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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 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.
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
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.