Education Calendar l July 2018

Massachusetts District Office  - July 2018

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Education Calendar l July 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.

7/31: Join Us and Learn How to Take Advantage of the HUBZone Certification



Keynote Speaker:

Mariana Pardo
Director, HUBZone Program 


HUB Zone Program in Plain Language!

Join us for the following:

Learn which businesses are eligible to receive HUBZone contracts.

Learn how government agencies find local qualified HUBZone small businesses to contract with. 

Learn about the requirements and benefits of the HUBZone program, including: 

  • Basics of competitive and sole source contracting
  • 10% price evaluation preference in full and open contract competitions, as well as subcontracting opportunities
  • Federal government's goal of awarding 3% of all dollars for federal prime contracts to HUBZone certified small business concerns. 
  • Eligibility for HUBZone certification
  • How to qualify and meet the required criteria

If have any questions, please contact:
Nadine Boone, Lead Business Opportunity Specialist

SBA Massachusetts

Exploring Business Ownership with the SBA
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 / 1:00pm - 3:00pm  
Boston Public Library, (Basement) 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116 
Learn how the SBA and other resource partners can assist you in starting and growing your business. General information will be provided on the following programs and services:
Counseling/Technical Assistance through SBA and various resource partners: Small Business Development Centers / SCORE / Center for Women & Enterprise / City & State Economic Development Offices;  Access to Capital: SBA 7(A) Advantage Loan Guaranty Program / SBA 504 Grow Loan / Microlending / Disaster Loans;  Government Contract Opportunities: 8(A) Business Development Program / HUB Zone Program / Disadvantaged Business, Woman-owned, Service-disabled Veteran Self-Certifications / Subcontracting

Participants will receive the Annual SBA Massachusetts Resource Guide and other materials to encourage the completion of a business plan draft. (FREE) REGISTER

Opening Doors to Federal Government Contracting
Friday, July 27, 2018 / 10:00am - 11:30pm  
10 Causeway Street, Suite 265, 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.  

8(a) Business Development Eligibility Briefing
Thursday, July 26, 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.


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
July 9, 2018 / 1:00—4:00 pm EDT

Capture Management
July 10, 2018 / 1:00—4:00 pm EDT

Developing and Managing Contractor Teams
July 11, 2018 / 1:00—3:00 pm EDT

E-Commerce Tools for Generating Federal Business Opportunities
July 11, 2018 / 5:00—8:00 pm EDT

Federal Contracting Basics
July 12, 2018 / 1:00—4:00 pm EDT

Understanding RFPs
July 16, 2018 / 5:00—7:30 pm EDT

Developing Technical and Past Performance Responses to RFPs
July 17, 2018 / 1:00—4:00 pm EDT

Developing Pricing and the Cost    Proposal
July 18, 2018 / 1:00—4:00 pm EDT

How to Qualify for the GSA Schedule
July 19, 2018 / 1:00—3:00 pm EDT

Managing and Administrating Government Contracts
July 23, 2018 / 1:00—4:00 pm EDT

Government Contract Negotiations
July 24, 2018 / 1:00—5:00 pm EDT

Audits and Accounting Systems
July 25, 2018 / 1:00—4:30 pm EDT

Strategic Planning for Small Business
July 26, 2018 / 1:00—2:00 pm EDT

Facilities Clearances
July 26, 2018 / 3:00—4:00 pm EDT

Construction Contracting
July 30, 2018 / 1:00—4:00 pm EDT

FAR Primer for Small Business
July 31, 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

Collaborative Mastermind Session - Worcester SCORE Meetup
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 / 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Westborough Public Library, 55 West Main St, Westborough, MA
Feeling summer heat? No sweat .. bring your business challenge and join our 2nd collaborative mastermind session in 2018. Here is a reminder of how the session works: bring your entrepreneurial issue to share with the group and receive collaborative feedback on ways to deal with it in a very informal setting. No podium, no mics or the like. Just sit, relax, share your challenge, and keep the conversation going. We will keep it under 20 min. per issue so that we can give a chance for 3 issues to be addressed with sufficient flow of thoughts and ideas.  To participate with your issue/topic, please let us know in advance by contacting Donna Martel or Raafat Zaini on meetup or when you arrive at the event.  Be there for the networking time starting at 6:00 p.m. See you soon.(FREE) REGISTER

Lean Business Planning - Palmer
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM EDT
Quaboag Hills Chamber of Commerce, 3 Converse Street, Palmer, MA 01069  
Workshop Objectives:
1. To present a shortcut to conventional business planning that lets you get started quickly
2.To give you an opportunity to create a first draft of your Business Model Canvas
Businesses exist to provide value to customers – it’s where you should start your thinking.  Before getting to your solution (where most entrepreneurs start), it’s important to understand your customers’ problems. Join us for this discussion and let's see if your business idea can be profitable.

Starting YOUR Business Bootcamp
Thursday, July 19, 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. 

Start Your Own Business 
Thursday, July 24, 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

SCORE Boston Workshop: New Way for Massachusetts Small Businesses to Choose Health Insurance 
Thursday, July 26, 2018 from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM EDT
Venture Cafe, 1 Broadway, 5th Floor, Cambridge, MA 02142  
|Think your new business can't afford to offer health insurance for your employees? Massachusetts small businesses now have a way to easily research this question, so that you can determine whether this highly desirable employee benefit is within your business's reach. Find out how to easily provide health insurance for your company – while saving money and offering a choice of plans to employees – at the Health Connector for Business workshop. Designed for 50 and fewer employees, Health Connector for Business can save employers money by easily comparing rates and benefits for more than 50 health and dental plans. For companies with 25 or fewer employees, Health Connector for Business’ Wellness Track program offers an additional 15 percent rebate when employees take simple health and wellness steps. If businesses need help, local brokers can be found online through the click of a button.   For employees, Health Connector for Business is the only place where small businesses of any size can offer a choice of plans, giving employees the ability to pick the perfect plan that meets their needs.


Accounting for Non-Accountants - CWE Central MA 
Friday, July 6 from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM 
CWE Central MA, 69 Milk St., Suite 217, Westborough, MA 01581
Many entrepreneurs detest the financial piece of their business.  But, they don’t discount its importance.  In this two-part workshop, participants will learn:
How to read and understand basic financial statements
How to use the numbers to make well informed operational decisions
The numbers tell a story; do you know how to read it?
(Free, thanks to a grant from Berkshire Bank. Must register to attend.)

Explore Small Business Administration Resources 
Wednesday, July 11 / 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

Crowdfunding: Alternative Financing for your Small Business - CWE Central MA 
Monday, July 23 from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM 
CWE Central MA, 69 Milk St., Suite 217, Westborough, MA 01581
Are you looking for an alternative way to finance your startup? Come to this informative session on Crowdfunding- how to utilize your personal and professional networks to gain capital to start your business!
Walk away from this session understanding:
What Crowdfunding is, and its advantages and limitations
The different online crowdsourcing platforms available for business ventures
How to best plan a crowdfunding campaign
Keys to a successful and popular crowdfunding campaign
($20. Must register to attend. Partial scholarships may be available to those that qualify.)

Protect Your Business with Copyright & Trademark - CWE Eastern MA 
Tuesday, July 24 from 11:00AM to 1:00PM
CWE Eastern MA, 24 School Street 7th Floor, Boston, MA 02108
As an entrepreneur with an innovative product or service, it is essential to know how to protect your brand, your name, and the content you create. Join us for this informative session on trademarks and copyrights.  
In this session, you will:
Understand the basics of “trademark” and “copyright” 
Learn some common naming/branding mistakes to avoid
Have a better sense of protection for your trademark
Know the process for creating a copyrighted work and registering it
Understand basic copyright and trademark risks for small businesses
NOTE: This workshop is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice.  For legal advice please consult your attorney.
($25. Must register to attend. Partial scholarships 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


July - September: 7J Cybersecurity Training


Eligible 7(j) participants for this free training will learn critical cybersecurity concepts, approaches to protecting their resources and intellectual property, and mandatory federal contracting requirements for both prime and sub-tier subcontractors. Each course is approximately 1 hour.

Dates: July - Sept 2018 

Interactive web-based training at:

You Will Learn: 
Courses assist 7(j) government contractors understand NIST 800-171 and DFARS 252.204-7012 requirements and provide information on good cyber hygiene and how to protect your assets, reputation and customers for commercial firms. Participants must register in LMS prior to signing up for course.

•  Eligible 7(j) participants completing modules 1-10 sequentially will be provided 30-day access to an assessment tool that they can immediately use to assess their company’s cybersecurity risk and provide information on how to improve their security posture. 

•  Modules 11-16 "How To" courses cover topics such as Building a (Cyber) Security Plan, incident response planning and implementation, federal breach notification requirements and others.

•  A detailed summary of classes and training calendar are attached.

  ** 7(j) eligible firms include: 8(a), HUBZone, ED/WOSB and firms in high unemployment or low income areas.

Contact Synergy at for User ID assignment and course registration access. Courses are subject to a maximum of 20 participants and are listed are in Eastern Time.




Module 1 - Why Cybersecurity?

In this module, we’ll discuss what cybersecurity means for your company, employees, partners and customers. We’ll consider what makes your company vulnerable, how data breaches occur and some steps you can take to protect your company and your data. Finally, we’ll explore some of the laws and contracting requirements that specifically apply to companies doing business with the Federal Government or their prime contractors.

Module 2 - Cybersecurity Basics

This module is specifically focused on fundamental concepts of cybersecurity. We’ll discuss the goals, objectives and essential objectives of cybersecurity programs and how successful programs are implemented. Finally, we’ll consider some specific foundational activities like good password discipline, effective strategies for backing up data and elements of effective cybersecurity policies to help protect your business assets and reputation.

Module 3 - Endpoint Security

In this module, you’ll learn about how endpoint devices such as laptops, desktops, tablet computers and mobile devices can offer cybercriminals a gateway into your company’s networks and data. We’ll discuss the various types of endpoint devices, what makes them vulnerable to exploit by cybercriminals and how to protect them from attack. We’ll also discuss one of the basic concepts of cybersecurity – defense-in-depth.

Module 4 - Network Security

Securing your network is one of the basic tasks of providing cybersecurity for your company. In this module, we’ll discuss what it takes to properly secure a business network, explore the various threats networks commonly face, and how the concept of defense-in-depth applies to protecting your network. Finally, we’ll consider specific network protection tools, such as Intrusion Detection/Intrusion Prevention Systems (IDS/IPS), firewalls, Network Access Control programs and anti-virus/anti-malware systems.

Module 5 - Data Security

The bottom line of cybersecurity is providing protection for your company’s data and that of your customers and partners. This module will discuss why protecting data should be at the heart of your cybersecurity program, the types of data you are responsible for and threats to that data. We’ll introduce and discuss the concept of individual cyber hygiene and discuss a case study of one incident where data security broke down and the serious consequences that followed.

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