Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC)


2014 Training & Events Calendar

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

 Cancellation Policy
  SEPTEMBER
10 Don't Be that Boss - How to Avoid Common Employer/Employee Mistakes  (Fall River)
11 Free Social Media Clinic (Plymouth)
12 Free Legal Clinic (Attleboro)
17 Born to Sell: Mastering the Sales Process (Fall River)
17 SEED Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Session I: Learn the Fundamentals of Planning, Preparing for, and Financing Your Business (Mansfield)
17 SEED Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Session II: Learn to Understand Financial Statements and How They Help to Determine the Health of Your Business (Mansfield)
17 The SBA Advantage (Brockton)
18 The SBA Advantage (Plymouth)
30 Free Wordpress Clinic (Hyannis) - limited availability
 
  OCTOBER
8 Creating a Small Business Website (Fall River)
9 Free Social Media Clinic (Hyannis)
10 Free Legal Clinic (Brockton)
15 The SBA Advantage (Brockton)
16 The SBA Advantage (Plymouth)
22 Ask the Expert - Health Insurance (Fall River)
28 Free Wordpress Clinic (Hyannis)
 

 
For a complete listing of MSBDC seminars and 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
Wed., September 17, 2014
2:00 -4:00 p.m.
Career Works, 34 School Street, Brockton
To register, contact the Career Works at 508-513-3400
Thu., September 18, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 12 noon
Plymouth Career Center, 36 Cordage Park Circle, Ste 200, Plymouth
To register, contact the Plymouth Career Center at 508-732-5399
Wed., October 15, 2014
2:00 -4:00 p.m.
Career Works, 34 School Street, Brockton
To register, contact the Career Works at 508-513-3400
Thu., October 16, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 12 noon
Plymouth Career Center, 36 Cordage Park Circle, Ste 200, Plymouth
To register, contact the Plymouth Career Center at 508-732-5399

Free Legal Clinic (offered monthly)

Partridge Snow & Hahn LLPWe 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.

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 on various dates in various locations - please see the calendar below for details.   

Dates: Ongoing - second Friday of the month
Times: 1:00 - 4:30 pm (30-minute appointment)
Location: Various locations
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., September 12, 2014 Attleboro
Fri., October 10, 2014 Brockton




 

Free 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. These free 30-minute sessions are offered on various dates in Plymouth and Hyannis - please see the calendar below for details.

Date: Thursdays - see calendar below
Time: 1:00 - 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., September 11, 2014 Plymouth
Thurs., October 9, 2014 Hyannis

Free 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 and will receive a general waiver regarding conflicts, etc. These free 30-minute sessions are offered on various dates in Hyannis - please see the calendar below for details.

Date: Tuesdays - See calendar below
Time: 1:00 - 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, September 30, 2014
(only a few openings available) 
Hyannis
Tues, October 28, 2014  Hyannis







Don't Be that Boss - How to Avoid Common Employer/Employee Mistakes

Learn how to avoid some of the most common mistakes that small businesses owners make in managing their employees. 

This legal workshop, presented by Jan Glassman and Joel Sowalsky of Daily General Counsel, will focus on mistakes that business owners make when they hire new employees and mistakes that they make in handling their problem employees.  It is intended both for owners of existing businesses and for those who are thinking about starting a new business. 

Through fictional and entertaining case studies followed by interactive group discussions, attendees will learn such things as: 

  • Who must be an employee and who can be an independent contractor? 
  • Who must be on an hourly wage and who can be salaried? 
  • How to respond to employees who take excessive or unauthorized overtime. 
  • How to handle employees with excessive absenteeism or who are not team players. 
  • How to manage employees who exhibit inappropriate behavior, such as excessive smoking breaks, excessive and/or loud personal phone calls, and vulgar language. 
  • The value of non-competition, non-solicitation, and non-disclosure employment agreements.

Date: Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Time: 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Cherry & Webb/UMass Dartmouth Building, 139 South Main Street, 4th Floor, Fall River
Cost: Free
Contact: Register online or call Alison at the MSBDC at 508-673-9783 ext. 10

register online

Cosponsored by the Fall River Office of Economic Development

Born to Sell: Mastering the Sales Process

Selling is not telling! Great sales people are MADE not born. Sure, some people take to selling like a duck takes to the water. But we all need to learn how to swim and if we’re to be successful in our own small business, we need to learn how to sell. 

Join Dennis Callanan, seasoned sales professional and SCORE counselor, for a workshop to improve your business’ ability to sell. 

Since the biggest reason for small business failure is not enough sales, come learn about: 

  • The sales process
  • Ideas to engage the customer & build relationships
  • Strategic selling vs. product or price selling
  • Techniques to control the sales call - an outline for mental preparation before every sales call

If you want to be successful in business, you need to improve your sales abilities!

Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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 call Alison at the MSBDC at 508-673-9783 ext. 10

register online

Cosponsored by the Fall River Office of Economic Development

SEED Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Session I: Learn the Fundamentals of Planning, Preparing for, and Financing Your Business

 SEED CorporationThis workshop is geared toward helping potential entrepreneurs evaluate and understand the fundamentals of owning one’s own business. Information on how to get started, where and how to get financing, and the loan application process will be presented. Attendees will also be provided with a guide to writing a business plan and other materials. Pre-registration is required by September 10th.

Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Time: Registration: 8:30 a.m. Workshop: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Mansfield Holiday Inn, 31 Hampshire Street, Mansfield
Cost: Free
Contact: SEED Corporation at 508-822-1020

Cosponsored by SEED Corporation, Mansfield Bank, SBA, Tri-Town Chamber of Commerce & SCORE

SEED Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Session II: Learn to Understand Financial Statements and How They Help to Determine the Health of Your Business

SEED CorporationThe focus of this workshop is to help attendees understand a balance sheet, income statement, and cash flow statement. The workshop also explains how a small business owner can anticipate financial needs in order to operate his/her business more efficiently. Pre-registration is required by September 10th.

Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Mansfield Holiday Inn, 31 Hampshire Street, Mansfield
Cost: Free
Contact: SEED Corporation at 508-822-1020

Cosponsored by SEED Corporation, Mansfield Bank, SBA, Tri-Town Chamber of Commerce & SCORE

Creating a Small Business Website

You know your business needs a website – but why, how and what’s important?  Jeff Wotton and Jason Almeida, of Spectrum Marketing Group will present an interactive workshop to explain the process of creating or re-creating a website. They will cover a lot of ground including: the design process, characteristics of good websites, what needs to be in them for SEO, what’s a shopping cart, using flash, what are the mistakes are most commonly made, and advantages of "do it yourself" vs. disadvantages. 

Please join us and bring your questions! 

Date: Wednesday, October 8, 2014
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 call Alison at the MSBDC at 508-673-9783 ext. 10

register online

Cosponsored by the Fall River Office of Economic Development

Ask the Expert - Health Insurance

As a small business owner, how do you choose benefits that will protect you and your family, as well as the employees you hire to work for you?  Do all employers have to offer health insurance to their employees under the federal ACA laws?  What is the most cost effective way to purchase benefits?  How can you get the most out of your plan through tax deductible plans, government subsidies and discount programs? 

Julie Jennings and Rose Lopes from Paradigm Employee Benefits, member of the Sylvia Group, will provide an interactive program with valuable information and plenty of opportunity to ask all your questions.

Date: Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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 call Alison at the MSBDC 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.




About Us | Services | Event Calendar | Online Training & Videos | Outreach Sites & Chambers
Business Guides and Forms | Client Stories | Business Links | Directions |
Contact | Home

_________________________________________________________
Copyright © 2014   University of Massachusetts Amherst. Site Policies.
This site is maintained by the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network