The City of Westfield’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is funding a Business Blueprint Program through Valley Community Development and Cities Gateway consultants.
Are you ready to take this step to kickstart and/or level up your business? This program is designed to help entrepreneurs build their foundation by tapping into their inner (mindset) and outer (business basics and planning) resources.
The Business Blueprint Program is an 8-week program that provides new businesses with a business and financial plan, an elevator pitch, leadership coaching, and grant awards to enhance infrastructure. To be eligible for this program you must have a business located in Westfield, income at or below 80% of the area median income, and be in operation for three years or less.
Cohort Meeting Dates
- Thurs, March 16, 2023
- Thurs, March 23, 2023
- Thurs, March 30, 2023
- Thurs, April 6, 2023
- Thurs, April 13, 2023
- Thurs, April 20, 2023
- Thurs, April 27, 2023
- Thurs, May 4, 2023
(Times TBD depending on participants’ availability.)
1:1 meetings will be scheduled by the program facilitators, but it is likely that each participant will have two 1:1 meetings per week.
Criteria for Cohort Meetings
- Need to be present for all classes
- Access to a computer or the ability to have Zoom
- Have an existing business, idea, or concept that you are committed to focusing on
- You live, work or intend to do business in Westfield
- Open to working and participating in a cohort setting
To get the most value out of this program, we ask for a commitment to attend all meetings. We know circumstances come up and will make exceptions for illness and emergencies. There are more applications than spots in this cohort so if you know in advance these dates are a conflict, please let us know. There is possible grant funding upon completion of the program.
Application Deadline: February 13, 2023 at 11:59PM.
We will let you know by Friday, March 3rd whether you have been accepted into the program.