Westfield Business Blueprint Program Application

Disclosures: Valley Community Development will follow strict rules to protect your confidentiality.  The personal data collected below including name, street address, email address and any other personally identifiable information is protected by the Data Privacy Act. You will never be named in any reports.  Your responses may be looked at individually by the funding source, or contractors hired by the funding source to collect and analyze data, your name or street address will not be reported.  Income, city, state, zip code, family size, and other demographic data will be reported.  Contractors of HUD/DHCD or any City/State agency are covered by the same Data Privacy Act requirements to protect your privacy and staff must demonstrate that they have systems in place to protect against data disclosure.

Thank you for your interest in the Business Blueprint Program sponsored by the City of Westfield, MA. Funding for this program was secured through Westfield CDBG. Congratulations on taking this step to kickstart and/or level up your business! This program is designed to help entrepreneurs build their foundation by tapping into their inner (mindset) and outer (business basics and planning) resources. Open to those living in, operating a business, or opening a business in Westfield.

The Program

The Business Blueprint Program will meet once a week starting Thursday, March 16th and will run for 8 weeks. The cohort meetings will be held on Zoom. 

Program Eligibility

Your business must be located in Westfield (home-based businesses are eligible)

You must be a low- to moderate-income entrepreneur

Your business must be less than 3 years in operation

Cohort Meeting Dates

Thurs, March 16, 2023

Thurs, March 23, 2023

Thurs, March 30, 2023

Thurs, April 6, 2023

Thurs, April 13, 2023

Thurs, April 20, 2023

Thurs, April 27, 2023

Thurs, May 4, 2023

(Times TBD depending on participants' availability.)

1:1 meetings will be scheduled by the program facilitators, but it is likely that each participant will have two 1:1 meetings per week. 

Criteria for Cohort Meetings

  • Need to be present for all classes
  • Access to a computer or the ability to have Zoom
  • Have an existing business, idea, or concept that you are committed to focusing on
  • You live, work or intend to do business in Westfield
  • Open to working and participating in a cohort setting
To get the most value out of this program, we ask for a commitment to attend all meetings. We know circumstances come up and will make exceptions for illness and emergencies.  There are more applications than spots in this cohort so if you know in advance these dates are a conflict, please let us know. There is possible grant funding upon completion of the program.

Application Deadline: February 24, 2023 at 11:59PM. 

We will let you know by Friday, March 3rd whether you have been accepted into the program. 

Contact Information

Please note that only applicants who live in, are opening, or have a business based in Westfield are eligible for this program.

Business Information
(If you do not have official business information, enter your personal information.)

If you do not have a business name, please leave this field blank.

For example: restaurant, pet groomer, acupuncture

Your tax return is required so we can determine your eligibility for this program. This form is secure and so are our storage procedures.

If you are paying yourself, please count yourself as an employee.

For example: Do you provide goods or services? Where are you on the supply chain: manufacturer (from raw goods), logistics (supply chain management), distributor (transportation/warehousing), wholesaler, or retailer/service provider?

(market size, competitors, resources, suppliers, customers, etc.)

This can include access to information, resources, capital, and your own internal blocks (i.e. fear of failure, procrastinating, overwhelm).

Demographic Information

Your gross annual income is required data needed to fund our Valley Community Development Small Business Program. Your data is only shared for reporting purposes and we prioritize our clients' confidentiality.

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