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BCC Workshop Seeks to Make You Work Better
Staff Reports,
06:07PM / Wednesday, September 07, 2011
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Looking to improve your workplace performance? Berkshire Community College is offering a one-morning workshop in Great Barrington that could help you change your behavior at work for the better.

"How Behavior Impacts Management, Impacts Performance" (WKS-2514), according to the college, "introduces a pattern of behavior that follows participants through life and explains why people do what they do."

The course description says the new pattern forms the basis for a "proven management system." Through lectures, illustrations and games, the workshop's leaders will show how to improve performance in any of the hundreds of variables that affect quantity,

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New Dog Training Center Open in North Adams
Patrick Ronan,
09:14PM / Monday, June 07, 2010
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — There's a new place for dog training in the Berkshires.

Melissa Wilkinson, the animal control officer in North Adams, opened Dog Gone Good Dog Training at 195 Ashland St. last month, offering classes ranging from puppy kindergarten to advanced obedience training. The 29-year-old Williamstown native has had aspirations to run her own dog-training facility since she was a teenager, and she's finally doing it.

"The benefits you can get from a training class is the relationship you end up having with your dog," Wilkinson said on Monday. "They may not walk away being the

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Women's Fund Training New Leaders
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07:57PM / Tuesday, June 01, 2010
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Susan Olshuff, a Lenox fundraiser and consultant, reminded us of the new leadership program being launched for women in the western end of the state to prep them for potential political office.

The Leadership Institute for Political Impact, a program of Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts, is a yearlong inititative promotes leadership and community organizing and covers the legislative process and policy and running for political office. Different topics will be addressed in daylong sessions on Saturdays.

Olshuff was one of eight Berkshire women were selected for this inaugural session along with more than 30 others throughout Western Mass. "I can't wait to jump in and see

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Deadline Extended for Berkshire Leadership Program
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02:02PM / Friday, February 26, 2010
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The Berkshire Chamber of Commerce just announced that it's extended the application deadline for the 2010 Berkshire Leadership Program.

The 13-year-old program accepts up to 30 candidates based on an application form and written references. Those selected will attend a two-day retreat, facilitated by professionals, which includes training aspects of leadership, problem-solving techniques and networking. The retreat is followed by nine weekly, four-hour evening sessions on specific topic areas, such as government, energy, economic development, tourism and the creative economy, education, health care, and leadership.

It's part of the chamber's goal to develop and sustain county leaders

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March Networking Events/Seminars
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11:37AM / Friday, February 26, 2010
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The is having its second meeting on Wednesday, March 10, from 7:45 to 9 a.m., at the Crowne Plaza, West Street, Pittsfield. The cost is $25 for Berkshire Chamber members and $35 for non-members, and includes a breakfast buffet. To register, call 413-499-4000, Ext. 26, e-mail choyt@berkshirechamber.com, or visit www.berkshirechamber.com. Individuals who registered for the canceled February event do not need to register again.

is having its next event on Monday, March 1, at 6 p.m., at the Firefly Restaurant, 71 Church St., Lenox. Bring your business card for door prizes, which include a one-month membership to Lenox Fitness Center, golf

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