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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.   



BYP Power Hour: How to surive your company Holiday Party
On Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 between 5:30-7:00pm

Join us for our Power Hour at Patrick's Pub on How to network at your holiday party. This is just in time for all the upcoming holiday parties.Attendees will enjoy good company, excellent music, horsduerves, and a cash bar. 

BYP Networking Social and Chamber Nite!
On Wednesday, December 16th, 2015 between 5:00-7:00pm 
join us at Berkshire West Athletic Club for a first time every combined BYP Networking Social and Chamber Nite! 

FREE for BYP members │ $5 for non-BYP members
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Mark your calendars for our upcoming socials! 
2016 Calendar coming soon....

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! 

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 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 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 Special Events

BYP runs special events throughout the year!


 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, Matthew Chester
    Marketing & Membership, Darcie Sosa 
    Socials/Fun, Michelle Lillie     

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

    Emily Biron, General Dynamics Mission Systems
    Matthew Chester, RBC Wealth Management
    Joseph Girard, Liberty Mutual Insurance
    Evan Hickok, General Dynamics Mission Systems
    Bethany Kirchmann, Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center
    Michelle Lillie, Scarafoni & Associates
    Darcie Sosa, Darcie Sosa Communications
    Patrick Danahey, Reaction Lifestyle
    Rob Weisberger, Hotel on North
    Audrey Procopio, Quality Printing
    Meghann Crandall, United Personnel
    Arsema Abegaz, Berkshire United Way
    Shela Hidalgo, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

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

    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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