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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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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. 

Crowdfunding: Alternative Financing for Your Business - CWE Central MA - Jun 3

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

Steps to Starting a Business - CWE Central MA (Worcester) - Jun 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. 

Employee to Entrepreneur: How Franchising can Reduce the Risk - CWE Central MA - Jun 12

This workshop will unveil the myths and truths about franchising and help you determine if franchising may be right for you! 

Business Accounting: Get Your Financial Questions Answered! - CWE Central MA - Jun 14

Sign up for a one-on-one session to review your business financial statements, discuss the tax side of entity choices, and/or to strategize your next stage of growth.

Legal Sessions: Get Your Questions Answered! - CWE Central MA - Jun 14

Register for a one-on-one session with an attorney to discuss such topics as entity formation, partnerships, HR questions and/or succession planning. 

Keeping the Books: Basic Record Keeping and Accounting - CWE Central MA - Jun 17

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

Business Plan Basics - CWE Central MA (Worcester) - Jun 18

This workshop provides an overview of writing a business plan.

Marketing on a Shoestring - CWE Central MA - Jun 21

Find out how to market your product, determine and refine your target audience, and reach customers with the right message and the right media.

Insure Your Business with Confidence - CWE Central MA - Jun 25

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. 

Social Media Made Simple - CWE Central MA - Jul 10

This workshop will teach you the basics for suing social media such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Pinterest. 

Legal Sessions: Get Your Questions Answered! - CWE Central MA - Jul 12

Register for a one-on-one session with an attorney to discuss such topics as entity formation, partnerships, HR questions and/or succession planning. 

Steps to Starting a Business - CWE Central MA (Worcester) - Jul 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. 

Legal Considerations for New Business Owners - CWE Central MA - Jul 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. 

Business Accounting: Get Your Questions Answered! - CWE Central MA - Jul 26

Sign up for a one-on-one session to review your business financial statements, discuss the tax side of entity choices, and/or to strategize your next stage of growth. 

Accounting for Non-Accountants - CWE Central MA - Jul 29

This workshops will help you read and understand basic financial statements and learn how to use the numbers to make well informed operational decisions. 

Business Plan Basics - CWE Central MA (Worcester) - Jul 30

This workshop provides an overview of writing a business plan.

Steps to Starting a Business - CWE Central MA (Worcester) - Aug 6

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 - CWE Central MA (Worcester) - Aug 20

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.