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
  APRIL
11 Free Legal Clinic (Plymouth)
16 The SBA Advantage (Brockton)
17 The SBA Advantage (Plymouth)
23 Wordpress Beyond the Basics (Fall River) *full*
 
  MAY
7 8 Steps and a Roadmap to Successful Inventing (Fall River)
9 Free Legal Clinic (New Bedford)
14 How to Create an Awesome Marketing Plan for Your Business (Nantucket)
21 The SBA Advantage (Brockton)
21 Google Tools - Advanced (Fall River)
21 Mobile Strategies, the Cloud & Beyond! (Mansfield)
22 The SBA Advantage (Plymouth)
 
  JUNE
13 Free Legal Clinic (Fall River)
18 The SBA Advantage (Brockton)
19 The SBA Advantage (Plymouth)
 

 
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

Date & Time Location & Registration Details
Wed., April 16, 2014
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Career Works, 34 School Street, Brockton
To register, call the Career Works at 508-513-3400
Thurs., April 17, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Plymouth Career Center, 36 Cordage Park Circle, Suite 200, Plymouth
To register, call the Plymouth Career Center at 508-732-5399
Wed., May 21, 2014
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Career Works, 34 School Street, Brockton
To register, call the Career Works at 508-513-3400
Thurs., May 22, 2014 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Plymouth Career Center, 36 Cordage Park Circle, Suite 200, Plymouth
To register, call the Plymouth Career Center at 508-732-5399
Wed., June 18, 2014
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Career Works, 34 School Street, Brockton
To register, call the Career Works at 508-513-3400
Thurs., June 19, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Plymouth Career Center, 36 Cordage Park Circle, Suite 200, Plymouth
To register, call 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 of Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP has offered to continue to hold free legal clinics for small businesses in our office and 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.

You will be able to schedule a confidential 30-minute meeting with Chris Cassara, a partner at Partridge Snow & Hahn, between 1:00 and 4:30 p.m. by calling MSBDC’s office at 508-673-9783 x10. Any business participating in the clinic will be expected to sign a general waiver regarding conflicts, 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 (MSBDC) Network. By meeting with Partridge Snow & Hahn, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless the MSBDC from any and all claims and liability arising from your session with PSH.

Dates: Ongoing - second Friday of the month
Times: 1:00 - 4:30 pm (30-minute appointment)
Location: Various locations
Cost: Free
Contact: Alison Moriarty at 508-673-9783 ext.10 to schedule a free & confidential
30-minute appointment

Cosponsored by Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP

Date & Time Location & Details
Fri, Apr 11, 2014
1:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce
134 Court Street, Plymouth
Fri, May 9, 2014
1:00 - 4:30 p.m.
New Bedford Economic Development Council
1213 Purchase Street, 2nd Floor, New Bedford
Fri, Jun 13, 2014
1:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Fall River Area Chamber of Commerce
200 Pocasset Street, Fall River




 

Wordpress Beyond the Basics

*This session is full.

You built your basic WordPress website, but now it time to make it shine and add some functionality.

This hands-on Intermediate WordPress Workshop will cover some of the most commonly used plugins, walk you through how to find and select appropriate plugins, finding a selecting a theme, and discussing free vs. premium themes. In addition we cover best practices for security, preparing your site for SEO, and backup and recovery plugins.

All attendees will need to bring their own laptop. Wi-Fi will be available. Seating is limited. 

Intermediate Wordpress agenda:

  • Plugins: how to select and test
  • Review of some basic and advanced plugins
  • Themes, how to choose and properly edit themes
  • Theme evaluation SEO – on-site preparation and how to
  • Security – how to protect your site from spam, robot attacks
  • Backup and Recovery – updates, how to implement your own process

Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Time: 4:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Cherry & Webb/UMass Dartmouth Building, 139 South Main Street, Fall River
Cost: Free
Contact: Alison Moriarty at 508-673-9783 ext. 10

Cosponsored by the Fall River Office of Economic Development 

8 Steps and a Roadmap to Successful Inventing

There is a lot of conflicting information out there about what it takes to transform a creative concept into a real product. How do you know what to do first or next, where and when to invest, or who to trust?

If these are among your concerns, and you want to save yourself time, money, and aggravation while giving your project its best chance for success, make this workshop your first stop.

For start-ups, entrepreneurs, creative individuals, anyone with a new concept regardless of prior experience or stage of product development. 8 tried and true steps will help you navigate the concept validation process and cover the pressing issues that separate successful ventures from those that fall by the wayside. 

Date: Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Time: 4:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Cherry & Webb/UMass Dartmouth Building, 139 South Main Street, 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

How to Create an Awesome Marketing Plan for Your Business

What is job ONE for your business?  Create Customers!  How do you do that?  By writing and executing an AWESOME marketing plan. This seminar will show you how to do just that. You will walk away with a strategy in place and a marketing plan guide to help you use the tools and tips you learn in this workshop to work for your business.

Date: Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Time: 10:30 a..m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce, Zero Main Street, Nantucket
Cost: Free
Contact: Nantucket Chamber at 508-228-3643 

Cosponsored by the Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce

Mobile Strategies, the Cloud & Beyond!

Smartphones have become mainstream technology that so many of us cannot live without. A small business using mobile technologies can save valuable time as well as money. Start taking advantage of the trends in technology to improve your business’ productivity and efficiency. 

This seminar is designed to help you navigate the Cloud, mobile apps, mobile marketing, new social media mobile platforms and more! 

Date: Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Time: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Location: HarborOne Credit Union, 131 Copeland Drive, Mansfield
Cost: Free
Contact: Click here to register online or contact HarborOne U at 508-895-1300

Cosponsored by HarborOne Credit Union

Google Tools - Advanced

Like every small business, you want to increase your company’s market recognition and penetration. However, you don’t have a lot of money to spend on marketing. 

Please join us for this informative workshop which will cover advanced strategies to help small businesses make the most out of Google's products and tools. Force 4 Photography, Google Trusted Independent Photographers, will give you the tools to help navigate the many layers of Google. 

In this workshop, business owners will learn about the tools provided by the world’s largest search engine. The basics will be reviewed, like Search, but the focus will be on the powerful tools Google provides business owners like Google+, Drive, YouTube, and more. 

You will have the opportunity to ask questions and have step by step instructions on all aspects of Google’s products. By the end of the session, you will know how to maximize the tools Google has provided. 

Although it’s not required, it is advised that attendees bring a laptop. 

Speakers include Russ Jennings and Kevin Ham, Google Business View Trusted Photographers with Force 4 Photography.

Date: Wednesday, May 21, 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 below 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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