Business and Finance
Are you looking for some pointers on job hunting, career change, opening and/or marketing strategies for your own business, preparing for retirement or paying for a child's college education? Just want some fresh ideas and insights for managing your debt? Maybe you are interested in long term financial planning that will relieve your childeren of a potential burden. These topics and so much more are covered in many of the courses and workshops that follow.
Career / Job Hunting
423 Job Hunting Strategies Follow this link for details
424 Career Change Strategies Follow this link for details
Marketing and Social Media
These courses are taught by business growth expert and coach, Ed McDonough. Ed is a well credentialed business specialist with over 10 years of deep experience as an entrepreneur and successful multi-business owner. His real-world brick and mortar business experience combined with his passion for web-based marketing has led him to coach business owners throughout North America and help them build successful businesses of their own from the ground up. Mr. McDonough is the author of The Complete Internet Marketing Strategy Guide and a sought-after marketing and social media authority.
454 – Facebook for Business
With more than 1 billion active users on Facebook and 50% of them logging in on a daily basis, it's no wonder big business in America is using Facebook as its 'marketing tool of choice. Why? Because that's where the customers are. In this class interactive discussion with executive business coach, Ed McDonough, you'll learn, first-hand, how a business of any size can use Facebook as a superior client acquisition tool. Discover the little-known strategies businesses across the country are using to get more cusomers in the door, drive up sales, and quickly increase revenue.
1 Session, Tue., 6:15-8:15, Mar 26, $30
456 – Marketing Messages that Sell: Using Words to get MORE Customers
The biggest challenge facing most small to medium size businesses is getting new customers. One of the most efficient ways to do it is with marketing messages that grab attention and get people to respond to your ads. In this interactive workshop with executive business coach, Ed McDonough, you discover time-honored online and offline marketing formulas that consistently bring in more customers. In addition, you’ll learn the most powerful words to use in your marketing materials that win customers over and get them to take action.
1 Session, Thu., 6:15-8:15, Mar 28, $30
457 – How to Start a Profitable Business
Most new businesses fail within the first 6 to 12 months because of one, often overlooked, key factor. In this interactive workshop with executive business coach, Ed McDonough, you'll learn first-hand how to avoid crippling pitfalls that almost all new business owners make and how to plan, start, manage and run a successful, profitable business from the ground up.
2 Sessions, Tue., 6:15-8:15, Mar 12 and Mar 19, $55
458 – Internet Marketing for Small Businesses
How Do You Get More Customers Using the Internet? The rules for successful marketing on the internet have dramatically changed in the last six months. Today, getting more customers from the internet requires more than understanding and using social media! In this discussion, executive business coach, Ed McDonough will reveal the "Must Haves" and "Should Haves" needed for a well-rounded internet marketing strategy that will get prospects flowing to your business, keep your customers coming back, and leap-frog your business ahead of the competition.
1 Session Thu., 6:15-8:15, Mar 14, $30
459 – The Power of Linking In with LinkedIn
The rules for properly using social media have dramatically changed and if you are not onboard, not only will you miss out on obtaining new customers, your current so-called loyal customers will be easily lured away by your more "internet savvy" competitors. In this discussion, executive business coach Ed McDonough, will reveal the "Must Haves" needed to for a well-rounded LinkedIn marketing strategy that will keep your customers coming back, and keep you comfortably ahead of the competition.
1 Session, Thur., 6:15-7:45, Mar 21, $30
Courses 470 through 478 -- Personal Finance Courses
470 – Paying for College Without Sacrificing Your Retirement
Author of Pay for College Without Sacrificing Your Retirement, Tim Higgins, who has appeared on The Lou Dobbs show, MSNMoney, CNNMoney, and in Money Magazine, SmartMoney magazine, and U.S. News, and was named FIVE STAR Wealth Manager in Boston Magazine, will address the most efficient ways to address the high cost of college. Parents with children of all ages, will hear college planning observations and strategies that they will not hear from their local high schools.
Topics include, but not limited to:
- How every family (regardless of children’s ages or household income) can plan more efficiently for future college expenses.
- Learn why families who make $400,000 get financial aid.
- How to pay for college with or without financial aid.
- How to predict your financial aid package even before you apply.
- The best financial aid and admissions strategy bar none.
- The #1 question to ask colleges that may save you thousands off the total cost.
- Why 529 plans should be the 4th place you look to save.
- A simple way to read the stock market that may save your retirement.
- How to find the right balance between your college and retirement goals.
Instructor: Tim Higgins is a Certified Financial Planner™, Certified College Planning Specialist, and manages his own financial planning practice in Southborough, MA.
1 Session, Tue., 6:30-9, Mar 26, $40/person, $50/couple
472 – Estate Planning Basics
Have you taken the necessary steps to protect your family if something were to happen? Where would your property go and who would raise your children? These and other important questions will be addressed by Attorney Jason Carrozza, who owns a local law practice focusing on estate planning. The seminar will explain the necessary components of an effective estate plan, and real life scenarios will be evaluated to illustrate the use of various estate planning tools such as wills, trusts, durable power of attorneys, and health care proxies. You won't want to miss this informative and easy to understand seminar on a very important topic.
1 Session, Wed., 6:30-8:30, Apr 24, $10/person, $15/couple
473 – How to Get Debt Free
Make no mistake: "Paying off the balance on a credit card is just about the best investment you can ever make," says Andrew Tobias, who writes for Parade Magazine. This class is not just for those with a debt problem. If you have debt payments of any kind, you should attend. Eliminate credit cards in one to four years and your 30-year mortgage in another three to six years. Learn a simple system to eliminate all debt. Then operate on 100% cash. No additional income required. Bring your list of debts and a calculator to class. You will develop your own debt elimination plan that you can implement immediately into your lifestyle. Course fee includes a 12-page workbook, $8 value. Optional text is available for $44.
1 Session, Wed., 6:30-9:30, Feb 13, $49/person, $69/couple
474 – Divorce Basics in Massachusetts
Do you, a friend, or relative need to have a basic understanding of the divorce process in Massachusetts? From initial filing of the complaint to final judgement, this class will cover child support guidelines, financial statements, temporary orders, discovery, Judgement of Divorce Nisi, Judgement of Divorce Absolute, why some cases take longer, and alternative dispute resolution and divorce. In addition to being a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Norfolk County Bar Association and the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, the instructor, Timothy Teehan, also has been admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts.
1 Session Wed., 6-9:00, Mar 13, $25
475 – Getting your Head Above Water Financially - Is Bankruptcy the Right Choice for You?
It is surprisingly easy to find yourself burdened by heavy debt. Perhaps your situation has been made worse with a job loss or unexpected medical expense. Many options are blasted at you either through TV ads or via the mail. This course will examine the relief available through consumer bankruptcy and help students determine if bankruptcy is right for them and their families.
1 Session Wed., 6-8:30, Mar 20, $20.00
476 – The Missing Piece in Your Retirement Plan
The challenge of preparing for all the expenses you may encounter in retirement is daunting. The most difficult to prepare for are your health related expenses which includes medications, Medicare premiums, supplemental healthcare premiums, home healthcare, assisted living, and nursing home care. Growing by more than 5% per year, these expenses can take a toll on your retirement income and savings if you haven’t properly prepared. So what should you do? Are you saving sufficiently for the future? Have you planned for a long term health event? Is your income and lifestyle protected? Have you protected your house from being sold to pay for care at a facility? We will address these questions and many more throughout the session. Topics include: Wealth Preservation, Medicare vs. Medicaid, Social Security, Custodial Care, Income & Savings Options, Long Term Care Insurance Options & Alternatives, and Federal & State Legislation..
1 Session, Wed, 6:30-8:30, Mar 20, $10 per person/$15 per couple
478 – Stock Trading Secrets
Learn top secrets that professional traders use to read the market and trade stocks. Join Jay DeVincentis, editor of Stockbarometer.com, as he teaches you how to time the market, read a chart, and profit in stock trading. Transform your trading overnight. Learn the secrets of the trade and how to avoid pitfalls that cause some new traders to fail. Topics include: how to read a stock chart using Japanese Candlesticks, how to know when to buy and when to sell, how to use technical analysis to get in and out of a trade, how to read the market using sentiment and technical analysis. Note: Once you sign up, email one stock pick to firstname.lastname@example.org and he'll incorporate current daily and weekly charts into his presentation.
1 Session, Sat, 10-1, Mar 2, $45