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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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e-Commerce 101: Getting Your Business Online (Webinar) - Central MA - Apr 6

Starting an eCommerce can be daunting. There are many steps, jargon, and tech required to make it successful. Get started on the right foot with easy-to-understand explanations of what it takes, and how to avoid some of the pitfalls of getting thing...

How to Deal with Cash Flow Issues Due to COVID-19 (Webinar) - Central MA - Apr 7

Even in normal times, small businesses can struggle to properly manage their cash flow—the balance of money that goes in and out of their business through revenue and expenses. In this free webinar, presenter Eric Goldschein and guest speaker Amanda...

Programs & Funding Available for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 - (Webinar) - Central MA - Apr 8

This webinar will be a presentation and discussion of resources available to businesses impacted by COVID-19. Specifically, state and federal programs & funding available to businesses established in Massachusetts.

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

Introduction to Crowdfunding (Webinar) - Central MA - Apr 15

Are you looking for an alternative way to finance your startup? Come to this informative session on Crowdfunding- how to utilize your personal and professional networks to gain capital to start your business!

Lean Business Model Canvas (Webinar) - Central MA - Apr 17

  Join us to explore the fundamentals of building a business model for your venture.  This workshop is ideal for people who are in the early stages of business planning. 

Exploring Entrepreneurship (Webinar) - Central MA - Apr 24

This workshop will uncover the many ways to be an entrepreneur, the pros and cons of going into business for yourself, and how to recognize a good business opportunity.

Certification Options for Small Business - Central MA - Apr 27

Join us to explore the types of small business certifications available.  We will discuss how to determine whether getting certified is the right move for your business.

Business Plan Basics - Central MA (Webinar) - Apr 28

This workshop provides an overview of writing a business plan.

Steps to Starting a Business - CWE Central MA (Worcester) - May 5

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

Open Consults - Business Strategy - CWE Central MA (Fitchburg) - May 8

Whether you want help registering a business or drafting a business plan, this is the perfect opportunity to get free one-on-one advice.

Legal Considerations for New Business Owners - Central MA - May 15

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.

Business Plan Basics - Central MA (Worcester) - May 19

This workshop provides an overview of writing a business plan.  

Developing a Dynamic Capability Statement (Webinar) - Central MA - Jun 11

Attend our FREE  webinar to learn tips for developing a robust capability statement to assist you in marketing your products & services to large business prime contractors and federal agencies.

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.