MSBDC Presents: Fast Track Series – Practical tips for getting more sales through employees, partners, and customers



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Many small businesses have been struggling due to the economic shutdown amid the coronavirus pandemic. Yet, in the midst of this uncertainty, there is a silver lining. COVID-19 is providing many small business owners the opportunity to build a better business if they move quickly and strategically.

Beginning next week, the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC) invites you to join in their “Fast Track” series, developed for business owners and entrepreneurs looking to build a better business during these challenging times.

The series will offer a weekly combination of a Tuesday webinar, on practical and tactical business topics, combined with a Thursday virtual networking meeting, using Blitzr, a brand new platform designed to create high-energy collaboration and idea sharing.

Next Tuesday, October 13 at 11:00am, join Meghan Lynch and Andy Sherman to explore practical and tactical tips for getting more sales through employees, partners, and customers. Please click here to register.

On Thursday, October 15 at 11:00am, join Beth Bridges on Blitzr as she moderates a fun, fast-paced series of one-on-one idea sharing sessions about how to meet new customers in a virtual environment. Please click here to register.

Meghan Lynch is the president and CEO of Six-Point Creative, a brand development agency that specializes in helping growth-oriented business owners scale their brand and marketing.

Andy Sherman is the President of Apex Growth Advisors, a firm focused on helping companies achieve breakthrough Sales Growth, Discipline, and Accountability.

Beth Bridges is the Chief Networking Officer at Blitzr and the author of the best-selling book “Networking on Purpose: A Five-Part Success Plan to Build a Powerful & Profitable Business Network.”

The Fast Track series will provide you the most value when you participate in both the Tuesday and Thursday sessions.

Please contact Manassah Bradley at with any questions.

SCORE RI Presents: Women’s Small Business Summit



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We’re excited to announce the return of the Women’s Small Business Summit, hosted by SCORE RI. This year’s event has gone virtual—and it’s packed with inspiration, insights, and resources for current and aspiring female small business owners.
With three focused events over four weeks, the Summit is purpose-built for busy female entrepreneurs. You can see the full schedule here.
The new virtual format includes:
Keynote speech by Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea
Keynote speech and a group exercise by bnourished CEO Katie McDonald
Panel discussion with local female movers and shakers
Breakout sessions for starting, funding, and growing a business
Facilitated, small-group networking sessions
Along with the virtual Summit, SCORE is introducing a new Women’s Small Business Exchange Program, a private community to help female entrepreneurs strengthen their networks throughout the year.
A full-access Summit pass costs $30; full access plus a 1-year membership in the Exchange Program is $42. All proceeds from the event go to support SCORE’s mentoring program, workshops, and other initiatives.
Click here to learn more and register for the event. We hope to see you there!

MassHire NB Presents: “Sales in the New Normal” Free Interactive Virtual Workshop & Upcoming Consortium Program



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As we carefully reopen, adjust to working remotely, and protect the health of our employees, maintaining revenue is essential to keeping their jobs.
By now, you probably have a handle on the impact of the pandemic on your business. What should you be doing to ensure you maintain and increase revenue in a predictable and consistent way?
Join in on Tuesday October 6 from 10:00-11:30am for a 90 minute workshop that will cover corporate strategy, marketing and sales, sales/account management, and tracking systems.
For more information, please click here.
To register, please click here.
Want to dive deeper? MassHire NB is also hosting a week-long program where four to six companies will be selected to receive support and work 1:1 to discuss fiscal management, develop a marketing and sales strategy, and a plan for execution. The program is being funded by a consortium grant to help businesses in the region transform their sales revenue!
For more information about the consortium program:
MassHire Greater New Bedford 508-979-1504
Donna Ramos,
Deborah Meggison,
Ken Cheo, 781-930-3220 or

Governor Baker Announces Phase 3 Updates



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Over the weekend, Governor Baker announced that Massachusetts will press pause on the implementation of Step 2 of Phase 3 of his reopening plan, among other initiatives, in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. Details of the update can be found outlined in the press release here. Key components have been highlighted below:


Group Gatherings Update
Effective today, outdoor gatherings must reduce their capacity from 100 to 50 individuals, per the Executive Order from the administration. Indoor gatherings will continue to be limited at 25 people. Please note, this will now apply to both public and private spaces. Read the revised Executive Order for more details.


Step 2 of Phase 3 Postponed
Step 2 of Phase 3 of the Commonwealth’s reopening plan has been postponed indefinitely as a result of rising COVID-19 cases across the state. Events hosted at indoor theaters and concerts, among others will be affected. Please see the Order Authorizing the Reopening of Phase III Enterprises for a list of businesses in Phase 3, Step 2.


Restaurant/Bar Protocol Update
According to the updated restaurant protocols, alcoholic beverages may only be served for on-site consumption if accompanied by orders for food prepared on-site.


Cross-Agency COVID Enforcement and Intervention Team
The Administration unveiled a targeted cross-agency COVID Enforcement and Intervention Team that will lead enforcement statewide and coordinate with local intervention efforts in higher risk COVID-19 communities. For more information, please see the press release.


Small Business Updates & Resources
• Last week, the SBA released a PPP Forgiveness FAQ to support borrowers seeking loan forgiveness.
• The SBA also released its Small Business Resource Guide, full of tools and resources to help businesses with everyday operations and COVID-19 related support.
• SCORE, MSBDC, the Center for Women & Enterprise, and many others are available to assist with virtual counseling and workshops to support your small business; find an SBA Resource Partner here.


To apply for an outdoor dining permit, click here


For information on a free masks (must be New Bedford resident), click here.


To view additional sector-specific updates and details of the Governor’s reopening plan, click here


For more information on the status of reopening in New Bedford and other important news, visit New Bedford’s COVID-19 page.

Bristol Community College offers Free Skills Development Webinars

Contact: Kevin Spirlet
Associate Director of Media Relations
508.207.8943 (cell)


The Coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the lives of so many, both personally and professionally. To assist the region, Bristol Community College’s Business Solutions & Partnerships area is offering free, virtual professional development webinars to develop or strengthen in-demand skills.


These innovative webinars provide professional and technical skill development for job seekers, educators, employers and employees looking to increase proficiency in current and forecasted remote work and learning environments. The sessions focus on how to best adapt to the evolving “new norm” of business and education.


“Bristol Community College is proud to assist our communities with free professional development webinars during this unprecedented time of change in business and education,” said Jennifer Menard, Interim Vice President, Economic & Business Development, Bristol Community College. “Bristol’s mission is to serve our communities by being able to quickly respond to their needs. This is a great opportunity to aid our regions’ dedicated educators and professionals who are working remotely and in need of virtual in-demand training.”


Bristol’s Business Solutions & Partnerships area are offering the free, 60-90-minute live video webinar sessions, accessible from the college’s website listed below. 


The webinars will focus on three areas: Virtual Career Exploration and Personal Branding, Upskilling for Distance and Remote Learning for Educators and Professional and Organizational Virtual Training.


Career Exploration & Personal Branding includes topics such as developing an effective resume, building a professional LinkedIn presence, the power of personal branding and more.


Upskilling for Distance and Remote Learning for Educators includes optimizing student engagement through the Google classroom, time and priority management in the “new norm,” keeping audiences engaged virtually through Zoom, understanding cultural change and the racial divide and more.


Professional and Organizational Virtual Training includes development in areas such as improving your productivity with Microsoft Office applications, ways to improve business process improvement virtually, understanding cultural change and the racial divide and more.


How to Register: 


Participants can register for all or one of the topics in the series.


To register or to view a complete listing of the course focuses and topics, please visit:


For more information, please email or call 774.357.2527.



Business Solutions & Partnerships at Bristol Community College serves the community’s needs for professional development and credentialing leading to opportunities in a wide range of career options and new academic pathways. Business Solutions & Partnerships provides access to affordable, high-quality programs with experienced instructors.


These competency-based programs are closely tied to industry needs providing upskilling, credentialing and professional development that is aligned with real jobs and includes new skills and competencies in an ever-changing economy and workplace. Business Solutions & Partnerships also offers high-quality training to the business community to meet regional needs in top industry sectors including healthcare, manufacturing, hospitality, finance, energy and sustainability.


For more information about Business Solutions & Partnerships at Bristol Community College, please



About Bristol Community College


Bristol Community College (Bristol) has core values rooted in student success and lifelong learning. For more than 50 years, Bristol has served as a leading resource for education and workforce development in the region including locations in Attleboro, Fall River, New Bedford, and Taunton.


The college offers a rich variety of degree, certificate, and training programs along with flexible online offerings that lead to an associate degree, a career-ready certificate, or the ability to transfer to baccalaureate colleges throughout the state and country. The Center for Workforce and Community Education provides customized training for businesses and the community. The college also strives to put the needs of learners first with support services and career advancement opportunities that lead to student success by reducing barriers to educational access.


Bristol annually serves more than 11,000 credit students and 18,000 students who participate in noncredit activities. The college is one of the largest employers in the region and is dedicated to fostering an inclusive environment with a rich diversity of beliefs, cultures, languages, abilities and lifestyles. Bristol is a public community college accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).


Offshore wind training facility lands at MMA

Posted Nov 3, 2019 at 10:49 AM

BUZZARDS BAY — With the pop of a champagne bottle, a new offshore wind training facility officially opened for business off the docks of Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

State officials gathered at the Taylors Point campus late last month to launch the facility, which will train workers including welders, divers and electricians, as well as academy cadets, how to work on future offshore wind projects.

State and academy officials called the facility the first of its kind in the nation.

“This is the start of something that is going to be very, very big,” Gov. Charlie Baker said. “It will ultimately affect job opportunities, not just here in Massachusetts, but in New England and all the way down the coast.”

It is expected that 250 to 300 people will be trained through the facility each year, according to Paul O’Keefe, vice president of operations at the maritime academy.

Located at the end of a pier at the edge of the campus, the training platform uses the same types of rails and ladders that would be found on a real turbine, O’Keefe said. A 64-foot Carolina Skiff has been modified to simulate work crew transfer to the craft, he said.

“In other countries you see just a swimming pool inside a building,” O’Keefe said. “We are trying to simulate the real thing.”

The training facility will follow the standards set by the Global Wind Organization, which is made up of industry stakeholders who set the training requirements.

Workers being trained through the facility will first undergo basic safety training. The six-day course will focus on first aid, manual handling, fire awareness, working at great heights and sea survival, O’Keefe said.

The heights portion of the course will take place in the academy’s newly constructed indoor climbing facility, and a sea survival course will take place at the crew transfer training facility at the end of the pier.

The academy has partnered with Relyon Nutec, the world’s largest provider of Global Wind Organization training, to help train instructors.

“This package we are doing here, we’re talking about jobs, energy and zero emissions — that sounds like a no-brainer,” the academy’s president, Rear Adm. Francis MacDonald, said. “But for some reason it has taken us a long time to get there in this commonwealth.”

The academy received more than $1.73 million in grants from the Baker-Polito administration and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center in support of the training facility and basic safety program.

The training facility will help increase the workforce for the offshore wind industry. That includes those who will work on the construction and operation of Vineyard Wind’s 800-megawatt project planned for 15 miles off the coast of Massachusetts.

A study from the Clean Energy Center estimates that in the next decade, offshore wind farms will create 2,000 to 3,000 jobs and generate as much as $2 billion in the region.

But Stephen Pike, CEO of the Clean Energy Center, said “finding the right folks” to work on offshore wind projects is still one big challenge facing companies in the industry.

“It is a brand new industry in the U.S.,” Pike said. “Essentially no one is qualified to do the work that these companies need done.”

The state has to do a better job at connecting businesses to workers and those workers to training resources, Pike said. That way, it will create a pipeline of workers, he said.

In explaining the vision for the new training facility, U.S. Rep. William Keating, D-Mass., quoted an iconic line from the movie “Field of Dreams.”

“Build it and they will come,” he said. “That’s what this is all about.”

Keating believes there is potential for the state and the country to take a leadership role in offshore wind. But to do that, a greater investment must be made both in-state and nationally in the blue economy, he said.

During the next 30 years, the blue economy will be growing twice as fast as the global economy, Keating said. To tap into that now, he said, there has to be infrastructure in the ground, such as the new training facility.

“If we don’t have trained personnel for those jobs we are just not going to be successful,” Keating said.

Providing the tools to create more offshore wind jobs also will help fight climate change while providing well-paying jobs and preserving the ocean, Keating said.

“Let’s go forward,” he said.

Original story here.

Free Legal Clinic (offered monthly)

The Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network (MSBDC) is very pleased to announce that the prestigious law firm of Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP has generously offered to hold free legal clinics for small businesses in our office and outreach sites. On the second Friday afternoon of each month, you can meet with one of Partridge Snow & Hahn’s attorneys to discuss general legal questions such as corporate structure, leases, contracts, insurance, employment, franchising, etc. Appointments are free and completely confidential.

Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP  is a full service business law and litigation firm with offices in Providence, RI and New Bedford and Westborough, MA.

Any business participating in the clinic will be expected to sign a general waiver regarding conflicts, etc. These free, 30-minute confidential meetings are held monthly at various locations in Southeastern Massachusetts. Details are below.

Dates: Ongoing – second Friday of the month
Times: 1:00 – 4:30 pm (30-minute appointment)
Location: Various locations
Cost: Free
Contact: Alison Moriarty at 508-673-9783 ext.10 to schedule a free & confidential 30-minute appointment
Cosponsored by Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP

Date & Time Location & Details
Fri, June 14, 2013
1:00 – 4:30 p.m.Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce
134 Court Street, Plymouth

The SBA Advantage

This workshop will help you gain a better understanding of the various U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) programs and services that are available to prospective or current entrepreneurs who need assistance in starting or expanding their businesses. General information will be provided on the following programs and services:

  • SCORE – Counselors to America’s Small Business
  • MSBDC – Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network
  • BICs – Business Resource Centers
  • SBA Guaranty Loan Programs: 7(a), Micro Loans, Patriot and SBA Express Loans, and CDC/504 Loan
  • Government Contracting Opportunities: 8(a) Business Development, HUBZones (Historically Underutilized Business Zones), Small Disadvantaged Business, and Surety Bonding (when applicable, 2 years in business experience required)
  • Disaster Assistance

This free two-hour program is offered on various dates and locations. Please contact the appropriate agency to register (see chart below for details).Cosponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration

Date & Time Location & Details
Wed, June 19
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Brockton Career Works
34 School Street, Brockton
To register, contact the Brockton Career Works at 508-513-3400
Thu, June 20
10:00 a.m. – 12 noon
Plymouth Career Center
36 Cordage Park Circle
Suite 200, Plymouth
To register, contact the Plymouth Career Center at 508-732-5399