Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network
Northeast Regional Office


Training Seminars & Events

 

The MSBDC Northeast Regional Office conducts free and low-cost training addressing a wide range of concerns for both start-up and existing businesses. Events are held in Massachusetts and offered at no charge unless otherwise noted. Pre-registration is required.

Registration through our office closes at noon on the day prior to the seminar. Unless a seminar is full, walk-ins are welcome! Please be courteous...if you cannot attend a seminar, please call our office at least 48 hours in advance so that someone else may fill your spot. Please review our cancellation and inclement weather policies.

Visit www.msbdc.org for a complete list of training offered statewide by the MSBDC.

 

2017 Training Calendar
   DECEMBER
7 Connecting Your Business to the Commonwealth (Salem)
12 Protecting Your Clients' "PII" (Personally Identifiable Information) (Salem)
14 20+ Ways to Promote Your Business — Even Without a PR Budget (Salem) *full*
   
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Program Descriptions


Connecting Your Business to the Commonwealth

Would you like to know how to become a vendor for the Commonwealth? In FY2017, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts spent in excess of $5 billion on construction and goods and services that were purchased from statewide and non-statewide contract vendors. The Commonwealth's goal is to ensure that diverse businesses participate in this spending, either as prime contractors or through a wide range of partnerships with prime contractors.

This workshop, conducted by the Massachusetts Operational Services Division, provides and overview of the State's goods and services procurement process, the Small Business Purchasing Program and the Supplier Diversity Program.

The moderator will be Maria DiStefano, Northeast regional director of the Massachusetts Office of Business Development. The speaker will be Zelpha Bennett, a trainer with the Operational Services Division.

Date: Thursday, December 7, 2017
Time:
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Location: Enterprise Center at Salem State University, 121 Loring Avenue, Suite 106, Salem
Cost: Free
Contact: Lesley Smythe at the Enterprise Center at lsmythe@enterprisectr.org or 978-542-7528

register online

Cosponsored by the Enterprise Center at Salem State University

Protecting Your Clients' "PII" (Personally Identifiable Information)

If you have customers, you probably have personally identifiable information (PII) in your computer systems. Learn how to ensure your computers, network and emails keep this information secure. The speaker will be Paul Parisi, president and founder of SaviorLabs.

Date: Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Time:
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Location: Enterprise Center at Salem State University, 121 Loring Avenue, Suite 106, Salem
Cost: Free
Contact: Lesley Smythe at the Enterprise Center at lsmythe@enterprisectr.org or 978-542-7528

register online

Cosponsored by Massachusetts Office of Business Development, Enterprise Center at Salem State University and the North Shore Alliance for Economic Development

20+ Ways to Promote Your Business — Even Without a PR Budget

Sorry this event is at capacity.

Discover innovative ways small business owners and entrepreneurs can use free PR, social media and publicity tools to build their business, gain visibility, credibility and leadership position. You will also explore 20+ ways entrepreneurs can market their brand and get resultswithout breaking the bank! The speaker will be Robin Samora, PR and business marketing expert, mentor, and speaker.

Date: Thursday, December 14, 2017
Time: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Location: Enterprise Center at Salem State University, 121 Loring Avenue, Suite 106, Salem
Cost: Free
Contact: Laurel Costello at 978-542-6343 or sbdc@salemstate.edu

Cosponsored by the Enterprise Center at Salem State University

 
Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received by noon the day prior to the seminar will be entitled to a refund. No refund will be given on notifications received after that time or in any no-show situation. When the Enterprise Center collects the registration fees, its cancellation policies apply. Please contact them directly for further information. The MSBDC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a seminar due to insufficient enrollment. Registration fees will be returned or credited towards a future program.

Inclement Weather Policy: In the event that a host school is closed due to inclement weather, SBDC workshops scheduled at that location are also canceled. We will try to cancel workshops before the actual scheduled date if we know that there is bad weather predicted for that day.

We will make every effort to reschedule workshops that have been canceled due to weather conditions as early as possible. Refer to the host school websites for schedule changes, weather alerts and updates.