Tracking Growth for Business Success 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 Tracking Growth for Business Success sponsored by Valley Community Development and the City of Northampton.  (Funding for this program was secured through the City’s ARPA funds).

Congratulations on taking this step to level up your business! This program is aimed at helping existing business owners expand to downtown Northampton and Florence business districts. This eight-week course will provide information on how owners can build a business dashboard to assess potential growth opportunities including moving into a downtown commercial space.

The Program

Tracking Growth for Business Success will meet for 8 weeks via Zoom. Each week, participants are expected to attend three sessions: a group Learning Session, Peer Group Session, and 1:1 Advising Session (4 hours a week).  

Learning Sessions

Learning Sessions will run weekly on Tuesdays January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20, and 27th from 12-1:30pm.

Peer Group Sessions

Peer Group Sessions will be held weekly on Thursdays January 11, 17, 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29th from 12-1:30pm.

Advising Sessions

Advising Sessions are 1:1 with program facilitators and will be scheduled individually with each participant. They may be up to 1 hour in length per week.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until December 15, 2023, at 11:59 PM.

Criteria for Program Participation

Need to be present for all classes, peer group, and advising sessions Ability to participate with audio and video over Zoom Have been in business and generating sales for 1+ year(s)* Looking to or planning to expand/move your business to (or open an additional location in) the downtown Northampton or Florence business district Provide 2022 or 2023 business tax return and/or current Profit & Loss Statement Willing to participate in a peer setting Demonstrate Covid-19 had an impact on your business or you starting a business

Presented by Valley Community Development and JKirley Collective.

Contact Information

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

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?

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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