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

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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.

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Turn, Turn, Turn: How to Pivot your Business Model During a Financial Crisis (Webinar) - Central MA - Sep 18

In this virtual panel presentation, a collaboration between CWE and VETRN, you will learn from a Vietnam veteran, who has spent his professional career as a CEO working with underperforming businesses, about how to successfully pivot your business m...

LinkedIn (Webinar) - Central MA - Sep 21

LinkedIn is the best platform to promote yourself as a professional. Use it as a platform to advertise your skills, build credibility as a professional and increase your visibility.

Business Plan Basics (Webinar) - Central MA - Sep 22

This workshop provides an overview of writing a business plan

Understanding PPP Loan Forgiveness: An SBA Overview (Webinar) - Central MA - Sep 22

In this webinar, SBA Lender Relations Specialist Ili Spahiu will provide an overview of the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application.

Insure Your Business with Confidence (Webinar) - Central MA - Sep 24

This workshop is suitable for pre-start-up entrepreneurs, or those looking to revisit their insurance needs

Steps to Start a Business (Webinar) - Central MA - Sep 24

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

Understanding PPP Loan Forgiveness: A Lenders' Tutorial (Webinar) - Central MA - Sep 25

In this webinar, you will be guided through the forgiveness process by two experienced lenders, Ben Marshall of Bank of America and Stephanie Luz of Avidia Bank.

Women Supporting Women - Online Open Forum (Webinar) - Central MA - Sep 21

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.

Twitter (Webinar) - Central MA - Sep 29

Join the Twitter Universe! Reluctant to get started? Mystified by the process? Not sure you'd like it for yourself? Remember, it's not where you like to be that's important. It's where your customers are that counts.

Tuesday Talks (Webinar) - Central MA - Sep 29

Join CWE and SBA for our monthly check-ins for women in business! We'll share updates from CWE and SBA, and answer your questions.

Understanding PPP Loan Forgiveness: Legal & Accounting (Webinar) - Central MA - Sep 29

In this webinar, Amanda Shuman, Esq. and Karen Durand Ceppetelli, CPA, will discuss PPP legal, accounting, and financial reporting considerations for business entities.

Dissociating Self Worth from Net Worth (Webinar) - Central MA - Sep 30

Join us and the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce  for a presentation and conversation on Women and Finance "It’s Not Personal: Dissociating Self Worth From Net Worth."

Steps to Starting a Business - CWE Central MA (Webinar) - Oct 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. 

Business Plan Basics - Central MA (Webinar) - Oct 8

This workshop provides an overview of writing a business plan.

Steps to Starting a Business - CWE Central MA (Webinar) - Oct 14

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 - Oct 28

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. 

Keeping the Books: Basic Accounting & Recordkeeping (Webinar) - CWE Central MA - Oct 29

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

All About Your Business’ Financial Statements (Webinar) - Central MA - Oct 30

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

Insure your Business with Confidence (Webinar) - Central MA - Nov 12

The session with provide you with an overview of the various types of business insurance and how they may be critical to protecting your assets as a business owner.  The workshop will cover: 

Accounting for Non-Accountants (Webinar) - Central MA - Nov 16

In this webinar you will learn how to read and understand basic financial statements and how to use the numbers to make well informed operational decisions.

Steps to Starting a Business - CWE Central MA (Webinar) - Nov 17

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

Legal Considerations for New Business Owners (Webinar) - Central MA - Nov 19

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.

Steps to Starting a Business - CWE Central MA (Webinar) - Nov 20

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

Business Plan Basics - Central MA (Webinar) - Nov 24

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.