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
  MAY
26 WordPress Clinic (Hyannis)
 
  JUNE
12 Legal Clinic (Fall River)
17 Introduction to QuickBooks (Fall River)
17 SEED Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Session I: Introduction to the Fundamentals of Business Ownership (New Bedford)
17 SEED Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Session II: Understanding and Preparing Financial Statements (New Bedford)
17 The SBA Advantage (Brockton)
18 The SBA Advantage (Plymouth)
18 Social Media Clinic (Plymouth)
24 How to Build an Effective Website (Wareham)
30 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 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
Wed., Jun 17, 2015
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Career Works, 34 School Street, Brockton
To register, contact Career Works at 508-513-3400
 
Cosponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Brockton Career Works, and SCORE
Thurs., Jun 18, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Plymouth Career Center, 36 Cordage Park Circle, Suite 200, Plymouth
To register, contact the Plymouth Career Center at 508-732-5399  
 
Cosponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Plymouth Career Center, and SCORE

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, individuals, 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 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., May 15, 2015 New Bedford
 
Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP, Coastal Community Capital and the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce
Fri., Jun 12, 2015 Fall River
 
Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP and Fall River Area Chamber of Commerce




 

Social Media Clinic (offered monthly)

Workforce Education at Cape Cod Community CollegeIndividuals, entrepreneurs, and small business owners are eligible to meet one-on-one for 30 minutes, one time per calendar year, 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, interim director for Workforce Education 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 MSBDC from any and all claims and liability arising from your session with CCCC.

These free 30-minute sessions are offered on various dates in various locations - 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: To register, contact Mary Conklin in the CCCC WERC Office at 508-375-5002
 

Date Location
Thurs., Jun 18, 2015 Plymouth
 
Cosponsored by Workforce Education at Cape Cod Community College; Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce

WordPress Clinic (offered monthly)

Individuals, entrepreneurs and small business owners are eligible to meet one-on-one for 30 minutes, one time per calendar year, to discuss general WordPress 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 MSBDC from any and all claims and liability arising from your session with CCCC.

These free 30-minute sessions are offered on various dates in Hyannis and Buzzards Bay - 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: To register, contact Mary Conklin in the CCCC WERC Office at 508-375-5002
 

Date Location
Tues., May 26, 2015 Hyannis
 
Cosponsored by Workforce Education at Cape Cod Community College
Tues., Jun 30, 2015 Buzzards Bay
 
Cosponsored by Workforce Education at Cape Cod Community College and Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber of Commerce






Introduction to QuickBooks

This course is perfect for small business professionals with financial responsibility, particularly for accounts payable, accounts receivable, general accounting, payroll, and bookkeeping.

It is ideal for QuickBooks users of all levels and from organizations of all sizes, from those just learning to set up their financial management system to experienced QuickBooks users looking to learn about the recommended methods for properly and efficiently utilizing this powerful program. 

  • Create a new company file and access sample data files 
  • Edit your QuickBooks Preferences to customize the software to fit your needs 
  • Navigate the home page more efficiently and customize the icon bar 
  • Create a chart of accounts that allows you to edit and add accounts as needed 
  • Receive payments from customers and record deposits
  • Monitor checks and debit card purchases Enter and pay bills
  • Balance bank and credit card accounts
  • Set up, track, and pay sales taxes
  • Develop reports and graphs, and modify them with ease 
  • Improve your ability to work with customers and vendors alike
  • Streamline your data entry and increase your confidence using QuickBooks

A Certificate of Completion (suitable for framing) is awarded to students that attend and complete the course requirements from Deborah Bettencourt of Lighthouse Financial Services.

Date: Wednesday, June 17, 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

SEED Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Session I: Introduction to the Fundamentals of Business Ownership

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 be provided with a guide to writing a business plan and other materials.  Complimentary breakfast and lunch provided.

Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2015 
Time: Registration 8:30 a.m.; Workshop 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Fairfield Inn & Suites, Waypoint Event Center, 185 MacArthur Drive, New Bedford
Cost: Free
Contact: SEED Corporation at 508-822-1020

Sponsored by SEED Corporation and Rockland Trust; in cooperation with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), MA Small Business Development Center (MSBDC), SCORE, New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce and Plymouth Office of Economic Development

SEED Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Session II: Understanding and Preparing Financial Statements

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.

Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2015 
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Fairfield Inn & Suites, Waypoint Event Center, 185 MacArthur Drive, New Bedford 
Cost: Free
Contact: SEED Corporation at 508-822-1020

Sponsored by SEED Corporation and Rockland Trust; in cooperation with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), MA Small Business Development Center (MSBDC), SCORE, New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce and Plymouth Office of Economic Development

How to Build an Effective Website

You know your business needs a website – but why, how, and what’s important? Learn all of the elements that should go into the web design process from the professionals at Spectrum Marketing Group. 

In this interactive workshop you will learn the process of creating or re-creating a website by targeting your audience; being mobile responsive and search engine friendly (SEO); and using the advantages of content management systems. 

The discussion will also include the design process, characteristics of good websites, shopping carts, using flash, commonly made mistakes, attracting more visitors, improving conversion ratios, the launch process of registering and verifying with search engines, installing and monitoring Google Analytics, and the advantages vs. disadvantages of "do-it-yourself." Please join us and bring your questions!

Space is limited and complimentary beverages and snacks will be provided by the Wareham CEDA.

Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Time: 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Location: Memorial Town Hall, Auditorium, First Floor, 54 Marion Road, Wareham
Cost: Free, but pre-registration is required (the $15 fee has been absorbed by our cosponsors)
Contact: Register online or contact Alison Moriarty at 508-673-9783 ext. 10 

register online

Cosponsored by the Cape Cod Canal Regional Chamber of Commerce, Wareham Community & Economic Development Authority (CEDA), & Spectrum Marketing Group



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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