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CAPITAL IDEAS: The Federal Reserve should not cut interest rates this year

I hold a correlative unpopular opinion: The stock market would continue to do well in 2024 even if the Fed did not cut rates.

BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on Berkshire Wedding Associates and Tux Express

For more than three decades, Jerrid Burdick has been helping to promote the Berkshires as a premier wedding destination, matchmaking couples with local vendors for a happily-ever-after celebration.

TECH TALK: Read the fine print

A new marketplace may require you to start using new tools to track relationships. Here are some explanations.

BUSINESS BRIEFS: Bennington College prison accreditation; MOLARI new staff and promotion; Milne Public Library new director; Morris Elementary’s Principal nominated; BCC students win national...

“I really want to contribute something intellectually, spiritually, morally, back to my community. It’s life changing. There’s nothing more productive in here for a man than that college education.”

BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative

With its proposed Kemble Street Studios and other initiatives, BFMC is setting the stage for innovation and inclusion in the Berkshires.

TECH TALK: You need to deal with the downside of tech democratization

If fear of technology causes us to surrender personal power and freedom to autocrats, it will be difficult to claw our way back. Hey, it happened before and was called the Dark Ages. And then it took centuries before there was a Renaissance.

CAPITAL IDEAS: Will the next president ruin the economy?

It is that time of year when investors start thinking about selling stocks as they contemplate the end of the world brought on by whoever will occupy the White House for the next four years.

BUSINESS BRIEFS: Berkshire Roots apparel line; Blackshires Leadership Accelerator Program; Lenox High School students graduate CNA program; 1Berkshire NYC campaign; Independent Connections expands; MassHire...

Berkshire Roots' unique apparel collection is designed to empower women to express their love for cannabis freely, breaking down the stigmas they face, particularly around motherhood.

SPOTLIGHT: BerkShares Business of the Month is The Attic

The Attic, a sister shop of the Berkshire Food Co-op, opened in April 2023 to accommodate a growing interest in general merchandise items—and continues to carry out the Co-op's core values of local, seasonal, and high-quality, with an additional emphasis on uplifting area makers.

TECH TALK: Unleashing creativity – The power of Creator Tech

While Creator Tech offers immense potential for innovation and creative expression, it's essential to approach it with a critical eye and a thoughtful mindset.

CAPITAL IDEAS: How can you invest in artificial intelligence?

Nvidia’s stock is up more than 200 percent from a year ago, fueled by the rush of corporate America to join the AI race. According to FactSet, the mention of AI during S&P 500 company earnings calls has spiked.

BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on Canna Provisions—“not just a dispensary but a destination!”

This pioneering cannabis business is not only cultivating award-winning products—it is also cultivating community.

TECH TALK: Embracing the AI revolution

Let's unpack some of the possibilities that AI, even at its current early stages of development, offers us.

BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on Sazi Foods—poised to be a leader in hemp-based foods

For founder and visionary Lisa Newmann, hemp is more than a delicious superfood. It is an organically farmed, carbon-sequestering powerhouse of sustainability—and worth banking this chapter of her estimable career on.

TECH TALK: AI Rapport

Although I can no longer beat my computer at chess, I have zero fear about ever being replaced by AI. DO NOT give in to the fearmongering. Do not be afraid of AI, and do not ignore it either. Form your own judgement. Try it and then see how you feel.