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

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

Virtual Class : Editing your Hilltown CDC online Business Listing with Paul Stallman

Thursday, May 14th, 5:30-7pm

We are preparing to launch the new Hilltown CDC online business directory, 
and need you to update your listing with photos, videos, or anything else you’d like to include on your business page. Sign up here:  We will send you a link to the zoom meeting to show you how to navigate the new HCDC Business Website. 

Staying safe on the Web – Virtual Zoom Class

Wednesday, May 13th 6-8pm

Learn how to protect your personal and financial information while shopping online, searching the web, or paying bills. No matter what you’re doing on the internet, it’s important to have strong passwords, know how to identify suspicious sites, and know-how to search more effectively.  We will also discuss how to safely buy on eBay. 

Using Google Hangouts: Free, and with unlimited time! Virtual Zoom Class

Using Google Hangouts: Free, and with unlimited time! Virtual Zoom Class

Monday, May 18th  6-8 pm

Google Hangouts is a free service from Google that allows you to talk to family and friends on your computer or mobile device for live video chats, or to make phone calls or texts.

Virtual Estate planning basics with Attorney Emily Smith Lee

Tuesday, May 12, 1:00- 2:30pm

A brief course on the basic elements of an estate plan in Massachusetts, including:

What happens to your assets if you pass without a will
How can you avoid or minimize the need to go to probate court
When you need to worry about Massachusetts estate taxes
How to keep assets intact and in the family (land or a family business)
How to protect assets from assisted living/nursing home care costs
Addressing unique circumstances like a blended family, a family member with special needs, and more.

Virtual Zoom Class – Biztro Business Help with Jeanne LeClair

Monday, May 11, 5-7 pm

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Help with creating a website, business plan, marketing, and more. Come with your ideas, thoughts, and challenges!

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.

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

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. 

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