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 Commerce, 1Berkshire, 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