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Agawam Small Business Assistance Center currently looking for part time volunteers

AGAWAM The Agawam Small Business Assistance Center (ASBAC) has announced that they are looking for additional volunteers to staff their office in the Agawam City Hall. The center was launched in January 2002, through the combined effort of the Town of Agawam and Springfield Technical Community College Enterprise Center. The center fosters economic growth and client education by providing free professional counseling, workshops and other supportive services to area entrepreneurs who want to start or improve their businesses in Agawam and the surrounding communities. During its eight years of operation, the center has received hundreds of requests for counseling on such subjects as: starting up; business loans; marketing and sales; accounting; taxes; human resources; inventory control; employee training; technology, computer systems and business planning. Counseling is provided by SCORE, and is held on an appointment basis. The ASBAC is seeking enthusiastic, motivated members of the business community to serve a few hours per month to answer phones, direct new business people to the center's appropiate contacts and other related duties. Many of the volunteers are retired from the business community or currently in business within the region. Those interested do not have to be an Agawam resident to volunteer. Those interested in donating three to six hours a month to help answer phones and perform some routine office work, please call Pat Roberts, volunteer leader, at 786-8580.

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