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BerkShares are a local currency designed for use in the Berkshire region of Massachusetts and issued by BerkShares, Inc., a non-profit organization working in collaboration with participating local banks, businesses, and non-profit organizations.

The April BerkShares Business of the Month is Monterey Masonry. Read the story here and look for it in this month's Berkshire Trade & Commerce. And listen in to our hometown radio station WSBS every last Wednesday of the month at 9:30 am hear the Business of the Month interview.


Mark Mendel 

We have finished updating our "pocket directory," listing our BerkShares Businesses. You can find them in all of our BerkShares Exchange Banks. We also have the new directory in poster format, available by request. And if you would like to let your customers know that you accept BerkShares, consider downloading this image to include on your website or invoices.


BerkShares were recently featured on the PBS NewsHour and Al Jazeera America. And the "Your Business" show on MSNBC pointed to BerkShares as one of the ways that Great Barrington is keeping the local economy vibrant. See the Al Jazeera Story here.
If you want to learn more about the future of BerkShares, read the full transcript of Solmon's interview with BerkShares Coordinator Alice Maggio.

Join us in our Community Supported Industry initiative. Take the survey:

Community Supported Industry Survey

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Become a member of the organization by sending us your dues.

• Support the local economy by donating to BerkShares.

• Own a business in the Berkshires? Sign up to accept BerkShares!

• Visit our Business Tools section for accounting strategies and more.

• Find out more about BerkShares Order a BerkShares Educational Packet

• Why Local Currencies? Read Schumacher Center for a New Economics' research on history, theory, and practice. Learn how local currencies fit into a complex of tools for building a new economy.

A good community insures itself by trust, by good faith and good will, by mutual help. A good community, in other words, is a good local economy.

Wendell Berry, from "Work of Local Culture"

Photography of BerkShares

By Jason Houston (printing BerkShares)
By Lauren Fuller (click on Collections, then BerkShares)

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