Education Calendar l June 2018

Massachusetts District Office  - June 2018

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Education Calendar l June 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.


6/1 FRIDAY: Join us in Greenfield for a Rural Small Business Lending Roundtable


Come learn about assistance and loans offered by the SBA, USDA, FSA and other support organizations that can help you start or grow your business or farm!  Congressman Jim McGovern will be our special guest! 



When: Friday, June 1st / 8:30am-12:00pm

Where: Greenfield Community College, Stinchfield Lecture Hall

Who should attend: Entrepreneurs, Agricultural-based businesses, Businesses in rural areas, Lenders

For more information, call Oreste Varela: 413-785-0484


8:30 – 9:00           Registration/Networking/Refreshments

9:00 – 9:15           Welcoming Remarks


                            SBA New England Regional Administrator, Wendell Davis

9:15 – 9:30          Special Guest Remarks by U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern

9:30- 9:45            Speaker: Caroline Pam – Kitchen Garden Farm

9:45 – 9:55           Break

9:55 – 11:00         Rural Lending Roundtable Discussions

(SBA, USDA, FSA, Franklin County CDC, Berkshire Bank, Greenfield Co-op Bank, Greenfield Savings)

11:00 – 11:05       Break          

11:05-11:25          SBDC: Social Media Marketing Workshop

11:30-11:50          SCORE: Business Plan Basics Workshop

SBA Massachusetts


FOR VETERANS: Boots to Business REBOOT
Saturday, June 2, 2018 | 8:00 am EDT - 6:30 pm EDT
Rivier University, 16 Clement St., Dion Center Reception Room, Nashua, NH,03064
Boots to Business Reboot is a two-step training program that provides participants an overview of business ownership as a career vocation, an outline and knowledge on the components of a business plan, a practical exercise in opportunity recognition, and an introduction to available public and private sector resources. This Workshop runs from 8-4, LUNCH is provided. A Veteran Resource Fair will run concurrently from 12-6. A Panel & Networking Event: Eat, Drink & Talk Money runs from 4:30pm - 6:30pm  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.  

8(a) Business Development Eligibility Briefing
Thursday, June 28, 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.

MassHousing's 28th Annual Greater Boston Minority and Women Business Enterprise Trade Fair


WHEN: Thursday, June 7, 2018 / 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

WHERE: Lombardo's, 6 Billings Street, Randolph, Massachusetts 02368

The Greater Boston Minority and Women Business Enterprise Trade Fair will feature over one hundred exhibitors chosen for the specific procurement needs of general contractors and property management companies.  SBA Massachusetts District Office will be participating as an exhibitor. 


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

Introduction to Construction Project Management
June 4, 2018 / 5:00—9:00 pm EDT

Marketing to the Government Buyer
June 5, 2018 / 1:00—4:00 pm EDT

Capture Management
June 6, 2018 / 1:00—4:00 pm EDT

Developing and Managing Contractor Teams
June 7, 2018 / 1:00—3:00 pm EDT

Federal Contracting Basics 
June 11, 2018 / 1:00—4:00 pm EDT

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

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

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

How to Qualify for the GSA Schedule
June 18, 2018 / 1:00—3:00 pm EDT

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

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

Audits and Accounting Systems
June 21, 2018 / 1:00—4:00 pm EDT

Strategic Planning for Small Business
June 25, 2018 / 1:00—2:00 pm EDT

Tools for Construction Project Management
June 26, 2018 / 5:00—7:00 pm EDT

FAR Primer for Small Business
June 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

Are You Making Money or Losing Your Shirt 
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 / 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM 
Quaboag Hills Chamber of Commerce, 3 Converse Street, Palmer, MA 01069  
Net Profit gauges how well a business manages both revenue generation and expenses, assuming that owners are not taking out much cash in the form of distributions. Being profitable also means the company is building equity. Those financial statements are like a book of clues!  You are the detective.  If you can find the clues among all that data, you can manage your company's profitability. 
($15) Register

The New Business Tax Law Explained!
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 / 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Westborough Public Library, 55 West Main St, Westborough, MA
We are kicking the summer season with this hot and timely topic. Our speaker, Curtis Feldman, CPA Partner will cover the following:
* Background on tax reform
* Business changes, including tax reform on "pass-through entities"
* Depreciation changes
* Individual changes
* Estate and international changes
* Tax planning strategies
(FREE) Register

ENCORE ENTREPRENEURS:  Starting a Business After 50
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 / 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM 
Waltham Public Library, 735 Main St, Waltham, MA 02451  
Join us for a workshop especially tailored for over-50 entrepreneurs considering starting a business for the first time. This workshop will cover the basics of starting a business, the rewards and pitfalls of becoming an “encore entrepreneur", critical success factors for a new business, and resources available to help along the way. Bring your business idea and questions for a stimulating discussion. All welcome, but the evening will especially emphasize issues and advantages common to 50-plus entrepreneurs.
(FREE) Register

Start Your Business Bootcamp 
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 / 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM 
Metro South Chamber of Commerce, 60 School Street, Brockton, MA 02301  
Starting a business is hard, so you should attend the SCORE Business Startup BootCamp. The SCORE Business Startup Bootcamp provides an overview of what you need to consider when you are planning to start a new business.
($20) Register 

Start Your Own Business 
Thursday, June 21, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Scibelli Enterprise Center, 1 Federal Street, Bldg 101, Springfield, MA 01105 
Starting a small business requires more knowledge, skills, perseverance and planning than meets the eye.  Save valuable time and money starting here!  This 3-hour workshop will help you clearly understand the details, challenges, opportunities and rewards of owning and operation your own business. 
This 3-hour workshop will help you clearly understand the details, challenges, opportunities and rewards of owning and operation your own business, through the real-life experiences of several highly successful entrepreneurs.  It’s a must for new business owners.   You can build upon this worshop by following up with our free one-on-one counseling.  The step-by-step practical workshop covers:

  • Foundations for Starting Your Own Business 
  • Developing the proper “Mind Sets” For entrepreneurial success 
  • Components of Business Ownership
  • Which legal structure is right for you?
  • Insuring your business
  • Introduction to Business Planning 
  • Resources For Getting Started In Your Own Business

Jump Start Success:  This workshop is suggested prerequisite for the SCORE Business Planning and Cash Flow Workshop Series.  The #1 secret to success in starting and growing a business is having a clearly thought out business plan.  If you are considering starting a business or have recently started a business and require additional guidance and support, this is a perfect opportunity for you!($25) Register 

Options For Funding Your Small Business
Monday, June 25, 2018 / 6:00 PM to 7:45 PM 
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. We will discuss debt (loans), equity (investors), owner contributions (savings), and other options. We’ll briefly discuss how lenders and investors think about funding small businesses, and give you some tips on how to start preparing to seek funding. Come to this workshop to start your education about how to get access to the capital your business will need.  This workshop is sponsored by SCORE Boston and the East Boston Public Library. It will be presented by José  Luis Rojas.  (FREE) Register



Accounting for Non-Accountants (2 Part Course)
Tuesdays, June 5 & June 12, 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Harvard Innovation Lab, Room 150, 125 Western Ave, Allston, MA 02134 
Many entrepreneurs detest the financial piece of their business. But, they don’t discount its importance. The numbers tell a story - do you know how to read it?
In this workshop, participants will learn:
• How to read and understand basic financial statements 
• How to use the numbers to make well informed operational decisions
Note: This is a two part class, meeting on June 5 & June 12. Both classes are for a total of $50.00  ($50. Must register to attend. Partial scholarships may be available to those who qualify.)  Register

Explore Small Business Administration Resources 
Tuesday, June 12 / 11:00am to 1:00pm
CWE Eastern MA, 24 School Street 7th Floor, 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

Business Plan Basics
Wednesday, June 13 / 5:00pm to 7:00pm
CWE Eastern MA, 24 School Street 7th Floor, Boston, MA 02108
This workshop provides an overview of writing a business plan.
Topics include:
• Why you need to write a business plan
• Overview of each section of a business plan
• Research and writing tips
• Resources for help and support
(Free. Must register to attend.) Register

Twitter for Small Businesses
CWE Central MA, 69 Milk St., Suite 217, Westborough, MA 01581
Friday, June 15 from 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM 
This course will help you understand how Twitter works—from demystifying the secrets of this social media network, to how to use it as a tool to help grow your business.  In this workshop you will learn:
Why Twitter is a hot marketing tool
Secrets of a successful profile
How to use Twitter for business, 140 characters at a time
How to leverage Twitter as part of your sales funnel
How to build your list of followers and foster business relationships
To increase your brand and profile recognition
($25. Must register to attend. Partial scholarships may be available to those that qualify.)  Register

Pricing for Your Market
Tuesday, June 19 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
CWE Central MA, 69 Milk St., Suite 217, Westborough, MA 01581
Explore entrepreneurship and small business ownership in this information session, and decide whether starting your own business is right for you.  
During this workshop, you will:   
Learn about the common traits and characteristics of entrepreneurs
Identify the risks and rewards of self-employment
Conduct a self-assessment that will help you decide if business ownership is right for you
Discuss the importance of a business plan
Find out more about CWE programs and resources that can help you move forward with your business idea
At the end of the session, you will have the opportunity to schedule a one-on-one consultation with a CWE counselor.
($20. Must register to attend. Partial scholarships may be available to those that qualify.)  Register

Understanding Your Business’ Financial Statements (2 Part Course)
Tuesdays, June 26 & July 3 / 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Harvard Innovation Lab, Room 150, 125 Western Ave, Allston, MA 02134 
You have financial statements for your business--what knowledge can you gain from them? This 2-part 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

6/7: 2018 Massport Business Diversity Summit



WHEN: Thursday, June 7, 2018, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM 

WHERE: Hilton Boston Logan Airport, One Hotel Drive, EAST BOSTON, MA 02128 

SBA Massachusetts will be participating in this event as a workshop panelist. 

  • Featuring Keynote Speaker, Steve Grossman, CEO, Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC)
  • Featuring "Increase Your Business Presence & Discover the Benefits of Innovative Strategies" Workshop
  • Find out about upcoming Massport opportunities
  • Learn about Massport's Bid and RFP Procedures
  • Business-to-Business Networking Opportunities
  • Have intimate conversations with Massport officials from Capital Programs, Administration & Finance, Airport Business Office and Real Estate & Asset Management during Round Table Learning Clinics 
  • Meet with key General Contractors, Design Consultants, Lenders & Rental Car Companies



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

Optimizing Video on Social Media Platforms
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 / 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. 
Enterprise Center at Salem State University, 121 Loring Avenue, Suite 106, Salem
It is no secret that video and social media are a powerful combination. The average person currently watches a minimum of one hour of video on social media every week. In order to be successful in reaching as many people as possible, you will want to ensure your video content is tailored to each social media platform. This workshop will discuss how to leverage and optimize video on a variety of social platforms to help maximize your views and market your brand.  The speaker will be Brian Gravel, vice president of Creative Technology. (Free Contact: Lesley Smythe at or 978-542-2021)

Success for Small Business (SSB) Accelerated Program Part 1
Monday, June 11, 2018 / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. 
HarborOne U at HarborOne Bank, 68 Legion Parkway, Brockton
HarborOne USuccess for Small Business (SSB) is a program developed to assist small business owners and provide guidance on how to operate a small business successfully. In an effort to support economic growth in the communities we serve, HarborOne U has designed a series of free small business classes with the busy small business owner in mind.  Join Tricia White for an accelerated program delivered over two evenings where we will cover the following required SSB courses. Part 1 consists of Planning for a Healthy Business, Personal Credit & Banking Services, and Intro to Marketing.
(Free / Contact: HarborOne U at 508-895-1300 or

Export Regulatory Compliance Update
Thursday, June 14, 2018 / 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Networking reception to follow
Foley Hoag, Seaport West, 155 Seaport Boulevard, Boston
Foley Hoag LLPMost exporters are well aware of the need to be compliant with U.S. export control laws. A cursory effort to comply with export regulations is not enough, however.  Between evolving regulatory policy, stepped-up enforcement efforts, escalating screening obligations, and the newly-proposed Export Control Reform Act of 2018, the export regulatory compliance environment is now more complex than ever.  Companies that don’t take a proactive and preemptive approach to export compliance will fall behind the curve on regulatory changes, leaving themselves open to noncompliance and possible enforcement action.  Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear the latest on export compliance issues and trends from leading local and national export compliance practitioners and experts!  This program is expected to sell out and space is limited, so early registration is advised.  Further details on topics and speakers to be announced shortly.  ($125 / $75 for Compliance Alliance members / Contact: Massachusetts Export Center at 617-973-8664)  Register

SEED Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Sessions I & II
Thursday, June 14, 2018 / Registration 9:30 a.m.; Workshop 10am. - 4:30pm. 
Waypoint Event Center, 185 MacArthur Drive, New Bedford
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

How to Become a GSA Federal Supply Schedule Holder and Government Contracting 101
Wednesday, June 13, 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 For difficulties with seminar registration, please contact Stephen Edmonds at or 781-801-3036. 

Business Legal Primer
Monday, June 18, 2018 / 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. 
Scibelli Enterprise Center, 1 Federal Street, Building 101, 3rd Floor, Springfield
Sarah WilleyThis presentation will help you gain a better understanding of the core legal concepts impacting your business. Topics include:

  • Choice of Entity: What does it mean to be a sole proprietor, partnership, limited liability company or corporation; which type is right for your business?
  • Employee vs. Independent Contractor: Avoiding the steep risks of misclassification; the basics of determining whether you are hiring an employee or engaging an independent contractor.
  • Trademark, patent or copyright: What’s the difference, when and how you need to get one?

Presented by Sarah Willey, attorney with Bulkley, Richardson & Gelinas, LLP.
(FREE / Contact: Lynn Shedd at or 413-577-1768)


WEBINAR: Federal Government Contracting
Friday, June 22 from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm 
Looking for new markets for your small business's goods or services? Consider selling to the federal government in 2017.  Tune into this webinar, 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. Must register to attend.)  Register 

WEBINAR: International Letters of Credit
Thursday, June 28, 2018 / 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 
The Provident BankStriking the right balance between risk mitigation and ease of doing business is a challenge that faces many exporters, especially when working with unfamiliar customers located in unfamiliar places. Letters of Credit is a payment option which mitigates risk for both seller and buyer. This webinar will provide an overview of the international letter of credit process, including the different types and uses of letters of credit, along with tips for structuring sales quotes and instructions to ensure accurate letter of credit documentation and smooth processing.  The program will also discuss common letter of credit discrepancies, including “built-in” discrepancies and other red flags that can lead to discrepancies.  Our speaker will be Leanne Spees, Senior Vice President, International Finance with The Provident Bank.  ($50 / Contact: Massachusetts Export Center at 617-973-8664)  Register

Online Education

SBA Online Learning Center
SBA Blogs
SBA MA Resource Guide
Create a Business Plan
Find SBA Events
Analyze Your Company
SBA Office of Advocacy Research and Statistics

Center for Women & Enterprise Online Learning 
SCORE Online Workshops
America's SBDC Blog
BusinessUSA Training 
Massachusetts Export Center Podcasts