Inn proprietor Lynne Rufo
is recipient of the 2000 Al Robertson Entrepreneur of the Year Award Lynne Rufo
, owner of The Inn at Brookside
, Stockbridge, has been named the 2000 Al Robertson Entrepreneur of the Year.The award was presented to Rufo
at a recent ' "Good News Business Salute Breakfast" at the Crowne Plaza Pittsfield-Berkshires.Rufo
earned the award for overcoming the odds of establishing a small business, maintaining successful growth of that business, and for her
personal inspiration to "keep going and growing."
"I'm truly honored to accept the 2000 Al Robertson Entrepreneur of the Year Award.I accept this award collectively to include people who have helped me along my journey.Though too numerous to mention, many individuals have stuck with me day-to-day, through thick and thin, and I thank them," says Rufo
."Al Robertson also provided me with support, opportunity and the inspiration to create a successful business; I thank him too."
A graduate of Taconic High School
and the Berkshire Enterprises program, Rufo
has spent the better part of her
career in the hospitality field, harboring a long-term plan to build a prosperous business of her
own.In 1996, facing financial distress and supporting two children, a determined Rufo
followed a dream.Purchasing an old, run-down farmhouse, she
began making plans to turn it into a thriving bed and breakfast.With a glowing vision, hard work, and sacrifice, her
dream became a reality: The Inn at Brookside
Rufo's Inn has been open only two seasons and she
has already increased her
business more than 300% from her
start-up year, and projects a 60% increase this year.
Not only does Rufo cater to small conferences, weddings and weekend guests, she
is also a culinary expert who offers cooking courses to visitors during their stay.Rufo
is extremely active within the community.President-elect of the Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce
has been the chair of Main Street Stockbridge at Christmas for the past two years.She is also on the Board of Trustees for the Laurel Hill Association and a member of the Tuesday Club, both of Stockbridge.Rufo
also volunteers time at the Berkshire Botanical Garden and the Berkshire Theatre Festival.
The Chamber of Commerce of the Berkshire's Small Business Committee
instituted the award six years ago to recognize area entrepreneurs - people who have taken the risk to start and grow a business in Berkshire County.
The program is cosponsored by the Northern, Southern Chambers of Commerce and the . The Pillars Restaurant of New Lebanon, NY, donated a gift certificate for dinner which was presented to Rufo
during the presentation.
If you are interested in nominating an entrepreneur for 2001, please call the at 499-4000.
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