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
  JULY
23 Social Media Trends (Fall River)
29 Free Wordpress Clinic (Hyannis)
 
  AUGUST
20 10 Basic Tips for Search Engine Optimization (Fall River)
21 Free Social Media Clinic (Hyannis)
26 Free Wordpress Clinic (Hyannis)
 
  SEPTEMBER
30 Free Wordpress Clinic (Hyannis)
 
  OCTOBER
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

Date & Time Location & Registration Details
no dates scheduled  

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: MSBDC at 508-673-9783 ext.10 to schedule a free & confidential
30-minute appointment

Cosponsored by Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP

Date Location & Details
no dates scheduled  




 

Free Social Media Clinic 

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.

The meetings will be with Tammi Jacobsen, program coordinator for Workforce Education at Cape Cod Community College.

These free 30-minute sessions are offered on various dates and at different locations - see calendar below for details.

Date: Thursdays - see calendar below
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. (30-minute session)
Location: Varies
Cost: Free
Contact: MSBDC at 508-673-9783 ext. 10

Cosponsored by Workforce Education at Cape Cod Community College

Date Location
Thurs, August 21, 2014 Hyannis

Free Wordpress Clinic

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.

You can schedule a 30-minute meeting with Sheila Crowley, Wordpress trainer and web designer, on various dates - 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: MSBDC at 508-673-9783 ext. 10

Cosponsored by Workforce Education at Cape Cod Community College

Date Location
Tues, July 29, 2014 Hyannis
Tues, August 26, 2014 Hyannis
Tues, September 30, 2014  Hyannis
Tues, October 28, 2014  Hyannis







Social Media Trends

Social media is moving at the speed of light! It’s hard to keep up with all that is happening with these exciting marketing and social networking opportunities. Join us for a fast paced look at what’s new, what’s not, and what’s coming around the corner. 

Join Tricia White, a local Social Media expert, as she talks about trends in Search and  Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Social Networks, Cloud Technologies, Mobile Applications and Marketing Strategies centered around working collaboratively in tribes.

Date: Wednesday, July 23, 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: Alison Moriarty at 508-673-9783 ext. 10

register online

Cosponsored by the Fall River Office of Economic Development

10 Basic Tips for Search Engine Optimization

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a shifting landscape and as search engines have evolved over the past few years, greater emphasis has been placed on the actual content, versus the quantity of text. There is no silver bullet solution for SEO success and a lot of complex information out there to make sense of – but we will focus on 10 very simple tips that could certainly help improve your SEO efforts this year.

Tammi Jacobsen, program coordinator for Workforce Education at Cape Cod Community College, will lead this exciting workshop.

Date: Wednesday, August 20, 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 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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