BerkShares Annual Meeting 2020

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm





Do you think critically about the use of your money and time and where you invest it? Does your investment relate to where you spend your life, in the community in which you live, work, and play?

Please join us for a timely and engaging presentation and discussion of the importance of investing locally and how even small investments can make an impact in how our economy grows and progresses in ways that benefit all members and not just a few.

The discussion will center around John Lewis's organizing work with the Berkshire Black Economic Council and Michael Shuman's extensive knowledge of vehicles for investing in local economies. The two will consider how communities can nurture, create and unleash latent and unrealized economic power and how the Berkshires can build and rise together, facilitating economic justice across the region.

This talk is part of BerkShares, Inc.’s 2020 Annual Meeting and year-end campaign. This event is free and we kindly ask for donations to support the work of BerkShares, Inc. in its goals to support community economic empowerment and development toward regional self-reliance. To donate, visit

John Lewis is CEO of R3SET Enterprises, chairman of the Berkshire Black Economic Council, and sits on the advisory committee of the 1Berkshire Blueprint. He recently led an “Idea Jam” for Black and Brown business leaders to discuss economic development within communities of color in the Berkshires. He recently joined the board of BerkShares, Inc.

Michael Shuman is an entrepreneur, attorney, economist, author and a leading visionary on community economics. He’s Director of Local Economy Programs for Neighborhood Associates Corporation, and an Adjunct Professor at Bard Business School in New York City. His latest books include Put Your Money Where Your Life Is: How to Invest Locally Using Solo 401ks and Self-Directed IRAs; The Local Economy Solution: How Innovative, Self-Financing Pollinator Enterprises Can Grow Jobs and Prosperity; and Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Shift Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street.

This event is co-sponsored by 1Berkshire, Berkshire Agricultural Ventures, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Berkshire Community Land Trust, Berkshire County Branch of the NAACP, Berkshire Grown, EforAll, Multicultural BRIDGE, R3SET Enterprises, Willow - Investments for Loving Change, Salisbury Bank & Trust Company, Schumacher Center for a New Economics, and Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce.