Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network
Western Regional Office


Training Seminars & Events


To ensure the safety of the general public and our staff, we are offering webinars. All in-person training has been postponed until further notice.

The Western Regional Office offers a full calendar of business training. All training is currently offered at no charge. This calendar is subject to change. Pre-registration is required for all events. Please view our cancellation policy. For information on other MSBDC training offered throughout the state, visit the MSBDC's statewide training calendar at

We would like to thank the following agencies for cosponsoring our training events: 

Platinum Sponsors:
 bankESB   Boisselle, Morton & Wolkowicz, LLP     Community Bank, NA     Country Bank   Florence Bank    PeoplesBank    TD Bank        Westfield Bank

Gold Sponsors:
Berkshire Bank  |  Freedom Credit Union  |  Greenfield Cooperative Bank  |  People's United Bank


2022 Training Calendar
 Please note:  Until further notice, all training is offered only online.
Oct 03 Basics of Starting Your Business
Oct 06 How Can Small Businesses Win the War on Talent?
Oct 20 Basics of Starting Your Business
Nov 10 Massachusetts Health Connector: Affordable, Flexible Health Coverage for Small Business















Program Descriptions

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 will be 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. If a date is not listed below, the class is full or registration is closed. A Zoom link for the webinar will be emailed to you after registration from Please add this email to your safe sender list.

Dates & Times: Typically held on the first Monday (1:00 - 4:00 p.m.) and third Thursday (9:00 a.m. - 12 noon) of the month - click on your date selection below to register
Location: Online
No charge
Contact:  MSBDC Western Regional Office at 413-577-1768 or 


How Can Small Businesses Win the War on Talent?

As a small or mid-sized business, it’s just not possible to compete with the larger organizations in the battle for top talent. But that’s okay, you don’t have to! This is not a problem that is solved only by throwing money at it! It takes some strategy and there are a few key steps that any organization can take to create a buzz around your business and draw potential candidates to your front door (or your virtual workplace if you are a remote environment)!

Join us as we talk about the candidate landscape today, what’s driving the worker shortage, what will happen over the next 12 months and how you can put your business ahead of your competition! The presenter will be Allison Ebner, Vice President, Member Relations & Partnerships with Employers Association of the NorthEast (EANE).

Date: Thursday, October 6, 2022
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. EDT
Location: Online
No charge
Contact:  MSBDC Western Regional Office at 413-577-1768 or 

Massachusetts Health Connector: Affordable, Flexible Health Coverage for Small Business

This information session will focus on health insurance options available to small businesses and their employees through Health Connector for Business. We will also review the options available for individuals and families who are not eligible for coverage through their small employer.

The agenda includes:

  • Coverage options for small employers
  • Flexible Employee Choice models • Exclusive cost-saving benefits such as the ConnectWell rebate program and the Small Business Tax Credit
  • Health insurance options for individuals and families not eligible for small group coverage

The speaker will be Chaitra Sanders, associate director of Health Connector for Business at Massachusetts Health Connector.

Date: Thursday, November 10, 2022
Time: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. EST
Location: Online
No charge
Contact:  MSBDC Western Regional Office at 413-577-1768 or 


Cancellation/Materials Policy:

The MSBDC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a training session. Seminar materials are for attendees only.