Are you an entrepreneur thinking about moving to the Berkshires? Find out about all of the tools available to you that can help you achieve your dreams in our dynamic and inspiring community.
1Berkshire is an organization focused on economic development and promotion of the region as a preferred place to visit, live, and grow a business. In 2016, they developed the Berkshire Starts program as a resource for entrepreneurs and small businesses who want to initiate and/or grow their ventures. Berkshire Starts connects these businesses with mentors, collaborative work spaces and access to financial assistance. This multi-tiered approach allows innovators with a great idea the support they need to grow and thrive.
The toughest hurdle for any new business is access to capital. From grants and loans to tax incentives and entrepreneurial pitch programs, 1Berkshire can help identify and connect you to funding opportunities that fit your business model. Support is then offered via Pitch Competitions and Entrepreneurial Meetups. These events help with all facets of presentation and networking to help you make the most of every interaction. New for 2017 is the Business Bootcamp.
The Business Bootcamp is 1Berkshire’s largest entrepreneurial endeavor for 2017. It consists of ten workshops held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings over the course of six weeks. Each workshop will be led by a professor from MCLA (Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts) in collaboration with a practitioner/mentor from the Berkshire Starts program. Topics covered will include Design Thinking, Lean Canvas business model, accounting, funding options, legal structures, intellectual property and pitching investors. This is is an annual event and offered free of cost to accepted applicants.
The Berkshires has always attracted those interested in living and working in a beautiful, creative and welcoming environment. With these newly developed tools in place to ensure success, it’s a great time to be an entrepreneur here. 1Berkshire is ready from the start to help you develop your business. Join us and jump onto the wave of economic progress happening now. #liveBRK #intheberkshires