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.


Partners for Trade Export Training - Spring 2022
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 Spring 2022 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, most in-person training is suspended.
 AUGUST
18 Basics of Starting Your Business
23 How Can Small Businesses Win the War on Talent?
24 NAICS, PSC, FSC and Forecasts
 
 SEPTEMBER
6 Federal Marketing & Outreach
12 Basics of Starting Your Business
20 Massachusetts Health Connector: Affordable, Flexible Health Coverage for Small Business
21 Commonwealth of MA (State) Government Contracting
22 Basics of Starting Your Business
 
 OCTOBER
3 Basics of Starting Your Business
20 Basics of Starting Your Business
 
 NOVEMBER
10 Massachusetts Health Connector: Affordable, Flexible Health Coverage for Small 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 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. EDT) and third Thursday (9:00 a.m. - 12 noon EDT) of the month - click on your date selection below to register
Cost:
No charge
Contact: MSBDC Western Regional Office at 413-577-1768 or ppawlosk@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 - TBA
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. EDT
Location: Online
Cost: No charge
Contact: Sarah Doran at the MSBDC Central Regional Office at sadoran@clarku.edu

How Can Small Businesses Win the War on Talent?

As a small or mid-sized business, it’s just not possible to compete with the larger organizations in the battle for top talent. But that’s okay – you don’t have to! This is not a problem that is solved only by throwing money at it! It takes some strategy and there are a few key steps that any organization can take to create a buzz around your business and draw potential candidates to your front door (or your virtual workplace if you are a remote environment)! Join us as we talk about the candidate landscape today, what’s driving the worker shortage, what will happen over the next 12 months and how you can put your business ahead of your competition!

The presenter will be Allison Ebner, Vice President, Member Relations & Partnerships with Employers Association of the NorthEast (EANE).

Date: Tuesday, August 23, 2022
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EDT
Location: Online
Cost: No charge
Contact: Sarah Doran at the MSBDC Central Regional Office at sadoran@clarku.edu

Massachusetts Health Connector: Affordable, Flexible Health Coverage for Small Business

This information session will focus on health insurance options available to small businesses and their employees through Health Connector for Business. We will also review the options available for individuals and families who are not eligible for coverage through their small employer.

The agenda includes:

  • Coverage options for small employers
  • Flexible Employee Choice models • Exclusive cost-saving benefits such as the ConnectWell rebate program and the Small Business Tax Credit
  • Health insurance options for individuals and families not eligible for small group coverage

The speaker will be Chaitra Sanders, associate director of Health Connector for Business at Massachusetts Health Connector.

Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EDT
Location:
Online
Cost:
No charge
Contact:  MSBDC Western Regional Office at 413-577-1768 or ppawlosk@umass.edu 

Massachusetts Health Connector: Affordable, Flexible Health Coverage for Small Business

This information session will focus on health insurance options available to small businesses and their employees through Health Connector for Business. We will also review the options available for individuals and families who are not eligible for coverage through their small employer.

The agenda includes:

  • Coverage options for small employers
  • Flexible Employee Choice models • Exclusive cost-saving benefits such as the ConnectWell rebate program and the Small Business Tax Credit
  • Health insurance options for individuals and families not eligible for small group coverage

The speaker will be Chaitra Sanders, associate director of Health Connector for Business at Massachusetts Health Connector.

Date: Thursday, November 10, 2022
Time: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. EST
Location: Online
Cost:
No charge
Contact:  MSBDC Western Regional Office at 413-577-1768 or ppawlosk@umass.edu