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     Country Bank   
         PeoplesBank      Westfield Bank

Gold Sponsors:
Florence Bank
   Greenfield Savings Bank

Silver Sponsors:
Freedom Credit Union  |  Granite State Development Corporation  |  Live Oak Bank  |  Monson Savings Bank


2023 Training Calendar
 Please note:  Until further notice, all training is offered only online.
Jun 05 Basics of Starting Your Business
Jun 29 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 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 immediately 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 



Cancellation/Materials Policy:

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