Valley Community Development
256 Pleasant St, Suite A
Northampton, MA 01060
dd@valleycdc.com

413.586.5855 x230
Announcing Town Specific Grants
Hello Small Business Owners and Friends,

We are announcing exciting information! Valley Community Development will be administering grants up to $10,000 for low to moderate income business owners starting on November 2. All of the information is on our website or you can sign up to be on a special email list for either the Amherst Grant Program or the Regional Grant Program available for business owners in these towns: Easthampton, Westhampton, Southampton, South Hadley, Hadley, Hatfield, Agawam, Southwick and Granby.
Valley Community Development's Small Business program offers all business services at no cost. Email Dee Dice, our Small Business Director at dd@valleycdc.com or call and leave a message 413.586.5855 x230

INFORMATION SESSIONS:

TUESDAY THE 20TH - 12 NOON
THURSDAY THE 22ND - 7 PM
VIEW THE WEBSITE FOR DETAILS
Gazebo in Northampton
Helping people feel great in their bodies and under their clothes

On March 17th, Gazebo, like many small businesses in Northampton, closed down to customers sending employees home without a paycheck and leaving business owners fearful. How were they going to pay their bills with no income? 

Owners Amy Dickinson and Donna McNeight purchased Gazebo, a women’s intimate apparel retail store) in 2016 from founder and longtime owner Judith Fine. They were still paying off bank loans and slowly implementing their business vision for the future when the COVID 19 virus struck, throwing a monkey wrench into their plans.

One of their future plans (after paying off their loans) was to invest in new computer hardware and software to implement an online, web-based, e-commerce system for customers to order products. Now that their store front business was closed to customers, they realized the need to have this feature was critical to their long-term financial success. 
Thanks to the Northampton Emergency Small Business Grant Program administered by Valley Community Development Corporation, Gazebo applied for and received $7,000 to purchase software and hardware to set up an e-commerce system and to manage inventory for a new line of business. If it were not for the grant funding, Amy and Donna would not have been able to make this financial investment so soon. According to Amy “These upgrades to our computers and point-of-sale system are key to optimally serving our customers and building a sustainable future. E-commerce capability will help us survive in case we are forced to close again, and it is something that we can expand and improve upon in the coming years. Read complete article
Valley Community Development
256 Pleasant St, Suite A
Northampton, MA 01060
dd@valleycdc.com
413.586.5855 x230