Open Businesses

At BerkShares, Inc. our goal is to foster economic self-reliance and support the locally-owned business community in the Berkshires. Our local businesses are proving their resilience during the COVID-19 crisis by adapting to local, state, and federal regulations to limit contact and encourage social-distancing by offering modified services like curbside pick up, take out, and delivery. Below you’ll find a list of retail-based businesses in our local currency network and modifications to their business operations. If you are able, please demonstrate your support for the local economy during such a difficult time by patronizing these businesses. Please also consider utilizing our local businesses’ online shopping platforms, purchasing gift certificates, pre-paying for services, making donations to local food banks, and contributing to local relief funds and non-profits providing assistance.

If you are a local business or an employee of a local business seeking financial assistance, the Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce1Berkshire, and Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire have compiled lists of resources for those in need.

If you are a consumer or business looking to purchase or redeem BerkShares, exchange remains available at the drive-up window at participating branches of Lee Bank, Pittsfield Cooperative Bank and Salisbury Bank and Trust. As a courtesy, we suggest calling ahead to alert the tellers of your intention to make an exchange. For

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