Education Calendar l February 2018

Massachusetts District Office - February 2018


Education Calendar l February 2018

Attend educational events that are happening throughout the state hosted by SBA Massachusetts and our network of partners and friends. 

In this email you will discover a partial listing of upcoming events and online resources. For complete listings, please visit each organization's website to explore more in depth. This is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any entity.



The SBA Emerging Leaders Initiative is a federal training initiative that specifically focuses on executives of businesses poised for growth in historically challenged communities. The initiative provides these executives with the organizational framework, resource network, and motivation required to build sustainable businesses and promote the economic development within urban communities.

Training Overview
Over the course of seven months, participants are given the opportunity to work with experienced mentors, attend specialized workshops and develop connections with their peers, city leaders, and the financial community. Recruitment for the Emerging Leaders Initiative occurs on an annual basis, beginning in February and classes typically begin in April. The Initiative incorporates a curriculum that is research-based and nationally scalable, enabling participating businesses to engage in focused development and expansion strategies, including options for accessing new capital and securing government contracts. 

This training is for established business owners and is not for start-ups or people who are thinking about starting a business. The Emerging Leaders Initiative advanced training series is open to small business owners and executives that:

  • Have annual revenues of at least $400,000
  • Have been in business for at least 3 years
  • Have at least one employee, other than self

>>Learn more and fill out Expression of Interest Form

If there are any questions, reach out to:

SBA Massachusetts

2/28: Join Us for Black History Month!


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

8:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST

The Tip O'Neill Federal Building - 1st FLOOR AUDITORIUM, 10 Causeway Street, Boston, MA 02222



Keynote Speaker:
Shawn Quigley has been a park guide for the National Park Service at Boston African American National Historic Site since 2012. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in History from Suffolk University and his Masters in American Studies at UMASS Boston.


8:30 a.m. - 8:57 a.m. 
Registration & Networking

9:00 a.m. National Anthem 

SBA Welcome

9:20 Greater Boston Blacks in Government Chapter

9:30 a.m.  Small Business Lending Panel: 
Santander Bank, Berkshire Bank, Eastern Bank and Massachusetts Growth Capital Corp

10:25  “Still, I Rise” 

10:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Shawn P. Quigley, National Park Service at Boston African American National Historic Site

11:00 a.m.  Contracting Panel (TBD)

12:00 p.m. “Lift Every Voice and Sing”

12:05 p.m. Networking 

If there are any questions, please contact:


SBA Business Smart Workshop
Thursday, February 15, 2018 / 7:00PM – 8:30PM
Jones Library (In), 43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA 01002
This FREE workshop will help you gain a better understanding of what it takes to start and grow a business. Learn about SBA programs and services that are available to prospective or current entrepreneurs who need assistance in starting or expanding their businesses. General information will be provided on the following programs and services:

  • Gain a basic understanding of the key steps to getting your business off the ground
  • Learn about various financing options
  • Learn what banks look for when lending money
  • Learn about the local resources available to assist you in starting and growing a small business

(FREE) Register

Get READY to Start a Business
Thursday, February 22, 2018 / 5:15pm
Falmouth Public Library, 300 Main Street, Falmouth, MA 02540
Get READY to begin your business. Learn the basic steps of starting a business, from what product you are going to sell to who's out there to help. This workshop is designed to help you understand the basic needs of starting a business provided from a Small Business Administration representative.

8(a) Business Development Eligibility Briefing
Thursday, February 22, 2018 / 10:00am - 11:30pm
10 Causeway Street, Suite 265, Boston MA 02222
The 8(a) Business Development Program is intended to help socially and economically disadvantaged small business owners gain federal contracts, grow your businesses and gain access to sole source contracts.  Join us and learn about certification requirements, program benefits, the application process and technical assistance.
(FREE) Register

Opening Doors to Federal Government Contracting
Friday, February 23, 2018 / 10:00am - 11:30pm  
O'Neill Federal Building, Suite 265, 10 Causeway St, Boston, MA 02222
Small business certifications are like professional certifications; they document a special capability or status that will help you compete in the marketplace. Unlike permits and licenses, you do not need to obtain certifications to legally operate. However, in order to take advantage of business opportunities, such as government contracts, you may need to obtain some certifications.  
(FREE) Register

Online Government Contracting Training: February 7(j) Classes


Learn more / register for 7J WINTER Training Schedule HERE!

U.S. Small Business Administration offers the 7(j) Management and Technical Assistance Program for eligible Small Businesses. Training is provided by Stover & Associates, Inc. For more information and to register, please visit: Stover & Associates


Developing & Managing Contractor Teams 
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 1:00:00 PM EST - 3:00:00 PM EST 
This course will provide small business persons with information related to several types of business teaming relationships, including the SBA Mentor Protege program, 8(a) Joint Venture and Prime/Sub-Contractor Agreements. 

Federal Contracting Basics 
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 1:00:00 PM EST - 4:00:00 PM EST 
Basics of Federal Contracting 

Understanding the Request for Proposal 
Thursday, February 8, 2018 5:00:00 PM EST - 7:30:00 PM EST 
Basics of Federal Contracting 

Developing the Technical & Past Performance Volumes 
Monday, February 12, 2018 1:00:00 PM EST - 4:00:00 PM EST 
Basics of developing the techincal and past performance volumes in response the the RFP. 

Developing the Pricing & Cost Response 
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 1:00:00 PM EST - 4:00:00 PM EST 
Basics of developing the techincal and past performance volumes in response the the RFP. 

Government Contract Types 
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 1:00:00 PM EST - 3:00:00 PM EST 
Introduction to the various government contract types. 

How to Qualify for the GSA Schedule 
Thursday, February 15, 2018 1:00:00 PM EST - 3:00:00 PM EST 
This course is designed to provide an overview of what is required to qualify for and respond to solicitations for the GSA schedule. 

Managing & Administrating Government Contracts 
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 1:00:00 PM EST - 4:00:00 PM EST 
Basics of Managing and Administrating Government Contracts 

Government Contract Negotiations 
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 1:00:00 PM EST - 5:00:00 PM EST 
Learning is reinforced by interactive exercises allowing participants to apply their knowledge in case studies. 

Audits & Accounting Systems 
Thursday, February 22, 2018 1:00:00 PM EST - 4:30:00 PM EST 
Overview of Audits & Accounting Systems for government contractors. 

Strategic Planning 
Monday, February 26, 2018 1:00:00 PM EST - 2:00:00 PM EST 
Strategic Planning for small businesses 

Introduction to Construction Project Management 
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 1:00:00 PM EST - 5:00:00 PM EST 
• Define principals of Construction Project Management and controls. • Describe documentation techniques and info to be monitored/reported. • Explain accounting procedures, importance of job cost accounting, why bonding is controlled by net worth. 

FAR Primer 
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 5:00:00 PM EST - 9:00:00 PM EST 
This course is designed to provide small business contractors with essential knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulation to improve their chances of success. 

SBA Resource Partners


SCORE Boston Chapter
SCORE Worcester Chapter
SCORE Northeast MA Chapter
SCORE Southeast MA Chapter
SCORE Western MA Chapter
SCORE Cape Cod Chapter

SCORE Boston Workshop: Funding Your Startup 
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM 
Newton Free Library, 330 Homer Street, Druker Auditorium, Newton, MA 02459  
All business owners know they need a website, but what can your website do for you? What should your website strategy be? This workshop will help you understand some of the options: lead generation, e-commerce, branding, converting leads to sales. Learn how to prioritize design efforts, and how to measure the success of your website. Suitable for new or established business owners who want to know how to think about their website.
(FREE) Register

Outer Cape Chambers of Commerce 2018 Workshops  - Financial Statements for Busy People
Thursday, February 8, 2018 / 8:30am - 10am
Seamen's Bank, 2746 US-6, Wellfleet, MA 02667
Register Now for the 2018 Outer Cape Chambers of Commerce Short Courses hosted by SCORE Cape Cod and Coastal Community Capital through a grant from Cape Cod 5 Foundation. Be a life-long learner to grow your business. Attend one or all of these FREE workshops. Click on the boxes below for the Short Courses in which you would like to participate.  (Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 8:30 AM EST - Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 10:00 AM)
(FREE) Register

Business Planning and Cash Flow - Three, 3 hour workshops 
February 12, 19 and 26 / 3 Sessions from 6:00 to 9:00 pm  
Scibelli Enterprise Center, 1 Federal Street, Bldg 101, Basement Level, Springfield
In SCORE's continuing effort to support your business needs for the life of your business, we are offering this crucial workshop. Our "Starting Your Business" workshop is a suggested prerequisite to this workshop.  This cost effective, content rich workshop series is especially for new and existing small business owners who want to create a documented business plan to:    

  • Secure Funding and Investors.  Your business plan will be required by most lending institutions.
  • Establish Your Business Goals, Where do you want to be financially and when?
  • Define your Product or Service, establish Pricing and Plan your Promotions
  • Manage your Business. Compare your actual performance to your foretasted Business Plan.  This will help you to understand the good and bad of your business' performance 

($75 Registrant / Guest $25) Register

Upper Cape Chambers of Commerce Short Courses:
Branding - Making a Lasting impression
Falmouth Chamber of Commerce, 20 Academy Lane, Falmouth, MA, 02540
Thursday, February 15, 2018 / 8:30am
90 minute Discussion:  Small business marketing is more than just the four “p’s” of product, price, promotion and physical distribution.  You need a brand. This workshop will explore the key elements of building your business brand through identifying and reaching your target audience by both traditional and digital channels.
(FREE) Register

Northeast Massachusetts SCORE Women's Roundtable
Lynn Chamber of Commerce, 583 Chestnut St #8, Lynn MA 
Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM 
For Women Business Owners who have set their goals for 2018 and now have to achieve them. Sometimes talking through your goals with your peers can help. We'll suggest new approaches and give you new ideas. There are no bad ideas at this meeting. We'll be positive and respectful. This is for Women Business Owners who wish to discuss common issues and concerns amongst themselves, not the least of which is marketing themselves.
If you are a woman and you own a small business, you owe it to yourself to attend this meeting. Please bring pen and paper to jot down key ideas and capture points of interest.
(FREE) Register

Simple Steps to Hiring Your First Employee - Holyoke 
Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Odyssey House, 474 Appleton Street, Holyoke, MA 01040  

  • IDENTIFY YOUR STAR EMPLOYEE(S) - Use their characteristics as a guideline
  • HIRE PEOPLE FOR THEIR POTENTIAL - Don’t focus to much on resumes
  • GO FOR QUALITY - Hiring cheapest employee is shortsighted
  • CAREFULLY DEFINE THE ROLE - Be specific about what you need
  • DON’T DO LAST MAN STANDING - 82% of managers not qualified
  • OVERVALUING SMARTS - Will they fit in your company culture

Before and after you hire what are your responsibilities? Join us to discover the whole picture.
(FREE) Register

Starting YOUR Business Bootcamp
Thursday, February 15, 2018 / 8:45am - 3:00pm
O'Neill Federal Building, 10 Causeway Street, RM265, Boston, MA 02222
A workshop presenting advice and suggestions to persons who are planning to open a new business. The Workshop starts at 8:45 AM and ends about 3:00 PM, and consists of two sessions. The Morning Session is a 3 hour interactive presentation, given by counselors experienced in each of the area discussed and will give you a clearer understanding of what is necessary to run a business.  The Afternoon Sessions are small round table discussions lead by SCORE counselors.
($20)  Register

SCORE Boston Workshop: LinkedIn Sales Funnel
Thursday, February 22, 2018 / 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM 
Venture Cafe, 1 Broadway, 5th Floor, Cambridge, MA 02142  
Is your business getting found on LinkedIn by prospects and strategic partners?
Most business people have a LinkedIn profile, but wonder what it accomplishes. This free LinkedIn Sales Funnel Workshop teaches attendees how to transform that passive channel into a robust, proactive lead generator. LinkedIn is a database that is rich with prospects and strategic partners – 500 million people and heading toward 1 billion -  for your business. Knowing how to leverage that resource can make a huge difference in your business development, regardless of how successful you currently are. Learn how to get introduced to your ideal targets and connected to the kind of prospects you want through your connections on LinkedIn. If your business requires you to find ideal prospects, qualify them and close business either in a face-to-face meeting or on the phone, this workshop is for you.  It is not for a retail environment or restaurant where your objective is to get more people in the door.
(FREE) Register

Successful Small Business Start-Up: 6-Week Workshop Series
Next Six-Week Series starts February 27, 2018: Tuesdays, 6:30PM - 9:00PM
Assabet After Dark, 215 Fitchburg Street, Marlborough, MA 01752
A series of six tested and acclaimed weekly workshops, 2.5 hours each, offered at Assabet Valley Center for Continuing Education, 215 Fitchburg Street, Marlborough

  • Learn all the basic skills for successfully starting and growing your own small business.
  • Presentations/discussions led by various volunteers from Worcester Regional SCORE, all former executives with deep personal experience in each topic.
  • Always-free individual SCORE counseling is also available during and after the course from the teachers/mentors at our area branches in Worcester, Westborough, Fitchburg, Marlborough, Shirley, Milford, and Whitinsville.

(Course Fee $129 / Couples $229)
Register online at, or call Assabet Valley's Continuing Education Center at 508-263-9651

5/1: ENTER SCORE Boston Pitch Competition


Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 5:00 PM 
Boston Public Library, Rabb Auditorium
700 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116


Boston SCORE, a 60 year old, non profit organization affiliated with the Federal Small Business Association (SBA) has created a Pitch Competition for Boston area startups and small businesses looking to gain exposure and win cash and prizes, as well as to help them grow their companies.    Participants have access to in-kind prizes and gifts from our partners as well.

The Pitch Competition is designed for early stage businesss who have little revenue and/or outside funding.  To qualify, SEE QUALIFICATIONS ON THE APPLICATION FORM.  CLICK HERE

At the earliest stages, through the life of a business, SCORE mentors provide help at no cost to our clients and serve as a resource partner through the SBA.  With a large number of clients looking for funding at the earlier stages and seeking broader visibility within the community, SCORE Boston is hosting the first SCORE Boston Pitch Competition.  There will be broad visibility at the event and after, along with some basic funding to help entrepreneurs get off the ground.

The event will be held on May 1st from 5-8 PM.  Applications will be available February 1st, and close March 15th.

The competition will be held at the iconic Boston Public Library, in the renovated Kirstein Business Library and Innovation Center's Rabb Auditorium in Boston.


  • All finalist will receive:
  • One on one mentoring with a SCORE Mentor
  • Access to Hubspot for Startups discount software
  • Access to Microsoft Azure Credits
  • Amazon Web Service Credits
  • 5 hours of free legal advice from Foley Hoag
  • 5 hours of free financial analysis from the Boston Startup CFO (John Bailey)
  • More to come

Apply through the following link:  CLICK HERE 
Each Entrant will have at least three SCORE mentors review and comment on their application.  After all applications are received and reviewed, the top ten finalists will be provided with mentoring support fro their plan and their pitch, and preparation for the presentations on May 1st.  The winners will be announced with the top company winning $5,000, and a $1,000 audience choice award.


For assistance and help completing the application, email to:



Marketing on a Shoestring
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
CWE Central MA, 69 Milk St., Suite 217, Westborough, MA 01581
Competition for a spot in the marketplace and in the media is tough. Take this workshop to:

  • Learn how to maximize your resources to gain visibility for your products and services
  • Discover how to market your product
  • Determine and refine your target audience, and
  • Reach customers with the right message and the right media
  • Discuss effective, affordable ways to connect with your audience

($20.  Partial scholarship may be available to those who qualify)

Understand, Manage and Improve Your Credit
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 / 1:00PM to 3:00PM
CWE Eastern MA, 24 School St., 7th Fl., Boston, MA  02108
The first step to planning and launching a new business is ensuring you, yourself are financially stable.  This workshop will help you understand the importance of managing your credit and how it can affect your personal financial health.  You will learn the costs of having poor credit and the advantages of investing time into improving and managing it.  In this session, you will learn:

  • About credit reports and what they contain
  • How credit scores are calculated
  • What predatory lending practices are and how to watch out for them
  • Debt reduction strategies
  • How to avoid identity theft

This workshop is recommended for those who are interested in improving their credit or building a credit history. Those clients who are unsure what their credit report contains will also benefit by attending the workshop. 
($10) Register

Explore Small Business Administration (SBA) Resources – CWE Eastern MA
Thursday, February 15 2018 / 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
CWE Eastern MA, 24 School St., 7th Fl., Boston, MA  02108
This workshop is presented by a member of the local SBA team and is designed to help entrepreneurs understand the various SBA programs and services available to help them start or expand a business.
Topics covered include:

  • Technical Assistance Program
  • SBA Loan Guarantee Program
  • 8(a) Business Development Program
  • HUBZone (Historically Underutilized Business Zones) Program
  • Government Contracting Opportunities

(Free) Register

Steps to Start A Business – CWE Central MA 
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 / 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square, Worcester, MA 01604
If you are considering starting a business or in the early stages of launching one, this workshop will outline everything you need to know.  In this workshop, you will:

  • Develop your business idea and planning
  • Review the importance of a business plan

Gain an understanding of the process and requirements for starting a business, including;

  • Legal structures
  • How to choose and register a business name and entity
  • How to obtain an employer identification number, licenses, permits and insurance
  • Determining your financing needs
  • Understanding employer responsibilities
  • Learn about available resources and training
  • You will leave the session with an A-to-Z overview, and specific tools and tips that will help you get started quickly.

(FREE) Register

Pricing for Your Market 
Thursday, February 22, 2018 / 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Crompton Collective, 138 Green St., Worcester, MA 01604
Often business owners price their products simply by marking up their cost. Although margin is an important consideration, it is not the only factor when determining the price of a product or service.  Understanding your customers’ perceived value and establishing a pricing strategy that is right for your market is as important to your success as understanding your costs and breakeven point. 
In this workshop, we will cover:

  • Pricing strategies
  • Prospective customers’ value points
  • Maximizing profits using various pricing strategies and tactics

($20.  Partial scholarship may be available to those who qualify.)

Facebook for Small Businesses 
Thursday, February 22, 2018 / 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
CWE Eastern MA, 24 School St., 7th Fl., Boston, MA  02108
Join this workshop to learn the intricacies of Facebook for small business.  Most of us have personal Facebook accounts, but the ins and outs of page management for your business are not the same as your own profile.  In this workshop you will learn:

  • Dos and don’ts for Facebook business pages
  • How you can use Facebook to market your business
  • How to use Facebook to communicate with and gather feedback from your customers
  • How often and what types of things to post

($25.  Partial scholarship may be available to those who qualify.)

Pasos Para Iniciar un Negocio 
Jueves, 22 de febrero / 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
CWE Eastern MA, 24 School St., 7th Fl., Boston, MA  02108
Si usted está pensando en ser dueño de un negocio o se encuentran en las primeras etapas de iniciar uno,  entonces este taller es para usted. Inscríbase  para que:

  • Desarrolle sus ideas de negocio y la planificación del mismo.
  • Considere su estructura legal.
  • Discuta la elección de un nombre y una entidad.
  • Aprenda cómo obtener un número de identificación patronal, licencias, permisos y seguros.

Al final de este taller usted tendrá una visión general de la A la Z, herramientas y consejos específicos que le ayudarán a empezar rápidamente
(FREE) Register

2/28: Federal Government Contracting Workshop at CWE Central MA

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 / 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
CWE Central MA, 69 Milk St., Suite 217, Westborough, MA 01581
Looking for new markets for your small business's goods or services? Consider selling to the federal government.  Attend this workshop, led by the U.S. Small Business Administration, to:

  • Learn how the federal government purchases goods and services 
  • Understand the federal certification application process and benefits for:  Small Business
  • Small Disadvantaged Business
  • Women Owned Small Business
  • Veteran and Service Disabled
  • 8(a) Business Development Program
  • HUBZone Program 

Small business certifications are like professional certifications; they document a special capability or status that will help you compete in the marketplace.  Unlike permits and licenses, you do not need to obtain certifications to legally operate. However, in order to take advantage of business opportunities, such as government contracts, you may need to obtain some certifications. 
(Free.  Please register to attend.)

2/21: Join Oreste Varela, Springfield Branch Manager for Google's "Open for Business" Livestream - Springfield



When: Wednesday, February 21st / 12:30pm-2pm

Where: Scibelli Enterprise Center - Springfield, 1 Federal Street, Bldg 101, 3rd floor Teleclassroom, Springfield, MA 01105  

We’re excited to be partnering with Google, Facebook, Square, and Constant Contact to host a free livestream workshop on February 21st to help grow your business online for success in 2018. (Featuring brand-new tutorials and special resources for businesses). Livestream starts at 12:30 pm. Own your Google business page after the webinar. 

Open for Business Livestream Workshop FREE

11:30 – 12:00PM Registration and introduction

12:30 - 12:35PM SBA Intro

12:35 - 2:00 PM Google Livestream

2:00 - 2:30pm Bring your Google ID and Password and Get Your Business Online


Central Regional Office
Northeast Regional Office
Southeast Regional Office
Western Regional Office
Berkshire Regional Office
Massachusetts Export Center
Procurement Technical Assistance Center

Social Media Advertising  
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 / 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
HarborOne U at HarborOne Bank, 68 Legion Parkway, Brockton
HarborOneIf you are looking to grow your business, you may want to consider social media advertising. To see if it is a good fit for your small business, you may ask yourself: 
•What ad types will be most effective for your business? 
•Which network has the greatest potential reach? 
•Which platform has the most competitive cost per ad? 
These are all important questions for people who are thinking about paid social media advertising, so let’s dive deep into the data and examine the pros and cons of each social channel from an advertising perspective. Social networks coverage will include Facebook, Instagram, Google and more.  
(FREE Space is limited and online registration is required with link below. Sheila Farragher at or 508-895-1300)

Scale Up: Take Your Business to the Next Level 
Every Tuesday for 5 weeks starting – January 23, 2018  (5 Part Series) 
Tuesday, February 6th, 2018  3:45 – 6:30 p.m.
Scibelli Enterprise Center, Bldg 101, 3rd Floor, 1 Federal St, Springfield, MA 01105  
Who should attend? People thinking about starting a business and businesses that want to expand and take their busines to the next level by revisiting and revising their original business plan.  This series will be provided in both English and Spanish. 
Description: Join the MSBDC & SCORE for this FREE 5-part series titled - Scale Up: Take your Business to the Next Level.  This workshop will focus on business fundamentals; from startup considerations to business plan development and funding sources.  Give us 5 weeks and you will have a plan for success:  Just a few topics that will be covered are: 

  • Communicating Your Vision
  • Streamlining Your Finances
  • Operating More Effectively
  • Strategizing a Marketing Plan

Workshop Facilitators: Samalid Hogan, Regional Director and Anita Eliasen, Senior Business Advisor for the MA Small Business Development Center, Western Regional Office.  
(FREE) Register

WEBINAR: CFIUS Regulations for Foreign Investment in the U.S.: Anticipated Trends and Lessons Learned from Recent Cases
Thursday, February 15, 2018 / 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. EST
CFIUS is an inter-agency committee of the U.S. government authorized to review, investigate and block any transaction or investment that could result in the control of any U.S. business or asset by a foreign person that may raise national security concerns or involve critical infrastructure. At its core, CFIUS is made up of representatives from nine federal agencies and is chaired by the Department of Treasury.  CFIUS reviews have sharply risen in recent years as foreign investment in the U.S. has increased. Moreover, the recent blocking of China-backed Canyon Bridge Capital Partners to acquire Lattice Semiconductor confirms speculation that CFIUS reviews are likely to face increased scrutiny under the Trump Administration, with an anticipated increase in mitigation requirements, withdrawals and blocks. 
Join us for this webinar to learn about the CFIUS review process, including key players, steps, recent trends and outlook for the future. The webinar will also provide insight on preparing for CFIUS reviews, including risk assessment, filing preparation and strategies for working with CFIUS.  Our speaker will be Kerry Scarlott, partner with BakerHostetler.  ($50 / no charge for Compliance Alliance members Contact: Massachusetts Export Center at 617-973-8664)

Take the Fear Out Of Networking and Grow Your Business
Thursday, February 15, 2018 / 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. 
Enterprise Center at Salem State University, 121 Loring Avenue, Suite 106, Salem
Studies show that networking is among the most successful marketing strategies. Yet, many people would rather have a root canal. Learn how to make networking easy, fun and enjoyable with this interactive session and watch your business grow. The speaker will be Marc Slafsky, a certified insurance counselor with Salem Insurance Services.(FREE Contact: Lesley Smythe at or 978-542-2021  Register                                               

Legal Clinics (offered monthly in Southeast Massachusetts)
Friday, February 16, 2018 / 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. (30-minute appointments)
Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber of Commerce, 70 Main Street, Buzzards Bay
Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP'The MSBDC is pleased to announce that Christopher Cassara, Esq., a partner at Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP (PSH), is continuing to hold free legal clinics in our office and at our outreach locations. Entrepreneurs and small business owners are eligible to meet one-time, one-on-one for 30 minutes, to discuss general legal questions such as corporate structure, leases, contracts, insurance, employment, franchising, and various other business related issues. 
Christopher CassaraAll services are provided by PSH which is not acting as an agent and/or representative of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network. By meeting with PSH you agree to indemnify and hold harmless the MSBDC from any and all claims and liability arising from your session with PSH. Participants will receive a general waiver statement prior to their meeting. 
These free and confidential 30-minute sessions are offered once a month at various locations. Space is limited and registration is required. Registration opens online two weeks prior to each legal clinic's date. If you have questions, please call the MSBDC office at 508-673-9783.  As a courtesy to Attorney Cassara, who is volunteering his time for the clinics, please call our office at at least 24 hours in advance if you cannot attend your appointment. Contact: MSBDC office at 508-673-9783 with questions
(Free) Register

How to Become a GSA Federal Supply Schedule Holder and Government Contracting 101
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 / Reg 9:45 a.m.; Program 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr. Federal Building, 10 Causeway Street, 1st Floor, Boston
This free one-day workshop is held monthly in Boston. This workshop, designed to encourage and support small businesses interested in obtaining a GSA Federal Supply Schedule contract; learn more about contracting opportunities, the procurement process and resources available. Not sure which solicitation applies to your product or service? Refer to GSA's Schedules e-Library website in order to view or download solicitations. You can also view and download solicitations by visiting the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) website.  Before attending the workshop, please review the GSA Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Program and the GSA Vendor Tool Box. Please direct any questions regarding the GSA MAS Program to the GSA MAS Helpdesk (National Customer Service Center) by phone at  800-488-3111 or by email at Space is limited, so register early!  Contact: Questions about GSA Multiple Award Schedules Program, contact the GSA MAS Helpdesk at 800-488-3111 or by email at mashelpdesk@gsa.govFor difficulties with seminar registration, please contact Stephen Edmonds at or 781-801-3036. 

24th Annual International Networking Evening & Business Forum
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 / Registration 5:30 p.m.; Program 6:00 p.m. with networking reception to follow
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, One Federal Street, Boston
Ten years ago, hacked firms counted lost data and hampered productivity as the most likely consequences of a cyber attack. Today, malware with names like WannaCry and Mirai can literally put firms out of business: cutting them off from the Internet or wiping out critical systems and data to bring even sophisticated organizations to their knees. 
What can be done to defend against these modern threats? If cyber attacks are now less a matter of “if” than of “when,” what are the threats worth paying attention to? 
What defenses provide the best value for the dollar (or Pound or Euro or Bitcoin)? 
What is the best way to ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of the IT systems and data that run your business? What new regulations loom on the horizon? 

Speakers include:
•Ezra Church, Partner with Morgan Lewis (Philadelphia office)
•Dean Evans,  IT Infrastructure & Cybersecurity at Satori Consulting. 
•Gerrit Lansing, Architect at CyberArk
•Betsy Ludwig,Consultant 
•Paul Roberts, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The Security Ledger

($45 GBANE members or $60 non-members)  Register
Questions? Contact the Massachusetts Export Center at 617-973-8664 

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ON-DEMAND WEBINAR: Green Your Bottom Line – Improve Sustainability and Reduce Operating Costs in Your Food or Beverage Business

  • Could my business use energy and water more efficiently, better manage our waste, or use safer cleaning and sanitizing products?
  • What are other businesses doing, and what results have they seen?
  • What resources are available to help my business?

Most food and beverage businesses could significantly reduce their operating costs by making energy and environmental improvements to their facilities or processes. Join this webinar to learn about best practices, success stories from other businesses, and free resources available to support your sustainability efforts.

This webinar is part of an ongoing initiative for food and beverage businesses, made possible by a pollution prevention grant from EPA Region I New England. Learn more at


ON-DEMAND WEBINAR: The New Way for Massachusetts Small Business to Choose Health Insurance

Since 2006, the Massachusetts Health Connector has made it easy for individuals and small businesses to find and compare affordable health insurance in Massachusetts. Today, over 250,000 Massachusetts residents have health insurance through the Health Connector, including over 1,000 employers purchasing coverage thorough our small business option, Health Connector for Business. Employers who choose Health Connector for Business can take advantage of a new and easy website to compare plans, small business tax credits (for-profits can save up to 50% and non-profits can save up to 35%); no fees or membership dues; a Wellness Track program (employers can save up to 15% of their contribution towards premiums); and automatic renewal so it’s simple to renew every year.

Starting in 2018, Health Connector for Business will also feature new choice options where employers can set a fixed contribution and let their employees shop between over 50 plans from 7 leading health insurers! Find out more at


ON-DEMAND WEBINAR: Growing a Business in Boston - ASK ME ANYTHING

Growing a Business in Boston?  This presentation explored City of Boston resources for small businesses, including:

  • Boston Planning & Development Agency Loan Program
    The Boston Local Development Corporation (BLDC) is a private non-profit corporation that utilizes Staff of the Boston Planning and Development Agency and is overseen by an independent Board of Trustees. The principal objective of the BLDC is to make small business loans to benefit the community by fostering increased employment opportunities and expansion of business, industry and services for the citizens of the City of Boston. In the last twenty years, the BLDC has provided over $15 million in small business loans. These loans have successfully leveraged over $85 million in other funding. The BLDC is proud of its extensive collaborations with Boston’s banking community. These loan funds have helped to create or retain over 2,900 Boston jobs. BLDC loans can be in amounts up to $250,000. BLDC proceeds may be used to support the working capital needs of a growing small business (e.g., expanded inventory, salaries and increased accounts receivables) and to fund construction of leasehold improvements. Funds may also be used to purchase new business property, machinery and equipment and to fund additional construction for an existing plant. BLDC loan applicants may include those businesses located in the City of Boston and those businesses seeking to relocate to the City or begin a new enterprise in the City. The borrower may be a Corporation, LLC, Partnership, Sole Proprietor or in some instances, a Realty Trust. 

  • Neighborhood Business Access Loan Program
    The Office of Economic Development’s Business Capital and Finance Unit provides loans through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block money (CDBG). The key components of this unit are to support economic development through job creation and to revitalize neighborhood commercial districts and properties. This unit will focus on supporting those demographics who historically have more difficulty accessing capital, ideally minority/women/immigrant/veteran owned businesses, as well as supporting the growing sectors of business that have the most potential for job creation to low and moderate income households. These loans are meant to prevent displacement among existing businesses, subsidize economic development in new identified growth areas, and concentrate on businesses with social cause profitability potential. The loans dispersed from this Unit will assist businesses with equipment, startup costs, expansion, and working capital. Learn more about the Neighborhood Business Access Loan Program

  • Small Business Assistance 
    The Small Business Development team has the people and tools to help you build your small business in Boston. Through our online resources and in-person services, we connect you with the right people or appropriate city agencies to provide assistance with permitting, licensing and other business challenges you might have.


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