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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. 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

Explore Small Business Administration Resources – CWE Eastern MA – April 9

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.

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

This workshop provides an overview of writing a business plan.

Steps to Start a Business - CWE VT - June 18

An intro to considering legal structure, naming and entity, licensing, insurance, and more for starting a business.

Legal Considerations For New Business Owners - CWE RI - Jun 19

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 ca...

Steps to Start a Business - CWE New Hampshire - Jun19

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

Legal Considerations for New Business Owners – CWE Eastern MA – June 19

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 ca...

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. 

Business Plan Basics - CWE VT - June 25

This workshop provides an overview of how to get started writing a business plan.

Business Plan Basics - CWE RI - Jun 25

This workshop provides an overview of writing a business plan.

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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 . . .

Planificación de su negocio (5 semanas, lun, mie, y vie) - CWE RI - jun 17

¿ Tiene una idea para un negocio que desea iniciar o quizás explorar más profundamente? ¿Siempre has soñado con ser empresario, pero no esta seguro de dónde empezar? Este curso puede ayudarle a tomar los pasos necesarios para convertirse en un propi...

Planificación de su Negocio (4 semanas, lun, mie, y jue) - CWE RI - jun 27

¿ Tiene una idea para un negocio que desea iniciar o quizás explorar más profundamente? ¿Siempre has soñado con ser empresario, pero no esta seguro de dónde empezar? Este curso puede ayudarle a tomar los pasos necesarios para convertirse en un propi...

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. 

Keeping the Books: Basic Recordkeeping and Accounting - CWE RI - Jul 10

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.   

Inside Instagram for Business - CWE VT - July 10

This session is designed for those already familiar with Instagram, ready to maximize its potential for their businesses.

Social Media for Business: Speed Mentoring - CWE VT - July 12

Sign up for a 30-minute session to get your questions answered about social media for your biz!

You + Money + Empowerment = Financial Wellbeing - CWE RI - July 16

In this class, we will explore the impact that money has on our lives - from how we were raised to talk or not talk about money to how we now think about ourselves in relation to it. We will make friends with money and use it to increase our wellbei...

Women & Minority Owned Business Certification - CWE RI - Jul 16

Certified women/minority owned businesses can earn lucrative contracts with the government.

Marketing on a Shoestring - CWE New Hampshire - Jul17

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

Plan Your Promotions - CWE VT - July 25

Learn smart ways to apply prior knowledge of social media and your goals to plan out what, how, and when you will communicate to your customers throughout the upcoming (holiday) season.

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

#AskMeAnything: Q&A Discussions for Curious Business Owners

Finally! Get answers to the “trivial” and “taboo” business questions you’ve been scared to ask.  This summer at CWE VT, join peers and content experts who’ve seen it all for coffee, croissants, and conversation about the trials of small business own...

Start & Stabilize Your Consulting Practice (6 Sessions) - CWE VT - June 13 - July 2

Want to start your consulting practice with stability?  Join Markey Read of MRG, Inc. and CWE VT for: Stand Out In the Crowd! Launch, Grow and Prosper as a Woman Solopreneur, a 6-session intensive for sonsultants, coaches, and other professiona...

Understanding Cash Flow Management - CWE Eastern MA - June 19

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. 

Blogging & Search Engine Optimization for Small Business - CWE RI - Jun 25

Come join us to learn how to communicate with your customers using blogs and how to use search engine optimization to help improve the chances of your blog appearing in search results. 

Planificación de su Negocio (4 semanas, lun, mie, y jue) - CWE RI - jun 27

¿ Tiene una idea para un negocio que desea iniciar o quizás explorar más profundamente? ¿Siempre has soñado con ser empresario, pero no esta seguro de dónde empezar? Este curso puede ayudarle a tomar los pasos necesarios para convertirse en un propi...

Social Media for Your Business: Speed Mentoring (Montpelier) - CWE VT & Montpelier Alive - July 16

 Bring social media questions about your business to our office hours (in Montpelier!) for one-on-one guidance.

Steps to Grow a Business - CWE Central MA - Jul 19

This workshop will cover some basic strategies to grow your revenue base and formalize your company. 

Facebook for Small Businesses - CWE RI - Jul 25

Join this workshop to learn the intricacies of Facebook for small business.  Most of us have personal Facebook accounts, but the ins and outs of page management for your business are not the same as your own profile.  In this workshop you will learn:

Protect Your Business with Copyright and Trademark - CWE Eastern MA - July 30th

As an entrepreneur with an innovative product or service, it is essential to know how to protect your brand, your name, and the content you create.

Instagram and Pinterest for Small Businesses - CWE RI - Aug 27

Are you looking to use Instagram and Pinterest for your business? Join us for this workshop and learn How you can use instagram and Pinterest to target your audience with effective marketing messages How to use Instagram and Pintere...

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