Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network


Massachusetts SBDC Statewide Training & Event Calendar


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 PFT booklet
The Massachusetts Export Center organizes seminars, webinars and events throughout the year under Partners for Trade—the official export training initiative of the Commonwealth. Coming Soon - click here for the Spring 2024 Partners for Trade training booklet.
On the calendar below, globe indicates an exporting training event. Click on the booklet image at right to download the latest Partners for Trade booklet.












~~~ 2024 Training Calendar 

Training is held online unless otherwise noted              globe = export training
20 How to Start a Business 101: The Basics *full*
27 Leveraging Low-Cost Technology to Boost Your Business Operations
3 Tech Talks with Rob
18 How to Use ChatGPT in Your Marketing Strategy





































Program Descriptions

How to Start a Business 101: The Basics

The How to Start a Business series is a three-part series designed to provide new business owners with an overview of the information and tools needed to evaluate and develop a new business idea.

In this first session, topics include:

  • Characteristics of an entrepreneur
  • Learn from those before you – reasons why businesses fail
  • The life of a business owner
  • SBA basics
  • Different methods to write a business plan
  • Creating your elevator pitch

The speaker will be a Massachusetts SBDC Network regional director or business advisor.

There is no charge for these workshops, but pre-registration is required. This workshop is offered on several convenient dates. A Zoom link for the webinar will be emailed to you immediately after registration from Please add this email to your safe sender list.

Date:  Held on the first and third Thursday of the month - click on date below to register
Time: Varies (1.5 hours)
Location: Online
Cost: No charge
Contact: Regional Office hosting the event (see: 'facilitated by' on registration form)


Tech Talks with Rob

Tech Talks with RobJoin us for "Tech Talks with Rob" an enlightening webinar series designed specifically for small business owners looking to navigate the complex world of technology. Each session, hosted by tech expert Rob DelMastro, will delve into critical topics that are essential for running a modern business in the digital age.

Some of the topics we will cover:

  • Professional Email Systems: Learn how to set up and manage a professional email system that enhances your business communication and credibility.
  • Cybersecurity: Discover strategies to protect your business from cyber threats and ensure your data remains secure.
  • Password Managers: Find out why password managers are a must-have for securing your sensitive information and how to implement them effectively.
  • SEO: Uncover the secrets of Search Engine Optimization to increase your online visibility and drive more traffic to your website.
  • Domains and Web Hosting: Get to grips with choosing the right domain names and web hosting services that align with your business goals.
  • POS Systems: Explore the various Point of Sale systems available and how to select one that streamlines your sales processes.

Whether you are tech-savvy or just getting started, "Tech Talks with Rob" will provide you with the knowledge and tools to leverage technology for your business’s success. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn, grow, and secure your business in the digital marketplace. During each session, Rob will present a brief 15–20-minute introduction to the topic at hand, followed by an interactive discussion and Q&A period. This series aims to create a welcoming environment where participants are encouraged to ask questions. Remember, there are no bad questions. 

Date:  Held on the first Wednesday of the month - click on date below to register
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. ET
Location: Online
Cost: No charge
Contact: Paula Pawloski at the Massachusetts SBDC at


Leveraging Low-Cost Technology to Boost Your Business Operations

Discover innovative ways to enhance your small business operations with our presentation on low- to no-cost technology solutions. Learn how leveraging affordable tech tools can streamline processes, boost productivity, and maximize efficiency without breaking the bank.

The speaker will be Rosa DiVirgilio Taormina, Senior Business Advisor and Certified Digital Marketing Professional with the Massachusetts SBDC - Northeast Region.

Date: Thursday, June 27, 2024
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. ET
Location: Online
Cost: No charge
Contact: Kaitlin Muldoon at or 978-542-7369

How to Use ChatGPT in Your Marketing Strategy

Join us for an immersive workshop where we delve into the transformative potential of leveraging ChatGPT in your marketing strategy. The capabilities of AI-driven tools like ChatGPT can help you engage with your audience, craft compelling content, and drive impactful campaigns.

In this workshop, we will discuss the following:

  • Writing effective prompts to get the most impactful answers
  • Generating ideas for content
  • Improving your video and written content
  • Crafting compelling ad copy
  • Formulating taglines, social captions, and more!

The speaker will be Cara Chatellier, Founder and Creative Director of Bubbly Creative.

Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2024
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. ET
Location:  Online
Cost: No charge
Contact: Kaitlin Muldoon at or 978-542-7369


Important Training Notes

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 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.