SPARK

SPARK helps people turn their business concepts into reality, by linking them to the right local resources to get on the path to success. We offer access to classes, and resources, entrepreneurial events, and mentoring programs with an emphasis on cultivating a nurturing community.

The SPARK Launch Program will help you develop your ideas into a business model. Using curriculum from Co-starters, this nine-week business development course will allow you to define your business and get it up and running. Meet and work with other aspiring entrepreneurs who are facing similar challenges with their start-ups; develop relationships with mentors who have already experienced the pains of starting a business; and walk away with a new perspective on how to launch your business idea into a reality.

Visit SPARK’s website at www.sparkholyoke.com for more information!

About SPARK:

SPARK was launched in April of 2015, and is formally a program of the Greater Holyoke Chamber Centennial Foundation, representing a partnership of over ten community partners who collaborated to establish the framework for entrepreneurship education in Holyoke. The goal of SPARK is to strengthen and grow the Holyoke economy from within its own residents, which are often under-represented and have untapped potential to increase business and social ventures in the City and region. A secondary goal is to strengthen the role of Holyoke and the Holyoke Innovation District in the larger entrepreneur ecosystem of Western Mass.

Holyoke received a $250,000 three-year implementation award for its SPARK Initiative (Stimulating Potential, Accessing Resource Knowledge) through the Working Cities Challenge program. SSPARK aims to link the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center and Holyoke’s innovation economy strategy to its residents with an eye towards being inclusive and welcoming to the entire diversity of Holyoke’s demographic. The initiative is being led by the Greater Holyoke Chamber Centennial Foundation, and is further supported by partners across multiple sectors within the public, private, and nonprofit realm.

The Working Cities Challenge is a groundbreaking effort to support leaders who are reaching across sectors to ensure that smaller cities in Massachusetts are places of opportunity and prosperity for all their residents. The competition is led by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, with funding and strategic partners from the public, private and non-profit sectors.

The SPARK initiative will develop a system that supports entrepreneurs by coordinating existing services and providing a community of entrepreneurs which can provide mentorship and further support.

Do you have spark? Want to start your business? Is your hair on fire? Join us and get on the road to launch!

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