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.


 
exportThe Massachusetts Export Center organizes seminars, webinars and events throughout the year under Partners for Trade—the official export training initiative of the Commonwealth. On the calendar below, globe indicates an exporting training event.

Don't miss the virtual Export Expo on January 27, 2023! Click here for details. Check back often as this page is updated frequently.

      


          

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2023 Training Calendar 

 globe = export training
Until further notice, most in-person training is suspended.
 FEBRUARY
6 Basics of Starting Your Business
8 Starting a Business 101
9 Ways to Fund Your Small Business
14 Did You Get Money from the SBA When You Needed It (EIDL)? Here's How to Pay it Back!
16 Basics of Starting Your Business
16 Improve Your Credit Score
16 Find Your Business Valuation, Unlock Your Future
21 How to Pitch Your Business in 3 to 5 Minutes
22 Financials 101
23 Woman-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting
28 Better Financial Management
 
 MARCH
6 Basics of Starting Your Business
7 Women's History Month Small Business Conference
8 Starting a Business 101
16 Basics of Starting Your Business
 
 APRIL
3 Basics of Starting Your Business
20 Basics of Starting Your Business
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 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 will be 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. If a date is not listed below, the class is full or registration is closed. A Zoom link for the webinar will be emailed to you immediately after registration from centeric@clients.msbdc.org. Please add this email to your safe sender list.

Dates & Times: Typically held on the first Monday (1:00 - 4:00 p.m.) and third Thursday (9:00 a.m. - 12 noon) of the month - click on your date selection below to register
Location: Online
Cost:
No charge
Contact:  MSBDC Western Regional Office at 413-577-1768 or ppawlosk@umass.edu 

         

Starting a Business 101

Are you looking to start a business but don’t know where to begin? This workshop will focus on business fundamentals, from start-up considerations to business plan development including marketing strategies and funding sources.

The speaker will be Nancy Gerardi, regional director or Rosa Taormina, business advisor with the MSBDC Northeast Regional Office.

Date: Second Wednesday of the month - click on your date selection below to register
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EST
Location: Online webinar
Cost: No charge
Contact: Kaitlin Muldoon at kmuldoon@salemstate.edu or 978-542-7369

   

Ways to Fund Your Small Business

Every small business needs to be able to adapt to change. This is true more now than ever before. Funds may be needed to address an unforeseen business disruption or to take advantage of an opportunity. When a small business owner needs quick access to cash, having a line of credit is the perfect solution. This workshop will address the need for every business to have a line of credit and why it is important.

Speakers:

  • Gina Flynn, Vice President Eastern Bank
  • Nancy Gerardi, Regional Director MSBDC Northeast Reigonal Office

Date: Thursday, February 9, 2023
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST
Location: Online webinar
Cost: No charge
Contact: Kaitlin Muldoon at kmuldoon@salemstate.edu or 978-542-7369

Did You Get Money from the SBA When You Needed it (EIDL)? Here's How to Pay it Back!

We invite you to join this informative session hosted by the SBA and the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center's Northeast Regional Office. This webinar will help you to understand your obligation to repay your EIDL. Sound familiar?

The EIDL (Emergency Injury Disaster Loan) was provided during COVID to help businesses have working capital. There was a 30-month deferment to start repaying the loan that time is now for many businesses.

Speakers:

  • Diane Darling, Lender Relations Specialist with the Massachusetts District Office — U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Rosa Taormina, Business Advisor MSBDC Northeast Regional Office

Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2023
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST
Location: Online webinar
Cost: No charge
Contact: Kaitlin Muldoon at kmuldoon@salemstate.edu or 978-542-7369

Improve Your Credit Score

This workshop will discuss ways to improve your credit. The speaker will be Nancy Gerardi, regional director of the MSBDC Northeast Regional Office.

Date: Thursday, February 16, 2023
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EST
Location: Online webinar
Cost: No charge
Contact: Kaitlin Muldoon kmuldoon@salemstate.edu or 978-542-7369

Find Your Business Valuation, Unlock Your Future

Join us for this free online interactive workshop. Ever wonder what your business could be valued at? Learn three approaches to do this - on your own! And how to apply nine factors to build value. 

This event is presented by Dylan Gans, co-founder of Baton and facilitated by the MSBDC Berkshire Regional Office.

PLEASE NOTE: Your confirmation email will be sent from centeric@clients.msbdc.org. If you don't find it in your inbox, please look in your junk/spam folder.

Date: Thursday, February 16, 2023
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST
Location: Online
Cost: No charge
Contact: MSBDC Berkshire Regional Office at 413-499-0933

How to Pitch Your Business in 3 to 5 Minutes

Pitching your business idea can be challenging. To present the perfect pitch, which will inform and inspire the listener. You, the speaker, must prove an understanding of the problem to be solved, the market to be helped, and the potential profit to be made. This presentation will break down the fundamentals of a business pitch in ten easy steps with an example of a business pitch.

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

Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2023
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EST
Location: Online webinar
Cost: No charge
Contact: Kaitlin Muldoon kmuldoon@salemstate.edu or 978-542-7369

Financials 101

Every small business should know how to keep detailed records of the daily transactions involved in their business. They create reports that allow management, stakeholders and regulating authorities to have insight into the financial health of the organization.

As the business owner, you need to understand the metrics that are reported in the cash flow and income statements, and balance sheets and how they relate to each other. This workshop will go over all three of these topics and show examples of each one.

Speakers: 

  • Awilda Irizarry, Senior Business Advisor and Financial Specialist MSBDC Northeast Regional Office
  • Jugmi Rao, Vice President-Relationship Manager of Commercial Lending TD Bank

Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2023
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST
Location: Online webinar
Cost: No charge
Contact: Kaitlin Muldoon at kmuldoon@salemstate.edu or 978-542-7369

 

Woman-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting

This webinar will discuss how to certify your business as a Women-Owned Small Business for Federal government contracting opportunities.

Speakers:

  • Nadine Boone, Assistant District Director of Business Development U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Lisa Gonzalez Welch, Economic Development Specialist of the Massachusetts District Office U.S. Small Business Administration

Date: Thursday, February 23, 2023
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST
Location: Online webinar
Cost: No charge
Contact: Kaitlin Muldoon at kmuldoon@salemstate.edu or 978-542-7369

 

Better Financial Management

Join us for a free online, illustrative workshop to help small business owners create Better Financial Management.

You will learn:

  • What are the four keys to your financial model
  • How you can adjust the levers of sales volume and profit margins to achieve greater profitability
  • How you can make more accurate financial projections

All this in a singular one-hour webinar? You betcha. The speaker will be Keith Girouard, regional director of the MSBDC Berkshire Regional Office.

Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2023
Time: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. EST 
Location:
Online
Cost: No charge
Contact: MSBDC Berkshire Regional Office at 413-499-0933

Cosponsored by the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce

Women's History Month Conference

Join us to discuss small business success! Bring your questions, get best practices, learn how to overcome the hurdles…and hear from women who make it happen! Attend one, two or all three sessions!

Opening Remarks (10:00-10:10 a.m.)

  • Bob Nelson, Massachusetts District Director

Session I: Be Your Best with Best Practices (10:10-10:45 a.m.)

  • Samilys Rodriguez, CWE Director-Eastern MA
  • Racquel Knight, CWE Director-Central MA
  • Jessika Rozki, Rozki’s Rides
  • Moderated by Lisa Gonzalez Welch, SBA Economic Development Specialist

Session II: WOSB-Application Words of Wisdom & Women in Technology (10:45-11:20 a.m.)

  • Sandra Ledbetter, APEX Government Sales
  • Kirby Williams, Advantage Publications
  • Crystal Pierce, APEX Procurement Specialist
  • Stephanie Hutch, Makai LLC
  • Moderated by Susan Lourie, SBA Business Opportunity Specialist

Session III: Where’s the Capital (11:20 -11:55 a.m.)

  • Jill Beresford, MSBDC Senior Business Adviser
  • Jessica Mello, SEED Corporation Business Assistance & Marketing Officer
  • Moderated by Carlos Hernandez, SBA Lender Relations Specialist

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Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2023
Time:
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST
Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Susan Lourie at susan.lourie@sba.gov

Sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration