Issue #22 | Thursday, August 19, 2021

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This Weekend

Friday, August 20, 2021
Coffee Date @ Eagle Street Parklet
7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.

Friday, August 20, 21
NORAD Toy & Candy Company Grand Opening 11 a.m.

To the greater North Adams Community-
Friday, August 20th will be an exciting time here at The NORAD Mill.
At 11:00 Friday a.m. we will be officially opening the long-awaited NORAD Toy and Candy Company on floor 1.
Also on Friday, we will be launching an exciting new offering in the NORAD Cafe - DONUTS!
These donuts have a spot-on taste reminiscent of a former North Adams Donut Shop. We guarantee!
Stop into the Cafe or the toy store and receive your coupon for 1 free donut. Leave us some great feedback as we look forward to increased everything over the coming months at the NORAD Mill and some new businesses!!!

Saturday, August 21, 2021
Festival to honor Susan B. Anthony

  • The Town of Adams is hosting an all-day festival on Park Street to honor Susan B. Anthony! This celebration will take place beginning at noon with live music on the Town Hall lawn, a performance in the Adams Theater, food and vendors along the street, and fireworks to finish the day.

Sunday, August, 22, 2021
Summer Sundays on Spring Street in Williamstown

  • Summer Sundays on Spring St. brings artists, performers and family activity to Spring St. and adjoining Walden St.

  • Come see local dance, listen to local musicians, meet artists and see their creations, and participate in family activities. Art packets from @TheClark, vendor booths and more will be on site.

  • Special guest artist @KatieRundeFineArt will be on site creating a massive realist chalk drawing- and everyone will get a chance to try out their own designs!

In The News

COVID Updates

COVID-19 UPDATE - August 31 @ 1 p.m.

Join us for a COVID-19 update and conversation with representatives from Berkshire Health Systems. Moderated by 1Berkshire President and CEO Jonathan Butler, we will hear from BHS President and CEO David Phelps, BHS Executive Vice President Darlene Rodowicz, and Chief Medical Officer Dr. James Lederer.


NORTH ADAMS, MA (August 5, 2021) – The recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases in the City of North Adams and other communities, including among vaccinated residents, reminds us that the continuing need for caution in the face of the COVID-19 virus, especially in light of new and prevalent COVID variants.

In recognition of current circumstances and in order to protect vulnerable staff members and residents, all visitors to public buildings in the City of North Adams will be required to wear a face covering during their time in the building effective Friday, August 6.

In addition, all city employees must wear a face covering when interacting with the public, and when employees are not in their department area or in hallways or otherwise moving through buildings. Fully vaccinated employees may remove masks at their desks or in their work areas, however unvaccinated or partially vaccinated employees must remain masked at all times while at work.

This action applies to all public buildings including City Hall, the North Adams Public Library, the Mary Spitzer Senior Center, the public safety building, and other city facilities. North Adams Public Schools buildings will follow the joint DPH and DESE guidance regarding masks in school issued on July 30, 2021.

If you haven’t received your vaccination yet:

  • See where the Berkshire Mobile Health Unit will be next – and please note we’re working on getting the Mobile Health Unite to downtown North Adams tomorrow

  • Visit a BHS Testing Center to receive a vaccination – the closest location is at the BHS site at 98 Church Street next to the North Adams Public Library

Find information and resources on vaccines here

Workshops & Webinars

Tuesday, August 31, 2021 @ 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM - 1Berkshire Virtual Entrepreneurial Meetup

Join us for this month's Virtual Entrepreneurial Meetup with the Berkshire Cider Project in North Adams! Enjoy networking with fellow entrepreneurs and hear from Kat Hand and Matt Brogan, the husband-and-wife team that brought Berkshire Cider Project to life!

1Berkshire Entrepreneurial Meetups are free to attend and made possible through the support of the Pittsfield Cooperative Bank. Registration is required. Register here:

September 13, 2021 - Basics of Starting a Business

Topic: Start-up Assistance
Learn the whole nine yards of starting a business. The presentation will help entrepreneurs start a business plan and provide structure to starting/managing their venture.
Topics will include:

  • Introduction and need for planning

  • Basic business plan format

  • Choosing your legal form of organization

  • Marketing, market planning and research

  • Cash flow projections

  • Financial Statements

  • Financing

September 14, 2021 - Build Your B.A.I.L. Team
(Banking. Accounting. Insurance. Legal)

  • Hear from local experts on how and why you should have a cohesive team of core professionals to support and protect your company! Brought to you by the Western Mass Means Business collaboration.

  • About this event:

    • This will be a ZOOM Meeting. Zoom Meeting Information on how to join will be sent once registered.

Learn More

Help Wanted

The signs are everywhere and we notice. Help us help you get the word out. Email if you’re hiring. This section will list businesses looking to hire and other links to job opportunities

Berkshire Job Listings
North Adams Town Employment Opportunities


Email us your business related news, searches, etc. and we’ll include it in the next Business Connector.

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