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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. Use our Assessment Tool to help you find the path that is right for you. Ready to get started? Fill out the Client Information Form and/or schedule a time to consult about your business ideas at the Center near you.

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Click on the level and view the classes available for where you are on your road to start and run a business, increase your professional success, and personal growth.

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Are you unemployed, underemployed, or considering starting your own business?

CWE offers workshops related to job search, personal budgeting, career growth strategies, and entrepreneurship. CWE helps you discover if owning or starting your own business is right for you.

These workshops include:

  • Is Entrepreneurship Right for You?
  • The Art of Networking
  • Steps to Starting a Business
  • Financing Strategies

AARP: Work for Yourself @50+ - CWE NH - Dec 5

Work for Yourself@50+℠ is a program specifically designed to help people 50 and older learn about what it takes to be successfully self-employed in today's economy. This national grant initiative, awarded by the AARP Foundation to CWE  is designed to...

Personal Financial Planning - CWE Rhode Island - Dec 12

At this workshop, learn how you can build your personal savings and plan for retirement.

Is Entrepreneurship Right For You? – CWE Eastern MA – Dec 12

Attend this workshop and decide whether starting your own business is right for you. As part of this workshop, you will: explore the process and learn about the risks and rewards of starting up your own business

Financing Strategies: Learn from the Experts - CWE Vermont - Dec 12

If you are in the process of launching a new business, or thinking about starting one, this panel discussion will help you to understand the variety of financing options available to you as a new business owner. 

Financing Strategies: Learn from the Experts - CWE New Hampshire - Dec 13

If you are in the process of launching a new business, or thinking about starting one, this panel discussion will help you to understand the variety of financing options available to you as a new business owner. 

Legal Considerations for New Business Owners - CWE Vermont - Dec 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.

Steps to Start a Business - CWE Eastern MA - Dec 14

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

Financing Strategies: Learn from the Experts - CWE Rhode Island - Dec 18

If you are in the process of launching a new business, or thinking about starting one, this panel discussion will help you understand the variety of financing options available to new business owners. 

Business Plan Basics - CWE New Hampshire - Dec 18

This workshop provides an overview of writing a business plan. Topics include: Why you need to write a business plan, overview of each section of a business plan

Financing Strategies: Learn from the Experts - CWE Eastern MA - Dec 20

If you are in the process of launching a new business, or thinking about starting one, this panel discussion will help you to understand the variety of financing options available to you as a new business owner. 

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Is Owning Your Own Business Right For You?

CWE helps you discover if owning or starting your own business is right for you. The workshops will provide you with resources and tools that will help you make the decision that is right for you. The workshops are FREE.

Workshops include:

  • Is Entrepreneurship Right for You
  • Legal Considerations for Your Business
  • 12 Steps to Starting a Business
  • And more . . .

Steps to Starting a Nonprofit – CWE Eastern MA – Dec. 14

Do you have enormous passion around addressing a social issue or providing services to an underserved group of people? Do you have a great idea on how to address social issues in a way that you have not seen before? Do you want to start a non-profit ...

Social Media Made Simple - CWE Vermont - Dec 19

Are you looking to use social media for your business? Join us for this workshop and learn:  The basics for using social media such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Pinterest to help your  business thrive

Explore Small Business Administration (SBA) Resources – CWE Eastern MA – Jan 10

This workshop is presented by a member of the local SBA team and is designed to help entrepreneurs understand the various SBA programs and services available to help them 

Keeping the Books: Basic Recordkeeping and Accounting ) – CWE Central MA – Jan 11

This workshop will provide you with an introduction to  the best practices in keeping books for your small business.  Even if you have an accountant, this class will help you understand why good bookkeeping is valuable for effectively running your bu...

CEP: Visioning (2 Weeks) – CWE VT – Jan 11

If you’re contemplating entrepreneurship, this is the first step in turning your dreams of owning your own business into a reality! 

Branding for Your Small Business – CWE NH – Jan 17

 In this workshop, you will gain a better understanding of the importance of good branding, and learn tips for building your own successful brand.

Branding for Your Small Business – CWE VT – Jan 17

 In this workshop, you will gain a better understanding of the importance of good branding, and learn tips for building your own successful brand.

Explore Small Business Administration (SBA) Resources – CWE RI - Jan 17

This workshop is presented by a member of the local SBA team and is designed to help entrepreneurs understand the various SBA programs and services available to help them start or expand a business.

Understanding Your Business’ Financial Statements – Jan 18

You have financial statements for your business--what knowledge can you gain from them? 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 op...

Social Media Made Simple – CWE – Jan 18

Are you looking to use social media for your business?   Join us for this workshop and learn:

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Your business is open and running – now what?

Bring your business to the next level with workshops and events that will provide you with the tools you need to increase your venture.

  • Accounting for Non-Accountants
  • Effective Presentation Skills
  • Marketing Intensive
  • Selling Online
  • Ways to Maximize Linked In for Your Business

Steps to Grow Your Business - CWE New Hampshire - Dec 14

Have you recently launched your business and secured your first few clients, but want to take your business to the next level?

Understanding Cash Flow Management - CWE Vermont - Dec 14

Many new business owners feel intimidated by the financial aspects of running their new venture however, it is vital to the success of any business strategy.  

Steps to Grow Your Business - CWE New Hampshire - Dec 19

Have you recently launched your business and secured your first few clients, but want to take your business to the next level?

Understanding Cash Flow Management - CWE Eastern MA - Dec 20

Many new business owners feel intimidated by the financial aspects of running their new venture, however, it is vital to the success of any business strategy.

Steps to Grow Your Business – CWE VT – Jan 9

This workshop will cover some basic strategies to grow your revenue base and formalize your company. It is suited for businesses in the first 1-3 years of operations with sales between $25-$100K/year.

Accounting for Non-Accountants – CWE VT – Jan 16

Many entrepreneurs detest the financial piece of their business.  But, they don’t discount its importance.  The numbers tell a story - do you know how to read it?  In this workshop, participants will learn:

Accounting for Non-Accountants – CWE Eastern MA – Jan 25

Many entrepreneurs detest the financial piece of their business.  But, they don’t discount its importance.  The numbers tell a story - do you know how to read it?  In this workshop, participants will learn:

Effective Presentation Skills – CWE Eastern MA – Jan 31

As an entrepreneur, your ability to persuade your audience through a concise and compelling presentation is a key factor to your business success.  This interactive workshop focuses on the basics of developing a strong presentation and the skills yo...

QuickBooks Intensive (4 Classes) – CWE NH – Jan 31

Keeping track of your business's finances can be complicated, but a systematic approach with QuickBooks can make a world of difference.  In this 4-week intensive series, participants will learn the basics of navigating the QuickBooks program and have...

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