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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

Explore Small Business Administration Resources – CWE Eastern MA – April 9

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.

Personal Financial Planning - CWE Eastern MA - May 15 [POSTPONED]

It is important to understand and control your personal finances, but often times we do not.  At this workshop, learn how you can build your personal savings and plan for retirement. 

Legal Considerations for New Business Owners - CWE Central MA - May 29

This workshop provides a high-level overview of a range of legal issues that entrepreneurs should be aware of when starting a new company. 

Is Entrepreneurship Right For You? - CWE Eastern MA - May 29

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

Grow with Google Providence - CWE RI - May 29

Grow with Google is bringing free digital skills workshops and one-on-one coaching to Rhode Island. We’re teaming up with local libraries across the state to offer these trainings so that Rhode Islanders have the opportunity to learn digital skills ...

Steps to Start A Business - CWE Eastern MA - May 30

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

Grow with Google Newport - CWE RI - May 31

Grow with Google is bringing free digital skills workshops and one-on-one coaching to Rhode Island. We’re teaming up with local libraries across the state to offer these trainings so that Rhode Islanders have the opportunity to learn digital skills ...

Crowdfunding: Alternative Financing for Your Business - CWE Central MA - Jun 3

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

Steps to Starting a Business - CWE Central MA (Worcester) - Jun 4

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

Insure Your Business With Confidence - CWE VT - June 5

Learn how to effectively protect your business and personal assets by choosing appropriate and cost-effective insurance policy/ies. 

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 . . .

Grow with Google Providence - CWE RI - May 29

Grow with Google is bringing free digital skills workshops and one-on-one coaching to Rhode Island. We’re teaming up with local libraries across the state to offer these trainings so that Rhode Islanders have the opportunity to learn digital skills ...

Grow with Google Newport - CWE RI - May 31

Grow with Google is bringing free digital skills workshops and one-on-one coaching to Rhode Island. We’re teaming up with local libraries across the state to offer these trainings so that Rhode Islanders have the opportunity to learn digital skills ...

CEP Business Planning (4 weeks, Mon, Tue, Wed) - CWE RI - Jun 5

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?

Social Media For Your Business: Speed Mentoring - CWE VT - June 7

Bring your social media questions about your business to our office hours.  Sign-up for a 30-minute speed mentoring session.

You + Money + Empowerment = Financial Wellbeing - CWE RI - Jun 12

In this class, we will explore the impact that money has on our lives - from how we were raised to talk or not talk about money to how we now think about ourselves in relation to it. We will make friends with money and use it to increase our wellbei...

How to Build A Successful Business Brand - CWE Eastern MA - June 13th

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.

Planificación de su Negocio (4 semanas, lun, mie, y jue) - CWE RI - jun 24

¿ Tiene una idea para un negocio que desea iniciar o quizás explorar más profundamente? ¿Siempre has soñado con ser empresario, pero no esta seguro de dónde empezar? Este curso puede ayudarle a tomar los pasos necesarios para convertirse en un propi...

Social Media Made Simple - CWE Central MA - Jul 10

This workshop will teach you the basics for suing social media such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Pinterest. 

Keeping the Books: Basic Recordkeeping and Accounting - CWE RI - Jul 10

Whether you’re just starting out or you are an experienced business owner, staying on top of your financial record-keeping is critical to your success.   

Women & Minority Owned Business Certification - CWE RI - Jul 16

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

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

Creating Website Content for Maximum Engagement - CWE RI - May 29

Build-it-yourself web platforms like Squarespace and Wix promise that you can build a beautiful and dynamic website in a single afternoon; which is only half the truth. While selecting a cool-looking template is a good start it’s up to you to create...

Grow with Google Providence - CWE RI - May 29

Grow with Google is bringing free digital skills workshops and one-on-one coaching to Rhode Island. We’re teaming up with local libraries across the state to offer these trainings so that Rhode Islanders have the opportunity to learn digital skills ...

Grow with Google Newport - CWE RI - May 31

Grow with Google is bringing free digital skills workshops and one-on-one coaching to Rhode Island. We’re teaming up with local libraries across the state to offer these trainings so that Rhode Islanders have the opportunity to learn digital skills ...

Steps to Grow Your Business - CWE New Hampshire - Jun 5

Have you been in business for 2-4 years and earned some steady clients, but want to take your business to the next level?  This workshop is for you!

Want to be a Marketing Maven? Add Video to the Mix! (Claremont) - CWE NH - Jun 12

In this workshop you will learn why your business needs to be using video in your marketing. 

Start & Stabilize Your Consulting Practice (6 Sessions) - CWE VT - June 13 - July 2

Want to start your consulting practice with stability?  Join Markey Read of MRG, Inc. and CWE VT for: Stand Out In the Crowd! Launch, Grow and Prosper as a Woman Solopreneur, a 6-session intensive for sonsultants, coaches, and other professiona...

Understanding Cash Flow Management - CWE Eastern MA - June 19

Many new business owners feel intimidated by the financial aspects of running their new venture, however, it is vital to the success of any business strategy. 

Planificación de su Negocio (4 semanas, lun, mie, y jue) - CWE RI - jun 24

¿ Tiene una idea para un negocio que desea iniciar o quizás explorar más profundamente? ¿Siempre has soñado con ser empresario, pero no esta seguro de dónde empezar? Este curso puede ayudarle a tomar los pasos necesarios para convertirse en un propi...

Blogging & Search Engine Optimization for Small Business - CWE RI - Jun 27

Come join us to learn how to communicate with your customers using blogs and how to use search engine optimization to help improve the chances of your blog appearing in search results. 

Steps to Grow a Business - CWE Central MA - Jul 19

This workshop will cover some basic strategies to grow your revenue base and formalize your company. 

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