Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network
Western Regional Office

  

Training Seminars

  

business plan workshopThe Western Regional Office offers a full calendar of business training. Seminars are offered at 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 & Associates  |  PeoplesBank  |  TD Bank  |  Westfield Bank

Sponsors:
Berkshire Bank   |  Chicopee Savings Charitable Foundation   |  Country Bank for Savings   |  Easthampton Savings Bank    |  First Niagara  |  Florence Savings Bank  |  Greenfield Co-operative Bank  |  Greenfield Savings Bank  |  Holyoke Credit Union  |  People's United Bank  |  United Bank Foundation

 

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2016 Training Calendar
 
   December
5 Basics of Starting a Business (Springfield)
15 Starting or Growing a New Business (Westfield)
20 Legal Clinic (Amherst)
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Program Descriptions

  

Basics of Starting a Business

Learn the whole nine yards of starting a business. This free workshop, presented by Allen Kronick, senior business advisor with the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network Western Regional Office, will focus on business fundamentals, from start-up considerations to business plan development and funding sources. It is designed for owners of existing businesses as well as those who are planning to start one.

The workshop will help entrepreneurs write a business plan and provide structure to starting/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

Oreste Varela, Springfield branch manager of the U.S. Small Business Administration will also present, The SBA Advantage: An Overview of SBA’s Programs and Services. This 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.

This free workshop is typically held on the first Monday of the month in Springfield and the first Thursday of the month in Greenfield (unless otherwise noted, due to holiday or other conflict). See chart below for dates, times, locations and registration links.

The Greenfield workshops are cosponsored by the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce.

Cost: No charge
Contact:
Pre-registration required - register online with links below. Please note that each registration link is for a specific date. If you have questions or are unable to register online, contact Lynn Shedd at lshedd@msbdc.umass.edu or 413-577-1761.

  

  • Monday, December 5, 2016 | 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
    Scibelli Enterprise Center, 1 Federal Street, Building 101, Springfield
    Register online

  



Legal Clinic

We are very pleased to announce that Sarah Willey, Esq., with WMASSbizlaw, is generously offering to hold free monthly legal clinics.  

Individuals, entrepreneurs, and small business owners can meet one-on-one to discuss general legal questions such as corporate structure, leases, contracts, insurance, employment, franchising, and various other business-related issues. Attorney Willey is also an expert on international compliance laws.

Appointments are required and subject to availability. To schedule a session, please click on the link below to choose a time and register online.

Participants will be required to sign a general waiver prior to their meeting and are eligible to attend one 30-minute Legal Clinic.

Date: Monthly on Tuesday - see chart below
Time: 12:00 - 3:30 p.m. (30-minute appointment)
Location: Varies
Cost: Free
Contact: Register online with links below. If you have questions or are unable to register online, contact Lynn Shedd at lshedd@msbdc.umass.edu or 413-577-1761.

  

  • Tuesday, December 20, 2016
    Peoples Bank, 56 Amity Street, Amherst
    Register online
 

 

Starting or Growing a New Business

In many ways, there has never been a better time to start a business. Learn how to properly launch your business to ensure success. Understand the critical pieces of the puzzle and how they all fit together. We will discuss the legal forms of ownership, licensing and tax requirements, capital and labor, rent versus purchase, insurance and various other business start-up issues.

Is starting a business in Massachusetts for you? Learn what it takes to start a business. We discuss business requirements, planning and financing. Find out how to determine whether you and your company concept will have the best chance for success.

See chart below for dates, times, locations and registration links.

Cost: No charge
Contact:
Pre-registration required - register online with links below. Please note that each registration link is for a specific date. If you have questions or are unable to register online, contact Lynn Shedd at lshedd@msbdc.umass.edu or 413-577-1761.

  

  • Thursday, December 15, 2016 | 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
    Westfield Bank, 141 Elm Street, Westfield
    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.