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.
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2021 Training Calendar 

 globe = export training
Until further notice, in-person training is suspended. All training is offered online.
 JUNE
24 Making Sense of Online Marketing: A Simple Checklist for Success
29 How to Open a Business in Massachusetts Legally
29 Creating a Successful Business Behavior in Your Team
30 The Business of Art
30 Demystify State and Federal Certifications for Small Business
30 Developing a Dynamic Capability Statement
 
 JULY
1 Basics of Starting Your Business
 
 AUGUST
2 Basics of Starting Your Business
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 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

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: TBA
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.

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:  Tuesday, June 29, 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

How to Exit Your Business: Strategies for Selling Your Business (3-part series)

sponosrsLearn strategies for selling your business from the experts at BizBuySell, the Internet's largest business for sale marketplace. In this 3-part workshop you will learn about:

  • Opportunities in today's market, developing an exit strategy and assessing your business for its sale potential
  • Valuing a business and setting an asking price
  • Attracting buyers and marketing your business for sale

Masked and socially distanced event (limited to 20 in-person attendees, but unlimited virtual attendees). Box dinner provided for in-person attendees.

Dates: Wednesdays, June 16, 23 & 30 (3-part series)
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: In-person @ Venture X, 98 Lower Westfield Road, Holyoke or online via Zoom
Cost: $79/individual or $129/business (2 attendees)
Contact: Anita Eliason at ch.admin0228@scorevolunteer.org

Cosponsored by BizBuySell, WMMB (Western Mass Means Business), MA Small Business Development Center, SCORE and Venture X

Making Sense of Online Marketing: A Simple Checklist for Success

Grab your lunch and join us for this virtual experience. The idea of getting your business online can often feel scary and even confusing. With so many moving parts, figuring out what to do and how to do it presents a unique challenge for time-starved small business owners. Don’t worry, once you understand how it all works together you can stop wasting time and focus on the things that actually benefit your business.

If you’re just getting started with online marketing or not seeing the results you’ve hoped for...this session is for you. You’ll learn the foundational elements that will help you get the word out about your business and you won’t need a marketing degree to do it! 

Key Takeaways: 

  • How people find you online 
  • How to set yourself up for success 
  • How to encourage new and repeat business

The speaker will be Susan Finn, owner of Rise Above Noise.

Date: Thursday, June 24, 2021
Time: 12:00 -1:00 p.m. EST
Location: Online
Cost: Free
Contact: Anne Fenton at amfenton@msbdc.umass.edu

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

Creating a Successful Business Behavior in Your Team

Join Andrew Botieri of GNA Training as he discusses the keys to creating a successful team.  In today's marketplace COVID has tested us all and how we operate our business and grow our revenues and share of the market. Why did many companies have a banner year in 2020, while others faulted? It's because the successful companies understand the Success Triangle: Behavior Attitude Techniques.

Learn how disciplining your Attitude, creates successful Behaviors with the proper, consistent Techniques that ensure continued and replicated success. If you and your team need that extra push to exceed your company goals in 2021, then this workshop is for you!

Date: Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Time: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. EST
Location: Online
Cost: Free
Contact: Anne Fenton at amfenton@msbdc.umass.edu

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

The Business of Art

Cliff Robbins, senior business advisor with the MSBDC, will take you through the steps needed to successfully promote and sell your art while growing your business.

Date: Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Time: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. EST
Location: Online
Cost: Free
Contact: Anne Fenton at amfenton@msbdc.umass.edu

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

Demystify State and Federal Certifications for Small Business Informational Session 

HarborOneContracting with large corporations and government agencies can be a great way to grow your small business. Often, the first step in the contracting process is getting certified as a minority owned, woman owned or veteran owned business.

Join us for an informational session where Managing Partners at M&A Supplier Diversity Consultants, Maria Gonzalez and Andie Ryoo will share their knowledge and provide a better understanding of the following topics: 

  • Types of certifications
  • Advantages of being certified
  • What Supplier Diversity program means
  • Public and Private Marketplace
  • State of MA Small Business Purchasing Program

Date: Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. EST
Location: Online
Cost: Free
Contact: HarborOne at info@harboroneu.com

Cosponsored by HarborOne Bank and HarborOneU

Developing a Dynamic Capability Statement

Now that we are "opening doors" and preparing for in-person events again, it is time to create your capability statement (CS) or update the one that you've been using. Please join us for this instructional webinar to learn tips for developing a robust CS to assist in marketing your products and services to large business prime contractors and federal agencies. A CS is an inexpensive, but targeted marketing piece used to quickly highlight your strengths and capabilities at small business B2G, matchmakers, and other outreach events or to email to potential customers. 

The speaker will be Sandra Ledbetter, Government Sales Advisor with the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center.

Date: Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Cost: No Charge
Contact: Sandra Ledbetter at sledbetter@msbdc.umass.edu