SEED Will Hold Small Business Workshops in New Bedford

The South Eastern Economic Development (SEED) Corporation and Rockland Trust Community Development Corporation will hold two basic business workshops in New Bedford aimed at assisting potential and existing entrepreneurs. 

The free workshops are being held in cooperation with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), MA Small Business Development Center (MSBDC), New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce, New Bedford Economic Development Council and SCORE.

Both workshops will be held on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at the Fairfield Inn & Suites, Waypoint Event Center, 185 MacArthur Drive, New Bedford.  The first of these workshops entitled “Learn the Fundamentals in Planning, Preparing, and Financing Your Business” will be held from 9:00 a.m. to noon.  Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided free of charge to attendees. 

This workshop 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.

The second workshop entitled “Understanding the Purpose of Financial Statements and How They Can Help Determine the Health of Your Business” will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

The focus of this workshop is to help 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.

Please call SEED Corporation at 508-822-1020, to register for either or both sessions by Thursday, June 6th and for directions to the Fairfield Inn & Suites, Waypoint Event Center.  SEED Corporation holds this entrepreneurial workshop series on a monthly basis throughout the region.  For information on future sessions, please contact SEED. 

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 in 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 in the region are able to get the assistance they need to be successful. 

Rockland Trust Community Development Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rockland Trust Company, the commercial bank subsidiary of Independent Bank Corp. (NASDAQ: INDB). Rockland Trust is a full-service commercial bank headquartered in Massachusetts with $5.7 billion in assets which provides a wide range of consumer, business, investment, and insurance products and services.  Named a Boston Globe “Best Place to Work” for four consecutive years and one of America’s “Best Banks” by Forbes for three consecutive years, Rockland Trust’s network consists of nearly 80 retail branches, 10 commercial lending offices, four investment management, and three residential lending centers throughout Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. To find out why Rockland Trust is the bank “Where Each Relationship Matters®”, please visit www.RocklandTrust.com.  Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

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

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