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.
 

exportingPartners for TradeThe 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 at right to download the Spring 2018 export training booklet (pdf).

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!
 

SBADid 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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2018 Calendar 

 globe = export training
   APRIL
25 How to Become a GSA Federal Supply Schedule Holder and Government Contracting 101 (Boston)
25 Creating Your Business Plan for Success (New Bedford) *full*
26 Maximizing Cash Flow (Haverhill)
26 SEED Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Session I: Introduction to the Fundamentals of Business Ownership (South Dennis)
26 SEED Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Session II: Understanding and Preparing Financial Statements (South Dennis)
27 Legal Clinic (Plainville)
 
   MAY
1 Your Business Plan and Its Purpose (Salem)  
1 Legal Clinic for Small Business (Springfield)
3 Where e-Mail Marketing Goes Wrong and How to Make It Go Right (Worcester)
3 What is Deep Web Marketing (Salem)
8 Pricing Your Products and Services (Salem)
10 Best Practices for Integrating Export Compliance Operations in a Global Organization (North Reading) globe
10 Building Business Value Strategies For Increasing Profit (Worcester)
10 SEED Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Session I: Introduction to the Fundamentals of Business Ownership (Taunton)
10 SEED Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Session II: Understanding and Preparing Financial Statements (Taunton)
11 Legal Clinic (New Bedford)
11 Customs Valuation and Documentation for Tricky Transactions (webinar) globe
14 Basics of Starting a Business (Springfield)
14 Success for Small Business (SSB) Accelerated Program Part 1 (Randolph)
15 Understanding Your Financial Reports and Taxes (Salem)
16 QuickBooks Desktop Version: Introduction for Beginners (Springfield)
16 Russia Sanctions Update & Complying with the OFAC 50% Rule (webinar) globe
18 Managing Export Compliance and Operations (Fall River) globe
18 Brown Bag Lunch & Learn Small Business Commercial Insurance (Springfield) 
21 Success for Small Business (SSB) Accelerated Program Part 2 (Randolph)
22 Growing Your Business Through State Certification (Salem)
23 Understanding Your Company's Financial Statements (Springfield)
23 Introduction to QuickBooks for Your Desktop (New Bedford)
24 SEED Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Session I: Introduction to the Fundamentals of Business Ownership (Plymouth)
24 SEED Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Session II: Understanding and Preparing Financial Statements (Plymouth)
 
   JUNE
4 Basics of Starting a Business (Springfield)
5 Maximizing Cash Flow (Salem)
7 Basics of Starting a Business (Greenfield)
12 Optimizing Video on Social Media Platforms (Salem)
14 Export Regulatory Compliance Update (Boston) globe
14 SEED Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Session I: Introduction to the Fundamentals of Business Ownership (New Bedford)
14 SEED Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Session II: Understanding and Preparing Financial Statements (New Bedford)
20 QuickBooks for Your Desktop Continued... (New Bedford)
28 International Letters of Credit (webinar) globe
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Program Descriptions


How to Become a GSA Federal Supply Schedule Holder and Government Contracting 101
 

PTAC     SBA

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!

Dates: Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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@msbdc.umass.edu or 781-801-3036.

SBA Workshops

SBAThese 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 here 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'The MSBDC is pleased to announce that Christopher Cassara, Esq., a partner at Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP (PSH), is continuing to offer 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 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 or Anita Eliason, senior business advisors 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.

Legal Clinic for Small Business 

legal adviceThe Massachusetts Small Business Development Center's Western Regional Office is pleased to announce that we are once again offering free legal clinics for small business owners. Entrepreneurs and small business owners can meet one-on-one for 30 minutes with an attorney to discuss general legal questions such as corporate structure, leases, contracts, insurance, employment, franchising, and various other business related issues.

Participants will receive a general waiver statement prior to the meeting and are eligible to attend a 30-minute legal clinic only once. If you have already taken advantage of this opportunity, please do not register again. Appointments are in 30-minute timeslots with the first appointment starting at 12:30 p.m. Appointments are required and subject to availability. As a courtesy to the attorneys, if you cannot attend your appointment, please contact our office at least 24 hours in advance.

To register for a session, please click on a date below and complete the registration form. If you have questions or problems registering online, please contact Lynn Shedd at lshedd@msbdc.umass.edu or 413-577-1768.
 

Cosponsored by SCORE and SPARK

Creating Your Business Plan for Success

Sorry, this seminar is full. No walk-ins.

The old expression is true, "If you fail to plan you're planning to fail."  Join Cliff Robbins, senior business advisor at MSBDC Southeast Regional Office, for this presentation that will show you how to write a business plan that will pave the way for you to build a successful business.

Space is limited and online registration is required.

Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Time: 2:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Location: NBEDC Conference Room, The Quest Center, 1213 Purchase Street, 3rd Floor, New Bedford
Cost: Free
Contact: Call the MSBDC office at 508-673-9783 with questions

Cosponsored by the New Bedford Economic Development Council

Maximizing Cash Flow

Why is cash flow so important? Understanding and managing cash flow is essential to position your business for success, and for access to debt and equity financing.

The speaker will be Bruce Share, owner of Share Business Growth Strategies, LLC.

Date: Thursday, April 26, 2018
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Northern Essex Community College, Opportunity Works, 671 Kenoza Street, Haverhill
Cost: Free
Contact: Laurel Costello at 978-542-6343 or sbdc@salemstate.edu

register online

Cosponsored by Northern Essex Community College

SEED Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Session I: Introduction to the Fundamentals of Business Ownership

SEED CorporationThis workshop is geared toward helping potential entrepreneurs evaluate and understand the fundamentals of owning one’s own business. Information on how to get started, where and how to get financing, and the loan application process will be presented. Attendees will be provided with a guide to writing a business plan and other materials. Complimentary breakfast and lunch provided.

Date: Thursday, April 26, 2018
Time: Registration 9:30 a.m.; Workshop 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank, 688 Main Street, South Dennis
Cost: Free
Contact: SEED Corporation at 508-822-1020 ext. 318

Sponsored by SEED Corporation and Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank; Held in cooperation with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC), and SCORE

SEED Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Session II: Understanding and Preparing Financial Statements

SEED CorporationThe focus of this workshop is to help attendees understand a balance sheet, income statement, and cash flow statement. The workshop also explains how a small business owner can anticipate financial needs in order to operate his/her business more efficiently. 

Date: Thursday, April 26, 2018
Time: 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank, 688 Main Street, South Dennis
Cost: Free
Contact: SEED Corporation at 508-822-1020 ext. 318

Sponsored by SEED Corporation and Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank; Held in cooperation with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC), and SCORE

Your Business Plan and Its Purpose

Learn an easy approach to developing a business plan to manage all aspects of your business, and discover how to use the plan to raise capital. The speaker will be Bruce Share, managing director and Cash Flow Solutionist™ at Share Business Growth Strategies LLC.

Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Time: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Location: Enterprise Center at Salem State University, 121 Loring Avenue, Suite 106, Salem
Cost: Free
Contact: Laurel Costello at 978-542-6343 or sbdc@salemstate.edu                                                 

register online

Cosponsored by the Enterprise Center at Salem State University

Where e-Mail Marketing Goes Wrong and How to Make It Go Right - The Do's and Don'ts of e-Mail

Marketing with the best intentions you carefully crafted an email marketing letter or newsletter, launched the email campaign, only to find that no one responded. Why? 

This down-to-earth workshop will help you design strategies concerning:-

  • Increasing your brand awareness and credibility vs. devaluing your brand and credibility
  • Attracting customers vs. turning them off
  • Getting results vs. wasting your precious time

The speaker will be Matt Ward, owner, president/CEO of inConcert Web Solutions, Inc., of Grafton.

Date: Thursday, May 3, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m.  - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Clark University, Higgins University Center, Grace Conference Room, 950 Main Street, Worcester
Cost: $25
Contact: Massachusetts Small Business Development Center at Clark University at 508-793-7615

MSBDC register online

What is Deep Web Marketing

Social media alone is not enough. A website is not enough. As businesses we need to weave social media and our websites into a tapestry that presents useful information to our customers and crystal-clear insight for us.

Deep Web Marketing is the art of providing relevant, useful content to your customers without selling or interrupting them. Instead of pitching your products or services, you are delivering information that makes your customers more informed before they buy – all with detailed insights of what is working and what is not working. The Social Media and Deep Web Marketing seminar will help you understand the tools and the steps you can take to develop, deploy and measure your deep web marketing effectiveness

The speaker will be Paul Parisi, president and founder of SaviorLabs.

Date: Thursday, May 3, 2018
Time: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Location: Enterprise Center at Salem State University, 121 Loring Avenue, Suite 106, Salem
Cost: Free
Contact: Lesley Smythe at lsmythe@enterprisectr.org or 978-542-2021 

register online

Cosponsored by the Enterprise Center at Salem State University 

Pricing Your Products and Services

Learn about pricing concepts, the role of pricing in a company’s strategy and an easy four-step process to determine pricing based on costs, customer goals, trends and competition. The speaker will be Barry Horwitz of Horwitz & Company LLC.

Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Time: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Location: Enterprise Center at Salem State University, 121 Loring Avenue, Suite 106, Salem
Cost: Free
Contact: Laurel Costello at 978-542-6343 or sbdc@salemstate.edu                                 

register online

Cosponsored by the Enterprise Center at Salem State University

Best Practices for Integrating Export Compliance Operations in a Global Organization

TeradyneFor companies with global operations, standardizing and integrating organization-wide trade compliance can be a daunting and challenging task. 

Even relatively straightforward processes, such as capturing and tracking data, maintaining records, and developing compliance standard operational procedures can become overwhelming when attempting to integrate operations across multiple locations, both domestically and internationally. This is especially true when integrating trade compliance practices with newly-acquired companies. 

Join us to hear insights from export compliance practitioners on best practices for integrating and streamlining global trade compliance operations between multiple locations and finding the right balance for minimizing disruption to operations while achieving full compliance.

Our speakers will be: 

  • Kristine Kelleher, Manager, Customs & Exports — PerkinElmer, Inc.
  • Dirk Petersen, Vice President-Trade Compliance and Contracts — AMETEK Aerospace and Defense
  • Scott Barney, Senior Manager, Export Controls & Compliance — L3 Security & Detection Systems, Inc. 

Date: Thursday, May 10, 2018
Time: Registration 9:30 a.m.; Program 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Location: Teradyne, Inc., 600 Riverpark Drive, North Reading
Cost: $50 / no charge for Compliance Alliance members
Contact: Massachusetts Export Center at 617-973-8664

register online

Cosponsored by Teradyne

Building Business Value Strategies For Increasing Profit

An individual may start a business with any number of valid personal goals in mind: current income, short term growth and sell the business quickly, financial security for the next generation, or a source of retirement income. A key to this process is to build significant business value. Very few people have a solid plan or understand the process of maximizing the value of the firm. The goal of this session is to challenge the way you look at and run your business and help you build a stronger more profitable company which will build value for your business.

The speaker will be Terence Shepherd, CM&AA, CPA, MST, and managing partner at Shepherd & Goldstein, LLP of Worcester.

Date: Thursday, May 10, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m.  - 12:00 p.m.                     
Location: Clark University, Higgins University Center, Grace Conference Room, 950 Main Street, Worcester
Cost: $25
Contact: Massachusetts Small Business Development Center at Clark University at (508) 793-7615 or www.clarku.edu/sbdc-workshops

MSBDC register online

SEED Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Session I: Introduction to the Fundamentals of Business Ownership

SEED CorporationThis workshop is geared toward helping potential entrepreneurs evaluate and understand the fundamentals of owning one’s own business. Information on how to get started, where and how to get financing, and the loan application process will be presented. Attendees will be provided with a guide to writing a business plan and other materials. Complimentary breakfast and lunch provided.

Date: Thursday, May 10, 2018
Time: Registration 9:30 a.m.; Workshop 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Eastern Bank, 742 County Street, Taunton
Cost: Free
Contact: SEED Corporation at 508-822-1020 ext. 318

Sponsored by SEED Corporation and Eastern Bank; Held in cooperation with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC), SCORE and the Taunton Area Chamber of Commerce

SEED Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Session II: Understanding and Preparing Financial Statements

SEED CorporationThe focus of this workshop is to help attendees understand a balance sheet, income statement, and cash flow statement. The workshop also explains how a small business owner can anticipate financial needs in order to operate his/her business more efficiently. 

Date: Thursday, May 10, 2018
Time: 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Eastern Bank, 742 County Street, Taunton
Cost: Free
Contact: SEED Corporation at 508-822-1020 ext. 318

Sponsored by SEED Corporation and Eastern Bank; Held in cooperation with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC), SCORE and the Taunton Area Chamber of Commerce

Customs Valuation and Documentation for Tricky Transactions

Unsure how to document, value or complete export documentation for out-of-the-ordinary transactions? You are not alone. 

Accurately documenting and valuing assists, repairs, returns, inter-company transfers, samples, discounts and temporary shipments can be complicated, even for experienced exporters. Customs seizures, shipping delays, penalties and other unexpected charges are not unusual in cases where these shipments have not been handled appropriately. 

Join us for this practical webinar, which will provide guidance on accurate valuation and careful documentation for these tricky transactions, helping you to avoid unforeseen Customs challenges. 

Our speaker will be Paula Connelly, principal with the Law Offices of Paula M. Connelly.

Date: Friday, May 11, 2018
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST
Location: Webinar
Cost: $50 / no charge for Compliance Alliance members
Contact: Massachusetts Export Center at 617-973-8664

register online

Success for Small Business (SSB) Accelerated Program Part 1

HarborOne USuccess for Small Business (SSB) is a program developed to assist small business owners and provide guidance on how to operate a small business successfully. In an effort to support economic growth in the communities we serve, HarborOne U has designed a series of free small business classes with the busy small business owner in mind.

Join us for an accelerated program delivered over two evenings where we will cover the following required SSB courses. Part 1 consists of Planning for a Healthy Business, Personal Credit & Banking Services, and Intro to Marketing.

Date: Monday, May 14, 2018
Time: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: HarborOne U at HarborOne Bank at Randolph Intergenerational Community Center, 128 Pleasant Street, Randolph
Cost: Free
Contact: HarborOne U at 508-895-1300 or info@harboroneu.com

register online

Cosponsored by HarborOne U at HarborOne Bank  

Understanding Your Financial Reports and Taxes

This workshop will walk business owners through a basic set of financial reports and introduce the various types of taxes that business owners should be aware of. The speaker will be Susan Weeks, CPA, CVA, CGFM with Vesey & Weeks, PC.

Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Time: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Location: Enterprise Center at Salem State University, 121 Loring Avenue, Suite 106, Salem
Cost: Free
Contact: Lesley Smythe at lsmythe@enterprisectr.org or 978-542-2021 

register online

Cosponsored by the Enterprise Center at Salem State University 

QuickBooks Desktop Version: Introduction for Beginners

QuickBooksThis is an introduction to the popular accounting program QuickBooks. This will cover the desktop version only. This session will cover setting up a new company, invoicing and receiving payments, writing checks and paying bills. The session will end with a brief introduction to and overview of reports.

This program is suitable for those who have recently started using QuickBooks and those planning to use it. The basic principles of QuickBooks remain the same for the Windows, Macintosh, and online versions of the program, although specific details of how to accomplish a task may differ slightly.

It is not required, but if you have a laptop or tablet with QuickBooks loaded, please feel free to bring and follow along. NOTE: This workshop is designed for training on the Basics of QuickBooks and is not intended to troubleshoot problems individuals may currently be experiencing. Those types of questions are better suited to a one-one consulting session.

Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Time:
8:45 a.m. - 12 noon
Location: Scibelli Enterprise Center, 1 Federal Street, Building 101, 3rd Floor, Springfield
Cost:
$35
Contact: Lynn Shedd at lshedd@msbdc.umass.edu or 413-577-1768

MSBDC register online

Cosponsored by Pioneer Training, Inc.

Russia Sanctions Update & Complying with the OFAC 50% Rule

Russia sanctions have been one of the dominant issues of the export regulatory landscape in recent years. These sanctions have translated into, among other things, challenging screening requirements for U.S. exporters, not only for exports to the ever-growing list of “blocked persons” designated under the Russia-related sanctions, but also for exports to entities with an aggregate of 50 percent or more direct or indirect ownership interests by such blocked persons. 

This timely webinar will provide an overview of the U.S. sanctions related to Russia, including requirements for compliance. The webinar will also discuss compliance with the OFAC 50% rule, including its particular relevance in Russia and best practices for screening due diligence. 

The webinar will also discuss the trickle-down impact that the sanctions have had on exports, including license requirements and financing of transactions. 

Our speakers will provide guidance for meeting the challenges associated with these sanctions, as well as practical steps for mitigating risk.   

Our speakers will be: 

  • Kenneth Carlstedt, Director of Global Trade Compliance — Sensata Technologies
  • Alexandra Lopez-Casero, Partner — Nixon Peabody LLP  

Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EST
Location: Webinar
Cost: $50 / no charge for Compliance Alliance members
Contact: Massachusetts Export Center at 617-973-8664

register online

Managing Export Operations & Compliance

cosponsorsIn 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 come with export operations. Bring your questions! 

Please advise in advance if you are interested in a one-on-one meeting immediately following the program. 

Our speakers will be: 

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

Date: Friday, May 18, 2018
Time: Registration 8:30 a.m.; Program 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Location: UMass Dartmouth Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, 151 Martine Street, Fall River
Cost: $25
Contact: Massachusetts Export Center at 617-973-8664

register online

Cosponsored by the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, the Bristol County Chamber of Commerce & the Southcoast Chamber of Commerce

Brown Bag Lunch & Learn — Small Business Commercial Insurance

There is a lot to consider after you have decided that business ownership is for you!  Business Insurance is one of the to-do-list items.  While each business is quite different, there are many similarities in what coverage they should have. We will discuss what types of coverage you should consider and have the “what it is” and  “why you need it” discussion. We will touch on property coverage, liability coverage, workers' compensation, commercial auto and depending on what type of businesses are present, cyber liability and professional insurance.

The workshop facilitator will be Regina Jasak CIC, CISR, and president of Regina Jasak Insurance.

The purpose of our monthly brown bag lunches (participants bring their own lunch) is to connect small business owners with their peers and to network with professionals and leaders in our community. We plan to offer a different topic/theme on one Friday each month. There is no fee for the Lunch & Learn Series... just register and bring your lunch!

Date: Friday, May 18, 2018
Time:
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Location: Scibelli Enterprise Center, 1 Federal Street, Building 101, 3rd Floor, Springfield
Cost:
No charge
Contact: Lynn Shedd at lshedd@msbdc.umass.edu or 413-577-1768

MSBDC register online

Success for Small Business (SSB) Accelerated Program Part 2

HarborOne USuccess for Small Business (SSB) is a program developed to assist small business owners and provide guidance on how to operate a small business successfully. In an effort to support economic growth in the communities we serve, HarborOne U has designed a series of free small business classes with the busy small business owner in mind.

Join us for an accelerated program delivered over two evenings where we will cover the following required SSB courses. Part 2 consists of Marketing Your Brand, Budgeting & Financial Basics and Managing Cash Flow.

Space is limited and online registration is required.

Date: Monday, May 21, 2018
Time: 5:30  8:30 p.m.
Location: HarborOne U at HarborOne Bank at Randolph Intergenerational Community Center, 128 Pleasant Street, Randolph
Cost: Free
Contact: HarborOne U at 508-895-1300 or info@harboroneu.com

register online

Cosponsored by HarborOneU at HarborOne Bank  

Growing Your Business Through State Certification

Would your business benefit from State Certification or linking your business to public purchasers in search of goods and services? Come learn more about State Certification AND other State programs at this informative Workshop.

The Operational Services Division’s (OSD) Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) certifies companies as Massachusetts Minority Business Enterprises (MBE), Women Business Enterprises (WBE), Veteran Business Enterprises (VBE), and Portuguese Business Enterprises (PBE).

Business owners of companies with a principal place of business in Massachusetts must attend a free, mandatory, two-hour pre-certification workshop before submitting an application for certification. This workshop provides an overview of the State certification process and the required documents that must be submitted when applying for certification.

The workshop also provides a brief introduction to COMMBUYS (the Commonwealth’s procurement platform where bidding opportunities occur), the Small Business Purchasing Program and the Supplier Diversity Program. The certification application and instructions will be provided at this workshop.

**COMMBUYS Vendor Registration assistance is available after the workshop from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Speakers include:

  • Maria Nigro DiStefano, Northeast Regional Director of the Massachusetts Office of Business Development (moderator)
  • Katherine Thomas, Trainer at the Operational Services Division
  • Wanda Colon-D'Angelo, Director of SDO Certification at the Supplier Diversity Office, Operational Services Division

Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Time: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Location: Enterprise Center at Salem State University, 121 Loring Avenue, Suite 106, Salem
Cost: Free
Contact: Lesley Smythe at lsmythe@enterprisectr.org or 978-542-2021 

register online

Cosponsored by the Enterprise Center at Salem State University

Understanding Your Company's Financial Statements

If you are in business, financial statements are an essential tool. Knowing how to read your financial statements will help you to understand what happened last year in your business and what is likely to happen this year. This workshop will include: Balance Sheet, Income Statement & Profit/Loss.

The speaker will be Robb Morton, managing partner of Boisselle, Morton & Wolkowicz, LLP. As both a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant, Robb offers an excellent source for not only technical accounting and tax issues, but for management advisory support as well. Robb has over 30 years of experience in public and management accounting. He offers an excellent source for not only technical accounting and tax issues, but for management advisory support as well. He has extensive experience working with family-owned businesses both as advisor and as a member of their management team. He works with many area banks and finance companies to assist his clients with their working capital and equipment financing needs. Robb also has extensive experience in business planning including projections and forecasts.

Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Time: 8:45 a.m. - 12 noon
Location: Scibelli Enterprise Center, 1 Federal Street, Building 101, 3rd Floor, Springfield
Cost:
$10
Contact: Lynn Shedd at lshedd@msbdc.umass.edu or 413-577-1768

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Cosponsored by Boiselle, Morton & Wolkowicz, LLP

Introduction to QuickBooks for Your Desktop

QuickBooksPlease join Anna Hattub, the owner of AMH Business Services and QuickBooks instructor at Bristol Community College, for an Introduction to QuickBooks for your Desktop. 

This entry-level approach to the most widely used financial software applications in small business today will cover setting up a new company; processing sales and receipts; recording purchases and payments; and reconciling banking transactions. 

This workshop is recommended for any individual who is planning to use QuickBooks or has recently started using QuickBooks, rather than for the experienced user. 

NOTE: This workshop is designed for learning about the BASICS of QuickBooks and is not intended to troubleshoot problems that you may currently be experiencing. Those types of questions are better suited to a one-on-one consulting session or a more advanced QuickBooks workshop. Space is limited and online registration is required.

Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Time: 2:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Location: NBEDC Conference Room at the Quest Center, 1213 Purchase Street, 3rd Floor, New Bedford (enter through front door & take elevator to the 3rd floor)
Cost: Free
Contact: Call the MSBDC office at 508-673-9783 with questions

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Cosponsored by the New Bedford Economic Development Council, Bristol Community College, and AMH Business Services

SEED Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Session I: Introduction to the Fundamentals of Business Ownership

SEED CorporationThis workshop is geared toward helping potential entrepreneurs evaluate and understand the fundamentals of owning one’s own business. Information on how to get started, where and how to get financing, and the loan application process will be presented. Attendees will be provided with a guide to writing a business plan and other materials. Complimentary breakfast and lunch provided.

Date: Thursday, May 24, 2018
Time: Registration 9:30 a.m.; Workshop 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce, 134 Court Street, Plymouth
Cost: Free
Contact: SEED Corporation at 508-822-1020 ext. 318

Sponsored by SEED Corporation and Eastern Bank; Held in cooperation with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC), SCORE and the Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce

SEED Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Session II: Understanding and Preparing Financial Statements

SEED CorporationThe focus of this workshop is to help attendees understand a balance sheet, income statement, and cash flow statement. The workshop also explains how a small business owner can anticipate financial needs in order to operate his/her business more efficiently. 

Date: Thursday, May 24, 2018
Time: 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce, 134 Court Street, Plymouth
Cost: Free
Contact: SEED Corporation at 508-822-1020 ext. 318

Sponsored by SEED Corporation and Eastern Bank; Held in cooperation with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC), SCORE and the Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce

Maximizing Cash Flow

Why is cash flow so important? Understanding and managing cash flow is essential to position your company for success, and for access to debt and equity financing. The speaker will be Bruce Share, managing director and Cash Flow Solutionist™ at Share Business Growth Strategies LLC.

Date: Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Time: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Location: Enterprise Center at Salem State University, 121 Loring Avenue, Suite 106, Salem
Cost: Free
Contact: Laurel Costello at 978-542-6343 or sbdc@salemstate.edu

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Cosponsored by the Enterprise Center at Salem State University

Optimizing Video on Social Media Platforms

It is no secret that video and social media are a powerful combination. The average person currently watches a minimum of one hour of video on social media every week. In order to be successful in reaching as many people as possible, you will want to ensure your video content is tailored to each social media platform. This workshop will discuss how to leverage and optimize video on a variety of social platforms to help maximize your views and market your brand

The speaker will be Brian Gravel, vice president of Creative Technology.

Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Time: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Location: Enterprise Center at Salem State University, 121 Loring Avenue, Suite 106, Salem
Cost: Free
Contact: Lesley Smythe at lsmythe@enterprisectr.org or 978-542-2021 

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Cosponsored by the Enterprise Center at Salem State University

Export Regulatory Compliance Update

Foley Hoag LLPMost exporters are well aware of the need to be compliant with U.S. export control laws. A cursory effort to comply with export regulations is not enough, however. 

Between evolving regulatory policy, stepped-up enforcement efforts, escalating screening obligations, and the newly-proposed Export Control Reform Act of 2018, the export regulatory compliance environment is now more complex than ever.  Companies that don’t take a proactive and preemptive approach to export compliance will fall behind the curve on regulatory changes, leaving themselves open to noncompliance and possible enforcement action.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear the latest on export compliance issues and trends from leading local and national export compliance practitioners and experts! 

This program is expected to sell out and space is limited, so early registration is advised.

Further details on topics and speakers to be announced shortly.  

Date: Thursday, June 14, 2018
Time: Registration 9:30 a.m.; Program 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Networking reception to follow
Location: Foley Hoag, Seaport West, 155 Seaport Boulevard, Boston
Cost: $125 / $75 for Compliance Alliance members
Contact: Massachusetts Export Center at 617-973-8664

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SEED Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Session I: Introduction to the Fundamentals of Business Ownership

SEED CorporationThis workshop is geared toward helping potential entrepreneurs evaluate and understand the fundamentals of owning one’s own business. Information on how to get started, where and how to get financing, and the loan application process will be presented. Attendees will be provided with a guide to writing a business plan and other materials. Complimentary breakfast and lunch provided.

Date: Thursday, June 14, 2018
Time: Registration 8:30 a.m.; Workshop 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Waypoint Event Center, 185 MacArthur Drive, New Bedford
Cost: Free
Contact: SEED Corporation at 508-822-1020 ext. 318

Sponsored by SEED Corporation and Rockland Trust Company; Held in cooperation with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC), and SCORE

SEED Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Session II: Understanding and Preparing Financial Statements

SEED CorporationThe focus of this workshop is to help attendees understand a balance sheet, income statement, and cash flow statement. The workshop also explains how a small business owner can anticipate financial needs in order to operate his/her business more efficiently. 

Date: Thursday, June 14, 2018
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Waypoint Event Center, 185 MacArthur Drive, New Bedford
Cost: Free
Contact: SEED Corporation at 508-822-1020 ext. 318

Sponsored by SEED Corporation and Rockland Trust Company; Held in cooperation with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC), and SCORE

QuickBooks for Your Desktop Continued...

QuickBooksPlease join Anna Hattub, QuickBooks instructor at Bristol Community College and owner of AMH Business Services, for the continuation of the well received "Introduction to QuickBooks for Your Desktop" workshop. 

In this more advanced session, the following topics will be covered: Customizing Forms; Memorizing Transitions; Tracking and Paying Sales Tax; Reports; Online Banking; and Payroll. Additional topics will be discussed as time allows. 

This workshop is geared to someone who has attended the introduction session or someone who has been working with QuickBooks for Your Desktop for a short time.

Space is limited and online registration is required.

Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Time: 2:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Location: NBEDC Conference Room at the Quest Center, 1213 Purchase Street, 3rd Floor, New Bedford (enter through front door & take elevator to the 3rd floor)
Cost: Free
Contact: Call the MSBDC office at 508-673-9783 with questions

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Cosponsored by the New Bedford Economic Development Council, Bristol Community College, and AMH Business Services

International Letters of Credit

The Provident BankStriking the right balance between risk mitigation and ease of doing business is a challenge that faces many exporters, especially when working with unfamiliar customers located in unfamiliar places. Letters of Credit is a payment option which mitigates risk for both seller and buyer. 

This webinar will provide an overview of the international letter of credit process, including the different types and uses of letters of credit, along with tips for structuring sales quotes and instructions to ensure accurate letter of credit documentation and smooth processing. 

The program will also discuss common letter of credit discrepancies, including “built-in” discrepancies and other red flags that can lead to discrepancies. 

Our speaker will be Leanne Spees, Senior Vice President, International Finance with The Provident Bank.

Date: Thursday, June 28, 2018
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Cost: $50
Contact: Massachusetts Export Center at 617-973-8664

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