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WBOA Evening Workshop: Business Planning
Everyone knows you need a business plan when you are starting a NEW business or to secure a loan but…You also need a business plan: -To grow a business -To sell a business -To determine the value of your business for tax or other purposes such as estate planning -To attract business investors or business partners In these two workshops, presented by Samalid Hogan, Regional Director of Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network Western Regional Office, we will focus on business fundamentals, business plan development and funding sources. It is designed for owners of existing businesses as well as those who are planning to start one. The workshop will help entrepreneurs write a business plan and provide structure to starting/managing their venture. Topics will include: -Introduction and need for planning -Basic business plan format -Choosing your legal form of organization -We will touch on Marketing, market planning and research -Cash flow projections -Financial Statements -Financing / Including WBOA Cheryl Reed Loan Application Details -Plus a Q & A Session. Ms. Samalid Hogan joined the MSBDC in July 2016 as the regional director for the Western Regional Office. Ms. Hogan has 14 years of experience in economic development and has served in key roles building partnerships across public, private, and civic sectors to achieve economic development goals for the Pioneer Valley region in Western Massachusetts. She was born in Puerto Rico and moved to Springfield in 1996. Ms. Hogan has a Bachelors of Arts in Economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and Innovative Practices from Bay Path University in Longmeadow. She resides in Chicopee with her husband Robert Hogan and her 3-year old daughter, Sophia Hogan. Light dinner provided. Please RSVP so we know how many people to expect: Cost: No charge to WBOA monthly subscribers. $30 per day to others, payable at the door by cash, check or credit card


1 Federal Street · Springfield, ma

Respond by: 8/29/2018

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    The Women Business Owners Alliance provides education, inspiration and networking opportunities to women in business in Western Massachusetts.

    Morning Meetings are held the 3rd Thursday of the month. They feature engaging speakers, presenting a range of topics relevant to the lives of business women. These meetings also provide ample opportunities for connecting both before and after the meeting. Typically, there are 35 - 40 members and guests in attendance. A light breakfast is served.

    Evening Workshops are offered on the last Thursday of the month. These gatherings provide 3 hours of information, training and practice on a variety of topics important to running your business. There is plenty of casual connecting between members and guests. Food is served.

    Member Socials are a members-only event held at the home or business of a member and are held periodically throughout the year. Occasional WBOA outings are also arranged.

    WBOA also connects its members by organizing additional social and educational events throughout the year. Two very special events include our annual Women of the Year Celebration where we honor our own as well as deserving women in business from around the Valley.

    For more information about WBOA, and how to become a member, visit our website, (

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