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. 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 note: Training confirmations are sent from centeric@clients.msbdc.org. If you can't log into your account to register for training, a verification code will be sent from this email address. We use this email frequently, so please add it to your approved sender list.

Please review our cancellation and refund policies.


exporting

Massachusetts Export CenterThe 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.

On the calendar below, globe indicates an exporting training event.

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. Click on the logo to view the website. Registration is free!

SBA
Did you know that the U.S. Small Business Administration offers free online training through its Learning Center? Click on the SBA logo to view topics.

SCORESCORE conducts a variety of free and low-cost, educational workshops that provide valuable information necessary for establishing and managing a successful business.
Greater Boston | Western MA | Central MA | Southeast MA | Cape Cod & the Islands | Northeast MA

Visit our community calendar for additional training opportunities.


          

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2021 Training Calendar 

 globe = export training
Until further notice, in-person training is suspended. All training is offered online.
 JANUARY
25 Serie de emprendimiento - creación de prototipos (desarrollo y prueba de innovaciones) (presentado en español)
26 Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Business Fundamentals
28 Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Understanding Business Financials
29 Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
 
 FEBRUARY
1 Basics of Starting Your Business
1 Taller de Emprendimiento - Pensamiento sistémico en el espíritu empresarial (presentado en español)
4 Introduction to the State of Massachusetts Contracting for Small Businesses
Small Business Resources Forum  
8 Taller de emprendimiento - Entonces, ¿qué? Estrategias para una diferenciación efectiva del mercado (presentado en español)
11 Positioning Your Company to Sell Post COVID
15 Taller de Emprendimiento - Movimiento de liderazgo y cambio (presentado en español)
22 Taller de Emprendimiento - Construyendo un seguimiento - Características psicográficas de sus clientes (presentado en español)
 
 MARCH
1 Basics of Starting Your Business
1 Taller de Emprendimiento - Marketing Emprendedor - Ciencia de Persuación (presentado en español)
4  Small Business Resources Forum  
8 Taller de emprendimiento - Venta efectiva - Lanzamiento de sus productos (presentado en español)
15 Taller de Emprendimiento - Finanzas Emprendedoras (presentado en español)
 
 APRIL
Small Business Resources Forum  
5 Basics of Starting Your Business
 MAY
3 Basics of Starting Your Business
Small Business Resources Forum  
 JUNE
Small Business Resources Forum  
7 Basics of Starting Your Business
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 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.

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:  TBA
Time: Registration 9:45 a.m.; Program 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 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'Please note that the Legal Clinics have been postponed until further notice.

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:
 

  • TBA

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: Samalid Hogan, regional director/senior business advisor; 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. To register, click on your date selection below. A Zoom link for the webinar will be emailed to you after registration.

Dates: Monthly on Mondays - click on the selected date below to register
Time: 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. EST
Cost: Free:
Contact: Lynn Shedd at lshedd@msbdc.umass.edu or Google Business Line at 413-342-0499

                

Small Business Resources Forum

business forumLearn about current grants, loans, and other resources in Western Massachusetts for small businesses. Join in a live Q&A to get your individual questions answered. There will also be a local business advisor to schedule you for no-charge business counseling services, to help you with marketing your business, understanding your financials and applying for loans or grants available to businesses economically impacted by the pandemic. The forum will be modertated by Jessi Kirley, a small business advisor with the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center, Western Regional Office.

There is no charge for the forum, but pre-registration is required. This event is offered on the first Thursday. You can choose a date on the registration form. 

Brought to you by the Western Mass Means Business Collaboration. The Western Massachusetts Means Business (WMMB) is a collaboration of the Center for Women and Enterprise, Common Capital, Franklin County Community Development Corporation, Massachusetts Small Business Development Center, SCORE of Western Mass, Valley Community Development Corporation, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Clark University and Salem State University.

Dates: Monthly on Thursdays: February 4, March 4, April 1, May 6, June 3, 2021
Time: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. EST
Location: Zoom Meeting
Cost: No charge
Contact: Lynn Shedd at lshedd@msbdc.umass.edu or Google Business Line at 413-342-0499

  

Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Business Fundamentals

Join us to learn how to make your company appealing to the right buyer as Tom Gledhill, author of Xitpro System and The Big Transfer, explains not only what to do to position your company to sell, but how to do it.

Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  EST
Location: Online
Cost: Free
Contact: Jessica Mello at jmello@seedcorp.com 

Held in cooperation with SEED Corporation and Eastern Bank

Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Understanding Business Financials

Participants will learn how to read and a balance sheet, income statement, and cash flow statement, and keep on top of their business finances. The workshop also explains how a small business owner can anticipate financial needs in order to operate the business more efficiently through a deeper understanding of their financial picture. The workshop is open to anyone currently in business, starting a business, or thinking about someday owning a business, as well as business assistance professionals who would like to learn more about SEED's technical assistance programming.

Date: Thursday, January 28, 2021
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  EST
Location: Online
Cost: FREE
Contact: Jessica Mello at jmello@seedcorp.com

Held in cooperation with SEED Corporation and Eastern Bank

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

Please join Ili Spahiu, Lead Lender Relations Specialist with the U.S. Small Business Administration, to hear about the Paycheck Protection Program.  Mr. Spahiu will discuss the criteria and requirements for the new round of the PPP as well as the forgiveness process for PPP loans awarded in 2020. He will also provide updates about the SBA’s EDIL program. 

There will be a Q & A session at the end of this virtual event.

Date: Friday, January 29, 2021
Time: 1:00 -2:30 p.m. EST
Location: Online
Cost: Free
Contact: Anne Fenton at amfenton@msbdc.umass.edu with questions.

Introduction to the State of Massachusetts Contracting for Small Businesses

Join Michelle Simoes of the Massachusetts Procurement Technical Assistance Center as she focuses on the state of Massachusetts registrations, certifications and contracting opportunities.

Date: Thursday, February 4, 2021
Time:
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. EST
Location:
Online
Cost: No charge
Contact: Kaitlin Muldoon at kmuldoon@salemstate.edu

Positioning Your Company to Sell Post COVID

COVID-19 has raised havoc with small businesses. Many business owners who planned to sell their companies had to put it on hold and many more plan to sell after the pandemic is over.  But more than ever they need to prepare and position their company to sell if they want to be among the only 20% of businesses that actually sell.

Date: Thursday, February 11, 2021
Time: 1:00 -2:00 p.m. EST
Location: Online
Cost: Free
Contact: Anne Fenton at amfenton@msbdc.umass.edu with questions.

Building Sustainable Business (BSB) Webinar Series

In today’s environment, business leaders must capture new revenue and increase operational efficiency. The Building Sustainable Businesses (BSB) monthly webinar series is designed for business leaders who want to grow and improve their companies. This is a free series, but you must register for each session. Visit the link below for complete details.

Sessions will be held monthly from December 2020 - September 2021.

Visit www.msbdc.org/bsb for details on all the sessions.

Serie de emprendimiento ofrecida en español (serie de 10 partes)

Latin American Business Organization¿Busca prosperar en estos tiempos difíciles? ¿Quiere crear o hacer crecer su negocio? ¿Quiere ser más innovador?

El MSBDC de la Universidad de Clark y la Organización Empresarial Latinoamericana (LABO) ofrecen un curso de 10 semanas para personas interesadas en aprender sobre el espíritu empresarial o que ya han iniciado su propio negocio.

El orador será el Dr. John Dobson (biografía), un emprendedor en serie. Antes de unirse a la academia, lanzó y vendió con éxito varios negocios. Enseña Emprendimiento en la Universidad de Clark. Su experiencia está en la difusión de innovaciones y lanzamientos exitosos de productos / negocios. El Dr. Dobson tiene una Maestría en Desarrollo Internacional de la London School of Economics y también un Doctorado de la Universidad de Manchester (Reino Unido). Tiene más de 25 años de experiencia empresarial, que utiliza para desarrollar un enfoque basado en evidencia para ayudar a los estudiantes a iniciar negocios exitosos en los Estados Unidos y en todo el mundo.

Fechas: Lunes consecutivos, del 11 de enero al 15 de marzo de 2021
Hora: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. est
Ubicación: Webinar en línea
Costo: Gratis
Contacto: Si tiene preguntas sobre el contenido, comuníquese con el Dr. John Dobson en jdobson@clarku.edu. Si tiene problemas de registro, envíe un correo electrónico a info@msbdc.umass.edu.

  • 11 de enero (Parte 1): Introducción a la creatividad, la innovación y el espíritu empresarial
  • 18 de enero (Parte 2): DYME Desarrolle su modelo de emprendimiento
  • 25 de enero (Parte 3): Creación de prototipos (desarrollo y prueba de innovaciones)
  • 01 de febrero (Parte 4): Pensamiento sistémico en el espíritu empresarial
  • 08 de febrero (Parte 5): Entonces, ¿qué? Estrategias para una diferenciación eficaz del mercado
  • 15 de febrero (Parte 6): Movimiento de liderazgo y cambio
  • 22 de febrero (Parte 7): Construyendo un seguimiento: características psicográficas de sus clientes
  • 01 de marzo (Parte 8): Marketing empresarial - Ciencia de la persuasión
  • 08 de marzo (Parte 9): Venta efectiva: Lanzamiento de sus productos
  • 15 de marzo (Parte 10): Finanzas empresariales

Copatrocinado por la Organización Empresarial Latinoamericana (LABO)