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Berkshire Young Professionals (BYP)


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 What is BYP? 

Berkshire Young Professionals addresses the challenges of forming connections for the next generation. BYP works to provide young professionals with opportunities personally, professionally, and within the community. The Berkshire Chamber of Commerce is proud to support and encourage the advancement of BYP to its members and the business community.  

The group name refers to "young" because the organization focuses on connecting individuals between the ages of 21 to 40. Many people feel they are too "old" to attend Berkshire Young Professional events, but in reality there is no age limit.

BYP Programming is sponsored by
 

Why should I become a member cardholder? 

  • FREE access to our monthly Networking Socials (non-members pay $5 for entrance.)
  • FREE or reduced cost to BYP Special Events
  • Discounts at participating local businesses, just by showing your BYP Membership Card! 
How can I become a member cardholder?
Click here to complete a simple online form and your card will be mailed to you.  
 
·     $30 per person – one year membership (cards are valid for one year from date of purchase)

 Membership fees are subject to change as benefits are added.   

  

NEXT UP!

On Tuesday, March 31st, join BYP from 5:30-7pm at Patricks Pub for the first Power Hour session of 2015. These sessions are designed to give insight into career, professional, and personal development.  

This session will feature a dynamic panel of human resources and employment experts who will discuss and answer questions about hiring, resume writing, interview skills, overarching employment facts for our region, resources for “trailing spouses” (a term describing someone who has relocated due to a life partner’s job), salary negotiations, and more. 

Panelists: 
• Audrey Procopio, Director of Marketing and Human Resources at
Qualprint
• Marybeth Mitts, Manager, Spouse Partner Resources at 
Williams College
• Pete White, Employment Services Specialist at Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
• Heather Boulger, Executive Director at Berkshire County Regional Employment Board, Inc
• Matthew Chester, moderator and BYP Steering Committee Member 

Light hors d'oeuvre and a cash bar provided. 

FREE for BYP members / 
$5 for non-BYP members. 
Register here.

 
 
On Thursday, April 30, 2015 join BYP for a night of ive music, delicious appetizers, and lots of fun at The Race Brook Lodge. With an intimate, quirky, and cool setting, attendees will wish they’d found this place sooner!  

Don’t forget your business cards for networking and to enter into the door prize drawing.   

FREE for BYP Membership Cardholders / $5 for all others. Register here. 

Stay Connected!

BYP News     

Special Announcements 

MountainOne has signed on as the premiere sponsor of BYP! Thanks to this generous sponsorship, BYP can continue delivering innovative, exciting programs and events. Details on new happenings coming soon! 
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THANK YOU to all those who donated to Village Ambulance Service's 9-1-1 Can and Coat Drive. You helped provide clean, gently used coats and non-perishable food items to those in need this winter season. 

THANK YOU to those who granted wishes for the children at Hillcrest Educational Center. There were a lot of smiling faces on Christmas morning because of your generosity! 
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May 18th was a beautiful day for the 6th annual BYP Golf Tournament! Though the windy conditions made for some chilly moments, everyone had a great time golfing 18 holes at Wahconah Country Club in Dalton.  

Thanks to the players for making the day a success, and to General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems for being our premiere sponsor. 

We'd also like to thank the local companies that served as hole sponsors: Allied Business Solutions, Arizona Pizza, Berkshire Gas, Coakley Pierpan Dolan & Collins, EDM, Hops & Vines, Jacob’s Pillow, MRA Laboratories, Purple Dress Events, Randall Trophies, RBC Wealth Management, Scarafoni Associates, & The Range

Click HERE to view photos from the event!
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On April 24th 250 community members made an effort to get involved to build a better Berkshires at the second annual BYP Nonprofit Showcase. Attendees were able to meet with nearly 50 area nonprofits actively seeking new ideas, new talent, and new resources. A fantastic cross-section of cultural, service, community, and health organizations were on site to discuss their missions and their needs.  

Click HERE to view photos of the event! 

Made possible by our event sponsors: Berkshire United Way, the Berkshire Eagle/Digital First Media, Crowne Plaza, Greylock Federal Credit Union, Lee Bank, Live 95.9, and Whoopee Radio.  

Thank you to the exhibiting nonprofits for your participation and desire to better serve our community!
 

Check out Discounts (updated May 2014)

BYP Membership Cardholders receive ALL YEAR!     

Just flash your BYP Membership Card to take advantage of discounts and special offers from Berkshire businesses.  Keep checking back...more are added all the time! 

Businesses!  
You can tap into the young professional market, too! Click here to Offer a Discount 

Questions?
Email
byp@berkshirechamber.com or call (413) 499-4000 x126.


2015 Events Schedule      

Is YOUR busineses looking to host a BYP event?  

Limited dates are available for BYP Networking Socials this year. Click HERE

 to download an application.

BYP Networking Socials
All networking socials run 5:00 - 7:00PM. To register, email
byp@berkshirechamber.com

SCHEDULE COMING SOON!


BYP Power Hour
BYP POWER HOUR is a dynamic professional development seminar series for young professionals looking to hone their skill set while enhancing their quality of performance on the professional front.  Delivered by powerful presenters, each session spotlights issues and challenges relevant to the future leaders of our region to educate and inspire us to be more influential in our own endeavors as well as in the community.  

If you have an interest in a particular topic, please email byp@berkshirechamber.com

BYP Special Events

BYP runs special events throughout the year, from downtown clean-ups to the Annual Golf Tournament.

Click 
here to view pictures from the 2014 Golf Tournment and be sure to check back for details on the 2015 BYP Golf Tournment next Spring!  


 BYP Benefits Berkshire County

  • Creates opportunities to meet new people, network, and develop career and leadership skills

  • Acts as a resource that Berkshire County employers can use to recruit and retain young professionals.

  • Through evaluating feedback from BYP events, the Chamber can provide useful information on what attracts and keeps the average young professional interested in the Berkshires.    

    Chair, Jackie Kelly

    Vice Chair, Jonah Sykes

    BYP Subcomittee Chairs    
    Community Service, Bethany Kirchmann
    Professional Development, Allison Billard
    Marketing & Membership, Mariclare Hulbert   
    Socials/Fun, Michelle Lillie     

    BYP Steering Committee
    Chair – Jackie Kelly, Allied Business Solutions
    Vice Chair – Jonah Sykes, Berkshire United Way

    Allison Billard, Hillcrest Educational Centers
    Emily Biron, General Dynamics Mission Systems
    Timothy Burns, Guardian Life Insurance of America
    Kristy Cederholm, Foresight Land Services
    Matthew Chester, RBC Wealth Management
    Gini Croniser, Hillcrest Educational Centers
    Joseph Girard, Liberty Mutual Insurance
    Evan Hickok, General Dynamics Mission Systems
    Mariclare Hulbert, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
    Bethany Kirchmann, Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center
    Michelle Lillie, Scarafoni & Associates
    Ricky Morales, Consigli Construction
    Brianne Morrison, Berkshire Community College
    Kelsey Mullen, The Mount
    Joe Ryan, III, Ryan Landscaping
    Darcie Sosa, Darcie Sosa Communications
    Dawn Syrko, Crowne Plaza Hotel

    BYP is a program and committee of the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce. For more information about BYP, please email byp@berkshirechamber.com

    We look forward to seeing you at each and every exciting event for Berkshire Young Professionals! The connections are there, and you should be too! You can find out about BYP events, each month right here on our website. Be sure to check us out on a regular basis to keep informed of all the exciting happenings for Berkshire Young Professionals!



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