Small Business Development Center

Workshop Schedule Spring 2016

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Title Date Location

I Quit!  Do I Buy a Business, Buy a Franchise or Start a Business from Scratch?

Thursday
October 6, 2016
Grace Conference Room

Building Your Advisory Team - How Important is an Attorney, a CPA, an Insurance Agent & a Banker?

Thursday
October 20, 2016
Grace Conference Room

Your Business Plan Should Be Your Roadmap to Success. Is it Sound?

Thursday
November 3, 2016
Grace Conference Room
Am I Ready to Meet with the Bank? How Does a Bank Review My Loan Request?? Thursday
November 17, 2016
Grace Conference Room
Employment Law - How to Stay Compliant When the Rules Keep Changing? Thursday
December 1, 2016
Grace Conference Room

I Quit!  Do I Buy a Business, Buy a Franchise or Start a Business From Scratch?

Thursday, October 6, 2016
8:45 – 12 noon
Grace Conference Room, Higgins University Center

You’ve been thinking about this for some time. You need a change.

Now you want to take action but not sure what direction you should take.

In this seminar, we will focus on the ways to start a business vs. the details of your business idea.

First of all, do you have what it takes to be a business owner vs. an employee.? We will start the seminar with self-analysis questionnaire that will guide you as you listen to our different panelists. If you don’t have those answers, you may find them through listening to our panelists.

Each panelist has a very different view point. How does it match with your personal makeup, business idea (you may not have this defined), and your resources? How will it affect your life?You’ve been thinking about this for some time. You need a change.

Now you want to take action but not sure what direction you should take.

In this seminar, we will focus on the ways to start a business vs. the details of your business idea.

First of all, do you have what it takes to be a business owner vs. an employee.? We will start the seminar with self-analysis questionnaire that will guide you as you listen to our different panelists. If you don’t have those answers, you may find them through listening to our panelists.

Each panelist has a very different view point. How does it match with your personal makeup, business idea (you may not have this defined), and your resources? How will it affect your life?


Speakers:

Larry Lafranchi - FranNet, Beverly, MA
Christopher George - President & CEO of George & Company, Worcester, MA
Todd Snopkowski - Owner of multiple businesses, including Snapchef, Inc.

Sponsored by:

TBD

Building Your Advisory Team. How Important is an Attorney, a CPA, an Insurance Agent and a Bank?

Thursday, October 20, 2016
8:45 – 12 noon
Grace Conference Room, Higgins University Center

TBD

Speakers:

Jeffrey Donaldson - Of Counsel, Mirick O'Connell, Worcester, MA
Ruslan Burshteyn - CPA, StowBrook Business Services, LLC, Stow, MA
Yvonne Baker - Commercial Account Manager, The Feingold Companies, Worcester, MA &
Claire Cheevers - Employee Benefit Manager, The Feingold Companies, Worcester, MA
Donna Molet
- Colonial Life
Sean O'Connell
- UniBank

Sponsored by:

TBD


Your Business Plan Should Be Your Roadmap to Success. Is it Sound?

Thursday, November 3, 2016
8:45 – 12 noon
Grace Conference Room, Higgins University Center

A well-written Business Plan will allow you to bring the many facets of your business idea into an easy to read roadmap that will define your company, while also articulating a believable financial plan.

A Business Plan for your company does not have to be an arduous task. If you are ready to start a business, or fund an existing one, you should certainly be able to write a small booklet explaining the basics, and more important, how you plan to make money. This program was developed in an effort to take the mystique out of writing a plan. It will give you a step by step explanation of each of the sections required to develop a plan, while also allowing for audience questions and examples.
Topics that will be included are:

          • Defining your business
          • Defining your market
          • Exploring a marketing strategy
          • Defining your competition
          • Location and facilities
          • Management of the organization
          • Additional personnel
          • Start-up expenses
          • Capital equipment
          • Revenues and expenses
          • Balance sheet
          • Finalizing your Business Plan

Art Martin, Senior Business Advisor from the MSBDC, has many years of experience in starting and running small businesses. For the past four years, Art has been advising small business owners on the many facets of being a successful entrepreneur. Ample time will be provided for questions from the audience.

Speaker:

Arthur Martin - Sr. Business Advisor/Tecnology Specialist, Clark University SBDC, Worcester, MA

Sponsored by:

TBD

Am I Ready to Meet with the Bank? How Does a Bank Review My Loan Request?

Thursday, November 17, 2016
8:45 – 12 noon
Grace Conference Room, Higgins University Center

TBD

Speaker:

An interactive Panel of 4 Lending Officers (TBD)

Sponsored by:

TBD


Employment Law - How to Stay Compliant When the Rules Keep Changing.

Thursday, December 1, 2016
8:45 – 12 noon
Grace Conference Room, Higgins University Center

TBD

Speaker:

Pam Stevens - ESQ, Seder & Chandler, LLP, Worcester, MA

Sponsored by:

TBD


LOCATION

All programs are held in the Grace Conference Room, Higgins University Center, Clark University, 950 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01610

DIRECTIONS/PARKING

Take Exit 11 (College Square/Federal Square) off 290. Go straight, following sign for Federal Square/Downtown. At second traffic light take a left onto Cambridge Street (St. Matthew's Church on left and Culpeppers Bakery on right). Go one mile to the end of Cambridge Street. Take a sharp right onto Main Street. Drive down Main Street (the campus is on your left) thru your first set of traffic lights.

From 950 Main Street turn onto Woodland Street. Woodland Street curves to the right. Turn left on Charlotte Street, then left on Florence Street. Make the next left onto Downing Street & park on the Upper level of the Clark University parking garage on the right.

Alumni & Student Engagement Center parking lot - 939 Main Street, Worcester (next to St. Peter's Church)  

Administrative parking lot - (between Woodland & Hawthorne Sts)  

Clark Labs parking lot - 921 Main Street, Worcester

Some on-street parking is permitted, but please check street signs carefully for parking restrictions.

Download the parking and campus map in PDF format.

TIME

For all programs, registration begin at 8:45AM, and all programs run from 9AM until 12PM.

COST

$39 for the first workshop
$30 for each additional workshop or additional registrant (from same company)

Special - $150 for all 5 seminars

PAYMENT

To reserve your space, please mail your check made out to Clark University to:

Clark University SBDC
950 Main Street,
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Be sure to list attendees names and which seminars you are paying for. You can also REGISTER ONLINE but we cannot process credit cards - sorry.

Space is limited. Advanced registration required. Registration fees include materials and refreshments. The Clark SBDC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a workshop due to insufficient enrollment. Registration fees will be returned or credited towards future programs only if the Clark SBDC cancels or reschedules a seminar. Sorry, no refunds will be given to individuals who cancel or do not show up for a workshop they have registered for.

Please contact the Clark University SBDC for more information at 508-793-7615 or via email at sbdc@clarku.edu



Corporate Sponsors

The Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network Central Regional Office at Clark University would like to extend thanks to the following institutions for their financial support, thus allowing us to provide quality and educational workshops at a nominal fee to the small business community.