Starting a business is a difficult decision.

    While there is no single source that outlines all required procedures, this page has been developed to assist you in starting your business. Whether you are starting, expanding, or need information about doing business in Holyoke, this is the place to get started.If your business is growing and you’re looking for ways to expand your facility, grow your workforce, or invest in new equipment, Holyoke wants to help you.

  • FREE Business Resources


    Workforce Development

    The Chamber is committed to creating supportive environments for business success while facilitating the development of a ready workforce. We assist in connecting our members with local organizations, such as MassHire, to gain the opportunity to have high-school students’ intern – better growing the workforce within Holyoke!



    This is a fantastic program involving seasoned leaders who solidify a mentoring program schedule for the business person wishing to gain sound advice on many areas of business development. Together with SCORE, we offer our Ask a Chamber Expert (ACE) Workshop series which dig deep into some of these business-related topics.


    Small Business Development

    The Chamber in partnership with the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center offers on-the-rise small businesses the opportunity for free mentoring within the chamber's office. You can make appointments on the second and fourth Mondays of every month, which are free and confidential. Some areas these mentors can assist you with are business planning, marketing and loan packaging. To learn more visit www.msdc.org/wmass.

  • Finding a Location

    Choosing a business location is perhaps one most important decisions a small business owner will make, so it requires a great deal planning and research. It involves looking at demographics, scoping the competition, staying on budget, understanding state laws and taxes, and more.


  • Creating a Business Plan

    A good business plan is essential to formulate your business, obtain financing, attract qualified employees, identify strategic alliance partners, and speed your company’s growth. Business plans can help you to create a clear mission and vision, test out new ideas, and assess your company’s strengths and weaknesses. Check out the guidelines below to get started planning your business

     Outlining a Business Plan

  • Get an Identification Number

    Businesses need an Employer Identification Number (EIN) for federal tax purposes. Apply on the IRS website for free. 

     IRS EIN Application

  • Register Your Business

    See the Massachusetts Business Guide for information on registering your business, state licenses, and more. 

     Massachusetts Business Guide


  • Financing Options

    These financial institutions in Massachusetts are known for providing financial assistance to small businesses:

    Common Capital 
    4 Open Square Way, Suite 407, Holyoke, MA 01040  | (413) 420-0183


    99 High Street, Boston, MA 02110 | (800) 445-8030


    Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation 
    529 Main Street, Schrafft Center, Suite 1M10, Charlestown, MA 02129 | (617) 523-6262