The Village Enterprise Center will be closed

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The Village Enterprise Center will be closed until further notice, as per the Chester Board of Health.
As educational venues are required to be closed until April 6th under the governor’s Corvid 19 directives, we will not be having any classes or tutorials during this time, although we are looking into some virtual options.

Please email with any questions or concerns
Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

SHAEC Calendar

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Tutoring at your pace: GED/HiSet

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Need your GED/ High School Equivalency Degree, but fitting it in? Call to schedule a time that works for you. We have Tutors in all subject areas that will help you achieve your goals. Don’t wait any longer, the best time to start is now. Tutoring locations in Chester, Russell, and Huntington. Call 413-354-1055, Or email

Sign Up for Classes

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Sign up online here for one or many of our upcoming classes! Click here to sign up.

POSTPONED Protecting Your Brand and Business Name

POSTPONED Thursday, March 19th, 6-7:30 pm
Hilltown CDC Chesterfield

POSTPONED Thursday, April 2nd, 6 – 7:30 pm
VEC, Chester 

Learn how to use trademark and copyright to secure legal protection for your business name, taglines and logos you use in your business, and your creative work. 

CANCELED The Boulders, Dalton

Saturday, March 28th, 10 am
Hike Rating: Easy with some slopes       Approx. 5 miles total with several loops

The 645 acres of The Boulders provide more than six miles of trails plus the dramatic boulders that give the area its name and offer a vista to the west. There are four blazed trails through hemlock forest, wetlands. This property is located within the city limits of Pittsfield, yet when you are on the trails it doesn’t seem that way.  The land use history of this property has resulted in diverse forests including large and old trees.

POSTPONED Doing More with Google Photo

Thursdays March 12 & 19  (Two part class)

VEC  Chester

Can’t find the photos you took on your phone? Want to create memories that last longer than a Social media post? Learn the many things you can do with Google Photo.

POSTPONED Landlord/Tenant Clinic

POSTPONED Thursday, March 26th, 6-7:30 pm

VEC, Chester

Both owners and tenants should understand the landlord/tenant laws in Massachusetts.  Topic includes:

Security deposits- should you take them, and what requirements do you have to follow if you do
What rights the tenant has without a written lease
Required legal process for ending a tenancy and recovering possession
Tenants’ legal rights during and after tenancy

CBD: Learn the Facts about Cannabinoid Oil

Rescheduled to Friday, May 8, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
The Village Enterprise Center, 26 Main Street, Chester

Have you heard about CBD? We will discuss the difference between CBD and THC and hemp, learn what products are available, and how to shop for what will be most effective for you.  Preregistration is Essential: Please call 413-354-1055, or email, or register online

Writers Workshop: for Writers and Wannabe/Need to Be Writers

March 10th, 17th, and 24th, 6:30-8:30 pm
VEC: 26 Main St Chester

The practice of writing can help you solve problems, lead you out of depression and even bad circumstances and into your dreams and goals. It can help you get that project done and that room uncluttered, even though it has nothing to do with writing.

POSTPONED GED/HiSet Writing: Opportunity is Knocking

Mondays starting February 24 – April 17, 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Fridays by appointment 

Location: Russell Public Library, 162 Main Street, Russell

Call today to preregister: 413-354-1055, or email or sign up online at

For Residents of Gateway School District.

How and Why to Incorporate Your Business

Thursday March 5th,  6-7:30pm

VEC Chester

Understand the difference between operating as a sole proprietorship or dba and forming a business entity, what your business entity options are, and how you can get it done. 

CANCELED Drop in Computer /phone help

Friday, March 20, 10 am – 12 pm
Stanton Hall, Huntington

Need help with a computer-related problem? Installing new software? Can’t find a file? Need one-on-one assistance to learn a specific skill? Come to our Question and Answer Sessions, and get the help that you need.

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