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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.

This calendar is subject to change. Pre-registration is required for all events. If you do not register, we cannot notify you in the case of changes and/or cancellations. Please check our website for the most up-to-date information.

2015 Training Calendar
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2 Basics of Starting a Business (Greenfield)
7 Basics of Starting a Business (Springfield)
15 Legal Clinic (Easthampton)
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 typically held on the first Monday of the month in Springfield and the first Thursday of the month in Greenfield (unless otherwise noted, due to 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
Pre-registration required - register online with link below. Questions? Contact Lynn Shedd at or 413-737-6712 x101.

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Date & Time


Wed., Dec 2
9-11:30 a.m.
Franklin County Chamber of Commerce
395 Main Street, Greenfield
Mon., Dec 7
1-3:30 p.m.
Business Growth Center
1 Federal Street, Bldg. 101, Springfield

Legal Clinic

We are very pleased to announce that Sarah Willey, Esq., with WMASSbizlaw, is generously offering to hold free monthly legal clinics.  

Individuals, entrepreneurs, and small business owners can meet one-on-one to discuss general legal questions such as corporate structure, leases, contracts, insurance, employment, franchising, and various other business-related issues. Attorney Willey is also an expert on international compliance laws.

Appointments are required and subject to availability. Participants will be required to sign a general waiver prior to their meeting and are eligible to attend one 30-minute Legal Clinic.

Date: Monthly on Tuesday - see scheduled below
Time: 12:00 - 3:30 p.m. (30-minute appointment)
Location: Varies
Cost: Free
Contact: Lynn Shedd at the MSBDC at 413-737-6712 x100 to schedule a free and confidential appointment

Date Location
Tues, Dec 15, 2015 Easthampton

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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