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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Small Business Administration SMART Workshop

Second workshop of the two part series, December 4 and 11, 5:30 - 7pm
VEC, Chester

These two (2) FREE workshops (this is a series, please plan to attend both) will help you gain a better understanding of what it takes to start and grow a business. Learn about SBA programs and services that are available to prospective or current entrepreneurs who need assistance in starting or expanding their businesses.

Best Word Press Plug-ins

CANCELED Tuesday, Nov. 12th, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, HCDC Chesterfield

We are canceling the Word press plug-in class tonight at the Hilltown CDC in Chesterfield, as several participants have cancelled for tonight.

If you would like to work on-on-one with one of our consultants on your word press website, Please reach out to and we can schedule a time that is convenient for you.


Monday, November 18th
| 5pm–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).

Knittel Conservation Area, Blandford

Saturday, November 16, 10 AM

The Knittel Conservation Area in Blandford is a 254-acre tract comprised of fields, forest and Falls Brook. We will pass through different and interesting types of forest and around a pond with beaver dams. The conservation area helps protect the water supply of 250,000 people and preserve the rural setting for a working farm. Located at the end of Herrick Road, the parcel has been home to the Herrick family farm for generations.

Bringing Calmness Into Our Stressful World

Thursday, Nov. 7, 6-7:00 pm

VEC, 26a Main Street, Chester

Learn the difference between a tea and an herbal infusion. Recipes will be provided for my favorite go to tea formulas for stressful times. Get a head start on entering the holiday season with some tools in your basket for being calm and relaxed. 

Sharing your photographs: getting oohs and ahs

Friday, Nov. 22, 4-6 pm

VEC, 26a Main Street, Chester

Learn “post-processing” - How to make a great pic out of a good one with simple editing tools. We’ll practice using your with image files in different situations: posting on social media, printing, slideshows, making an album, etc. Where possible, we’ll use Google and other free online tools.

Jpegs and pixels and tiffs, oh my!

Friday, Nov. 15, 4-6 pm

VEC, 26a Main Street, Chester

Photos a jumble on your computer? Want to create some albums? Need to scan your (grand)mothers photos? Learn to read the alphabet soup of image files, and find out about photo management software and online storage options such as Google Photos. Bring a couple of photos to scan for practice

Be the boss of your digital camera

Friday, Nov. 8, 4-6 pm

VEC, 26a Main Street, Chester

Be the boss of your digital camera
Take control to take better photos. Understanding cellphone and point and shoot digital cameras, working with automatic settings, and issues in digital photography — how to deal with difficult light situations, what are the tradeoffs you make to get a good picture. Bring your camera, its manual, and questions for hands-on practice. 

Going Digital with Your Business

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 6-8pm

VEC, 26a Main Street, Chester

Going Digital for Your Business: Join this crash-course to get a basic website & social media presence up and running, in one class. Come prepared with access to a couple of digital photos you'd like to use (emailed to yourself as attachments, available online, or on a flash drive).

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