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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, then click on the class(es) below that fit your needs.

Central Massachusetts Start Courses

Steps to Start a Business (Webinar) - Central MA - Jul 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. 

Got SBA Money? Learn How To TRACK IT! (Webinar) - Central MA - Jul 16

Learn how to use an Excel spreadsheet template to track Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) to help you stay out of trouble with the SBA and make it easier to apply for the PPP loan forgiveness.

Insure your Business with Confidence (Webinar) - Central MA - Jul 17

The session with provide you with an overview of the various types of business insurance and how they may be critical to protecting your assets as a business owner. 

Keeping the Books: Basic Record Keeping and Accounting (Webinar) - Central MA - Jul 20

This workshop will provide you with an introduction to  the best practices in keeping books for your small business.

Business Plan Basics (Webinar) - Central MA - Jul 21

This workshop provides an overview of writing a business plan.

Social Media Made Simple (Webinar) - Central MA - Jul 27

This workshop is meant for folks that are looking for a high-level overview of how to navigate each social media platform, and the tools that are available to help you succeed. 

Exploring Entrepreneurship - Central MA - Aug 4

Join us to explore whether starting your own business may be the right fit for you!

Steps to Start a Business (Webinar) - Central MA - Aug 11

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

Crowdfunding: Alternative Financing for your Small Business (Webinar) - Central MA - Aug 14

Come to this informative session on Crowdfunding- how to utilize your personal and professional networks to gain capital to start your business!

Business Plan Basics (Webinar) - Central MA - Aug 18

This workshop provides an overview of writing a business plan.  

All About Your Business’ Financial Statements (Webinar) - Central MA - Aug 21

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 operating a successful business.

Business Planning: Getting Started - Central MA - Sep 28

Draft your business plan in this 10-week intensive! 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.

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.