Amy Smith, aka the Social Media Smith will be presenting a workshop aimed at small businesses and solopreneurs. Managing their social media is a chore for many small businesses. It can be hard to tell if it’s effective and even harder to find time to create content.

Amy Smith will explain how creating a social media strategy can help!

This FREE workshop is being presented by the Woburn Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Woburn Public Library and is being hosted by our friends at MindTrek VR. MindTrek VR is a brand new concept in virtual reality gameplay. With locations in Woburn and Marlboro, gamers are physically immersed in the virtual reality experience. Through clever use of social media, this company has effectively shared their concept and built excitement which has supported their growth. Workshop attendees are encouraged to try for themselves with discounted gameplay after the workshop.

You can register for both the workshop and the gameplay through the library.

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[gdlr_heading tag=”h2″ icon=”icon-heart” font_weight=”bold” ]National Federation of Independent Business Hosting Small Business Day, April 10th[/gdlr_heading]

In 2018, Massachusetts small businesses face an unprecedented number of proposals that increase labor costs and impact how you do business. In short, Main Street businesses are being targeted by labor activists and those pushing an agenda that will inhibit your ability to operate your business.
This year alone Massachusetts small businesses potentially face:
– 26 weeks of paid medical leave and 16 weeks of paid family leave (partially employer funded)
– $15 minimum wage
– A 4% income tax surcharge for pass-thru entities (the so-called millionaires tax)
– A newly imposed MassHealth assessment
– Double-digit health care premium increases
– Highest in the nation energy costs
*Registration is free for all Massachusetts small business owners and we strongly encourage you to bring guests!*

The agenda will include guest speakers, an update on key legislation from our expert panel, a chance to provide feedback to key legislators who craft small business related legislation, and a chance to meet with your elected officials. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. with program to follow shortly after.

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[gdlr_heading tag=”h2″ font_weight=”bold” ]What a professional sports team can teach small business owners- The importance of tracking metrics[/gdlr_heading]
Why do professional sports team measure everything in sight and small businesses measure very little.  We’ll explore why and explore what small businesses should be measuring.
Learn more about Key Performance Indicators. Why do businesses keep them? How can businesses use them? This interactive workshop will start with sports and rapidly work into business.

March 8th from 12 to 1:15 PM
McLane Middleton, 300 Trade Center Suite 7600

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[gdlr_heading tag=”h2″ font_weight=”bold” ]Presented by[/gdlr_heading]
Marty Croyle, President and CEO of Croyle Financial Consulting LLC
As a CPA and founder of Croyle & Associates, P.C. as well as Croyle Financial Consulting, LLC, Marty has devoted his life to working with highly successful business owners to help them increase both their profits and their enjoyment of running a business. Marty understands what it takes to create a successful business as well as what is required to keep it on track and growing on a regular basis.

The Lunch & Learn program is sponsored by:

[gdlr_heading tag=”h2″ font_weight=”bold” ]IT Small Business Incubator[/gdlr_heading]
The State of Massachusetts has introduced a new program to help simplify contracting with the Commonwealth for small IT businesses…

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts’s procurement department, the Operational Services Division (OSD), in partnership with MassIT, invites small IT professional services companies to participate in the IT Small Business Incubator Pilot, which aims to reduce barriers to doing business with the Commonwealth, expedite contracting, and increase access to innovative services.

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Please visit the website through the link above to find out if your business qualifies and what you need to do to participate.

[gdlr_heading tag=”h2″ font_weight=”bold” ]What Types of Services Qualify?[/gdlr_heading]

The types of services they are looking for include:

  • Applications/systems design and development;
  • Software and systems integration;
  • Information technology planning; and
  • Other intellectual work performed by IT professionals.


[gdlr_heading tag=”h2″ font_weight=”bold” ]When is the deadline to respond?[/gdlr_heading]

While there is no set deadline for response, the Commonwealth is planning to guide the first cohort of Pilot participants in July.