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Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires

A nonprofit for nonprofits: That’s what Liana Toscanini dreamt up while shopping in the produce department at the grocery store a few years ago. “People kept approaching me with pleas for help with grant writing, marketing, and general public relations,” she recalls. Longing to pick out her apples without any interruptions, Liana started the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires (NPC) in 2016. 

 

Friday, December 1, 2017

Ward's Nursery and Garden Center

Ward's Nursery and Garden Center

600 South Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230

(413) 528-0166

Donald Ward had a lot of ideas in 1957 when he and his business partner purchased what would become Ward’s Nursery and Garden Center. Now, decades later, many of Donald Ward’s ideas have been brought to fruition and Ward’s itself continues to be an anchor of the business community.       

 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Yummy Treasures

Yummy Treasures
10 Commercial Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
413 344 4314


Bead by bead, Beth and Greg Carpenter have built a business—and it has far exceeded their expectations.Yummy Treasures Bead Shop “started out of our basement in Pittsfield,” says Greg. It all began because Beth loved collecting jewelry and crafting supplies such as beads, findings, and cabochons. In 2008 she set up a shop on Etsy.com to “see if she could make a few bucks” from this habit. “And it took off from there.”

 

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 1:15pm

BerkShares Young Entrepreneurs

 

Andrew LaPatin is a young man from Pittsfield with a passion for art. He has autism, and his work reflects his unique perception of the people, characters, wildlife, & natural beauty of the enchanted hills of Berkshire County. After Entry to Entrepreneurship he plans to continue his education by taking college-level art courses, establish a store on Etsy, and start building his network. Andrew is ready to accept special commissions and sell his artwork. You can contact him through his Facebook page.

Monday, May 1, 2017 - 9:30am

Assembly Coffee Roasters

Assembly Coffee Roasters
814 East Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
413 443 0280


“It is about caramelizing sugars,” explains Thomas Doyle, a fifteen-year coffee roasting veteran and co-owner, with his wife Julia, of Assembly Coffee Roasters in Pittsfield. The coffee bean, he points out, is a cherry seed; roasting coffee is really just the process of applying heat over a period of time to caramelize the sugars in that seed. Julia jumps in, “That’s why coffee really shouldn’t be bitter!”

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 3:45pm

Kenver, Ltd.

Kenver, Ltd.
39 Main Street, South Egremont, MA 01258
413 528 2330

“It’s about way more than just skiing.” So says Lucinda Vermeulen, owner of Kenver, Ltd. the outdoor specialty store in South Egremont that is famous for its atmosphere. 

 

When Lucinda’s late husband Ken Vermeulen founded the business with Ernie Beckwith in Great Barrington in 1959, the focus of the business was rather different. Both men were avid hunters and outdoorsmen and, Lucinda laughs, “if you can imagine, they used to hang deer on Railroad Street, with everybody walking around in neon orange!” 

 

Soon, however, Ken Vermeulen moved the business to its current location in Egremont. The iconic building, which dates back to 1731 and once served as a stagecoach stop, had been decimated by fire, but the beautiful marble floors, high ceilings, and original beams were still intact, and they captured Vermeulen’s fancy. 

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 5:00pm

Newly Elected Board of Trustees

 

BerkShares, Inc. is a membership-directed non-profit organization focused on responsible economic development in the Berkshire region. BerkShares, Inc. has worked in partnership with local businesses and community banks to issue BerkShares, a local currency for the Berkshire Region. BerkShares help to build regional identity, raise awareness about the importance of local ownership, and empower community-based economic decision-making. On October 20th, BerkShares, Inc. held its Annual Meeting, where the membership elected the following five of their fellows to join the Board of Trustees of the organization:

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 11:00am

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AW Baldwin's Hardware
2 Center Street, West Stockbridge, MA
(413) 232-7757

Henry Baldwin’s hardware business has a genealogy.  His great-great grandfather, also by the name of Henry, bought the business 150 years ago, and Baldwin’s Hardware has been a steadfast presence right smack in the middle of West Stockbridge ever since then.  From this vantage point, Baldwin has a pretty special perspective on this little—and very walkable—town.

May, 2014

Monterey Masonry
39 Silver Street, Sheffield, MA
(413) 229-0475

Cold hard stone?  Not in the hands of master mason Mark Mendel and his crew at Monterey Masonry.  When you talk to Mendel you realize that his business has a lot more to do with warmth than you might anticipate.  In fact, Mendel’s “bread and butter” since he founded Monterey Masonry in 1982 has been in building fireplaces.  Mendel specializes in building energy

April, 2014

SEVEN salon.spa
7 South Street, Stockbridge, MA
(413) 298-0117

Maurice Peterson’s ambitions did not originally tend toward owning a salon in Stockbridge.  “I was going to be a movie star and director,” he explains.  But his husband, Mark Johnson, had always dreamed of having his own salon, and after working for some of the top salons in London, Los Angeles, and New York, he knew a lot about the business. So eight

March, 2014

Hilltop Orchards & Furnace Brook Winery
Rte. 295 / 508 Canaan Rd., Richmond, MA
(413) 698-3301

“I don’t think there’s a better place in the world to grow apples than New England and in particular the Berkshires,” says John Vittori, co-owner of Hilltop Orchards and Furnace Brook Winery.  Though they grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts, Vittori and his sister Wendy always

February, 2014

Bizalion's Fine Food
684 S. Main Street, Great Barrington, MA
(413) 644-9988

Entrepreneur comes from the French entreprendre. “It’s the adventure of launching yourself into something new” says Jean-François Bizalion of Bizalion’s Fine Food in Great Barrington.  When Jean-François and his wife Helen opened their café and specialty food shop a little over ten years ago, in 2003, they were certainly embarking on a new adventure

January, 2014

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