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 only accepted 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. If you can't log into your account to register for training, a verification code will be sent from this email address. We use this email frequently, so please add it to your approved sender list.

Please review our cancellation and refund policies.


exporting

Massachusetts Export CenterThe 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.

On the calendar below, globe indicates an exporting training event.

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. Click on the logo to view the website. Registration is free!

SBA
Did you know that the U.S. Small Business Administration offers free online training through its Learning Center? Click on the SBA logo to view topics.

SCORESCORE conducts a variety of free and low-cost, educational workshops that provide valuable information necessary for establishing and managing a successful business.
Greater Boston | Western MA | Central MA | Southeast MA | Cape Cod & the Islands | Northeast MA

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2021 Training Calendar 

 globe = export training
Until further notice, in-person training is suspended. All training is offered online.
 APRIL
20 Business Fundamentals: Human Resources Part 1: Finding and Retaining Talented Employees
20 Getting Relief for Shuttered Venue Operators
20 How to Open a Business in Massachusetts Legally
22 Intellectual Property 101
27 Federal Government Contracting (Part 2)
27 Business Fundamentals: Human Resources Part 2: Employee Laws All Business Owners Must Know
29 Using a Risk-Based Approach to Build Your Export Compliance Program globe
29 Patent Basics
29 Mercadotecnia
29 Starting a New Business: Step-by-Step
 
 MAY
3 Basics of Starting Your Business *full*
4 What You Need to Know About the Paycheck Protection Program
4 Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Business Fundamentals
4-6 Quickbooks Desktop for Beginniners (3 sessions)
5 Legal Requirements for Small Businesses
5 Building Sustainable Business Webinar Series: Strengthening Your Product and Service
5 Coaching Tools for Business Success
4 Business Fundamentals: Managing Business Financials and Bookkeeping
6 Filing a Provisional or Non-Provisional Utility Patent Application
6 Small Business Resources Forum
6 Basics of Starting Your Business
6 Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Understanding Business Financials
7 Biden on Trade: The First 100 Days and Beyond globe
11 Federal Marketing and Networking
11 Debt Relief Options for COVID-19 Impacted Businesses
11 Business Fundamentals: Conflict Resolution in the Workplace
18 Getting Relief for Shuttered Venue Operators
19 Starting a Business: What You Need to Know
13 Global Trade Shipping Update: Trends in Inbound, Outbound and Global Air & Ocean Cargo globe
20 U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Resources for Inventors, Innovators, and Entrepreneurs
20 Como Empezar Y Crecer Su Negocio
 
 JUNE
2 Building Sustainable Business Webinar Series: Seizing the Market
3 Small Business Resources Forum  
3 Basics of Starting Your Business
7 Basics of Starting Your Business
11 Trends in U.S. Export Controls for the Electronics and Semiconductor Sector in Greater China globe
16 Your Business Plan - Soup to Nuts
17 Your Path to Growth in Life Sciences: Leveraging Resources & Avoiding Pitfalls
17 Plan de negocios: de la A a la Z
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Program Descriptions


SBA Workshops

U.S. Small Business AdministrationThese 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.  Click on button below to visit SBA's website 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'Please note that the Legal Clinics have been postponed until further notice.

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 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 least 24 hours in advance if you cannot attend your appointment.
 

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 below. Call the MSBDC office at 508-673-9783 with questions.

Register online by clicking on the desired date below:
 

  • TBA

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: Lynn Shedd at lshedd@msbdc.umass.edu or Google Business Line at 413-342-0499

       

Small Business Resources Forum

business forumLearn about current grants, loans, and other resources in Western Massachusetts for small businesses. Join in a live Q&A to get your individual questions answered. There will also be a local business advisor to schedule you for no-charge business counseling services, to help you with marketing your business, understanding your financials and applying for loans or grants available to businesses economically impacted by the pandemic. The forum will be moderated by Jessi Kirley, a small business advisor with the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center, Western Regional Office.

There is no charge for the forum, but pre-registration is required. This event is offered on the first Thursday of the month. You can choose a date on the registration form. 

Dates: Monthly on Thursdays: May 6 or June 3, 2021
Time: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. EST
Location: Zoom Meeting
Cost: No charge
Contact: Lynn Shedd at lshedd@msbdc.umass.edu or Google Business Line at 413-342-0499

  

Brought to you by the Western Massachusetts Means Business (WMMB) and stakeholders: Center for Women and Enterprise, Common Capital, Franklin County Community Development Corporation, Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network, SCORE of Western Mass, Valley Community Development Corporation, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Clark University and Salem State University.

Building Sustainable Business (BSB) Webinar Series

In today’s environment, business leaders must capture new revenue and increase operational efficiency. The Building Sustainable Businesses (BSB) monthly webinar series is designed for business leaders who want to grow and improve their companies. This is a free series, but you must register for each session. Visit the link below for complete details.

Sessions will be held monthly from December 2020 - September 2021.

Visit www.msbdc.org/bsb for details on all the sessions.

Business Fundamentals: Human Resources Part 1: Finding and Retaining Talented Employees

WMMBTopics to be covered include:

  • Information on how to write an accurate job description
  • Strategies for finding and retaining talented employees. Tips for interviewing candidates for a job opening and sample interview questions
  • How to check on candidates references
  • General information on effective onboarding of employees
  • Steps to terminate an employee
  • Brief overview of the "Temp-to-hire" model

Presenter: Allison Ebner, Employers Association of the Northeast

Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Time: 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. EST
Location: Online
Cost: No charge
Contact: Lynn Shedd at lshedd@msbdc.umass.edu or Google Business Line: 413-342-0501

Brought to you by the Western Massachusetts Means Business (WMMB) and stakeholders: Center for Women and Enterprise, Common Capital, Franklin County Community Development Corporation, Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network, SCORE of Western Mass, Valley Community Development Corporation, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Clark University and Salem State University.

Getting Relief for Shuttered Venue Operators

SVOGThis workshop will provide an overview of the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Business, Nonprofits and Venues Act, signed into law on December 27, 2020. Specific areas discussed will include:

  • Program Overview
  • Benefits and Purpose
  • Eligibility Requirements
  • How the Funds Can be Used
  • Available Grant Amounts
  • Application Process

The workshop will be presented by Rosa Di Virgilio Taormina, business advisor with the MSBDC Northeast Regional Office.

Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. EST
Location: Online
Cost: No charge
Contact: Kaitlin Muldoon at kmuldoon@salemstate.edu

How to Open a Business in Massachusetts Legally

open for businessThis basics webinar is offered monthly and includes topics such as:

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

The speaker will be Rich Cheney, regional director of the MSBDC Central Regional Office.

Date: Tuesday, April 20, 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

Federal Government Contracting (Part 2)

The Massachusetts Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) is back again to drill down into the world of federal government contracting by discussing:

  • NAICS Codes
  • Federal procurement forecasts
  • SAM.gov registration

The workshop will be presented by Michelle Simoes, procurement specialist with the Massachusetts Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC). 

Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. EST
Location: Online
Cost: No charge
Contact: Kaitlin Muldoon at kmuldoon@salemstate.edu

Business Fundamentals: Human Resources Part 2: Employee Laws All Business Owners Must Know

WMMBTopics to be covered include:

  • Overview of employer obligations to employees
  • Employment law highlights: sick time, vacation time, employee classifications, unemployment claims, and termination

Presenter: Allison Ebner, Employers Association of the Northeast

Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Time: 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. EST
Location: Online
Cost: No charge
Contact: Lynn Shedd at lshedd@msbdc.umass.edu or Google Business Line: 413-342-0501

Brought to you by the Western Massachusetts Means Business (WMMB) and stakeholders: Center for Women and Enterprise, Common Capital, Franklin County Community Development Corporation, Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network, SCORE of Western Mass, Valley Community Development Corporation, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Clark University and Salem State University.

Using a Risk-Based Approach to Build Your Export Compliance Program

Any company that is serious about exporting needs a formal export compliance program in place. Export compliance programs demonstrate a company’s commitment to compliance and outline specific policies and procedures to ensure compliance, taking into account the company’s entire global organization, specific products and technologies, international business activities and more. Developing and managing a truly functional and adaptable export compliance program can be an overwhelming and challenging task for many businesses, however.

This webinar will provide practical guidance on using a risk-based approach to building your export compliance program. Learn how to address your unique global trade compliance risks while simplifying implementation and maximizing team adoption of your program.

The webinar will cover: elements of an export compliance program; risk assessment export compliance team building; integration of export compliance operations; and other critical elements for an effective export compliance program. The webinar will also touch upon assessing the effectiveness of export compliance, operations, auditing, and maintaining a dynamic compliance program that keeps pace with organizational and regulatory changes.

Our speakers will be:

  • Thomas Andrukonis, Senior Director, Export Controls & Sanctions — FTI Consulting, Inc.
  • Eric Rudolph, Senior Director, Export Controls & Sanctions — FTI  Consulting, Inc.    

Date: Thursday, April 29, 2021  
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. EST  
Location: Online  
Cost: $25 / no charge for Compliance Alliance members
Contact: Massachusetts Export Center at 617-973-6110

 

Mercadotecnia

Aprender las maneras de promocionar su negocio eficazmente. Temas que seran discutidos:

  • Mercadotecnia
  • Plan estrategico
  • Estrategias
  • Mercadeo digital y social

Los oradores serán Awilda Irizarry, asesora comercial de la Oficina Regional Noreste de MSBDC y Lisa González Welch, especialista en desarrollo económico de la Administración de Pequeñas Empresas.

Fecha: jueves 29 de abril de 2021
Hora: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. est
Ubicación:
Online
Costs: Gratis
Contacto: Kaitlin Muldoon en kmuldoon@salemstate.edu

Starting a New Business: Step-by-Step

Starting a business is a major undertaking if you want to do it right and maximize the likelihood of success. Join us for a fast-paced, dynamic webinar that will take you through the first four steps to starting a business! 

  • Step 1: Examining your motivation for business ownership
  • Step 2: Choosing the right business for you
  • Step 3: Evaluating the feasibility of your chosen business
  • Step 4: Considering start-up requirements and common pitfalls

Cliff Robbins, senior business advisor with MSBDC Southeast Regional Office, will present this free webinar to anyone is in the process of, or thinking about, starting their own business. Representatives from the New Bedford Economic Development Council will also provide information specific to New Bedford businesses.

Date: Thursday, April 29, 2021
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EST
Location: Online
Cost: Free
Contact: Anne Fenton at amfenton@msbdc.umass.edu with questions

Cosponsored by the New Bedford Economic Development Council (NBEDC)

What You Need to Know About the Paycheck Protection Program

This workshop will cover Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans available as first and second draws. Specific areas discussed will be:

  • What are First and Second Draw PPP Loans
  • Eligibility Requirements
  • Explanation of the 60/40 Rule
  • Coverage Periods
  • How to Calculate Payroll Costs
  • Forgiveness Documentation
  • Upcoming Deadlines

The workshop will be presented by Rosa Di Virgilio Taormina, business advisor with the MSBDC Northeast Regional Office.

Date: Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST
Location: Online
Cost: No charge
Contact: Kaitlin Muldoon at kmuldoon@salemstate.edu

WMMBBusiness Fundamentals: Managing Business Financials and Bookkeeping

Topics to be covered include:

  • Learn bookkeeping principles and how to effectively track your numbers, including loan/grants received
  • Overview of financial documents. Tips on how to organize your documents for tax preparation

Presenter: Katishia Gallishaw, KG Virtual CFO

Date: Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Time: 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. EST
Location: Online
Cost: No charge
Contact: Lynn Shedd at lshedd@msbdc.umass.edu or Google Business Line: 413-342-0501

Brought to you by the Western Massachusetts Means Business (WMMB) and stakeholders: Center for Women and Enterprise, Common Capital, Franklin County Community Development Corporation, Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network, SCORE of Western Mass, Valley Community Development Corporation, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Clark University and Salem State University.

Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Business Fundamentals

SEED CorporationJoin us for a workshop to learn the fundamentals of planning, preparing for and financing a small business. The workshop is open to anyone currently in business, starting a business, or thinking about someday owning a business, as well as business assistance professionals who would like to learn more about SEED's technical assistance programming.

Date: Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST
Location: Online
Cost: Free
Contact: Jessica Mello at jmello@seedcorp.com

Sponsored by SEED Corporation and BankFive and held in cooperation with the U.S. Small Business Administration, One Southcoast Chamber of Commerce, Massachusetts Small Business Development Center & SCORE

Quickbooks Desktop for Beginners

QBAs a business owner, you need to understand the financial information of your business at all times. This three-day QuickBooks webinar will take you through the basics of:

  • Introduction to chart of accounts
  • Paying bills and recording revenue
  • Reports and how they flag errors

These essential reports will help you run your business efficiently and stay in business. This webinar is limited to 20 people who must participate all three days.

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

Dates: May 4 - 6, 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

Legal Requirements for Small Businesses

A small business owner needs to know what their federal, state, and local obligations are. This course will give you an overview of the legal requirements that every small business owner should know. Topics will include:

  • Types of Business Ownership
  • Forms of Ownership
  • Business Formation
  • Registering Your Business, and more

The speaker will be Nancy Gerardi, regional director with the MSBDC Northeast Regional Office.

Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. EST
Location: Online
Cost: No charge
Contact: Kaitlin Muldoon at kmuldoon@salemstate.edu

Coaching Tools for Business Success

In this workshop you will learn how you can use the skill of coaching to sustainably grow your business and how to start a coaching business with your expertise, adding an additional revenue stream to your business. You will learn:

  • What is coaching?
  • How to start coaching with what you already know
  • How successful businesses use coaching to grow
  • How to start coaching yourself

The speaker will be Clara Angelina DIaz-Anderson, bilingual certified master coach trainor, business advisor and founder of the ClaraFying Coaching Institute.

Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EST
Location: Online
Cost: No charge
Contact: Kaitlin Muldoon at kmuldoon@salemstate.edu

Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Understanding Business Financials

SEED CorporationParticipants will learn how to read and a balance sheet, income statement, and cash flow statement, and keep on top of their business finances. The workshop also explains how a small business owner can anticipate financial needs in order to operate the business more efficiently through a deeper understanding of their financial picture. The workshop is open to anyone currently in business, starting a business, or thinking about someday owning a business, as well as business assistance professionals who would like to learn more about SEED's technical assistance programming.

Date: Thursday, May 6, 2021
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST
Location: Online
Cost: Free
Contact: Jessica Mello at jmello@seedcorp.com

Sponsored by SEED Corporation and BankFive and held in cooperation with the U.S. Small Business Administration, One Southcoast Chamber of Commerce, Massachusetts Small Business Development Center & SCORE

Biden on Trade: The First 100 Days and Beyond

If there is one thing that U.S. businesses have learned in recent years, it is that the Executive Branch can wield extraordinary power to implement sweeping changes in trade policy. As we approach the 100-day mark of the Biden Administration, certain indicators, such as key trade appointments, development of a trade policy agenda and official statements are all helping us to better understand the outlook for international trade in the coming years.

Join us for this webinar, which will discuss possible upcoming shifts in trade policy, as well as continued implementation of trade-related legislation and the outlook for reauthorization of Trade Promotion Authority later in 2021. Specifically, the webinar will assess the future of export controls, economic sanctions, free trade policy, tariff and Customs policy, regulatory enforcement and more.

The webinar will also address issues such ongoing trade negotiations with China, the ebb and flow of the U.S. relationship with our key global trade allies, and the outlook for the U.S. to re-enter the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and the possible impact on sanctions. Join us to hear from trade policy experts who will provide practical guidance on preparing global business operations for the future.

Speakers include:

  • Nicole Bivens Collinson, President, International Trade & Government Relations — Sandler Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.
  • Paula Connelly, Member — Sandler Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.
  • Kristine Pirnia, Member, Export Controls and Sanctions Practice Leader — Sandler Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.

Date: Friday, May 7, 2021
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EST
Location: Online
Cost: No Charge  
Contact: Massachusetts Export Center at 617-973-6110

Debt Relief Options for COVID-19 Impacted Businesses

This workshop will provide a general overview of debt relief options currently available for businesses negatively affected by COVID-19. Specific areas to be discussed include:

  • PPP Loans - First and Second Draw
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loans
  • Shuttered Venue Operators Grants
  • Additional Relief under the Economic Aid Act and the CARES Act

The presenter will be Rosa Di Virgilio Taormina, MSBDC business advisor with the MSBDC Northeast Regional Office.

Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EST
Location: Online
Cost: No charge
Contact: Kaitlin Muldoon at kmuldoon@salemstate.edu

Business Fundamentals: Conflict Resolution in the Workplace

WMMB2020 may be behind us, but the polarizing issues it has brought to the forefront continue to infiltrate the workplace. Working with other people can be tricky, as each of us come wrapped up in packages complete with distinct personalities, sensitivities, cultural beliefs, identities, attitudes, and opinions. Navigating workplace relationships often seems like walking through a minefield – particularly when so much of our daily communication has now shifted from in-person to online.

In this interactive workshop, we will provide you with tools to stay cool when the workplace heats up. In this webinar, you will learn how, when thoughtfully approached, even the most challenging situations can be an opportunity for career growth and self-empowerment.

Presenter: Dawn LaRochelle, Center for Women and Enterprise

Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Time: 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. EST
Location: Online
Cost: No charge
Contact: Lynn Shedd at lshedd@msbdc.umass.edu or Google Business Line: 413-342-0501

Brought to you by the Western Massachusetts Means Business (WMMB) and stakeholders: Center for Women and Enterprise, Common Capital, Franklin County Community Development Corporation, Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network, SCORE of Western Mass, Valley Community Development Corporation, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Clark University and Salem State University.

Federal Marketing and Networking

This webinar will focus on marketing and networking to prime contractors and government agencies, including capability statements and matchmaker events. The workshop will be presented by Michelle Simoes, procurement specialist with the Massachusetts Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC).

Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. EST
Location: Online
Cost: No charge
Contact: Kaitlin Muldoon at kmuldoon@salemstate.edu

Global Trade Shipping Update: Trends in Inbound, Outbound and Global Air & Ocean Cargo

We are a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, and delays continue to plague companies engaged in global trade, resulting in crippling congestion at ports worldwide. The pandemic has created a shortage of workers and a glut of inbound cargo caused by increased consumer demand. Further, fallout from the recent blockage of the Suez Canal is expected to cause further global shipping delays in the weeks and months ahead.  These supply chain disruptions have caused frustration and have been costly as businesses are waiting longer for supplies and paying higher prices for workarounds to receive and deliver their goods. And the impacts of inbound delays have trickled down, resulting in reduced capacity and increased delays on outbound cargo as well.  

Join us to hear from industry experts who will provide an update on global shipping, discussing the trends in inbound, outbound and global air & ocean cargo, as well as mitigation tips for managing delays and supply chain disruption. 

Speakers include:  

  • Rich Roche, Vice President, International Transportation — Mohawk Global
  • Kristen Morneau, Senior Advisor — Mohawk Global

Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021  
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. EST  
Location: Online   
Cost: No Charge
Contact: Massachusetts Export Center at 617-973-6110

  

Getting Relief for Shuttered Venue Operators

SVOGThis workshop will provide an overview of the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Business, Nonprofits and Venues Act, signed into law on December 27, 2020. Specific areas discussed will include:

  • Program Overview
  • Benefits and Purpose
  • Eligibility Requirements
  • How the Funds Can be Used
  • Available Grant Amounts
  • Application Process

The workshop will be presented by Rosa Di Virgilio Taormina, business advisor with the MSBDC Northeast Regional Office.

Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EST
Location:
Online
Cost: No charge
Contact: Kaitlin Muldoon at kmuldoon@salemstate.edu
 

Starting a Business: What You Need to Know

This webinar will discuss all the aspects of starting a business. Topics to be discussed include:

  • Nature of Business Ownership
  • Operating Issues
  • Marketing Issues
  • Financing Issues

The speaker will be Walter Manninen, senior business advisor and financial specialist with the MSBDC Northeast Regional Office.

Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Time: 11:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m. EST
Location: Online
Cost: No charge
Contact: Kaitlin Muldoon at kmuldoon@salemstate.edu

Como Empezar Y Crecer Su Negocio

¿Inspirado, 'suprimido de su trabajo' o listo a arrancar su propio negocio? Evalúe su potencial emprendedor mientras adquiere un resumen general de mercadeo y aspectos de las finanzas operaciones involucradas en iniciar un negocio.

Fecha: jueves 20 de mayo de 2021
Hora: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. est
Ubicación:
Online
Costs: Gratis
Contacto: Kaitlin Muldoon en kmuldoon@salemstate.edu

Trends in U.S. Export Controls for the Electronics and Semiconductor Sector in Greater China

The past several years have witnessed steadily tightening U.S. export controls for the electronics and semiconductor sector, particularly as they relate to U.S. firms doing business in and with China. Increased use of the Entity List to sanction leading Chinese companies such as ZTE and Huawei, and major changes to the Foreign Produced Direct Product Rule to choke off supply of foreign-produced products and technology destined for Huawei, are just a couple of examples of these tightening controls. And the changes keep coming in 2021, with the addition of more major Chinese players, such as SMIC and Xiaomi, and several smaller industry players, to restricted party lists.

This webinar will provide insight into the U.S. export regulatory landscape for electronics and semiconductor firms doing business in and with China. The webinar will provide the latest on sanctioned parties, trends on regulatory tools used to impose sanctions, the impact of changes to the Foreign Produced Direct Product Rule, licensing trends and requirements for Huawei and other sanctioned parties, military end use restrictions, due diligence best practices for companies operating in the sector, and more. Join us to gain insight on compliance risk mitigation strategies for doing business in this complex, high-stakes and dynamic environment.

Our speaker will be:

  • Daniel Fisher-Owens, Partner — Berliner Corcoran & Rowe LLP

Date: Friday, June 11, 2021
Time:
12:00 - 1:30 p.m. EST  
Location: Online  
Cost: $25 / no charge for Compliance Alliance members
Contact: Massachusetts Export Center at 617-973-6110

Your Business Plan - Soup to Nuts

This webinar will discuss how to prepare your business plan from start to finish. Topics to be discussed will include: Entrepreneurship and Planning and Business Plan Overview including narrative, financial, and supporting documents. There will also be a discussion on some of the Do's and Don't's.

The speaker will be Walter Manninen, senior business advisor and financial specialist with the MSBDC Northeast Regional Office.

Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Time: 11:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m. EST
Location: Online
Cost: No charge
Contact: Kaitlin Muldoon at kmuldoon@salemstate.edu

Your Path to Growth in Life Sciences: Leveraging Resources & Avoiding Pitfalls

Mansfield Bio-IncubatorIn a state offering world-renowned universities and research hospitals, it is no surprise that Massachusetts is a global leader in the life sciences industry, boasting one of the world's largest life sciences clusters attracting companies from around the world. Many businesses emerge from the scientific advancements developed in partnership with these institutions, but what assistance is available to help these businesses grow, both domestically and internationally? What types of funding are available and how can they be secured? What do business owners need to know when developing their workforce?  

Join us to learn about resources for growing your business while mitigating costly risk. Learn about determining financial viability, obtaining financing, and grant opportunities. Additional topics include controls on foreign access to U.S. technology with regard to hiring and investment, and diversifying into foreign markets. 

An introduction will be provided by Alexander Margulis, COO of the Mansfield Bio-Incubator. Speakers include:  

  • Nancy Lowd, Senior Business Advisor — Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC) Network
  • Kathleen Newell, Trade Compliance Manager — Massachusetts Export Center, MSBDC Network

Date: Thursday, June 17, 2021
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. EST
Location: Webinar
Cost: No Charge
Contact: Kathleen Newell at the Massachusetts Export Center at kathleen.newell@massexport.org

Cosponsored by the Mansfield Bio-Incubator

Plan de negocios: de la A a la Z

El taller estará a cargo de la señora Awilda Irizarry, y se convoca a participar a quienes tengan una idea de negocio y estén actualmente manejando una empresa. El objetivo es brindar las herramientas básicas para definir cada una de las etapas a desarrollar para un plan de negocio. Se trabajará en la identificación de la idea de negocio, el análisis de factibilidad, mercadeo, operaciones, el estudio de factibilidad y el análisis económico financiero con énfasis en como calificar para un préstamo.

Fecha: jueves 17 de junio de 2021  
Hora: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. est
Ubicación:
Online
Costs: Gratis
Contacto: Kaitlin Muldoon en kmuldoon@salemstate.edu