SEED Will Hold Free Entrepreneurial Workshops this Fall/Winter

The South Eastern Economic Development (SEED) Corporation will hold free basic business workshops throughout the region this fall/winter aimed at assisting potential and existing entrepreneurs.  The workshops are co-sponsored by local banks and credit unions, the Small Business Development Center Network, local community and economic development organizations, chambers of commerce, SCORE and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). 

The first of these workshops entitled “Learn the Fundamentals in Planning, Preparing and Financing Your Business” is geared toward helping potential entrepreneurs evaluate and understand the fundamentals of owning one’s own business.  Information on how to get started, where and how to get financing and the loan application process will be presented.  Attendees will also be provided with a free guide to writing a business plan and other materials.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided free of charge to attendees. 

The second workshop entitled “Understanding the Purpose of Financial Statements and How They Can Help Determine the Health of Your Business” is focused on helping attendees understand a balance sheet, income statement, and cash flow statement.  The workshop also explains how a small business owner can anticipate financial needs in order to operate his/her business more efficiently. 

The following is a list of dates and locations for SEED’s upcoming workshops.  Please call SEED Corporation at 508-822-1020, for more information or to register for a free workshop.   

                 DATE               LOCATION                SPONSOR
September 20, 2012
8:00 am – 3:00 pm  
Bartlett’s Farm Hay Loft
33 Bartlett Farm Road
Nantucket, MA 02554
Cape Cod Five Cents
Savings Bank
October 25, 2012
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Johnson & Wales U.
Culinary Arts Museum
315 Harborside Blvd.
Providence, RI 02905  
Rockland Trust Community Development Corporation
November 8, 2012
9:30 am – 4:30 pm 
Middlesex Savings Bank
Operations Center
120 Flanders Road
Westborough, MA 01518 
Middlesex Savings Bank 
December 5, 2012
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Fall River Area
Chamber of Commerce
200 Pocasset Street
Fall River, MA 02721  
Rockland Trust Community Development Corporation
January 24, 2012
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Chamber of Commerce
60 School Street
Brockton, MA 02301
Rockland Trust Community Development Corporation


SEED Corporation is a non-profit organization certified by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and designated as an Intermediary under the SBA’s Microloan Program.  This program is designed to provide loans to new and existing business owners in amounts up to $50,000.

As a regional economic development organization, SEED also offers a full range of financing programs providing loans up to $5.5 million to assist small businesses to grow and create jobs throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  SEED works with other economic development and financing institutions throughout the region to ensure that individuals who are committed to owning and operating a small business are able to get the assistance they need to be successful.

For more information on SEED and its programs, please call the SEED office at 508-822-1020 or visit SEED’s website at

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