Education Calendar l May 2018

Massachusetts District Office  - May 2018

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Education Calendar l May 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.

bannerRegister for the National Small Business Week Virtual Conference

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TODAY! The SBA and SCORE are hosting a FREE, 3-Day Virtual Conference from Tuesday, May 1 to Thursday, May 3 between 12:30 pm ET - 6:30 pm ET each day. Registration is free to the public. A schedule of live events will be sent to registrants via email.


Participate in this free, online conference to listen to practiced advice on current business strategies, meet other business owners, and chat with industry experts! The Virtual Conference offers all the best parts of an in-person conference, but without the hassle of traveling.

The webinars include:

 

  • How Changing Consumer Behavior Impacts Your Business - May 1 at 1:00 PM ET/ 10:00 AM PT
    Technology allows you to understand consumer behavior better than ever. Join this webinar by Anastasia Kudrez of Google to learn how these insights can help shape your digital marketing plan, and what you can do to position your business for success.

  • Addressing Discrimination and Harassment in the Workplace - May 1 at 2:30 PM ET / 11:30 AM PT
    In this timely and informative seminar from Paychex, we’ll discuss workplace discrimination and harassment – including sexual harassment. You’ll learn about employer liability under federal law, as well as the elements required to establish an affirmative defense to harassment claims. We’ll also cover specific policies and procedures for handling complaints, investigations, and retaliation, that can help protect your employees and your business.

  • Get New and Repeat Business On Autopilot with Email Marketing - May 1 at 4:00 PM ET / 1:00 PM PT
    Your business thrives on bringing in sales from new and existing customers. Wouldn’t it be great if you could bring in those sales more frequently without having to spend a lot of time doing so? In this webinar by Constant Contact, we’ll show you some simple ways to repeatedly reach customers with email marketing.
     
  • Creating and Sustaining a Strong Social Presence - May 1 at 5:30 PM ET / 2:30 PM PT
    You want to use social media for your business, but where should you start? Vistaprint's Sarah Nunes will explain why you should be on social and some easy-to-use tips and tricks for small business owners to improve or create strong social media campaigns. 
     
  • The U.S. Economic Outlook and Its Impact on Small Businesses - May 2 at 1:00 PM ET/ 10:00 AM PT
    Join Visa's Vice President of the Visa Business and Economic Insights team, Bruce Cundiff, as he shares the near-term outlook for the U.S. economy including the health of consumer spending, housing prices, and more. You’ll learn how consumer spending preferences are changing, what stock market growth and volatility mean for consumer spending, and what all of this means for small businesses.

REGISTER


SBA Massachusetts

FOR VETERANS: Boots to Business REBOOT
May 2, 2018 | 8:00 am EDT - 4:00 pm EDT
Scibelli Hall, One Armory Square, Bldg 2, 7th Floor, Springfield, MA,01104
The Introduction to Entrepreneurship course eligible to Veterans of all eras, service members (including members of the National Guard and Reserve) and their spouses. This course is instructed by SBA and its partners, who are skilled business advisers.  REGISTER

Looking to Start or Grow Your Own Business?
Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM EDT 
J.V. Fletcher Library, 50 Main Street, Westford, MA 01886
Join us to celebrate National Small Business Month. Learn of programs/services available to assist in the launch and growth of your business. This free workshop will provide information on the various resources available for start-up and existing businesses. General information will be provided on the following: Counseling/Technical Assistance; Access to Capital; Government Contract Opportunities; Developing a Business Plan
(FREE) REGISTER

Connections That Work - Starting and Growing your own Business
Monday, May 7, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM EDT 
Nevins Memorial Library, 305 Broadway, Methuen, MA,01844
Looking to start or expand your existing business? This workshop will provide information on the various resources available for start-up and existing businesses. Learn of programs and services which can assist you in starting and growing your business. General information will be provided on the following: Counseling/Technical Assistance; Access to Capital; Government Contract Opportunities; Developing a Business Plan
(FREE) REGISTER

8(a) Business Development Eligibility Briefing
Thursday, May 24, 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, June 8, 2018 / 10:00am - 11:30pm  
SBA Springfield Office, 1 Federal St. Building 101-R, Springfield, MA 01105
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


LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER! 2018 Small Business Week Awards Luncheon

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SBA Resource Partners

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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: Business Bootcamp for the Working Artist
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT 
Newton Free Library, 330 Homer Street, Druker Auditorium, Newton, MA 02459
Who says there is no clear path to becoming a successful artist? This workshop demystifies the business steps artists take when starting their career or building their practice to the next level. Learn the eight most important things to get your art work out of the studio and into the hands of a buyer.
(FREE) REGISTER

Access to Capital - Pittsfield 
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM 
TD Bank Pittsfield Branch, 99 West Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
Understanding your lending needs will help you compare the pros and cons of each available lending option.
•Borrowing from yourself
•Borrowing from others (family, friends and investors)
•Conventional Bank Loans
•SBA Guaranteed Loans
•Alternative Lenders
•Non-Profit/Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI)
Be prepared to discuss your lending needs.
TD Bank wants to be sure that you have strong tools to understand and control your business. With that objective in mind, at the end of the workshop, each attendee will be entered into a drawing for a free copy of Quickbooks Pro, a $220 value. 
($15.00) REGISTER 

SCORE / THRYV Workshop: Build an Effective Online Presence
Thursday, May 10 / 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Harvard iLab, 125 Western Ave, Allston, MA,02134
Develop an online presence that will help you run, grow and generate more business from new and current customers. This free workshop will cover: - Your online footprint - Customer relationship management - Social media marketing - And more! This workshop is sponsored by SCORE Boston and Thryv, a trailblazer in helping thousands of local business owners streamline their most essential business functions so they can get back to doing what they love – running their businesses.
(FREE) REGISTER


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WHEN: Wednesday, May 9th 2018 / 8:00am – 12:00pm

WHERE: Worcester State University
               Student Center – Blue Lounge
               486 Chandler St., Worcester, MA

REGISTER

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Business Planning and Cash Flow (Three, 3 hour workshops)
3 Sessions May 7, 14 and 21 / from 6:00 to 9:00 pm 
Scibelli Enterprise Center, 1 Federal Street, Bldg 101, Basement Level, Springfield, MA 01105 
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, When do you want to be financially successful? What are the benchmarks along the way?
•Define your Product or Service, establish Pricing and Plan your Marketing Strategy and Advertising Promotions.
•Learn to use SCORE' Financial Projections Template then you can;
•Manage your Business. Compare your actual performance to your forecasted Business Plan.  This will help you to understand the good and bad of your business' performance  
($75 Registrant / $30 Guest) REGISTER

 


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Understanding Your Business’ Financial Statements – CWE Eastern 
Wednesdays, May 2 & 9 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
CWE Eastern MA, 24 School St., 7th Fl., Boston, MA  02108
You have financial statements for your business--what knowledge can you gain from them? This workshop will provide you with the tools necessary to understand your income statement, balance sheet and statement of cash flow; all essential skills for operating a successful business.
($40. Must register to attend.  Partial scholarships may be available to those who qualify.) REGISTER

Coffee & Connections
Thursday, May 10, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM EDT 
Center for Women & Enterprise, 24 School St., 7th Floor, Boston, MA 02108
This must-attend morning breakfast event is for women who want to be inspired and connect with other inventive, resourceful, and highly productive business owners and experts. Come enjoy a continental-style breakfast and unlimited coffee!
($10) REGISTER

Create a Marketing Plan - CWE Central MA 
Monday, May 7 / 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM 
CWE Central MA, 69 Milk St., Suite 217, Westborough, MA 01581
As an entrepreneur, everything you do is a marketing opportunity. It is essential for you to reach potential customers and develop loyalty in ways that are practical, convincing, clear, and urgent.
In this 3-week intensive course, you will:
Understand market research and how to identify and quantify your target
Review the commonly-referenced "4Ps and 3Cs" of marketing
Know how marketing tools such as Social Media, Search Engine Optimization, Online Marketing,  and E-Marketing can work for you
Gain clarity around how traditional marketing concepts such as Branding, Advertising, Public Relations, Event Marketing, and Collateral Development can support you in growing your business
Understand the importance of tracking and metrics
Please bring, or send in advance, any marketing materials you have for your business that you would like to share, receive feedback on, or improve (ex: advertisement, logo, brochures, business cards, etc.)
( $125. Must register to attend. Partial scholarships may be available to those that qualify.)  REGISTER

Legal Considerations for New Business Owners Basics – CWE Central MA 
Thursday, May 17 / 5:00pm - 7:00pm
CWE Central MA, 69 Milk St., Suite 217, Westborough, MA 01581
This workshop provides a high-level overview of a range of legal matters that entrepreneurs need to be aware of when starting a new company. Attending this workshop will help you avoid common mistakes and employ preventative measures that can protect and ensure the success of your new business.  Workshop topics will include:
Different types of entity formations
Contract basics
Intellectual property considerations
Licenses and regulations
After the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to sign up for a one-on-one consultation regarding their specific business through the CWE consulting program. 
(Free) REGISTER

Explore Small Business Administration Resources – CWE Central MA
Wednesday, May 23 2018 / 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
CWE Central MA, 69 Milk St., Suite 217, Westborough, MA 01581
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

Legal Considerations for New Business Owners – CWE Eastern MA
Wednesday, MAY 30, 2018, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT
CWE Eastern MA, 24 School St., 7th Fl., Boston, MA  02108
This workshop provides a high-level overview of a range of legal matters that entrepreneurs need to be aware of when starting a new company. Attending this workshop will help you avoid common mistakes and employ preventative measures that can protect and ensure the success of your new business.  Workshop topics will include:
Different types of entity formations
Contract basics
Intellectual property considerations
Licenses and regulations
After the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to sign up for a one-on-one consultation regarding their specific business through the CWE consulting program. 
(FREE) REGISTER

Register for the National Small Business Week Virtual Conference

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SMALL BUSINESS EXPO - BOSTON

Thursday, May 17, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM              
Hynes Convention Center | Hall A 900
Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02115 

REGISTER

SBA Massachusetts will be participating in the annual Small Business Expo again this year held at the Hynes Convention Center!  Small Business Expo is a FREE one-day event for small businesses to network, build new business relationships, attend cutting-edge and business-building workshops/seminars, exchange ideas, shop for new vendors and learn from leading industry experts. If you are serious about growing or starting your business, Small Business Expo is a "MUST ATTEND" event for you.


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

Where e-Mail Marketing Goes Wrong and How to Make it Go Right
Thursday, May 3, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT 
Clark University Higgins Ctr., 950 Main Street, Grace Conference Room, Worcester, MA,01610
This down to earth workshop will help you design strategies concerning: - Increasing your brand awareness and credibility vs. devaluing your brand and credibility - Attracting customers vs turning them off - Getting results vs wasting your precious time Work together to brainstorm some amazing email marketing ideas as a team.
($25) REGISTER

SEED Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Sessions I & II
Thursday, May 10, 2018 / Registration 9:30 a.m.; Workshop 10am. - 4:30pm. 
Eastern Bank, 742 County Street, Taunton, MA 02780
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

Introduction to QuickBooks for Your Desktop
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 / 2:30 - 5:00 p.m. 
NBEDC Conference Room at the Quest Center, 1213 Purchase Street, 3rd Floor, New Bedford (enter through front door & take elevator to the 3rd floor) 
QuickBooksPlease join Anna Hattub, the owner of AMH Business Services and QuickBooks instructor at Bristol Community College, for an Introduction to QuickBooks for your Desktop. This entry-level approach to the most widely used financial software applications in small business today will cover setting up a new company; processing sales and receipts; recording purchases and payments; and reconciling banking transactions. This workshop is recommended for any individual who is planning to use QuickBooks or has recently started using QuickBooks, rather than for the experienced user.  NOTE: This workshop is designed for learning about the BASICS of QuickBooks and is not intended to troubleshoot problems that you may currently be experiencing. Those types of questions are better suited to a one-on-one consulting session or a more advanced QuickBooks workshop. 
(Free - Call the MSBDC office at 508-673-9783 with questions)  REGISTER

How to Become a GSA Federal Supply Schedule Holder and Government Contracting 101
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 / Reg 9:45 a.m.; Program 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 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 mashelpdesk@gsa.gov. 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.gov. For difficulties with seminar registration, please contact Stephen Edmonds at sedmonds@msbdc.umass.edu or 781-801-3036. 

Webinars

WEBINAR: Russia Sanctions Update & Complying with the OFAC 50% Rule
Wednesday, May 16 / 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Russia sanctions have been one of the dominant issues of the export regulatory landscape in recent years. These sanctions have translated into, among other things, challenging screening requirements for U.S. exporters, not only for exports to the ever-growing list of “blocked persons” designated under the Russia-related sanctions, but also for exports to entities with an aggregate of 50 percent or more direct or indirect ownership interests by such blocked persons. This timely webinar will provide an overview of the U.S. sanctions related to Russia, including requirements for compliance. The webinar will also discuss compliance with the OFAC 50% rule, including its particular relevance in Russia and best practices for screening due diligence. The webinar will also discuss the trickle-down impact that the sanctions have had on exports, including license requirements and financing of transactions. Our speakers will provide guidance for meeting the challenges associated with these sanctions, as well as practical steps for mitigating risk. Our speakers will be: Kenneth Carlstedt, Director of Global Trade Compliance — Sensata Technologies Alexandra Lopez-Casero, Partner — Nixon Peabody LLP.
($50) REGISTER


Online Education

SBA Online Learning Center
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Center for Women & Enterprise Online Learning 
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