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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!


Starting a Business – What You Need to Know  NEW!

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: Jim Stone of Chain Store Advisors

Course Information

Dates/Time: Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., one evening, 9/14

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: Free

CRN: 573 Course Number: ESBD1139 Section: RWA


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: Jim Stone of Chain Store Advisors

Course Information

Dates/Time: Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., one evening, 10/19

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: Free

CRN: 574 Course Number: ESBD1133 Section: RWA