This has been a historic day in the city of Holyoke. A major effort has begun to substantially increase the number of new businesses owned by Hispanics and women.
With Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse looking on, Regional Small Business Administration Director, Bob Nelson, signed an agreement with Tessa Murphy Romboletti, head of Holyoke’s Business Creation Agency known as SPARK, E for All Holyoke.
SBA will provide business loans while SPARK will continue providing training for running a business.
Murphy Romboletti told 22News, “There really is no manual out there for people who are still working full-time jobs, they have families.”
Since 2015 SPARK has trained individuals on how to run a business with a 53 percent success rate.
They start their next class this summer and are now recruiting.