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 & Associates  |  PeoplesBank  |  TD Bank  |  Westfield Bank

Sponsors:
Berkshire Bank  |  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

  


2017 Training Calendar
 
   May
1 Basics of Starting a Business (Holyoke)
10 Understanding Your Company's Financial Reports (Springfield)
22 Business Legal Primer (Springfield)
   
   June
1 Basics of Starting a Business (Greenfield)
5 Basics of Starting a Business (Springfield)
8 Marketing Panel Presentation (Springfield)
12 Legal Clinic (Springfield)
23 Small Business Roundtable Discussion with Senator Eric P. Lesser (Springfield)
   
   August
3 Basics of Starting a Business (Greenfield)
7 Basics of Starting a Business (Springfield)
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 is required. Register online with link below. If you have questions or are unable to register online, contact Lynn Shedd at lshedd@msbdc.umass.edu or 413-577-1761.

MSBDC register online
 

  • Monday, May 1, 2017 | 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
    PeoplesBank, 330 Whitney Avenue, Holyoke
     
  • Thursday, June 1, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, 395 Main Street, Greenfield
     
  • Monday, June 5, 2017 | 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
    Scibelli Enterprise Center, 1 Federal Street, Building 101, Springfield
     
  • Thursday, August 3, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, 395 Main Street, Greenfield
     
  • Monday, August 7, 2017 | 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
    Scibelli Enterprise Center, 1 Federal Street, Building 101, Springfield

Legal Clinic

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.

The attorneys donating their time and legal expertise are Sarah K. Willey, Esq. with WMASSBIZLAW and Daniel P. Morrissey, Esq. with Bacon Wilson P.C.

         Sarah Willey     Daniel Morrissey

All services are provided by the attorneys which are not acting as agents and/or representatives of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network. By meeting with an attorney, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless the MSBDC from any and all claims and liability arising from your session. Participants will receive a general waiver statement prior to their meeting.

Participants are eligible to attend one 30-minute legal clinic. Individual appointments are 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: Monday, June 12, 2017
Time: 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. (30-minute appointments)
Location: Scibelli Enterprise Center, 1 Federal Street, Building 101, Springfield
Cost: Free
Contact:  If you have questions or are unable to register online, contact Lynn Shedd at lshedd@msbdc.umass.edu or 413-577-1761.

MSBDC register online

Understanding Your Company's Financial Reports

Financial statements are a collection of reports about an organization's financial results, financial condition, and cash flows. If you are in business, financial statements are an essential tool. Knowing how to read your financial statements will help you to understand what happened last year in your business and what is likely to happen in the upcoming year. It is standard practice for businesses to present financial statements that adhere to generally accepted accounting principles to maintain continuity of information and presentation.

The three basic financial statements are the (1) balance sheet, which shows firm's assets, liabilities, and net worth on a stated date; (2) income statement (also called profit & loss account), which shows how the net income of the firm is arrived at over a stated period, and (3) cash flow statement, which shows the inflows and outflows of cash caused by the firm's activities during a stated period.

Presenter Robb Morton has 28 years of experience in public and management accounting. As both a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant, he offers an excellent source for not only technical accounting and tax issues but for management advisory support as well. He has many years of experience dealing with manufacturers and has worked with a variety of computer packages. Mr. Morton's experience as a controller gives him a unique perspective that serves as a tremendous benefit when dealing with the challenges faced by small business clients. He also has extensive experience working with family-owned businesses both as advisor and as a member of their management team. He 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, May 10, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Scibelli Enterprise Center, 1 Federal Street, Building 101, Springfield  
Cost: $25
Contact: Pre-registration is required. Register online with link below. If you have questions or are unable to register online, contact Lynn Shedd at lshedd@msbdc.umass.edu or 413-577-1761.

MSBDC register online

Business Legal Primer

Sarah WilleyThis 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 – What’s the difference, when and how you need to get one?

Presented by Sarah Willey, Esq. WMASSBIZLAW.

Date: Monday, May 22, 2017
Time: 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Location: Scibelli Enterprise Center, 1 Federal Street, Building 101, Springfield  
Cost: $25
Contact: Pre-registration is required. Register online with link below. If you have questions or are unable to register online, contact Lynn Shedd at lshedd@msbdc.umass.edu or 413-577-1761.

MSBDC register online

Marketing Panel Presentation

This panel presentation is designed to give entrepreneurs and small business owners the opportunity to listen to three experienced speakers discuss various marketing strategies that are essential to the success of businesses, including their own. Some topics will include: 

  • Branding: What does it take to develop a good brand image? How does a business increase their brand awareness and reach more channels?
  • Advertising: When and Where - Is your business advertising too much or too little? How creative should your ads be and where should they be placed to reach a larger audience?
  • Social Media/Internet Marketing: How can your business achieve better results on the Internet? Learn the importance of good content and how to use various online tools to your advantage.
  • Personal Experience: What are the speakers' stories and how did they become successful?

NOTE: Time will allow for a short Q&A at the end of the presentation, so feel free to bring questions for the panelists.

The marketing specialists include: 

Date: Thursday, June 8, 2017
Time: 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Location: Scibelli Enterprise Center, 1 Federal Street, Building 101, Springfield  
Cost: $25
Contact: Pre-registration is required. Register online with link below. If you have questions or are unable to register online, contact Lynn Shedd at lshedd@msbdc.umass.edu or 413-577-1761.

MSBDC register online

Small Business Roundtable Discussion with Senator Eric P. Lesser

Photo of  Eric P. LesserThe Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network will be hosting a Small Business Roundtable Discussion featuring Massachusetts Senator Eric P. Lesser. 

Small business owners are invited to attend and discuss opportunities and obstacles to growth for their companies in Massachusetts. Senator Lesser represents nine communities in the First Hampden and Hampshire District. He was recently named chairman of Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies.

Date: Friday, June 23, 2017
Time: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Location: Scibelli Enterprise Center, 1 Federal Street, Building 101, Springfield  
Cost: No charge
Contact: Pre-registration is required. Register online with link below. If you have questions, contact Samalid Hogan at smhogan@msbdc.umass.edu or 413-577-1762.

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.