Monday, April 2, 2012

City of Lowell April Business Resource Calendar

April 2012 Business Resource Calendar  
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Spring has sprung! Please take advantage of these resourceful business events in the Greater Merrimack Valley and Boston area this spring season. These events help connect the small business community to many organizations that offer technical, financial, and procurement assistance. We encourage organizations to contact us if they have any upcoming events that would be useful to the Lowell community. Also note that on May 31st we will also be holding our 5th Annual Lowell Small Business Week, more information to come. 

Featured Event:

Mass Innovation Nights  


April 11th , 2012  

6:00PM to 8:30PM  


Appleton Mills

219 Jackson Street

Lowell, MA 01852

Mass Innovation Nights is the region's free product launch party and grassroots networking event and now it's coming to Lowell. Come see 10 new products get launched! For more information and to register visit their website.

MassChallenge UnTapped: WEBINAR  


April 3rd, 2012  

7:00PM to 8:00PM  


Online Event

MassChallenge looks forward to answering any questions. We've got some great things in store for 2012 and can't wait to share them! Please come with comments, questions, suggestions, and more. Welcome to anyone interested in being a participant, sponsor, mentor, or judge. For more information visit their website or contact

Social Media  


April 4th , 2012  

1:00PM to 3:00PM  


Lowell Telecommunications Corporation (LTC) Studios 246 Market Street

Lowell, MA 01852

This workshop is offered in partnership with the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce and Lowell Telecommunications Corporation."The Times, They Are A-Changin", and we know that social media marketing now plays a vital role in the success of businesses and organizations. This seminar provides an overview of various online marketing tools including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

RSVP: or 978-322-8400.

MassChallenge UnTapped: Alumni Edition  


April 4th , 2012  

6:00PM to 8:00PM  


Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC)

One Broadway

Cambridge, MA 02142

This week MassChallenge welcomes a panel of their very own MassChallenge alumni to share their expertise and experiences from past years. Gather knowledge and connect with fellow prospective applicants, mentors, and startup enthusiasts! For more information visit their website or contact

Right Start Entrepreneurial Training  


April 4th , 2012  

6:00PM to 9:00PM  


Community Teamwork Inc. (Bon Marche Building)

155 Merrimack Street, 3rd Floor

Lowell, MA 01852

Start of the new series of The Right Start Entrepreneurship Training Program provides a solid educational foundation on which to build a small business. Practical, flexible, and taught by small business professionals, this six-class series will help you learn the difference between success and failure. Training provides a firm foundation of practical knowledge to build your business and covers these topics: Intro to Business, Marketing, Sales, Bookkeeping and Taxes, Financing, and Business Law. RSVP:, 978-322-8400.

Unlocking Profitability with Accounting  


April 4th and April 5th 2012  
6:00PM to 9:00PM  


Merrimack Valley Small Business Center
88 Middle Street

Lowell, MA 01852

There are some basic business metrics every business person should know in order to successfully manage a business. Do you know what your profit margin is and how that impacts your business? Is your cash flow sufficient to get you through the leaner months? This 2-night seminar is designed to give you a solid understanding of financial statements that in turn will give you valuable information on your own business.

RSVP: or 978-322-8400.

MedTech IGNITE: Networking Night at M2D2  


April 5th , 2012  

5:00PM to 7:00PM  


M2D2 Innovation Hub

600 Suffolk Street

Lowell, MA 01852

MassMEDIC's MedTech IGNITE program will host an evening networking session for start-up medical device entrepreners, advisors, mentors, and board members. Identifying the right advisory level expertise and uncovering the most innovative medtech startups is often a daunting challenge. Pointers from: Mike Travis, principal at Travis & Company, where he was named by BusinessWeek as one of "The World's Most Influential Headhunters.


For more information visit their website 

Legal Clinic with the Economic Justice Project  


April 9th , 2012  

6:00PM to 8:00PM  


Merrimack Valley Small Business Center
88 Middle Street

Lowell, MA 01852

This clinic is offered in partnership with the Economic Justice Project. This clinic is a 30-minute, face-to-face consultation with a business law attorney to discuss any legal issues you face as a small business. Space is limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible. There is a short intake process to determine your exact legal needs and concerns, so an attorney can prepare properly. RSVP:, 978-322-8400.

The Capital Network-Venture Fast Track One Day Boot Camp for VC and Angel Success  


April 10th , 2012  

7:30AM to 4:30PM  


Nutter McClennen & Fish Seaport West
155 Seaport Blvd.
Boston, MA 02210

Led by leading experts in the field of startup financing, the limited seat Fast Track is an intensive, interactive full-day seminar designed to provide entrepreneurs and investors an in-depth understanding of what it takes to raise early stage capital for a startup. For more information visit their website.


Networking Made Easy to Grow Your Business  


April 11th , 2012  

8:00AM to 10:00AM  


Merrimack Valley Small Business Center
88 Middle Street
Lowell, MA 01852

Have you ever attended a networking event and felt like it was a waste of time? Do you feel like everyone is better at networking than you are? Then this is the class for you! Join Kevin Willett, founder of the Friends of Kevin, and learn how to build trust in relationships, set networking goals, start and end conversations, and develop a thirty second commercial. For more information about Friends of Kevin please visit RSVP:, 978-322-8400.

University of Massachusetts Lowell and the Career Services: Summer & Beyond Career Fair  


April 11th , 2012  

1:00PM to 4:00PM  


UMass Lowell Campus Recreation Center
100 Pawtucket Street

Lowell, MA 01854

UMass Lowell is hosting its Summer & Beyond Career Fair on Wednesday, April 11th, from 1-4 pm at UML's Campus Recreation Center, 100 Pawtucket Street, Lowell, MA 01854. This is UML's largest career event and welcomes 100 companies and 600+ students. Companies interested in registering can visit UML's Career Services and Cooperative Education Center's website at or contact Karen O'Donnell at or (978) 934-2733. Deadline for registration is April 3rd.

M2D2 New Venture Competition Awards  


April 11th , 2012  

4:00PM to 7:00PM 


Nutter McClennen & Fish Seaport West
155 Seaport Blvd.
Boston, MA 02210

This event will feature the Awardees of the New Venture Competition Showcase. The finalists have competed for a chance to win a total of $15,000 in M2D2 Services including: Engineering Services, Business School Services and Medical School Services. Come see the new medical device ventures that have been selected by a panel of judges. This Showcase Event is for Inventors, Entrepreneurs & Small Businesses as well as investors in the medical device industry. For more information visit their website.

The Living Business Plan  


April 16th , 2012  

6:00PM to 8:00PM  


Merrimack Valley Small Business Center
88 Middle Street
Lowell, MA 01852

This 2-hour interactive workshop will focus on developing and using a business plan as a living document to not only breathe new life into your business, but also as a tool to grow in a concerted effort.  During the workshop, participants will draw from their own business to develop a written version of their living business plan.

RSVP:, 978-322-8400.

The EntreTech Forum  


April 17th , 2012  

6:30PM to 9:30PM  


Emerging Center at Foley Hoag the Bay Colony Corporate Center
Waltham, MA 02452

On Tues. April 17, the EntreTech Forum, co-sponsored by the Medical Development Group, presents a panel of company founders and a venture capital representative from Polaris Ventures who will share their recent experiences in transforming an idea into an operating venture. Our panel will focus on the keys to overcoming common start-up challenges, from forming a great team to attracting (and landing!) the right financial and strategic partners. First time and experienced entrepreneurs are encouraged to bring their questions to what will be an interactive and instructive discussion. For more information visit their website.

Connecting Your Business to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts  


April 23rd , 2012  

10:00AM to 12:00PM  


Community Teamwork Inc. (Bon Marche Building)
155 Merrimack Street, 3rd Floor
Lowell, MA 01852

This workshop is offered in partnership with the Operational Services Division (OSD) of the Massachusetts state government. OSD administers the procurement process of the Commonwealth. This OSD workshop is designed for businesses who are interested in learning how to do business with the State. This workshop includes: Where to find bidding opportunities, Bidding process for Statewide Contracts, Comm-PASS Overview, Marketing to public entities and OSD programs and services that support the business community. RSVP:, 978-322-8400.

Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce: Professional Development Workshops  


April 24th , 2012  

1:00PM to 6:00PM  


Radisson Hotel & Suites
One Independence Drive Chelmsford, MA 01824

Join the Chamber for an afternoon filled of wonderful seminars and an evening of Speed Networking with the Young Professionals of Greater Lowell. 1:00PM-5:00PM- Seminars 5:00PM -6:00PM- Casual Networking 6:00-Speed Networking For more information visit their website or contact

Merrimack Valley Sandbox Development Dialogue 2012  


April 25th and April 26th

All day  


UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center
50 Warren Court
Lowell, MA 01852

The conference will include the Campus Catalyst Showcase & Pitch Contest, a Forum on the Sandbox and more! Visit their website for more information.


Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund-Resource for Area Businesses  


April 26th , 2012  

9:30AM to 12:30PM  


Greater Lowell Workforce Investment Board
107 Merrimack Street, 3rd Floor Conference Room, Lowell, MA 01852

The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development recently announced increased flexibility of its Workforce Training Fund application process. The Greater Lowell Workforce Investment Board will be hosting a workshop with Mike Corcoran from the Department of Workforce Development to provide a detailed review of the application process for area businesses. If your company is considering applying for a WTF grant, don't miss out on this opportunity to participate in a hands-on session designed to help walk you through the process. Session is limited to business participants and advance registration is required. Please contact Gail Brown, 978-805-4736,  for more information or to register for this event.

3rd Annual Massachusetts Sustainable Economy Conference  


April 30th , 2012  

8:15AM to 4:30PM  


Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
600 Atlantic Avenue #100 Boston, MA 02210

The 3rd Annual SEC is designed to advance the knowledge, perspective and networks of all sector leaders and others working to create a sustainable economy, improve economic recovery and growth, reduce operation costs, drive job creation, build sustainable communities and expand the green economy in Massachusetts. This is achieved with interactive panels, roundtable discussions and single-leader sessions on diverse and relevant topics with distinguished Conversation Leaders and a networking reception. For more information visit their website.

Driving Sales Growth with Follow-up Systems  


April 30th , 2012  

6:00PM to 8:00PM  


Merrimack Valley Small Business Center
88 Middle Street
Lowell, MA 01852

Create a successful sales support system with inexpensive tools - a systematic way of networking, handling leads, and organizing contacts is key to driving sales to your business. The system does not need to be costly and complex, just effective. RSVP:, 978-322-8400

Please join the City of Lowell for the 5th Annual Lowell Small Business Week
Thursday, May 31st 2012 from 10:00AM to 1:00PM.
More information to follow.
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