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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.

Explore

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

Business Plan Basics - CWE Eastern MA - Aug 22

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, research and writing tips

Is Entrepreneurship Right for You - CWE RI - August 22

Explore entrepreneurship and small business ownership in this information session, and decide whether starting your own business is right for you. ...

Legal Considerations for New Business Owners - CWE Central MA - Aug 27

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

Legal Considerations for New Business Owners - CWE Eastern MA - Aug 28

This workshop provides a high-level overview of a range of legal matters that entrepreneurs need to be aware of when starting a new company. Attending this workshop will help you avoid common mistakes and employ preventative measures that can protect...

Business Plan Basics – CWE VT – Aug 29

This workshop provides an overview of writing a business plan.

Business Plan Working Session – CWE VT – Aug 29

Do you need a place to really get that business planning and strategy work done that you’ve been putting off? Drop-in to CWE for your own office hours.

Explore Small Business Administration Resources - CWE Eastern MA - Aug 29

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.

Is Entrepreneurship Right for You? - CWE Eastern MA - Aug 29

Explore entrepreneurship and small business ownership in this information session, and decide whether starting your own business is right for you. Find out more about CWE programs and resources that can help you move forward with your business idea

Steps to Start a Business - CWE Central MA - (Fitchburg) - Aug 30

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

Steps to Start a Business - CWE Central MA (Worcester) - Sep 4

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

Plan

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 . . .

Business Plan Basics – CWE Central MA - Aug 21

This workshop provides an overview of writing a business plan.

Keeping the Books: Basic Record-keeping and Accounting - CWE RI - August 21

Whether you’re just starting out or you are an experienced business owner, staying on top of your financial record keeping is critical to your success.    This workshop will provide you with an introduction to the best practices in keeping books ...

Rutland Business Planning Course - CWE VT - Sept 11 (10 weeks)

Do you have an idea for a business that you want to launch or explore more deeply? Have you always dreamed of becoming an entrepreneur, but were never sure just where to start? This course will help you to take the necessary steps to becoming an ...

How to Navigate Through Debt - CWE Eastern MA - September 11

Having debt and starting a business can certainly be overwhelming.  If you want to learn how to get out of debt or take on debt as efficiently as possible, then this class is perfect for you.   

Pricing for Profit - CWE Eastern MA - Sep 12

Often business owners price their products simply by marking up their cost. Although margin is an important consideration, it is not the only factor when determining the price of a product or service. 

Explore Small Business Administration (SBA) Resources - CWE RI - September 19

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.

Keeping the Books: Basic Recordkeeping & Accounting - CWE New Hampshire - Sept 26

Whether you’re just starting out or you are an experienced business owner, staying on top of your financial recordkeeping is critical to your success. This workshop will provide you with an introduction to the best practices in keeping books for you...

Social Media Made Simple - CWE RI - Sept 27

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

Pricing for Your Market - CWE Central MA - Oct 5

nderstanding your customers’ perceived value and establishing a pricing strategy that is right for your market is as important to your success as understanding your costs and breakeven point. 

Website Considerations for Small Businesses - CWE Central MA - Oct 16

Ensuring potential customers are able to find you is key to creating and developing new business. 

Build

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

Power Up! Plan Estrátegico Para Su Negocio - CWE RI - August 28

¿Desea llevar su negocio al próximo nível? Este es un programa comprensivo y acelerado, diseñado para aquellos emprenderores con conocimientos en negocios ó para aquellos emprendedores que han comenzado su negocio sin un plan de negocios formal.

Steps to Grow Your Business - CWE Eastern MA - Aug 29

Have you recently launched your business and secured your first few clients, but want to take your business to the next level? This workshop will cover some basic strategies to grow your revenue base and formalize your company.

Understanding Cash Flow Management - CWE RI - September 11

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.   This workshop will help you to understand the importance of proper cash flow management ...

Maximize the Power of LinkedIn for Your Business - CWE Eastern MA - Sep 12

This is an intensive hands-on workshop designed for business owners that want to quickly master the business development potential through LinkedIn.

Power Forward! Strategic Plan for Growth - CWE RI - Sept 19

This accelerator program is designed for established business owners who have not yet grown their firms to substantial levels of revenue or employment. If you are an entrepreneur  ready to  lead your business to the next phase, this program is for yo...

Steps to Grow Your Business - CWE VT - Sept 19

Have you recently launched your business and secured your first few clients, but want to take your business to the next level? This workshop will cover some basic strategies to grow your revenue base and formalize your company. It is suited for bus...

Steps to Start a Business - CWE New Hampshire - Sept 21

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

Make Your Blog Work for Your Business - CWE Central MA - Nov 2

In this workshop, you will have an interactive learning experience as you create your very own blog. 

Twitter for Small Businesses - CWE Central MA - Nov 12

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. 

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