Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association partners with numerous other nonprofit organizations, chambers of commerce, tourism bureaus, agencies, and groups helps GSFABA get out the word about West County and its businesses, towns and wondrous quality of life. We also thrive to assist other growing organizations and collaborate on regional projects.
This is an exciting organization of unique partners working to grow the creative economy in Franklin County, MA. The arts are a powerful industry in New England. We influence spending, have employment power, create a regional identity, and generate interest and excitement. Our creative efforts help make "home" more vibrant and interesting, and bring cultural dollars to our towns that support local restaurants, hotels and B&Bs, gas stations, and stores, as well as our own creative work.
Incorporated in 1919, the Chamber is a private organization funded primarily by annual investments made by member businesses. A volunteer board of directors governs the Chamber, an organization of business leaders who work to improve their community and the area’s business climate.
The Chamber office, in downtown Greenfield, serves as a central location for brochures, maps, guides, and information about local points of interest and commercial resources. In our role as one of thirteen Regional Tourism Councils, we have a close affiliation with the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism. Business counseling is provided, free-of-charge, in our offices, by the Small Business Development Center and SCORE, the Service Corps of Retired Executives.
The Franklin County CDC provides an opportunity for business owners to build their capacity to make sound decisions that will launch or grow their businesses. Since 1979, we've been growing sustainable businesses and communities by providing professional guidance and support with business development programs through business training & counseling, business lending, commercial properties, and the Western Mass Food Processing Center.
The Franklin County Solid Waste Management District is comprised of twenty-two member towns in western Massachusetts. The District's governing body is its Board of Representatives, which includes representatives from each member municipality. To find the list of programs and services the Waste Management District provides, visit their website.
The Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) is a regional organization offering a variety of programming, products and services, both on the municipal and regional level, to our member towns. We serve the 26 towns of Franklin County, the most rural county in Massachusetts.
The Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau (GSCVB) was founded in 1985 to promote the Pioneer Valley region as a year-round destination for conventions, meetings, group tours and leisure travel. The Pioneer Valley is defined as the region encompassing Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin Counties.
The GSCVB is the premiere source of tourism industry information pertaining to the Pioneer Valley. It is funded in part by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Economic Development/Office of Travel and Tourism.
The Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC) Network provides one-to-one free comprehensive and confidential services focusing on, business growth and strategies, financing and loan assistance as well as strategic, marketing and operational analysis. In addition, low cost educational training programs are offered across the state targeted to the needs of small business.
This is achieved through three integrated product lines: Business Advisory Services, Government Contracting, and International Trade Assistance.
The Mohawk Trail Association, one of the 16 Regional Tourism Councils of Massachusetts, promotes the Mohawk Trail Region (Route 2 and surrounding area) as a year round destination for meetings, group tours and leisure travel.
In 2014 the Franklin County CDC received a grant for $56,000 to establish collaborations with business associations and strengthen the business community to prepare, promote and sustain efforts that attract tourist year round building on leveraging existing successful activities by celebrating the 100th year of the world famous Mohawk Trail to develop stronger businesses and more vibrant communities.
Partnering with the Mohawk Trail Association (whose region covers central to western ma) and leveraging the 100th Anniversary will include: North Quabbin Chamber of Commerce, North Quabbin Woods, Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, Northfield Business Association, Montague Business Association, Greenfield Business Association, Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association, North Adams Visitor’s Center, North Adams Chamber of Commerce and the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce. The staff of these groups, their memberships and non-members will learn more how to benefit from this project through the website, public relations strategy and trainings. A significant benefit is for small businesses to be prepared to maximize the efforts of the regional organizations to build sustaining businesses. The outcome will increase sales, sales tax, meals tax, and secure new and existing jobs through seasonal fluctuations.
Toastmasters provides a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every individual member has the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth.
The Shelburne Falls Area Partnership was established in 1995. It has three members – the Towns of Shelburne and Buckland and the Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association, a nonprofit organization. The Partnership works to advance the economy of the two towns.