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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.
 


2015 Training Calendar
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  August
3 Basics of Starting a Business (Springfield)
13 Getting Started with Constant Contact: Mini Boot Camp (Springfield)
 
  October
1 Basics of Starting a Business (Greenfield)
5 Basics of Starting a Business (Springfield)
 
  November
2 Basics of Starting a Business (Springfield)
5 Basics of Starting a Business (Greenfield)
 
  December
1 Basics of Starting a Business (Springfield)
3 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 SBAís 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 (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
Contact:
Lynn Shedd at lshedd@msbdc.umass.edu or 413-737-6712 x101

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Date & Time

Location

Mon., Aug 3
1-3:30 p.m.
Business Growth Center
1 Federal Street, Bldg. 101, Springfield
There are no Basics seminars offered in September
Thurs., Oct 1
9-11:30 a.m.
Franklin County Chamber of Commerce
395 Main Street, Greenfield
Mon., Oct 5
1-3:30 p.m.
Business Growth Center
1 Federal Street, Bldg. 101, Springfield
Mon., Nov 2
1-3:30 p.m.
Business Growth Center
1 Federal Street, Bldg. 101, Springfield
Thurs., Nov 5
9-11:30 a.m.
Franklin County Chamber of Commerce
395 Main Street, Greenfield
Tues., Dec 1
1-3:30 p.m.
Business Growth Center
1 Federal Street, Bldg. 101, Springfield
*note Tuesday date
Thurs., Dec 3
9-11:30 a.m.
Franklin County Chamber of Commerce
395 Main Street, Greenfield


















Getting Started with Constant Contact: Mini Boot Camp

Many small businesses and organizations find themselves seeking the right strategies to make their marketing efforts as effective as possible. But with so many different marketing activities that they could focus on, they often miss some of the important marketing concepts that will help them understand why those activities are so important. 

This presentation is designed to uncover some of those core concepts and show that a little bit of marketing knowledge can go a long way. Attendees of this presentation will learn:

  • What marketing really is (and isnít)
  • How marketing has changed in ways that benefit small businesses
  • The importance of setting goals and objectives for marketing efforts
  • The four pillars or marketing success Ė a framework that shows how different marketing activities all fit together, and will help small businesses and nonprofits reflect on their own marketing program
  • Itís ok to start small, to start where you already are

Join us and start to build a marketing knowledge foundation, from which you can build more and more effective campaigns to help your business or organization.

The speaker will be Liz Provo, Authorized Local Expert for Constant Contact. Liz has been involved in sales and marketing throughout her career. A magazine publisher, blogger and early adopter of social media, she has taught small business owners throughout Western Massachusetts how to effectively use today's marketing tools to grow their businesses. Liz understands the time and technology challenges many small business owners face. As an Authorized Local Expert with Constant Contact, Liz joins a network of 200 professionals around the country who are available to associations and event planners, speaking on relationship marketing.

Date: Thursday, August 13, 2015
Time: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Business Growth Center, 1 Federal Street Springfield
Cost: $25
Contact: Lynn Shedd at lshedd@msbdc.umass.edu or 413-737-6712 ext. 101

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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 www.msbdc.org/training.

    

 

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