Winter/Spring Small Business Workshops

Basics of Starting a Business

This free workshop will focus on business fundamentals: from startup considerations to business plan development and funding sources. Presented by Dee Dice, Small Business Development Coordinator at Valley Community Development, it is designed for owners of existing businesses as well as those who are planning to start a business venture. 

We have several sessions for this:

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 from 9 AM – 11 AM   Register Here

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 from 3 PM – 5 PM  Register Here

256 Pleasant St., Holyoke St. Entrance, Northampton, MA

Basics Of Social Media Marketing

Mondays, March 23, 30, April 6 from 10 AM – 1 PM   Register Here

Dawn Cordeiro of DMC Consulting in a three part workshop on the basics of social media marketing.

Dawn is a successful business owner who understands how social media can increase your customer reach and improve your business sales.  Dawn will teach a comprehensive overview of how to use Facebook Business Pages in combination with LinkedIn, Instagram, and Google My Business to reach your desired market through online advertising.  Learn how to optimize your business pages, use stories, insights and events to get in front of your identified market.  Other topics include: Setting up audiences, using groups, scheduling posts and creating content. Registration is required as space is limited

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All About Websites

This workshop, led by  Nora Brown will help business owners start off on the right foot in building a compelling and successful website. We will cover the basics, from domain names, to choosing the right platform to content development. If you already have a website, get a review of best practices and tips for improvement.
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 from 3 PM – 5 PM    Register Here



Get Involved

Valley Community Development provides a variety of community economic development programs and services to low and moderate income residents within Hampshire County, but primarily the communities of Northampton, Easthampton, Amherst and Hadley. To volunteer, join a committee or learn about becoming a Board member, please send us an email.