Sunday, May 26, 2024

News and Ideas Worth Sharing



BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on CMC:Berkshires—where science plus kindness equals change

Now in its 10th year, the Center for Motivation and Change provides comprehensive, cutting-edge, research-supported treatment for people struggling with substances or trauma in its New Marlborough facility.

BUSINESS PERSPECTIVES: BerkShares Business of the Month is Brava

With an abundance of highly regarded food and drink establishments in the Berkshires, it can be hard to stand out. Whitney Asher, Owner and...

TECH TALK: Communication—transparency, privacy, sensitivity and speed

AI is reshaping communication by providing new platforms and tools that enhance our ability to convey information quickly and efficiently. This shift is not just about speed; it's also about the depth and quality of interactions.

CAPITAL IDEAS: Are interest rates high or low relative to history?

Despite the benefit to savers, the Fed cutting interest rates this year could frighten consumers and potentially increase the risk of a recession in 2025; in that case, I would put the odds of a recession at about 30 percent

BUSINESS BRIEFS: Ventfort Hall masonry restoration; ‘Let It Shine!’ public art; Glimmerglass trustees and board members; Mahaiwe staff and board; Springfield Museums join Blue...

Pittsfield masonry contractor H.A. O'Neil was chosen to complete the restoration, chosen for their vast experience working with historic masonry restoration projects and methods.

BUSINESS PERSPECTIVES: Stockbridge storefront beats again with Whispered the Heart

The unique shop offers special wares and crafts made in the Berkshires.

BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on Heart & Soil Collective—connecting people to healthy food and hands-on nature experiences

The co-owners of Olsen Farm in Lanesborough launched this initiative to ease food insecurity, build community, decrease food waste, and support other Berkshire County farms.

TECH TALK: Directivity Drawing

Drawing helps me see connections and dependencies that often get lost in translation when using mere words, which tend to start at the top of the page and go from left to right and top to bottom. Diagrams have no such constraints.

CAPITAL IDEAS: Wall Street analysts remain bullish and what you need to know about inherited IRAs

I would be frustrated with treading water in stocks for much of 2025, but I would not be in a hurry to sell my equity positions.

BUSINESS BRIEFS: BCC faculty member wins Fulbright; The Thornewood to open in June; Uva Pizza e Vino opens in Great Barrington; Gould Farm grand...

Alumni of the Fulbright Program include 62 Nobel Laureates, 89 Pulitzer Prize winners, 80 MacArthur Fellows, and thousands of leaders and world-renowned experts in academia and many other fields across the private, public and non-profit sectors.

BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on The Home Historian—turning a passion into a profession

Journalist Joe Durwin of Pittsfield has created a service that explores a property's past, an outgrowth of his lifelong interest in Berkshire history.

TECH TALK: Layering tools

Smartphones, with their advanced capabilities and high cost, are not just a present-day phenomenon. They are poised to play a significant role in the future.

Jalisco Cantina Mexican restaurant opens in former Prado’s Café site on Lee’s Main Street

The eatery serves breakfast for now, with plans to add lunch and dinner.

BUSINESS BRIEFS: CATA new staff and board; BSO new musicians; BCC staffing updates; BerkChique! breaks records; Rosemary Rose Finery opening; Childs+Clark Gallery merger; BFAIR...

After being drafted out of Illinois State University by the Chicago Cubs Baseball organization in 1984, CATA board member Bryan House played seven years as a professional baseball player in the Cubs and Texas Ranger organizations.

BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on No Comply—the new kid in Great Barrington’s food scene

The eatery on State Road has generated lots of buzz—and questions about the meaning of the name (answered here!).

Biden or Trump and the Nonprofit Sector – Part 1, The Arts

The U.S. president has many ways to affect the vitality of the arts and culture community in this country. How would the effect of either of our two candidates, Trump and Biden, be felt in this part of our nonprofit sector?

TECH TALK: Using AI to improve your writing

Here’s how to use software to proof and edit your writing.