EforAll Berkshire County awards funds to local start-ups at pitch contest

Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) Berkshire County held its semi-annual All-Ideas Pitch Contest at St. Mark’s Church, newly-repurposed events space, in Adams, Mass.

First prize of $1,000 went to Dana Grieb of Pittsfield for Bumblebee Pet Care, providing specialized care to cats and dogs, while offering equal pay and profisharing to employees.

Second place prize of $750 went to Gwen Miller of Lanesboro for her concept for Berkshire Nature Daycare, a nature-based early education and daycare program to support families and address the “daycare desert” in the region.

Third place of $500 went to Pittsfield’s Sabrina Powell for her efforts to launch 413 Westside Rollers, a roller rink and entertainment center for Berkshire families. She was also the winner of the audience-voted “Fan Favorite” award, an additional $500 grant..

Community members from across Berkshire County came to support these up-and-coming businesses. The Pitch Contest judges were Yina Moore of Adams Theater, McKenna Burzimati of Roxies Barkery, Tom Bernard of Berkshire United Way, and Jay Green, Adams Town Administrator.

EforAll Berkshire County runs Pitch Contests 2-3 times per year.