Business creation program to receive help from state government

Hampden County

A program that helps people start a business in Holyoke is about to get some financial backing from the state.

Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash will come to western Massachusetts on Friday to announce a grant supporting the Holyoke-based business creation program SPARK.

Encouragement and expertise from the SPARK program helped Casey Tropp start his business, Eco Tints, a few years ago by teaching him the basics of running a successful business.

“It’s definitely a dream come true, the fact that we’re giving back to the community,” Tropp told 22News. “We’re on the rise around here. We started with literally nothing and got the spark program.”

Jeff Bianchine, Holyoke’s Creative Economy Coordinator, says that “The best thing about SPARK is it takes what used to be an impossible thing for a lot of people and brings it to people where anyone can have an idea and launch that business quickly.”

SPARK has the ambitious goal of assisting at least 300 individuals create a successful business in Holyoke.

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