Friends of SHAEC Littleville Fundraiser 5K walk/hike

Saturday, May 4th, 10am

Sign-up or sponsor a walker here.

The Friends of SHAEC is partnering with the Western Mass Hilltown Hikers for a fundraising walk/hike at the Littleville Dam, on Saturday, May 4, at 10am, in celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the Southern Hilltowns Adult Education Center. 

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GED/HiSet: On your time

VEC, Chester

Need your GED/ High School Equivalency Degree, but fitting it in between work, kids, or other commitments has stood in the way? Take the first step, and call today: 413-354-1055. Or email

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Selling on eBay

Thursday, April 18th, 6-8pm
VEC, 26a Main Street, Chester

With over 100 million buyers, eBay is one of the world's largest online marketplaces. With so many buyers, eBay gives you the opportunity to find more buyers to pay you more for your items. The biggest barrier to your first listing is often fear. This class will help you get over those fears and start selling.

Grant writing: with Dave Christopolis

Wednesday, April 10th, 6 pm -8 pm
VEC, Chester

Learn the basics on how to research and identify potential foundations and government funders that accept grant proposals to fund your project or program, as well as how to prepare and submit a grant to a potential funder.


April 8th and 22nd
| 4pm–7pm

Need help with your business website? Want to talk about marketing & advertising? Just want to review your business plan? Stop by a business-bistro “Biztro” session anytime and get hands-on help with Economic Development Director, Jeanne LeClair.  Chat about business plans, websites, marketing, or new business ideas over snacks and coffee (most of the time).

Live Your Greatness: Balancing your Emotions

Tuesday, April 9, 6 pm - 7:30 pm
Hilltown CDC

Ever feel like you're on a high wire just trying to keep from falling off? No question about it, these can be stressful times. It's normal to feel challenged to keep your emotional footing when you feel surrounded by chaos. This workshop will offer some practical tips to help you stay more balanced and resilient. Pre-registration is requested: Call SHAEC at 413-354-1055, or email

Hike Round Top Hill

Saturday, April 27, 10am

We will follow Unkamit's Path, a white-blazed scenic trail which includes the top of Round Top Hill, a grassy open summit with spectacular 360-degree views, the highest point in Hampden County: elevation 1,780 feet, 5th highest in Massachusetts.  This hike has 400-foot elevation gains to the summit, be prepared for uphill climbing.

Starting an Airbnb

April 24th 6pm–8pm

Got an extra room in your house, apartment above the garage, or small cottage on your property? Perhaps you might want to consider renting out your space for extra income? Airbnb prescreens your tenants, and takes care of collecting payments from your clients. Additionally, it’s free to sign up as a guest host. Come on down and learn more in this class led by Jeanne LeClair, Economic Development Director of the Gateway Hilltowns.

Marketing Your Business and Products

Wednesday, April 3, 6 - 8pm
Vec, 26a Main Street, Chester

There are several important variables that go into creating a successful business, including a great idea, a great product, and a great team. One of the aspects that sometimes gets left behind and can be difficult to get started is marketing. Every business needs a niche and must target their customers in unique ways. In this class, we'll go over the fundamentals of marketing and what it means to create a marketing plan.