Holyoke Chamber and EforAll Receive $ 50,000 Grant to Help Small Businesses

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HOLYOKE – The Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce and EforAll / EparaTodos will use a resilience grant from Massachusetts Growth Capital Corp. $ 50,000 to help small businesses.

Massachusetts Growth Capital provides debt financing and other forms of small business assistance, with a focus on helping women, minorities, immigrants, veterans, and “door” communities like Holyoke.

“Receiving this award will be of great help in our efforts to restore and further develop the Holyoke business community,” said Jordan Hart, executive director of the chamber. “We have seen an increase in the number of downtown businesses, and fostering their growth is key to a healthy business climate. Alternatively, we create a pipeline for businesses and entrepreneurs within the chamber with our partnership with EforAll / EparaTodos. “

Starting in August, small business owners and budding entrepreneurs will take a course on ‘power’ from local experts, according to the chamber. The courses will focus on specialist areas that relate to the needs of the participants.

Hart said the chamber has a strong partnership with EforAll, which provides support and training for startups and entrepreneurs. In June, the group met with Acting Mayor Terence Murphy at a business roundtable at City Hall.

Many new businesses have survived the worst of the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Murphy held several listening sessions in the late spring with different industries including the manufacturing, restaurant and hospitality industries.

“The missions of our organizations allow us to create an ecosystem that supports and fosters business growth in Holyoke. We are passionate about providing accessible support to members of our business community, ”said Hart.

Tessa Murphy-Romboletti, Executive Director of EforAll, noted the impact of COVID-19 on new and existing businesses in Holyoke.

“Providing technical assistance to small businesses that have struggled over the past year and a half and empowering those who are not generally represented in economic development to be a part of our business community is important to Holyoke for emerge stronger from the pandemic, ”said Romboletti.

The workshops, offered in English and Spanish, are free and will take place twice a month in December. Registration for the workshops will begin later this month. The business support component will complement the regular programs and initiatives of the chamber and EforAll.

Visit the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce and EforAll websites for more information.


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