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 

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   JULY
23 Scale Up: Take Your Business to the Next Level - Part 2 of 4-part series, also Aug 6 & Aug 20 (Springfield)
 
   AUGUST
6 Scale Up: Take Your Business to the Next Level - Part 3 of 4-part series, also on Aug 20 (Springfield)
12 Basics of Starting a Business (Springfield)
20 Scale Up: Take Your Business to the Next Level - Final session of 4-part series (Springfield)
20 Primeros Pasos Para Emprender Un Negocio Propio (Springfield)
21 How to Become a GSA Federal Supply Schedule Holder and Government Contracting 101 (Boston)
 
   SEPTEMBER
9 Basics of Starting a Business (Springfield)
9 Small Business Roundtable Discussion with Massachusetts Senator Eric P. Lesser (Springfield)
12 Basics of Starting or Growing Your Business (Greenfield)
16 Business Legal Primer (Springfield)
18 How to Become a GSA Federal Supply Schedule Holder and Government Contracting 101 (Boston)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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:  Wed., August 21, 2019  |  Wed., September 18, 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:

  • TBA

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.
 

Scale Up: Take Your Business to the Next Level (4-part series)

Whether you are thinking about starting a business or have a business you want to expand. Anyone wanting to have a plan for developing a successful business. Businesses who have been around a while and would like to revisit the original plan and bring your businesses to the next level. 

Join Anita J. Eliason, MSBDC senior advisor and Len Gendron, SCORE mentor, who will be facilitating this business series.

A few topics that will be covered: 

  • Communicating Your Vision
  • Streamlining Your Finances
  • Operating More Effectively
  • Strategizing a Marketing Plan

Dates: Tuesdays - July 9 & 23, August 6 & 20, 2019
Time: 4:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Scibelli Enterprise Center, Teleclassroom, 1 Federal Street, 3rd Floor, Springfield
Cost: No charge
Contact: Questions or problems registering, call Lynn at lshedd@msbdc.umass.edu or call 413-577-1768 x0.

Cosponsored by TD Bank and SCORE

Primeros Pasos Para Emprender Un Negocio Propio

Este taller te dará información essential para orientarte en como emprender un negocio propio. Comenzar un negocio es una aventura y verás que al principio te abrumarás muy fácilmente, sin embargo la clave para seguir en pie es contar con un plan de trabajo a seguir, un mapa que te debe guiar a lo largo del camino de tu negocio.

Se requiere registración antes del taller. Regístrese en nuestra página de la internet.

Fecha: martes, 20 de agosto del 2019
Hora: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Ubicación: Centro Empresarial Scibelli, Salón del Salón de la Fama Empresarial, 1 calle federal, 3er piso, Springfield
Costo: Gratis
Contacto: Si tiene alguna pregunta ó no puede registrarse por computadora, comuníquese con Samalid Hogan al smhogan@msbdc.umass.edu o al 413-577-1762.

Small Business Roundtable Discussion with Massachusetts Senator Eric P. Lesser

Senator Eric LesserThe Massachusetts Small Business Development Center will be hosting a Small Business Roundtable Discussion featuring Senator Eric P. Lesser. Small business owners are invited to attend and discuss opportunities and obstacles to growth for their companies in Massachusetts.

Eric P. Lesser was elected to the Massachusetts Senate on November 4, 2014. He represents nine communities in the First Hampden & Hampshire District. Senator Lesser has quickly earned a reputation as one of the hardest working public servants in the Commonwealth. During his first term in office, Senator Lesser helped pass significant new laws related to substance abuse treatment and prevention, job training, and promotion of tourism and the arts. Lesser’s legislative agenda focuses on the fight for greater economic opportunity and quality of life for Western Massachusetts, with  initiatives around high-speed rail, a high-tech economy, job training, and innovation in government.

Senator Lesser holds several leadership positions in the Legislature. He is Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, Senate Vice-Chair of the Joint Committee on Financial Services, Senate Vice-Chair of the Joint Committee on Transportation, and Senate Chair of the Joint Legislative Manufacturing Caucus, the Gateway Cities Caucus, and the Libraries Caucus.

Pre-registration is required. Register online with the link below.

Date: Monday, September 9, 2019
Time: 9:00 -10:00 a.m.
Location: Scibelli Enterprise Center, 1 Federal Street, 3rd Floor, Teleclassroom, Springfield
Cost: Free
Contact: Questions? Call Lynn at lshedd@msbdc.umass.edu or call 413-577-1768 x0.

Cosponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE

Business Legal Primer

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

  • Choice of Entity – What it means to be a sole proprietor, partnership, limited liability company or corporation; and 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. 

The speaker will be Sarah Willey, counsel with Bulkley Richardson and Gelinas' Business and Finance Department and a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group and Employment Law Practice Group. Sarah has experience advising clients in the areas of business formation, mergers and acquisitions, business succession planning, and corporate structuring of businesses in regulated industries. She counsels clients in protecting and maximizing their intellectual property via trademarks, copyrights, and licensing agreements. In addition, Sarah assists businesses with designing, implementing and auditing corporate compliance programs under International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

Date: Monday, September 16, 2019
Time: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Scibelli Enterprise Center, Entreprenuerial Hall of Fame Room, 1 Federal Street, 3rd Floor, Springfield
Cost: Free
Contact: Questions or problems registering, call Lynn at lshedd@msbdc.umass.edu or call 413-577-1768 x0.