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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

CEP Business Planning (4 weeks, Mon, Tues, & Wed) - CWE RI - Oct 1

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?

Business Plan Basics - Vermont - Feb 24

This workshop provides an overview of writing a business plan.

Is Entrepreneurship Right for You? - CWE RI - Feb 24

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

Business Plan Basics - Central MA (Worcester) - Feb 25

This workshop provides an overview of writing a business plan.  

Business Plan Basics - Vermont (Rutland) - Feb 25

This workshop provides an overview of writing a business plan.

Employee to Entrepreneur: How Franchising can Reduce the Risk - CWE Central MA - Feb 25

Join us to learn the pros and cons of starting your own business or buying an existing business vs. buying a franchise!

Steps to Start a Nonprofit (Staples-Cambridge) - CWE Eastern MA - February 26

Do you have enormous passion around addressing a social issue or providing services to an underserved group of people?  Do you want to start a non-profit so you can put your good ideas to work? 

Social Media Made Simple - CWE RI - Mar 4

Are you looking to use social media for your business?

Steps to Start a Business - Central MA - Mar 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.

Rock your Resume! - CWE RI - Mar 9

Your resume is the first impression you make on a potential employer. Knowing how to create a resume that showcases your skills and presents you in the best light is a valuable skill that anyone in transition should have.

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 . . .

Planificación de negocios (12 sesiones) - CWE RI

Este curso lo ayudará a tomar los pasos necesarios para convertirse en un empresario independiente, mientras adquiere confianza en usted mismo y en su conocimiento de la gestión de pequeñas empresas.

CEP Business Planning (12 sessions) - CWE RI

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? This course will help you to take the necessary steps to becoming...

Is Entrepreneurship Right for You? - CWE RI - Feb 24

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

Legal Considerations for New Business Owners - CWE RI - Feb 25

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.

Steps to Start a Nonprofit (Staples-Cambridge) - CWE Eastern MA - February 26

Do you have enormous passion around addressing a social issue or providing services to an underserved group of people?  Do you want to start a non-profit so you can put your good ideas to work? 

How To Build A Successful Business Brand - Eastern MA - Mar 2

A lot of people think “branding” is only for Audi, Apple and American Express. The truth is companies of all sizes need to develop a brand.

Getting Started: 10 Week Business Planning Course (Plymouth, NH) - CWE New Hampshire - Mar 5

Do you have an idea for a business that you want to launch or explore more deeply? Or have you started a business but don't have a plan? Sign up for CWE’s Business Planning class! 

Rock your Resume! - CWE RI - Mar 9

Your resume is the first impression you make on a potential employer. Knowing how to create a resume that showcases your skills and presents you in the best light is a valuable skill that anyone in transition should have.

CEP Business Planning (12 sessions) - CWE RI - Mar 9

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? This course will help you to take the necessary steps to becoming...

Intro to Email Marketing - Vermont - Mar 10

If you want to leverage Email Marketing to sell products online, this session is for you.

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

Power Forward! (Hybrid Class) - CWE RI - Spring 2020

If you are an ambitious entrepreneur ready to lead your business to the next phase, this accelerator program is for you!

Business Planning: Solopreneur (Hybrid) - Vermont - Feb 14

Calling Freelancers, Gig Workers and Trailing Spouses!  Build a proactive plan for a multiple-income lifestyle and experience the support of your community.

Power Up Rutland - CWE Vermont (Rutland) - Feb 26 - Jun 10

If you've started your business and looking to get your implementation plan in order, this 13-week accelerator course is for you.

How To Build A Successful Business Brand - Eastern MA - Mar 2

A lot of people think “branding” is only for Audi, Apple and American Express. The truth is companies of all sizes need to develop a brand.

Fundraising for Non Profits - Eastern MA - Mar 3

Fundraising is a critical task for most nonprofit organizations as an alternative revenue source.

Pricing for Profit - Eastern MA - Mar 4

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.

Getting Started Selling Online - Vermont - Mar 5

If you are planning to sell products online or are in the early stages of e-commerce, this session is for you.

Rock your Resume! - CWE RI - Mar 9

Your resume is the first impression you make on a potential employer. Knowing how to create a resume that showcases your skills and presents you in the best light is a valuable skill that anyone in transition should have.

Grow with Google: Spring into Action - Vermont - Mar 11

Start the year off right by learning how to use Google Analytics to gain insights into how consumers engage with businesses online.

Lynn 10 - Week Business Planning Program (Launch) - Eastern MA - Mar 16 - May 18

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?

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