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Time and location

Saturday, February 15, 2020
9 am to noon

Carlson Hall
CH120

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Note: This workshop will be presented in English and Spanish.

The Central Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (SBDC), along with the Latin American Business Organization (LABO) invites you to a free introductory entrepreneurship workshop.

There is no fee for this workshop.  To register, please email your contact information to sbdc@clarku.edu.

Speakers

Dr. John Alver Dobson, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship

Dr. Dobson is a seasoned, experienced bilingual entrepreneur and scholar show teaches business courses at Clark University.  Some of his expertise comes in the form of educating others in innovation, creativity, critical thinking and problem solving.  John has a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the London School of Economics and also has a doctorate from the University of Manchester (Reino Unido).

Dr. Dobson’s passion is to help others learn through his experiences in order to achieve their own entrepreneurial goals and objectives.  He also has experience starting his own business ventures while leveraging the global marketplace to maximize opportunities.

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Time and location

Monday, February 17, 2020 @ 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 @ 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 @ 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m

Lurie Conference Room
Higgins University Center

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This three-day, nine-hour workshop for QuickBooks will discuss how you can use this powerful tool to help manage your business efficiently.  These sessions are open discussion, non-threatening, not overwhelming and you will be able to ask specific questions.

Topics include:

  • Explanation of QuickBooks
  • Accounting basics required to utilize the software
  • Set up options for your business with examples
  • Understanding how to utilize QuickBooks reports and invoicing capabilities

If you have never used QuickBooks or don’t understand how to leverage this powerful financial management tool, you should not miss this seminar series.  Nancy Burgess, CPA, is the President/Owner of Burgess Consulting.  Her interactive teaching style will leave you empowered and ready to tackle the financial management of your business.  QuickBooks Desktop (not QuickBooks online) will be utilized.  Please do not bring your laptop as Nancy will be covering QuickBooks capabilities and show examples versus the setup for each individual participant.

Registration is limited to 15 people.  The fee for this three-night course is $99.00

Speaker

Nancy Burgess, CPA, President/Owner, Burgess Consulting

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Time and location

Wednesday, March 4, 2020
9 am to 12 pm

Grace Conference Room
Higgins University Center

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Learn rules, regulation and resources for your food business. The Worcester Regional Food Hub Kitchen provides a variety of services for start-up and existing food entrepreneurs, including hourly kitchen rentals, technical assistance, workshops and support.  It is designed to bolster a robust regional food system.  The Food Hub’s mission is to increase local food access and consumption and recruit, retain and incubate local food entrepreneurs, collectively building healthy, sustainable and just communities.

Workshop fee:  $25.00


Speaker

Shon Rainford, Director, Worcester Regional Food Hub

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Time and location

March 14, 21, 28 & April 4, 11, 18
9 am to 12 pm

Carlson Hall
CH120

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The Central Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (SBDC), along with the Latin American Business Organization (LABO) invites you to an introductory entrepreneurship seminar series.  This 6-week course is intended for people interested in learning about entrepreneurship and those who have already started their own business.  The course is designed to develop knowledge, skills and abilities to use creativity and innovation to develop effective solutions.

Series fee:  $99.00

Speaker

Dr. John Alver Dobson, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship

Dr. Dobson is a seasoned, experienced bilingual entrepreneur and scholar show teaches business courses at Clark University.  Some of his expertise comes in the form of educating others in innovation, creativity, critical thinking and problem solving.  John has a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the London School of Economics and also has a doctorate from the University of Manchester (Reino Unido).

Dr. Dobson’s passion is to help others learn through his experiences in order to achieve their own entrepreneurial goals and objectives.  He also has experience starting his own business ventures while leveraging the global marketplace to maximize opportunities.

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Time and location

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
9 am to 12 pm

Grace Conference Room
Higgins University Center

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Without conducting research, you will not be able to determine your identity in the market or be able to reach the consumers who will purchase your products or service.  This will be an interactive workshop where you will be grouped with similar industries/markets.  Worksheets will be provided to help you structure your research so that you can make informed business decisions on product/service, price, place, promotion and people.

Workshop fee:  $25

Speakers

Jackie Dzugan, Worcester Library, Business and Grants Resource Librarian

Cheryl Miller, SBDC, Sr. Business Advisor and Training Director

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Time and location

Wednesday, April 8, 2020
9 am to 12 pm

Grace Conference Room
Higgins University Center

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Pagano Media is a digital marketing agency dedicated to crafting impactful branding, web design, video, social media, events and more.  As Pagano Media strives to be at the forefront of the revolution in digital marketing, one thing hasn’t changed over the decades: our commitment to creating powerful messages that enables clients to reach their goals.  Learn about the many components of a marketing strategy including Google Analytics.

Workshop fee:  $25.00

Speaker

Leo Pagano, Strategic Director Pagano Media

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Time and location

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
9 am to 12 pm

ASEC Room 202
Alumni Student Engagement Center

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Before you can start your business, you should be consulting with professionals that will help you make important decisions that will affect your business now and in the future.  Just because someone comes highly recommended, does not mean they are right for you.  Learn about important criteria in selecting a lawyer, accountant, insurance agent, and bank.  Not asking the right questions up front can set you up for trouble in the future.

Workshop fee:  $25.00

Speakers

Jeffrey Donaldson, Esq., Mirick O’Connell, Attorneys At Law

Curtis Feldman, CPA, S&G, Business Consultants & Certified Public Accountants

Yvonne Baker, Commercial Lines Specialist, The Feingold Companies

Tony Rakic, VP, Senior Relationship Manager/Commercial Banking, TD Bank

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Time and location

Wednesday, May 6, 2020
9 am to 12 pm

Grace Conference Room
Higgins University Center

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Employment law is complicated.  How do you properly classify your workers?  What happens if you misclassify them?  What information do you need to maintain?  How do you keep compliant and up to date?   Don’t expose your company to heavy fines, penalties and litigation.

Here are some of the important topics that will be covered:

  • Wage Laws – paying employees, keeping proper records, and avoiding government audits/lawsuits
  • Sex At Work/Me#2 – how to avoid harassment and discrimination complaints
  • Noncompete and Confidentiality Agreements – protecting business secrets from competitors
  • Family and Medical Leave – the new Massachusetts law, financial contributions, and employee leaves of absence
  • Employee vs Independent Contractor – how to classify workers and the risks from errors

Workshop fee:  $25.00

Speakers

Jack K. Merrell, Esq., Employment Law and Civil Litigation, KSR Law

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Time and location

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
9 am to 12 pm

Grace Conference Room
Higgins University Center

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What do you need to be aware of and how can you protect yourself?  Especially when the sophistication of the information thieves keeps on changing/increasing.  You will learn about threats to your business and what steps you may need to take to protect your information and money.  Don’t leave your business exposed.

Speakers:

Richard Porter, President, Cinch I.T.

Karen Niro, Vice President of Treasury Management, Rockland Trust

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Time and location

Thursday, June 4, 2020
9 am to 12 pm

Grace Conference Room
Higgins University Center

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What are the basic financial statements, how do they integrate and what do they show?  Learn how balance sheets, profit and loss statements and cash flow statements can be used as a planning tool to help you manage your business to success.  Even if you are uncomfortable (or want to avoid them), we will walk you through what they are, what they show you, and how you can use them as a management tool to create a healthy business.

Speaker:

Richard Cheney, Director, Small Business Development Center

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Additional information

 

Parking

  • Clark University Parking Garage – Entrance on Downing Street. Guest parking is located on the upper level.
  • Alumni & Student Engagement Center parking lot – 939 Main Street, Worcester (next to St. Peter’s Church)
  • Administrative parking lot – (between Woodland & Hawthorne Streets)
  • Clark Labs parking lot – 921 Main Street, Worcester

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

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$99 each for QuickBooks workshop and Creativity & Innovation Series

$25 each for remaining workshops

Credit card payment accepted with online registration, or a check, made payable to Clark University, may be mailed to:

Clark University SBDC
950 Main Street
Worcester MA
01610-1477

Space is limited. Advanced registration required. Registration fees include materials and coffee/tea service. 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 register but are unable to attend.

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

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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.

Contact Information

Small Business Development Center

Office Location
Mailing Address
  • Clark University SBDC
    950 Main Street
    Worcester MA, 01610-1477