Redefining Success at the next Idea Jam

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“A thriving black community in the Berkshires means a thriving Berkshire County.”

### Why should I attend the Idea Jam? ###

“There are many black people in the Berkshires who continue to build on the legacy of great work here and have achieved remarkable successes in businesses, communities, and in their personal lives. We’re represented in politics, in board rooms, in publications, academia, arts, health and wellness, activism and much more.

But, there are no organizations that represent and advocate for black businesses and black economic growth in the Berkshires.

We believe an integral part of a successful community is a thriving business community.”

### So, what’s that have to do with an Idea Jam? ###

“An Idea Jam is a community-focused, design-thinking session R3SET Enterprise is facilitating for us to gain rapid insight into the community.

It creates a guided experience to discover current challenges and inform potential solutions to existing challenges around a specific area of focus, aligns current and future initiatives, and encompass those findings into a report for community members and community stakeholders.

The BEC Idea Jam is a gathering for black community members to connect, share ideas, and collaborate to further black empowerment and economic advancement in Berkshire County.”

### What do you expect the outcomes will be of the Idea Jam? ###

“The ideas captured and connections made at this event will help positively impact the planning and execution of a Berkshire County Black Economic Council Agenda.

The idea jam will unearth the unique needs of Black business owners and community members providing a runway to create the right types of resources, opportunities, and programs to help those businesses thrive. “

### What should I expect at the idea jam? ###

Oh, and we wouldn’t forget the delicious food and drinks.


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About the Black Economic Council


### BEC’s Mission ###

To cultivate a supportive and thriving Black community in the Berkshires.


### BEC’s Approach ###

The BEC uses our collective resources to foster a healthy economic ecosystem for Black organizations in the Berkshires and create wealth-building opportunities and systems for the Berkshire Black community.


### BEC’s Goals & Initiatives ###

Gather critical feedback and insight from our community through a design thinking process, “ Idea Jam”

Curate additional supportive research in addition to the Idea Jam

Produce and Distribute an Idea Jam Report with the findings and our recommendations to the community and any other stakeholder

Create strategic plan establishing a blueprint for self-determined economic prosperity


### BEC’s Impact Hypothesis ###

We believe creating a Black Economic Council/Black Chamber will result in the creation of an effective, holistic, collaborative approach to the success of black businesses, the black community, and the Berkshire community at large.


If successful, we expect

1. The official establishment of a Berkshire Black Economic Council/Black Chamber organization

2. Development of a Berkshire Black Success Report which will provide insight into the problems and opportunities to support the prosperity of Black people in the Berkshires.

3. The creation of a cooperative platform that supports Black people, businesses, and commerce within the Berkshires.

4. Establishing the Berkshires as a model for Black Economic Empowerment

Team R3SET

Team R3SET

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