July Education Calendar l VETRN Growth Program recruiting for 9/21 launch in Portsmouth, NH!

Massachusetts District Office - July 2019

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Education Calendar l July 2019


VETRN - Veteran Owned Small Business Growth Training Program launches on 9/21!

Calling all Massachusetts Veteran small business owners interested in growing your business. VETRN.org will launch its next biz growth training program on September 21st in Portsmouth, NH. Visit https://vetrn.org to apply.

On September 21, 2019, VETRN will launch a new cohort in Portsmouth, NH. Participants will learn about strategic planning, financial management, cash flow forecasting, marketing and sales, human resources, growth plan development, access to capital, and legal and government contracting.

By attending this program, veteran small business owners can connect with other veterans who have successfully transitioned back into civilian life and are now running their own businesses. Just like the military, entrepreneurship is not a solo mission and this program encourages veterans to utilize mentors, peer-to-peer mentoring, a professional resource network, and in-class training.

Interested in applying? Here’s what you need to know:

  • Two cohorts, the first starting on September 21, 2019
  • 12-20 participants in each cohort
  • 26-week program with 13 classroom instruction sessions, 3 hours each
  • 13 peer-to-peer CEO mentoring sessions
  • 100 hours of combined peer-to-peer mentoring, work assignments, and classroom training
  • Each participant is assigned at least one mentor
  • StreetWISE MBA curriculum and guest experts in every class including representatives from local SBA District Offices and professional resource partners

Upon completion, participants will have completed and have vetted by industry a three-year strategic growth action plan, and are encouraged to use the extensive resource network, including SBA’s resources, to help them through the next phase of their journey.

Veteran and military spouse business owners (or anyone with an immediate family member who is a veteran) are eligible to apply for this program. The business should have annual revenues of $75,000 and been in operation for one year with one employee (not including the owner).

8/15 Western Massachusetts Capital Matchmaker & Business Coaching



When: Thursday, August 15th / 8:00am – 11:30am
Where: Greenfield Community College, One College Drive, Greenfield, Dining Commons (2nd Floor)

Are you an Entrepreneur, Business Owner or have a business idea?

Do you need financing to Start/Grow? Then, attend the SBA’s Capital Matchmaking & Business Coaching Event!

  • Meet one-on-one with banks/lending institutions/business service providers
  • Learn about borrowing and lending for small business growth
  • Find out about various loan options including USDA Rural Development Loans
  • Access business advisory services available through the SBA’s resource partner network – Small Business Development Centers, SCORE, Center for Women & Enterprise, Procurement Technical Assistance Center and other local advisory services
  • All Attendees will have the opportunity to meet up to six (6) lenders and/or service providers for 12 minutes each.
  • Attendees may want to come prepared with their elevator speech, business plan and credit report
  • You can get help with your elevator speech or business plan by visiting the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network, WMass Regional Office (www.msbdc.org/wmass) or SCORE www.westernmassachusetts.score.org)

6/5: Competing in the Federal Marketplace

SBA Massachusetts

Doing Business

Opening Doors to Federal Government Contracting
Friday, July 12, 2019 / 10:00 am - 12:00 pm  
Tip O'Neill Federal Building, 10 Causeway Street, RM 265, Boston, MA 02222

Explore SBA Resources
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 / 11:00am - 1:00pm
CWE Eastern MA, 24 School St, 7th Floor, Boston, MA 02108

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

Finding Customers with Search Engine Optimization and Content Marketing
Wednesday, July 24  / 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Roxbury Innovation Center, 2300 Washington St, Boston, MA 02119

Will Your Business Idea Make a Good Business?
Wednesday, July 31 / 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm 
Waltham Public Library, 735 Main St, Waltham, MA 02451



Coffee & Connections
Wednesday, July 17 / 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Capital One Ink Block Cafe, 310 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118
($10) Must register to attend.   REGISTER

Create a Mission Statement (That Actually Works) – Lunch and Learn
Wednesday, July 17 / 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
CWE Central MA, 69 Milk Street, Suite 217, Westborough, MA 01581
(FREE) Must register to attend.  REGISTER

Business Plan Basics @ Staples Pro Services Brighton
Wednesday, July 17 / 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Staples, 1660 Soldiers Field Rd, Brighton MA 02135
(FREE) Must register to attend.   REGISTER

Legal Sessions: Get Your Questions Answered!
Friday, July 12 / 9:00am - 1:00pm
CWE Central MA, 69 Milk Street, Suite 217, Westborough, MA 01581
(FREE) Free. Must schedule an appointment by emailing us at mmiller@cweonline.org, or calling us at 508-453-9209.

Social Media Made Simple
Thursday, July 18 / 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Harvard Innovation Lab, Batten Hall, 125 Western Ave, Room 150, Allston
($20) Must register to attend. Partial scholarships may be available for those that qualify.   REGISTER



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

7/17: Suffolk University SBDC

Entity Formation


Wednesday, July 17, 2019 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Eastern
Location: Suffolk University Law School, Room 170 (multi-function room), Boston

WEBINAR: Managing Export Operations and Compliance
Wednesday, July 19  / 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Hosted by MA Export Center - This webinar will provide an overview of the U.S. export regulatory environment, including essential steps for compliance with export controls and sanctions laws. The webinar will also discuss other steps in the export operational process, including AES reporting, global trade classification, free trade agreement compliance, shipping terms, export documentation, and more.

How to Become a GSA Federal Supply Schedule Holder and Government Contracting 101
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 / 10:00 am - 1:30 pm 
Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr. Federal Building, 10 Causeway Street, 1st Floor, Boston

Starting Something: The Ups, Downs and Sideways Approaches to Starting Your New Venture
Thursday, July 18  / 11:30 am - 1:00 pm (includes lunch)
Suffolk University Law School, 5th Floor Commons, 120 Tremont Street, Boston

Small Business Roundtable Discussion with Massachusetts Senator Eric P. Lesser
Monday, July 15  / 9:00 am - 10:00 am 
The Massachusetts Small Business Development Center will be hosting a Small Business Roundtable Discussion featuring Senator Eric P. Lesser. Small business owners are invited to attend and discuss opportunities and obstacles to growth for their companies in Massachusetts.
Scibelli Enterprise Center, 1 Federal Street, 3rd Floor, Teleclassroom, Springfield

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.

Go to synergysolutions.talentlms.com for User ID assignment and course registration access. Courses are subject to a maximum of 20 participants and are listed are in Eastern Time.

7J Government Contracting Training

7J Government Contracting

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

Internet Tools to Generate Federal Business Opportunities
July 9, 2019
1:00—4:00 pm EDT

Developing the Technical & Past Performance Proposals
July 11, 2019
1:00—4:00 pm EDT

Developing the Cost Proposal
July 15, 2019
1:00—4:00 pm EDT

Managing and Administrating Government Contracts
July 16, 2019
1:00—4:00 pm EDT

Negotiating Government Contracts
July 17, 2019
1:00—5:00 pm EDT

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