New Entrepreneurial Jump-Start Event

For additional information, please contact:
Benjamin Lamb
Director of Economic Development, 1Berkshire

Deborah Gallant
Executive Director, EforAll Berkshire County
833-336-7255 X7209


1Berkshire and EforAll Announce New Entrepreneurial Jump-Start Event

September 29, 2020 – Berkshire County, MA – 1Berkshire and EforAll Berkshire County, with support from the Pittsfield Economic Redevelopment Corporation (PERC) are excited to announce an innovative event to help business startups.  The Empower Hour+: Make Your Business Happen! will be held virtually on Thursday, October 29th from 5pm-7pm, providing anybody in the Berkshires with an idea that they would like to turn into a business with the inspiration and direct tactical guidance to get moving in the right direction.

This program is limited to 25 participants so everyone will get individual attention.  Applications are open through October 15th. Each selected applicant will have direct access to a wealth of knowledge from key subject-matter experts including those in accounting, marketing/branding, permitting, incorporation and market research. Additionally, those who attend the entire event will earn a $50 micro-grant to help them take the next steps in launching their business.

Deborah Gallant, EforAll Berkshire County Executive Director notes “This is a new approach to encouraging folks to pursue their dreams.  We hope to truly empower local residents who may have felt the obstacles were too great, to open their own businesses. This quick program will open doors and provide valuable information to get them started.”

This program aligns with a broad portfolio of resources, guidance and opportunities that have come together to support entrepreneurs, startups, and existing businesses across the Berkshires as we continue to build a supportive entrepreneurial ecosystem. Benjamin Lamb, 1Berkshire’s Director of Economic Development notes “We are continually looking for ways to bolster and boost would-be entrepreneurs and startups as a means to continue economic growth in the Berkshires. This program does just that, and helps to set up participants for the next step, and for further support through programs like EforAll Berkshire County.”

More information is available on 1Berkshire’s event page:

To apply, please go to

About 1Berkshire

1Berkshire is a county-wide organization focused on economic development and promotion of the region as a preferred place to visit, to live, and to grow a business. It provides programs that connect businesses with each other and with potential customers and works to develop future leaders and support entrepreneurs. For more information, visit

About EforAll

Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) is a nonprofit organization that partners with communities nationwide to help under-resourced individuals successfully start and grow a business through intensive business training, mentorship and an extended professional support network. Programs are available in both English and Spanish. EforAll is currently available in the following MA communities: Berkshire County, Cape Cod, Fall River/New Bedford, Holyoke, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn and Roxbury as well as Longmont CO. To learn more about EforAll, please visit

2020-09-29T14:42:13-04:00September 29th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

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