Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC)
     

 

 

Business Workshops

The Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Northeast Regional Office conducts free and low-cost workshops addressing a wide range of concerns for both start-up and existing businesses. Many programs are cosponsored with local chambers of commerce, colleges and universities, community development organizations, trade associations, banks and corporate sponsors.

All workshops are held in Massachusetts and offered free of charge unless otherwise noted. Pre-registration is required. Click here to view our cancellation policies.

Registration closes at noon on the day prior to the seminar. Unless a seminar is full, walk-ins are welcome.

audio  Audiocasts are available from previous workshops.
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For a complete listing of statewide MSBDC training, please visit www.msbdc.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Program Descriptions

Cash Flow Your Way to Breakeven

Why do bankers say "cash flow is king"? How is cash flow different from profit? This workshop and its simple but realistic class exercise will help you understand cash flow, assess when you will need capital, and position your business for bank financing.

The speaker will be Paul Shaughnessy with the Lincoln Consulting Group, Inc.

Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2014  
Time: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Location: Enterprise Center at Salem State University, 121 Loring Avenue, Suite 106, Salem (directions)
Cost: Free
Contact: Laurel Costello at 978-542-6343 or sbdc@salemstate.edu

register online

Cosponsored by the Enterprise Center at Salem State University

Blogging: How to Make It Work For You

A good blog can bolster your business, enhance your visibility with search engines, drive traffic to your website, build strong relationships with your audience, and fuel your social media.

Come learn tips and tricks to enrich your brand and discover how to make your blog work for you. Whether you are just getting started with blogging or looking for ways to strengthen your digital presence, this workshop is the place to ask questions and boost your blogging IQ. 

The speaker will be Jeannine O'Neil, owner of JO Social Branding.

Date: Thursday, December 4, 2014
Time: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Location: Enterprise Center at Salem State University, 121 Loring Avenue, Suite 106, Salem (directions)
Cost: Free
Contact: Laurel Costello at 978-542-6343 or sbdc@salemstate.edu

register online

Cosponsored by the Enterprise Center at Salem State University

Packaging & Labeling Food Products

Labeling your food product is not about mouth-drooling design that attracts customers. Instead there is a great deal of information required by the FDA and other governmental groups, as well as information that helps position your product with customers.

This workshop will review those requirements, what food businesses need to know, and where to go for help.

The speaker will be announced later.

Date: Friday, December 5, 2014
Time: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Location: Enterprise Center at Salem State University, 121 Loring Avenue, Suite 106, Salem (directions)
Cost: Free
Contact: Laurel Costello at 978-542-6343 or sbdc@salemstate.edu

register online

Cosponsored by the Enterprise Center at Salem State University, the North Shore Alliance for Economic Development and YENS (Young Entrepreneurs of the North Shore)

People Skills Matter: Being Powerful, Positive and Professional

All businesses are based on relationships, whether interacting with customers, employees, suppliers, or lenders. having key emotional intelligence skills, aka "people skills", impacts your effectiveness and your success, whether you're the boss, work alone, or are part of a team.

This interactive workshop, taught by an expert who has trained thousands on how to build key emotional intelligence skills, will give you the tools and strategies to improve your people skills, handle conflict, and ultimately be a more effective communicator and leader.

The speaker will be Carrie Stack, founder of the Say Yes Institute and author of The Dream Boss: Powerful, Positive, Professional.

Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Time: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Location: Enterprise Center at Salem State University, 121 Loring Avenue, Suite 106, Salem (directions)
Cost: Free
Contact: Laurel Costello at 978-542-6343 or sbdc@salemstate.edu

register online

Cosponsored by the Enterprise Center at Salem State University and YENS (Young Entrepreneurs of the North Shore)




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.
 
This policies do not apply when the Enterprise Center collects the registration fees. Please contact the Enterprise Center 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.
Weather Cancellations
If a host school closes due to inclement weather, SBDC workshops at that location are canceled. If possible, we will try to reschedule workshops.

Please refer to the host school websites for schedule changes and weather alerts.

 

 
     
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