Small Business Development Program
Valley Community Development’s Small Business Development Program provides a range of free services to meet the needs of low and moderate income individuals engaged in start-up and existing small businesses. Our program is designed to assist you in all aspects of owning your own business. It is customized to your needs and your current stage of business. We want to be sure that you have access to everything you need to thrive and that can include: professional networks, creating your team of people, and accessing both the capital and customers you need to grow.
We offer one-on-one business assistance, from access to capital to sales and marketing, from record keeping to staffing, everything you need for your business to thrive. We also offer educational workshops to keep you ahead of the business curve. These workshops will keep you informed and will create a network of small business owners who are your peers.
Our program offers proactive support for all stages of entrepreneurs
We offer educational workshops essential for both business and professional growth. It’s important to keep informed and to create a network of small business owners who are your peers.
One-to-One Business Assistance
We offer targeted one-to-one technical assistance to enable you to increase revenues and profits by helping implement more effective marketing campaigns, to operate more efficiently, and to better manage finances. A different marketing strategy, a new product, a good hard look at your financials in order to make some business decisions? – We do all of that and more.
Starting A Small Business
It’s exciting to be your own boss, but do you REALLY know what that means?
Maybe you have a new idea, a side hustle that you want to expand, or a passion for being your own boss – then we are here for you. For someone at these initial stages, we offer a monthly information session entitled Basics of Starting a Small Business. You’ll get a realistic idea of what it is like to start a small business from a professional who has first-hand experience.
Small business is the heart and soul of America’s economy. They can be a conduit to creating a strong community and increasing the economic viability of our region. Our goals are to create and retain local jobs; secure new or increased financing for local business growth; and help achieve business stability and viability, with the ultimate goal of increasing the income of households as well as the economic vitality of the communities we serve and the larger region. We believe that collaborative partners help to strengthen our community.
Valley Community Development partners with several other local organizations including Franklin County Community Development, Hilltown Community Development Corporation, Massachusetts Small Business Development Center, Common Capital, and the Northampton Chamber of Commerce to offer year-round workshops that help you run your businesses smarter, faster and more efficiently.
These workshops – many of which are free to attend – provide the expertise, tools and networks you need to take your business to the next level. Be sure to look at their websites for current listings.
We feel that collaboration is crucial in today’s economy and business world. We’ve partnered with many organizations and are continually seeking collaborative strategic partners to help small businesses grow and thrive.
Join us and these partners:
No matter what stage of business you are, we can explore the ways in which your business can be created, grow and thrive. Our successful track record has supported over 1600 local businesses. We have helped launch new businesses which have created jobs, all to the benefit of our local economy.