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.
 

exportingPFTThe 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 to right to download the Export Center's Spring 2019 Partners for Trade export training brochure.
 

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!
 

SBA
Did 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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2019 Training Calendar 

 globe = export training
   JUNE
14 Legal Clinic (Plymouth)
18 Grow Your Business (Cambridge)
19 Powering Your Exports: A Program for Manufacturing and Tech Companies (Springfield)  globe 
19 Which QuickBooks Version is Best for You...Desktop vs. Online? (New Bedford)  
21 Success for Small Business (SSB) Boot Camp (Mansfield)
25 QuickBooks Online - Part 1 of 3 (Springfield) - also July 2 & 9
26  QuickBooks Tips & Tricks for Online and Desktop Versions (New Bedford) 
28 Complying with the New Sanctions Against Huawei (webinar) globe  
 
   JULY
2 QuickBooks Online - Part 2 of 3 (Springfield) - also July 9
9 QuickBooks Online - Part 3 of 3 (Springfield)
11 Basics of Starting or Growing Your Business (Greenfield)
17 Entity Formation, Negotiation and Legal Basics (Boston)
19 Managing Export Operations and Compliance (webinar) globe 
 
   AUGUST
5 Basics of Starting a Business (Springfield)
 
   SEPTEMBER
9 Basics of Starting a Business (Springfield)
12 Basics of Starting or Growing Your Business (Greenfield)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

Date:  Wednesday, June 12, 2019
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@umass.edu or 781-801-3036.

Introduction to Government Contracting

PTACThis workshop is only for small businesses located in the Western Massachusetts area. It will focus on how to potentially do business with the federal, state and local governments. Learn about free and confidential PTAC services — including electronic bidmatching service. It will also provide a brief overview of government procurement/contracting and basic steps on marketing products and/or services to the government. The session will conclude with a brief Q&A session. Presented by Grace Otta of Massachusetts Procurement Technical Assistance Center, Western Massachusetts region.

To register for an event, click on a specific date below and you will be transferred to the registration form. Space is limited, so register early!

Dates:  TBA
Time: Registration 10:25 a.m.; Program 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Scibelli Enterprise Center, Training Room, One Federal Street, Building 101, 1st Floor, Springfield
Cost: Free
Contact: Grace Otta at gotta@umass.edu or 413-545-6303

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 on button below 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'We are pleased to announce that Christopher Cassara, Esq., 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 dates 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, a senior business advisor 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. 

 

Basics of Starting or Growing Your Business

Learn the whole nine yards of starting a business! This free workshop will help entrepreneurs write a business plan and provide structure to starting/managing their venture. It will also focus on business fundamentals; from startup considerations to business plan development and funding sources. Both those who want to start a business and existing business owners looking for guidance on creating a business plan and securing financing to grow their business will find this session helpful.

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.

Bonus: If your business is food-related, you are invited to attend a guided tour of the Franklin County Community Development Corporation commercial kitchen following the workshop. Please follow these guidelines when visiting the commercial kitchen: no open-toed shoes, tank tops, or strong perfumes/colognes and limited jewelry. Anyone under the age of 18 is not permitted in the commercial kitchen area.

Oreste Varela, branch manager of the U.S. Small Business Administration in Springfield, will be a speaker. In addition, Anita Eliason, a senior business advisor 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 the MSBDC Western Regional Office at lshedd@msbdc.umass.edu or 413-577-1768.
 

Powering Your Exports: A Program for Manufacturing and Tech Companies

cosponsorsIf you are a manufacturing or technology company in Massachusetts, you should be connected to the global market. Many successful exporters derive more revenue from outside the U.S. than from within it. How do they do it?  What steps can you take to do the same? And how can you build export operations that are both effective and compliant?  

This program is about taking your sales and operations to the next level – we’ll discuss the steps to take for international expansion, implementation of export operations, and some of the potential pitfalls to be avoided. We will also review the many government resources, including grants and other supports, that are available to help supercharge your exports! 

Available on the following convenient dates and locations:
 

  • Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2019
    Time: Registration 8:30 a.m.; Program 9:00 - 10:30 a.m., including time for discussion
    Location: TD Bank Conference Center, 1441 Main Street, Springfield
    Cost: No charge
    Contact: Massachusetts Export Center at 508-887-5412

    Cosponsored by the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce

Creating More Customers for Your Small Business - Lunch and Learn

cosponsorsYou bring your lunch and we'll help you learn... What is job ONE for YOUR business? Creating Customers! How do you do that? By writing and executing a solid Marketing Plan! Join Cliff Robbins, a senior business advisor at MSBDC, to learn how to do just that! You will walk away with a strategy in place and a marketing plan outline to help you use the tools and tips you learn in this workshop to start or grow your business.

Date: Wednesday,  June 12, 2019
Time: Registration 11:45 a.m.; Workshop 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Location: NBEDC Conference Room The Quest Center, 1213 Purchase Street, 2nd Floor Conference Room, New Bedford (enter through the front door and take the elevator to the 2nd floor)
Cost: Free
Contact: Call the MSBDC office at 508-673-9783 with questions

Cosponsored by the New Bedford Economic Development Council and Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation

Grow Your Business

Webster BankJoin us for an expert panel discussion including topics on SBA financing, exporting, family businesses, preparing business plans, and financial projections for your business. We will also discuss the SBA 8(a) business development / government contract program and HUB zones, along with an overview of the agencies. There will be time for Q&As and the event will conclude with networking.

Speakers include:

  • Jill Beresford, Senior Business Advisor — MA Small Business Development Center Network, Southeast Regional Office
  • Nadine Boone, Lender Relations Specialist — U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Ted Clark, Director — Center for Family Business at Northeastern University
  • Kathleen Kelly, SVP SBA Relationship Manager — Webster Bank
  • Kathleen Kinahan-Newell, Trade Compliance Manager — Massachusetts Export Center

Seating is limited to the first 50 people. 

Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Time: Program 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.; Networking 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 56 Brattle Street, Cambridge
Cost: No charge
Contact: RSVP by June 4 to rmccain@websterbank.com

Sponsored by Webster Bank

Which QuickBooks Version is Best for You...Desktop vs. Online?

QuickBooksFor anyone contemplating using QuickBooks, join us for an overview of both the desktop and online versions to see which one will be a good fit for your small business. We will walk through common tasks in both versions to help you decide.

The speaker will be Anna Hattub, owner of AMH Business Services and QuickBooks instructor at Bristol Community College.

Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Time: Registration 2:15 p.m.; Workshop 2:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Location: NBEDC Conference Room @ The Quest Center, 1213 Purchase Street, 2nd Floor Conference Room, New Bedford (enter through the front door and take the elevator to the 2nd floor)
Cost: Free
Contact: Call the MSBDC office at 508-673-9783 with questions

Cosponsored by the New Bedford Economic Development Council, Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation and Bristol Community College

Success for Small Business (SSB) Boot Camp

HarborOneJoin us for a one-day intensive workshop that covers the five "core" classes of the Success for Small Business (SSB) program which will cover the following:

  1. Planning for a Healthy Business
  2. Personal Credit & Banking Services for Small Business
  3. Budgeting & Financial Basics for Small Business
  4. Marketing Your Brand
  5. Managing Cash Flow

Business owners who successfully complete the SSB program would then be eligible* for an initial business line of credit in the amount of $5,000 from HarborOne. After a year of responsible handling of the business line of credit, HarborOne would increase the credit line amount to $10,000.  

*Loan subject to credit approval. Flexible and innovative credit underwriting parameters considered.

Date: Friday, June 21, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (45 minute lunch break)
Location: HarborOne Bank, 134 Copeland Drive, Mansfield
Cost: Free
Contact: HarborOne Bank at info@harborone.com

Cosponsored by HarboOne U at HarborOne Bank

QuickBooks Tips & Tricks for Online and Desktop Versions

QuickBooksFor beginner to intermediate QuickBooks users, join us to learn little known tips and tricks for both QuickBooks versions to help you complete your business accounting in a more organized and efficient manner. This workshop will not teach you how to set up accounts or how to conduct all functions.

The speaker will be Anna Hattub, owner of AMH Business Services and QuickBooks instructor at Bristol Community College.

Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Time: Registration 2:15 p.m.; Workshop 2:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Location: NBEDC Conference Room @ The Quest Center, 1213 Purchase Street, 2nd Floor Conference Room, New Bedford (enter through the front door and take the elevator to the 2nd floor)
Cost: Free
Contact: Call the MSBDC office at 508-673-9783 with questions       

Cosponsored by the New Bedford Economic Development Council, Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation and Bristol Community College

Complying with the New Sanctions Against Huawei

Huawei logoOn May 16, the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced the addition of China’s Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., as well as sixty-eight of Huawei’s global affiliates, to the Entity List, with the presumption of license denial. The addition of Huawei to the Entity List prohibits the export, re-export or transfer of all U.S.-origin goods, software or technology to Huawei or its named affiliates.

Shortly after adding Huawei to the Entity List, BIS issued a Temporary General License, effective May 20 through August 19, 2019, authorizing certain transactions with Huawei.  These authorized transactions are for specified Huawei end uses and subject to certification and recordkeeping requirements.

Huawei is China's largest telecommunications firm and is the world’s second largest manufacturer of smartphones, after Samsung and before Apple. It is a $105 Billion company that sources many of its components from U.S. suppliers, with Massachusetts being a design and production hub for the type of technology procured by the firm. Huawei is a deeply-embedded player in the global supply chain for electronic components, networking and telecommunications technology, and with China's multi-layered distribution infrastructure, it can be challenging for U.S. companies to ensure compliance with the new sanctions.    

Join us for this timely webinar to learn about the Huawei sanctions, and strategies for compliance amidst China’s complex distribution and OEM environment. The webinar will also provide guidance on allowances under BIS’ Temporary General License, including scope of authorized transactions, certification requirements and documentation of due diligence to mitigate compliance risk.  

Our speakers will be:

  • Alexandra Lopez-Casero, Partner — Nixon Peabody LLP
  • David Crosby, Counsel — Nixon Peabody LLP

Date: Friday, June 28, 2019
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Cost: No charge
Contact: Massachusetts Export Center at 617-973-6610

Entity Formation, Negotiation and Legal Basics

Are you wondering what legal entity you should choose for your new business—sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company, corporation or something else? When it comes to selecting the right legal entity for your company, there are many options. No one particular form is better than another, but there is a better choice based on how you envision operating the business. The operating entity you choose will determine your legal obligations, financial rights, liability for business debts, and tax liability.  

This workshop will provide an overview of the most common types of operating entities. We also cover some guidelines and considerations to help you choose the best legal structure for your company. Finally, we will discuss negotiating points for those looking to secure venture and angel financing or to provide equity stakes in the company in exchange for services rendered or capital invested. 

Speakers include:

  • Lolita Darden is a registered Patent Attorney and Clinical Professor of Law at Suffolk University Law School. Lolita teaches in the area of intellectual property law (patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret). She is the Director of Suffolk's Intellectual Property & Entrepreneurship Clinic, a multi-disciplinary clinic serving new and emerging businesses. Prior to joining Suffolk, Lolita was Chief IP Counsel for Honeywell Consumer Products. She was also a partner with Sachnoff & Weaver where she counseled emerging technology businesses, Fortune 100 companies, and individuals on protecting, exploiting and creating rights in patents, trademarks, and copyrights as well as choosing an operating entity structure based on business goals.
     
  • William (Will) Bernat is a partner with Nutter McClennen & Fish. He co-chairs the firm's Emerging Companies Group and co-leads the firm's Food and Beverage group. Clients routinely rely on Will to help them navigate through private equity, venture capital, and angel financing transactions, as well as mergers and acquisitions, commercial lending transactions, and other corporate governance issues. Tech, life sciences, consumer/retail, and food & beverage companies look to Will for assistance throughout their entire lifespans, from initial planning and formation to operations and exit.

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Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Suffolk University Law School, Room 170 (Multi-Function Room), 120 Tremont Street, Boston
Cost: No charge
Contact: Loletta Darden at 617-305-1641 or ldarden@suffolk.edu

Cosponsored by Suffolk University Law School

QuickBooks Online

QuickBooks OnlineThis is a three-week training event. Attendance at all three sessions is necessary for best results. Participants who attend all three sessions will receive a free consultation at the end of the training. Common Capital’s Director of Business Assistance, Kelly Tiedemann, will teach this general review of QuickBooks Online in tandem with basic accounting practices.

In this class, you will learn to identify how best to use the program for your business needs and receive a private class with Kelly to clarify your specific questions. This class is for business owners, small business employees or folks who are less than one year from starting a business. You do not have to be using QuickBooks previously to attend.

Topics include:

  • Cash versus Accrual
  • Chart of Accounts
  • Digital Sync
  • Inputting Data
  • Trouble Shooting
  • Budgets
  • Reconciliation
  • Running Reports
  • Bookkeeping Best Practices
  • How to Make Tax Time Less Expensive

Please note that this is not QuickBooks desktop training. Pre-registration is required. Parking is $5 with validation by UMass Tower Square.

Dates: Tuesdays, June 25, July 2 & July 9
Time: 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Location: UMass Center at Springfield, Tower Square, 1500 Main Street, Upper Level, Suite 260, Springfield
Cost: Common Capital borrowers attend for free. $0 - $75 sliding scale available upon request. Email kelly@common-capital.org to request a scholarship.
Contact: Questions? Call Lynn at lshedd@msbdc.umass.edu or call 413-577-1768 x0.

Cosponsored by Common Capital and SCORE

Managing Export Operations and Compliance

In today’s complex export environment, regulatory compliance and traditional operational issues are inextricably linked. Even simple logistical or reporting mistakes may have repercussions that can lead to noncompliance. Companies that don’t take a holistic and systematic approach to all of these issues will leave themselves open to fines, customs seizures, delays, and possible enforcement action. 

This webinar will provide an overview of the U.S. export regulatory environment, including essential steps for compliance with export controls and sanctions laws. The webinar will also discuss other steps in the export operational process, including AES reporting, global trade classification, free trade agreement compliance, shipping terms, export documentation, and more.

This nuts-and-bolts program will provide you with the essentials for ensuring compliance and help you to cut through the confusion that can sometimes impede export operations. Bring your questions! 

Speakers include:

  • Paula Murphy, Director — Massachusetts Export Center
  • Kathleen Newell, Trade Compliance Manager — Massachusetts Export Center  

Date: Friday, July 19, 2019
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Cost: No charge
Contact: Massachusetts Export Center at 617-973-6610