Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network
Western Regional Office


Training Seminars & Events


Please note that to ensure the safety of the general public and our staff, all in-person trainings have been postponed until further notice. We are offering webinars.

The Western Regional Office offers a full calendar of business training. Seminars are offered at no charge or for a nominal fee and held at locations throughout Western Massachusetts. This calendar is subject to change. Pre-registration is required for all events. If you do not register, we cannot notify you in the event of changes and/or cancellations. Please view our payment and cancellation policies.

For information on other MSBDC seminars 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.
13 Basics of Starting Your Business
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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 no "register online" button appears on the registration page, 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.

Registration closes at 5pm on the business day prior to the event.

Dates & Times: Monthly Mondays (1:00 - 4:00 p.m.) and Thursdays (9:00 a.m. - 12 noon) - click on your date selection below to register
Cost: Free:
Contact:  MSBDC Western Regional Office at 413-577-1768 or


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Payment Details:

Please mail a copy of your registration email, along with a check payable to the University of Massachusetts, to the address below. Your payment must be received prior to the seminar date. We do not accept credit cards or purchase orders. We cannot guarantee your place in a workshop without full payment in advance.

Massachusetts Small Business Development Center
Scibelli Enterprise Center
One Federal Street, Building 101
Springfield, MA 01105-1160

Cancellation/Refunds/Materials Policy:

The MSBDC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a training session. Registration fees will be returned or credited towards future programs. Cancellations received by noon the day prior to the workshop will be entitled to a refund. No refund will be given on notifications received after that time or in any no-show situation. Seminar materials are for attendees only.