1. Partnerships Attract Business to Quaboag Region

    Partnerships Attract Business to Quaboag Region

    The chamber and QVCDC have coordinated their efforts and are working collectively to help new businesses as well as landlords with property to rent in the 400-square-mile rural region. “If a business in Ware does well, Palmer and Brimfield also benefit, and if we all work together, we can bring more businesses to the area, which will lead to more jobs,” Weake said, adding that, although some might question the desirability of setting up shop in this region roughly halfway between Springfield and Worcester, it is not as far away as people think. “Palmer is only 15 minutes from Springfield ...

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    1. The help they offer is amazing and if you have a good idea for a business, this is definitely a great place to launch it.
    2. We want businesses to come to our area and stay here; we have a lot to offer and have established a cohesive network of resources to help them.
    3. If a business in Ware does well, Palmer and Brimfield also benefit, and if we all work together, we can bring more businesses to the area, which will lead to more jobs.
    4. We're a very vibrant region with beautiful open spaces, a rich history and culture, and wonderful people.
    5. This is the first installation of any education past high school in the Quaboag region.
    6. Businesses in this area are starved for qualified employees, so we're trying to create our own feeder program and build a base so people can live and work locally instead of having to move far away or commute to find employment.
    7. One of the barriers to employment is the lack of affordable public transportation, and the creation of the E2E accelerated the need for it.
    8. We've recognized that we're stronger when we form partnerships and work together.
    9. We went from $126,000 in donations in FY 2013 to more than $208,600 in FY 2016.
    10. We have landlords with space for rent who don't put up signs, and we want to make people aware of what we have to offer.
    11. We're doing all we can to work cohesively because we want small businesses to come here.
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