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Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Free business counseling is available to small and emerging businesses at NECC Riverwalk during the day, in both English and Spanish.  This is through a partnership with the MA Small Business Development Center’s Northeast Regional Office headquartered at Salem State University.  Contact Dianne Lahaye at 978-659-1222 to arrange counseling appointments; for info on general SBA, state or MSBDC services, call 978-542-6343 or go to www.salemstate.edu/sbdc.


Starting or Expanding Your Business Series

In Partnership with the Salem State University SBDC.

Workshops on starting or expanding your business are also offered in partnership with the SBDC which provide a general overview of topics and are free of charge (unless noted otherwise). 

Pre-registration is required! Call the Registrar’s Office at 978-556-3700. Seating is limited!


Don’t Be That Boss: How to Avoid Common Employer-Employee Mistakes  NEW!

Learn how to avoid some of the most common mistakes that small business owners make in managing their employees.  Through fictional and entertaining case studies followed by interactive group discussions, this legal workshop will focus on mistakes that business owners make when they hire new employees and mistakes that they make in handling their problem employees.  It is intended both for owners of existing businesses and for those who are thinking about starting a new business. 

Speakers: Jan A. Glassman and Joel Sowalsky, attorneys with extensive experience providing legal counsel, advising, and consulting services to businesses of all sizes

Course Information

Dates/Time: Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., one evening, 2/10

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: Free

CRN: 275 Course Number: ESBD1135 Section: RWA


Pricing Your Products & Services

Learn about pricing concepts, the role of pricing in a company’s strategy and an easy four step process to determine pricing for your services or products on the basis of costs, customer goals, trends and competition.

Speaker: Paul Shaughnessy, founder and owner of Lincoln Payroll Services, Inc. and PS Shipping, Inc.

Course Information

Dates/Time: Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., one evening, 3/10

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: Free

CRN: 273 Course Number: ESBD1089 Section: RWA


10 Ways to Beef Up Your Website  NEW!

A website is a key component to your marketing plan, and it is vital to keep up with the latest changes to technology and trends.  Web designer and developer Mike Sperling will bring you up to speed with tips on how to visually improve your site, boost usability, and optimize it for search engines.

Course Information

Dates/Time: Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., one evening, 4/14

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: Free

CRN: 272 Course Number: ESBD1134 Section: RWA