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North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation provides $25,000 grant to ReImagine North of Main

The North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation (NCMDC), the economic development arm of the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce, today announced it has provided $25,000 in funding to ReImagine North of Main to support their Façade Improvement Program in the City of Fitchburg.

The program, which provides an opportunity for downtown property owners and businesses to upgrade their building’s exterior, aims to help the city retain and attract businesses, strengthen the downtown area, increase utilization of existing business, and enhance property values.

“Part of our Urban Revitalization Plan focuses on supporting a diverse mix of downtown businesses and the facilitation of the redevelopment for significant vacant or underutilized properties,” said Mayor Stephen L. DiNatale, City of Fitchburg. “This façade program is instrumental to the plan and also provides ReImagine North of Main, now known as InTown Fitchburg, the opportunity to take the lead on larger, more meaningful impact projects as they work with the city towards its goal of revitalizing the downtown corridor.”

“With the momentum we’re building in downtown Fitchburg, these funds could not have come at a better time,” said Joe Ferguson, Director, InTown Fitchburg, which is housed in the Fitchburg State University Theater Block on Main Street. One of the businesses benefiting from the program will be located in a storefront adjacent to the theater. “Our storefront improvement grant program is designed to incentivize commercial occupancy in redeveloped storefronts, many of which have been vacant for a long time. These funds will support a locally owned, woman-owned business that has adamantly sought a physical, brick-and-mortar business offering on Main Street.”
Formerly known as ReImagine North of Main, InTown Fitchburg is a partnership of local anchor institutions, businesses, government, nonprofits and residents focused on making a collective impact to improve the quality of life in the downtown neighborhood and commercial district.

“Our recent Economic Regional Development Plan identified one of the critical factors for our region’s growth is focusing on our downtown areas,” said Roy M. Nascimento, President and CEO, North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce. “With this grant, the city will be able to improve and enhance the exterior of its many historic buildings while positively impacting the downtown’s revitalization.”

The funding came from a competitive regional economic development grant secured by the NCMDC from the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development.

Property or business owners interested in applying for improvement grants should contact InTown Fitcchburg to discuss the potential project prior to applying.

Wonder Products

North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation approves financing to Wonder Products

The North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation (NCMDC), the economic development arm of the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce, recently approved a $50,000 loan to Wonder Products, a Sterling-based company focused on innovating everyday household products.

Funding will be utilized to support marketing efforts, and increased inventory and capital to grow the business surrounding the company’s newest product, the Wonder Plunger.

Founded in 2016 by Michelle Salas out of her desire to keep her home, and especially her bathroom, clean, Salas invented the Wonder Plunger. Wonder Plunger is a unique toilet plunger designed to shrink down for storage or expand for use with its patented one hand design and a ventilated base to prevent water build up following use.

“With the support of the North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation, we will be able to expand our product reach through creative marketing efforts while also increasing our inventory and capital to bring consumers a unique plunger that provides a collapsible concept, aesthetically pleasing colors and a one-handed operational format to make our bathrooms cleaner.”

While the business has grown via word of mouth, the Wonder Plunger is sold at www.wonderplunger.com and via various online retail outlets. Small Business Development Center at Clark University assisted Michelle with her business plan and projections.

As a microloan lender, NCMDC can provide loans to small businesses up to $250,000 for working capital, real estate, equipment, inventory, expansion and working with our banking partners to provide gap financing for the final piece of a project.

For more information about the NCMDC loan programs, please call 978.353.7607 or visit NorthCentralMass.com or ChooseNorthCentral.com.

 

North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation provides $25,000 grant to City of Leominster

North Central, Mass.—The North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation (NCMDC), the economic development arm of the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce, today announced it has provided $25,000 in funding to help support the City of Leominster’s Façade Improvement Program. The program, which provides an opportunity for downtown property owners and businesses to upgrade their building’s exterior, aims to help the city retain and attract businesses, strengthen the downtown area, increase utilization of existing busineses, and enhance property values.

Managed by the city’s Façade Grant Design Committee under the direction of the Mayor’s Office and the Economic Development Coordinator, the program offers funding for exterior improvements on building facades intended to improve the building’s aesthetic appearance. Six businesses are currently approved for the façade program, including Tavern 13 and Medical Arts Hearing Instruments.

“We are making significant investments in the downtown area, from Monoosnock Brook to supporting the façade project for our property and business owners,” said Mayor Dean J. Mazzarella, City of Leominster. “With just about every square foot of commercial space filled in our downtown area, this program will help enhance the unique buildings that make up our downtown while maintaining the small town feel people have come to experience in Leominster.”

“Our recent Regional Economic Development Plan identified one of the critical factors for our region’s growth is focusing on our downtown areas,” said Roy M. Nascimento, President and CEO, North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce. “With this grant, downtown Leominster-based businesses have the opportunity to enhance the city’s image and ability to attract new residents and investment in the community.”

The funding came from a competitive regional economic development grant secured by the NCMDC from the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development.

Property or business owners interested in applying for improvement grants should contact the City of Leominster Economic Development Office to discuss the potential project prior to submitting an application.

North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation approves financing to Lucy’s Furniture and Upholstery

North Central Mass.—The North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation (NCMDC), the economic development arm of the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce, recently approved a $15,000 loan to Lucy’s Furniture and Upholstery, located at 150 River Street in Fitchburg. The loan will fund the purchase of fabric for furniture repair and fuel future growth of the business.

Founded in 2004, Lucy’s Furniture and Upholstery is owned by Wilson and Patricia Arrua. Services provided include furniture repair, upholstery and the manufacture of custom furniture.

“I learned the craft of furniture repair while living in Uruguay from an Italian upholsterer before I immigrated to the United States as a young adult,” said Wilson Arrua. “With this funding and support from the North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation, I am able to purchase quality fabrics for my customers and establish my business for future growth as the local leader in furniture repair and upholstery.”

As a microloan lender, NCMDC can provide loans to small businesses up to $250,000 for working capital, real estate, equipment, inventory, expansion and working with our banking partners to provide gap financing for the final piece of a project.

For more information about the NCMDC loan programs, please call 978.353.7607 or visit NorthCentralMass.com or ChooseNorthCentral.com.

VP Auto Mechanic

North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation approves financing to VP Auto Repair and Mechanical

North Central Mass.—The North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation (NCMDC), the economic development arm of the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce, recently approved a $50,000 loan to VP Auto Repair and Mechanical, located at 39 Pleasant Street in Leominster. The loan will fund the purchase of two vehicle lifts, a hydraulic bender station, a truck diagnostic kit, and the installation of an epoxy floor.

Owned and operated by Victor Perez since 2018, VP Auto Repair and Mechanical provides various repairs for vehicles, including auto mechanic repair, brakes, oil changes, and auto body repair and paint.

“As a small business owner in Leominster looking to grow my business, the funding from the North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation will go a long way toward achieving my goals,” said Victor Perez.

As a microloan lender, NCMDC can provide loans to small businesses up to $250,000 for working capital, real estate, equipment, inventory, expansion and working with our banking partners to provide gap financing for the final piece of a project.

For more information about the NCMDC loan programs, please call 978.353.7607 or visit NorthCentralMass.com or ChooseNorthCentral.com.

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North Central Mass Development Corp Provides Funding to Moon Hill Brewing Co in Gardner

The North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation (NCMDC) – the economic development arm of the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce – recently provided an Economic Recovery Fund (ERF) loan of $50,000 to Rick Walton, owner of Moon Hill Brewing in Gardner.  The ERF program, funded through contributions received by local community banks and credit unions, was launched by NCMDC to assist small businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Moon Hill Brewing Co. began in 2006 at the brewpub, Gardner Ale House, a long-time staple in the community.  Both are located at 74 Parker Street in Gardner and together serve as the only full-menu brewpub in North Central Massachusetts and Worcester County.  Moon Hill offers 14 craft  beers that can be found on tap at the Gardner Ale House as well as in many local pubs and restaurants.  This loan helped to retain 25 full time jobs and 70 part time jobs.  Moon Hill Brewing, following COVID guidelines, is open for business.  For more information visit www.moonhillbrewing.com/.

As a microloan lender, NCMDC can provide loans to small businesses up to $150,000 for working capital, equipment, inventory, expansion and working with our banking partners to provide gap financing for the final piece of a project. 

 

North Central Mass Development Corp Provides Funding to Three Downtown Fitchburg Businesses

The North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation (NCMDC) recently approved three loans totaling $55,000 to Strong Style Coffee, Bion Greek Kitchen and Mi Rinconcito Salvadoreno in Downtown Fitchburg.

 

Strong Style Coffee, owned and operated by Kimberly Jones on 37 Boulder Drive in Fitchburg, is a coffee shop that serves as a comfortable space where patrons can be creative and productive during the day and relax and enjoy events and entertainment at night. They offer coffee, pastries, breakfast sandwiches, and have a lunch menu, as well as beer and wine.  Their loan for $25,000 was used to re-finance business debt, and were a referral from NewVue Communities where Kimberly also worked on the financial plan for the loan application. Check out information on their upcoming events on their social media pages, at

https://www.facebook.com/strongstylecoffee/ or on Instagram at strongstylecoffee.

 

Bion Greek Kitchen received a $20,000 working capital loan to assist with operating expenses during the pandemic. Gregor and Violet Labovitis initially operated the business out of their home before eventually growing sales enough to open a physical location on 356 Main St., in Fitchburg. For more information visit their website at bion-greek.square.site or https://www.facebook.com/BionGreek1/?fref=tag.

 

Mi Rinconcito Salvadoreno is a start-up Latin American convenience store on Main St., Fitchburg at the site of the former Shack’s Clothing store. Owner Idelfonso Guzman and his wife Carmen decided to open the store after finding there were no reasonably close options for genuine Latin American oriented groceries in the area. The store opened on July 1, 2020 and features groceries, snacks and other novelties. For more information visit their store on 444 Main St., Fitchburg.

 

As a microloan lender, NCMDC can provide loans to small businesses up to $150,000 for working capital, equipment, inventory, expansion and working with our banking partners to provide gap financing for the final piece of a project.

North Central Mass Development Corp Provides Financing to Pasta Mani in Worcester Public Market

The North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation (NCMDC) recently approved a $50,000 loan to Jason Midwood owner of Pasta Mani, a start-up fresh pasta restaurant and retailer in the newly constructed Worcester Public Market. 

Jason has over 24 years of experience in the food service industry, including producing fresh pasta for the Ethan Stowell Restaurants in Seattle. Jason is translating this experience to his new restaurant Pasta Mani in the Worcester Public Market making hand made pasta dishes and to-go pasta options. Jason worked with the Small Business Development Center at Clark University on his business plan and projections. NCMDC’s loan was used to fund some kitchen equipment, start-up costs and working capital and was also part of a financing partnership with TD Bank. For more information on Pasta Mani stop by the Worcester Public Market or check them out on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/pasta_mani_worcester/.

As a microloan lender, NCMDC can provide loans to small businesses up to $100,000 for working capital, equipment, inventory, expansion and working with our banking partners to provide gap financing for the final piece of a project. 

North Central Mass Development Corp Provides Financing to Smokestack Roasters in Lunenburg

The North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation (NCMDC) recently approved a $48,000 loan to Smokestack Roasters, a coffee roaster and retail coffee shop in Lunenburg MA.

Jaclynn and Barry Nicoll have been roasting coffee beans at their home for over three years and decided to scale up their business and open a coffee shop along with a new coffee roaster which will roast coffee beans in the shop. They passionately foster an atmosphere of buying and think-ing local and intend to partner with many local businesses as they ramp up their business. This loan was a referral from the Center for Women & Enterprise and they worked with NewVue Communities on the business plan and projections. This loan went to fund start-up costs and working capital to open the coffee shop. For more information on Smokestack Roasters, visit them on 39 Mass Ave in Lunenburg and check out their Facebook page at https://www.face-book.com/Smokestackroasters/.

As a microloan lender, NCMDC can provide loans to small businesses up to $100,000 for work-ing capital, equipment, inventory, expansion and working with our banking partners to provide gap financing for the final piece of a project.

North Central Mass Development Corp Provides Financing to Popcorn Castle in the Mall at Whitney Field

The North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation (NCMDC) recently approved a $25,000 loan to Eric Machuca, owner of Popcorn Castle, a start-up popcorn and snack food retailer in the Mall at Whitney Field in Leominster MA.

Popcorn Castle sells traditional as well as specialty popcorn with a wide variety of flavors such a buffalo, BBQ, ranch, etc., and sugary glazes ranging from birthday cake or chocolate to the traditional caramel corn. Popcorn Castle also has many other popular snack foods such as fried dough, churros, ice cream and more. Eric worked with NewVue Communities on the business plan and projections for his new business and this loan was used to fund equipment and start-up costs. For more information on Popcorn Castle stop by the Mall at Whitney Field or check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Popcorn-Castle-100106481449563/.

As a microloan lender, NCMDC can provide loans to small businesses up to $150,000 for working capital, equipment, inventory, expansion and working with our banking partners to provide gap financing for the final piece of a project.