BBEC Programs

Are you interested in meeting the Berkshire Black business community? Take action and do business with local Black entrepreneurs for economic justice. The Berkshire Black Economic Council’s networking is aimed to increase the visibility of Berkshire County’s Black businesses. Our programs are here to inspire local partnerships and increase supplier diversity by raising awareness of the issues local Black entrepreneurs experience and by problem solving barriers to their prosperity.
PERFORMANCES by Youth Alive and Samirah Evans
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Black Arts Council Presents:
"Sculpting Berkshire Afro Futurism"
SATURDAY, JULY 9th, 2022
12PM - 4PM
CHESTERWOOD - Stockbridge, Ma
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GUIDED TOURS
SCULPTING
FOOD & FAMILY FUND

The Berkshire Black Arts Council presents "Sculpting Berkshire Afro Futurism" at Chesterwood. Join us for a celebration of Arts & Self-Determination!

To improve Black patronage, the Black Arts Council surveyed Black residents and visitors to address marketing, portrayals, and Black experiences at Berkshire arts and culture institutions.

The Black Arts Council encourages investments in diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism (DEIA) to implement trustworthy and inclusive programming for Black audiences. 

SPEED NETWORKING EXPO

The Berkshire Black Economic Council’s networking is aimed to increase the visibility of Berkshire County’s Black businesses. The Berkshire Black Economic Council is here to inspire local partnerships and increase supplier diversity by raising awareness of the issues local Black entrepreneurs have experienced and problem solving barriers to their prosperity.

If this looks like something you don’t want to miss again! We would love to have you attend. Please pre-register and we will contact you as this annual event approaches.

Berkshire Black businesses will feature “pop-up” shops of their services! Please attend and bring your business cards and brochures. The Black business community will have theirs, along with gear, food samples, their products, takeaway items, and most importantly their experiences as entrepreneurs.

Our goal is to organize as many Berkshire Black businesses and entrepreneurs under one roof as we can. By embracing the principle of “cooperative economics” we will amplify their presence amongst businesses, leaders, public officials, and Berkshire residents. Please pre-register here and join us in this annual celebration and fun networking!

Dress in what makes you feel comfortable so you can represent your business and have fun after the programming. Food and entertainment will be provided. See you there!

MINORITY BUSINESS ENTERPRISE EDUCATIONAL SESSION

Are you a Black entrepreneur? Are you a Black business owner? You may identify as Black, and you may also own a business, but that does not mean that you are certified as a Black Minority-owned business.

A Minority business enterprise (MBE) is an American designation for businesses which are at least 51% owned, operated and controlled on a daily basis by one or more (in combination) American citizens including African American, Hispanice and Latino American, Asian Pacific American, and Native American businesses and/or gender (e.g. woman-owned) and/or military veteran classifications.

An MBE certification allows you to benefit from the many public and private programs designed to help minority-owned businesses, like minority-owned business grants. Here are some of the biggest advantages to getting certified as an MBE:

  • Federal contracts: Many federal agencies are required to give a certain number of contracts to certified minority-owned businesses. So this certification could lead to new opportunities you wouldn’t have found otherwise.
  • Federal tax incentives: The government provides federal tax incentives to businesses that choose to work with minority and women-owned businesses.
  • State tax incentives: Some states, like CA and Georgia, offer state tax incentives to companies that use minority-owned businesses. For instance, California provides state income tax credits to companies that use minority subcontractors.
  • Access to funding: Across the country, various programs are available to help minority-owned businesses receive access to funding. These programs may provide grants, loans, and business mentorship.

If you are either a Black business or a Black entrepreneur interested in the benefits of this certification please pre-register and we will reach out to you when our webinar program date has been scheduled in 2022!

Become part of a movement to make the Berkshires an inclusive economy.