Berkshire Bank Provides Application Assistance for SBA

PITTSFIELD, MA – September 15, 2015 – Berkshire Bank, in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), will offer assistance to guide Berkshire County businesses through the federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans application process. Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations located in Berkshire County, MA as a result of frost, freeze and excessive snow from Jan. 1 through May 24, 2015.

Berkshire Bank the #1 SBA lender in Western Massachusetts and a SBA Preferred Lender, will provide assistance in completing application forms. Under this declaration, the SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster.

Disaster loan information and application assistance may be obtained by calling Darin Burniske, at 413.564.6481. Completed loan applications must be returned to SBA no later than May 9, 2016.

About Berkshire Bank
Berkshire Hills Bancorp (NYSE: BHLB) is the parent of Berkshire Bank, America’s Most Exciting Bank®. The Company, recognized for its entrepreneurial approach and distinctive culture, has $7.5 billion in assets and 93 full service branch offices in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, and Vermont providing personal and business banking, insurance, and wealth management services. In 2014, Berkshire Bank was named one of Massachusetts’ Most Charitable Companies by the Boston Business Journal. To learn more, visit or call 800-773-5601. Berkshire Bank is the official bank of the Boston Bruins coverage on NESN.

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