Start A Business

Starting a business may seem like a daunting challenge — but with the proper tools and planning, you can be on your way to a personally and financially rewarding business. The WRC is here, ready to help in any way we can.


First, formulate a solid business plan in order to capitalize on your ideas; obtain necessary financing well in advance; pay careful attention to federal, state and local registration requirements as well as licenses and taxes.


You may find the guide to starting a business below helpful. Explore other resources through state and local agencies, and consult a qualified attorney and accountant before getting started.


Keep in mind that the start-up process will not be quick or easy — six months to one year is a reasonable estimate of time that it may take to open the doors of your business. However, addressing the issues listed below during the preparation period will help ensure a successful launch of your new business.


How To Start A Business

  • Consult an attorney regarding the legal requirements of setting up and operating your business.
  • Discuss with an accountant the financial and tax requirements of your new business.
  • Register the name of the business with the states you will be operating your business in. 
  • Obtain a federal employer identification number (Form SS-4).
  • unemployment insurance.
  • Determine applicable job safety and health regulations (OSHA).
  • Determine applicable environmental regulations.
  • Apply for local business licenses.


WRC Education Committee Presents mentor program for local high school students.

  • Interested in becoming a mentor? Read further details below!


Here's how the program works... 

Those that would like to become a Mentor will be matched up with Junior and Senior students interested in the program from both Agawam and West Springfield High School. The Mentors and Mentees would be matched up by the Career Counselors at the high schools Dina Sabilia (West Springfield), Lisa Sheehan (Agawam) and Patty Parker- Flores (LPVEC).


The Mentors and the Mentees would be matched in business professions that worked for the betterment of understanding the profession to the Mentee. The program would consist of 6 weeks.

Week 1: Mentors will meet at the school to be introduced to the students.


Week 2 & 3: Students will do a one day job shadow at the place of business at the convenience of the Mentor.


Week 4: Mentors and Mentees will meet at the school and a guest speaker will speak to students about such things as how to start a business, how to write a proper resume, how to dress for interviews, how to handle certain work situations etc. We are also considering working with WRC member staffing companies on topics of interest that will assist the Mentee in their work and college years.


The guest speaker would talk for 45 minutes and also have a Q&A. The last 15 minutes of the meeting would be for the Mentor and the Mentee to talk about what the Mentee learned, if he or she has questions, and also get some firsthand experience tips from their Mentor. Mentors do not have to attend but or more than welcome to do so.


Week 5: Students will complete another job shadow at the convenience of the Mentor.


Week 6: Mentors and Mentees will meet at the school to discuss as a group what the Mentors and Mentees got out of the program.


At some point after the completion of the program the Mentors and Mentees will be invited to Coffee with the Mayor at which point the Mentees will receive a certificate of completion. 


Email if you're interested in becoming a mentor.


Additional Resources


For More Information Visit:


Start, Grow & Relocate Your Business

Starting a New Business


Mass Small Business Development Center


U.S. Small Business Administration


SCORE Small Business Mentoring & Training



Massachusetts Permit Regulatory Office - Visit the Massachusetts Permit Regulatory Office for more information on permitting, licensing, and regulatory processes.


Mass. Permit Regulatory Office




Grow A Business

With proper marketing, diversification of product lines, exemplary customer service and community outreach, significant growth is possible for any business even in a down or uncertain economy. The WRC provides outreach and support, opportunities for networking and events and activities that can help businesses grow and prosper.


Here are links to several excellent resources:


Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network


Commonwealth of Massachusetts Official Website

The Commonwealth's business resource and information directory.

Business Portal


Regional Employment Board of Hampden County


SCORE Small Business Mentoring & Training


U.S Small Business Administration






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