Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network
Western Regional Office

 

Training Seminars & Events

 

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 case of changes and/or cancellations. Please review our payment and cancellation policies.

For information on other MSBDC seminars offered throughout the state, visit the MSBDC's statewide training calendar at www.msbdc.org/training.

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

Premier Sponsors:
 Boisselle, Morton & Wolkowicz, LLP   Country Bank  PeoplesBank   TD Bank   United Bank Foundation   Westfield Bank

 

Sponsors:
Berkshire Bank  |  Easthampton Savings Bank  |  Florence Savings Bank  |  Greenfield Cooperative Bank  |  Greenfield Savings Bank  |  Karoun Yoga  |  People's United Bank

  


2018 Training Calendar
   FEBRUARY
20 Business Planning Series (Springfield)
 
   MARCH
Brown Bag Lunch & Learn — How to Create an Effective Social Media Strategy (Springfield) 
5 Basics of Starting a Business (Westfield)
7 The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (Springfield)
27  Legal Clinic for Small Business (Springfield)
   
   APRIL
2 Basics of Starting a Business (Springfield)
5 Basics of Starting a Business (Greenfield)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Program Descriptions
 

Business Planning Series

Join us for this new five-part series, Scale Up: Take Your Business to the Next Level. The series will focus on business fundamentals from startup considerations to business plan development and funding sources. Just a few topics that will covered are: communicating your vision; streamlining your finances; operating more efficiently; strategizing a marketing plan.

Who should attend? Anyone wanting to have a plan for developing a successful business. Businesses who have been around awhile and would like to revisit the original plan and bring your businesses to the next level.  

Workshop facilitators are Anita Eliason, senior business advisor and Samalid Hogan, regional director, both with the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network, Western Regional Office.  

Dates: Tuesdays, January 23 - February 20, 2018
Time: 3:45 - 6:30 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

Brown Bag Lunch & Learn —  How to Create an Effective Social Media Strategy

The purpose of these 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. Small business owners looking for information about how to make social media part of your marketing plan should attend this event.

Samalid Hogan, MSBDC Western Mass Office regional director, will discuss various social media platforms and how best to use them to elevate your business.

We are planning to have a different topic/theme on one Friday each month. There is no fee for this series...just sign up and bring your lunch!

Date: Friday, March 2, 2018
Time: 11:45 a.m.  - 1:15 p.m.                           
Location: TD Bank Conference Center, 1441 Main Street, Springfield 
Cost:
No charge
Contact: Lynn Shedd at lshedd@msbdc.umass.edu or 413-577-1768

MSBDC register online

Basics of Starting a Business

Learn 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.

Speakers:

  • Allen Kronick, senior business advisor with the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network, Western Regional Office
  • Oreste Varela, branch manager of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Springfield Office

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

Date: Monday, March 5, 2018
Time: 12:45 - 3:30 p.m.
Location:
United Bank, 95 Elm Street, 3rd Floor Boardroom, West Springfield
Cost:
No charge
Contact: Lynn Shedd at lshedd@msbdc.umass.edu or 413-577-1768

MSBDC register online

Cosponsored by United Bank

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

The Tax Act and Jobs Act was signed into law on December 22, 2017. As approved by Congress, the act impacts virtually every individual and business on a level not seen in 30 years. 

This presentation will talk about the winners and losers under the legislation. We will discuss the lower income tax rates for all and the repeal or reduction of many tax deductions and credits as well as enhanced child credit provisions and greater business expensing. The bill also impacts the Affordable Care Act.

The speaker will be Robb Morton of Boiselle, Morton & Associates, LLP. Robb has 30 years of experience in public and management accounting. As both a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant, Robb 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. Robb works with many of the area banks and finance companies to assist his clients with their working capital and equipment financing needs. He also has extensive experience in business planning including projections and forecasts.

Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Time: 8:45 - 11:00 a.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

Cosponsored by Boiselle, Morton & Wolkowicz, LLP

Legal Clinic for Small Business

The MSBDC Western Regional Office is pleased to announce that we are offering free legal clinics for small business owners. Entrepreneurs and small business owners can meet one-on-one with an attorney to discuss general legal questions such as corporate structure, leases, contracts, insurance, employment, franchising, and various other business-related issues. Appointments are 30 minutes.

Participants are eligible to attend one 30-minute legal clinic. Appointments are required and subject to availability. As a courtesy to the attorneys, if you cannot attend your appointment, please contact our office at 413-577-1768 or msbdc@msbdc.umass.edu at least 24 hours in advance.

Date:  Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Time: 12:30 - 4:30 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

Cosponsored by SCORE and SPARK

Basics of Starting a Business

Learn 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.

Speakers:

  • Allen Kronick, senior business advisor with the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network, Western Regional Office
  • Oreste Varela, branch manager of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Springfield Office

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

Date: Monday, April 2, 2018
Time: 12:45 - 3:30 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

Basics of Starting a Business

Learn 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.

Speakers:

  • Anita Eliason, senior business advisor with the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network, Western Regional Office
  • Oreste Varela, branch manager of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Springfield Office

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

Date: Thursday, April 5, 2018
Time: 8:45 - 11:30 a.m.
Location:
Franklin County Community Development Corporation, 324 Wells Street, Greenfield
Cost:
No charge
Contact: Lynn Shedd at lshedd@msbdc.umass.edu or 413-577-1768

MSBDC register online

 
Payment/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. Payment in the form of a personal or company check is due in full prior to the workshop and must accompany the registration form. We do not accept credit cards or purchase orders. We cannot guarantee your place in a workshop without full payment in advance. 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.