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
  September
2 Web.com Small Business Summit (Norton)
10 SEED Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Session I: Introduction to the Fundamentals of Business Ownership (Raynham)
10 SEED Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Session II: Understanding and Preparing Financial Statements (Raynham)
10 Piranha Pond Pitch Party (North Dartmouth)
15 SBA Lenders' Roundtable: What Every SBA Loan Officer Should Know About the SBA Liquidation Process (Plymouth)
16 Legal Clinic (Norwood)
22 The SBA Advantage (Brockton)
 
  October
7 SEED Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Session I: Introduction to the Fundamentals of Business Ownership (Mansfield)
7 SEED Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Session II: Understanding and Preparing Financial Statements (Mansfield)
9 Legal Clinic (Centerville)
   
 
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
Tues., Sept 22, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 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

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 - 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
Wed, Sept 16, 2015 Norwood
 
Cosponsored by Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP and the Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce
Fri, Oct 9, 2015 Location: Centerville
 
Cosponsored by Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP and the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce and Coastal Community Capital




 

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
   

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
   






Web.com Small Business Summit

The Web.com Small Business Summit helps small business owners succeed online by providing free resources and consulting. 

Attendees will have access to: 

  • Complimentary Web Boot Camp, covering essential basics for your website, social media presence, and search marketing strategy
  • Free, personalized consulting with Web.com Ambassadors (website, Facebook, search, lead generation)
  • Complimentary ticket to the Deutsche Bank Championship
  • Opportunity to network with other key local business owners

In addition, all attendees will receive passes to The Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston in Norton, MA. 

Date: Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Time: Registration and complimentary refreshments at 9:00 a.m.; Summit 9:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: TCP Boston Golf Course, 400 Arnold Palmer Blvd., Norton
Cost: Free
Contact: Register online at Small Business Summit

Cosponsored by Web.com™ in association with Minuteman Health, SCORE, America's SBDC (Small Business Development Center) and the PGA TOUR

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: Thursday, September 10, 2015
Time: Registration 8:30 a.m.; Workshop 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Bridgewater Savings Bank, 756 Orchard Street, Raynham
Cost: Free
Contact: SEED Corporation at 508-822-1020

Sponsored by SEED Corporation and Bridgewater Savings Bank and held in cooperation with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), MA Small Business Development Center (MSBDC), and SCORE

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: Thursday, September 10, 2015
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Bridgewater Savings Bank, 756 Orchard Street, Raynham
Cost: Free
Contact: SEED Corporation at 508-822-1020

Sponsored by SEED Corporation and Bridgewater Savings Bank and held in cooperation with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), MA Small Business Development Center (MSBDC), and SCORE

Piranha Pond Pitch Party

What is the Piranha Pond? It is a "pitch party" where a select group of entrepreneurs has up to five minutes to convince a panel of investors to meet with them to discuss funding their ventures.

Using a format similar to the popular television show Shark Tank, investors provide feedback to the entrepreneurs about their presentations and companies, and information to all about why they decide to be "In" or "Out." If they are "In" they will meet with the entrepreneur at a later time to discuss their company. If they are "Out" there is no interest at this time. Again, the investor lets us know why they will not move forward with the presenter.  

For this event, we seek companies beyond the idea stage. The ideal company will have raised funds from friends, family, and/or grants such as SBIR's. If the company's product is a software or SAAS product, it should be in beta testing or later. 

Parking provided in Lot 13.

Date: Thursday, September 10, 2015
Time: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. 
Location: Claire T. Carney Library, Grand Reading Room, First Floor, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 285 Old Westport Rd. North Dartmouth
Cost: Presenters' Application Fee - $50; General admission - $35; 128ICG Members - $25; SNEEF Members - No Charge
Contact: Register online at SNEEF

Cosponsored by the Southeastern New England Entrepreneurs Forum (SNEEF) & the 128 Innovation Capital Group

SBA Lenders' Roundtable: What Every SBA Loan Officer Should Know About the SBA Liquidation Process (for SBA lenders and economic development agencies only)

It happens...your SBA 7(a) loan customer goes out of business, shuts down, and closes up shop.  If it happens to you and one of your customers it is a BAD DAY, indeed.  Now how do you collect on the SBA guaranty?  10-tab?  What does that even mean?  And how do I get started?  If this sounds familiar, then this training is for YOU. 

Join Nadine Boone, SBA's new Lead Lender Relations Specialist, when she leads an in-person training on the SBA's 10-tab and liquidation process. With over 10 years of experience dealing directly with purchasing and liquidation, at the Herndon Guaranty Purchase Center, Nadine brings a wealth of experience on getting the process done right the first time. 

SBA's brand promise is to pay within 45 days of receipt of a purchase request but only if EVERYTHING is included. Make sure to register for this training opportunity because Nadine brings tons of examples and behind-the-scenes tips and recommendations you don't want to miss.

Also, hear two of the MSBDC's clients present an overview of the great work they are doing in Southeastern Massachusetts: Neal Gouck's Indoor Skydiving Project and Kathleen Egger's Successful Education, Inc.

Space is limited and a light continental breakfast will be provided, so pre-registration is required. This event is for SBA lenders only and economic development agencies only!

Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Time: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce, 134 Court Street, Plymouth
Cost: Free
Contact: Register online below or call Alison Moriarty at 508-673-9783 x10

register online

Cosponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce

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, October 7, 2015
Time: Registration 8:30 a.m.; Workshop 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Mansfield Holiday Inn, 31 Hampshire Street, Mansfield 
Cost: Free
Contact: SEED Corporation at 508-822-1020

Sponsored by SEED Corporation and Mansfield Savings Bank and held in cooperation with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), MA Small Business Development Center (MSBDC), SCORE, and Tri-Town Chamber of Commerce

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, October 7, 2015
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Mansfield Holiday Inn, 31 Hampshire Street, Mansfield
Cost: Free
Contact: SEED Corporation at 508-822-1020

Sponsored by SEED Corporation and Mansfield Savings Bank and held in cooperation with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), MA Small Business Development Center (MSBDC), SCORE, and Tri-Town Chamber of Commerce



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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