We are grateful to Senator Jo Comerford for her efforts to secure COVID relief funds for Franklin County and look forward to distributing them among various businesses throughout the County. Read more here.
The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that we are the recipients of a Vitality Grant from Applied Mortgage that we will use to make 13 mini grants of up to $500 to Chamber members to offset the costs of supplies relative to COVID-19.
These funds can be used towards the purchase of supplies, such as:
Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)
We thank Applied Mortgage for their commitment to our community!
We have made the application process simple. Please click here to access the online application form. Applications will be accepted until July 31st. All applications will be reviewed in the first week of August and selected recipients will be notified on August 10th. If selected, receipts for purchases will be required.
The Commonnwealth of Massachusetts has instituted a 4 phase reopening plan for businesses. Please see details here. Below is a list of offerings of Franklin County businesses at this time.
BUSINESS RESPONSE IS CONSTANTLY EVOLVING TO REFLECT THE CHANGING SITUATION. PLEASE CHECK WITH THEM DIRECTLY TO CONFIRM THEIR OFFERINGS, WHICH HAVE POSSIBLY CHANGED SINCE THIS PAGE WAS LAST UPDATED.
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Adam's Donuts, Greenfield
Closed until further notice. 413-774-4214 https://www.facebook.com/adamsdonuts https://www.restaurantji.com/ma/greenfield/adams-donuts-/
American Knight Transportation Inc, Greenfield
Transportation 24/7 with appointment only service between midnight and 6am. Phone (413) 774-5466
Animal Crackers, Greenfield
Aquarium and pet supplies open for essentials. Ring the door bell, please wear face covering, call in service available. Facebook page
Offering outdoor seating and both to-go and delivery options from 11:30am-9pm, seven days a week. 413-772-0079 https://www.applebees.com/en/menu
Antonio's II Pizza and Grinders, Bernardston
Open for pickup and delivery. Outdoor seating in Bernardston Mon. - Sat. 11am -8pm, Sun. Noon-7:30pm. Call ahead and they will have it ready. 413-648-9800 or 413-773-7517. Delivery available to Greenfield, Bernardston, Gill and Northfield. https://antoniospizzaandgrinders.com/
Artisan Beverage Cooperative
Berkshire East Mountain Resort
Open for summer season with precautions. Info here
Working remotely and available by email or phone, 413.625.6527 or 413.773.3488. Visits may be set up, by appointment only, for transactions that can't be done remotely. Available from 9am - 5pm Monday through Friday. Websites provides links to insurer self-serve functions for policy viewing, claim reporting, and paying your bill. The websites are: www.akey-ins.com and www.blackmers.com
Blue Heron Restaurant
Outdoor Dining Wednesday-Sunday, 5-9 pm. Limited indoor dining begins Wednesday, June 24th. Please indicate at the time of your reservation request if you prefer a table indoors or outdoors. https://www.blueherondining.com/takeout/ visit https://www.blueherondining.com/
Bonnie B's Country Kitchen, Greenfield
Brad's Place, Greenfield
As of June 15th - takeout Monday-Friday with new hours: 10am-2pm for Lunch and 3pm-5pm for Dinner. Please call and/or check their facebook page for the limited menu options/ availability and specials. 413-773-8460. https://www.facebook.com/BradsPlaceGreenfield/
Brick & Feather Brewery, Turners Falls
Bueno Y Sano, South Deerfield
Take out only. Please call in your orders. (413) 665-4241. Bueno Y Sano mobile app is does not cover the South Deerfield location. Phone in only. Delivery Express and GrubHub are also options in Western MA. Order Bueno cards online at buenoysano.com
Cameron's Winery, Northfield
Curbside Service and the Wine Patio through the Summer and early Autumn. Open for Wine and Cider Bottle sales, Direct Ship, and Take-out Charcuterie Boards, Soups, Salads. Orders should be called in ahead for food. (413)225-3247. http://www.fruitwinegifts.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/Camerons-Passion-for-Wine-Making-285566198170493
Catamount Storage, Shelburne Falls
CeCe’s Chinese Restaurant, Turners Falls
Take-Out Orders and Delivery (fee applies), Order from the website at www.ceceschinese.com
Centennial House Bed & Breakfast, Northfield
Children's Advocacy Center
When the stress of parenting becomes too much, turn to the Parental Stress Line for support and guidance. A 24-hour hotline, the Parental Stress Line is staffed by trained volunteer telephone counselors who care and are concerned about the preservation of families. 800-632-8188 Visit their website. Cacfranklinnq.org
Ciesluk's Market, South Deerfield
Open for business. https://www.facebook.com/ciesluksmarket1/.
Copy Cat Print Shop, Greenfield
Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free for the next 60 days – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser. Also offering unlimited data to customers for 60 days for no extra charge. Also, no disconnects or late fees. https://www.xfinity.com/prepare
The Country Creemee, Turners Falls
Take-Out Only, Outdoor Seating
Deerfield Inn and Champney's Restaurant, Deerfield
Open. Limited seating for indoor and outdoor dining and room service. https://www.deerfieldinn.com/
Diemand Farm, Wendell
Erving Station Candy Store
Handmade chocolates, gummy bears, candies, ice cream, and gifts, Open for pick up orders during reduced hours (check website for current hours) or shipping. Call 413-422-1186 or go to www.ervingststion.com to place an order. If you don’t see something on the website, please call. Offering free delivery of chocolate platters to front line workplaces within a 15 mile radius. Lastly, if you have been impacted by COVID-19 and have a child with a birthday, please call and they will have a birthday bag of goodies put together free of charge.
Eversource is taking measures to alleviate any financial concerns its customers may face: Suspending customer disconnections for nonpayment, assisting customers with financial programs, such as setting up a payment plan, reminding customers to download the mobile app which allows customers to check their account, pay their bill and much more at their convenience . https://www.eversource.com/content/wma/residential/safety/protect-yourself/responding-to-covid-19
The Farm Table, Bernardston
Federal Street Books, Greenfield
In-store shopping is suspended but online shopping available at https://federalstreetbooks.com/. They’ll deliver Greenfield online orders direct, and ship the rest. They’re happy to personally select titles for you or to search their inventory of 18,000+ in-store titles. If you select “grab bag” online, for $5/each they’ll pick out a book you might like based on whatever info you give them about your favorite authors, genres, or titles! https://federalstreetbooks.com/products/grab-bag
Five Eyed Fox, Turners Falls
Outdoor deck open for food/drinks. Take-Out food. Also selling canned and bottled beer to go, as well as growler fills. Taking orders and payments over the phone at 413-863-5654. Menu: https://www.instagram.com/p/B-7_nTshXbz/ or https://www.facebook.com/FiveEyedFox
Floral Affairs, Greenfield
Monday-Friday in store hours are 9-4pm. Saturday 10-2pm. Must wear a mask and use hand sanitizer provided upon entry. Deliveries and curb side pick ups are still available normal business hours. Accepting internet orders placed at floralaffairsofgreenfield.com, and over the phone. 413-376-4233 http://bit.ly/2xOYmvO and https://www.floralaffairsofgreenfield.com/ facebook
Will continue to service customers through drive-ups, ATMs, and by appointment in lobbies until at least the end of June.Temporary hours. Online banking offered. https://www.florencebank.com/
Foxtown Diner, Shelburne Falls
Open for takeput https://www.facebook.com/foxtowndiner/
Ford and Toyota of GreenfieldService and Parts departments are open. Monday - Friday 7:30am-1:30pm Saturday - Per diem (PLEASE CALL FOR HOURS or To schedule an appointment 413-773-5455) Offering no-contact pick up and delivery for all Franklin County, Parts and Service.
Franklin Community Coop - Green Field's Market and McCusker's Market
Franklin County Community Development Corp.
Open to support small businesses. Direct loans and help applying for Federal and State loan programs. Grants available to retail businesses supplying healthy food in low-income communities. Staff is working remotely. Please go to website for email addresses. Western MA Food Processing Center is open on a reduced schedule. FCCDC is providing deferments to borrowers and tenants. www.fccdc.org or leave message at 413-774-7204.
Garden Cinema, Greenfield
Gianni Fig's, South Deerfield
Great Falls Harvest, Turners Falls
Take-Out and bulk groceries. Call: 413-863-0023, Pick-up Between 5-7pm, https://www.facebook.com/greatfallsharvest/
Greenfield Cooperative Bank
Limited access to branch locations. COVID-19 updates here. Online banking offered. https://www.greenfieldcoopbank.com/. Providing a “Payment Holiday” for existing GCB customers who have a portfolio loan at GCB to defer making their monthly payments coming up in April and May for up to 60 days. Details here.
Greenfield Farmers Cooperative
Open for business and constantly restocking. https://greenfieldfarmerscoop.com/
Greenfield Gallery, Greenfield
Open. Please call directly regarding framing and other services. Gift cards are available for sale by phone. 413-772-9334 Cell: 413-824-7443. https://www.facebook.com/TheGreenfieldGallery/
Greenfield Savings Bank
Deferring up to 90 days residential mortgage and lines of credit payments for customers who have been impacted by COVID-19. No fees and will not affect your credit.
Also offering low contact banking options: Mobile Banking 24/7 including transfers, check deposit, balances, bill pay, and more. Atms and online banking.
Customer Service Center at 413-774-3191: 7 am – 7 pm Monday – Friday and 9 am – 3 pm on Saturdays — transfers, loan payments and other transactions. Telephone Banking at 413-774-1062. https://www.greenfieldsavings.com/covid-19
Greenspace CoWork, Greenfield
May offer some services. Call 413-224-6961 to verify. https://greenspacecowork.com/
Hager's Farm Market, Shelburne
Hamel's Creative Catering
Hampton Inn & Suites, Greenfield
Open for essential business 413.773.0057 Office
Open for delivery of grocery, pharmacy runs, and other resupply goods. Now accepting curbside pickups for customer delivery in the Greenfield area. Fully
insured/contactless drop & run service only. Please call (413) 426-4620 for more info. https://www.halocouriers.com
Happy Trails Wine, Liquor & Convenience, Shelburne Falls
Open Monday thru Friday, 10-6; Saturday 10-4, closed Sunday. Orders and payment by phone only. Call ahead. 413-625-8343
Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center
Closed until further notice. Check for online offerings.https://www.hawksandreed.com/
Hearty Eats Online Store, Shelburne Falls
Take-out. Website here. Full of Fresh Fruits and Veggies. Online grocery store providing the online ordering and curbside pickup. Working to set up a delivery service. https://hearty-eats.square.site/#frmPxA Facebook page
Take-out window and curbside pickup. Please pay over the phone. Deerfield: Wed-Sun, 11am-7pm. Bernardston Thurs - Sun, 11 am - 7 pm. https://hillsidepizza.com/deerfield/
Museums, library and community center closed until COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted. Planning to re-open September 4th. Explore their online collections. https://www.historic-deerfield.org/
Historical Society of Greenfield
No tours, visits, or research. Updates here. https://www.facebook.com/HSGreenfieldMA/
THE HIVE, Greenfield
Hope & Olive, Greenfield
Institute for Wild Med
The J. F. Allen Company, Shelburne
Karen Adams Accupuncture
Online consultations available. 413- 768-8333. Will deliver herbal remedies. https://karenadamsacupuncture.com/ . COVID-19 updates here. Helpful video here. https://www.facebook.com/karenadamsacupuncture/videos/2275909519378715
Call for repairs and towing at this time. 413-773-9043
The LAVA Center, Greenfield
Lisa's Cleaning Service
LOOT found + made, Turners Falls
Temporarily closed. https://www.facebook.com/loottheshop
Lucy Fagella Pottery
Handmade pottery for the kitchen, and Lucia Urns, Cremation Urns for your loved one. Website is open 24/7 - pottery shipped to your door. "Curbside" pick-up is also available. https://www.lucyfagella.com/ and https://www.luciaurns.com/
Lundgren Honda of Greenfield
Will meet you at your home or place of business for a test drive or arrange to pick-up and drop off your vehicle for service with a confirmed appointment. https://www.lundgrenhondaofgreenfield.com/
Open for heating oil delivery, as well as gravel,stone sand etc. pickup & deliveries. Payments accepted by phone, mail or through previously arranged credit. Oil office 413-773-3622, Gravel Pit office 413-774-1285
Magical Child, Greenfield
Open. For orders & delivery possibilities. https://www.facebook.com/Magical-Child-98869062262/. Call for other services. 413-772-2186.
Magpie Woodfired Pizzeria, Greenfield
Main Street Bar and Grille, Greenfield
Call for status (413) 772-0113
The Market, Greenfield
Conway Street in Greenfield. We are a Beer/Wine shop. Open for business Monday-Saturday: 12-8. Closed Sunday. 413-772-6946
Martin's Farm Compost
Possibly open for soil ready to be loaded and or delivered to you. (413) 774-5631 https://martinsfarmcompost.com/
Memorial Hall Shelburne Falls
Met Opera will offer “Nightly Met Opera Streams,” a free series of Live in HD encore presentations streamed on the Met's website during its closure through March 31 due to coronavirus concerns. Each encore will begin at 7:30 pm and will remain available via the homepage of metopera.org for next 20 hours. https://shelburnefallsmemorialhall.org/
Mesa Verde, Greenfield
Offering food takeout and outdoor dining. 11:30 am - 8 pm Monday - Saturday. Also through DoorDash. Also selling Magpie pizza and Caesar salad build at home kits. https://mesaverdegreenfield.com/
Meineke Car Care
Open Monday-Friday. Drop off or they can pick up your car. 413-774-6056 closing Saturdays for a couple weeks.
Millstone Farm Market, Sunderland
Montague WebWorks, Greenfield
Mowry & Schmidt, Inc., General Contractor
Open and can be reached at 413-773-3176. http://www.mowryandschmidt.com
Namaste Indian Restaurant, Greenfield
New Fortune Chinese Restaurant & Sushi Bar
Implementing special safety measures. Installation schedule will be pared back, but will continue to operate and will try to stay on schedule. Office will be working remotely but will continue customer service. http://northeast-solar.com/
North Village Smokehouse, Miller Falls
People's Pint, Greenfield
People's United Bank
Branches closed. Online banking offered. Check here for other services offered. https://www.peoples.com/security-center/message-regarding-coronavirus
Operating from 11am-7pm for take which will be available at the side window for pickup. Outdoor seating available. Closed Sunday and Monday. Feel free to call ahead on orders and pay with credit card over the phone to minimize surface touching. Orders can be ready within 10 minutes and for a specific time if needed. https://petesseafood.com/
Pierce Bros. Coffee Roasters, Greenfield
Pine Hill Orchard Farm Store, Colrain
Open daily from 9am-6pm. Offering select takeout options and sliced to order Boars Head meats and cheeses from 11am-2pm. Grab and go salads and wraps, bakery, and coffee available along with apples, cider, beer, wine and more! Closed 3/23-3/25 but will re-open 3/26 https://pinehillorchards.com/. Facebook page
Polish National Credit Union
Power Down Debt
Offering support to people and addressing their financial concerns during this difficult time. Offering free virtual meetings and phone consultations to meet with a financial expert about topics like “What to do about your 401k, 403b or other savings” “Steps you can take to make ends meet in a financial crisis” “How to create a budget that works?” “Organizing important documents” etc. https://www.hugyourstudentdebt.org/ and http://www.powerdowndebt.com/ .
In response to COVID-19, PV Squared Solar is taking concrete steps to ensure the safety of our employees, clients, and community. If you’re interested in exploring solar for your home or business, our Design & Sales team is working completely remotely at this time, and are available to answer your questions and provide virtual site visits. For more information, please visit pvsquared.coop.
Red Fire North, Montague
The Rendezvous, Turners Falls
Open for PICKUP and outdoor dining Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 2-9pm, and DELIVERY on Fridays and Saturdays from 4-8pm. Also love streaming performances. 413-863-2866. https://www.facebook.com/rendezvoustfma
Richardson's Candy Kitchen
Offering mail order and curbside pickup. 413-772-0443. http://www.richardsonscandy.com/candy/
Rise Above Bakery, Greenfield
Roundabout Books, Greenfield
Storefront is closed but offerring free shipping on all orders, curbside pickup, shopping from inventory on website: www.roundaboutbookstore.com and shopping by phone: 10am - 5pm M, T, Th, F. Facebook page
Ryan & Casey Liquors, Greenfield
Sandri Convenience Stores
SCORE has suspended Face to Face mentoring sessions. Mentors can meet online in one of the Zoom Rooms. https://westernmassachusetts.score.org/
Second Street Baking Co., Turners Falls
Closed until further notice. https://www.facebook.com/2ndstreetbakingco/
Sensible Sort Professional Organizer
Suspending in home sessions until further notice. Available for virtual organizing sessions and coaching. https://www.sensiblesort.com/blog-1
Shady Glen Restaurant, Turners Falls
Take Out, 8am-1pm, Call (413) 863-9636
Small Business Development Center
Stone Soup Café
Continues to serve a hot - made with lots of love and safety precautions too - meal every Saturday. The Café has moved to a pickup or delivery only service. Pickups are done from noon until 1:30pm on Saturdays in the Hope Street alley right next to the church building. Meals can be RSVP'd at http://bit.ly/need-meals . They are making extra meals for community members who cannot RSVP. Volunteer opportunities for delivery drivers and onsite workers. Great safety protocols in place for all. Facebook page
Subway Sandwich Shops
Open for take-out. North Greenfield - 413-774-5999 and Turners Falls 413-863-2363
Sweet Lucy's Bakeshop, Bernardston
Taylor's Tavern, Greenfield
Closed until further notice. (413) 773-8313
Greenfield location open MON-FRI: 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Lobby)* & 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Drive-thru) | SAT: 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. (unless normally closed) | SUN: Closed
*The first hour of full-service store operations and Customer appointment bookings will be set aside for seniors and those most at risk for COVID 19, as outlined by the CDC.Open. Online banking offered. https://www.td.com/us/en/personal-banking/COVID-19/
Thai Blue Ginger, Greenfield
TommyCar Auto Group
Limited hours for showroom. Service Department open. https://www.volvocarspioneervalley.com/statement-addressing-covid-19.htm
Turners Falls Pizza House, Turners Falls
Take-Out and Delivery Orders call: (413) 863-8000. Closed Sun-Tues. See the menu at www.turnersfallspizza.com
Upinngill Farm, Gill
Open 8am-7pm, Fresh eggs, Salad Green mix, spinach, meals from Great Falls Harvest and the Gill Tavern. Bakery open. Quiche, tarts.,croissants, cookies.
Upper Bend Cafe
Open for Take-out and family meal take-out. order in advance and other details here. https://www.upperbend.com/
Vehicle Inspection Center, Greenfield
Indoor outdoor dining, Wednesday thru Sunday. Dine in hours 4:00-8:00. Take out hours 4:00-7:00 order online Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Ordering starts at 3:00 p.m. and goes to 6:00 p.m. Please call 413-665-3044.https://whatelyinn.com/ Facebook page.
Wheeler & Taylor Insurance
The Wok, Greenfield
Open for food takeout https://www.facebook.com/The-Wok-Restaurant-297486028234/ and http://www.thewokrestaurant.com/
World Eye Bookshop, Greenfield
Pick-up and drop off. Call for other services. 413-772-2186. Facebook page
Continuing remote administrative and planning functions. If you are currently with them on a Wright Builders’ project, your Project Manager will contact you as well. https://wright-builders.com/. Facebook page
wTe Recycling, Greenfield
wTe Recycling is open to industrial suppliers only, no private customers to be served until further notice. Open regular days/hours Monday - Friday, 7am - 4pm. 413-772-2200
Yankee Candle Village
Closed. Online shopping only https://www.yankeecandle.com/south-deerfield-village
YMCA of Franklin County
Department of Industrial Accident’s Office of Safety's Workplace Safety Training & Education Grant Program
To promote safe and healthy conditions in the workplace by awarding funds to eligible applicants who submit responses designed to provide and improve safety education and training in Occupational Safety and Health to employers/employees within the Commonwealth covered by the Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Law (M.G.L. Chapter 152).
MA Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Acosta announced today that self-employed, gig workers, religious workers, people seeking part-time work, and others not eligible for regular unemployment assistance can now apply for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) in Massachusetts. The MassHire Franklin Hampshire Career Center website includes links to the PUA How To Apply web page as well as the Online PUA Application Form. https://www.masshirefhcareers.org/for-job-seekers/covid-19-procedures/
It is recommended to review the PUA - How To Apply page prior to filing an application so all the required information is readily available when applying. https://www.mass.gov/how-to/apply-for-pandemic-unemployment-assistance . This page includes the guidebook, eligibility and documentation checklists, as well as a federal unemployment assistance flow chart. There is a link on this page to the online application form.
The DUA call center phone at 877-626-6800 is also available for phone PUA applications for those without access to internet or computer.
Grant for businesses that have have 3-20 employees and are in an economically distressed zip codes. Applications open Monday, April 20th.
Here is the link in English: https://savesmallbusiness.com/
And in Spanish: https://savesmallbusiness.com/spanish
National Restaurant Association Relief Fund
US Bartenders Guild (USBG) National Charity Foundation
Samuel Adams Beer and The Greg Hill Foundation as partners
NEW: MA Small Biz COVID Response Coalition - Business Impact Survey
As the virus continues to unfold and with the passing of the CARES Act and federal stimulus package solidified for small business recovery, we want to know if our businesses have access to the information they need; if these new resources are effectively getting to our business community; and if they are adequately meeting your needs. Please take 5 minutes to help us better understand the needs as you are experiencing them and ideas for coordinated solution making that could be helpful. Also, please feel free to share this survey with others in your network as we gather as much information as possible.
*The Small Business Coalition is a working group of state, regional, and local organizations and leaders collaborating to support the business ecosystem across Massachusetts.
Spanish Link: survey link
English survey link
A report of findings from the Impact of COVID-19: Pioneer Valley Business and Organization Survey has been completed. We received 284 responses from Pioneer Valley based businesses and organizations. The report provides data at the 3-county aggregate level as well as broken out by county in the appendix. The report is posted at https://frcog.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Impact-of-COVID-Survey-Report-04.03.20-final.pdf.
Designed to help small businesses keep their workforce employed. The new loan program will be available retroactive from Feb. 15, 2020, so employers can rehire their recently laid-off employees through June 30, 2020.
Loans available for farms affected by COVID-19. CISA (Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture), in collaboration with the FCCDC (Franklin County Community Development Corporation) and the PVGrows Investment Fund, announced today that its revolving Emergency Farm Fund is reopening on April 1st to aid Pioneer Valley farms that have been affected by COVID-19. Read more
Teri Anderson, FHCC Director, wants you to know that the Career Center is helping people to file an unemployment claim if they are unable to use the State’s online system. FHCC knows that many people in our region don’t have access to a computer or the internet. FHCC is able to help them over the phone. The State’s virtual call center is not quite operational yet.
Eversource is taking measures to alleviate any financial concerns its customers may face: Suspending customer disconnections for nonpayment, assisting customers with financial programs, such as setting up a payment plan, reminding customers to download the mobile app which allows customers to check their account, pay their bill and much more at their convenience
Main Street Initiative Offering $2,000 Zero Interest Cash Infusion to Small Businesses Affected by COVID-19MainVest Inc. announces phase one of the Main Street Initiative. Starting March 17th, they are offering a $2,000 zero-interest cash infusion to small businesses affected by coronavirus closures, in conjunction with fundraising campaigns to help businesses receive investment from their supporting communities. Learn more at mainvest.com/blog/MSI.
Greenfield Co-operative Bank Announces New Payment Option for Customers as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) issues people are facing.
Michael E. Tucker, President & CEO of Greenfield Co-operative Bank and its Northampton Cooperative Bank division, was pleased to announce that our community bank board has approved a program to provide a “Payment Holiday” for existing GCB customers who have a portfolio loan at GCB to defer making their monthly payments coming up in April and May for up to 60 days. For eligible customers who wish to “Opt In”, there will be a simple form to complete. The payments usually due for April and May would simply be added to the back end of the loan term. Customers would then not have to make those payments until the end of the original term. The term would be extended 2 months to allow those payments to be made at the end of the original term. Click here for the Payment Holiday Agreement Form
To support small businesses in western Massachusetts during this unprecedented time, Common Capital and the Franklin County CDC are working together to provide assistance to businesses affected by COVID-19.
One of the state's primary tools to help small businesses avoid layoffs during a downturn. Offers an alternative to layoffs. Employees work reduced hours while collecting unemployment benefits to supplement their lower wages. Please feel free to share information about this resource with other employers. More information can be found here. "
The SBA will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
The Community Foundation of Western MA has started a fund to help with urgent and longer-term needs.
Available to grassroots groups. Up to $1,000. Grant applications must respond to a challenge or need in communities as a result of the COVID19 outbreak.
U. S. Travel Association Efforts
The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to keeping our local dollars local and to support that mission, we are proud to announce the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Gift Card program.
At our June 28th Annual Election and Legislative Breakfast, we were delighted to welcome Senator Jo Comerford, Representative Paul Mark, Representation Susannah Whipps, Representative Natalie Blais and Jon Gould of Senator Adam Hind's office. Our delegation is a strong voice for Franklin County at the State House and we are grateful for their hardwork on rural issues including education, transportation, health care and workforce development.
By Diana Szynal
June is a big month here at the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce. On June 21st we will be holding our annual Legislative Breakfast and will welcome all members of the Franklin County delegation to address our membership. The breakfast will be held at 7:30 a.m. at Eaglebrook School in Deerfield. We look forward to hearing from our representatives and senators about their legislative priorities, specifically those that affect our local economy and regional tourism.
Named one of “fifty essential summer music festivals” by The New York Times, Green River Festival celebrates thirty three years with three days of music: a spectacular lineup of over 40 acts on four stages, the best in local food, beer and wine, handmade crafts, a wide array of kid's activities, camping, and hot air balloon rides and a balloon illumination, for Western Massachusetts' largest outdoor event of the summer. This is the only music festival in the country that features hot air balloons.
By Diana Szynal
This week the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) will roll out the FY2020 Tourism Marketing Grant application. Many local businesses and residents don't realize the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce also serves as the Franklin County Regional Tourism Council (RTC). Being an RTC means that the Chamber applies for and manages a state grant designed to promote tourism in the Commonwealth. Here in Franklin County we have identified our best tourism assets as outdoor recreation, craft beverages and arts and culture with our target market being within a day's driving distance.
February Theme for Franklin County Chamber of Commerce’s 100th Anniversary: Business and Community Partnerships with High Schools
This month’s #FCCC100 theme explores the ways we can partner with Franklin County public and private high schools. We will host a special breakfast panel with school representatives and businesses, hold a workshop on specific related opportunities available, feature a school – community resource page on our website, along with other activities.
2019 is the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce’s 100th Anniversary year and we are dedicating each month to a theme of importance for Franklin County. We kicked off the celebration with a breakfast featuring veteran Greenfield Recorder reporter, Richie Davis, who discussed the history of Greenfield Board of Trade, which became incorporated in 1919 as Greenfield Chamber of Commerce. He included some relative info about circumstances locally and globally and share highlights of news items over his past forty years reporting for The Recorder. We also honored members who have been with us for 100 years including Eversource Energy, Berkshire Gas, Wilson’s Department Store, WHAI, and the Greenfield Recorder.