Start: CWE Central Massachusetts - Women Business Center

CWE offers affordable, comprehensive courses on starting and growing your business while encouraging collaboration with other aspiring and established entrepreneurs.

Start Your Journey – Your Roadmap to Success

Our curriculum gives you the skills to minimize risk as you prepare for success. Use the Assessment Tool to find the path that is right for you, then click on the class(es) below that fit your needs.

Central Massachusetts Start Courses

Business Strategies for Surviving a Difficult Labor Market (Webinar) - Central MA - Aug 13

Learn how to hire in a difficult market and recieve training funds, learn about alternatives to layoffs and so much more. 

Crowdfunding: Alternative Financing for your Small Business (Webinar) - Central MA - Aug 14

Come to this informative session on Crowdfunding- how to utilize your personal and professional networks to gain capital to start your business!

Business Plan Basics (Webinar) - Central MA - Aug 18

This workshop provides an overview of writing a business plan.  

Recovery Stories & Support Systems (Webinar) - Central MA - Aug 20

Join us to learn about all of the resources available to women entrepreneurs, and hear from two successful women business owners about all of the resources they benefited from to get to where they are today! 

All About Your Business’ Financial Statements (Webinar) - Central MA - Aug 21

This workshop will provide you with the tools necessary to understand your income statement, balance sheet and statement of cash flow; all essential skills for operating a successful business.

Steps to Start a Business (Webinar) - Central MA - Aug 25

If you are considering starting a business or in the early stages of launching one, this workshop will outline everything you need to know.

Social Media Made Simple (Webinar) - Central MA - Aug 26

This workshop is meant for folks that are looking for a high-level overview of how to navigate each social media platform, and the tools that are available to help you succeed. 

Women Supporting Women - Online Open Forum (Webinar) - Central MA - Aug 31

During a time when it's not easy  to make new connections, we welcome you to come share your story and listen, and build meaningful relationships during a difficult time.

Western Mass Women in Business Conference: Adapting to THRIVE! - Central MA - Sep 15

Join us to hear first-hand from three women business owners who will share their stories of success, challenges, and lessons learned as they continue work on growing their business amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Business Planning: Getting Started - Central MA - Sep 28

Draft your business plan in this 10-week intensive! This course will help you to take the necessary steps to becoming an independent business owner, while gaining confidence in yourself and your knowledge of small business management.

Women Supporting Women - Online Open Forum (Webinar) - Central MA - Sep 28

During a time when it's not easy  to make new connections, we welcome you to come share your story and listen, and build meaningful relationships during a difficult time.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Sessions with low enrollment may be cancelled.  CWE will notify you of class cancellations and changes.

If you can no longer join us for a session you register for, please notify us of your cancellation at least 24 hours before the start of the session for a full refund.  If your cancellation is less than 24 hours in advance of the start of the session, we will be unable to issue refunds or payment transfers.

Free Program - Cancellations and Participant Notification Policy

If you can no longer attend a no-cost session for which you registered, please notify us at least 24 hours in advance.  These classes are offered at no cost as a benefit to you, but there are per-registration costs to CWE associated with them.  We reserve the right to request a $25 contribution to defray our costs for no shows, so that we may continue to offer free classes in the future.