*please note* SPARK Holyoke has merged with E-for-All and no longer works within the capacity of the Chamber. For more information on Holyoke's entrepreneurship program - email here
Holyoke Works is a regionally recognized Adult Basic Education and Workforce Development service provider. Working collaboratively with the region’s One Stop Centers, the Holyoke Public Schools, the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce, and businesses throughout the region, Holyoke Works excels in assisting job seekers in developing the skills necessary to compete in today’s job market. Offering ESOL, ABE, HISET, Computer Applications, Customer Service, and Nurse Aide trainings and job placements, Holyoke Works helps hundreds of people re-enter the area’s workforce every year.
(pictured: Larry Bay, Executive Director)
The Holyoke Employment Link works in collaboration with CareerPoint, the City of Holyoke and the Greater Holyoke Chamber Centennial Foundation. Inc.to help place Holyoke residents into Holyoke employment, assist with job search to local Holyoke employment. Holyoke Employment Link through CareerPoint offers workshops, one-on-one assistance and guidance towards finding the right employment. Participants have access to a resource center where you can use a computer lab to research job postings and use a variety of other options to find employment.
(pictured: Hector Diaz, Program Director)
The Greater Holyoke Chamber Centennial Foundation contributes to the economic development and economic vitality of the community and region by working collaboratively with and in support of the Chamber of Commerce. It advises Chamber members and the broader community by guiding and participating in programs and initiatives related to:
· Human Capital, education and workforce development
· Research and strategic planning to guide the Chamber of Commerce policies related to business needs and economic development of the region
· Business education and support for entrepreneurship
· Fundraising: Finding the resources to achieve Chamber objectives and access funding opportunities
· Special projects of strategic importance to the business community
The Tutor/Mentor Program recruits, trains and supports a pool of volunteers who work primarily in classrooms to assist those individuals who have left school or need to improve their skills, many of which are enrolled in Adult Basic Education classes. These tutors’ help individuals fulfill their dreams and better their employment opportunities.
(pictured: Allison Reid, Program Director)
SPARK-Stimulating Potential Accessing Resource and Knowledge is a business accelerator imitative which is building a whole community approach to entrepreneurism, individual learning, leadership development, product launch and mentoring support. SPARK will become one network with its collaborative partners from non-profit government, private business and higher education all with a goal of offering start-up businesses a network to plug into as they need services to help their business idea turn into reality.
(pictured: Farid Khelfaoui, Executive Director)
The Facade Improvement Program (FIP) has been designed to strengthen and enhance the City ofHolyoke’s business districts by restoring and improving existing facades. FIP offers rebates to eligible property owners for up to 50% of the façade improvement project cost. The enduring element of a city is its architecture. While recognizing that buildings change over time, the Facade Improvement Program has a primary interest in the preservation and, where appropriate, the restoration of the original architecture ofHolyoketo support economic development initiatives. Projects that destroy unnecessarily modify original architecture will not be funded.
Apply by downloading the documents below and returning to:
Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce
177 High Street
Holyoke, MA 01040