Berkshire Young Professionals (BYP)
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.
On Thursday, May 28, 2015 wander on over to Wandering Star Craft Brewery for our May social networking event. Though Wandering Star offers growler fills of freshly-brewed beer on most Saturdays between 12-3pm, it’s not too often that you’ll get a chance to swing by for a Wednesday evening of complimentary appetizers and samples of local craft beer. So stop by and don’t forget your business cards, because you’ll want to be entered into our door prize drawing!
BerkshireFlirt will be making an appearance to chat about how they're connecting Berkshire singles through events and social networking.
FREE for BYP members │ $5 for non-BYP members. Register here.
Purchasing your first home can be stressful. Swing by this informational session to hear from a dynamic panel of local real estate and financing experts and get to know the ins and outs of buying a house.
- Catherine Chester, Real Estate Attorney
- Jamie Pollard, Mortgage Banker
- Dan Alden, Real Estate Agent
- David Rice, Financial Advisor
Light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar provided.
FREE for BYP members │ $5 for non-BYP members. Register here.
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!
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!
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!
You can tap into the young professional market, too! Click here to Offer a Discount
Email email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!