franklincountycdcInformation Session for Small Businesses to Start and Grow:
April 6, Wednesday at the Franklin County CDC, Greenfield (offered first Wednesday each month)

Free! (preregister recommended but not required at For anyone interested in starting or growing a business looking to learn about business planning, financing, and available resources for small businesses and how the Franklin County CDC can assist.

“Shark Tank with a Heart”:
Greenfield Mentorship Monthly Meeting with Valley Venture Mentors: April 7, Thursday 5:30-8pm, Arts Block, Greenfield. Free (pre-registration recommended but not required at (meets first Thursday monthly) Hear from the 10 business owners who have been mentored for 5 months present and learn how to apply for mentorship or assist start up businesses. Pizza from 5:00-5:30, program begins at 5:30pm.

Business Growth Seminar:
Stabilize & Expand Your Business: April 12, 19, 26 and May 3 on Tuesdays,
Franklin County CDC $175. Registration required at
This workshop is geared toward established businesses seeking to increase their revenue. Topics presented by Amy Shapiro, Director of Business Development, and guest experts include operational efficiencies, financial management tools, employee hiring guidelines and sales and marketing strategies. Course materials will be

Product Development Considerations: Beyond the Concept:
April 13, Wednesday, 9:00am-5:00pm, Franklin
County CDC $200. Do you want help better understanding the food safety principles behind your process? Do
you need help with product development for a current or future product? Propel your food business to the next
level by delving into product development and food safety with Amanda Kinchla, of the UMASS Food Science
Department, an expert on HACCP and product development. Register at

Learn About Food Product Development:
April 19, Tuesday, 10:00-11:30am FCCDC - Free
(Offered monthly on the third Tuesday) - preregister recommended but not required at
For food producers looking to make or have their products co-packed at the Western MA Food Processing Center. Access the FCCDC’s expertise at a food focus session and facility tour.

Heading for the Exit: The realities and process of transitioning the ownership of your business:
May 5, 5:00-7:00 pm, Cloud 85, 85 Main St., North Adams Free (pre-registration recommended at
May 12, 5:00-7:00 pm. Franklin County CDC. Free (pre-registration recommended at
Presenter Michael Vann, of the Vann Group has been assisting businesses for over 30 years develop business succession plans. One of the largest challenges facing business owners today is how to solve the question of “how do I get out of my business”. This overview seminar will cover: The current transition/succession
landscape, Establishing transition expectations and objectives, Business valuation facts and realities, Family and partner dynamics, Exit options and structure considerations, Preparing the Company for transition, and Your advisors and the value they create.

A more in-depth multi session seminar will be offered Fall 2016 and Spring 2017.

For more information contact Anita Eliason, Business Development Specialist 413-774-7204 ext 114

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