Free Small Business Lecture Series

Creating an Effective Internship Program

10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Location: Showcase Corner

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Karen Pelletier, Director of Higher Education-Business Partnerships, Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce

Jaye Girouard, Volunteer Consultant, Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce

Learn about a new partnership between the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce: Internhub.com.

Jaye Girouard and Karen Pelletier will discuss how to build a sustainable and productive internship program. If your company is looking to start or improve an internship program, this session will give you the tools and information you need.


Entrepreneurship is a Team Sport: Introduction to SBA and Resources

1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Location: Showcase Corner

Ray Milano, Assistant District Director – Economic Development
U.S. Small Business Administrationmilano

Establishing a strong and diverse team is a key component of small business success.

Having team members with business skills such as accounting, legal, finance, marketing, social media and strategic planning is important…but hard for many businesses to find or afford.

Come learn about the organizations and people that are waiting to become part of your team – at no cost to you!

In this seminar, you’ll learn about the programs and resources available to support the start-up and growth of small businesses.

You’ll also hear from local resource partners that specialize in providing free business advisory and mentor programs.


Communication 2.0: Building deeper relationships more quickly

4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Location: Showcase Corner

Michael Flippin, Vice President, Sandler Training by SaleFish LLCmike-flippin

Some people are excellent communicators while many others have to work on it. Many people are good at making people comfortable, but for some that’s not very natural.

This  session will explore the overly used and often abused topic of building rapport. How to make people feel more comfortable? Do they trust us? Are we truly listening or just “doing” listening?

Learn what “rules” we have to break in order to understand our own style to help build deeper and long-lasting relationships.