The Berkshires are rich with natural resources, educational institutions, skilled professionals, and cultural legacy. These strengths enhance the quality of life in the region and support the strategic, sustainable growth of key business clusters including the creative economy, tourism industry, agriculture and food production, advanced manufacturing, plastics, health and wellness, and non-profits. 1Berkshire focuses on building resources that foster innovation, entrepreneurship, and small business expansion in these key economic sectors.
Whether you are a budding entrepreneur or looking to grow your business, 1Berkshire can connect you to the people, places, and programs that you need to thrive. Berkshire Starts is a way to plug into opportunities, financial resources, available space, and a community of Berkshire-based businesses and mentors, who are here to help.
1Berkshire is committed to cultivating an environment where individuals, as well as businesses, can grow. Influencing the next generation of leaders, creating opportunities to socialize, or connecting people with shared interests – 1Berkshire will help you engage with your community.
A major and growing industry in the Berkshires is in the creative arts. Theater, dance, music, museums, food are just a few of the major areas where the Berkshires excel. Learn more about the impact of the creative economy and how you can get involved with it.
Pittsfield, MA was ranked as a great place for Hispanic business owners because the area holds strong educational values for Hispanics, substantial networking potential, a thriving post-recession economy, a high density of Hispanic business owners, and access to affordable housing. Read the full report and learn more about the City of Pittsfield.