Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network

 

Statewide Training & Event Calendar

  

Preregistration is required for all events. Each registration link is program-specific. If no link is listed, online registration is not available or registration has closed.

Training registrations are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve your space for fee-based events, mail your payment to the appropriate office with a copy of the completed registration form. Credit cards are accepted ONLY for the Massachusetts Export Center's events. Your spot is reserved once payment is received by the appropriate office. Training programs may be added or cancelled; the training schedule is subject to change.

Please note: Training confirmations are sent from centeric@clients.msbdc.org. We use this email frequently, so please add it to your approved sender list. A verification code will be sent from this email address allowing your to register for training. If you have problems signing in, do not create a new account with a different email in order to register. For help registering, send an email to the contact in the seminar description. Please review our cancellation and refund policies.


PFT Fall 2021
exportThe Massachusetts Export Center organizes seminars, webinars and events throughout the year under Partners for Trade—the official export training initiative of the Commonwealth.

Click on booklet image to download the Fall 2021 Partners for Trade export training booklet (pdf). On the calendar below, globe indicates an exporting training event.

        


          

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2021 Training Calendar 

 globe = export training
Until further notice, in-person training is suspended. All training is offered online.
 DECEMBER
1 Government Contracting 101
2 Understanding Cybersecurity for Small Business
2 Cybersecurity: What You Need to Know
2 Intro to Doing Business with the Federal Government
6 Basics of Starting Your Business
7-9 QuickBooks for Beginners (Desktop)
8 Is Your Business Properly Insured?
8 How to Open A Business in Massachusetts Legally
8 Nuts and Bolts of Federal Contracting
9 Best Practices for Using the Consolidated Screening List globe
9 Basics of Starting Your Business
9 NAICS, PSC, FSC and Forecasts
15 Federal Marketing & Outreach
16 Commonwealth of Massachusetts (State) Government Contracting
 
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27-28 Export Expo
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Program Descriptions


Basics of Starting Your Business

biz startupThis free presentation will help entrepreneurs start a business plan and provide structure to starting and 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

There will also be an overview of the U.S. Small Business Administration's programs and services. The 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.

Oreste Varela, branch manager of the U.S. Small Business Administration in Springfield, will be a speaker. Also presenting from the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center, Western Regional Office: Samalid Hogan, regional director/senior business advisor; Allen Kronick, senior business advisor; or Anita Eliason, senior business advisor.

There is no charge for these workshops, but pre-registration is required. This workshop is offered on several convenient dates. To register, click on your date selection. A Zoom link for the webinar will be emailed to you after registration.

Dates & Times: Monthly Mondays (1:00 - 3:30 p.m.) and Thursdays (9:00 a.m. - 12 noon) - click on your date selection below to register
Cost:
Free:
Contact: MSBDC Western Regional Office at 413-577-1768 or msbdc@msbdc.umass.edu

    

How to Open a Business in Massachusetts Legally

A basic webinar covering topics such as:

  • Characteristics of an entrepreneur
  • Selecting a business site
  • Licensing, permitting and zoning
  • Creating a funding proposal
  • Legal structure of your business
  • How to secure start-up costs
  • Employer responsibilities

The speaker will be Richard Cheney, regional director with the MSBDC Central Regional Office at Clark University.

Date:  Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. EST
Location: Online
Cost: No charge
Contact: Sarah Doran at the MSBDC Central Regional Office at sadoran@clarku.edu

Government Contracting 101

Please join the Massachusetts Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) for an introductory webinar on Federal and State government contracting. The speaker will be Michelle Simoes, procurement specialist with PTAC.

Date: Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. EST
Location: Webinar
Cost: No charge
Contact: Michele Simoes at msimoes@umass.edu

Intro to Doing Business with the Federal Government

Please join the Massachusetts Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) for a webinar discussing how to do business with the Federal Government. This webinar will provide a basic overview of Federal registrations, certifications and where to look for Federal government opportunities. The speaker will be Michelle Simoes, procurement specialist with PTAC.

Date: Thursday, December 2, 2021
Time:
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. EST
Location:
Webinar
Cost: No charge
Contact: Michele Simoes at msimoes@umass.edu

Understanding Cybersecurity for Small Business ​​

Cyber threats target companies of all sizes. As a small business owner, it is your responsibility to understand where your organization is exposed to cyber threats and how to protect your assets. The NIST Cybersecurity Framework is a guideline on how both internal and external stakeholders of organizations can manage and reduce cybersecurity risk. It lists organization-specific and customizable activities associated with managing cybersecurity risk and it's based on existing standards, guidelines, and practices. Cyber hot topics we will cover include: passwords, hardware options, phishing, data encryption, ransomware, tech scams, cyber insurance, and remote access with VPNs.

The speaker will be Rob Delmastro, Senior Business Advisor at the MSBDC Central Regional Office.

Date: Thursday, December 2, 2021
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST 
Location: Online
Cost: No charge
Contact: Sarah Doran at the MSBDC Central Regional Office at sadoran@clarku.edu

Cybersecurity: What You Need to Know

Cybersecurity is an important aspect for all small businesses. This webinar will review the basics and requirements of small businesses and customer privacy. The speaker will be Walter Manninen, Senior Business Advisor and Financial Specialist with the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center, Northeast Regional Office.

Date: Thursday, December 2, 2021
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST  
Location: Online
Cost: No charge
Contact: Kaitlin Muldoon at the MSBDC Northeast Regional Office at kmuldoon@salemstate.edu

QuickBooks for Beginners (Desktop)

Join us for an interactive webinar that will leave you empowered and ready to tackle the financial management of your business. QuickBooks Desktop will be utilized, though you do not need the software to participate in the webinar. The webinar is limited to 20 people who must participate all three days.

  • December 7:  Introduction to chart of accounts 
  • December 8:  Paying bills and recording revenue 
  • December 9:  Reports and how they flag errors

The speaker will be Nancy Burgess, president and owner of Burgess Consulting.

Dates: December 7, 8, 9 2021
Time: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. EST
Location: Online
Cost: No charge
Contact: Sarah Doran at the MSBDC Central Regional Office at sadoran@clarku.edu

Is Your Business Properly Insured?

Your small business risks determine the type of insurance policies you need. Your insurance needs will depend on the specific characteristics of your small business. Similar businesses share similar risks, it's helpful to explore insurance coverage recommendations by industry. This workshop will expose you to the different types of small business insurances. Not all insurance policies will be required for your business. This workshop will explore the many different types of insurance policies and their benefits. Your insurance agent is one of the members of your team.

The speaker will be Christopher Mooney, Business Development Licensed Broker with Sterling Insurance Agency, Inc.

Date: Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Time:
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST  
Location: Online
Cost: No charge
Contact: Kaitlin Muldoon at the MSBDC Northeast Regional Office at kmuldoon@salemstate.edu

Nuts and Bolts of Federal Government Contracting

Please join the Massachusetts Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) for a webinar on digging into the nuts and bolts of Federal government contracting. This webinar will provide a basic overview of registration tips for SAM.gov and the SBA’s Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS). The speaker will be Michelle Simoes, procurement specialist with PTAC.

Date: Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. EST
Location: Webinar
Cost: No charge
Contact: Michele Simoes at msimoes@umass.edu

NAICS, PSC, FSC and Forecasts

Please join the Massachusetts Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) for a webinar reviewing NAICS, PSC and FSC codes and how to find Federal Government Forecasts. The speaker will be Michelle Simoes, procurement specialist with PTAC.

Date: Thursday, December 9, 2021
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. EST
Location: Webinar
Cost: No charge
Contact: Michele Simoes at msimoes@umass.edu

Best Practices for Using the Consolidated Screening List

Screening is undoubtedly the biggest universal compliance challenge for exporters, regardless of what is being exported or where it is being exported to. Many companies find it worthwhile to invest in a screening automation solution. The majority of exporters, however, do not have the volume of shipments to justify the expense of a compliance automation system. The Consolidated Screening List (CSL) consolidates several screening lists published by federal regulatory authorities, including the Departments of Commerce, State and Treasury. And while the CSL lacks the speed and automation of many screening subscription services, it is a perfectly acceptable, convenient and free solution for many exporters. Lack of automation means a higher risk for human error, however, and companies using the CSL must carefully implement procedures for compliance.

This webinar will review steps for managing export screening using the Consolidated Screening List. The webinar will discuss screening risk assessment, development of screening protocols, and the elements of the CSL, including guidelines for compliance and implications for licensing. The webinar will also walk through the CSL itself and provide tips for search procedures and recordkeeping. Join us to learn how to use the CSL confidently and effectively!

Speakers include:

  • Kathleen Kinahan-Newell, Trade Compliance Manager – Massachusetts Export Center
  • Paula Murphy, Director – Massachusetts Export Center

Date: Thursday, December 9, 2021
Time:
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EST
Location: Online  
Cost: No charge
Contact: Massachusetts Export Center at 617-973-6110

Federal Marketing & Outreach

Please join the Massachusetts Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) for a webinar on how to market your business to Federal government agencies, including how to find the appropriate point of contact (POC). The speaker will be Michelle Simoes, procurement specialist with PTAC.

Date: Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. EST
Location: Webinar
Cost: No charge
Contact: Michele Simoes at msimoes@umass.edu

Commonwealth of Massachusetts (State) Government Contracting

Please join the Massachusetts Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) for an introductory webinar on how to do business with the State of Massachusetts, including Massachusetts small business goals and Massachusetts Small Business Certifications.

Date: Thursday, December 16, 2021
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. EST
Location: Webinar
Cost: No charge
Contact: Michele Simoes at msimoes@umass.edu

Export Expo

Join us for the Export Expo – the state’s largest and most important export event of the year that brings together resources, training and information for the local exporting community!

The Massachusetts Export Center’s Export Expo provides a forum for exporters to connect with the wide range of export resources available in Massachusetts while learning about issues that impact their day-to-day operations.

This year’s Export Expo will again be a virtual event that will include an exhibit area featuring government, non-profit and private sector service providers serving the export community. The Export Expo will also feature a lineup of workshops, panel discussions and special addresses on a wide variety of export-related topics.

The Export Expo will feature influential guest speakers and opportunities to connect with experts to answer your specific export questions. We hope that you will join us for the same timely and important international trade content in a convenient and safe virtual format! Our virtual platform will provide opportunities for networking and allow participants to view all of the conference’s content, so you won’t miss a thing!

Speakers and content to be announced soon.

Exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities are available! Click here or contact Paula Murphy at 617-973-6610 or paula.murphy@massexport.org for further information.

Date: Thursday and Friday, January 27 and 28, 2022
Time:
 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST
Location: Virtual  
Cost: No charge
Contact: Massachusetts Export Center at 617-973-6110