Cambridge Business Planning Program

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Program Overview

The City of Cambridge collaborates with the Center for Women and Enterprise to offer Cambridge Business Planning Program. This 10-week business planning program covers information about financing, marketing techniques, business plan development, and honing a business pitch.  Over the course of the Program entrepreneurs will also have access to one-on-one advice. At the end of Program, participants will have developed a full business plan and have an opportunity to pitch their business concept to a jury of entrepreneurship experts.

Spring Program Details:

POSTPONED - Effective March 13, 2020 through April 30, 2020, all public meetings of the City, advisory groups, and community meetings that are not transacting official City business, issuing permits or licenses, or taking actions required within certain time frames have been cancelled or postponed. For more details and updates, please visit the City’s website at

  • Dates: Mondays,March 9, 2020 - May 18, 2020 POSTPONED
  • Time: 5:30 P. M. - 8:00 P. M.
  • Location: Cambridge City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139
  • Free for up to twelve (12) HUD-eligible Cambridge residents and/or business owners.
  • Childcare can be provided. Please let us know if you are interested. 

Eligibility Requirements

This program is funded through Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, so eligibility is based on HUD guidelines. Please read the Eligibility Guidelines for more information about whether you qualify for this program.

Applying to the Program

To apply to the Cambridge 10-Week Business Planning Program, you must complete both steps:

1.  Complete the pre-screening application survey- Now closed for applications.  Applications closed on Monday, March 2, 2020.  

2.  Take the "Steps to Starting Your Own Business!" prerequisite workshop:

  • Monday, February 24, 2020 
  • 5:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. 
  • Cambridge City Hall Annex, 2nd floor Conference Room, 344 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139.  

To register for this prerequisite workshop, contact Rona Abrahams at or at (617) 349-4637.

For More Information

For more information on the Business Planning Program, please contact Bonnie-May Shantz at (617) 349-9122 or via email at


Cambridge Business Planning Program - May 2018 Graduates

10 Week Business Planning Class Graduates Spring 2018