Franklin County CDC Counseling Services 

One hour of free individual counseling is available for those interested in growing a business. Individual session by appointment after attending an Information Session. Receive basic business planning instruction including marketing, financial planning and business plan critique.
Fee-based counseling will guide you through developing a mission statement, goals and objectives, marketing plan, operations plan, and budget projection. This is structured for people who prefer individual counseling. Individual sessions by appointment.


Fill out our Intake Form
— Attend the next free information session Sign up here
— Call for an appointment 413-774-7204 ext 107


FREE BUSINESS COUNSELING is also available through the following organizations:

 Hilltown CDC, Chesterfield, MA

Valley CDC, Northampton MA
Quaboag Valley CDC, Ware MA
Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network 
MA Small Business Development Center Network (MSBDC Franklin County) 
To make an appointment with an MSBDC counselor, contact the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce at 413-773-5463 
 MA Small Business Development Center Network (MSBDC Berkshire County)
To make an appointment with a SCORE counselor, contact the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce at 413-773-5463 
 Other Fee-based Counseling Services

are available from business consultants, accountants, lawyers, CPAs. To locate an industry expert that best fits your need:

  • Ask several people you respect for a referral – obtain at least 2-3 choices
  • Set up informational interviews to determine compatibility and if expertise fits your need
  • Once you have selected the industry expert:

— Make a plan for the project
— Determine what you can do to prepare for your meetings (being prepared will lower your cost)
— Agree to a fee for service and time needed to complete the work.



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