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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: Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., one evening, 9/16

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: Free

CRN: 683 Course Number: ESBD1133 Section: RWA


Hiring and Managing Employees and Contractors

Some of the most challenging issues facing small business owners involve their most important assets – people! Developing and retaining a loyal, productive team while complying with employment laws is a critical management task.  This workshop will help your Massachusetts business better manage employee and contractor issues and assist you in avoiding legal issues.

Speaker: Laurie LaBrie, Integrated Human Resources, Inc.

Course Information

Dates/Time: Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., one evening, 10/21

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: Free

CRN: 684 Course Number: ESBD1074 Section: RWA


Internet Marketing

Proven online strategies can help you launch your company’s web presence, e-mail newsletter or blog, and help you sell goods or services online.  Track your marketing and sales progress through web analytics, learn natural and paid search engine marketing, using keywords, shopping carts, web graphics and building your e-mail list to reach your target market.

Course Information

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

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: Free

CRN: 685 Course Number: ESBD1054 Section: RWB