Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC)

2016 Training & Events Calendar

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

 Cancellation Policy
12 Legal Clinic (New Bedford)
For a listing of MSBDC seminars & workshops offered throughout the state, visit the MSBDC statewide training calendar at



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 504 Project Loan Development
  • 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

Date & Time Location & Registration Details

Legal Clinic (offered monthly)

legal cosponsorsWe are very pleased to announce that Chris Cassara, Esq., partner at Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP (PSH), 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 are eligible to meet one-on-one for 30 minutes, one time, to discuss general legal questions such as corporate structure, leases, contracts, insurance, employment, franchising, and various other business related issues.  

All services are provided by 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. Participants will receive a general waiver statement prior to their meeting.

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

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

Date Location & Details
Friday, Feb 12, 2016 Location: New Bedford
Cosponsored by Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP, New Bedford Economic Development Council, and Groundwork!



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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