Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network

 

Statewide Training & Event Calendar

  

All training events are held in Massachusetts unless otherwise noted. Preregistration is required. 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. We only accept credit cards 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 review our Registration and Cancellation Policies.
 

exportingPartners for TradeThe Massachusetts Export Center organizes seminars, webinars and events throughout the year under Partners for Trade—the official export training initiative of the Commonwealth. The Export Center also offers an opportunity to view archived webinars. For further information, visit www.mass.gov/export.
 
Click on image at right to download the Spring 2017 export training booklet (pdf).

Massachusetts Export Resource CenterThe Massachusetts Export Center created the Massachusetts Export Resource Center, a comprehensive, one-stop resource for accessing a wide range of instructional and practical information on exporting to help your business grow and take advantage of international opportunities. Registration is free!
 

SBADid you know that the U.S. Small Business Administration offers free online training? Click on the SBA logo to view topics.


          

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2017 Calendar 

 globe = international training
   JULY
31 Google Marketing Series - Session 1 (Springfield)
 
   AUGUST
3 Basics of Starting a Business (Greenfield)
4 Email Fraud & Information Security Awareness (Springfield)
7 Basics of Starting a Business (Springfield)
8 Google Marketing Series - Session 2 (Springfield)
15 Social Media Marketing Coaching (Mansfield)
16 Google Marketing Series - Session 3 (Springfield)
16 How to Become a GSA Federal Supply Schedule Holder and Government Contracting 101 (Boston)
17 Opportunities for Women in Federal Contracting (Boston)
22 Google Marketing Series - Session 4 (Springfield)
28 Google Marketing Series - Session 5 (Springfield)
 
   SEPTEMBER
11 Basics of Starting a Business (Springfield Area)
12 Social Media Marketing Coaching (Mansfield)
13 QuickBooks Desktop Version for Beginners (Springfield)
20 How to Become a GSA Federal Supply Schedule Holder and Government Contracting 101 (Boston)
27 Small Business Lending: Are You Really Ready for a Loan? (Springfield)
 
   OCTOBER
2 Basics of Starting a Business (Springfield Area)
5 Basics of Starting a Business (Greenfield)
18 How to Become a GSA Federal Supply Schedule Holder and Government Contracting 101 (Boston)
18 QuickBooks Online Version for Beginners (Springfield)
 
   NOVEMBER
6 Basics of Starting a Business (Springfield Area)
8 Understanding Your Company's Cash Flow (Springfield)
 
   DECEMBER
4 Basics of Starting a Business (Springfield Area)
7 Basics of Starting a Business (Greenfield)
8 Export Expo (Boston) - Save the date! globe
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Program Descriptions


How to Become a GSA Federal Supply Schedule Holder and Government Contracting 101
 

PTAC     SBA

This free one-day workshop is typically held monthly in Boston. This workshop, designed to encourage and support small businesses interested in obtaining a GSA Federal Supply Schedule contract; learn more about contracting opportunities, the procurement process and resources available. Not sure which solicitation applies to your product or service? Refer to GSA's Schedules e-Library website in order to view or download solicitations. You can also view and download solicitations by visiting the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) website.

Before attending the workshop, please review the GSA Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Program and the GSA Vendor Tool Box. Please direct any questions regarding the GSA MAS Program to the GSA MAS Helpdesk (National Customer Service Center) by phone at  800-488-3111 or by email at mashelpdesk@gsa.gov. Space is limited, so register early!

To register, click on the specific date below and you will be transferred to a registration form. Space is limited to the first 25 participants, so register early!

Dates:  August 16, 2017 | September 20, 2017 | October 18, 2017
Time: Registration 9:45 a.m.; Program 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr. Federal Building, 10 Causeway Street, 1st Floor, Boston - check registration form for exact room location
Cost: Free
Contact: Questions about GSA Multiple Award Schedules Program, contact the GSA MAS Helpdesk at 800-488-3111 or by email at mashelpdesk@gsa.gov. For difficulties with seminar registration, please contact Len Green at ljgreen@msbdc.umass.edu or 781-820-4302.

SBA Workshops

SBAThese workshops will help you gain a better understanding of the various U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) programs and services that are available to prospective or current entrepreneurs who need assistance in starting or expanding their businesses. 

General information will be provided on the following programs and services:

  • SCORE – Counselors to America’s Small Business
  • MSBDC – Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network
  • SBA Guaranty Loan Programs: 7(a) Loans, Micro Loans, SBA Express Loans, and 504 Project Loan Program
  • Government Contracting Opportunities: 8(a) Business Development, HUBZones (Historically Underutilized Business Zones), Small Disadvantaged Business, and Surety Bonding
  • Disaster Assistance 

These free two-hour programs are offered frequently at various locations. Please click here for dates, locations and registration information.

Cosponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration and area chambers of commerce

Legal Clinics (offered monthly in Southeast Massachusetts)

Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP'The MSBDC is pleased to announce that Christopher Cassara, Esq., a 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 and/or representative of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network. 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 and confidential 30-minute sessions are offered once a month at various locations. Space is limited and registration is required. Registration opens online two weeks prior to each legal clinic's date. If you have questions, please call the MSBDC office at 508-673-9783.

As a courtesy to Attorney Cassara, who is volunteering his time for the clinics, please call our office at at least 24 hours in advance if you cannot attend your appointment.

Dates: Monthly on Fridays - see below
Times: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. (30-minute appointments)
Location: Varies
Cost: Free
Contact: Register online by clicking on the desired date below
 

  • TBA

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, locations and registration links.

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

Cost: No charge
Contact: Pre-registration is required. Register online with link below. If you have questions or are unable to register online, contact Lynn Shedd at lshedd@msbdc.umass.edu or 413-577-1761.

MSBDC register online
 

  • Thursday, August 3, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, 395 Main Street, Greenfield

     
  • Monday, August 7, 2017 | 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
    TD Bank, 1441 Main Street, Springfield
     
  • Monday, September 11, 2017 | 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
    Springfield Area TBA
     
  • Monday, October 2, 2017 | 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
    Springfield Area TBA
     
  • Thursday, October 5, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, 395 Main Street, Greenfield
     
  • Monday, November 6, 2017 | 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
    Springfield Area TBA
     
  • Monday, December 4, 2017 | 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
    Springfield Area TBA
     
  • Thursday, December 7, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, 395 Main Street, Greenfield
     

Legal Clinic (offered in Western Massachusetts)

The MSBDC Western Regional Office is pleased to announce that we are offering free legal clinics for small business owners. Entrepreneurs and small business owners can meet one-on-one with an attorney to discuss general legal questions such as corporate structure, leases, contracts, insurance, employment, franchising, and various other business-related issues. Appointments are 30 minutes.

The attorney donating her time and legal expertise is Sarah K. Willey, Esq. with WMASSBIZLAW.

         Sarah Willey    

All services are provided by the attorneys which are not acting as agents and/or representatives of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network. By meeting with an attorney, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless the MSBDC from any and all claims and liability arising from your session. Participants will receive a general waiver statement prior to their meeting.

Participants are eligible to attend one 30-minute legal clinic. Individual appointments are subject to availability. As a courtesy to the attorneys, if you cannot attend your appointment, please contact our office at 413-577-1768 or msbdc@msbdc.umass.edu at least 24 hours in advance.

Date: TBA
Time: 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. (30-minute appointments)
Location: Scibelli Enterprise Center, 1 Federal Street, Building 101, Springfield
Cost: Free
Contact:  If you have questions or are unable to register online, contact Lynn Shedd at lshedd@msbdc.umass.edu or 413-577-1761.

 

Email Fraud & Information Security Awareness

Email is an essential method of communication for most businesses, yet email can also open the door to fraud and thousands of dollars in losses. Learn the latest techniques that fraudsters are using to trick your employees in to installing malware and how you can best protect your business from these financial crimes.

The speaker will be Karen Cartier, CBAP, CBCCO, Fraud Prevention Officer at Greenfield Saving Bank. Karen has over 25 years of experience in the fields of finance and banking. She is currently employed as the Compliance & BSA Officer at Greenfield Savings Bank and is an online course instructor for the Center for Financial Training, where she teaches Fraud Examination and Accounting Forensics. Karen is certified in Compliance, Bank Secrecy, and Fraud Analytics, and has completed studies at Holyoke Community College, Elms College, and the New England School of Financial Studies through the Babson Executive College.

Date: Friday, August 4, 2017
Time: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Location: Scibelli Enterprise Center, 1 Federal Street, Building 101, Teleclassroom, 3rd Floor, Springfield
Cost: Free
Contact: Pre-registration is required. Register online with link below. If you have questions or are unable to register online, contact Lynn Shedd at lshedd@msbdc.umass.edu or 413-577-1761.

MSBDC register online

Sponsored by Greenfield Savings Bank

Social Media Marketing Coaching

social mediaWe all know social media is key to our marketing success. What should the content be? What is the right amount? On which platform? Am I doing it right? Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram...so many choices! Which is right for my business?

Come to a free 30-minute coaching session. We will take a look at what your business is currently doing and make suggestions for the best strategy for high-impact social media marketing.

The presenters will be Tricia White, owner of T. White Creations, brand marketing strategist and social media marketing trainer, and Nancy Lowd, senior business advisor with the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network.

IMPORTANT: If you are a no show and do not cancel your appointment at least 48 hours in advance, you may be unable to register for future sessions. You must email info@msbdc.umass.edu to cancel your appointment. Please indicate your name, phone number and email, along with the date and time of your appointment. Limit one free session per client. 

Date: Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. (30-minute session)
Location: HarborOne U, 131 Copeland Drive, Mansfield
Cost: Free
Contact: HarborOne at info@harboroneu.com or 508-895-1300

MSBDC register online

Cosponsored by HarborOne

Opportunities for Women in Federal Contracting

contractingChallengeHER events offer women-owned small businesses the information and tools they need to succeed in the world of federal contracting. INFORMATION IS POWER! This seminar qualifies for 2.0 Continuous Learning Points for CORs and COs. The seminar will include:

  • Leveraging Your Woman-Owned Small Business Certification
  • Successfully Navigating Federal Contracting
  • Techniques for Writing Winning Proposals
  • The Importance of Sources Sought to Your Marketing Plan
  • From Budget to Solicitation: Tracking Federal Contracts
  • Panel of Federal Buyers: Q&A with Participants

Agenda:

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Registration / Breakfast / Networking
 
9:00 - 9:15
Opening Welcome: Robert Nelson, District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
 
9:15 - 9:45        
Leveraging Your WOSB Certification: Khanh Nguyen, Procurement Center Representative, SBA
 
9:45 - 10:15      
The State of Women in Federal Contracting: Jane Campbell, President, Women Impacting Public Policy
 
10:15 - 10:30
Break
 
10:30 - 11:30     
Understanding Federal Buyers: Moderator: Janette Fasano, Area Director, Office of Government Contracting, SBA; Panelists: Eva Marie D’Antuono, Small Business Specialist, USACE New England District; Christopher Sao, Small Business Advocate, US Army Soldier System; Jerry Smith, Director, OSDBU, GSA; Kathy Echols, Small Business Program Manager, ABT Associates
 
11:30 - 11:45     
Close of Plenary Sessions and Instructions for Break out
 
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Techniques for Writing Winning Proposals: Sandra Ledbetter, Government Sales Advisor, MSBDC Government Sales Program; Kristina Camerota, Procurement Specialist, MA Procurement Technical Assistance Center

11:45 - 12:30
SBA Loans – Getting to Yes! How it Works and Tips for Success

 
Before attending a ChallengeHER event, it is strongly recommended that you become familiar with the WOSB Federal Contracting Program by watching the webinars provided by course instructor Sean Crean, Director, Office of Government Contracting, U.S. Small Business Administration (click here).

Date: Thursday, August 17, 2017
Time: Registration 8:00 a.m.; Program 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: O'Neill Federal Building, 10 Causeway Street, Boston
Cost: No charge, but registration is required
Contact: ChallengeHER at 415-434 4314

register online

Sponsored by Women Impacting Public Policy, American Express and the U.S. Small Business Administration, in conjunction with local sponsors of the MA Small Business Development Center, SCORE and CWE

Google Marketing Series - 5 Workshops

GoogleAre you intimidated by social media? You paid all that money and invested all that time to create your website, but you're not getting the return? Explore with us how you can improve your results. We're here to help, beginning with these educational workshops. We want to help every business in our communities to get found on the web—starting with yours!

People are searching online for businesses like yours every day. Make sure they can find and connect with you by adding your business information to Google Search and Maps. This does not replace your website. This workshop can help people find your website.

Start a fire under your business—get better results from your existing web presence by claiming your own Google business page.

In this series of workshops you will:

  • Search for your business
  • Does your business info show up on Google?
  • Is your business information complete?
  • Select your business or add it
  • Enter or correct your business details
  • Keep your address private or enter your service area
  • Confirm your business for Google
  • Get verified by Google, then take control

Space is limited and you must register in advance.

  • Session 1: Get Found on Google Search and Maps
    Connect with customers when they search with Google Search. Connect with customers when they search on Google Maps. Having a website is not enough these days. This low-cost workshop will help you claim your local listing on the spot.
    Date: Monday, July 31, 2017
    Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    Location: Scibelli Enterprise Center, 1 Federal Street, Springfield
    Cost: $5
    MSBDC register online
     
  • Session 2: Grow Your Business Online with Google Tools
    Can people find your business on computers and mobile devices? Free tools show you how people search on Google and how they use your website. Google's suite of online business productivity tools makes collaboration a breeze.
    Date: Tuesday, August 8, 2017
    Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    Location: Scibelli Enterprise Center, 1 Federal Street, Springfield
    Cost: $5
    MSBDC register online
     
  • Session 3: Advertise Online Using Google Adwords
    An introduction to advertising and how it can benefit your business. Learn how keywords work, how to find them, and how to evaluate their performance. Learn how to write great ads for your business. Your ads appear at the top or bottom of the search results pages.
    Date: Wednesday, August 16
    Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    Location: Scibelli Enterprise Center, 1 Federal Street, Springfield
    Cost: $5
    MSBDC register online
     
  • Session 4: Set Goals with Google Analytics
    What is Google Analytics? A free powerful analytics tool that provides reports showing how visitors found your website and what they did when they got there. Google Analytics measures the effectiveness of your online and offline marketing campaigns. This workshop will explain how you can use Analytics to improve your marketing.
    Date: Tuesday, August 22, 2017
    Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    Location: Scibelli Enterprise Center, 1 Federal Street, Springfield
    Cost: $5
    MSBDC register online
     
  • Session 5: Create Your Own Free Website with Google
    Learn how to create, customize and publish your site. Get a free domain name or use one that you already own. Access and edit your site anytime. Use your own photos and text or the website generator can create the text for you. Free hosting and domain name for a year.
    Date: Monday, August 28, 2017
    Time:
    5:30-7:30 p.m.
    Location: Scibelli Enterprise Center, 1 Federal Street, Springfield
    Cost: $5
    MSBDC register online

Sponsored by MSBDC & SCORE 

Social Media Marketing Coaching

social mediaWe all know social media is key to our marketing success. What should the content be? What is the right amount? On which platform? Am I doing it right? Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram...so many choices! Which is right for my business?

Come to a free 30-minute coaching session. We will take a look at what your business is currently doing and make suggestions for the best strategy for high-impact social media marketing.

The presenters will be Tricia White, owner of T. White Creations, brand marketing strategist and social media marketing trainer, and Nancy Lowd, senior business advisor with the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network.

IMPORTANT: If you are a no show and do not cancel your appointment at least 48 hours in advance, you may be unable to register for future sessions. You must email info@msbdc.umass.edu to cancel your appointment. Please indicate your name, phone number and email, along with the date and time of your appointment. Limit one free session per client. 

Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. (30-minute session)
Location: HarborOne U, 131 Copeland Drive, Mansfield
Cost: Free 
Contact: HarborOne at info@harboroneu.com or 508-895-1300

MSBDC register online

Cosponsored by HarborOne

QuickBooks Desktop Version for Beginners

QuickBooksThis is an introduction to the popular accounting program QuickBooks. This will cover the desktop version only. The session will cover setting up a new company, invoicing and receiving payments, writing checks and paying bills. The session will end with a brief introduction to and overview of reports.

This session is suitable for those who have recently started using QuickBooks and those who plan to use it. The basic principles of QuickBooks remain the same for the Windows, Macintosh, and online versions of the program, although specific details of how to accomplish a task may differ slightly. It is not required, but if you have a laptop or tablet and have QuickBooks loaded, feel free to bring it and follow along.

NOTE: This workshop is designed for training on the basics of QuickBooks and is not intended to troubleshoot problems individuals may currently be experiencing. Those types of questions are better suited to a one-one consulting session.

 

The presenter will be Don Lesser, president of Pioneer Training, Inc. Don has been a consultant and business owner for over 30 years. He has been using QuickBooks since version 2.0 for MS-DOS. He has taught QuickBooks for 20+ years, as well as consulted in its use for a wide range of clients. Don is not an accountant and does not provide accounting advice, but focuses on how to use QuickBooks to track your company’s income and expenses.

Date: Wednesday September 13, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12 noon
Location: Scibelli Enterprise Center, 1 Federal Street, Springfield
Cost: $35
Contact: Pre-registration is required. Register online with link below. If you have questions or are unable to register online, contact Lynn Shedd at lshedd@msbdc.umass.edu or 413-577-1761.

MSBDC register online

Small Business Lending: Are You Really Ready for a Loan?

Searching for ways to fund your start-up business? Are you a current business owner in need of working capital or new equipment? Not quite sure how to approach the bank for help? If so, please join us for a workshop that addresses these questions and much more!

The speakers will lead an interactive and personalized workshop to help you prepare for the loan application process. As they tailor the workshop to your business, you will learn how preparation can make all the difference in ensuring a smooth and successful credit experience. You will discover the importance of good credit and a strong business plan.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Five areas of credit that are considered
  • Financial reporting
  • Traditional loan types
  • Nonconventional loans

This workshop is presented by Tom Cebula, Vice President/Commercial Loan Officer and Jeff Lomma, Branch Manager/Business Specialist for Tower Square. Tom and Jeff have presented this workshop in the past and always receive rave reviews from the attendees. Tom has 18 years of commercial and retail banking experience. Jeff has been with Westfield Bank since 2007 and currently develops new and existing relationships with small business and consumer customers. Westfield Bank is proud to offer this workshop through the MSBDC as both organizations share a strong commitment to the growth of small businesses in our region.

Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Time: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Scibelli Enterprise Center, 1 Federal Street, Springfield
Cost: $25
Contact: Pre-registration is required. Register online with link below. If you have questions or are unable to register online, contact Lynn Shedd at lshedd@msbdc.umass.edu or 413-577-1761.

MSBDC register online

QuickBooks Online Version for Beginners

QuickBooksThis is an introduction to the online version of the popular accounting program QuickBooks. This session will cover setting up a new company, invoicing and receiving payments, writing checks and paying bills. The session will end with a brief introduction and overview of reports. The differences between QuickBooks Online and QuickBooks Desktop will be noted.

The session will use QuickBooks Pro Online, but will be useful for all versions of QuickBooks. This session is suitable for those who have recently started using QuickBooks Online and those planning to use it. It is not required, but if you have a laptop or tablet and have QuickBooks Online loaded, feel free to bring it and follow along.

NOTE: This workshop is designed for training on the basics of QuickBooks Online and is not intended to troubleshoot problems individuals may currently be experiencing. Those types of questions are better suited to a one-one consulting session.

The presenter will be Don Lesser, president of Pioneer Training, Inc. Don has been a consultant and business owner for over 30 years. He has been using QuickBooks since version 2.0 for MS-DOS. He has taught QuickBooks for 20+ years, as well as consulted in its use for a wide range of clients. Don is not an accountant and does not provide accounting advice, but focuses on how to use QuickBooks to track your company’s income and expenses.

Date: Wednesday October 18, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12 noon
Location:
Scibelli Enterprise Center, 1 Federal Street, Springfield
Cost: $35
Contact: Pre-registration is required. Register online with link below. If you have questions or are unable to register online, contact Lynn Shedd at lshedd@msbdc.umass.edu or 413-577-1761.

MSBDC register online

Understanding Your Company's Cash Flow

Your business runs on cash—cash in and cash out—a very critical aspect to you and your business. Cash flow refers to the revenues a business generates and collects compared to expenses it pays out over a fixed period of time. It is one of the most critical components of success for a small business. This workshop will teach:

  • the basics of cash flow
  • the timing of cash inflows and outflows
  • how cash flow is different from profit
  • how to manage your cash flow projections
  • how to improve your company’s cash flow   

The presenter will be Robb Morton, a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant with 28 years of experience. Robb's experience in management accounting includes work with a major government contractor that required him to obtain knowledge of cost accounting standards and rate calculations. He has many years of experience dealing with manufacturers and has worked with a variety of computer packages. His seven years experience as a controller has given him a unique perspective that serves as a tremendous benefit when dealing with the challenges faced by his small business clients. He also has extensive experience working with family-owned businesses, both as advisor and as a member of their management team. Robb works with many area banks and finance companies to assist clients with their working capital and equipment financing needs.

Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017         
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Scibelli Enterprise Center, 1 Federal Street, Springfield
Cost: $25
Contact: Pre-registration is required. Register online with link below. If you have questions or are unable to register online, contact Lynn Shedd at lshedd@msbdc.umass.edu or 413-577-1761.

MSBDC register online

Export Expo - Save the Date!

Export ExpoJoin us for the largest and most important export event of the year that brings together export resources, training and information – all under one roof!

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

The event will include an exhibit area featuring government, non-profit and private sector service providers serving the export community. Coinciding with the exhibition, the Export Center will convene workshops and roundtable discussions throughout the day on a wide variety of export-related topics.

This year’s Export Expo will focus on uncertainty in the current global trade landscape, including possible upcoming shifts in U.S. trade policy. Hot-button issues such as NAFTA renegotiation, free trade policy, export controls, sanctions, enforcement and more will be addressed. World-wide international trade trends and related topics will also be discussed, with a focus on helping companies to navigate a dynamic and increasingly complex global trade environment.   

The Export Expo will feature influential guest speakers, opportunities to connect with experts to answer your specific export questions, networking, and fun! This event regularly sells out. Space is limited, so register early! Registration will open in the fall. Photo ID required for entrance to building.

Exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities are available! Click here for additional information on opportunities (pdf) or click here for exhibitor/sponsor registration. If you need additional information, please contact Paula Murphy at 617-973-8664.  

Date: Friday, December 8, 2017
Time:  Registration & Exhibits Open at 9:00 a.m.; Program 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Networking reception to follow  
Location: State Transportation Building, 2nd Floor Conference Center, 10 Park Plaza, Boston - includes workshops, exhibits, breakfast, lunch and networking reception
Cost: $35 / no charge for Compliance Alliance members

Registration will be available in the fall.