Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. announces the first in 3-part Zoom series – all free for local businesses and community members.

The first session on May 13th will feature a panel discussion with:

  • Gwendolyn VanSant (BRIDGE)
  • Gary Levante (Berkshire Bank)
  • Shirley Edgerton (NAACP, ROPE and Pittsfield Public Schools)
  • John Lewis (Team R3set and the Black Economic Council)
  • Pete Mirante (Greylock Federal Credit Union)
  • Dennis Powell (NAACP)

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Parts 2 and 3 will be held on the following Wednesdays at 2 pm.

May 20 at 2 pm: Recognizing Bias & Creating Welcoming & Affirming Workplace Culture in Your Business

May 27 at 2 pm: Diversity & Belonging: Stewarding Culturally Sensitive and Inclusive Environments

This free training series will help businesses cultivate and steward inclusive retail, restaurant and workplace environments for customers and employees in order to create a culture of belonging in your business. Time will be included for special consideration of the impact of COVID-19 on small businesses and concurrently on their diverse patrons. Significant shifts will be required and the impact of social distancing will interact with cultural and systemic bias. How can we be proactive?

The training is presented by BRIDGE in collaboration with the NAACP Berkshire County and is co-hosted and co-sponsored by Berkshire Bank, Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corporation (PERC), and the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) .