BUSINESS NEWSLETTER: Pride Week at the Pass; News from the Berkshire Workforce Council; last winner of the Lever challenge; Silipigno new CEO of Renaissance; Salisbury Bank Promotions
The pass to mark Pride week with celebration, donation
SHEFFIELD – The Diversity Committee of The Pass, the southernmost cannabis dispensary in the Berkshires, has organized a week-long celebration in honor of Pride Month, to be held June 21-27.
At saturday june 26, The Pass will donate five percent of its proceeds to Berkshire Pride. Berkshire Pride is a community alliance of individuals representing various organizations and projects whose goal is to promote LGBTQI equality through community organizing by implementing educational and support projects that empower LGBTQI people and enable dialogue about these issues in the community.
The Pass will showcase its support for LGBTQI Pride throughout the year with the permanent installation of a new flag specially designed for this purpose. The flag will be displayed during Pride Week at The Pass’ Sheffield point of sale. The store will be offering free pronoun pins and rainbow cookies for guests and staff on Saturday, June 26, while supplies last.
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Berkshire Workforce Board Honors Region Businesses and Elects Executives for Fiscal Year 2022
PITTSFIELD – The MassHire Berkshire Workforce Board (BWB) held their annual meeting virtually on June 10, 2021, with Sen. Adam Hinds and Roberta McCulloch-Dews from the City of Pittsfield as guests. As a state-certified High Performance Workforce Board of Directors, the BWB highlighted several accomplishments, including career development programs; training in the fields of manufacturing, health and hospitality; help from the employer; rapid re-engagement activities; and more collaborative efforts to meet the demand for more highly skilled workers.
Highlights of fiscal year 21: In FY2021, the BWB mobilized more than $ 3.5 million, which helped 662 employers, 2,600 job seekers and 3,400 young people meet their workforce needs. The board has brought together the Berkshire Skills Cabinet and implemented training in healthcare, manufacturing and hospitality as part of its Berkshire Workforce Blueprint. More than 120 organizations received labor market data from the Council, generating $ 1.6M in new resources. This investment of public funds is a critical part of Berkshire County’s economic and workforce development strategy.
Back to work : BWB employees have been working in a hybrid model since April 2020 and will be back in the office four days a week starting June 28. The MassHire Berkshire Career Center will be staggered on July 12, open to clients by appointment only on August 2, and will be fully open to the public on September 7.
Roberta McCulloch-Dews of the City of Pittsfield applauded the council’s efforts in this unprecedented year, noted the City of Pittsfield’s COVID response, thanked the council for being a catalyst organization making a difference, and noted that we are finally turning a corner with hope on the horizon. Senator Hinds congratulated the award recipients who are the backbone of the community, recognized the work of the council, which is more critical than ever, and highlighted several labor items in the budget of the Statement for fiscal year 2022.
Workforce impact price for fiscal year 2021:
Workforce Ambassador 2021: Tony Dobrowolski, Berkshire Eagle, for his continued advocacy of the elements of the workforce and for demonstrating strong civic value in community journalism with integrity, honesty and fairness
Young Ambassador 2021: Sherwood Guernsey, First Congregational Church of Williamstown, for initiating and supporting the North County YouthWorks program over the past seven years, which has made a significant difference in the lives of local youth
Employer of the year 2021: Berkshire Health Care Systems, Sarah Miller and Susan Choquette, for implementing a new hybrid licensed practical nurse program during a global pandemic to help people return to work while ensuring the safety of their residents, staff and of their students
Employer of the year 2021: LTI Smart Glass, Christopher Kapiloff and John Lafleur, for strongly supporting our manufacturing initiatives and providing on-the-job training opportunities to get people back to work
Youth Champion 2021: Taylor Gibeau, Adams Community Bank, for helping with planning, launching and attending the first Virtual Career Week for area students and engaging employers in submitting videos for our Career Preparation Library
In other matters, the board of directors elected the officers for the 2022 financial year:
President: Eva Sheridan, Boyd Technologies
Vice-President: Michael Taylor, City of Pittsfield
Vice President: Albert Ingegni, III, Berkshire Health Care Systems
Youth Council Chair: Doug McNally, Frosthollow Associates
Treasurer: James Brosnan, McCann Technical School
Secretary: Chelsea Tyer, Neenah Paper
The board voted on the workforce business plan for fiscal 2022, which can be viewed on its website. The Berkshire Workforce Board creates and maintains links between businesses, educational institutions and job seekers. The Council deals with labor market issues and serves as the oversight and policy-making body for federally funded employment and training services in the region.
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Health Together wins the Lever Berkshire Health Technology Challenge
NORTH ADAMS – A panel of expert judges declared Health Together the winner of the Lever’s Berkshire Health Technology Challenge (BHTC). The company, co-founded by Nicolas Boillot and Diedre Tomlinson, will use the Challenge prize of $ 25,000 to continue working on its innovative e-health platform.
This is Lever’s third BHTC, which focuses on healthcare technology companies with fundable and scalable business models. The finalists have spent the past few months working with the Lever team, honing their arguments, learning from Lever’s network of mentors, and deepening their entrepreneurial skills.
“Past BHTC winners and finalists have left their mark on the healthcare industry, not only in the Berkshire region, but around the world,” said Brent Filson, innovation manager at Lever.
CathWear is a medical underwear designed for patients struggling with wearing leg bags. CathWear dramatically improves the patient’s quality of life by removing unsanitary leg straps and increasing accessibility. The company was founded by Brian Mohika, BSN, RN; Hector Arce Jr., LT, North Carolina, USN; and Edwin Alvarez, MBA.
Health Together is a peer-moderated online health community sold to employers who want to reduce healthcare costs and increase well-being by providing employees and their family members with a way to find support and coaching. . Based in Williamsburg, Health Together was founded by Nicolas Boillot and Deirdre Tomlinson.
The OSR-M1 from Open Standard Industries is a reusable, valve-less elastomeric respirator that provides two-way filtration with 99% efficiency and is manufactured using local supply chains. The company is based in Holyoke and led by Dr Matt Carney, Aaron Cantrell, Jake Horsey, Mike Stone and Dr Philip Brown.
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Christopher A. Silipigno promoted to CEO of Renaissance Investment Group
LENOX – Christopher A. Silipigno, ChFC has been promoted to CEO of Renaissance Investment Group, LLC, a Berkshire-based financial services firm that specializes in comprehensive financial advice and investment management for high net worth individuals. Managing approximately half a billion dollars in assets, Renaissance clients reside in the United States, with a concentration in western Massachusetts, upstate New York, Connecticut and Vermont.
For the past three years, Silipigno has served as COO, working to grow the business, lead organizational development efforts and advise clients, said Trevor Forbes, President and Director. of the company’s investments. Meanwhile, Renaissance grew its customer base at its fastest rate in 20 years and nearly doubled the amount of assets under management. Silipigno was instrumental in this development, as well as helping Renaissance introduce new technologies, providing even closer customer contact and improved information sharing for customers and the team, said Forbes.
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Salisbury Bank and Trust announces promotions
LAKEVILLE, Ct. – Salisbury Bank and Trust Company recently announced the promotion of three employees.
Stacey Curtis has been promoted to Vice President, Branch Administrator. Curtis started as an Executive Assistant in July 2008 and was promoted to Assistant Vice President in 2014. In January 2016, she assumed the new role of Branch Manager in the Canaan office. She transferred to the Newburgh office in September 2020. In addition to her new responsibilities, Curtis will continue to manage the Newburgh branch office.
Maria Seeley has been promoted to Vice President, Mortgage Advisor. Seeley has been with the bank since September 2013. She started out as an underwriter in the mortgage origination business and in September 2019 was promoted to New York Market Lender. She quickly excelled in her new role, handled high loan volumes with ease and exceeded her goals.
Dayna Cook has been promoted to Assistant Vice President responsible for training. Cook has been with the bank since March 2009. She started as a cashier and was promoted to training manager in 2015. In 2018, she was appointed to attend the Connecticut School of Finance and Management, a rigorous two-year program that includes she graduated. in 2020.