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Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Free business counseling is available to small and emerging businesses at NECC Haverhill 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 978-556-3065 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!


Starting a Business:  What You Need to Know

Inspired, “downsized” or just ready to own your own business?  Know what it takes to be successful?  Assess your entrepreneurship potential while getting an overview of the marketing, financial and operations issues involved in starting a business.

Speaker: Walter Manninen, MSBDC Senior Business Advisor/Financial Specialist

Course Information

Dates/Time: Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., one evening, 9/27

Location: Haverhill

Cost: Free

CRN: 707 Course Number: ESBD1139 Section: OWA


20+ Ways to Promote Your Business – Even Without a PR Budget  NEW!

Discover innovative ways small business owners and entrepreneurs can use free PR, social media and publicity tools to build their business, gain visibility, credibility and leadership position.  You’ll also explore 20+ ways entrepreneurs can market their brand and get results – without breaking the bank!

Speaker: Robin Samora, small business marketing and PR consultant

Course Information

Dates/Time: Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., one evening, 10/25

Location: Haverhill

Cost: Free

CRN: 708 Course Number: ESBD1140 Section: OWA