Holyoke to Launch SPARK Program to Create 300 New Businesses Text Size

On Monday, the City of Holyoke will officially launch SPARK – Stimulating Potential, Accessing Resources & Knowledge – from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Volleyball Hall of Fame. The goal of a new venture is to stimulate the creation of 300 new businesses in Holyoke in 10 years and have at least half owned by Latinos.

SPARK programs are part of a larger program in the state known as Working Cities Challenge led by the Federal Reserve of Boston. Holyoke has a three-year $250,000 grant for the program.

Partners in SPARK Holyoke are the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce, the Holyoke Public Library, Holyoke Community College, Easthampton Savings Bank, Holyoke Works, a job training and education program affiliated with the Holyoke Chamber, and Nuestras Raices. Nuestras Raices — “Our roots” — is a nonprofit group that seeks to promote economic, human, and community development in Holyoke through projects relating to food, agriculture and the environment.

To register for Monday’s free launch event, visit,


Posted on March 27, 2015 by