Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC)


2015 Training & Events Calendar

All seminars are held in Massachusetts unless otherwise noted.
Pre-registration is required for seminars.

 Cancellation Policy
  FEBRUARY
13 Legal Clinic (Mansfield)
18 Growth Strategies for the New Economy (Fall River)
19 Social Media Clinic (Buzzards Bay)
24 WordPress Clinic (Buzzards Bay)
 
For a listing of MSBDC seminars & workshops offered throughout the state, visit the MSBDC statewide training calendar at www.msbdc.org/training.

 





 
 



Program Descriptions

The SBA Advantage

SBAThis workshop will help you gain a better understanding of the various U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) programs and services that are available to prospective or current entrepreneurs who need assistance in starting or expanding their businesses. 

General information will be provided on the following programs and services:

  • SCORE – Counselors to America’s Small Business
  • MSBDC – Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network
  • BICs - Business Resource Centers
  • SBA Guaranty Loan Programs: 7(a), Micro Loans, Patriot and SBA Express Loans, and CDC/504 Loan
  • Government Contracting Opportunities: 8(a) Business Development, HUBZones (Historically Underutilized Business Zones), Small Disadvantaged Business, and Surety Bonding (when applicable, 2 years in business experience required)
  • Disaster Assistance 

This free two-hour program is offered on various dates and locations. Please contact the appropriate agency to register (see chart below for details).

Cosponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration & SCORE

Date & Time Location & Registration Details
   

Legal Clinic (offered monthly)

legal cosponsorsWe are very pleased to announce that Chris Cassara, Esq. and partner at Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP is continuing to hold free legal clinics in our office and at outreach sites.

Typically held on the second Friday afternoon of each month, entrepreneurs and small business owners can meet one-on-one for 30 minutes to discuss general legal questions such as corporate structure, leases, contracts, insurance, employment, franchising, etc.

All services are provided by Partridge Snow & Hahn (PSH) which is not acting as an agent or representative of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network (MSBDC). By meeting with PSH you agree to indemnify and hold harmless the MSBDC from any and all claims and liability arising from your session with PSH.

Individuals and small business owners are eligible to attend only one 30-minute Legal Clinic and will receive a general waiver regarding conflicts, etc. These free 30-minute sessions are offered monthly on various dates in various locations - please see the calendar below for details.   

Dates: Monthly on Friday - see below
Times: 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. (30-minute appointment)
Location: Varies
Cost: Free
Contact: Alison at the MSBDC at 508-673-9783 ext.10 to schedule a free & confidential
30-minute appointment

Cosponsored by Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP

Date Location & Details
Fri., February 13, 2015 Mansfield
 
Cosponsored by HarborOneU (HarborOne Bank)




 

Social Media Clinic (offered monthly)

Entrepreneurs and small business owners can meet one-on-one for 30 minutes to discuss general social media questions related to Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+, Twitter, Instagram, Basic SEO, Blogging, and social media time management with Tammi Jacobsen, program coordinator for Workforce Education at Cape Cod Community College (CCCC).

Any individual or small business participating in the clinic will receive a general waiver regarding conflicts, etc. All services are offered by CCCC which is not acting as an agent or representative of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network (MSBDC). By meeting with CCCC you agree to indemnify and hold harmless MSBDC from any and all claims and liability arising from your session with CCCC.

Individuals and small business are eligible to attend only one 30-minute Social Media Clinic per calendar year. These free 30-minute sessions are offered on various dates - please see the calendar below for details.

Date: Monthly on Thursday - see below
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. (30-minute session)
Location: Varies
Cost: Free
Contact: Alison at the MSBDC at 508-673-9783 ext. 10

Cosponsored by Workforce Education at Cape Cod Community College

Date Location
Thurs., February 19, 2015 Buzzards Bay
 
Cosponsored by the Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber of Commerce

WordPress Clinic (offered monthly)

Entrepreneurs and small business owners can meet one-on-one for 30 minutes to discuss general questions and learn tips and tricks for creating and maintaining a WordPress blog or website with Sheila Crowley, WordPress trainer, web designer, and instructor at Cape Cod Community College (CCCC).

All services are offered by CCCC which is not acting as an agent or representative of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network (MSBDC). By meeting with CCCC you agree to indemnify and hold harmless the MSBDC from any and all claims and liability arising from your session with CCCC.

Individuals and small business owners are eligible to attend only one 30-minute WordPress Clinic per calendar year and will receive a general waiver regarding conflicts, etc. These free 30-minute sessions are offered on various dates - please see the calendar below for details.

Date: Monthly on Tuesday - see below
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. (30-minute session)
Location: Varies
Cost: Free
Contact: Alison at the MSBDC at 508-673-9783 ext. 10

Cosponsored by Workforce Education at Cape Cod Community College

Date Location
Tues., February 24, 2015 Buzzards Bay
 
Cosponsored by Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber of Commerce






Growth Strategies for the New Economy

This program is specifically designed for the small business manager who must address real world issues, challenges and opportunities in today’s highly competitive environment. This workshop is an interactive program where attendees will learn through small business sales and marketing case studies and the lessons learned that they can apply to their businesses. 

To quote Peter Drucker, "the purpose of business is to create and keep a customer."

 You will learn how marketing and sales strategies should complement each other to provide you with a distinct advantage over your competitors.  It’s about getting your clear and concise marketing message out in front of the right target audience using a combination of social media, technology and tried and true fundamentals to drive a convergence of message in order to have successful sales efforts close more business.  Participants will gain knowledge through a combination of prepared material, exercises and brainstorming. 

Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Time: 4:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Cherry & Webb/UMass Dartmouth Building, 139 South Main Street, 4th Floor, Fall River
Cost: Free
Contact: Register online or contact Alison Moriarty at 508-673-9783 ext. 10

register online

Cosponsored by the Fall River Office of Economic Development



Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received 48 hours prior to the seminar will be entitled to a refund minus a $15 processing fee. No refund will be given on notifications received after that time or in any no-show situation. The MSBDC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a seminar due to insufficient enrollment. Registration fees will be returned or credited towards a future program.




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