Digital payments for business: What you need to know, Thursday, February 9, 6-7pm

Have your customers/clients been asking whether you “take Zelle” or “Venmo”? Confused about all the payment options on phones like Google Pay and Apple Pay? Need to understand your options and what the costs are for merchants and small business owners? This mini-course will lay out your options, the fee structures and give you an understanding of the various platforms so you are ready to take payments however your customers want to make them. With ⅓ of the US population now using Venmo, especially anyone under 30, you need to future-proof how you accept payment. Bring your smartphone and your questions for a lively session.

Taught by

Kathryn Koegel

VIRTUAL CLASS - Zoom Link Will Be Sent Via Email Before The Class

Understanding Small Business Taxes: In Person Class, Feb. 21st, 6-7:30pm

Are you self-employed or received a 1099MISC? CPA Rosemarie Goyette will walk you through the Schedule C, the IRS small business form. You will learn what expenses can be deducted to get the best refund possible, how to keep track of your income and expenses, and how to avoid paying tax penalties to the IRS. This class will help you file your own 2022 tax return or gather necessities for your personal tax accountant.

Taught by

Rosemarie Goyette

VILLAGE ENTERPRISE CENTER - 26 Main St, Chester MA

Shopify, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 6 - 7:30 PM

Debating on whether Shopify is for you? This e-commerce platform allows you to create and manage your online store with a wide range of features and tools to help sell your products online, with a customizable storefront, payment processing, order management, shipping and fulfillment options. There are even marketing and advertising tools to help you carry out your branding mission! Learn the basics of what Shopify is capable of, the different plans, the themes and more in our Intro to Shopify Workshop.

Taught by

Robyn Miller

VIRTUAL CLASS - Zoom Link Will Be Sent Via Email Before The Class

Vimeo Video Advertising: Virtual Class Mondays, Feb 27th & March 6th, 6-8pm

These two, 2-hour class will get you started creating professional advertising videos and give you that “x” factor in marketing. 
We will walk through creating a Vimeo account and creating your first real advertising video. Vimeo is a powerful free application that makes creating quick, fun advertising videos for any social media account fast and easy. We will also go over branding and color theory concepts that make for a good-quality video. This involves tricks and tips on getting color information online, balancing images, and matching your brand to your videos. All of these aspects create the flow of the video and brand. Vimeo makes this easy to put together. People of any age can use Vimeo

Taught by

Stephanie Stoudenmire

VIRTUAL CLASS - Zoom Link Will Be Sent Via Email Before The Class

Business Entity Basics, Thursday, March 2nd, 6- 7:30pm

Understand the difference between operating as a sole proprietorship or dba and forming a business entity, what your business entity options are, and how you can get it done. 

Topics include:
Protecting your personal assets with a corporation
The difference between an LLC and an S Corp
How to incorporate in Massachusetts
When you need a lawyer and when you can do it yourself

Taught by

Emily Smith-Lee

VILLAGE ENTERPRISE CENTER - 26 Main St, Chester MA

Common Sense SEO (Search Engine Optimization) with Paul Stallman, Tuesday, March 7th, 6-7:30pm

We've all heard the acronym and wondered "what do I need to do to make sure our site has good SEO?"  Or you've gotten relentless calls and emails about optimizing your SEO for only a small monthly charge of $500 or $1000.  Well tune in and learn the tricks to get better search engine rankings that will take a little time, but cost you very little.  The basis is all common sense, but...we all forget them when working on our websites.  We will also show you some tools that make figuring out what to concentrate on when attracting people thru search. 
Taught by Paul Stallman, Web-Guru at Alias Solutions.

Taught by

Paul Stallman

VIRTUAL CLASS - Zoom Link Will Be Sent Via Email Before The Class

QuickBooks Basics, Tuesdays March 14, 21 & 28th, 6-7:30pm

Whether you are new to QuickBooks or would like a refresher. Put this program to work for you and your business. This class will include an overview of QuickBooks, navigating the program, business accounting overview, set-up for your business including chart of accounts, recording transactions, customers and sales, vendors and accounts payable, working with cash accounts, financial statements, and budgeting.
This in-person class has two sessions, with a bonus third “workshop” session where class participants can work with Rosemarie on their individual QuickBooks programs.

Taught by

Rosemarie Goyette

VILLAGE ENTERPRISE CENTER - 26 Main St, Chester MA

Marketing beyond Social Media, with Dee Dice - Wednesday March 22nd 6-8 pm

Get Creative to Find New Customers: This 2-hour class Marketing is NOT all about Social Media. Learn about creative and inexpensive ways to connect with new customers, craft unusual and memorable marketing ideas, and network to partner and explore many places to find those ideal customers.

Taught by

Dee Dice

VIRTUAL CLASS - Zoom Link Will Be Sent Via Email Before The Class

Excel for Business Owners: Virtual class Mondays, April 3, & 10th 6-8pm

As a business owner, you need to know some unique Excel skills to build and develop your business. In this course, we will focus on the product database: what it is and how to navigate it. Before you know it, you will be editing products and services on a mass scale with ease. Understanding how to utilize databases with import/export functionality can cut time spent on updates no matter what the application. 

Taught by

Stephanie Stoudenmire

VIRTUAL CLASS - Zoom Link Will Be Sent Via Email Before The Class

Protecting Your Brand and Business Name, Thursday, April 20th 6-7:30

Learn how to use trademark and copyright to secure legal protection for your business name, taglines and logos you use in your business, and your creative work. 

Topics include:
What kinds of things can be protected by trademark laws
Free resources to check if anyone else has trademarked a name or tagline
Protecting your brand online by acquiring domains
How to get trademark protection
How to protect yourself when paying someone else to develop images, written content, or other creative work.

Taught by

Emily Smith - Lee

VILLAGE ENTERPRISE CENTER - 26 Main St, Chester MA

Past Classes We Have Offered

Grant Opportunities for Hilltown Business Owners - Tuesday September 13th, 6-7:30pm

Virtual Class with Dee Dice

Mass Growth Capital Corporation is sponsoring two grants for existing small business owners. Most business owners are eligible. With the Empower Digital Grant, owners can expect to receive $5000.00 to help with anything digital for their business. Biz - M- Power is a matching crowdfunding grant for up to $40,000. This workshop will offer a  complete explanation of these two current MGCC grants, Empower Digital and Biz-M-Power. Starting from eligibility to completion, this workshop will arm all participants with exactly what they need to apply and what are eligible uses of the grant. It will supply them with valuable templates and information to complete the application seamlessly.

Taught by

Dee Dice

VIRTUAL CLASS - Zoom Link Will Be Sent Via Email Before The Class

Making a website? What to do before you hire a web guy - Wednesday, September 28th & October 5th, 6-7:30 pm 

Two-part Virtual Class with Dee Dice

Save your Website dollars:  What to prepare BEFORE you hire a website designer. This interactive class will walk you through a step-by-step series to prepare you as you create your ideal website. Creating a website can be costly, and with proper preparation, it can be faster, easier, less stressful, and less expensive. Yes, you can do it yourself, but armed with up-to-date information, templates, and a plan, this method gives you time to think, plan and save.  

Taught by

Dee Dic

VIRTUAL CLASS - Zoom Link Will Be Sent Via Email Before The Class

Grant Opportunities for Hilltown Business Owners - Tuesday October 3, 6-7:30pm

Virtual Class with Dee Dice

Mass Growth Capital Corporation is sponsoring two grants for existing small business owners. Most business owners are eligible. With the Empower Digital Grant, owners can expect to receive $5000.00 to help with anything digital for their business. Biz - M- Power is a matching crowdfunding grant for up to $40,000. This workshop will offer a  complete explanation of these two current MGCC grants, Empower Digital and Biz-M-Power. Starting from eligibility to completion, this workshop will arm all participants with exactly what they need to apply and what are eligible uses of the grant. It will supply them with valuable templates and information to complete the application seamlessly.

Taught by

Dee Dice

VIRTUAL CLASS - Zoom Link Will Be Sent Via Email Before The Class

REPRISE: Making a website? What to do before you hire a web guy PART 1 - Wednesday, Oct 4th & October 5th, 6-7:30 pm 

Two-part Virtual Class with Dee Dice

Save your Website dollars:  What to prepare BEFORE you hire a website designer. This interactive class will walk you through a step-by-step series to prepare you as you create your ideal website. Creating a website can be costly, and with proper preparation, it can be faster, easier, less stressful, and less expensive. Yes, you can do it yourself, but armed with up-to-date information, templates, and a plan, this method gives you time to think, plan and save.  

Taught by

Dee Dic

VIRTUAL CLASS - Zoom Link Will Be Sent Via Email Before The Class

Intro to QuickBooks w/ Rosemarie Goyette, CPA - Tuesdays, October 11 & 18th, Workshop is on October 25th.

In-person Class at the Village Enterprise Center, Chester, MA

Whether you are new to QuickBooks or would like a refresher. Put this program to work for you and your business. This class will include an overview of QuickBooks, navigating the program, business accounting overview, set-up for your business including chart of accounts, recording transactions, customers and sales, vendors and accounts payable, working with cash accounts, financial statements, and budgeting.

This in-person class has two sessions, with a bonus third "workshop" session where class participants can work with Rosemarie on their individual QuickBooks programs.

Taught by

Rosemarie Goyette

VILLAGE ENTERPRISE CENTER - 26 Main St, Chester MA

Facebook for Business: with MorningBird Media- Wednesday, October 12th and 19th  6-7:30 pm 

Virtual Class 

Join Jordana Bloom of MorningBird Media for this Free Virtual two-part class on Facebook for Business. Confused by the new META business suite? In the first class, we'll learn our way around the site, including analytics. The second class will teach you how to put your best foot forward to engage your audience and build your following.

Taught by

VIRTUAL CLASS - Zoom Link Will Be Sent Via Email Before The Class

Starting a Business? Check all the boxes - Wednesday, October 26th, 6-8 pm 

Virtual Class with Dee Dice

Whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur or interested in creating a side gig, move your ideas into action! In this workshop, you will learn the basics of starting your own business, including Creating your legal entity;  Finding resources, and plan action steps to reach your goal; Explore how your experience, financial resources, and lifestyle needs affect your business options; and Developing your team. Taught by Entrepreneur Dee Dice, this Free virtual Class will equip you to know the steps needed to start and grow your small business. 

Taught by

Dee Dice

VIRTUAL CLASS - Zoom Link Will Be Sent Via Email Before The Class

QuickBooks: Beyond basics, with Rosemarie Goyette, CPA - Tuesdays, November 1st and 8th, Workshop November 15th

In Person Class: The Village Enterprise Center, Chester Ma

Getting the most out of QuickBooks, diving into various reporting options, overview of items, classes, budgeting, memorized transactions, attaching documents, bank reconciliations, tax set-up for Schedule C (or Schedule E) and how to get the most out of this program. Previous participation in an Intro to QuickBooks class is recommended but not required.

This in-person class has two sessions, with a bonus third "workshop" session, where class participants can work individually with Rosemarie on their individual QuickBooks Program.

Taught by

Rosemarie Goyette

VILLAGE ENTERPRISE CENTER - 26 Main St, Chester MA

Design with Canva - Thursday, November 3, 2022, 6:00 - 7:30 PM

VIRTUAL CLASS

Canva is a graphic design platform used to create business cards, Zoom backgrounds, flyers, presentations, lesson plans, and more. Need to collaborate with others on a project? With Canva, you can share your design and allow others to view or edit your project. You can even upload and edit your photos. In this class, you will learn how to use Canva's drag-and-drop interface to modify one of Canva’s free templates. The free Canva account comes with 250,000+ templates, 100+ design types, free photos and graphics, and 5GB of cloud storage. This class meets on Zoom. Instructor: Heather Morgan

Taught by

Heather Morgan

VIRTUAL CLASS - Zoom Link Will Be Sent Via Email Before The Class

Creating a Successful Brand Image, with Robyn from MorningBird Media - Wednesday, November 9th and 16th, 6-7:30 pm 

virtual Class

Join Robyn Miller of MorningBird Media in this two-part virtual class as you explore the elements of creating a successful brand identity. The first class will discuss color theory and fonts with time to bring your own thoughts to the table. The second half will focus on the components of a successful logo, name, and slogan. 

Taught by

Robyn Miller

VIRTUAL CLASS - Zoom Link Will Be Sent Via Email Before The Class

Grant Opportunities for Hilltown Business Owners - Monday, December 5, 6-7:30pm

Virtual Class with Dee Dice

Mass Growth Capital Corporation is sponsoring two grants for existing small business owners. Most business owners are eligible. With the Empower Digital Grant, owners can expect to receive $5000.00 to help with anything digital for their business. Biz - M- Power is a matching crowdfunding grant for up to $40,000. This workshop will offer a  complete explanation of these two current MGCC grants, Empower Digital and Biz-M-Power. Starting from eligibility to completion, this workshop will arm all participants with exactly what they need to apply and what are eligible uses of the grant. It will supply them with valuable templates and information to complete the application seamlessly.

Taught by

Dee Dic

VIRTUAL CLASS - Zoom Link Will Be Sent Via Email Before The Class

Instagram for Business- with MorningBird Media - Wednesday, December 7th and 14th, 6-7:30 pm

Join Jordana Bloom of MorningBird Media in this two-part virtual class on using Instagram for Business. Learn the difference between a personal, professional, and Creator Page, how to find insights, create highlights, and more. We will also discuss the different posting mechanisms and how you can create each type of content.

Taught by

Jordana Bloom

VIRTUAL CLASS - Zoom Link Will Be Sent Via Email Before The Class

Grant Opportunities for Hilltown Business Owners - Monday, January 9, 2023, 6-7:30pm

Mass Growth Capital Corporation is sponsoring two grants for existing small business owners. Most business owners are eligible. With the Empower Digital Grant, owners can expect to receive $5000.00 to help with anything digital for their business. Biz – M- Power is a matching crowdfunding grant for up to $40,000. This workshop will offer a complete explanation of these two current MGCC grants, Empower Digital and Biz-M-Power. Starting from eligibility to completion, this workshop will arm all participants with exactly what they need to apply and what are eligible uses of the grant. It will supply them with valuable templates and information to complete the application seamlessly.

Taught by

Dee Dice

VIRTUAL CLASS - Zoom Link Will Be Sent Via Email Before The Class

Making your business plan Live Plan, with Dee Dice - January 11, 18, 25th, and February 15th, 6-7:30 pm

Are you an entrepreneur starting a new business or looking to grow an existing one? Join Dee Dice in this four-week guided workshop to create your unique business plan- Which will be your road map as you navigate and grow your business. Dee is the owner of Constant Growth Marketing and Consulting and has many years of experience as a business owner. Class participants will use Live Plan Software with Dee as you explore topics of finance, accounting, marketing, and management.

Live Plan Software can make writing your business plan easier and more fun while helping you create a professional-looking business plan.

Taught by

Dee Dice

VIRTUAL CLASS - Zoom Link Will Be Sent Via Email Before The Class

Creating a Content Calendar for your Media platform - Wednesday, February 1st and 8th, 6-7:30 pm

Whether you have a website, social media page, or a blog, creating relevant and engaging content is a must to keep and grow your audience. But it doesn’t have to be a daily chore. Learn content creation strategies from Robyn Miller of MorningBird Media in this free two-part virtual class.

Taught by

Robyn Miller

VIRTUAL CLASS - Zoom Link Will Be Sent Via Email Before The Class

Understanding Small Business Taxes: Virtual class Feb 7th 6-7:30pm

Are you self-employed or received a 1099MISC? CPA Rosemarie Goyette will walk you through the Schedule C, the IRS small business form. You will learn what expenses can be deducted to get the best refund possible, how to keep track of your income and expenses, and how to avoid paying tax penalties to the IRS. This class will help you file your own 2022 tax return or gather necessities for your personal tax accountant.

Taught by

Rosemarie Goyette

VIRTUAL CLASS - Zoom Link Will Be Sent Via Email Before The Class