Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network

 

Statewide Training & Event Calendar

  

All training events are held in Massachusetts unless otherwise noted. 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. We accept credit cards 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 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 Fall 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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2018 Calendar 

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   JANUARY
22 Success for Small Business Accelerated Program - Part 1 (Brockton)
25 How to Start a Business in New Bedford (New Bedford)
26 Social Media Tips, Tricks & Trends (Mansfield)
26 Legal Clinic (Buzzards Bay)
29 Success for Small Business Accelerated Program - Part 2 (Brockton)
 
   FEBRUARY
6 Social Media Advertising (Brockton)
15 CFIUS Regulations for Foreign Investment in the U.S.: Anticipated Trends and Lessons Learned from Recent Cases (webinar) globe
16 Legal Clinic (Taunton)
28 SEED Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Session I: Introduction to the Fundamentals of Business Ownership (Dedham)
28 SEED Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Session II: Understanding and Preparing Financial Statements (Dedham)
 
   MARCH
16 Legal Clinic (Fall River)
 
   APRIL
27 Legal Clinic (Plainville)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 the registration form. Space is limited to the first 25 participants, so register early!

Dates:  TBA
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: MSBDC office at 508-673-9783 with questions

Register online by clicking on the desired date below:

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
 

  • TBA

Legal Clinic (offered in Western Massachusetts)

Sarah Willey, Peter ShrairThe 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 attorneys donating their time and legal expertise are Sarah K. Willey, Esq. with WMASSBIZLAW and Peter W. Shrair, managing principal at Cooley, Shrair P.C. All services are provided by Attorneys Willey and Shrair who 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 attorney, 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.

Click on a date below to go to the appropriate registration form.

Date: TBA

Success for Small Business Accelerated Program (Part 1)

HarborOneSuccess for Small Business (SSB) is a program developed to assist small business owners and provide guidance on how to operate a small business successfully. In an effort to support economic growth in the communities we serve, HarborOne U has designed a series of free Small Business classes with the busy small business owner in mind.

Join us for an accelerated program delivered over two evenings where we will cover the following required SSB courses in Part 1:

  • Planning for a Healthy Business
  • Personal Credit & Banking Services
  • Into to Marketing

Space is limited and online registration is required. 

Date: Monday, January 22, 2018
Time: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: HarborOne U at HarborOne Bank, 68 Legion Parkway, Brockton
Cost: Free
Contact: Sheila Farragher at info@harborone.com or 508-895-1300

register online

Cosponsored by HarborOne U at HarborOne Bank

How to Start a Business in New Bedford

So you want to be an entrepreneur, your own boss, a multimillionaire?! 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 workshop where you will learn about the following topics:

  • Feasibility analysis
  • Licensing and permitting
  • Business planning
  • Financing criteria

Cliff Robbins, senior business advisor with the MSBDC, will present this free workshop to anyone who is in the process or thinking about starting their own business.

Space is limited and online registration is required at  is required. 

Date: Thursday, January 25, 2018
Time: 2:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Location: NBEDC Conference Room @ The Quest Center, 1213 Purchase Street, 3rd Floor, New Bedford
Cost: Free
Contact: Please call the MSBDC office at 508-673-9783 with questions.

register online

Cosponsored by the New Bedford Economic Development Council  

Social Media Tips, Tricks & Trends

HarborOneHaving an online presence is vital to the success of a business. Discover important social media strategies you can implement as well as tips, tricks and trends for 2018.

Speaker Tricia White will discuss:

  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • Getting found online
  • What's new in social networks
  • Mobile trends 
  • Engagement and more!  

Space is limited and online registration is required.

Date: Friday, January 26, 2018
Time: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Location: HarborOne U at HarborOne Bank, 131 Copeland Drive, Mansfield
Cost: Free
Contact: Sheila Farragher at info@harborone.com or 508-895-1300

register online

Cosponsored by HarborOne U at HarborOne Bank  

Success for Small Business Accelerated Program (Part 2)HarborOne

 Success for Small Business Accelerated Program (SSB) is a program developed to assist small business owners and provide guidance on how to operate a small business successfully. In an effort to support economic growth in the communities we serve, HarborOne U has designed a series of free Small Business classes with the busy small business owner in mind.

Join us for an accelerated program delivered over two evenings where we will cover the following required SSB courses in Part 2:

  • Marketing Your Brand
  • Budgeting & Financial Basics
  • Managing Cash Flow

Space is limited and online registration is required.

Date: Monday, January 29, 2018
Time: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: HarborOne U at HarborOne Bank, 68 Legion Parkway, Brockton
Cost: Free
Contact: Sheila Farragher at info@harborone.com or 508-895-1300

register online

Cosponsored by HarborOne U at HarborOne Bank

Social Media Advertising

HarborOneIf you are looking to grow your business, you may want to consider social media advertising. To see if it is a good fit for your small business, you may ask yourself:

  • What ad types will be most effective for your business?
  • Which network has the greatest potential reach?
  • Which platform has the most competitive cost per ad?

These are all important questions for people who are thinking about paid social media advertising, so let’s dive deep into the data and examine the pros and cons of each social channel from an advertising perspective. Social networks coverage will include Facebook, Instagram, Google and more.

Space is limited and online registration is required with link below.

Date: Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Time: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Location: HarborOne U at HarborOne Bank, 68 Legion Parkway, Brockton
Cost: Free
Contact:  Sheila Farragher at info@harborone.com or 508-895-1300

register online

Cosponsored by HarborOne U at HarborOne Bank

CFIUS Regulations for Foreign Investment in the U.S.: Anticipated Trends and Lessons Learned from Recent Cases

CFIUS is an inter-agency committee of the U.S. government authorized to review, investigate and block any transaction or investment that could result in the control of any U.S. business or asset by a foreign person that may raise national security concerns or involve critical infrastructure. At its core, CFIUS is made up of representatives from nine federal agencies and is chaired by the Department of Treasury.

CFIUS reviews have sharply risen in recent years as foreign investment in the U.S. has increased. Moreover, the recent blocking of China-backed Canyon Bridge Capital Partners to acquire Lattice Semiconductor confirms speculation that CFIUS reviews are likely to face increased scrutiny under the Trump Administration, with an anticipated increase in mitigation requirements, withdrawals and blocks.

Join us for this webinar to learn about the CFIUS review process, including key players, steps, recent trends and outlook for the future. The webinar will also provide insight on preparing for CFIUS reviews, including risk assessment, filing preparation and strategies for working with CFIUS.

Our speaker will be Kerry Scarlott, partner with BakerHostetler.

Date: Thursday, February 15, 2018
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. EST
Location: Webinar
Cost: $50 / no charge for Compliance Alliance members
Contact:
Massachusetts Export Center at 617-973-8664

register online

SEED Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Session I: Introduction to the Fundamentals of Business Ownership

SEED CorporationThis workshop is geared toward helping potential entrepreneurs evaluate and understand the fundamentals of owning one’s own business. Information on how to get started, where and how to get financing, and the loan application process will be presented. Attendees will be provided with a guide to writing a business plan and other materials.  Complimentary breakfast and lunch provided.

Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Time: Registration 9:30 a.m.; Workshop: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Dedham Institute for Savings, 55 Elm Street, Dedham
Cost: Free
Contact: SEED Corporation at 508-822-1020 ext. 318

Held in cooperation with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), MA Small Business Development Center (MSBDC), and SCORE. Sponsored by SEED Corporation and Dedham Institute for Savings.

SEED Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Session II: Understanding and Preparing Financial Statements

SEED CorporationThe focus of this workshop is to help attendees understand a balance sheet, income statement, and cash flow statement. The workshop also explains how a small business owner can anticipate financial needs in order to operate his/her business more efficiently. 

Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Time: 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Dedham Institute for Savings, 55 Elm Street, Dedham
Cost: Free
Contact: SEED Corporation at 508-822-1020 ext. 318

Held in cooperation with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), MA Small Business Development Center (MSBDC), and SCORE. Sponsored by SEED Corporation and Dedham Institute for Savings.