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 help you start, stabilize, and grow your business and is customized to meet your needs.
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 polish your skills and keep you ahead of the business curve. These workshops can also create a network of small business owners who can be your peers and mentors as you and your business grow.
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 and mentors.
One-to-One Business Assistance
We offer targeted one-to-one business 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. It 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
- 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 atall of our 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 your stage of business, 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.
Grants – Valley is offering you an updated list of grants. Click here and check it regularly.
Marketing Workshop Series – With most businesses and consumers online these days, we have heard your need for more education about how to market your business, especially digitally. We’ve created a Marketing Toolbox Series – 21 workshops in 11 weeks to help you build your business
Join the entire series or just jump on the ones that interest you. They are all meant to be stand alone webinars.
You need to register for each workshop, but only the initial registration will take a few minutes. Each subsequent registration just needs your email.
Our program offers proactive support for all stages of entrepreneurs.