Berkshire Young Professionals (BYP)
What is BYP?
Berkshire Young Professionals has been designed to address 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.
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, November 20, 2014 join BYP for an evening at the Country Club of Pittsfield (CCP) from 5-7pm. As the Berkshires’ only 4 season Country Club, CCP prides itself on creating lifelong friendships and memories since 1897!
Attendees will enjoy complimentary hors' dourves, great company, and fun group activities. Be sure to bring your business cards for networking and to enter into the door prize drawing.
The featured nonprofit for November is Hillcrest Educational Centers – representatives will be on site for their Holiday Wish Program, which provides gifts to children in HEC care who would not otherwise receive holiday gifts.
FREE for BYP Membership Cardholders and attendees who bring supplies for the 9-1-1 Can & Coat Drive.
$5 without the card, coat, or cans.
Click here to register.
Friday, November 28th, 6:30-8:30pm, J Allen’s Clubhouse
On Friday, November 28, 2014 BYP will be hosting a HOME FOR THE HOLIDAY event at J Allen's in Downtown Pittsfield.
This is a party you don't want to miss! Whether you live here full-time or you’re returning to the Berkshires to see family and friends, come catch up with us! This is a great opportunity to hear about all the exciting happenings in the Berkshires over the holiday weekend and throughout the season.
Food, Games, & Giveaways
FREE AND EVERYONE IS INVITED!!!
Click here to register.
Village Ambulance Service, the Berkshire Young Professionals, and the Williamstown Council on Aging have joined forces to collect clean, gently used coats and non-perishable food items as part of the 9-1-1 Coat and Can Drive community service project.
Please consider donating any jacket (clean and in usable condition), as well as any non-perishable food item to our endeavor. Gift cards are welcome, too!
Non-perishable food items and coats can be dropped off at VAS headquarters, 30 Water Street, Williamstown, MA or bring the items to any BYP event.
Pickups can also be arranged.
Call (413) 499-4000, X126 or email@example.com to learn how you can help.
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!
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!
You can tap into the young professional market, too! Click here to Offer a Discount
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (413) 499-4000 x126.
2014 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 email@example.com.
November 20th - Country Club of Pittsfield, Pittsfield
December 18th - Mildred Elley, Pittsfield
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, Brad Felix
Vice Chair, Jackie Kelly
BYP Subcomittee Chairs
Community Service, Bethany Kirchmann
Professional Development, Allison Billard
Marketing & Membership, Mariclare Hulbert
Socials/Fun, Michelle Lillie
BYP Steering Committee
Christina Barrett, Berkshire Community College
Rachael Baumann, Barry & Doyle
Ryan Belanger, Ascentek
Harry Beron, III, Canyon Ranch
Amanda Bettis, Studio Two
Allison Billard, Hillcrest Educational Centers
Emily Biron, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems
Jennifer Bushika, Mildred Elley
Erin Carlotto, Lee Bank
Matthew Chester, RBC Wealth Management
Gini Croniser, Hillcrest Educational Centers
Brad Felix, Greylock Federal Credit Union
Mariclare Hulbert, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jackie Kelly, Allied Business Solutions
Ron Kelly, Allied Business Solutions
Bethany Kirchmann, Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center
Michelle Lillie, Scarafoni & Associates
Howard Marshall, Pittsfield Public Schools
Ricky Morales, Consigli Construction
Joe Ryan, III, Ryan Landscaping
Jonah Sykes, Berkshire United Way
Dawn Syrko, Crowne Plaza Hotel
BYP is a program and committee of the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce. For more information about BYP, please email email@example.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!