BUSINESS BRIEFS: Cannabis Industry Certificate Briefing; new 1Berkshire staff, board members, translation project; Salisbury Bank Bursary Scheme

Berkshire Community College will host a virtual information session on its new Cannabis Industry Certificate Program on Wednesday, April 20 at 4:20 p.m.

BCC will hold an information session on the Cannabis Industry Certificate

PITTSFIELDBerkshire Community College (BCC) will hold a virtual information session on its new Cannabis Industry Certificate Programon Wednesday April 20 at 4:20 p.m. The session will be held via Zoom; to register, go to the BCC website.

The Cannabis Industry Certificate is designed to provide students with the applicable skills and knowledge to work professionally in the areas of cannabis cultivation, processing, preparation, retail and outreach. Courses in the program include business, communication, biopsychology and botany, as well as an on-site industry internship. Students must be at least 21 years old at the time of registration.

In Massachusetts, medical cannabis was legalized in 2012, followed by the legalization of recreational cannabis in 2016. Today, it’s a $1.4 billion business in the Commonwealth, with average salaries in the industry of $67,878.

For more information about the certificate program, call 413-236-1630.

—AK

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1Berkshire Announces New Staff, Board Members and Translation Project

Amanda Alibozek. Photo courtesy of 1Berkshire

PITTSFIELD1Berkshire recently added two staff members to its marketing team and promoted four other staff members. Earlier this year, the organization also added five new members to the board.

New employees: Amanda Alibozek was appointed digital marketing assistant. In this role, she will execute electronic communications, maintain the 1berkshire.com and berkshires.org websites and manage social media platforms. She brings with her experience in administrative and advancement roles, having most recently served in donor engagement for MCLA.

Catherine King assumed the role of Marketing Coordinator. In her position, she will support advertising calendars, online membership and event listings for both websites, assist with print warranty programs, and write blog posts of regional interest. King has a background in education and administration and most recently worked for the City of North Adams.

Specials: Lindsey Schmid was promoted to senior vice president of tourism and marketing; Elizabeth Nelson moved up to director of marketing; Kevin Rose is the new Deputy Director of Economic Development; and Katie Brelsford is now the Vice President of Finance.

Catherine King. Photo courtesy of 1Berkshire

Additions to the board: The 1Berkshire board added Leigh Davisdirector of development at Construct and vice-president of the Great Barrington Selectboard; Michelle Lopezexecutive director of the Berkshire Immigrant Center; Alfred Enchillpresident and manager of Elegant Stitches; Sue Kristjansson, President and COO of Berkshire Gas Company; and Barbara GuidoSenior Vice President of Retail Banking for Adams Community Bank

1Berkshire also recently announced that it has launched a months-long project to collect materials and resources focused on entrepreneurial resources and wayfinding in the region, and have them translated into Spanish. This effort, in partnership with the Berkshire Immigrant Center (BIC) and Berkshire Language Management (BLM), aims to help increase the accessibility of key information, resources and marketing materials for Spanish-speaking businesses and entrepreneurs in the region.

During the Berkshire Blueprint 2.0 research period, it was noted that our immigrant population was the fastest growing population in the region, increasing by more than 25% in the 10 years between 2007 and 2017. With national trends indicating that immigrants are some of the most motivated and active communities of entrepreneurs and small business owners, 1Berkshire has been actively working with BIC for over two years to explore opportunities and resources to meet to the needs of this critical group.

Over the coming months, 1Berkshire will work with its collaborative partners and other entrepreneur support programs in the Berkshires to bring together the most critical resources to translate. From there, translation experts from BIC and BLM will help get the materials and audio translated into Spanish, and possibly other languages ​​as capacity permits.

1Berkshire looks forward to sharing these materials in the coming months and invites individuals, businesses and area business support partners to feel free to contact the Economic Development Team at [email protected] if they have any ideas or needs that could be supported by this effort.

—AK

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Salisbury Bank announces 2022 scholarship scheme

LAKEVILLE, Conn.Salisbury Bank announces the start of Time to Shine Scholarship Program. The Bank created the program in 2009 to help students who have proven financial need and are already making a difference in their community. Several scholarships can be awarded up to $1,500 each to help eligible students seeking a college degree in a variety of programs. Ideal candidates will be academically successful students who possess a variety of leadership interests and experience, demonstrate an ongoing commitment to the community, and have a desire to make their world a better place.

Eligible students must reside in Dutchess, Orange, or Ulster County, New York; Berkshire County, Massachusetts; or Litchfield County, Connecticut. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a public high school, vocational, technical, or private school, be a homeschooler affiliated with such a school, or be a graduate or GED recipient entering their first year of college. university.

Applicants must plan to enter an accredited college or university as a first-year undergraduate student for the 2022/23 academic year. Applicants will be assessed on a 100-point system that takes into account financial need, academic achievement, community service, volunteerism and leadership.

All requests must be submitted in line. The scholarship committee must receive complete applications and transcripts by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31, 2022. For detailed information on the scholarship program and document checklist, visit the Bank website or contact Megan Snow at 860-453-3555 or [email protected]

—AK

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