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All the World’s a Stage — The journey of an event designer

Plume design

In eighth grade, a prophetic computer game alerted Erin Schultz to what would ultimately become her life’s calling. After tallying up her interests, the computer deemed she was destined to become a set designer. Growing up in a small Minnesota town, her only theatrical experience to date had been making her own Halloween costumes, but [...]read moreAll the World’s a Stage — The journey of an event designer

TIF For Tax – Incentives for Small Business Growth

Tax incentitives

Small businesses are the core of the Berkshire economy. These companies comprise more than half of the county’s employer establishments, with more than 2,700 employers staffing fewer than 10 people. To survive and to thrive, many need to expand—but expansions are costly.“We’ve shifted in recent years from the model of attracting large companies to trying [...]read moreTIF For Tax – Incentives for Small Business Growth

Growing Trend of Sharing Work Space

Shared Work Space

Gig workers, freelancers, moonlighters, and independent contractors now account for more than a third of the U.S. workforce, and 42 million Americans are expected to be self-employed by 2020. These statistics reflect not only the swelling Millennial workforce, but the increasing importance workers of all generations are placing on career flexibility, engagement, and independence. While [...]read moreGrowing Trend of Sharing Work Space

Craft Brewery business exploding

Kent Falls Brewery

At a time when so many industries are shutting down or migrating out of Connecticut, the craft brewery business is hopping—pun intended—with 84 opening across the state over the past two years, seven in Litchfield County. “It’s been a big couple of years for Connecticut, sort of an explosion going on,” says Bart Watson, chief [...]read moreCraft Brewery business exploding

Ten Minutes With Jack Mitchell – Chairman of Mitchell Stores

Jack Mitchell

Jack Mitchell is a business owner, luxury retailer, author, and speaker with a passion for life-long learning. Mitchell grew up in Westport and was always intrigued by other cultures. After a summer abroad, he went on to earn his Masters in Chinese history at Berkley. In 1958, Mitchell’s parents, started their eponymous retail business in [...]read moreTen Minutes With Jack Mitchell – Chairman of Mitchell Stores

Green Rush: Budding Developers See Dollar Signs for Berkshires’ Cannabis Culture

Andrea Nuciforo is a soft-spoken attorney (and former state senator) with offices in Boston and Pittsfield. He is also a founding member of Berkshire Roots, the largest cannabis grower in the area with a 26,000-square-foot facility and a medical-marijuana dispensary on Dalton Avenue in Pittsfield. His phone rings nonstop because people have lots of questions [...]read moreGreen Rush: Budding Developers See Dollar Signs for Berkshires’ Cannabis Culture

Comfort Food

Apple butternut squash, caramelized onion gorgonzola, potato cheddar with broccoli and cauliflower … a bowl of soup conjures warmth. Jackie Bergman makes small batches each week with local ingredients—vegetables, meat, eggs and cheese—from local farms. She started Farm Country Soup 16 years ago, and her soups have spread to local markets, and now to her [...]read moreComfort Food

Got Milk, Sheik? Creating a camel milk business

Camel

Local Couple Advocate Camel Milk at One Hump Farm

Sheik, the Arabian camel, has become something of a mascot to passersby along North Street. School buses slow down at One Hump Farm so children can wave. Neighbors choose not to move because they like looking out their window and seeing a camel. And Sheik likes looking back from his wooden-fenced corral—an enclosure he regularly [...]read moreGot Milk, Sheik? Creating a camel milk business

Ten Minutes with the CEO/Founder of Benchmark Senior Living

Tom Grape founded Benchmark Senior Living in 1997 and the company now has nearly 60 residences in eight states, employs 6,200 associates, and has about $2.5 billion in assets under agreement and $425 million in annual revenue. Benchmark’s latest residence is Sturges Ridge near Fairfield Ludlowe High School. Grape grew up in Fairfield, and although [...]read moreTen Minutes with the CEO/Founder of Benchmark Senior Living

It is Time to Color Your Business

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