Western Massachusetts has a complete food ecosystem all its own - from local farmers bringing fresh foods to market every summer to the restaurants that prepare those foods into the delicious meals we all know and love. And every part of this ecosystem is supported by customers like you! Whenever you choose to dine at a locally owned restaurant, or find ingredients for dinner at your favorite farmer’s market, you are often making a choice that is both healthier and cheaper - a combination not easily found at a national chain.
Western Massachusetts has a rich history of production, innovation, and entrepreneurship. This story of the Western Mass economy is still being told today - thousands of local businesses are providing a plethora of products and services, both new and old! The local economy can provide everything from tools, machines, and materials to gifts, clothes, and luxury services. Better yet, local businesses can often provide a better quality product or service than the latest outlet of a national chain.
Get Involved In Your Community, Join Your Chamber & Help Our Communities Thrive!
Perhaps Western Massachusetts’ most valuable resource is it’s community. The counties, cities, and towns of our home boast some amazing chambers of commerce, dedicated nonprofits, and community minded businesses. And each time you get involved in your community, not only do you strengthen the ties that bind Western Massachusetts together, you reap the benefits right away thanks to the abundance of community resources that exist to help you and the local economy thrive!