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The Independent Investor: How to Avoid the Pitfalls of Multi-Level Marketing
So you want to be your own boss, make lots of money and do it all from the comfort of your home? It is the siren song of direct sales that has recruited legions of Americans through the years. Some make it, most do not. Here are some tips to help you in your new adventure. Whether you want to sell jewelry, vitamins, candles, cosmetics or
McCann Senior Named U.S. Presidential Scholar
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Tech senior Samantha Dorwin is going places. Or, to be more accurate, she is going MORE places, as the 18-year-old already has logged 15,000 miles in the air in last two years participating in SkillsUSA conferences. This coming summer, while attending SkillsUSA's National Leadership and Skills
Berkshire Chamber, Visitors Bureau Merge Into 1Berkshire
John Toole led a toast after the meeting to honor the occasion.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — After living together for three years, the Berkshire Visitors Bureau and the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce announced their engagement on Wednesday.   The two organizations will become one as of July 1 as part of the
Berkshire Tidbits: Rhubarb Festival Returns
This week is the hoped-for time for the reopening of 20 Railroad Public House in Great Barrington under its new owners, partners Laura Shack of Firefly Gastropub in Lenox and Ben Downing — not the state senator but a 32-year-old Great Barrington native. Downing, with longtime good relationships in town, will manage the
Berkshire Innovation Center Hitting Number of Funding Hurdles
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The plans for the Berkshire Innovation Center have hit a number of financing snags.   On Tuesday, the City Council was informed that the city did not receive a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Agency that was eyed to improve the gateway to the William Stanley Business Park and the Berkshire
The Independent Investor: Let's Have a Jewelry Party
Contrary to all the present and future trends in retailing, multilevel marketing (MLM) is still alive and well in this country. Exactly what is MLM and why are so many Americans enamored with hitting up their friends and relatives in an effort to succeed at personal retailing? MLM is a marketing strategy in which the sales force is
Stop Ignoring Recall Letters From Auto Manufacturers
Over the past two years, 113 million vehicles have been recalled by manufacturers. According to, that’s approximately one of every four cars on the road being recalled. This does not mean cars are any less safe than in the past; in fact, industry experts feel that cars are safer than ever before. It’s just that
Berkshires Beat: Honoring Downing On His Way Out
More praise: State Sen. Benjamin B. Downing (D-Pittsfield) received awards from advocates for the Massachusetts tourism industry and advocates for clean energy in two ceremonies at the State House earlier this month. Downing, a former chair and current vice chairman of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development, was
Biz Briefs: Lee Outlets Give Veterans Reserved Parking
Park place: In honor of National Military Appreciation Month in May, Lee Premium Outlets unveiled two reserved Veteran/Military parking spaces with a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 20. U.S. Army Recruitment Officers Staff Sgt. Aaron Pierce and Sgt. First Class Kenneth Rosado were in attendance along with representatives from various local
Berkshire Scenic Begins Summer Season Memorial Weekend
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — With several blasts of the train whistle, the Hoosac Valley Service's Budd Car 6126 moved along the backways of the city at a dignified 10 mph. The ride from North Adams to Adams on Friday night was a precursor of the scenic rail line's first full summer season in North County — and a sneak peak for
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