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  | UnitedBank Foundation

  


2020 Training Calendar
 Please note:  All in-person training is postponed until further notice.
   JUNE
1 Business Legal Primer (webinar)
4 Adapting Your Business to Thrive: Exploring Ideas and Solutions for Your Business (webinar)
5 Basics of Starting a Business (webinar)
12 Primeros Pasos Para Emprender Un Negocio (seminario virtual)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

Program Descriptions
 

Basics of Starting Your Business (Springfield)

biz startupLearn 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.

Oreste Varela, branch manager of the U.S. Small Business Administration in Springfield, will be a speaker. In addition, Allen Kronick, senior business advisor with the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network's Western Regional Office, will speak.

There is no charge for these workshops, but pre-registration is required. To register, click on the appropriate date below. If you have questions or problems registering online, please contact the MSBDC Western Regional Office at lshedd@msbdc.umass.edu or 413-577-1768.
 

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Basics of Starting Your Business (Greenfield)

Learn the whole nine yards of starting a business! This free workshop will help entrepreneurs write a business plan and provide structure to starting/managing their venture. It will also focus on business fundamentals; from startup considerations to business plan development and funding sources. Both those who want to start a business and existing business owners looking for guidance on creating a business plan and securing financing to grow their business will find this session helpful.

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.

Bonus: If your business is food-related, you are invited to attend a guided tour of the Franklin County Community Development Corporation commercial kitchen following the workshop. Please follow these guidelines when visiting the commercial kitchen: no open-toed shoes, tank tops, or strong perfumes/colognes and limited jewelry. Anyone under the age of 18 is not permitted in the commercial kitchen area.

Oreste Varela, branch manager of the U.S. Small Business Administration in Springfield, will be a speaker. In addition, Anita Eliason, senior business advisor with the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network's Western Regional Office, will speak.

There is no charge for these workshops, but pre-registration is required. To register, click on the appropriate date below. If you have questions or problems registering online, please contact the MSBDC Western Regional Office at lshedd@msbdc.umass.edu or 413-577-1768.
 

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 — What’s the difference? When and how you need to get one.

The presenter will be Sarah Willey, counsel in the Business and Finance Department at Bulkley Richardson. She is also a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group and Employment Law Practice Group. Sarah 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 their 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: Monday, June 1, 2020
Time: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Webinar
Cost: Free
Contact: Questions or problems registering, contact Lynn Shedd at lshedd@msbdc.umass.edu

Adapting Your Business to Thrive: Exploring Ideas and Solutions for Your Business

NE Veterans ChamberHear from three nationally recognized (Veterans and Family members) Business Owners and strategists, share ideas and solutions on how businesses in a variety of industries are adapting to COVID-19. All business owners are welcome to attend this free webinar.

If you would like to submit questions ahead of time, please send them to Lisa@NEVCC.org

Presenters: 

  1. Charles “Lynn” Lowder, CEO & Co-Founder, The Veteran Business Project
    Along with being a former trial attorney, Lynn has held various business leadership positions, to include: General Counsel – Mail Boxes Etc., COO – Colt Firearms, Trustee – Marine Military Academy, Director of Veteran Services – UCM and President – “360 Degree Success.”
      
  2. Jim Wong, COO, The Veteran Business Project
    Educated at MIT, Jim’s corporate experience includes GM’s Packard Electric Division and PepsiCo. For ten years, Jim, his wife Linda and their partners owned and managed a Pizza Hut franchise, with nineteen restaurants in Brazil.
     
  3. Fred G. Parrish, CEO The Profit Experts and The Profit Institute
    Fred is the founder and CEO of The Profit Experts and The Profit Institute. Since 1980 he has held positions from staff accountant to CEO in both public and private companies with revenues ranging from startup to $3.5 billion.
     
  4. Lisa Ducharme, Executive Director, New England Veterans Chamber of Commerce (moderator/speaker)
    Lisa is the founder and executive director of the New England Veterans Chamber. She is a 20-year Air Force veteran, and continues the collaborative team effort that was achieved during military service.  She has been assisting veterans for the past 7-years and veteran businesses for the last 5-years as well as assisting at the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV) at UConn since 2015.

Date: Thursday, June 4, 2020
Time: 2:00 p.m. EST
Location: Webinar
Cost:
Free
Contact: Questions or problems registering, contact Lynn Shedd at lshedd@msbdc.umass.edu

Cosponsord by the New England Veterans Chamber of Commerce and the WesternMass Business Technical Assistance Collaboration: Center for Women and Enterprise, Common Capital, Franklin County CDC, Massachusetts Small Business Development Center, SCORE of Western Mass, and Valley CDC.

Basics of Starting a Business  

This 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

The presenter will be Samalid Hogan, regional director of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center, Western Regional Office.

Registration is required. The link to the Zoom webinar will be emailed to you after you register online.

Date: Friday, June 5, 2020
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Cost: Free
Contact: Questions or problems registering, contact Lynn Shedd at lshedd@msbdc.umass.edu

Primeros Pasos Para Emprender Un Negocio

Este taller te dará información essential para orientarte en como emprender un negocio propio. Los temas incluirán:

  • Introducción y porque es necesario un plan
  • Formato básico del plan de negocios
  • Formas de organización legal para negocios
  • Planificación de mercado e investigación
  • Proyecciones de flujo de dinero
  • Estados financieros
  • Financiamiento 

La presentadora será Samalid Hogan, directora regional del Centro de Desarrollo de Pequeñas Empresas de Massachusetts, Oficina Regional del Oeste.

Se requiere registración. El Link al seminario de Zoom se enviara por email despues que se haya registrado.

Fecha: Friday, June 12, 2020
Hora: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Ubicación: Seminario Virtual
Costo: Gratis
Contacto: Si tiene alguna pregunta ó no puede registrarse por computadora, envié un correo electrónico a smhogan@msbdc.umass.edu o llame al 413-577-1762

 
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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
Attn: Lynn Shedd
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.