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    Upcoming small business training programs for R.I.

    The following are upcoming small business training events in Rhode Island:

    Friday

    • How to: Explore Entrepreneurship, from the Center for Women & Enterprise, 132 George M. Cohan Blvd. in Providence. The program runs from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and is free. To register, visit cweonline.org or call 401-277-0800:

    Attend this workshop and decide whether starting your own business is right for you. As part of this workshop, you will:

    • Explore the process and learn about the risks and rewards of starting up your own business.

    • Discuss your specific business ideas and needs with a program manager.

    • Get an overview of various resources at CWE and elsewhere to help you succeed.

    • Hear success stories of women who have worked with CWE and are now thriving in the business world.

    How to: Choose Your Legal Entity, from the Center for Women & Enterprise, from 132 George M. Cohan Blvd. in Providence. The program runs from noon to 1 p.m. and is free. To register, visit cweonline.org or call 401-277-0800:

    Make it legal — a legal designation can significantly impact the future of your business, so come to:

    • Learn the advantages and disadvantages of various business structures (sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company, corporate, nonprofit).

    • Better understand your business in the legal sense.

    • Be able to ask questions to our legal advisers in order to make this important business decision regarding legal entity.

    Saturday

    • Social Media and Website Development, from SCORE, at the Providence Public Library, 150 Empire St. in Providence. The program runs from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and is free. To register, email pplref@provlib.org and put “Attention: Ann P” in the subject line, or call 401-455-8005 (limited to 25 attendees; preregistration is required).

    Wednesday, Nov. 6

    • Business Planning — Accelerate Your Business, from the Center for Women & Enterprise, 132 George M. Cohan Blvd. in Providence. The program is on Wednesdays for six weeks, from 6 to 9 p.m. The fee for the six-class series is $495. Partial scholarships may be available. To register, visit cweonline.org or call 401-277-0800.

    This fast-paced, six-week course focuses on developing a comprehensive business plan. Students will learn the fundamentals of the entrepreneurial education including:

    • Recognizing a real opportunity.

    • Understanding the economics of a business model.

    • Forecasting cash flows.

    • Making the decision to move forward.

    • Financing and execution.

    Coursework is well-suited for individuals currently operating an early stage business or those planning to start a new business with a high level of business acumen gained through previous entrepreneurial experience, senior level management experience in the corporate sector, or a master’s level degree in business or a related field.



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