Hilltown CDC Annual Meeting: Spotlight on Growing Successful Hilltown Businesses in Challenging Times

Hilltown CDC Annual Meeting at Goshen Town Hall on March 18th, 2010
Spotlight on Growing Successful Hilltown Businesses in Challenging Times

The Hilltown Community Development Corporation (Hilltown CDC) is holding its annual membership meeting on Thursday, March 18 at 6:00 pm in the Goshen Town Hall, located on Route 9 in the center of town.  Admission to the meeting is free and open to the public, with advance RSVP’s requested.  The Goshen Town Hall is handicapped accessible. There will be local business displays and door prizes.

The theme of the Hilltown CDC Annual Meeting is: “Growing Successful Hilltown Businesses in Challenging Times.”  The evening begins with light dinner and visiting from 6:00 – 7:00 pm.  At 7:00 pm there will be a short program featuring presentations by several local businesses Hilltown CDC has assisted through its economic development program.  According to Hilltown CDC Executive Director, Andrew Baker, “With all the bad news about high unemployment and a jobless recovery, we want to provide an opportunity for Hilltowners to meet and learn from local business owners who are pouring their ingenuity and savings into successful enterprises right here in the Hilltowns.”

The meeting will showcase Hilltown entrepreneurs who are expanding their businesses, making innovative products, and creating local jobs, and will highlight Hilltown CDC’s assistance to small businesses.  Hilltown CDC’s small business technical assistance program has provided workshops, one-to-one counseling and specialized assistance to over 200 Hilltown businesses over the past three years under the direction of Seth Isman, himself an experienced small business owner.

Hilltown CDC has been able to provide free consulting and very low cost local workshops thanks to state and federal funding, including the Massachusetts Small Business Technical Assistance grant program. On hand to talk about new state initiatives to create jobs and help small businesses will be State Senator, Benjamin Downing (D-Pittsfield), whose district includes the entire Hilltown region.

At the end of the meeting, Hilltown CDC members will elect Board representatives.  All Hilltown individuals and businesses are invited to become CDC members and may sign up at the door, though membership is not required for admission.

Hilltown CDC is a private, not-for-profit organization serving rural hilltowns in Hampshire, Hampden, Berkshire and Franklin counties. It is a membership-based organization, governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, and is one of over 60 CDC’s working to improve communities across Massachusetts.  Hilltown CDC, founded in 1981, has an on-going mission to improve the quality of life and economic self-sufficiency of hilltown residents while also preserving the area’s rural character.  Its four primary program areas are: economic development, affordable housing, community facilities and social services.  More information is available at www.hilltowncdc.org.

If you plan to attend the Hilltown CDC Annual Meeting, please RSVP to Sherry Loomis at (413) 296-4536 or staff@hilltowncdc.org.

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