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Business Planning Tools
Business Planning: A Strong Foundation for Success
Writing a business plan helps you to understand every component of your business from communicating your ideas and building a framework for decision-making and management. It serves as a reminder of your goals and for tracking the business’s performance. The plan is a tool to articulate investment needs, capital assets, business partnerships, and customer loyalty. If you take the time and energy to create a comprehensive business plan then you will be on the road to minimizing your risks while directed toward success.
Click Here to access our Business Planning toolkit.
Our Training Opportunities
Choose ONE or BOTH of the FREE information sessions below. Register today!
Grow Your Business (all business)
Find out how our programs can help you with Counseling, Capital and Connections to GROW YOUR BUSINESS.
Learn about available resources and walk out knowing your next step.
Grow Your FOOD Business
Food Producers looking to make their products or have their products co-packed at the Western MA Food Center access the FCCDC’s expertise at a food-focused information session with a tour. Please be sure to follow the dress requirements in the confirmation email.
Other Training Opportunities
Business Training is available from a variety of other organizations and consultants:
Valley CDC, Northampton MA
Business Assistance and Workshops
Hilltown CDC, Chesterfield, MA
Quaboag Valley CDC, Ware MA
Workshop and Class Schedule
SCORE Western MA
Greenfield Community College
Business classes and workshops are offered year round
Business associations provide another opportunity for networking and marketing:
Our 1:1 Business Counseling Services
After attending an Information Session, one hour of free individual counseling is available to those who are starting or growing a business. You’ll receive business planning instruction that includes marketing, budget projections 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.
- Attend the next free information session Sign up here
- After attending the info session Apply for Counseling
- Call for an appointment 413-774-7204 ext 107
Other Free Business Counseling Services
Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network – to make an appointment with an MSBDC counselor in:
- Franklin County, contact the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce at 413-773-5463
- Berkshire County, contact MSBDC Berkshire Regional Office at 413-499-0933
- Hampden County, contact MSBDC Western MA Regional Office at 413-577-1768
- Hampshire County, contact Northampton Chamber of Commerce at 413-584-1900
To make an appointment with a SCORE counselor, contact the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce at 413-773-5463, or Western MA SCORE at 413-785-0314
Other Fee-based Business 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.
The FCCDC finances both start-up and existing small businesses for a wide range of purposes, and has been successfully doing so for 40 years.
We support entrepreneurs in a variety of industries with an emphasis on supporting entrepreneurs who are committed to creating jobs in their communities. Since 1979, we have provided more than $10 million in financing to local businesses and more than 300 loans. FCCDC borrowers have created and/or retained over thousands of local jobs!
PVGrows Investment Fund
Since 2008, the PVGrows Investment Fund has been harnessing the collective power of the Pioneer Valley to support food and farm businesses. PVGrows Investment Fund is Administered by the FCCDC.
Free Info Sessions
Free Information Sessions
If you are new to the FCCDC and would like to find out about our Lending, Technical Assistance, or training programs or to learn how to use the Western MA Food Processing Center, we invite you to come to one of our FREE information sessions.
Register online or call 413-774-7204 x 100
Information Session Presentations
We supply printed copies of our information session presentations on-site. If you’d like to review it before or after you can view or download the presentations below:
Contact us or call us at 413-774-7204
Or if you prefer, you may fill out our Application Form online to let us know how we can assist you with your business.