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Upcoming Training Programs


Contracts & Risk Management for Small Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

Tuesday, January 31st, 2023 at 12:00pm - 1:00pm ET

This Contracts & Risk Management webinar will provide an introduction for the small business owner and entrepreneur to issues related to contracts and risk management, including the importance and significance of:

  • Contracts and mutual assent;

  • Risks and responsibilities of the contractual relationship;

  • Assessing business risk for working with Letter Agreements, Memoranda of Understanding, Letters of Intent, and other less formal contract documents;

  • Understanding key contractual elements and clauses to mitigate risk and spot issues on which to seek legal assistance; and

  • Working effectively with counsel.


Hosted by the Pace University Small Business Development Center (SBDC), this session will be led by Jessica Magaldi, the Ivan Fox Scholar and Professor of Business Law at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business and a legal and business advisor to emerging technology companies.


Non-Disclosure Agreements: When Should You Require an NDA, When Should You Sign an NDA

Tuesday, February 7th, 2023 at 12:00pm - 1:00pm ET

In this webinar hosted by the Pace University Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Dr. Jessica A. Magaldi will provide an introduction for the small business owner and entrepreneur to problems related to contracts and risk management, including the importance and significance of:

  • Risks that an NDA can help mitigate (and risks that an NDA won’t mitigate);

  • Understanding key contractual provisions of an NDA;

  • How to protect your small business with an NDA; and

  • How to protect yourself as an individual who is asked to sign an NDA.


Dr. Magaldi is an Ivan Fox Professor and Scholar of Business Law at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business and a legal and business advisor to emerging technology companies.


Sales Strategies for Small Businesses

Tuesday, February 14th, 2023 at 1:30pm - 2:30pm ET

Want to build and grow your business and expand your client base? Then join the Pace University Small Business Development Center for this webinar, where Pace University Marketing Professor Harvey Markovitz will highlight sales strategies entrepreneurs can implement to land new customers.

The session will reference effective techniques for planning and executing business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) campaigns, including "learning to cold call the right way," to turn prospective customers into sales. Topics will include developing an effective sales pitch by understanding your target customers’ needs and evaluating your lead-generation efforts.


Trademark Basics: What every small business should know now, not later

Thursday, March 9th, 2023 at 1:00pm - 2:00pm ET

The Pace University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is partnering with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to offer a Trademark Basics webinar. We’ll discuss what trademarks are, the benefits of federal trademark registration, and the basics of the registration process.


We’ll also talk about why it’s so important for any new business to select a trademark that is both federally registrable and legally protectable. We’ll close out the discussion with a question-and-answer session and direct you to free resources from the USPTO.


Presenter: Jason Lott, USPTO

Upcoming Webinars from Partner Organizations


New York SBDC Business Training
For information and registration links to other free webinars offered by the NY Small Business Development Center network click here


Business Planning Research and Resources

Saturday, January 21st, 2023 11 AM - 12:30 PM ET (ONLINE)

Thursday, January 26th, 2023 6 PM - 7:30 PM ET (ONLINE)


Once you’ve determined which industry your product or service is part of you’ll need to do research to find out as much as you can about that industry. NYPL’s Business Center offers a wide range of current industry and market research resources that you can use to do research when writing for your business plan. Learn how to use these free library resources to identify the size of the market for your industry, learn about key industry players, look at trends, products, growth rates, and more.


Learn the key pieces of information that a business plan requires and how to get that information.

This is the first training workshop for the New York StartUP! 2023 Business Plan Competition. This session will be offered three times in January.


To participate in the Competition visit for details.

Note: This is the 1st training workshop for the New York StartUP! 2023 Business Plan Competition. Whether you are participating in the Competition or not, you are welcome to attend this workshop: you’ll gain valuable knowledge and insight for your business! 


New Year, New Opportunities

Tuesday, January 31st, 2023 1PM - 2PM ET

The Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development, in collaboration with the Division of Small Business and Technology Development, will be presenting information highlighting different resources to prepare for the new opportunities that will be available in 2023.

We’ll provide information on:

• NYS Contract Reporter (a live demo)
• 2022 NYS MWBE Connections Guide
• Capability Statements
• Financial Resources
• And more

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8(a) Business Development - Straight Talk! You Ask, We Listen!

Third Wednesday of Each Month at 2:00pm to 3:00pm

The goal of this program is to provide small businesses with a direct line to SBA 8(a) BD employees who can answer questions and provide information relative to 8(a) Business Development Program’s benefits and eligibility requirements for 8(a) certification. 

Call-In Information:

Dial 1-202-765-1254

Phone Conference ID - 217 121 169#

For questions, please contact


MWBE Training Tuesdays Online Webinars

Each Tuesday (Usually At 2pm ET) A New Topic Is Covered

Marketing your business to the government can be a daunting process, but Empire State Development is working to make sure entrepreneurs have the tools they need to successfully bid on government contracts. The "Training Tuesdays" webinar series covers a diverse range of topics including how to submit a proposal, doing business with NYS agencies, upcoming contracting opportunities, effective marketing to the government, proper bid pricing, and more!


NY StartUP! 2023 Business Plan Competition: Virtual Orientation Sessions

Numerous Days & Times

The New York StartUP! 2023 Business Plan Competition provides an opportunity for inspiring and innovative entrepreneurs to take their ideas and turn them into reality with access to Library resources, mentorship, and the chance to win cash prizes. The orientation sessions provide all the information you need to know and attending one orientation session is the first requirement of the competition.


For eligibility and more information visit:


NYC Department of Small Business Services Webinars and Training

Numerous Days & Times

The NYC Department of Small Business Services’ NYC Business Solutions Centers offer small business training sessions in topics such as QuickBooks and Minority & Women Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) Certification. You can register for their free events and courses on Eventbrite. 


Women-Owned Small Business Webinar

Third Thursday of Each Month at 10:00 AM to 11 AM ET

The Women-Owned Small Business Program is excited to announce a new webinar series: Welcome to WOSB! This series is intended as a pre-application primer on the program and application process.

Participants will learn about eligibility standards, how staff reviews packages, common mistakes to look out for, and more. WOSB staff will present and be on hand to answer questions and provide clarity on the application process. 

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