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Training Seminars

The Western Regional Office offers a full calendar of business training. Seminars are offered at a nominal fee and held at locations throughout Western Massachusetts.

2014 Training Calendar
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1 Basics of Starting a Business (Springfield)
4 Basics of Starting a Business (Greenfield)
Click here for a complete listing of all MSBDC training
offered throughout the state.

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Program Descriptions

Basics of Starting a Business

Learn the whole nine yards of starting a business. This free workshop, presented by Allen Kronick, senior business advisor with the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network Western Regional Office, will focus on business fundamentals, from start-up considerations to business plan development and funding sources. It is designed for owners of existing businesses as well as those who are planning to start one.

The workshop will help entrepreneurs write a business plan and provide structure to starting/managing their venture.

Topics will include:

  • Introduction and need for planning
  • Basic business plan format
  • Choosing your legal form of organization
  • Marketing, market planning and research
  • Cash flow projections
  • Financial statements
  • Financing

Oreste Varela, Springfield branch manager of the U.S. Small Business Administration will also present, The SBA Advantage: An Overview of SBA’s Programs and Services. This presentation will help you gain a better understanding of the various SBA programs and services available to prospective or current entrepreneurs who need assistance in starting or expanding their businesses, and will include capital, counseling and contracting information.

This free workshop is held on the first Monday of the month in Springfield and the first Thursday of the month in Greenfield (except in the case of a holiday or other conflict). See chart below for dates, times and locations.

The Greenfield workshops are cosponsored by the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce.

Cost: No charge
Western Regional Office at 413-737-6712 or

register online

Date & Time


Mon., Dec 1
1-3:30 p.m.
Business Growth Center
1 Federal Street, Springfield
Thurs., Dec 4
9-11:30 a.m.
Franklin County Chamber of Commerce
395 Main Street, Greenfield

Payment -Cancellation/Refunds - Materials Policy

The MSBDC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a training session. Registration fees will be returned or credited towards future programs.
Payment in the form of a personal or company check is due in full prior to the workshop and must accompany the registration form. We do not accept credit cards or purchase orders. We cannot guarantee your place in a workshop without full payment in advance.
Cancellations received by noon the day prior to the workshop will be entitled to a refund. No refund will be given on notifications received after that time or in any no-show situation. Seminar materials are for attendees only.

For information on other MSBDC seminars offered throughout the state, visit the MSBDC's statewide training calendar at



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