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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.

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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

Steps to Start A Business – CWE Central MA (Worcester) – Feb 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.  In this workshop, you will:

Steps to Start A Business – CWE Eastern MA – Feb 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.  In this workshop, you will:

Is Entrepreneurship Right for You? – CWE NH – Feb 21

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

Steps to Start A Business – CWE VT – Feb 22

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

Is Entrepreneurship Right for You? – CWE VT – Feb 23

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

Business Plan Basics – CWE VT – Feb 26

This workshop provides an overview of writing a business plan.

Business Plan Basics – CWE Central MA – Feb 27

This workshop provides an overview of writing a business plan.

Eat, Drink and Talk Money! - CWE Central MA - Feb 28

The evening will feature a panel discussion, which will focus on strategies for raising funds as well as what lenders and investors look for when making financing decisions.     

Insure your Business with Confidence – CWE Eastern MA – Mar 1

In this workshop, you will learn how to effectively protect your business and personal assets by choosing appropriate and cost-effective insurance policy/ies. The session will provide you 

Steps to Start A Business – CWE VT – Mar 1

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

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 . . .

How to Obtain Bank Financing – CWE VT – Feb 21

If you are considering loan financing as a way to start or grow your business, then join a banking expert for this free session that will help you:

Pricing for Your Market – CWE Central MA (Worcester) Feb 22

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.  Understanding your customers’ perceived value an...

Social Media Made Simple – CWE NH – Feb 23

re you looking to use social media for your business?   Join us for this workshop and learn:

Steps to Starting a Non-Profit – CWE Eastern MA – Feb 27

Do you have enormous passion around addressing a social issue or providing services to an underserved group of people? Do you have a great idea on how to address social issues in a way that you have not seen before? Do you want to start a non-profit ...

CEP: Business Planning: Getting Started (10 Weeks) - CWE NH (Washington) - Feb 27

This course will help you to take the necessary steps to becoming an independent business owner, while gaining confidence in yourself and your knowledge of small business management.

CEP: Business Planning: Getting Started (10 Weeks) - CWE NH (Claremont) - Feb 28

This course will help you to take the necessary steps to becoming an independent business owner, while gaining confidence in yourself and your knowledge of small business management.

Eat, Drink and Talk Money! - CWE Central MA - Feb 28

The evening will feature a panel discussion, which will focus on strategies for raising funds as well as what lenders and investors look for when making financing decisions.     

CEP: Business Planning: Getting Started (10 Weeks) – CWE Central MA – Mar 7

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?

CEP: Visioning (2 Weeks) – CWE Eastern MA – Mar 8

If you’re contemplating entrepreneurship, this is the first step in turning your dreams of owning your own business into a reality! 

Commercial Leasing 101 - CWE Central MA - Mar 8

Do you need to lease space for your business? It can be a very complicated and daunting process. This class will be led by a commercial real estate agent who will cover basic terms and common provisions, different ways rent can be calculated, terms,...

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

Steps to Grow Your Business – CWE VT – Feb 20

This workshop will cover some basic strategies to grow your revenue base and formalize your company. It is suited for businesses in the first 1-3 years of operations with sales between $25-$100K/year.

Facebook for Small Businesses – CWE Eastern MA – Feb 22

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:

Social Media Intensive (3 Week Intensive) - CWE Rhode Island - Feb 22

Do you need to strengthen your market reach and increase customer engagement? Are you looking to social media to generate more revenue?

Mastering the Elevator Pitch – CWE VT – Feb 28

n this interactive session, we'll discuss practical tips and techniques that will enable you to create more interesting and impactful presentations, so you can sell your ideas, get your project funded, ace the interview, and win business.

Steps to Grow Your Business – CWE Eastern MA – Mar 6

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...

HR Basics: Employment Law & Staffing Best Practices – CWE VT – Mar 6

Your business is growing and you're ready to hire more staff. Hiring the right people is critical as your people will be the key to the success of your business.  

Accounting for Non-Accountants – CWE VT – Mar 8

Many entrepreneurs detest the financial piece of their business.  But, they don’t discount its importance.  The numbers tell a story - do you know how to read it?  In this workshop, participants will learn:

Effective Presentation Skills – CWE NH – Mar 14

As an entrepreneur, your ability to persuade your audience through a concise and compelling presentation is a key factor to your business success.  This interactive workshop focuses on the basics of developing a strong presentation and the skills yo...

Marketing Intensive (3 weeks) – CWE VT – Mar 16

As an entrepreneur, everything you do is a marketing opportunity. It is essential for you to reach potential customers and develop loyalty in ways that are practical, convincing, clear, and urgent.

Protect Your Business Brand with Copyright - CWE Central MA - Mar 16

This workshop will outline ways you can avoid the common pitfalls related to copyright that could potentially spell trouble for your business brand.

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