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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

Steps to Starting a Business - CWE Central MA (Worcester) - Sep 3

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

Open Consults - Business Strategy - CWE Central MA (Fitchburg) - Sep 6

Schedule a one-on-one consult to have a business strategist answer all of your burning questions! 

Develop Your Business Model - CWE Central MA - Sep 9

Begin to understand how to develop a business model using the business model canvas framework.

Business Planning: Getting Started - Central MA - Sep 9

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.

Business Plan Basics - CWE Central MA (Worcester) - Sep 10

This workshop provides an overview of writing a business plan.

Legal Considerations for New Business Owners - CWE Central MA - Sep 13

This workshop provides a high-level overview of a range of legal issues that entrepreneurs should be aware of when starting a new company.

Military Spouses Workshop - VBOC of New England - Sept 17

This program will provide resources and training for spouses whose partners have deployed or those who seek entrepreneurship or change of employment.

Keeping the Books: Basic Accounting & Recordkeeping - CWE Central MA - Sep 18

This workshop will provide you with an introduction to  the best practices in keeping books for your small business. 

Keeping the Books: Basic Accounting & Recordkeeping - CWE Central MA - Sep 18

This workshop will provide you with an introduction to  the best practices in keeping books for your small business. 

Explore the Basics of SEO - Central MA - Sep 20

This workshop will teach you everything you need to know about SEO and how to improve your businesses optimization strategies to boost business.

Explore the Basics of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) - Central MA - Sep 20

Join us to learn about the basics of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) strategy, so that you can make important decisions about your marketing plan.

Social Media Made Simple - CWE Central MA - Sep 23

Join this workshop to learn the  basics for using social media such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Pinterest to help your  business thrive

Basics of a Small Business Marketing Plan - Central MA - Oct 3

Join us to learn the basics of a small business marketing plan, and resources available to help. 

Women's Business Leaders Conference - Central MA - Oct 4

CWE's annual Women Business Leaders Conference is the premier event for women in business.  Each year this event brings together women business leaders and owners, entrepreneurs, community leaders, supplier diversity teams and purchasing professional...

Steps to Starting a Business - CWE Central MA (Worcester) - Oct 8

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

Starting a Small Business - CWE Central MA - Oct 9

If you are planning to start a business or are in the early stages of launching one, then this workshop is for you. 

Insure your Business with Confidence (Webinar) - Central MA - Oct 9

In this workshop, you will learn how to effectively protect your business and personal assets by choosing appropriate and cost-effective insurance policy/ies.

Employee to Entrepreneur: How Franchising can Reduce the Risk - CWE Central MA - Oct 10

Are you considering entrepreneurship as a career option but want a proven business model to get to your goals more quickly and safer?

Facebook for Small Businesses (Webinar) - Central MA - Oct 21

Join this workshop to learn the intricacies of Facebook for small business.  Most of us have personal Facebook accounts, but the ins and outs of page management for your business are not the same as your own profile. 

Business Plan Basics - CWE Central MA (Worcester) - Oct 22

This workshop provides an overview of writing a business plan.

Twitter for Small Businesses (Webinar) - Central MA - Oct 23

This course will help you understand how Twitter works—from demystifying the secrets of this social media network, to how to use it as a tool to help grow your business. 

Navigating the World of Digital Advertising - Central MA - Oct 25

Many businesses will need to pay for online ads at some point, but deciding which ones and how to configure them can be difficult.  Join us for an overview of digital advertising options and strategy.

20th Anniversary Fundraiser - CWE Central MA - Oct 30

Join us for an evening of inspiration, networking, and support for CWE!

Steps to Starting a Business - CWE Central MA (Worcester) - Nov 5

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

Working with a Bank - CWE Central MA - Nov 8

This workshop will help you determine the advantages and disadvantages of each banking service available to you. 

Legal Considerations for New Business Owners - Central MA - Nov 13

Attend this workshop to learn how to avoid common mistakes and employ preventative measures that can protect and ensure the success of your new business.

Considerations for Website Design - Central MA - Nov 15

Join us for an overview of the elements that make a successful website.

Business Plan Basics - CWE Central MA (Worcester) - Nov 19

This workshop provides an overview of writing a business plan.

Steps to Starting a Business - CWE Central MA (Worcester) - Dec 10

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

Financial Management - CWE Central MA - Dec 13

In this workshop we will explain the basic concept of financial management and why it's important as well as identify the basic steps of bookkeeping for a small business.

Insure your Business with Confidence - Central MA - Dec 16

In this workshop, you will learn how to effectively protect your business and personal assets by choosing appropriate and cost-effective insurance policy/ies.

Business Plan Basics - CWE Central MA (Worcester) - Dec 17

This workshop provides an overview of writing a business plan.

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.