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 www.msbdc.org.
 

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

  


2021 Training Calendar
 Please note:  Until further notice, all training is offered only online.
   AUGUST
2 Basics of Starting Your Business *full*
4 Cybersecurity Express
5 Basics of Starting Your Business *full*
 
   SEPTEMBER
9 Basics of Starting Your Business
13 Basics of Starting Your Business
 
   OCTOBER
4 Basics of Starting Your Business
7 Basics of Starting Your Business
13 Business Taxes – What you Need  to Know
 
   NOVEMBER
1 Basics of Starting Your Business
4 Basics of Starting Your Business
4 Business Legal Primer
17 Understanding Your Company's Financial Statements
 
   DECEMBER
6 Basics of Starting Your Business
9 Basics of Starting Your 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: Samalid Hogan, regional director/senior business advisor; 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. To register, click on your date selection. A Zoom link for the webinar will be emailed to you after registration.

Dates & Times: Monthly Mondays (1:00 - 3:30 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 msbdc@msbdc.umass.edu

          

       

Small Business Resources Forum

business forumLearn about current grants, loans, and other resources in Western Massachusetts for small businesses. Join in a live Q&A to get your individual questions answered. There will also be a local business advisor to schedule you for no-charge business counseling services, to help you with marketing your business, understanding your financials and applying for loans or grants available to businesses economically impacted by the pandemic. The forum will be moderated by Jessi Kirley, a small business advisor with the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center, Western Regional Office.

There is no charge for the forum, but pre-registration is required. This event is offered on the first Thursday of the month. You can choose a date on the registration form. 

Dates: Monthly on Thursdays: Dates TBA
Time: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. EST
Location: Online
Cost: No charge
Contact: MSBDC Western Regional Office at 413-577-1768 or msbdc@msbdc.umass.edu

  

Brought to you by the Western Massachusetts Means Business (WMMB) and stakeholders: Center for Women and Enterprise, Common Capital, Franklin County Community Development Corporation, Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network, SCORE of Western Mass, and Valley Community Development Corporation.

Cybersecurity Express

Join us aboard the “Cybersecurity Express” where attendees will receive high-level security awareness training in three easy steps:

  • Identify the cybersecurity problem
  • Create a security framework
  • Define what you can do to help; including how to recognize a security incident, and how to define an incident response plan

The presenter will be Dave DelVecchio, president of Suite3, an IT services provider. Easthampton-based Suite3 specializes in supporting clients who have a regulatory or business need to keep data secure.

Date: Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Time: 1:00 - 2:15 p.m. EST
Location: Webinar
Cost: No charge
Contact: MSBDC Western Regional Office at 413-577-1768 or msbdc@msbdc.umass.edu

Brought to you by the Western Massachusetts Means Business (WMMB) and stakeholders: Center for Women and Enterprise, Common Capital, Franklin County Community Development Corporation, Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network, SCORE of Western Mass, and Valley Community Development Corporation.

Business Taxes – What you Need  to Know 

What will the new administration give us for tax changes? There could be major changes. How will it impact small business? Also the treatment of PPP loans, Employee Retention Credits and other grants on 2021 tax bills can be discussed.

The speaker will be Robb Morton with Boisselle, Morton & Wolkowicz, LLP. Robb has more than 30 years of experience in public and management accounting and over seven years of experience as a controller. This has given him a unique perspective that serves as a tremendous benefit when dealing with the challenges faced by his small business clients. Robb also has extensive experience working with family-owned businesses, both as advisor and as a member of their management team.        

Date: Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Time: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. EST
Location: Online
Cost: No charge
Contact: MSBDC Western Regional Office at 413-577-1768 or msbdc@msbdc.umass.edu

Business Legal Primer

This presentation will help you gain a better understanding of the core legal concepts impacting your business. 

  • Choice of Entity: What does it mean to be a sole proprietor, partnership, limited liability company or corporation; which type is right for your business?
  • Employee vs. Independent Contractor: Avoiding the steep risks of misclassification - the basics of determining whether you are hiring an employee or engaging an independent contractor. Trademark, patent or copyright: The differences, when and how you need to get one

The speaker will be Sarah Willey, counsel at Bulkley, Richardson & Gelinas, LLP's Business and Finance Department, and a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group and Employment Law Practice Group. Attorney Willey has experience advising clients in the areas of business formation, mergers and acquisitions, business succession planning, and corporate structuring of businesses in regulated industries. Sarah counsels clients in protecting and maximizing intellectual property via trademarks, copyrights, and licensing agreements. She also assists businesses with designing, implementing and auditing corporate compliance programs under International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

Date: Thursday, November 4, 2021
Time: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. EST
Location: Online
Cost: No charge
Contact: MSBDC Western Regional Office at 413-577-1768 or msbdc@msbdc.umass.edu

Understanding Your Company's Financial Statements

If you are in business, financial statements are an essential tool. Knowing how to read 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 with Boisselle, Morton & Wolkowicz, LLP. Robb has more than 30 years of experience in public and management accounting and over seven years of experience as a controller. This has given him a unique perspective that serves as a tremendous benefit when dealing with the challenges faced by his small business clients. Robb also has extensive experience working with family-owned businesses, both as advisor and as a member of their management team.        

Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. - Noon EST
Location: Online
Cost: No charge
Contact: MSBDC Western Regional Office at 413-577-1768 or msbdc@msbdc.umass.edu

Google Seminar
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.