On June 3rd of this year, the Nipmuc Nation hosted a “Getting Started in Business” seminar. The MA Small Business Development Center (MSBDC) at UMass Boston presented the workshop. The Institute for New England Native American Studies (INENAS) co-sponsored the seminar. Mark Allio from the SBDC led the group of mostly Nipmucs through steps to becoming an entrepreneur. Mark emphasized “the Big Picture” in his lecture. Factors such as the economy, the business owner’s skills and lifestyle, finances, and business organization all contribute to the success or failure of a small business.
The MSBDC has 8 Network Centers and 42 Outreach Sites in Massachusetts. The MSBDC Network Center in Nipmuc Country is located at Clark University in Worcester. The staff at MSBDC will assist business owners and potential business owners with creating business and marketing plans, financing, and other business counseling services. The central Mass office’s contact information is below.
For those of you who live outside of Nipmuc Country, the MSBDC Network website can help you find an office near you – http://www.msbdc.org/network.html.
Recessions can be a great time to start your own business. If you have thought about it and want to see if its the right path for you, check out what the MSBDC has to offer.