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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!


Your Business Plan: Soup to Nuts

Learn an easy approach to developing a business plan to manage all aspects of your business, including marketing, finance, operations, personnel, and overall strategy.  Existing business owners and pre-ventures will learn to test the feasibility of a new company or a new direction, and discover how to use their plan to raise capital.  Participants will receive a copy of the SBDC Business Planning Guide.

Speaker: Paul Shaughnessy, Lincoln Consulting Group, Inc.

Course Information

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

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: Free

CRN: 503 Course Number: ESBD1030 Section: RWA


Cash Flow: Your Way to Break Even

Why do bankers say “cash flow is king”?  How is cash flow different from profit?  This workshop and its simple but realistic class exercise will help you understand cash flow, assess when you will need capital, and position your business for bank financing.

Speaker: Paul Shaughnessy, Lincoln Consulting Group, Inc.

Course Information

Dates/Time: Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., one evening, 10/14

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: Free

CRN: 504 Course Number: ESBD1045 Section: RWA


WordPress for Your Small Business  NEW!

A content management system is software that makes it easy for non-techies to manage their website.  Easy-to-use, powerful, and flexible, WordPress is the most popular content management system on the market.  We will be discussing features, plugins, security, and more. 

Speakers: Mike Sperling, Founder and Director, Sperling Interactive and/or Mike Calabro, Director of Business Development, Sperling Interactive

Course Information

Dates/Time: Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., one evening, 11/18

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: Free

CRN: 505 Course Number: ESBD1136 Section: RWA