Friday, October 2, 2015

Viking Voices - Massachusetts Small Business Development Center

Welcome to the latest edition of the Viking Voices blog. We’ve been having a series of conversations highlighting the many great resources available at Salem State that are helping members of our alumni community in our careers and in business. Our most recent conversation was about the jammed packed schedule of events on the calendar of the Enterprise Center. This week let's have a conversation about the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Northeast Regional Office.

Collocated with the Enterprise Center on central campus the SBDC is an important regional resource providing, “Free and confidential business advice and free or low-cost business seminars to help you raise capital, start or grow your business in Massachusetts.” As the image below shows, the SBDC serves businesses north of Boston.

In addition to co-sponsoring events that benefit alumni and businesses with the Enterprise Center at Salem State the SBDC hosts seminars and educational opportunities across the service area. Upcoming co-sponsored events taking place in Salem at the Enterprise Center include, Marketing B2B: Best Practices (Oct 5), Twitter: a Powerful, Easy-to-Use Marketing Tool (Oct 8), Starting A Business – What You Need to Know (Oct 20), and others. Beyond Salem many valuable events are taking place. 

Events taking place in locations other than the Salem State campus include:
  • Social Media Marketing, Thursday, October 8, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. at the North Shore Community College location in the Cummings Center in Beverly;
  • Cash Flow Your Way to Breakeven, Thursday, October 14, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m., Northern Essex Community College, RIverwalk Campus in Lawrence;
  • Pricing Your Products and Services, Thursday, November 5, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m., North Shore Community College Beverly; and
  • WordPress for Your Business, Wednesday, November 18, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Northern Essex Community College, Riverwalk Campus, Lawrence. 
For any of these above session you may register online or contact Laurel Costello of the SBDC at 978-542-6343 or

The SBDC Northeast Regional Office also offers, “Business advising appointments at the offices of chambers of commerce, local universities and colleges, and economic development groups.” The list of locations where these services may be obtained includes:
Call the organizations listed above to make an appointment with an SBDC advisor.

In addition to these great events and advising resources the SBDC website offers help in other ways. Click through for valuable business tools, client profiles, business resources and news about the SBDC.

Click here to contact SBDC. Click here to download a brochure.

I hope that you find this conversation helpful to inform you of the continuing benefits that Salem State provides to our alumni community. Check back next week for the next Viking Voices as I highlight another great Salem State resource.

Thank you to the corporate sponsors who help to make the work of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center possible.

Go Vikings!

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