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Starting & Operating a Small Business

January 19 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Small Business Workshop

Three Panels will address:

-Getting Started and Planning,

-Funding your Business

-Marketing and Permitting


I.  Introduction   


II.  Getting Started & Planning  9:00am -10:00am

Topics covered: Key Steps and Skills, Business Plan, Market Research, Target Clientele, Business Organization Types, Tax ID, Pivoting in Challenging Times.

·  Bill Feingold, SCORE Advisor

·  Nancy Gerardi, Northeast Regional Director, Mass. Small Business Development Center

·  Tom O’Donnell, Sr. Director, UMass-Lowell Innovation Hub

·  Sophia Kambonis, Executive Director, Massachusetts Innovation Network


III.  Funding Your Business 10:00am -11:00am

Topics covered: Budgeting, Cash Flow, Bootstrapping, Building a relationship with a bank, How to apply for a loan, micro-loans, crowdsourcing

·  Eddy Desir, AVP, Financial Education Specialist, Cambridge Savings Bank

·  Jorge A. Andrade, Vice President-Business Banking Relationship, Eastern Bank

·  Mark Drew, Senior Loan Officer, Mass Growth Capital Corp.

·  Charles Smith, Director, Entrepreneurship Center at Community Teamwork


IV.  Marketing & Permitting 11:00am -12:00 PM

Topics covered: Marketing & Promotions Overview, Digital Marketing, Social Media, E-Commerce, Licensing and Permitting

·  Ani Vong, Small Business coach, Entrepreneurship Center at Community Teamwork

·  Michelle Mercier, Massachusetts Innovation Network

·  Jeffrey King. Housing and Economic Development Director, Town of Bedford

Resource Tables & Networking


Resource Tables & Networking will be available before and after the panel discussions


January 19
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Event Category:


Jeff King, Town of Bedford