The Berkshires used to be home to a vibrant manufacturing sector that provided jobs and economic vitality as it produced quality products made from the region’s resources. According to the 2010 Census, Berkshire County’s top economic sectors today are retail, construction, accommodations and food service, healthcare and professional services. Currently, almost all of the goods we buy here are imported from other regions. This gives us the opportunity to grow our economy by replacing some of those imports with goods produced right here at home. This is the goal of Community Supported Industry.

The Berkshires is blessed with renewable resources — hardwood forests, rivers and agriculture — that can provide energy and inputs to make the things people need and want. Historically, furniture, paper, tools, wool, leather, food, grain, maple syrup, spirits, glass and marble were produced here. All of these were produced by local businesses employing local residents, and items were sold in local shops as well as exported to other regions. Community Supported Industry can re-establish that value chain — from resource to production to distribution and sale — by capitalizing local entrepreneurs.

This survey is designed to identify gaps and potential opportunities for new businesses, industries, and entrepreneurs in the Berkshire region. Help strengthen our local economy by sharing your ideas.

What products do you most commonly purchase from within Berkshire County? (office supplies, furniture, tools, etc.)

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* Item

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* Quantity per year (estimate)

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* Cost per unit (if known)

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* Locally Owned Business?

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* Locally Produced Item?

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* Comments?

What products do you most commonly purchase from outside of Berkshire County? (office supplies, furniture, tools, etc.)

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* Item

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* Quantity per year (estimate)

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* Cost per unit (if known)

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* Comments?

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* Are you interested in purchasing more items made within Berkshire County?

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* What are the reasons you do not purchase more items made within Berkshire County?

What services do you currently purchase from companies based in Berkshire County? (banking, computer support, cleaning, etc.)

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* Service

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* Annual Spending (estimate)

What services do you currently purchase from companies based outside of Berkshire County? (banking, computer support, cleaning, etc.)

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* Service

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* Annual Spending (estimate)?

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* Comments?

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* Would you like to purchase more services from companies based in Berkshire County?

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* What is preventing you from purchasing more services from companies based within Berkshire County?

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* Can we have your contact information so that we can work with you further in replacing your imports with local goods and services?

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* How many employees do you have?

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* What is your annual gross revenue (optional)

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* What is the total amount your business spends on all salaries, annually? (not including contractors)

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* What is your industry?

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