It is an initiative to support Berkshire County and Southern Vermont businesses during these hard times. We want to create an awareness of how incredibly important it is for all of us to support local retail shops, restaurants, service companies, non-profits, etc.
The main goal is to educate people on how important it is to support our own businesses. Studies have shown that buying local keeps money within the community, four times as much as buying from a chain store. Local businesses and service providers pay local taxes, they hire local people and they are our neighbors. We are just trying to make sure that everyone is aware of how important it is during these trying times to consider buying local first.
We are creating a FREE website that houses an interactive directory for users to find stores, restaurants, services and more by city/town or region of the county. These profiles will provide information on hours of operation, services available, links to their websites and social media pages, and much more.
We have a number of businesses and organizations in Berkshire County that have signed on to underwrite this initiative. The site will be a FREE opportunity for businesses, agencies and service organizations to publicize their services.
The site will be up from November 1, 2020, until October 31, 2021.
We have partnered with a number of chambers of commerce and business associations that will help us get the word out on their websites and through email promotions . We will also:
There are a number of reasons why this effort is different from other initiatives/websites.
If you are a business who is interested in providing information about the products and services that you provide, just go to www.SupportTheBerkshires.com and sign your company up for FREE!
COVID-19 has already hurt a number of local businesses and has the potential to drastically impact the local business community in the next six-12 months. We all need to come together to provide any and all assistance to businesses in our community! We hope you join our initiative and help Pay-It-Forward.
Contact us at 413-663-3384 for more information on how you can be a part of the SupportTheBerkshires initiative.