Community Supported Industry

Community Supported Industry

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Community Supported Industry is an initiative aimed at creating a culture of support for entrepreneurs interested in more labor intensive, small-batch local production.The concept of Community Supported Industry is an expansion of the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model. Within the Berkshire Region’s Community Supported Industry initiative, multiple partner organizations will develop paths for the Berkshire community to co-imagine, co-develop and co-finance and patronize “import-replacement” businesses. These businesses will responsibly harness the natural resources available to us here in the Berkshires in order to create products for local consumption or even for export. See below for an introduction to the concept of Import Replacement.
 
Take a look at the resources and tools we have already begun to build out. Entry to Entrepreneurship is our business planning course for young people in the Berkshires. The business plans our 2015 cohort of students wrote are available by clicking the "business ideas" button. The many business owners, professionals, and retirees who lent their time and advice to our 2015 cohort are listed under "resource people." In the future, we plan to support businesses like the ones our students developed last year with BerkShares loans. And finally, we have developed a survey to help us as a community identify gaps in our local economy. If you own a business in the Berkshires please take our survey. Your participation will aid in the development of Community Supported Industry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
A printable version of the survey can be downloaded here. A guide for taking the survey is available here.