Valley Venture Mentors

VVM is a community of volunteers whose primary goal is to mentor and support entrepreneurs in the Pioneer Valley through its round-table discussions, workshops, and accelerators. VVM helps entrepreneurs become better leaders and run better businesses.


Valley Venture Mentors has an important role in the Pioneer Valley’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.  The VVM community is comprised of hundreds of volunteers with diverse backgrounds and skillsets looking to mentor entrepreneurs at all stages of development.  To complement the flagship mentoring program, VVM also offers round-table discussions, workshops, and accelerators to promote continual growth and learning.  Beginning in 2021, VVM will partner with other organizations to develop specific programming for minority, lower-income, female, and student entrepreneurs.  VVM’s emphasis on entrepreneurial support and education will lead to a stronger local economy.  

Services Provided

Business Planning

  • Business Succession Planning
  • Diversification
  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Forming a Business
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Angel Investment
  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training
  • Equity Funding

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Leadership/Professional Development

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Student Marketing Projects
  • Student Research Projects
  • Youth Entrepreneurship Education
  • Student Training

Management Issues

  • Leadership/Professional Development

Marketing and Sales

  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Student Marketing Projects
  • Website Development


  • Formal Mentoring Programs
  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Peer Mentoring

Networking and Associations

  • Demographically Based
  • Geographically Based
  • Home Based
  • Industry Specific
  • Small Business/General


  • Conference/Meeting and Event Space
  • Coworking
  • Office Space

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • African-American Business
  • City Business Issues
  • Hispanic Business
  • State Business Issues
  • LGBTQIA Business Issues
  • Native-American Business
  • Small Business Policy
  • Women’s Business Issues

Starting a Business

  • Forming a Business
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Site Location
  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Startup Classes

Technical Assistance

  • Virtual Consulting and Online Services
  • Website Development


  • Online Courses and Videos
  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training
  • Business Management Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Marketing Plan Training
  • Startup Classes

Accelerators and Incubators

  • Accelerator

Events and Community Building

  • Pitch Events
  • Neighborhood Fairs and Festivals
  • Startup Drinks
  • Community Outreach
  • Virtual Town Halls/Community Forums
  • Community Visioning/Arts

Marketing and Sales

  • Social Media Marketing
Primary Contact
Hope Ross Gibaldi
276 Bridge Street
Springfield, MA 01103