But the stories of our local economy are not confined to the past. Every day, business owners, students, consumers and retirees are creating new ones.
Each month, BerkShares, Inc. publishes a BerkShares Business of the Month article
that highlights the achievements of one of the locally owned businesses that accepts BerkShares. This month, arboriculturalist Winthrop Barrett shared a few tree care-related rhymes, and explained that it is a sense of "Berkshire Pride" that motivates him to accept BerkShares at Barrett Tree Service.
And on April 12th, new growth peeked above the Berkshire mud when students from this winter's business planning program for young people, Entry to Entrepreneurship, presented their business plans
to the public. These students, ranging in age from 13 to 23, were taught, mentored, and inspired by members of our business community as they developed plans for businesses that would fill gaps in the local economy. The Schumacher Center and BerkShares, Inc. were proud to award each of the 15 graduates with 200 BerkShares in seed money.
Monocle Magazine recently took notice
of what is going on in the Berkshire hills. Their May 2016 issue named Great Barrington one of the top five villages in the world, a "thriving community that is getting it right." Monocle
cited BerkShares and the Entry to Entrepreneurship program as evidence that this community has dedicated itself to "a vision to build a sustainable economy," one that celebrates local culture, values local ownership and democracy, and invests in its future.
Here in the Berkshires, we are giving new meaning to the old saying, "money talks!"
The Staff of the Schumacher Center for a New Economics