Hyde Jackson Monthly April 20, 2017

As an organization that works closely with small businesses in Hyde and Jackson Squares, we value initiatives that highlight small businesses as well as the services to help them become established and grow. National Small Business Week is a celebration of small businesses and all they contribute to the local and national economies. Small businesses help solidify our neighborhood by providing products and services residents want and need, supporting the community and community institutions, being "eyes on the street" (read Jane Jacobs' Death and Life of Great American Cities), and knowing us, our kids and our families. Out-of-state online sales portals do not do this, our merchants do. If you are a business owner, read below about the great workshops and services for you by the City of Boston's Office of Economic Development, the U.S. Small Business Administration, SCORE Boston, and other Main Streets programs.

Main Street Activities

Help Us Beautify Centre Street on Sat., April 22  
What better way to nurture our urban, natural environment this Earth Day on Saturday, April 22 than to take care of our tree
s and plant shrubs and flowers in the Hyde Jackson business district. We will be gathering volunteers at Mozart Park at 9:00 am and split into groups to put fresh mulch on our street trees and plant along the street and in open spaces in Mozart Park and the municipal parking lot across from the Blessed Sacrament Church.  
This is a bi- and sometimes tri-annual activity that really gets the sweat working and fosters personal relationships by working together to spruce up the district. Please contact us at info@hydejacksonsquare.org to let us know that you will coming.

More Help Needed on Our Inside Out Sidewalk Sale

Our Inside Out Sidewalk Sale on May 20 is a great opportunity to showcase neighborhood businesses. We have many ways for you to help out. We are looking for creative, local musicians for performances along the street and energetic volunteers to help with set up and break down before and after the event.  

To learn about these opportunities or to just volunteer,
please contact us at info@hydejacksonsquare.org. 

Welcome New Businesses!

Three Businesses Have Opened Since February 
Opening in February

Joseph's Computer Center Tech
373 Centre Street 

Opening in March

Green Street Massage
420 Centre Street  

Opening in April

21 Plus Smoke Shop 
380 Centre Street   

Business Corner
National Small Business Week
April 30 - May 6 
The U.S. government has announced that National Small Business Week will be held this year from April 30 - May 6. Every year since 1963, the Small Business Administration (SBA) takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from across the nation through National Small Business Week.

Further details will be posted on the Small Business Administration's website.

Center for Women and Enterprise (CWE)

Using Blogging to Grow Your Business    
Blogs are an amazing addition to any business website and social media campaign. They work to communicate with your customers effectively, truthfully, and quickly. In this workshop, you will have an interactive learning experience as you create your very own blog. Using social media to build blog exposure, you will leverage your blog to generate business, as well as improved search engine rankings and website leads. Cost is $25. For more information and to register go here

Tuesday, April 25, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
CWE Eastern MA, 24 School Street, 7th Floor, Boston 
City of Boston's Office of Economic Development (OED)

Commercial Leasing Workshop   
On Monday, April 24, in partnership with Daily General Counsel and Brighton Main Streets, OED will host a workshop on commercial leasing where attendees will learn practical information on basic commercial leases, rights of tenants, responsibilities of landlords, as well as lease negotiating tips. This workshop will address concerns of current and future commercial lease holders. For more information and to register go here

Monday, April 24, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm 
Boston Public Library - Brighton Branch,40 Academy Hill Road, Brighton
Small Business Administration (SBA)  
Live Webinar: Don't Let Marketing Bite You: 4 Ways to Reach More Customers

Finding new customers is a top priority for small business owners, but is often costly and time consuming. Get some tips on finding new customers during this webinar produced by SCORE, a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration. We'll cover how to attract more web traffic and increase online sales, cost-effectively reach existing customers, and use free online listings to get found locally. For more information and to register go here.

Tuesday, April 25, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

How to be the Best Businesses FOR the World - An Interactive Workshop on the B Corp Movement

Understand the difference between a Benefit Corporation and Certified B Corporation. Find out how to get your business certified as a B Corp. For more information and to register go here

Wednesday, May 3, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm 
Workbar Cambridge,45 Prospect St, Cambridge
Designing a Social Impact Business

Starting a business is difficult. Starting a social enterprise or business with impact can be even harder. Through facilitated discussios and use of the Social Business Model Canvas, this session will help you identify gaps and opportunities in your business model and get feedback from your peers on how to improve your idea. For more information and to register go here

Thursday, May 4, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm 
Workbar Boston, 711 Atlantic Avenue, Boston
SBA Online Workshops

SBA  has many free online workshops that can help you in your business. Click here for a complete list of workshops.   

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) Boston

Business Law 101 

What are the legal problems that might arise in the course of setting up and running a small business? How can you protect yourself against potential problems? This workshop gives you an overview of potential legal liability risks and how you can minimize them.  Among the topics covered will be selecting a legal entity for your business, contracts, insurance, procedures and policies, and protecting your reputation. For more information and to register go here.  
Tuesday, April 25, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Roxbury Innovation Center,  2300 Washington St., Roxbury     
SBA Loan Programs   
Have you heard about SBA loans but don't know much about them? Do you wonder whether an SBA loan program might help you with startup funds for your business? This workshop, presented by an SBA Lending Specialist, will explain the SBA loan process and loan programs. Learn the benefits to small businesses of an SBA-guaranteed loan, eligibility requirements for SBA loan programs, what SBA loan proceeds can be used for, and basic information about many of the different SBA loan programs. For more information and to register click here.      
Wednesday, April 26, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
O'Neill Federal Building, 10 Causeway St.,
Conference Room C, Boston

Developing Your Business Plan     
Has everyone told you that you need a business plan, but it seems like a daunting task and you're not completely sure how to get it done? In this 2-hour workshop, we will demystify the business plan process. Come with your questions and leave with a plan for your plan! For more information and to register click here
Thursday, May 4 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Harvard iLab, 125 Western Avenue, Allston   

Financing Sources for Startups and Small Businesses  
An excellent overview of financing sources for startups and small businesses that covers debt, equity, and alternative options. A company may need to raise capital to get off the ground or to fuel growth, and understanding the options is crucial to determining the best funding mechanism. For more information and to register click here . 
Tuesday, May 9 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Commonwealth Salon, Boston       

Lean Business Planning   
In this workshop you will learn a lean approach to business plans called the Business Model Canvas. See how, in a couple of hours, you can make tremendous progress toward getting the nuts and bolts of your business plan down on paper, so that you can move on to the critical activities of testing your assumptions and refining your business ideas. For more information and to register click here
Wednesday, May 31 from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Roxbury Innovation Center, 2300 Washington Street, Boston 
SCORE Online Workshops 
The Service Core of Retired Executives (SCORE) has many online workshops and services. Click here for a list of online workshops.  

For additional small business resources in the Hyde Jackson Square Main Street district, please contact us at info@hydejacksonsqure.org.  

If you would like to receive further information specific to the business community (workshops, meetings, etc.), please register/re-register here by typing your email address and clicking "Go". Instructions will be send to you to change your profile. Or you can send us an email to info@hydejackonsquare to change your profile. 
In This Month's Issue
Main Street Activities
Business Corner

Main Street Activities

Centre Street Beautification
Saturday, April 22
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Meet at Mozart Park
10 Mozart Street

"Inside Out" Sidewalk Sale
Saturday, May 20
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Along Centre Street from Jackson Square to Hyde Square


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