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.

Aromatherapy for Emotional Support: Balance

Thursday, April 25, 6 pm - 8 pm
Middlefield Senior Center, 169 Skyline Trail
Friday, February 26, 10 am - 12 pm
VEC, 26a Main Street, Chester

This presentation is a continuation of the class series that is designed to provide a basic understanding of safe practices and the use of essential oils for self-care. Attendees will learn about the use of aromatherapy to support cognitive functions such as memory, focus, motivation, and concentration as well as the use of essential oils to manage stress and to promote emotional balance. There is a $25 materials fee and registration is required.

Social Media for Business

April 17, 6-8pm

VEC, 26a Main Street, Chester

Social media is a great way to promote your business! Learn how to do this successfully and promote your business for little or no money without a lot of time commitment.

Dynamite Box Trail Hike

Saturday, March 30th, 10am

Join us for a two hour loop hike exploring the lesser traveled areas of the State Forest.  We will hike along Sanderson Brook, pass the scenic vista of Sanderson Falls and then at the 5 trail junction get on the woodsy Dynamite Box Trail and loop back on the scenic Buelah Land trail. 

Social Media Support for Small Businesses

Thursday, March 21st, 6-8pm

Hilltown CDC, Chesterfield

Wednesday, April 17th, 6-8pm

VEC, Chester

Social media is a great way to promote your business! Learn how to do this successfully with little or no advertising budget and without a large time commitment. This class with tell you how to effectively use Facebook and Instagram and how to link the two.