shown her dedication to the students and educators of Berkshire County by working with such organizations as Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Berkshire United Way, Hillcrest Educational Centers and Berkshire Health Systems.


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