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PRESS RELEASE- Technical Grant Awarded to Community-Based Organization
March 21, 2007

Boston- The Hilltown CDC, located in Chesterfield, has long been a local resource for start-up companies, small businesses and the expansion of growing organizations.  Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D-Pittsfield) and Representative Stephen Kulik (D-Worthington) are pleased to announce a $71,500 grant awarded from the Massachusetts Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship’s Technical Assistance grant program.


“The Hilltown CDC works hard to stimulate economic development in the Hilltowns,” remarked Downing.  “Their leadership and initiative has helped many small businesses to grow.  I am glad that the folks at the Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship has recognized CDC’s impact and answered back with additional funding.” 


Currently, the Hilltown CDC provides individual business consulting and technical assistance in the form of classes and workshops to help launch new micro-enterprise businesses and strengthen very small businesses with 1-4 employees.  Specific workshop topics include computer software training, website development, finance strategies, marketing techniques and much more.


“Training and support for entrepreneurs and small businesses have always been a core function of the Hilltown CDC,” stated Kulik.  “I am pleased that this new state funding will allow these services to expand and meet the growing demand from Hilltown residents.” 



The Technical Assistance grant will allow the Hilltown CDC to conduct outreach to identify the needs of larger small businesses with 5-20 employees and to expand programming to meet those needs.  “This funding will allow the Hilltown CDC to reach a new set of small businesses that we were unable to reach before,” said Andrew Baker, Executive Director, Hilltown CDC.  “We’re looking forward to expanding our services.”



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