The following was submitted by The Enterprise Center:
January is a month of new beginnings, new intentions and, thanks to the Enterprise Center at Salem State University, the perfect time to explore new business trends and acquire new business skills.
Perhaps the only business center of its kind in the country to offer so many workshops—all of them free—the Enterprise Center specializes in two-hour sessions designed to provide a quick overview of a specific topic. Subjects range from basic sales, marketing, finance and human resources issues to hot trends you won’t find presented like this anywhere else on the North Shore. Appropriately, the season kicks off with Starting a Business: What You Need to Know on Tuesday, January 8th; this workshop is sponsored by the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center, which is located right in the Enterprise Center. How to Get a Loan, What’s Involved in Selling Internationally, and Transitioning from Start-up to Ongoing Business are three other January-February offerings.
There’s also another installment of the “Business of…” series, which was new this past year and looks at North Shore opportunities in specific business sectors. “The Business of Restaurants” is scheduled for January 29th, featuring a panel of local restaurateurs.
“We’re always looking for new topics and programs, and I’m pleased to announce that the Enterprise Center will offer its first workshop for government employees this winter,” said CEO Christine Sullivan. Customer service for Government Agencies and Non-Profits is scheduled for Thursday, February 28th.
Then comes Tech Month. March is devoted to exploring the many technology-related topics that are increasingly critical to operating a successful business in an interconnected world. This year, six different workshops will address websites, social media, and online advertising; a special two-part series will focus on creating multimedia and making it accessible to search engines, like Google, that determine the order in which websites appear during a search.
There are also workshops specifically for non-profit organizations as well as two 128 Venture North breakfast meetings designed to bring entrepreneurs and investors together. “In Search of the Perfect Investor Pitch” (February 15th) and Piranha Pond (March 22nd) are sure to be popular. Last but not least, the winter session brings the North of Boston Business Plan Competition; the deadline for applications is 5:00 pm, Friday, February 22, 2013.
With 16 workshops, two Venture North Breakfasts, a “Business of…” presentation and the North of Boston Business Plan Competition on tap, the Enterprise Center will be a busy place this winter. “We’re very excited,” said Enterprise Center COO, Laura Swanson. “We have a strong winter line up that we think will be of interest to a lot of business owners and prospective entrepreneurs.”
Learn more about all of the speakers, subject matter and registration information on the Center’s website, enterprisectr.org, where you can also download a copy of the winter brochure.
The Enterprise Center at Salem State University arms business owners with the knowledge and skills to start their business, grow and succeed. The Enterprise Center is located at 121 Loring Avenue, Salem, MA 01970. Phone 978-542-7528, enterprisectr.org.