October – Celebrating Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Come to the Springfield City Library during our 2-week series to learn more about organizations such as SBA, SCORE, Valley Venture Mentors and more.

Have you been looking for a way to connect with local small business and entrepreneur resources? Mark your calendar! Registration opens September 15 for programs with attendance limits.

Central Library, Computer Lab
October 15, 2018 | 5:30-7:00 PM

Crowdfunding for Small Business Workshop: SCORE, America’s premier source of free and confidential small business advice for entrepreneurs and small businesses, is a nonprofit resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). A representative from the Western Massachusetts chapter will be presenting valuable information about crowdfunding for small businesses and entrepreneurs.


Sixteen Acres Branch
October 16, 2018 | 5:30-7:00 PM

The Story of SCORE in Western Massachusetts: The Western Massachusetts chapter of SCORE provides FREE, confidential counseling to small business entrepreneurs at 7 locations in Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire counties. Whether you are starting a new business, or are already in business, you could benefit from our experienced mentors’ expertise. Our goal is to create ongoing relationships with small business entrepreneurs to help them make good business decisions, and to help define and achieve their objectives. Join a representative from WMass SCORE to learn more about how their volunteers can help you!


East Forest Park Branch
October 17, 2018 | 5:30-6:30 PM

Women Innovators & Trailblazers Info Session: WIT is building a community where women boldly define and fulfill their entrepreneurial ambitions. Their mission is to ignite a women-led innovation economy in Western Massachusetts and beyond. Come learn more about their supportive resources to help your business succeed!

Central Library, Computer Room
October 17, 2018 | 6:00-7:30 PM

SBA Business Smart Workshops: PART 1 -These two (2) FREE workshops (this is a series, please plan to attend both) will help you gain a better understanding of what it takes to start and grow a business. Learn about SBA programs and services that are available to prospective or current entrepreneurs who need assistance in starting or expanding their businesses. General information will be provided on the following programs and services:

  • Gain a basic understanding of the key steps to getting your business off the ground
  • Learn about various financing options
  • Learn what banks look for when lending money
  • Learn about the local resources available to assist you in starting and growing a small business

And MUCH MORE!

Register


Brightwood Branch
October 18, 2018 | 6:00-7:30 PM

Financial Literacy for Small Business Owners: A representative from Berkshire Bank will present information about what banks look for when funding a small business. Topics include information about general and specific products and services, payroll processing, business credit, and others. There will be time available for questions as well.

Register


Central Library, Rotunda
October 24, 2018 | 5:30-7:00 PM

Valley Venture Mentors Table Session: Valley Venture Mentors (VVM) is building, supporting, and maintaining a community to launch an entrepreneurial renaissance. By nurturing startups, we impact the employees they hire, the customers they serve, and the neighborhoods they revitalize. And it’s working. Come learn about starting a business, growing your business, networking, or becoming a mentor!

Central Library, Community Room
October 24, 2018 | 6:00-7:30 PM

SBA Business Smart Workshops: PART 2 -These two (2) FREE workshops (this is a series, please plan to attend both) will help you gain a better understanding of what it takes to start and grow a business. Learn about SBA programs and services that are available to prospective or current entrepreneurs who need assistance in starting or expanding their businesses. General information will be provided on the following programs and services:

  • Gain a basic understanding of the key steps to getting your business off the ground
  • Learn about various financing options
  • Learn what banks look for when lending money
  • Learn about the local resources available to assist you in starting and growing a small business

And MUCH MORE!

Register