Resources for Growing Your Business

Free Training, Mentors & 1-on-1 Advice:

Business Accelerator: The EforAll Accelerator Program is a free, one-year program offered twice a year in each of our communities. This program offers a unique combination of immersive business training, mentorship and access to an extended professional network. Anyone with a dream to start or grow a business or nonprofit is encouraged to apply. The program is also offered in Spanish in many of our communities. Leer en español.

Website: https://eforall.org/ma/holyoke/

Social: https://www.facebook.com/sparkholyoke/

Phone: 1-833-336-7255 x7205

Email: holyoke@eforall.org

Address: 193 High St, Holyoke MA

For support in exporting and succeeding in global markets.  More information here: https://www.msbdc.org/export/export.htm

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MAExportCenter

Phone: 617-973-8664

The MSBDC provides free, confidential, one-to-one business assistance and free or low-cost educational training programs to prospective and existing small businesses throughout the Commonwealth. The MSBDC fosters the start, growth and sustainability of small business by providing advising, training and capital access.  More information can be found at https://www.msbdc.org/wmass/

Schedule a session with an adviser or find out more by calling: 

 

Office number:  413-577-1768

Location:  STCC Tech Park at 1 Federal Street, Building 101, Springfield, MA 01105.  

Twitter: https://twitter.com/msbdc_wro

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/msbdcwro

For assistance in becoming certified as a minority-owned (MBE) or women-owned business (WBE). These certifications are particularly relevant if you plan on pursuing any government or corporate contracts. More information here: https://www.sdo.osd.state.ma.us/default.aspx

Phone: (617) 502-8831
Email: wsdo@state.ma.us

For food & beverage businesses seeking capital and business development services. The Fund is designed as an alternative for borrowers who may not qualify for more traditional bank financing.  They offer competitive interest rates, flexible terms, and loan amounts ranging from $1,000 to $250,000. Loans are available for all types of local farm and food businesses– farms, restaurants, food retailers, food processors, wholesalers, and others.  More information here: http://www.pvgrows.net/investment-fund/for-entrepreneurs/

Phone: 413-774-7304, ext. 112

Email: rebecca@pvgrows.net

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PVGrows/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/pvgrows

For assistance in bidding, managing and performing on government contracts. Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) business advisors are dedicated to providing assistance in bidding, managing and performing on government contracts. Much of the counseling is performed at the client's firm location, making the technical support delivery available in a timely and cost effective manner.

In order to access the services of the Massachusetts PTAC, you must meet the following three criteria:

  1. Your business must be headquartered in Massachusetts

  2. You must be in business for at least two years

  3. Must have a valid e-mail and Internet access

 

More information here: https://www.msbdc.org/ptac/services.html

Phone: 413-545-6303 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/a_ptac

The RiseUp program is a collaboration between the City of Springfield, the Association of Black Business & Professionals (ABBP), the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Mass Gaming Commission. RiseUp Springfield is powered by Interise’s award-winning StreetWise ‘MBA’™ curriculum, which provides established small business owners with the knowledge and know-how needed to manage long-term growth strategies.

Eligible businesses:

- At least 2 years in business

- At least 1 FTE besides owner

- At least $70K in annual revenue

 

More information at:  https://www.interise.org/RiseUp-Springfield

Phone: (413)787-6020

SCORE provides FREE, confidential mentoring to small business owners and startups, and modestly priced local workshops as well. Request a mentor here.   

Office phone: (413) 785-0314

Email: contact.0228@scorevolunteer.org

Location: STCC Tech Park at 1 Federal Street, Bldg. 101, Springfield  MA

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SCOREWMassachusetts/​

For an intensive 4 month accelerator program geared towards high-growth companies. Must be in operation already. Compete to win up to $50,000 each to develop your businesses

​You don’t have to be in a VVM program to enjoy our community of entrepreneurs and their fans. Whether you’re a potential mentor, an entrepreneur, or just “startup curious,” the best way to find out what VVM is all about is go to a Mentorship Meeting on the 2nd Wednesday of each month in Springfield. Free food, booze & childcare. 

More information at www.valleyventurementors.org

Main office number:  413-337-2887    

Email: admin@valleyventurementors.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ValleyVentureMentors/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/VVMentors

The Small Business Clinic offers free legal services to small businesses located in the greater Springfield area.  Under close supervision of the Clinic Director, law students work on transactional (i.e. non-litigation) legal matters that are typical in the start-up phase of a business including choice of entity, employment policies, contract drafting, regulatory compliance, and intellectual property issues relating to trademark and copyright. 

Office number: 413-782-1469

More information here: https://www1.wne.edu/law/centers/innovation-and-entrepreneurship.cfm

Western Massachusetts has a broad array of resources to help your woman-owned business succeed! Whether you need training, a location, funding, or other support, our ecosystem is here to help.  This list includes university classes, non profits, artist spaces, etc. 

More information at http://witrocks.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WITrocks/

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