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.


PFT Fall 2021
exportThe Massachusetts Export Center organizes seminars, webinars and events throughout the year under Partners for Trade—the official export training initiative of the Commonwealth.

Click on booklet image to download the Fall 2021 Partners for Trade export training booklet (pdf). On the calendar below, globe indicates an exporting training event.

        


          

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2022 Training Calendar 

 globe = export training
Until further notice, in-person training is suspended. All training is offered online.
 JANUARY
25 How to Open a Business in Massachusetts Legally
26 Pricing Your Products and Services
27-28 Export Expo globe
 
 FEBRUARY
2 Keys to Branding Your Audience on Social Media
3 Fundamentals of QuickBooks
3 Tech Talk with Rob @MSBDC
3 Bookkeeping Basics
7 Basics of Starting Your Business
10 Basics of Starting Your Business
15-17 QuickBooks for Beginners (Desktop)
16 Comecando um negocio - O que voce precisa saber
17 Tech Talk with Rob @MSBDC
22 How to Open a Business in Massachusetts Legally
 
 MARCH
29 How to Open a Business in Massachusetts Legally
 
 APRIL
26 How to Open a Business in Massachusetts Legally
 
 MAY
31 How to Open a Business in Massachusetts Legally
 
 JUNE
28 How to Open a Business in Massachusetts Legally
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 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 no "register online" button appears on the registration page, the class is full or registration is closed. A Zoom link for the webinar will be emailed to you after registration from centeric@clients.msbdc.org. Please add this email to your safe sender list.

Dates & Times: Monthly Mondays (1:00 - 4:00 p.m.) and Thursdays (9:00 a.m. - 12 noon) - click on your date selection below to register
Cost:
Free:
Contact: MSBDC Western Regional Office at 413-577-1768 or msbdc@msbdc.umass.edu

    

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:  Last Tuesday of the month - click on your date selection below to register
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

         

Tech Talk with Rob @MSBDC

Rob DelMastroThis is an open mic series created for you to chat with Rob DelMastro, our resident technology geek, about any and all things tech related and how it fits into your business. No format, no rules (okay, maybe a few), and no such thing as a stupid question. 

Join anytime during the hour and ask away! Rob will do his best to answer and/or show you how to resolve the issue. Rob will cover popular technologies including Email, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Windows, the internet, browsers, websites, video, mobile apps, Teams, Outlook, Gmail, Google my Business, Cybersecurity, SEO and many more!

Dates: See below - click on your date selection to register
Time:
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EST
Cost: No charge
Contact: Sarah Doran at the MSBDC Central Regional Office at sadoran@clarku.edu

 

Pricing Your Products and Services

Do you know what the right pricing strategy is for your business? Are you making the most profit? Are you worried you are outpricing yourself out of the market? If you have these questions this is the webinar for you. This webinar will discuss the aspects of pricing. Topics discussed will be:

  • Introduction to Pricing
  • Pricing Concepts
  • The Four Step Pricing Process
  • Pricing in the 21st Century
  • Summary and Action Items

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

Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST
Location: Online
Cost: No charge
Contact: Kaitlin Muldoon at the MSBDC Northeast Regional Office at kmuldoon@salemstate.edu

Export Expo

Join us for the Export Expo – the state’s largest and most important export event of the year that brings together resources, training and information for the local exporting community!

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

This year’s Export Expo will focus on the challenges and developments in our global trade environment, including the continued impact of regulation, policy and the pandemic on global trade operations. Critical issues such as global supply chain challenges, tightening export controls, trade with China, tariff policy, stepped-up enforcement and more will be addressed, with a focus on helping companies to navigate a dynamic and increasingly complex global trade environment.

This year’s Export Expo will again be a virtual event that will include an exhibit area featuring government, non-profit and private sector service providers serving the export community. The Export Expo will also feature a lineup of workshops, panel discussions and special addresses on a wide variety of export-related topics.

The Export Expo will feature influential guest speakers and opportunities to connect with experts to answer your specific export questions. We hope that you will join us for the same timely and important international trade content in a convenient and safe virtual format! Our virtual platform will provide opportunities for networking and allow participants to view all of the conference’s content, so you won’t miss a thing!

Opening Speakers:

  • Peter Harrell, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director, International Economics and Competitiveness - White House National Security Council  [bio]
    Mr. Harrell will provide an update on trade policy under the Biden Administration, including global supply chain policy, sanctions, tariff policy and other related areas of interest, such as developments in the U.S. trade relationships with China and Russia.
  • Thea Kendler, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration [bio]
    Assistant Secretary Kendler will provide an update on the latest export regulatory developments and export control policy priorities, including controls on emerging and foundational technologies, expansion of list-based sanctions, expansion of end use and end user restrictions, and other related issues.

Date: Thursday and Friday, January 27 and 28, 2022
Time:
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST
Location: Virtual  
Cost: No charge
Contact: Massachusetts Export Center at 617-973-6110

Keys to Branding Your Audience on Social Media

In this webinar, you'll learn how to create content that increases engagement and sales for your brand. We will focus on creating content that builds your visibility and turns your viewers into clients and customers by breaking down the top five proven strategies and tactics to grow on social media.

The presenter will be Denisse Mayers Paulino, Brand Strategist with Denisse Mayers Paulino.

Date: Wednesday, February 2, 2022
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. EST
Location: Online
Cost: No charge
Contact: Kaitlin Muldoon at the MSBDC Northeast Regional Office at kmuldoon@salemstate.edu

Fundamentals of QuickBooks

Join us for an interactive training on the Fundamentals of Quickbooks taught by Karen Ceppetelli, EA. Karen will demonstrate how to deploy the most popular accounting software for small business in order to generate critical financial reports that help manage your business and more importantly, profits.

Karen founded Acorn Business Advisors in 2001, as a Tax Planning and Accounting Consulting firm for small and mid-size profit & non-profit organizations. She and her team work with professional service companies such as legal, financial, medical, and real estate firms as well as roofers, painters, electricians, pet care, retail, and solar energy firms. Acorn Business Advisors views bookkeeping as the foundation of the business. Income and expenses must be calculated for tax purposes and it is best to use that information throughout the year to make business decisions that will positively impact your business for growth and success.

Date: Wednesday, February 2, 2022
Time: 10:00 a.m. -  12:00 p.m. EST
Location: Online
Cost: No charge
Contact: Sarah Doran at the MSBDC Central Regional Office at sadoran@clarku.edu

Bookkeeping Basics

Do you know what records your business must maintain? Don’t get caught without the required financial transaction history that you bank along with state and federal tax agencies might want from you.  This workshop will provide a clear understanding of what you need to keep for documentation.

The presenter will be Walter Manninen, Senior Business Advisor and Financial Specialist with the MSBDC Northeast Regional Office.

Date: Thursday, February 3, 2022
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST
Location: Online
Cost: No charge
Contact: Kaitlin Muldoon at the MSBDC Northeast Regional Office at kmuldoon@salemstate.edu

Comecando um negocio - O que voce precisa saber

Este webinar abordará aspectos relacionados à abertura de um negócio. Os tópicos discutidos serão: Determinação da estrutura legal do negócio, questões operacionais, questões de marketing e questões financeiras.

As palestrantes serão Awilda Irizarry, Assessora Sênior de Negócios do Escritório Regional Nordeste da MSBDC e Lisa Gonzalez Welch Economic Development Specialist of the Massachusetts District Office of the SBA.

Date: Wednesday, February 16, 2022
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EST
Location: Online
Cost: No charge
Contact: Kaitlin Muldoon at the MSBDC Northeast Regional Office at kmuldoon@salemstate.edu

QuickBooks for Beginners (Desktop)

As a business owner, you need to know and 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 (Feb 15)
  • Paying bills and recording revenue (Feb 16)
  • Reports and how they flag errors (Feb 17)

The presenter will be Nancy Burgess, president and owner of Burgess Consulting. Nancy's interactive teaching style will leave you empowered and ready to tackle the financial management of your business. QuickBooks Desktop will be utilized, though you do not need the software in order to take the webinars.

This webinar is limited to 20 people who must participate all three days.

Dates: February 15, 16, 17, 2022
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