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
  JANUARY
8 SEED Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Session I: Introduction to the Fundamentals for Business Ownership  (Brockton)
8 SEED Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Session II: Understanding and Preparing Financial Statements  (Brockton)
9 Free Legal Clinic (Middleboro)
15 Free Social Media Clinic (Hyannis)
21 The SBA Advantage (Brockton)
21 Starting a Business in Massachusetts (Fall River)
22 The SBA Advantage (Plymouth)
27 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., January 21, 2015
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Career Works, 34 School Street, Brockton
To register, contact the Career Works at 508-513-3400
Thur., January 22, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Plymouth Career Center, 36 Cordage Park Circle, 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., January 9, 2015 Middleboro




 

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 per calendar year. These free 30-minute sessions are offered on various dates in Plymouth and Hyannis - please see the calendar below for details.

Date: Thursdays (except if noted otherwise) - 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., January 15, 2015 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 per calendar year 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., January 27, 2015 Hyannis






SEED Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Session I:  Introduction to the Fundamentals for 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 also be provided with a guide to writing a business plan and other materials.

Date: Thursday, January 8, 2015
Time: Registration: 8:30 a.m. Workshop: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Metro South Chamber of Commerce, 60 School Street, Brockton
Cost: Free
Contact: SEED Corporation at 508-822-1020

Sponsored by SEED Corporation and Rockland Trust Community Development Corporation. Held in cooperation with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Metro South Chamber of Commerce, MA Small Business Development Center (MSBDC), City of Brockton, Brockton 21st Century Corporation, 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, January 8, 2015
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Metro South Chamber of Commerce, 60 School Street, Brockton
Cost: Free
Contact: SEED Corporation at 508-822-1020

Sponsored by SEED Corporation and Rockland Trust Community Development Corporation. Held in cooperation with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Metro South Chamber of Commerce, MA Small Business Development Center (MSBDC), City of Brockton, Brockton 21st Century Corporation, and SCORE.

Starting a Business in Massachusetts

So you want to be an entrepreneur, your own boss, a multimillionaire?! Starting a business is a major undertaking, if you want to do it right, and maximize the likelihood of success. 

Join us for a fast-paced, dynamic workshop which will take you from (1) feasibility analysis to (2) licensing and permitting to (3) business planning to (4) financing criteria. 

Nancy Lowd, senior business advisor with the MSBDC, will present this free workshop to anyone who is in the process or thinking about starting their own business.  

Date: Wednesday, January 21, 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

 


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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