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ASBAC Seeks Volunteers

Mayor Richard A. Cohen
In previous columns I have told of the beginnings of the Agawam Small Business Assistance Center (ASBAC). It was four years ago that the Center opened its doors to assist local residents get their businesses off to a good start by providing information and counseling free of charge.

The Center relies upon a group of dedicated volunteers to staff the office and help future and existing business operators, with the assistance of SCORE, navigate the sometimes-tricky waters of business. The volunteers work in the ASBAC office which is located on the lower level of the Agawam Town Hall at 36 Main Street. As a result of increased demand for our services, we are looking for additional volunteer help. If you (or somebody you know) are interested in donating three to six hours a month to help answer phones and perform some routine office work, please call Pat Roberts, our volunteer leader, at 413-786-8580. She would love to hear from you.

In addition to counseling services, ASBAC regularly sponsors free seminars and workshops on a myriad of topics of interest to the small business operator.

The next workshop will be of great importance to anybody who is in business. It will be held on Wednesday, April 12th, and will deal with the "ABC's of Investing Wisely for the Future". Find out the opportunities that exist to invest today for the future. Whether you go it alone or seek some advice, this workshop will help you to better understand the Investment Business.

The workshop will focus on the different types of Investments available to you and the fees associated with these products, including IRA's, Roth IRA's, Small Company Retirement Plans, monthly Investment plans, Mutual Funds, Options, Equities, etc., and will be conducted by Timothy Ayre, (Ayre Investments, Inc.)

Workshops are held in the Community Room at the Agawam Public Library on Cooper Street from 9:30am to 11:30am. Admission is free, but seating is limited, so advance registration is necessary. You can register online at www.asbac.net (or by calling the reservation hotline at 786-0172).

The ASBAC is a non-profit organization that offers its counseling services and workshops free of charge, and is supported entirely by private funding from local businesses and organizations. The Center is ready to help or assist you with your business plans. Office hours are from 9am to 12noon Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. You can also reach the Center by calling 413-786-0172, or contacting ASBAC's website at www.asbac.net.

Mayor Richard A. Cohen

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