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Small Business Development Center Fall Trainings

Join us this fall!

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is proud to offer the following seminars this fall!

Seminar Information

All seminars are offered to the community for free. For additional information on any of the following events, please contact Kaitlin Muldoon by email or at 978.542.7369. All times listed are EST.

Click the seminar name to register.

Seminar Schedule

Speed Date a Database! Business Databases at the Salem State Library
Thursday, October 20, 11 am-12 pm
Come speed date some of the most intersted and talented resources around for finding information on consumer markets, industries, and companies. In this workshop, we will be exploring six business databases and other additional resources to help with your business needs. We will include a Database Score Sheet to help you keep track of your databases dates. Use it to note your first impressions. What are your initial thoughts on the database's "looks" AKA its appearance? What about the database's content and functionality? Can you picture yourself spending some time with this database in the future? Add up your scores to see which ones stand out to you.  This may be the beginning of some beautiful research relationships.

Presented by Jason Soohoo, Research & Instruction Librarian for Bertolon School of Business, Computer Science, Mathematics, Secondary & Higher Education, Sport and Movement Science, Theatre and Speech Communication and Visiting Associate Professor for Library Media Studies and Awilda Irizarry, Senior Business Advisor of the MSBDC Northeast Regional Office

Due and Payable: Your COVID EIDL Repayment Questions Answered
Thursday, October 27, 2022, 12-1 pm
It's been nearly 2.5 years since COVID-19 first struck and negatively impacted you and your business. The Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) that provided much-needed relief is finally due and payable. This online presentation will provide an overview of how to access your loan information, make payments, and will offer a Q&A for attendees. SBA representatives will be in attendance to answer your questions. 

The speaker will be Rosa Taormina, business advisor with the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center, Northeast Regional Office. 

Presented by Nancy Gerardi, Regional Director of the MSBDC Northeast Regional Office.

Access to Capital
Wednesday, November 2, 11 am-12 pm

Every small business needs to be able to adapt to change. This is true more now than ever before. Funds may be needed to address an unforeseen business disruption or to take advantage of an opportunity. When a small business owner needs quick access to cash, having a line of credit is the perfect solution. This workshop will address the need for every business to have a line of credit and why it is important.

Presented by Nancy Gerardi, Regional Director of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center and Gina Flynn, Vice President of Eastern Bank.

Writing a Business Plan Part 1 - Legal Formation
Wednesday, November 2, 5:30-6:30 pm

There are numerous legal decisions you must make when opening your business. Will it be a sole proprietorship? Or a Partnership? Will you need to set up a Business Certificate, an LLC, an S-Corp, a C-Corp or even a B-Corp? Your funding opportunities will depend on your business formation decision. How will your business be taxed? Can you protect your personal assets? Do you want to receive an income or a dividend? We will discuss these factors and more in this workshop.

Presented by Nancy Gerardi, Regional Director of the MSBDC Northeast Regional Office.

Writing a Business Plan Part 2 - The Business Description
Wednesday, November 9, 5:30-6:30 pm
Having a business plan is imperative to a successful business. It is a living document that guides your business. It grows and adapts to your business needs and goals. Writing is business description is the first step in a well-organized business plan. Your business description should be able to express what you are trying to accomplish, who will benefit from your goods or service, how you will make life easier, better, etc. for those who use your goods or services.

Presented by Nancy Gerardi, Regional Director of the MSBDC Northeast Regional Office.

How to Become Women-Owned Certified with SBA
Wednesday, November 16, 11 am-12 pm

This webinar will discuss how to certify your business as Women-Owned Small Business for Federal Government Contracting opportunities.

Presented by Nadine Boone, Assistant District Director of Business Development and Lisa Gonzalez Welch, Economic Development Specialist of the Massachusetts District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Writing a Business Plan Part 3 - Location and Facilities
Wednesday, November 16, 5:30-6:30 pm

An important consideration in starting and running any business is its location and facilities. Selection criteria are typically dictated by the type of business (manufacturing, wholesale, retail, online, distribution) and industry. There are many influencing factors, each to be considered according to its importance and cost.

Presented by Nancy Gerardi, Regional Director of the MSBDC Northeast Regional Office.

Writing a Business Plan Part 4 - Market Research
Wednesday, November 30, 5:30-6:30 pm

Market research is essential for your Business Plan, both existing business owners and new business owners. Market research helps to recognize and understand the potential customers/clients for the business product/service. Market research will identify the best place for the business: online, brick & mortar, and delivery. This workshop will discuss all of these topics.

Presented by Nancy Gerardi, Regional Director of the MSBDC Northeast Regional Office.

Writing a Business Plan Part 5 - Management and Personnel
Wednesday, December 7, 5:30-6:30 pm

A big business obstacle is how to manage a business so that you can maximize your energy to grow your business and increase your revenues. Your leadership skills and how you manage is a direct link to your business success. This workshop will explore employee recruitment and retention, as well as understanding your customers, and sales.

Presented by Nancy Gerardi, Regional Director of the MSBDC Northeast Regional Office.

Writing a Business Plan Part 6 - Financial Information
Wednesday, December 14, 5:30-6:30 pm

A financial business plan is created by gathering all the components of the business and expressing them in numbers – both revenue and startup expenses. Every business plan needs a cash flow projection. The rest of the plan tells the story of the business and how the company will execute that plan. This workshop will discuss everything that goes into the Financial Information section of the Business Plan.

Kaitlin Muldoon
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