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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

Steps to Start a Business - CWE VT - Sept 6

Leave this session with an idea of the resources and immediate next steps you can take to start your business journey.

Legal Considerations for New Business Owners – CWE Eastern MA – September 11th

Legal Considerations for New Business Owners – CWE Eastern MA – September 11th 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.  Attending this w...

Business Planning: Getting Started - Central MA - Sep 16

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.

Military Spouses Workshop - VBOC of New England - Sept 17

This program will provide resources and training for spouses whose partners have deployed or those who seek entrepreneurship or change of employment.

Steps to Start a Business - CWE New Hampshire - Sep 18

If you are planning to start a business or are in the early stages of launching one, then this workshop is for you.

Keeping the Books: Basic Accounting & Recordkeeping - CWE Central MA - Sep 18

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

Explore Small Business Administration Resources – CWE Eastern MA – September 19th

Explore Small Business Administration Resources – CWE Eastern MA – September 18th 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 ...

Explore the Basics of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) - Central MA - Sep 20

Join us to learn about the basics of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) strategy, so that you can make important decisions about your marketing plan.

Social Media Made Simple - CWE Central MA - Sep 23

Join this workshop to learn the  basics for using social media such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Pinterest to help your  business thrive

Business Plan Basics - CWE VT - Sept 23

This workshop provides an overview of how and why to start writing a business plan.

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 . . .

Power Forward! Strategic Growth Planning Course - CWE VT - Sep 17-Dec 10

Apply for this Fall's 2019 strategic growth planning course for food and product businesses with a revenue of at least $50,000.

Military Spouses Workshop - VBOC of New England - Sept 17

This program will provide resources and training for spouses whose partners have deployed or those who seek entrepreneurship or change of employment.

Branding for Your Small Business - CWE New Hampshire - Sep 17

In this workshop, you will gain a better understanding of the importance of good branding and learn tips for building your own successful brand.

Business Plan Basics – Staples Pro Center Danvers – September 17th

Business Plan Basics – Staples Pro Center Danvers – September 17th This workshop provides an overview of writing a business plan. Topics include: • Why you need to write a business plan • Overview of each section of a business plan ...

Steps to Start a Non Profit – Wednesday, September 18th

Steps to Start a Non Profit – Wednesday, September 18th Do you have tremendous passion for addressing a social issue or providing services to an underserved group of people? Do you have a great idea on how to address social issues in a way that...

Business Plan Basics – Staples Pro Center Norwood – September 19th

Business Plan Basics – Staples Pro Center Norwood – September 19th This workshop provides an overview of writing a business plan. Topics include: • Why you need to write a business plan • Overview of each section of a business plan ...

Marketing on a Shoestring - CWE RI - Sept 24

Competition for a spot in the marketplace and in the media is tough. Take this workshop to: Learn how to maximize your resources to gain visibility for your products and services Discover how to market your product Determine ...

CWE Eastern MA – October 8th through November 26th

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 becomin...

The money relationship - It’s complicated! - CWE RI - Sep 25

In this class, we will explore the emotional impact that money has on our lives and businesses - from how we were raised to talk, or not talk, about it to how our emotions and upbringing impact our financial decisions today.  

Business Planning Course (NEK) - CWE VT - Oct 1 - Dec 3

Learn small business management skills, gain confidence in yourself, and build the plan for your business in this 10 week course.

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

#AskMeAnything: Q&A Discussions for Curious Business Owners

Finally! Get answers to the “trivial” and “taboo” business questions you’ve been scared to ask.  This summer at CWE VT, join peers and content experts who’ve seen it all for coffee, croissants, and conversation about the trials of small business own...

Maximize the Power of LinkedIn for your Business @ Harvard Innovation Lab - September 12

Maximize the Power of LinkedIn for your Business- Harvard Innovation Lab - September 12 This is an intensive hands-on workshop designed for business owners who want to quickly master the business development potential through LinkedIn. T...

#AskMeAnything: Budgeting & Building Wealth - CWE VT - Sept 18

Q&A on paying yourself now & into the future

The money relationship - It’s complicated! - CWE RI - Sep 25

In this class, we will explore the emotional impact that money has on our lives and businesses - from how we were raised to talk, or not talk, about it to how our emotions and upbringing impact our financial decisions today.  

Steps to Grow Your Business - CWE New Hampshire - Oct 15

 This workshop will cover basic strategies to grow your revenue base and evaluate the direction your business is taking. 

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