Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network
Southeast Regional Office

  

Training & Events Calendar

  

All training events offered by the MSBDC Southeast Regional Office are free and held in Massachusetts unless otherwise noted. Preregistration is required. Training registrations are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. Training programs may be added or cancelled; the training schedule is subject to change. Please review our Registration and Cancellation Policies.

For a complete listing of training offered statewide by the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network, visit the MSBDC statewide training calendar at www.msbdc.org/training.

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2019 Training Calendar
   MAY
30 SEED Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Session I: Business Fundamentals (Plymouth)
30 SEED Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Session II: Understanding Financial Statements (Plymouth)
31 Everything Instagram - For Business (Mansfield)
  
   JUNE
11 Success for Small Business (SSB) - Éxito para pequeños negocios (Providence, RI)
12 Creating More Customers for Your Small Business - Lunch and Learn (New Bedford)
12 4th Annual Small Business Pitch Contest (Manfield) - submission deadline is May 31
14 Legal Clinic (Plymouth)
21 Success for Small Business (SSB) Boot Camp (Mansfield)
24 Facebook for Business (Brockton)
  
   JULY
17 Entity Formation, Negotiation and Legal Basics (Boston)
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

  

 

Program Descriptions

Legal Clinics

Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP'We are pleased to announce that Christopher Cassara, Esq., partner at Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP (PSH), is continuing to hold free Legal Clinics in our office and at our outreach locations. Entrepreneurs and small business owners are eligible to meet one-time, one-on-one for 30 minutes, to discuss general legal questions such as corporate structure, leases, contracts, insurance, employment, franchising, and various other business related issues.

Christopher CassaraAll 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 & confidential 30-minute sessions are offered once a month at various locations. Space is limited and online registration is required.

As a courtesy to Atty. Cassara who is volunteering his time for the Clinics, please call us at 508-673-9783 at least 24 hours in advance if you cannot attend.

 

Dates: Monthly on Fridays - see dates below
Times: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. (30-minute appointments)
Location: Varies
Cost: Free
Contact: Online registration is required. Call the MSBDC office at 508-673-9783 with questions.

Register online by clicking on the desired date:

Writing a Solid Marketing Plan

This event has been postponed. New date to be announced.

cosponsorsTimes may be tough, but this is not the time to cut your marketing budget and efforts. 

What is job ONE for your business? Create Customers! How do you do that? By writing and executing a solid marketing plan! 

Join Cliff Robbins, a senior business advisor with the MSBDC, to learn how to do just that! You will walk away with a strategy in place and a marketing plan outline to help you use the tools and tips you learn in this workshop to start or grow your business.

Date:  TBA
Time: Registration 2:15 p.m.; Workshop 2:30 - 5:00 p.m. 
Location: NBEDC Conference Room @ The Quest Center, 1213 Purchase Street, 2nd Floor Conference Room, New Bedford (enter through the front door and take the elevator to the 2nd floor)
Cost: Free
Contact: Call the MSBDC office at 508-673-9783 with questions.

Cosponsored by the New Bedford Economic Development Council and the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation

SEED Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Session I: Business Fundamentals

SEED CorporationThis workshop focuses on helping entrepreneurs understand the fundamentals of owning a 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 free business plan guide and other materials.

Date: Thursday, May 30, 2019
Time: Registration 8:00 a.m.; Workshop 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce, 134 Court Street, Plymouth
Cost: Free
Contact: SEED Corporation at 508-822-1020 ext. 318 or email Jessica Mello at jmello@seedcorp.com

Click here for registration details.

Sponsored by SEED Corporation and Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce and held in cooperation with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC), and SCORE

SEED Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Session II: Understanding 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, May 30, 2019
Time: 12:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce, 134 Court Street, Plymouth
Cost: Free
Contact: SEED Corporation at 508-822-1020 ext. 318 or email Jessica Mello at jmello@seedcorp.com

Click here for registration details.

Sponsored by SEED Corporation and Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce and held in cooperation with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC), and SCORE

Everything Instagram - For Business

HarborOneLearn something new about Instagram…because it’s changing every day! Every small business should be using Instagram.

During this session we will discuss everything Instagram including: 

  1. New Trends in Instagram 2019 Video and IGTV
  2. Basic Overview of Homepage and Personal Profiles
    What you see in your feed
    Overview of Instagram app
  3. Instagram Business Page
    All the tools you should be using
    Highlights | Stories | Video | Filters | Hashtags | Tagging
  4. Engaging with your client base
  5. Strategies for better engagement
  6. Instagram Advertising
  7. IGTV App

A working knowledge of Instagram will make marketing that much easier. The speaker will be Tricia White, owner of T. White Creation.

Date: Friday, May 31, 2019
Time: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Location: HarborOne Bank, 134 Copeland Drive, Mansfield
Cost: Free
Contact: HarborOne U at info@harborone.com

Cosponsored by HarboOne U at HarborOne Bank

Success for Small Business (SSB) - Éxito para pequeños negocios

HarborOneSuccess for Small Business (SSB) es un programa desarrollado para ayudar a los propietarios de pequeños negocios, proporcionando orientación sobre cómo operar un negocio con éxito. En un esfuerzo por apoyar el crecimiento económico en las comunidades a las que servimos, HarborOne U, en compañía de nuestros asociados en Rhode Island, ha desarrollado una serie de clases GRATUITAS para el pequeño negocio.

Acompáñenos, para desarrollar los siguientes temas: 

  • Planificación para un negocio saludable 
  • Crédito y servicios bancarios para el negocio 
  • Mercadeo e Imagen Corporativa 
  • Presupuesto y finanzas básicas para el negocio 
  • Manejo de efectivo y liquidez para el negocio  

Los propietarios de negocios que completen con éxito las clases fundamentales en el programa SSB podrían ser elegibles* para una línea de crédito comercial inicial por la cantidad de $5,000 de HarborOne. Después de un año de manejar responsablemente la línea de crédito comercial, HarborOne evaluará su capacidad para aumentarle el límite de crédito a $10,000. 

*Préstamo sujeto a aprobación crediticia. Parámetros flexibles e innovadores de evaluación de crédito serán

Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Time: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: RI Commerce Commerce Corporation, 315 Iron Horse Way, Providence, RI
Cost: Free
Contact: HarborOne Bank at info@harborone.com

Cosponsored by HarboOne U at HarborOne Bank

Creating More Customers for Your Small Business - Lunch and Learn

cosponsorsYou bring your lunch and we'll help you learn... What is job ONE for YOUR business? Creating Customers! How do you do that? By writing and executing a solid Marketing Plan! Join Cliff Robbins, a senior business advisor at MSBDC, to learn how to do just that! You will walk away with a strategy in place and a marketing plan outline to help you use the tools and tips you learn in this workshop to start or grow your business.

Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Time: Registration 11:45 a.m.; Workshop 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Location: NBEDC Conference Room The Quest Center, 1213 Purchase Street, 2nd Floor Conference Room, New Bedford (enter through the front door and take the elevator to the 2nd floor)
Cost: Free
Contact: Call the MSBDC office at 508-673-9783 with questions

Cosponsored by the New Bedford Economic Development Council and Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation

4th Annual Small Business Pitch Contest

HarborOneYou are invited to participate in HarborOne Bank’s 4th Annual Small Business Pitch Contest. HarborOne continues to recognize the important contributions of small business owners and entrepreneurs in our community. Awards: $10,000 to a small business start-up looking to launch a product or service or a small business owner looking to grow or expand an existing product or service. 

Complete contest guidelines and online application available at www.harborone.com/pitchcontest. Deadline to apply is May 31, 2019.

Nancy Lowd, senior business advisor with the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network (MSBDC), will share the "5 Myths of Owning Your Own Business."

Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Time: 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: HarborOne Bank, 131 Copeland Drive, Mansfield
Cost: Free
Contact: If you have any questions, contact HarborOne at info@harboroneu.com

Cosponsored by HarborOne Bank

Success for Small Business (SSB) Boot Camp

HarborOneJoin us for a one-day intensive workshop that covers the five "core" classes of the Success for Small Business (SSB) program which will cover the following:

  1. Planning for a Healthy Business
  2. Personal Credit & Banking Services for Small Business
  3. Budgeting & Financial Basics for Small Business
  4. Marketing Your Brand
  5. Managing Cash Flow

Business owners who successfully complete the SSB program would then be eligible* for an initial business line of credit in the amount of $5,000 from HarborOne. After a year of responsible handling of the business line of credit, HarborOne would increase the credit line amount to $10,000.  

*Loan subject to credit approval. Flexible and innovative credit underwriting parameters considered.

Date: Friday, June 21, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (45 minute lunch break)
Location: HarborOne Bank, 134 Copeland Drive, Mansfield
Cost: Free
Contact: HarborOne Bank at info@harborone.com

Cosponsored by HarboOne U at HarborOne Bank

Facebook for Business

HarborOneEvery small business should be using Facebook. Whether you are new to Facebook or have been on it for years, you will earn something new…because Facebook is changing every day!

Join us for this session where we will discuss:

  1. New Trends in Facebook
    Video and New Technology
  2. Basic Overview of Homepage and Personal Profiles
    WWhat you see in your feed
    Importance of personal engagement
  3. Complete Overview of Facebook Business Page
    All the tools you should be using
    CTA | About Us | Banners | Templates | Posts | Events | LIVE
    Community…just to name a few
  4. Engaging with your client base
  5. Strategies for better engagement
  6. Facebook Boosting and Advertising 

A working knowledge of Facebook will make marketing that much easier. The speaker will be Tricia White, owner of T. White Creation.

Date: Monday, June 24, 2019
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: HarborOne Bank, 68 Legion Parkway, Brockton
Cost: Free
Contact: HarborOne Bank at info@harborone.com

Cosponsored by HarboOne U at HarborOne Bank

Entity Formation, Negotiation and Legal Basics

Are you wondering what legal entity you should choose for your new business—sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company, corporation or something else? When it comes to selecting the right legal entity for your company, there are many options. No one particular form is better than another, but there is a better choice based on how you envision operating the business. The operating entity you choose will determine your legal obligations, financial rights, liability for business debts, and tax liability.  

This workshop will provide an overview of the most common types of operating entities. We also cover some guidelines and considerations to help you choose the best legal structure for your company. Finally, we will discuss negotiating points for those looking to secure venture and angel financing or to provide equity stakes in the company in exchange for services rendered or capital invested. 

Speakers include:

  • Lolita Darden is a registered Patent Attorney and Clinical Professor of Law at Suffolk University Law School. Lolita teaches in the area of intellectual property law (patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret). She is the Director of Suffolk's Intellectual Property & Entrepreneurship Clinic, a multi-disciplinary clinic serving new and emerging businesses. Prior to joining Suffolk, Lolita was Chief IP Counsel for Honeywell Consumer Products. She was also a partner with Sachnoff & Weaver where she counseled emerging technology businesses, Fortune 100® companies, and individuals on protecting, exploiting and creating rights in patents, trademarks, and copyrights as well as choosing an operating entity structure based on business goals.  
  • William Bernat is a partner with Nutter McClennen & Fish. He co-chairs the firm's Emerging Companies Group and co-leads the firm's Food and Beverage group. Clients routinely rely on Will to help them navigate through private equity, venture capital, and angel financing transactions, as well as mergers and acquisitions, commercial lending transactions, and other corporate governance issues. Tech, life sciences, consumer/retail, and food & beverage companies look to Will for assistance throughout their entire lifespans, from initial planning and formation to operations and exit.

Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Suffolk University Law School, Room 170 (Multi-Function Room), 120 Tremont Street, Boston
Cost: No charge
Contact: Loletta Darden at 617-305-1641 or ldarden@suffolk.edu

Cosponsored by Suffolk University Law School

 

Registration and Cancellation Policy

Training registrations are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve your space for fee-based events, mail your payment to our office with a copy of the completed registration form or your confirmation email. Your spot is reserved once payment is received by our office. Training programs may be added or cancelled; the training schedule is subject to change. Cancellations received by noon the day prior to the seminar will be entitled to a refund. 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.