Who We Are

The Berkshire Black Economic Council is a newly formed 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  The Berkshire Black Economic Council aims to activate the following areas to improve the Black business community:
·      growth and sustainability
·      business education and mentorship
·      economic justice
·      marketing and media
·      funding and investment

 

Our Objective

Our objective at the Black Economic Council is to continue to foster, design, and build a black and other minority-owned business in the Berkshires. This includes Black non-profits.

Goals

 

  • Get more businesses minority-owned certified
  • Be able to find the Black-owned businesses in the area
  • Help Black-owned businesses get more grant funding
  • Take suggestions from the community

Meet the Steering Committee

Shirley Ann Session Edgerton

Shirley Ann Session Edgerton

Educator + Cultural Competency Trainer

Mrs. Edgerton has received numerous recognitions as well as two honorary Doctorates degrees from College of Our Lady of the Elms and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts for her outstanding service to children and community. In October 2020 she received the MassInc Gateway Cities Institute Innovation Award for strategies to increase diversity amongst educators in Pittsfield Public Schools.

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Alfred Enchill

Alfred Enchill

Owner/President of Elegant Stitches Inc.

Alfred is the Owner/President of Elegant Stitches Inc. an embroidery, screen printing, and promotional product company established in 1997 and located in Pittsfield, MA.

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Warren C. Dews Jr.

Warren C. Dews Jr.

Publisher of The Greenville Pioneer/The Ravena News-Herald

Warren C. Dews Jr. has worked in the media industry for close to three decades. Dews has extensive knowledge in Advertising, Marketing, Sales and Operations.

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A.J. Enchill

A.J. Enchill

District Aide, State Senator Adam Hinds

A.J. has returned home with the goal to impact his community in a way that inspires young folks to return to the Berkshires to strengthen the place that raised them.

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Auric Enchill

Auric Enchill

Sales Manager for Elegant Stitches Inc.

Serving on a number of community boards, Auric is invested in creating a more inclusive and progressive community through his professional commitments and volunteerism.

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Black Economic Principal Function

The Black Economic Council has four principal functions: 

 

  • Coordinate policy-making for state and local economic issues
  • Coordinate economic policy advice for the Berkshire County and Berkshire Black Community
  • Ensure those policy decisions and programs are consistent with the Black Economic Council goals
  • Monitor implementation of the Berkshire Black Economic Council economic agenda.

Areas of Emphasis:

  • Recruitment and Retention Programs 
  • Neighborhood Revitalization
  • Supplier Diversity Program
  • Arts and Culture
  • Entrepreneurship Education Programming
  • State and Local Funding for Black Businesses
  • Black Economic Education and Literacy

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