Ice River Springs USA 1505 West Housatonic Street, Pittsfield, MA | ICERIVERSPRINGS.CA

Funding Partners:
  • PERC State-funded Technical Assistance Grant
Financial Assistance:
  • $20,000 technical assistance grant for engineering, legal and training services related to the development of a manufacturing facility at 1505 West Housatonic Street, Pittsfield
Company Overview: This international bottling company was looking for a new facility and workforce with the potential to continue their success. With the purchase of the former K-B warehouse at 1505 West Housatonic Street, their goal of a new manufacturing and distribution center was within reach – as was the potential for full time job creation for the area. PERC worked closely to find them a grant to encourage this mutually beneficial move and today the facility is thriving and still expanding operations

EDM Services 166 East Street, Pittsfield, MA | EDM-AE.COM

Funding Partners:
  • PERC State-funded Technical Assistance Grant
Financial Assistance:
  • $20,000 for technology upgrades to phone system, AutoCAD software and computer systems
Company Overview: When the engineering and architectural firm EDM was ready to move to a new location in Pittsfield, they had expansion on their minds. The additional space and equipment would also help them add a process engineering subsidiary. PERC linked them to funding that boosted their technology upgrade potential and pushed the growth into reality.

Marketplace Café 53 North Street, Pittsfield, MA | OURMARKETPLACECAFE.COM

Funding Partners:
  • PERC CDBG Small Business Loan
  • PERC CDBG Technical Assistance Grant
  • PERC State-funded Technical Assistance Grant
Financial Assistance:
  • $30,000 loan for working capital, equipment and inventory for new business in downtown Pittsfield
  • $15,000 for accounting, point-of-sale system, legal, architectural and engineering services for new business in downtown Pittsfield
Company Overview: Part of helping the community thrive is recognizing the potential of existing business owners. With the success of Marketplace Catering’s other locations and ventures, they were intrigued by the opportunity for a new location downtown. PERC encouraged the project with enough funding to get the new location open and underway. The new Marketplace Café is now located next to the Beacon Cinema in a part of North Street that’s becoming more lively by day and night thanks to these new investments.

MadJack’s BBQ 117 Fenn St., Pittsfield, MA | MADJACKSBBQONLINE.COM

Funding Partners:
  • PERC CDBG Technical Assistance Grant
Financial Assistance:
  • $5,000 for a point-of-sale system and accounting services
Company Overview: When Jabari Powell conceived of MadJacks BBQ, it was part dream and part solid planning. His vision of the ultimate barbecue experience in the heart of downtown Pittsfield struck a chord with a community hungry for new businesses. With the assistance of PERC, Jabari got his finances in order and a point-of-sale system for a better chance at lasting success. Today, MadJacks features takeout (as well as inside seating for up to 20) and has become a new downtown landmark.  

The Haddad Motor Group 689 and 652 East Street, Pittsfield, MA | HADDADAUTO.COM

Funding Partners:
  • PERC State-funded Technical Assistance Grant
  • MA Economic Development Incentive Program
Financial Assistance:
  • $20,000 for architectural and engineering services, and network design related to renovations for new car dealership
Company Overview: The Haddad Motor Group has been a family owned, solid community member in Pittsfield for over 80 years. Supporting their expansion and renovations has not only led to more job creations, but ensured a continuing healthy economic environment.  And although the renovations and costs exceeded the $1M mark, the PERC support brought together players and funding in a continued supportive network.  

Balance Rock Investment Group 92 Elm Street, Pittsfield, MA | BALANCE-ROCK.COM

Funding Partners:
  • PERC State-funded Technical Assistance Grant
  • City of Pittsfield CDBG Handicapped Accessibility Loan Program
Financial Assistance:
  • $5,372 for phone & alarm systems, brochure printing and contact management system to support expansion into the newly purchased building
Company Overview: Balance Rock, formerly known as Colt Investment Services, was ready for a new identity as well as a new location. The extra boost from PERC funding helped make the expansion a reality that could live up to increased business.

Bra & Girl 123 North Street, Pittsfield, MA | BRAANDGIRL.COM

Funding Partners:
  • PERC CDBG Small Business Loan
  • PERC CDBG Technical Assistance Grant
  • City of Pittsfield CDBG Handicapped Accessibility Loan Program (through landlord)
Financial Assistance:
  • $10,000 loan for working capital for the new location
  • $1,000 for legal & accounting services
  • $10,000 deferred payment loan to landlord for handicapped accessibility improvements
Company Overview: When the Great Barrington store became a success, the owners knew their business plan was solid. Opening a second boutique in Pittsfield, however, just wasn’t part of the original plan right away. But thanks to both the community links and funding connected through PERC – it happened ahead of schedule. The “support”  of the new Crawford Square owners and this capital gave the expansion a true “lift.”  That’s Bra & Girl speak for just the right boost to move into a community excited about a new thriving business.

LTI Smart Glass 14 Frederico Drive, Pittsfield, MA | LTISG.COM

Funding Partners:
  • PERC CDBG Small Business Loan
  • MA Economic Development Incentive Program
  • MGCC - MA Growth Capital Corporation (Formerly CDFC)
  • MassDevelopment - MA Development Finance Agency
  • PERC State-funded Technical Assistance Grant
  • City of Pittsfield Economic Development Fund
Financial Assistance:
  • $100,000 loan for working capital related to the business expansion
  • $20,000 for engineering, legal and construction consultation during the move to and expansion of a new facility.
Company Overview: LTI is a leading provider of innovative laminated glass and polymer projects. Remaining vertically integrated in the process from start to finish allows them to stay on the cutting-edge of development. Their goal of both a physical plant move and consequent expansion ensured they could  continue controlling the process from innovation through delivery. PERC was able to help with quite a bit of funding and the resulting expansion created an increase in jobs for the community.