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
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 Strategic Planning for Employee Benefits (Fall River)
28 Free Wordpress Clinic (Hyannis)
 
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
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., 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., 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







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

Strategic Planning for Employee Benefits

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.




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