SEED Will Hold Evening Small Business Workshops In Bridgewater

The South Eastern Economic Development (SEED) Corporation and Mechanics Cooperative Bank will hold two basic business workshops in Bridgewater aimed at assisting potential and existing entrepreneurs. 

The free workshops are being held in cooperationwith the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), MA Small Business Development Center (MSBDC), Metro South Chamber of Commerce, and SCORE.

Both workshops will be held at Barrett’s Ale House, 425 Bedford Street, Bridgewater, MA.  The first of these workshops entitled “Learn the Fundamentals in Planning, Preparing, and Financing Your Business” will be heldon Wednesday, February 13, 2013 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Registration begins at 5:00 p.m.  Refreshments 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 on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Registration begins at 5:00 p.m.  Refreshments will be provided free of charge to attendees. 

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 Wednesday, February 6, 2013 and for directions to Barrett’s Ale House.  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 Micro Loan 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 is also a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) under the U.S. Department of the Treasury. 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. 

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

With total assets of $420 million, Mechanics Cooperative Bank offers a wide variety of personal and business deposit and loan products, including its “Mortgage in a Minute” online mortgage service. As a Massachusetts co-operative bank, 100% of customers’ deposits are always fully insured.

Established in 1877, Mechanics Cooperative Bank is Massachusetts’ second oldest co-operative bank with eight conveniently located branches in Bridgewater, Taunton, North Dighton, Somerset, Swansea, Fall River and Westport. For more information, call 1-888-MECHANICS (632-4264) or visit Member FDIC.  Member SIF.  Equal Housing Lender.

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