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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?

10 – Week Business Planning Program - Eastern MA - May 19 - July 21

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?

Stress Tolerance (Webinar) - CWE RI - Apr 9

Sometimes stressful situations are beyond our control. However, the way that you handle these situations can make things better or worse. 

Virtual Teaming - Meetings and More (Webinar) - Central MA - Apr 9

Leverage unique opportunities and minimize inherent challenges that inevitably happen when you take your meetings online. Increase team engagement and interactivity while keeping everyone focused.

Employment Law (Webinar) - Central MA - Apr 9

Brought to you by Lawyers for Civil Rights, this workshop will the cover what small business owners are responsible for amidst COVID-19 and how your business needs to be prepared and protected.

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.

Legal Considerations for New Business Owners (Webinar) - CWE RI - Apr 14

This web-based seminar provides a high-level overview of a range of legal matters that entrepreneurs need to be aware  of when starting a new company. 

Visual Thinking: Learn to Use Drawing for Better Problem-Solving, Communication and Creativity - Vermont - Apr 14

This workshop walks you through a series of exercises to help you get comfortable with drawing and experience how visual thinking improves your problem-solving, communication, and collaboration skills.

Webinar: Steps to Start a Benefit Corporation & Other Corps - Eastern MA - Apr 14

Come join us at our Benefit Corporation workshop where you learn about the differences, the pros, the cons and the necessary requirements. Walk away with a firm understanding of each and what type of entity is right for YOUR idea.

Self-Awareness and Adaptability (Webinar) - Central MA - Apr 14

Learn about your own communication style, debunk some misconceptions about others’ styles and develop a personal action plan to adapt more effectively.

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...

10 – Week Business Planning Program - Eastern MA - May 19 - July 21

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?

COVID-19 Response: Business Continuity Planning to Survive and Thrive! (Webinar) - Central MA - Apr 8

Join us for this free webinar taught  Co-Presented by Family Business Center & Jennifer Elder, which will walk you through creating a plan for your business that will get you through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stress Tolerance (Webinar) - CWE RI - Apr 9

Sometimes stressful situations are beyond our control. However, the way that you handle these situations can make things better or worse. 

Attendance Management in Challenging Times (Webinar) - Central MA - Apr 9

Learn how to discover the motivations behind various attendance policies and develop an action plan to work with front line supervisors to improve attendance, performance and retention.

Bring Your Own Laptop Series (Webinar) - Central MA - Apr 10

In this series we will review legislative changes that have happened recently and open up to your most pressing questions.

Contracts Workshop (Webinar) - Central MA - Apr 13

Join us to learn about contracts and how you can use contracts to protect you and your small business.

Legal Considerations for New Business Owners (Webinar) - CWE RI - Apr 14

This web-based seminar provides a high-level overview of a range of legal matters that entrepreneurs need to be aware  of when starting a new company. 

Webinar: Steps to Start a Benefit Corporation & Other Corps - Eastern MA - Apr 14

Come join us at our Benefit Corporation workshop where you learn about the differences, the pros, the cons and the necessary requirements. Walk away with a firm understanding of each and what type of entity is right for YOUR idea.

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

10 – Week Business Planning Program - Eastern MA - May 19 - July 21

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?

Webinar: Steps to Grow Your Business - Eastern MA - Apr 8

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 bu...

Stress Tolerance (Webinar) - CWE RI - Apr 9

Sometimes stressful situations are beyond our control. However, the way that you handle these situations can make things better or worse. 

Legal Considerations for New Business Owners (Webinar) - CWE RI - Apr 14

This web-based seminar provides a high-level overview of a range of legal matters that entrepreneurs need to be aware  of when starting a new company. 

Business Continuity (Webinar) - CWE RI - Apr 15

A business continuity plan (BCP) will minimize the impact of business interruption should a disaster occur.

Webinar: Writing Successful Grant Proposals - Eastern MA - Apr 22

This class will assist you to increase your capacity to write successful grants.

Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program - CWE RI - May 13

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

Employee Handbooks 101 - Vermont - May 14

An employee handbook is an excellent tool for communicating your expectations, policies, and practices to employees. If you’re looking for tips and tools to get started with your employee handbook, or if you have one and want to make it better, this...

Exploring Small Business Administration (SBA) Resources - CWE RI - May 20

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.

Women & Minority Owned Business Certification - Jun 31

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

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