Berkshire Immigrant Center and 1Berkshire Looking to Identify and Support Immigrant Owned Businesses

Berkshire Immigrant Center and 1Berkshire Looking to Identify and Support Immigrant Owned Businesses

July 22, 2020 – Pittsfield, MA – In order to help advance for and support immigrant-owned businesses within the region the Berkshire Immigrant Center (BIC) and 1Berkshire have joined forces. Together, they are currently creating a list for internal purposes so that the BIC can better help immigrant-owned and operated businesses of all shapes, sizes, and types. By identifying all these businesses the BIC will be able to: learn more of their individual and collective needs; help the businesses navigate challenges; aid in their finding of needed resources, and advocate for the tools and opportunities the businesses need to thrive.

While the BIC works primarily to assist and support immigrants in the community and 1Berkshire works towards finding alignment with its economic development plan The Berkshire Blueprint 2.0; ┬áboth organizations realized the time was right to come together to help create a more prosperous economic ecosystem for Berkshire immigrants. Together these two entities can do more to effectively support and cultivate a positive and inclusive business environment for immigrant-owned businesses and immigrant-workforce participants across the county, but they need the community’s help.

If you know of any immigrant-owned businesses, including but not limited to; restaurants, retail, hotels, and even any specialty home-based businesses, or if you are yourself an immigrant business owner, please take a moment to fill out this form. With your help, 1Berkshire and the BIC hope to be able to identify all the dynamic immigrant businesses across the Berkshires so that they can then, in turn, get them the support, customers, and tools they need to prosper in our region.

This list will not be shared with anyone outside of these organizations and is for the sole purpose of advocating on behalf of, and supporting the needs of, the immigrant business community.

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 1Berkshire.com.

About the Berkshire Immigrant Center

The Berkshire Immigrant Center advocates for the rights of all immigrants by helping them navigate the complex U.S. immigration system with affordable legal services, local resources, and education. We provide our clients with the tools necessary to overcome financial and cultural barriers, strengthening civic engagement and creating equal opportunity for all.

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