HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – One local organization is giving a helping hand to local aspiring entrepreneurs, in efforts to enhance our region’s economic development.

Holyoke-based “EforAll” / Epara-Todos Pioneer Valley is doing just that, by running an accelerated and inclusive program to give entrepreneurs in under-represented communities the tools they need to become industry experts.

Wednesday night in Springfield, they celebrated recent graduates of the program. Executive Director of the organization Tessa Murphy-Romboletti, told 22News, “Entrepreneurship is very lonely and we have a lot of great resources here in the Pioneer Valley. We want to make sure that we remove the barriers and help our economy move into a stronger position.”

The program is taught in English and Spanish. The organization is now accepting applications for the next cycle of the program, which is due May 9th.