Business Development Workshops

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Live Interactive Online Workshops!

The Economic Development Division works with the Cambridge Community Television (CCTV), Center for Women & Enterprise, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, SCORE Boston, and local organizations to provide business development programs and services to Cambridge residents, entrepreneurs, and businesses. 

Some workshops this spring are offering a bonus to eligible workshop participants of an additional 2 FREE HOURS of one-to-one advising with the instructor after the workshop to help you finish your project. Limited spaces. Eligible participants can only access one bonus coaching session per year.  First come, first served.  See below.

Click here for a list of previously recorded workshops that are now available for viewing.  Click here for information about other organizations Small Business COVID-19 Webinars.

Please note - Registrations close 2 HOURS BEFORE the workshop begins.  Classes may be cancelled or postponed due to lack of registration. Please call the Division at 617/349-4637 day-of to check the status of a workshop. 

August

How to do Business with the City of Cambridge Workshop

  • Date: Monday, August 9, 2021 
  • Time: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, 2nd floor
  • Presenter: City of Cambridge Staff
  • Description: Are you interested in learning to do business with the City of Cambridge?  Attend this workshop to learn more about how to become a vendor with the city and how to respond to solicitation for quotes or responding to a bid.  Free to Cambridge businesses.  Registration is recommended. Click here to register.

 

Understanding Cambridge Demographics Workshop

  • Date: Wednesday, August 18, 2021
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 
  • Location: City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, 2nd floor
  • Presenter: Community Development Staff
  • Description: Interested in learning more about the demographics of Cambridge?  This is a great workshop for those interested in learning more about the diverse Cambridge customer base and how to use this data for your business plans and marketing initiatives.  Free to Cambridge businesses.  Registration is recommended.  Click here to register.

 

May

How to Become a Vendor with the City of Cambridge

  • Date: Tuesday, May 4, 2021
  • Time:  3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Location: On-line
  • Presenter: City of Cambridge Staff.  
  • Description:  Are you interested in learning more about how to do business with the City of Cambridge? Attend this workshop to learn how to become a vendor with the city and how to find current bids available to vendors. This session is free to all.
  • Registration is required. Registration link: https://cambridgema.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_HBnRu2VlRAenzZgOacsiXA

 

How to Respond to a City Quote or Bid

  • Date: Friday, May 7, 2021
  • Time:  9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • Location: On-line
  • Presenter: City of Cambridge Staff.  
  • Description:  Are you interest in submitting a proposal on a City of Cambridge solicitation of quotes or invitation for bids, but not sure where to start? Join us at this session to learn more about the common items needed when responding to a solicitation of quotes or submitting a bid. This session is free to all.
  • Registration is required.  Registration link: https://cambridgema.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CLG8Zjh2SxqLAlqlq5P1Tw

 

Accounting for Small Businesses

  • Date:  Wednesday, May 12, 2021
  • Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Location: On-line
  • Presenter: Cindy Houle. Free to Cambridge residents and business owners. $10 for non-Cambridge participants.
  • Description:  In this introductory workshop we'll be going over the basics of accounting and related terminology. We'll review keeping accurate accounts, reviewing cash flow statements, creating basic balance sheets and more.
  • Registration is required.  Register online here.  For more information, please contact Rona Abrahams at rabrahams@cambridgema.gov