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Press release:

November 23, 2015 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
More information: [email protected] or 413 528 1737


This winter, for the second year in a row, BerkShares, Inc. is offering a business-planning course for young people ages 14 through 25. Entry to Entrepreneurship will take place once a week at the South County Center of Berkshire Community College starting on January 26, 2016. The program will culminate with a public event on April 12, 2016. Participants will present their business plans and receive an award of 200 BerkShares each.

What goods and services do we currently buy from outside the region that we could, instead, produce or provide locally? How can residents of the Berkshire region begin to identify and seize these opportunities and turn them into businesses that are locally owned, provide healthy livelihoods for local people, and shorten the supply chain for some of our most basic needs in the areas of food, clothing, shelter and energy?

Annual Appeal 2015

This year, we’re working to take “buy local” to the next level.

Since BerkShares were launched in 2006 we have focused on “keeping it local.” BerkShares have been a leading voice and shining example of the “buy local” movement, and consumers have become more aware of what they’re buying, and from where.

Do You Have Change for a Bowie?

By Dan Crane. Published in The New York Times on Sunday, August 9, 2015.

LONDON — Though paper money here typically bears the visage of Queen Elizabeth, the Brixton district of the city last month released a new 5-pound note designed by Jeremy Deller, an artist who won the prestigious Turner Prize in 2004. It features a fuzzy, psychedelic image of an androgynous face surrounded by rainbow clouds and coruscating, swirling etchings.
“I wanted something old-fashioned looking,” Mr. Deller said. “Something almost pre-currency.”

The BIG on Small Business

Keith Girouard, regional director and senior business advisor at the Mass. Small Business Development Center Network, sat down with Alice Maggio, BerkShares Coordinator, to discuss BerkShares, the local currency for the Berkshire Region, as well as other strategies for supporting locally owned businesses and local production. His monthly radio show is called The Big on Small Business: Ideas, Trends and Tools for Small Business. You can listen in on the 1st Wednesday of every month – 10:00-10:30 a.m on WBRK – 1340 AM in the Berkshire region of Massachusetts.