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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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Business Plan Basics – CWE Central MA – Jan 23

This workshop provides an overview of writing a business plan.

Mastering Time Management Skills – CWE Central MA – Jan 24

Your relationship with time is one of the most important relationships in your life. Ending the struggle with time leaves you free, happy, and productive.

Financing Strategies: Learn From The Experts – CWE Central MA – Jan 25

The discussion will focus on strategies for raising funds as well as what lenders and investors look for when making financing decisions. The panel may include, but not be limited to, the following experts:

Insure your Business with Confidence – CWE Central MA (Worcester) Jan 30

n this workshop, you will learn how to effectively protect your business and personal assets by choosing appropriate and cost-effective insurance policy/ies.  This session will provide you with an overview of the various types of business insurance a...

Understanding Your Business' Financial Statement - CWE Central MA (Worcester) Feb 1

ou have financial statements for your business--what knowledge can you gain from them? This workshop will provide you with the tools necessary to understand your income statement, balance sheet and statement of cash flow; all essential skills for op...

Is Entrepreneurship Right for You? – CWE Central MA – Feb 6

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

Understanding Your Personal Branding – CWE Central MA – Feb 7

Businesses and corporations understand the importance of developing strong brands. Today, however, individuals in career transition who are vying for work in a highly competitive marketplace are taking a lesson from businesses and emerging with their...

Marketing on a Shoestring – CWE Central MA – Feb 13

Competition for a spot in the marketplace and in the media is tough. Take this workshop to:

Insure Your Business With Confidence - CWE Central MA - Feb 15

The importance of insurance in protecting your personal and business assets

Steps to Start A Business – CWE Central MA – 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:

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...

Business Plan Basics – CWE Central MA – Feb 27

This workshop provides an overview of writing a business plan.

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

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?

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,...

Is Entrepreneurship Right for You? - CWE Central MA - Mar 13

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

The Art of Networking – CWE Central MA – Mar 14

The thought of networking may terrify you, but anyone can network with the right tools.  Join us for this session to explore the art of making authentic connections that will help you open more doors. 

Legal Considerations for New Business Owners Basics – CWE Central MA – Mar 15

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. 

Business Plan Basics – CWE Central MA – Mar 20

This workshop provides an overview of writing a business plan.

Sales and Negotiation Skills – CWE Central MA – Mar 22

any people shy away from the idea of negotiating, but developing your negotiation skills can be a key factor in the success of your new or growing venture. This workshop will provide practical tools and tips that will help you to negotiate effectivel...

Help I Need a Website - CWE Central MA - Mar 28

With the prominence of the internet now, every business needs a strong web presence. In this session learn the pros and cons of hiring a web designer versus doing it yourself; how to choose a platform; how to secure your domain name; understand stan...

Financing Strategies: Learn From The Experts – CWE Central MA – Mar 29

The discussion will focus on strategies for raising funds as well as what lenders and investors look for when making financing decisions. The panel may include, but not be limited to, the following experts:

Steps to Start A Business – CWE Central MA – Apr 3

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 Central MA – Apr 5

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 Central MA – Apr 17

This workshop provides an overview of writing a business plan.

Insure your Business with Confidence – CWE Central MA – Apr 26

n this workshop, you will learn how to effectively protect your business and personal assets by choosing appropriate and cost-effective insurance policy/ies.  This session will provide you with an overview of the various types of business insurance a...

Steps to Start A Business – CWE Central MA – May 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:

Is Entrepreneurship Right for You? – CWE Central MA – May 8

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 Central MA – May 15

This workshop provides an overview of writing a business plan.

Legal Considerations for New Business Owners Basics – CWE Central MA – May 17

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.