Please note: The Worcester Public Library Main location will close early today (Wednesday, March 21st) at 5:30PM. Also the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt and Tatnuck Magnet branches will be closed and all scheduled events cancelled. Francis Perkins and Great Brook Valley branches will be open regular hours. Please check back for updates regarding hours and event schedules.

Business Workshops

WPL Main Library Free Business Workshops


If you’ve ever thought of turning your great idea into a business, our free business workshops will help you get started! Come to all or attend the one that fits your needs. Pre-registration is requested

Small Business



Steps to Starting a Small Business

Tuesday, March 6, April 3, and May 1 @ 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Banx Room, Main Branch

  If you are planning to start a business or are in the early stages of launching one, then this workshop is for you. In this workshop, you will learn to: develop your business ideas and planning; consider your legal structure; discuss choosing a name and entity; learn how to obtain an employer identification number, licenses, permits and insurance. Leave the session with an A-to-Z overview and specific tools and tips that will help you get started quickly. Presented by The Center for Women & Enterprise. Register online at or call 508-799-1655 x3.


Business Plan Basics

Tuesday, March 20, April 17, May 15 @ 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Banx Room, Main Branch

  This workshop provides an overview of writing a business plan. Topics include: why you need to write a business plan, an overview of each section of a business plan, research and writing tips, and resources for help and support. A sample business plan template will be provided to get you started. Presented by The Center for Women & Enterprise. Register online at or call 508-799-1655 x3.


Steps to Starting a Business - City of Worcester

April 25 @ 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Saxe Room, Main Branch

  Peter Dunn, Business Programs Manager of the Executive Office of Economic Development for the city of Worcester, will provide an overview of the 10 recommended steps for starting your business. Register online at or call 508-799-1655 x3.


SCORE Small Business Counseling

Tuesdays @ 4:30 - 8:30 pm
3rd Floor Study Room, Main Branch

  One-hour session with a SCORE counselor for those planning to start a business.


Small Business, Non-Profit Grant Research, and Personal Investment Resources Assistance

2nd & 4th Tuesdays @ 5:30 - 7:30 pm
2nd Floor Desk, Main Branch

  One-hour appointment with the Business and Grant Resources Librarian. 2nd Floor Desk

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