All workshops are held at the Metro South Chamber of Commerce, 60 School Street, Brockton, across from City Hall. All workshops are free to attend, unless otherwise noted. For more information, or to register (unless otherwise noted), please visit The Calendar & Registration Page.


MA Supplier Diversity Regional Series – Wednesday, November 2

The Operational Services Division (OSD) is holding a speed networking event to connect small and/or diverse businesses with OSD Statewide Contractors to facilitate opportunities for meaningful business partnerships.  Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to network with a variety of business resource organizations, and learn how to become certified by OSD’s Supplier Diversity Office.  During the Speed Networking, Statewide Contractors will sit at assigned tables.  Diverse businesses will then circulate every three minutes from table to table, guaranteeing that each business meets every Statewide Contractor in attendance.  Open Networking after the Speed Networking segment will allow you to further converse with the Statewide Contractors, Resource Partners, and OSD Staff.  There is no fee to attend.  Don’t miss this chance to connect with Statewide Contractors!

Starting or Growing a Veteran-Owned Business – Thursday, November 3

Boots to Business Reboot is a two-step training program that provides participants an overview of business ownership as a career vocation, an outline and knowledge on the components of a business plan, a practical exercise in opportunity recognition, and an introduction to available public and private sector resources. Step one is the Introduction to Entrepreneurship course eligible to all veterans, servicemembers, and spous­­es. Step two is an eight-week online Foundations of Entrepreneurship course. To register for this event, please visit It takes place in the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building Roxbury Innovation Center, 6th floor, on 2300 Washington Street, Boston.

Government Affairs- Learn How to Lobby – Friday, November 4

­­­­­­Learn how to lobby to achieve your regulatory, legislative, or budgetary goals with our featured speaker, Stefanie Coxe of Nexus Werx, LLC. You will learn the different between advocacy and lobbying, determine whether you should/how to integrate lobbying into your organization, and the keys to develop a successful ask. The new legislative session is coming up fast! Do you have budget priorities you need lawmakers to support but aren’t sure where to begin? Stefanie has 15 years of combined political and non-profit experience, including serving as an aide to two Massachusetts state representatives and a U.S. Congressman and Interim Executive Director of a Cape Cod non-profit. Stefanie uses her talent to provide strategic guidance and coaching on how to maximize and integrate profitability and social impact. For more information, visit To register, please visit: www.metrosouthcha tion or e-mail Athena Lavoie with your RSVP.

Shop Smart and Save Big with – Wednesday, November 9

Join us on Wednesday, November 9th at 12:00 pm for a complimentary workshop with a light lunch while you learn! Monica Whitaker will show attendees how to benefit and save money on all shopping categories and learn how to shop smart and save big with

If you are a member that would like to host a workshop, contact Athena Lavoie, 508.586.0500 x231,