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Rural Small Business Initiative in Berkshire County

Small Business Administration highlighting Success Stories in Lee, Lenox and Pittsfield
Release Date: 
Monday, September 17, 2018
Release Number: 
18-22
Contact: 
norman.eng@sba.gov, 617-565-8510

PITTSFIELD – Berkshire County comprised of 931 square miles, is the second largest county in Massachusetts. Census estimates a total population of 126,313 with approximately 135 residents per square mile within this large land mass - creating many economic challenges in a mostly rural county.

On Wednesday, September 19th, officials from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC) will highlight three local small businesses that have received free counseling and successfully acquired SBA financing to grow their business.

The three local businesses to be highlighted include:
1. Klara's Gourmet Cookies, 18 Railroad St, Lee, MA 01238
2. Lenox Fit, 90 Pittsfield Rd, Lenox, MA 01240
3. Green Apple Linen, 316 West Housatonic Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201

According to New England Regional Administrator Wendell G. Davis, "SBA is committed to creating a stronger economic environment for rural businesses. We are working with local governments, chambers and community organizations to reach as many aspiring and existing entrepreneurs, like these three businesses, to help them start, grow and expand."

"We want more Berkshire County small businesses to connect with us and also learn more about the resources all our partners offer to grow a thriving business," said SBA District Director Robert Nelson. "For example, if your business is located in certain areas of the county, it could be eligible for HUBZone Certification – which helps eligible small businesses to compete and succeed in government contracting."

"Local economies can be built one business at a time. These three businesses are great examples of what can be done in rural areas where there is strong government and local support," said MSBDC Berkshire Regional Director Keith Girouard.

For more information, contact: Oreste Varela (413-785-0484) or Keith Girouard (413-499-0933)

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About the U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start and grow their businesses. It delivers services to people through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.

About the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network
The Berkshire Regional Office of MSBDC assists more than 230 small businesses annually by providing high-quality, in-depth advising, training and access to capital; contributing to the entrepreneurial growth of small business throughout Berkshire County. All services are free and confidential. The MSBDC Network is a partnership of the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Massachusetts Office of Business Development and a consortium of higher education institutions. To learn more, visit www.msbdc.org.