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 Spring 2018 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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   MAY
30 How to Become a GSA Federal Supply Schedule Holder and Government Contracting 101 (Boston)
 
   JUNE
1 Brown Bag Lunch & Learn: Do I need an Employee Handbook? (Springfield)
4 Basics of Starting a Business (Springfield)
5 Maximizing Cash Flow (Salem)
7 Basics of Starting a Business (Greenfield)
8 Legal Clinic (Plymouth)
11 Success for Small Business (SSB) Accelerated Program Part 1 (Brockton)
12 Optimizing Video on Social Media Platforms (Salem)
13 How to Become a GSA Federal Supply Schedule Holder and Government Contracting 101 (Boston)
14 Export Regulatory Compliance Update (Boston) globe
14 SEED Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Session I: Introduction to the Fundamentals of Business Ownership (New Bedford)
14 SEED Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Session II: Understanding and Preparing Financial Statements (New Bedford)
18 Success for Small Business (SSB) Accelerated Program Part 2 (Brockton)
18 Business Legal Primer (Springfield)
20 QuickBooks for Your Desktop Continued... (New Bedford)
28 International Letters of Credit (webinar) globe
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Program Descriptions


How to Become a GSA Federal Supply Schedule Holder and Government Contracting 101

PTAC     U.S. Small Business Administration

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 a specific date below and you will be transferred to the registration form. Space is limited to the first 25 participants, so register early!

Dates: Wednesday, May 30, 2018  |  Wednesday, June 13, 2018
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 Stephen Edmonds at sedmonds@msbdc.umass.edu or 781-801-3036.

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 here 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'The MSBDC is pleased to announce that Christopher Cassara, Esq., a partner at Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP (PSH), is continuing to offer 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: Online registration is required below. Call the MSBDC office at 508-673-9783 with questions.

Register online by clicking on the desired date below:

Basics of Starting a Business

biz startupLearn the whole nine yards of starting a business! This free workshop will focus on business fundamentals, from start-up considerations to business plan development and funding sources. It will help entrepreneurs write a business plan and provide structure to starting/managing their venture. This workshop is appropriate for anyone who wants to start a business and existing business owners looking for guidance on creating a business plan and securing financing to grow their business.

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; and financing.

In addition, there will 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. In addition, Allen Kronick or Anita Eliason, senior business advisors with the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network's Western Regional Office, will speak.

There is no charge for these workshops, but pre-registration is required. To register, click on the appropriate date below. If you have questions or problems registering online, please contact Lynn Shedd at lshedd@msbdc.umass.edu or 413-577-1768.

Legal Clinic for Small Business 

legal adviceThe Massachusetts Small Business Development Center's Western Regional Office is pleased to announce that we are once again offering free legal clinics for small business owners. Entrepreneurs and small business owners can meet one-on-one for 30 minutes with an attorney to discuss general legal questions such as corporate structure, leases, contracts, insurance, employment, franchising, and various other business related issues.

Participants will receive a general waiver statement prior to the meeting and are eligible to attend a 30-minute legal clinic only once. If you have already taken advantage of this opportunity, please do not register again. Appointments are in 30-minute timeslots with the first appointment starting at 12:30 p.m. Appointments are required and subject to availability. As a courtesy to the attorneys, if you cannot attend your appointment, please contact our office at least 24 hours in advance.

To register for a session, please click on a date below and complete the registration form. If you have questions or problems registering online, please contact Lynn Shedd at lshedd@msbdc.umass.edu or 413-577-1768.
 

  • TBA

Cosponsored by SCORE and SPARK

Brown Bag Lunch & Learn: Do I need an Employee Handbook?

While employers are not required to have an employee handbook, they are required to communicate certain information to their employees. In this brown bag lunchtime workshop, we’ll explore the pros and cons of employee handbooks, the information that must be shared with all employees, and strategies for making sure your business is in compliance with regulatory employment requirements. This will be an interactive workshop and participants will have an opportunity to get answers to their questions about employee handbooks.

Presented by Deana Prest, a Human Resources consultant. A seasoned human resources professional, Deana has over 25 years of management experience in a wide variety of workplace settings. Since 1986, Deana has been an expert HR consultant to businesses and non-profits of 20 to 600 employees.

Date: Friday, June 1, 2018
Time: 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Location: Scibelli Enterprise Center, 1 Federal Street, Building 101, 3rd Floor, Springfield
Cost:
No charge
Contact: Lynn Shedd at lshedd@msbdc.umass.edu or 413-577-1768

MSBDC register online

Maximizing Cash Flow

Why is cash flow so important? Understanding and managing cash flow is essential to position your company for success, and for access to debt and equity financing. The speaker will be Bruce Share, managing director and Cash Flow Solutionist™ at Share Business Growth Strategies LLC.

Date: Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Time: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Location: Enterprise Center at Salem State University, 121 Loring Avenue, Suite 106, Salem
Cost: Free
Contact: Laurel Costello at 978-542-6343 or sbdc@salemstate.edu

register online

Cosponsored by the Enterprise Center at Salem State University

Success for Small Business (SSB) Accelerated Program Part 1

HarborOne USuccess 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 Tricia White for an accelerated program delivered over two evenings where we will cover the following required SSB courses. Part 1 consists of Planning for a Healthy Business, Personal Credit & Banking Services, and Intro to Marketing.

Date: Monday, June 11, 2018
Time: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: HarborOne U at HarborOne Bank, 68 Legion Parkway, Brockton
Cost: Free
Contact: HarborOne U at 508-895-1300 or info@harboroneu.com

register online

Cosponsored by HarborOne U at HarborOne Bank  

Optimizing Video on Social Media Platforms

It is no secret that video and social media are a powerful combination. The average person currently watches a minimum of one hour of video on social media every week. In order to be successful in reaching as many people as possible, you will want to ensure your video content is tailored to each social media platform. This workshop will discuss how to leverage and optimize video on a variety of social platforms to help maximize your views and market your brand

The speaker will be Brian Gravel, vice president of Creative Technology.

Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Time: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Location: Enterprise Center at Salem State University, 121 Loring Avenue, Suite 106, Salem
Cost: Free
Contact: Lesley Smythe at lsmythe@enterprisectr.org or 978-542-2021 

register online

Cosponsored by the Enterprise Center at Salem State University

Export Regulatory Compliance Update

Foley Hoag LLPMost exporters are well aware of the need to be compliant with U.S. export control laws. A cursory effort to comply with export regulations is not enough, however. 

Between evolving regulatory policy, stepped-up enforcement efforts, escalating screening obligations, and the newly-proposed Export Control Reform Act of 2018, the export regulatory compliance environment is now more complex than ever.  Companies that don’t take a proactive and preemptive approach to export compliance will fall behind the curve on regulatory changes, leaving themselves open to noncompliance and possible enforcement action.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear the latest on export compliance issues and trends from leading local and national export compliance practitioners and experts! 

This program is expected to sell out and space is limited, so early registration is advised.

Further details on topics and speakers to be announced shortly.  

Date: Thursday, June 14, 2018
Time: Registration 9:00 a.m.; Program 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Networking reception to follow
Location: Foley Hoag, Seaport West, 155 Seaport Boulevard, Boston
Cost: $125 / $75 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: Thursday, June 14, 2018
Time: Registration 8:30 a.m.; Workshop 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Waypoint Event Center, 185 MacArthur Drive, New Bedford
Cost: Free
Contact: SEED Corporation at 508-822-1020 ext. 318

Sponsored by SEED Corporation and Rockland Trust Company; Held in cooperation with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC), and SCORE

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: Thursday, June 14, 2018
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Waypoint Event Center, 185 MacArthur Drive, New Bedford
Cost: Free
Contact: SEED Corporation at 508-822-1020 ext. 318

Sponsored by SEED Corporation and Rockland Trust Company; Held in cooperation with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC), and SCORE

Business Legal Primer

Sarah WilleyThis presentation will help you gain a better understanding of the core legal concepts impacting your business. Topics include:

  • Choice of Entity: What does it mean to be a sole proprietor, partnership, limited liability company or corporation; which type is right for your business?
  • Employee vs. Independent Contractor: Avoiding the steep risks of misclassification; the basics of determining whether you are hiring an employee or engaging an independent contractor.
  • Trademark, patent or copyright: What’s the difference, when and how you need to get one?

Presented by Sarah Willey, attorney with Bulkley, Richardson & Gelinas, LLP.

Date: Monday, June 18, 2018
Time: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Scibelli Enterprise Center, 1 Federal Street, Building 101, 3rd Floor, Springfield
Cost:
No charge
Contact: Lynn Shedd at lshedd@msbdc.umass.edu or 413-577-1768

MSBDC register online

Success for Small Business (SSB) Accelerated Program Part 2

HarborOne USuccess 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 Tricia White for an accelerated program delivered over two evenings where we will cover the following required SSB courses. Part 2 consists of Marketing Your Brand, Budgeting & Financial Basics and Managing Cash Flow.

Space is limited and online registration is required.

Date: Monday, June 18, 2018
Time: 5:30  8:30 p.m.
Location: HarborOne U at HarborOne Bank, 68 Legion Parkway, Brockton
Cost: Free
Contact: HarborOne U at 508-895-1300 or info@harboroneu.com

register online

Cosponsored by HarborOneU at HarborOne Bank  

QuickBooks for Your Desktop Continued...

QuickBooksPlease join Anna Hattub, QuickBooks instructor at Bristol Community College and owner of AMH Business Services, for the continuation of the well received "Introduction to QuickBooks for Your Desktop" workshop. 

In this more advanced session, the following topics will be covered: Customizing Forms; Memorizing Transitions; Tracking and Paying Sales Tax; Reports; Online Banking; and Payroll. Additional topics will be discussed as time allows. 

This workshop is geared to someone who has attended the introduction session or someone who has been working with QuickBooks for Your Desktop for a short time.

Space is limited and online registration is required.

Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Time: 2:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Location: NBEDC Conference Room at the Quest Center, 1213 Purchase Street, 3rd Floor, New Bedford (enter through front door & take elevator to the 3rd floor)
Cost: Free
Contact: Call the MSBDC office at 508-673-9783 with questions

register online

Cosponsored by the New Bedford Economic Development Council, Bristol Community College, and AMH Business Services

International Letters of Credit

The Provident BankStriking the right balance between risk mitigation and ease of doing business is a challenge that faces many exporters, especially when working with unfamiliar customers located in unfamiliar places. Letters of Credit is a payment option which mitigates risk for both seller and buyer. 

This webinar will provide an overview of the international letter of credit process, including the different types and uses of letters of credit, along with tips for structuring sales quotes and instructions to ensure accurate letter of credit documentation and smooth processing. 

The program will also discuss common letter of credit discrepancies, including “built-in” discrepancies and other red flags that can lead to discrepancies. 

Our speaker will be Leanne Spees, Senior Vice President, International Finance with The Provident Bank.

Date: Thursday, June 28, 2018
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Cost: $50
Contact: Massachusetts Export Center at 617-973-8664

register online