Our Impact


Client Profiles

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Nostalgia Scratch Bakery
Two top-tier bakers seek sweet success
Flis Market
Owners bring a lively market to an Erving landmark
Valley Malt and Ground Up
This could be malt's moment
Africana Villa
Entrepreneurs turn a 6,000 square foot vacant building into a neighborhood asset providing healthy food that also meets the needs and tastes of a culturally diverse population
10 Forward
Ang Buxton and Alex Noonan are creating a scene
Al-Nassir International Market
A store’s expansion creates new openings for internationally inspired local food
Carson's Cans
Walter Kleeberg finds success through commitment to clients and securing a niche of his own
Our Family Farms
An anchor dairy mooooves forward

Quabbin Harvest
Food coop as community connecting point
Massive Bookshop
Bookstore as art project with social justice at the fore
Many Graces Farm
Flower farm and design studio with an ecological mission
Ben Reigle
An artist pivots with help from the FCCDC

 

 


Franklin County CDC in the News

2024

February 17, 2024, MassLive
How Blueprint helps small Pioneer Valley businesses build success

February 10, 2024, The Recorder
$155K to expand workplace training for inmates

January 5, 2024, The Recorder
UPstart initiative to expand programs 

January 2, 2024, The Recorder
Quotable Quotes from 2023

2023

August 10, 2023, The Recorder
Online tool helps businesses reflect on, address racism

August 4, 2023, WHAI
Racial Justice Reflective Journey Interview

August 2, 2023, MassLive
‘Racial Justice Reflective Journey’ aims to help businesses start conversations about race

June 22, 2023, Business West
Franklin County Thrives Through Connection

June 9, 2023, The Recorder
Franklin County CDC Celebrates Entrepreneurs with Block Party

April 29, 2023, The Recorder
Chamber highlights community partnerships

January 3, 2023, The Recorder
$94K grant to bolster program training inmates in food prep 

2022

December 28, 2022, Capital Insight Podcast
Driving Community Investment for Sustainable Agriculture with PVGrows’ Rebecca Busansky

December 1, 2022, NEPM’s Connecting Point
Western Massachusetts Food Processing Center on Connecting Point

December 1, 2022, NEPM’s Connecting Point
A passion for farming leads to a career at the FCCDC 

November 14, 2022, The Recorder
USDA grant to fuel food business incubator program

November 10, 2022, WRSI
Five O’Clocktails with Ahlbin’s Homemade

September 29, 2022, The Recorder
Investment fund supporting farmers, food businesses looks to attract investors

September 22, 2022, WHAI
PVGrows Investment Fund

June 27, 2022, NEPM
Small grocers do their part to eliminate ‘food deserts’ — but against considerable odds

2021

September 29, 2021, The Recorder
‘An unbelievable organization’: Community Development Corp.’s Western Mass. Food Processing Center named Manufacturer of Year 

2018

June 22, 2018, The Recorder
Food justice program to come from $1M grant


Newsletters

2024

February 2024: Happy Black History Month; Five Years of the Mass Food Trust

January 2024: Thanks for a big year; Client Focus: Silver Screen Design

2023

December 2023: Holiday Gift Guide; Double Your Impact

November 2023: Annual Meeting Coverage; Client Focus: Nostalgia Scratch Pastry

October 2023: Welcome Hannah; Client Focus: Africana Villa

September 2023: Local Fare and a Local Fair; Client Focus: Flis Market

August 2023: Reflecting on Race; Client Focus: Valley Malt and Ground Up

July 2023: Flood aftermath; Brands We Love: Unk’s Island Blendz; Client Focus: Al-Nassir International Market

June 2023: Pride and Dairy Month; Brands We Love: Round Table Farm; Client Focus: Our Family Farms

May 2023: Celebrating Entrepreneurs event; Brands We Love: Tasty AF Chili Oil; Client Focus: Mariyem’s  

April 2023: International connections; PVGrows Investment Fund event; Client Focus: 10 Forward

March 2023: Dreaming of spring at the WMFPC; Boston Local Food Trade Show; Client Focus: Carson’s Cans

February 2023: Reflections on Black History Month; Big Visits; Client Focus: Massive Bookshop

January 2023: Saying Good-Bye to Two Leaders; New Grant Supporting Reentry; Client Focus: Quabbin Harvest

2022

December 2022: Thank you to our donors; Connecting Point at the WMFPC; Client Focus: Ben Reigle

November 2022: 43rd Annual Meeting; Business Incubator Grant; Client Focus: Freedom Street Brewing