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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.

Explore

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

Business Plan Basics – CWE Central MA – Jan 23

This workshop provides an overview of writing a business plan.

Steps to Start A Business – CWE Eastern MA – Jan 24

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:

Business Plan Basics – CWE Eastern MA – Jan 24

This workshop provides an overview of writing a business plan.

Leveraging LinkedIn for Your Job Search – CWE RI – Jan 24

LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional social networking website, can be a powerful tool if you are looking to further your career. Attend this interactive workshop and learn how to leverage LinkedIn to find your next job. In this session, you’ll...

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.

Business Plan Basics – CWE NH – Jan 24

This workshop provides an overview of writing a business plan.

Legal Considerations for New Business Owners – CWE VT – Jan 24

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. 

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:

Business Plan Basics – CWE VT – Jan 26

This workshop provides an overview of writing a business plan.

Change Your Image, Change Your Future – CWE RI – Jan 30

Did you know that 55% of a first impression is based purely on appearance, and that an opinion is formed within seven seconds?  Whether you are a fashionista or know nothing about style, this workshop will help you discover your inner image and show ...

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 . . .

Pricing for Your Market – CWE Eastern MA – Jan 23

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 

Keeping the Books: Basic Recordkeeping and Accounting – CWE NH – Jan 31

This workshop will provide you with an introduction to the best practices in keeping books for your small business.  Even if you have an accountant, this class will help you understand why good bookkeeping is valuable for effectively running your bus...

Pricing for Your Market – CWE VT – Jan 31

Understanding your customers’ perceived value and establishing a pricing strategy that is right for your market is as important to your success as understanding your costs and breakeven point. 

Branding for Your Small Business – CWE VT – Jan 31

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

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...

Community Entrepreneurs Program: Business Planning (10 Weeks) - CWE Vermont - Feb 1

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.

How to Obtain Bank Financing – CWE NH – Feb 5

If you are considering loan financing as a way to start or grow your business, then join a banking expert for this free session that will help you:

Explore Small Business Administration (SBA) Resources – CWE NH – Feb 6

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

Social Media Made Simple – CWE VT – Feb 7

Are you looking to use social media for your business?   Join us for this workshop and learn:

Explore Small Business Administration (SBA) Resources – CWE RI – Feb 7

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.

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

Accounting for Non-Accountants – CWE Eastern MA – Jan 25

Many entrepreneurs detest the financial piece of their business.  But, they don’t discount its importance.  The numbers tell a story - do you know how to read it?  In this workshop, participants will learn:

Effective Presentation Skills – CWE Eastern MA – Jan 31

As an entrepreneur, your ability to persuade your audience through a concise and compelling presentation is a key factor to your business success.  This interactive workshop focuses on the basics of developing a strong presentation and the skills yo...

QuickBooks Intensive (4 Classes) – CWE NH – Jan 31

Keeping track of your business's finances can be complicated, but a systematic approach with QuickBooks can make a world of difference.  In this 4-week intensive series, participants will learn the basics of navigating the QuickBooks program and have...

Steps to Grow Your Business – CWE VT – Feb 7

This workshop will cover some basic strategies to grow your revenue base and formalize your company. It is suited for businesses in the first 1-3 years of operations with sales between $25-$100K/year.

Steps to Grow Your Business – CWE RI – Feb 13

 This workshop will cover some basic strategies to grow your revenue base and formalize your company. It is suited for businesses in the first 1-3 years of operations with sales between $25-$100K/year.

Understanding Cash Flow Management – CWE VT – Feb 14

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. This workshop will help you to understand the importance of proper cash flow management and...

Steps to Grow Your Business – CWE NH – Feb 15

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 bus...

Mastering the Elevator Pitch – CWE RI – Feb 15

n this interactive session, we'll discuss practical tips and techniques that will enable you to create more interesting and impactful presentations, so you can sell your ideas, get your project funded, ace the interview, and win business. 

Facebook for Small Businesses – CWE Eastern MA – Feb 22

Join this workshop to learn the intricacies of Facebook for small business.  Most of us have personal Facebook accounts, but the ins and outs of page management for your business are not the same as your own profile.  In this workshop you will learn:

Mastering the Elevator Pitch – CWE VT – Feb 28

n this interactive session, we'll discuss practical tips and techniques that will enable you to create more interesting and impactful presentations, so you can sell your ideas, get your project funded, ace the interview, and win business.

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