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Business Briefs: ‘E’ Award for Iredale Mineral Cosmetics; new Jacob’s Pillow partnerships; tax credits for CDCSB; Shred Day at Salisbury Bank

“The ‘E’ Awards Committee was very impressed with Iredale Mineral Cosmetics’ emphasis on comprehensive market research used for strategic market entry." -- U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, awarding Iredale Mineral Cosmetics an 'E' award for expansion of exports. ---

Iredale Mineral Cosmetics receives President’s ‘E’ Award

Great Barrington — U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today presented Iredale Mineral Cosmetics, Ltd., with the President’s “E” Award for Exports at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. The President’s “E” Award recognizes U.S. entities for making significant contributions to the expansion of U.S. exports.

“Iredale Mineral Cosmetics has demonstrated a sustained commitment to export expansion,” said Secretary Pritzker in her congratulatory letter to the company announcing its selection as an award recipient. “The ‘E’ Awards Committee was very impressed with Iredale Mineral Cosmetics’ emphasis on comprehensive market research used for strategic market entry. The company’s investment in multi-language marketing materials and website design was also particularly notable. Iredale Mineral Cosmetics’ achievements have undoubtedly contributed to national export expansion efforts that support the U.S. economy and create American jobs.”

U.S. companies are nominated for the “E” Awards through the Department of Commerce’s U.S. Commercial Service office network, located within the Department’s International Trade Administration, with offices in 108 U.S. cities and more than 70 countries. Record years of successive export growth and an applicant’s demonstration of an innovative international marketing plan that led to the increase in exports are significant factors in selecting the award winners.

–E.E.

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Jacob’s Pillow announces new partnerships

Becket — Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival has announced new partnerships with Berkshire-based businesses No. Six Depot Roastery and Café of West Stockbridge and Haven Cafe & Bakery of Lenox. Both establishments will have locations on the Jacob’s Pillow grounds which will be open throughout the 2016 festival season which runs Wednesday, June 22, through Sunday, August 28. The businesses will bring three new dining offerings to the Pillow—Haven at the Pillow, No. Six Depot Café, and No. Six Depot Snack and Coffee Bar.

Haven at the Pillow will offer signature hand-crafted cocktails at the Barre and full-service dining with a new menu and desserts in an outdoor, tented setting. No. Six Depot Café will feature healthy paninis, salads, and more, as well as a full-service bar, in a casual setting. The No. Six Depot Snack and Coffee Bar will offer a full espresso bar, and an ice cream and smoothie bar as well as small bites for pre-performance pick-me-ups and intermission concessions.

–E.E.

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CDCSB awarded community development tax credits

Great Barrington — The State of Massachusetts has awarded the Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire (CDCSB) $50,000 from the Community Investment Tax Credit Program. The tax credits provide a 50 percent tax credit or cash refund to individuals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations for donations of $1,000 or greater and will enable CDCSB to raise $100,000 to help achieve its mission to create affordable housing and economic opportunity in building healthy and sustainable communities.

Over the last three years, CDCSB has been awarded a total of $175,000 in Community Investment Tax Credits. Many local businesses and individuals took advantage of the tax credits in 2014 and 2015, receiving a direct credit on state taxes and a deduction on federal taxes while their donations supported the work of the CDCSB.

Tax credits for 2016 donations are currently available. For more information, email tim@cdcsb.org or holly@cdcsb.org, or call (413) 528-7788.

–E.E.

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Shred Day at Salisbury Bank

Sheffield — Salisbury Bank & Trust Company will sponsor a free Community Shred Day on Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m. until noon at its Sheffield location. Each person may bring up to four boxes of paper (paper only; no binders) for shredding.

Salisbury Bank is proud to offer this service as a way of enriching the communities it serves. All shredded paper will be recycled.

–E.E.

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