Education Calendar l March 2018

Massachusetts District Office - March 2018


Education Calendar l March 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.

2/27 Emerging Leaders Program WEBINAR INFO SESSION




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.

Classes will take place at WPI in Worcester, Massachusetts.  

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

Thomas P. O'Neill Federal Building
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. Registration & Networking

9:00 a.m. National Anthem
SBA Welcome

9:20 a.m. Greater Boston Blacks in Government Chapter

9:30 a.m. Linking Small Businesses to Lenders Panel: 
Santander Bank
Berkshire Bank
Eastern Bank
Massachusetts Growth Capital Corp

10:25 a.m. “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. “Opening Doors” Contracting Panel: 
U. S. General Services Administration
Massachusetts State Office of Supplier Diversity Office
City of Boston Office of Small Business Development
Dnutch Associates, Inc. 
Erinna Construction Services
Veterans Constructions, LLC

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

12:05 p.m. Networking

If there are any questions, please contact:

Thanks to the cosponsors for making the event possible!

Cosponsor Authorization #18-0101-29
SBA’s participation in this cosponsored activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any cosponsor or other person or entity. 


8(a) Business Development Eligibility Briefing
Thursday, March 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, March 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


3/28 WEBINAR: Intro to Online Marketing

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Learn how customers find your business online and how to promote your online presence using search engine optimization (SEO) and online advertising. We’ll also introduce tools that will help you run your business online, including Google Analytics and Trends.
Bryan Caplan helps businesses elevate their digital marketing. Award-winning CEO of BJC Branding and a national speaker for Google, Bryan travels the country, presenting on a wide range of digital marketing topics.  


3/29 WEBINAR: Massachusetts Manufacturing Investment Initiative (M2I2) Info Session

Thursday, March 29th , 2018 / 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Supporting Innovation in Advanced Manufacturing across Massachusetts

Launched by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 2016, the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2) aims to help Massachusetts manufacturers adopt innovative new technologies and provides a vehicle for the Commonwealth to invest in the national Manufacturing USA program. The Baker-Polito Administration has committed $100 million-plus in funding over five years to support M2I2 projects across the Commonwealth.

These investments are managed by Farhad Vazehgoo and Ira Moskowitz, who oversee Advanced Manufacturing Programs at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech), working in close partnership with the Commonwealth’s Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development. Farhad and Ira will discuss the genesis of the program, including how the creation of sector-specific Manufacturing USA Centers under M2I2 helps advance innovation and job growth by strengthening collaborations among the Commonwealth’s leading companies, universities, national labs, government, incubators, accelerators, and other workforce training institutions.

MassTech’s Workshop will focus on the benefits that small businesses can gain from M2I2-supported partnerships, the types of projects the program targets, and highlights of the recent M2I2-supported projects that are driving innovation in advanced fabrics, flexible-hybrid electronics, integrated photonics, and collaborative robotics.

To read more about M2I2 visit:

Ira Moskowitz, Director, Advanced Manufacturing Programs (pictured) and Farhad Vazehgoo, Senior Manager, Advanced Technology Programs

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


Marketing to the Government Buyer
March 1, 2018
5:00—8:00 pm EST

Capture Management
March 5, 2018
1:00—4:00 pm EST

E-Commerce Tools to Generate Federal Business Opportunities
March 6, 2018
5:00—8:00 pm EST

Developing and Managing Contractor Teams
March 7, 2018
1:00—3:00 pm EST

Federal Contracting Basics
March 8, 2018
1:00—4:00 pm EST

Understanding RFPs
March 12, 2018
1:00—3:30 pm EDT

Developing Technical and Past Performance Responses to RFPs
March 13, 2018
1:00—4:00 pm EDT

Developing Pricing and the Cost Proposal
March 14, 2018
1:00—4:00 pm EDT

How to Qualify for the GSA Schedule
March 15, 2018
1:00—3:00 pm EDT

Managing and Administrating Government Contracts
March 19, 2018
1:00—4:00 pm EDT

Government Contract Negotiations
March 20, 2018
1:00—5:00 pm EDT

Audits and Accounting Systems
March 21, 2018
1:00—4:30 pm EDT

Strategic Planning for Small Business
March 22, 2018
1:00—2:00 pm EDT

Tools for Construction Project Management
March 26, 2018
1:00—3:00 pm EDT

FAR Primer for Small Business
March 27, 2018
1:00—5:00 pm EDT

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

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

SCORE Boston Workshop: Overview of Payment Technologies
Thursday, March 1, 2018 / 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM EST
Venture Cafe, 1 Broadway, 5th Floor, Cambridge, MA 02142  
"I'm hearing more and more about the different options for small businesses to receive payments. Such tools as Square reader, Venmo, Facebook, Snapchat, Cash App, PayPal, Google Wallet, Apple Pay, etc. My head is spinning. I know I need to learn more about these tools so that I invest in the right payment tool for my business."
If this sounds familiar, this free workshop is for you. We will provide an overview of payment technologies to use online or in person, to help you choose what is right for your startup. This workshop is co-sponsored by SCORE Boston and the Venture Cafe, and will be presented by Ralph Dangelmaier.  Ralph is the CEO of BlueSnap, a leading global e-commerce payments leading company. He is a “FinTech payment veteran” with a wealth of experience creating innovative product solutions for retailers and financial institutions worldwide, snf a strong track record of growing private and public companies, both organically and through M&A activity.
(FREE) Register

Top 10 simple Steps in HR Practice
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 / 8:30am
Seaman's Bank, 2746 Route 6, Wellfleet, MA, 02667
90 minute Discussion:  No matter what size company you run, chances are that at some point you will face an HR issue that exposes your business to financial, reputation and other loss.  This workshop explores the top ten HR practices that are relatively simple to implement and go a long way towards protecting a business from significant loss.
(FREE) Register

SCORE Boston Workshop: Options For Funding Your Small Business
Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 7:45 PM EST
East Boston Public Library, 365 Bremen Street, Boston, MA 02128
Have you wondered how much money you will need to start, operate or grow your business, and what your options are for finding funding? This free workshop provides an overview of different ways you might finance a small business.
(FREE) Register

Are You "REALLY" Ready To Hire Your First Employee?
Wednesday‎, ‎March‎ ‎14‎, ‎2018 / 6‎:‎00‎ ‎PM to ‎7‎:‎00‎ ‎PM
Westborough Public Library, 55 West Main St, Westborough, MA
In this presentation, Nancy Dube of Dube Consulting will review considerations for getting started. It takes a lot more than need and a family member or friend to get your business off the ground. Be prepared with an overview of the type of employees available, job description, budget, resources for recruiting, questions to ask, legal implications, unemployment compensation, workers' compensation and lots more.
Nancy Dube has over thirty years of experience as a Human Resource Consultant and also runs the "Worcester Job Seekers Networking Group".  Networking & pizza at 6 p.m. with the speaker presentation at 6:15 p.m.
(FREE) Register

Starting YOUR Business Bootcamp
Thursday, March 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

Successful Small Business Management - Mid Cape (Six weekly sessions)
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 / 7:00pm EDT
Cape Cod Community College, 2240 Iyannough Rd, West Barnstable, M, 02668
Our "Successful Small Business Management Workshop" was re-launched in the fall with new content, geared to managing a business in today's environment. Running for 6 weekly sessions from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, starting Mar 20th, the course will not only instruct you on the basics of running a business but you'll also come out of the course with a simplified, well-vetted plan to build your business. Great for both existing and new businesses.  Presented by SCORE Cape Cod & The Islands. Topics include Business Basics, Planning, Finance, Marketing as well as a completely new session on Social Media.  (See: Workshop Content Details) We know you'll come away much better prepared to grow your business in 2018!
($95.00 - includes SCORE's Handbook for Small Business) Register

Are You Making Money or Losing Your Shirt?
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 / 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
TD Bank Branch, 99 West Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201 
Your business is up and running.  Customers come in every day, There is money in the cash register, but are you really making money or losing your shirt? 
Do your sales cover your expenses?
Can you make more money? 
What products or services seem to be stuck on the shelves, unused or returned on regular basis? 
What products and/or promotions have received a wildly positive response that could be repeated or built upon in the future?
Join the discussion and more in this workshop.
($10) Register

Accounting for Small Business Owners
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 from 9:30 PM to 12:00 PM
Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Avenue, Allston, MA 02134
Breakfast 9:30AM - 10:00AM, presentation starts at 10:00AM. If your business doesn’t make money for you, we call that a hobby. And how do you know your business is making money? You track your income and expenses, and frequently look at financial reports that tell you how you are doing. Many of our SCORE clients want to avoid learning about bookkeeping, accounting, and financial statements as if they carry the plague! We would like to demystify this whole area for you - it doesn’t have to be complicated - so that you have confidence that you can set up your books and understand your financial results (even if you decide to pay someone else to actually keep the books). Come to this free workshop for an accessible introduction to the basics of bookkeeping and accounting for your business.
(FREE) Register

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:


3/22: SheConnects 2018 at VenCafe Kendall

Join Nadine Boone from SBA Massachusetts for a panel on "Funding Strategies for Female Founders," at the 2018 SheConnects event with Venture Cafe at Kendall Square.  >>Learn more



CEP: Business Planning: Getting Started (10 Weeks) – CWE Central MA
Wednesdays, March 7 through May 2 from 5:30pm - 8:00pm
CWE Central MA, 69 Milk St., Suite 217, Westborough, MA 01581
Do you have an idea for a business that you want to launch or explore more deeply? Have you always dreamed of becoming an entrepreneur, but were never sure just where to start?  This course will help you to take the necessary steps to becoming an independent business owner, while gaining confidence in yourself and your knowledge of small business management.
In this ten-session business planning course, you will:
Explore and assess the financial and market viability of your business concept
Learn how to market yourself and your business to target customers
Explore options for funding the start-up and ongoing costs of operating your business
Actively participate in class time and in one-on-one consulting sessions
Build a network of fellow entrepreneurs that can support you in launching and growing your new enterprise
At the end of this program, you will leave with a completed business plan to guide you in the launch and growth of your new company. 
This course does not require any previous experience or education in business management. However, access to a computer and knowledge of MS Word and Excel is strongly recommended.
($450. Partial scholarship may be available to those who qualify.)

Visioning (2 Weeks) – CWE Eastern MA
Thursdays, March 8 & March 15, from 2:00PM to 5:00PM
CWE Eastern MA, 24 School St., 7th Fl., Boston, MA  02108
If you’re contemplating entrepreneurship, this is the first step in turning your dreams of owning your own business into a reality!  During this intensive program, you will:

  • Explore the challenges and rewards of self-employment
  • Build definition around your business concept
  • Consider your short- and long-term goals
  • Discover the inner-workings of starting your own business through course topics such as:
  • Clarifying your Business Idea
  • Developing a Mission Statement
  • Analyzing the Strengths & Weaknesses of your Business Idea
  • Creating Long and Short-Term Business Goals
  • Developing a Business Start-up Action Plan

($95.  Partial scholarship may be available to those who qualify.)

CEP: Community Entrepreneurs Program (12 Weeks) (Dorchester)
Wednesdays, March 14 through May 30 / 6:00 PM to 9:00 pm
Lena Park CDC Community Center, 150 American Legion Highway, Dorchester, MA 02124
Do you have an idea for a business that you want to launch or explore more deeply? Have you always dreamed of becoming an entrepreneur, but were never sure just where to start?
This course will help you to take the necessary steps to becoming an independent business owner, while gaining confidence in yourself and your knowledge of small business management.
In this twelve-session business planning course, you will:
Explore entrepreneurship and discover whether entrepreneurship is right for you (week 1)
Explore the general steps to start a business (week 2)
Explore and assess the financial and market viability of your business concept
Learn how to market yourself and your business to target customers
Explore options for funding the start-up and ongoing costs of operating your business
Actively participate in class time and in one-on-one consulting sessions
Build a network of fellow entrepreneurs that can support you in launching and growing your new enterprise
At the end of this program, you will leave with a completed business plan to guide you in the launch and growth of your new company
This course does not require any previous experience or education in business management. However, access to a computer and knowledge of MS Word and Excel is strongly recommended.
(Free. Space is Limited. For more information, please contact Alice Gomes or Arealus Pough at 617-533-8133.) This program is offered in partnership with the Lena Park CDC and generously sponsored by Santander bank. 

Branding for Your Small Business - CWE Central MA (Worcester)
Thursday, March 15 / 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Crompton Collective, 138 Green Street, Worcester, MA 01604
A lot of people think “branding” is only for Audi, Apple and American Express. The truth is companies of all sizes need to develop a brand.  Branding goes beyond a mere color palette and logo—it’s your reputation, and is essential to keeping your customers. However, many small business owners struggle in developing a strong, solid brand.  In this workshop, you will gain a better understanding of the importance of good branding, and learn tips for building your own successful brand.
Join us and learn how to:
Recognize the difference between strong and weak branding, and understand how a well-conceived brand is critical to a company’s growth and success. 
Define your own business’s vision and brand, and receive instructor and peer feedback. 
Learn how to articulate your brand to designers to translate your vision into a quality result.
($20. Must register to attend. Partial scholarships may be available for those that qualify.)  Register

Protect Your Business Brand with Copyright – CWE Eastern MA
Tuesday, March 20 / 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
CWE Eastern MA, 24 School St., 7th Fl., Boston, MA  02108
This workshop will outline ways you can avoid the common pitfalls related to copyright that could potentially spell trouble for your business brand.  At the end of this workshop, you will be able to:
Differentiate between plagiarism and copyright
Avoid copyright infringement and the possible legal and financial consequences
Appreciate the evolving relationships between copyright and new digital technologies (web pages, social media, streaming, etc.)
Locate, identify, and select materials (images, photos, etc.) under various categories such as:
Free to use
Use with conditions
Permission required
NOTE: This workshop is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice.  For legal advice please consult your attorney.
($25.  Partial scholarship may be available to those who qualify.)


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

2/27: 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 

SEED Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Sessions I & II
Thursday, March 1, 2018 / Registration 9:30 a.m.; Workshop 10am. - 4:30pm. 
Dedham Institute for Savings, 55 Elm Street, Dedham
This day-long workshop is in two parts.  The first workshop is geared toward helping potential entrepreneurs evaluate and understand the fundamentals of owning one’s own business. Information on how to get started, where and how to get financing, and the loan application process will be presented. Attendees will be provided with a guide to writing a business plan and other materials. The focus of the second workshop is to help attendees understand a balance sheet, income statement, and cash flow statement. The workshop also explains how a small business owner can anticipate financial needs in order to operate his/her business more efficiently. Complimentary breakfast and lunch provided.
(FREE) Please Call SEED at (508) 822-1020 ext. 318 to Register

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 / 8:45 - 11:00 a.m.
Scibelli Enterprise Center, 1 Federal Street, Building 101, 3rd Floor, 
The Tax Act and Jobs Act was signed into law on December 22, 2017. As approved by Congress, the act impacts virtually every individual and business on a level not seen in 30 years.  This presentation will talk about the winners and losers under the legislation. We will discuss the lower income tax rates for all and the repeal or reduction of many tax deductions and credits as well as enhanced child credit provisions and greater business expensing. The bill also impacts the Affordable Care Act.  The speaker will be Robb Morton of Boiselle, Morton & Associates, LLP. Robb has 30 years of experience in public and management accounting. As both a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant, Robb offers an excellent source for not only technical accounting and tax issues but for management advisory support as well. He has extensive experience working with family owned businesses both as advisor and as a member of their management team. Robb 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.
(FREE / Contact: Lynn Shedd at or 413-577-1768)

Building Business Value - Strategies For Increasing Profit
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 / 9:00 a.m.  - 12:00 p.m.
Clark University, Higgins Univ Center, Grace Conf Rm, 950 Main Street, Worcester 
An individual may start a business with any number of valid personal goals in mind:  current income, short term growth and sell the business quickly, financial security for the next generation, or a source of retirement income. A key to this process is to build significant business value. Very few people have a solid plan or understand the process of maximizing the value of the firm.  The goal of this session is to challenge the way you look at and run your business and help you build a stronger more profitable company which will build value for your business.  The speaker will be Terence Shepherd, CM&AA, CPA, MST, managing partner at Shepherd & Goldstein, LLP of Worcester.  
($25  Contact: Massachusetts Small Business Development Center at Clark University at 508-793-7615) Register

How to Use Social Media for Success
Thursday, March 15, 2018 / 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. 
Enterprise Center at Salem State University, 121 Loring Avenue, Suite 106, Salem
Social media is an effective sales tool….if used well. Learn the fundamentals of social media, and how to integrate it into your communication plans effectively, while avoiding pitfalls that prevent progress.  The speaker will be Jennifer Powell, principal of The Excellent Writers Group.(FREE Contact: Lesley Smythe at or 978-542-2021  Register          

From Good Idea to Marketable Product
March 22, 2018 | 9:00 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT
Clark University, Higgins Univ Center, Grace Conf Rm, 950 Main Street, Worcester 
This workshop is for start-ups, entrepreneurs, creative individuals...anyone with a new concept regardless of prior experience or stage of product development. Topics include: - Steps to complete before investing your money - Common sense approach in the development process. - Action plan in validating the merits and prospects of your concept. - When or should you trademark, copy write or patent an invention
($25) Register                                     

Legal Clinics (offered monthly in Southeast Massachusetts)
Friday, March 23, 2018 / 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. (30-minute appointments)
MSBDC Office, 200 Pocasset Street, Fall River
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

Nine Social Branding Secrets for Success
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 / 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Enterprise Center at Salem State University, 121 Loring Avenue, Suite 106, Salem
Learn social branding tips, tools, and tactics to create an online image that brings your brand to life and generates business. Find out why the press loves social branding and how you can make it work for you. The speaker will be Robin Samora, public relations & small business marketing expert, mentor and speaker.  (Free / Contact: Lesley Smythe at or 978-542-2021)

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