Small Business Newsletter - Entrepreneur's Edge
Valley Community Development's Small Business program offers all business services at no cost. Simply reach out to Dee Dice our Small Business Coordinator to set up an appointment or ask a few questions. Email her at or call and leave a message 413.586.5855 x230
Lawyers for Civil Rights and Tufts Health Plan are collaborating to provide support to struggling small businesses located in communities that are particularly hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
Eligible small businesses affected by the coronavirus can apply for $1000  to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE); technology allowing their employees to work safely remotely; and other health and wellness-related support to help their reopening.
Small businesses can apply through a streamlined  online application process .
Completing an application does not guarantee funding, but all applications will be considered. The support is designed to help secure masks, cleaning supplies, provide a safe work environment, or other critical measures in anticipation of small businesses reopening in Massachusetts. The application deadline is May 28 at 5 PM. Only finalists will be contacted by June 3rd. 
Funding for this initiative is provided by Tufts Health Plan.  
Small Business Grants

Visit our website for a continually-updated list of grants, both local and national, for small businesses.
Partners Who Pivot*
featuring people and businesses who
are making significant changes at this time.
“Pivot” is  a popular term  in the start-up world. If a business's initial idea doesn’t work as planned, entrepreneurs are expected to be ready to pursue a Plan B. - Wharton School of Business

Greenfield-based Pure Pro made hand creams before Covid-19. They are now making the World Health Organization Formula Hand Sanitizer - 80% Ethanol. FREE SHIPPING! Available in 8 ounce spray bottles and GALLONS! Unscented. Discounted in multi-packs for First Responders.

Look who got a LISC Grant!
Congratulations Tony !
One of our clients just got the LISC grant for $2,500.00

"Thanks again for making sure I knew about this grant, and even more importantly, thanks for meeting with me and helping me brainstorm my way towards sustainable business strategies." Tony Vacca, World Rhythms Productions

Worth Referencing
MSBDC provides free and confidential one-to-one business advice to prospective and existing small businesses. They provide a wide variety of business training programs.
Franklin County CDC is a resource to help start or grow your business at any stage. Counsel, Capital and Connections is their motto. They offer a free monthly 1.5 hr workshop on the first Wednesday of each month.
Common Capital offers small business technical assistance for their borrowers.Their online workshops and Facebook live trainings are open to the public.
Hi lltown Community Development assists Hilltown residents by addressing economic, housing, educational, social and community needs while preserving rural character.