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

What it Takes: A Panel Conversation with Women in Business - CWE Central MA - Mar 21

Whether you are looking to open a brick and mortar, create a product or offer a service – this event has something for everyone!

Legal Considerations for New Business Owners - CWE Central MA - Mar 25

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

Creating a Better World: A Local Entrepreneurial Marketplace - CWE Central MA - Mar 27

Come and learn how to turn your passion into a business or a non-profit to make the world a better place! 

Your Bank & You: Relational Finance for Business Success - CWE Central MA - Apr 3

Understand how other small business owners decide which banking services to use

Get Noticed! Optimize Your Website Through SEO - CWE Central MA - Apr 5

Join us for this interactive session to learn about search engine optimization (SEO) - the main way your website gets “found” by search engines

Planning for a Healthy Business - CWE Central MA - Apr 8

Join us for this introductory exploration of what makes a healthy foundation for your business.

Branding for Your Small Business - CWE Central MA - Apr 10

Branding goes beyond a mere color palette and logo—it’s your reputation, and is essential to keeping your customers.

Understanding Your Business’ Financial Statements - CWE Central MA - Apr 12

This workshop will provide you with the tools necessary to understand your income statement, balance sheet and statement of cash flow.  

Steps to Start a Business - CWE Central MA (Worcester) - Apr 16

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

Crowdfunding: Alternative Financing for your Small Business - CWE Central MA - Apr 16

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

Effective Leadership Practices - CWE Central MA - Apr 18

Attend this workshop to develop effective leadership strategies and skills. 

Keeping the Books: Basic Record Keeping and Accounting - CWE Central MA - Apr 23

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

Social Media Made Simple - CWE Central MA - Apr 25

The basics for using social media such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Pinterest to help your business thrive

Insure your Business with Confidence - CWE Central MA - Apr 26

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) - Apr 30

This workshop provides an overview of writing a business plan.

Legal Considerations for New Business Owners - CWE Central MA - Apr 30

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. 

Facebook for Small Businesses - CWE Central MA - May 6

Join this workshop to learn the intricacies of Facebook for small business.

Steps to Start a Business - CWE Central MA (Worcester) - May 7

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 - May 10

If you have an idea that has been burning in your heart, and/or if you are looking for inspiration, this workshop is right for you! 

Twitter for Small Businesses - CWE Central MA - May 13

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.  

Working with a Bank - CWE Central MA - May 15

A good relationship with your bank is critical to your business success.  How do you go about building one? 

Business Plan Basics - Central MA (Worcester) - May 21

This workshop provides an overview of writing a business plan.

Accounting for Non-Accountants - CWE Central MA - May 21

Many entrepreneurs detest the financial piece of their business.  But, they don’t discount its importance.

Legal Considerations for New Business Owners - CWE Central MA - May 29

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