WORKSHOPS & CLASSES

WREN offers a selection of classes.



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WORKSHOPS, CLASSES, & ON-DEMAND COURSE RECORDINGS

We believe in providing entrepreneurial and educational opportunities for all. Are you looking to refine your understanding of marketing, or tackle your finances? What about a new website? With WREN’s seasonal selections of online classes and on-demand course recordings, small business owners, artists, and makers have the chance to add some much-needed skills to their arsenal.

In addition to our online classes, we also offer events throughout the year, including special pop up shows for our retail vendor members, fun craft-focused workshops, and networking opportunities to better connect the members of our community. 

If you can’t afford to register for WREN’s classes at this time, our CDBG Microenterprise Grant Program is a great place to start. Visit our “Grants” page to learn more.



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“Get Set Up for Holiday Shoppers this Season” ONLINE CLASS HOSTED VIA ZOOM

  • Instructor: Tom Lane
  • Date: Tuesday, 10/27
  • Time: 6 -7:30pm
  • Fee: $35 for nonmembers/$25 for WREN members/$0 for CDBG grant recipients
  • Pre-recorded (non-interactive) version of class also available on request ($25 for nonmembers/$15 for WREN members/$0 for CDBG grant recipients)

Ho-ho-ho my. It’s already time to start thinking about the holidays! Do you know how you will reach all of your holiday shoppers this year? With craft fairs around the country being canceled due to COVID-19, it’s time to get creative and go online. Join instructor Tom Lane for a 1.5-hour online course that covers it all: best practices for fulfilling online orders, shipping FAQs, the pros and cones of several different sales platforms, and smart tips for targeted holiday marketing. Being prepared for this holiday season just might be the best present you give yourself this year.

*Need more help with your holiday shopping setup? Schedule a 1:1 technical assistance session with Tom! CDBG grant recipients may access these services free of charge. Please contact caitlinf@wrenworks.org for additional information.

Instructor Bio:

Bethlehem resident Thomas Lane is a travel and tourism industry expert with more than 13 years of experience in web design and development, SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and Google Ad Words, marketing, digital marketing, and customer service. As digital marketing specialist for the Mount Washington Cog Railway, he designed its user-friendly website with a focus on SEO, custom landing pages, and statistical monitoring using his knowledge of web programming languages such as NODE.JS, JavaScript, CSS & more.

 

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“A Quick Look at QuickBooks” ONLINE CLASS HOSTED VIA ZOOM

  • Instructor: Deb Loughnane
  • Date: Thursday, 11/5
  • Time: 6 – 7:30pm
  • Fee: $35 for nonmembers/$25 for WREN members/$0 for CDBG grant recipients
  • Pre-recorded (non-interactive) version of class also available on request ($25 for nonmembers/$15 for WREN members/$0 for CDBG grant recipients)

You’ve heard that QuickBooks is a must for you small business, but how do you get started? During this 1.5-hour online course, instructor Deb Loughnane will introduce class participants to the basics of QuickBooks. From entering an invoice and paying bills to setting up a chart of accounts and cutting checks, this course is designed to give small business owners insight into the simple accounting steps that can make or break your business.

*Need more help with QuickBooks? Schedule a 1:1 technical assistance session with Deb! CDBG grant recipients may access these services free of charge. Please contact caitlinf@wrenworks.org for additional information.

Instructor Bio:

Deb Loughnane is an Accounting Professional with 30 years of experience in the field. Deb’s background includes audit, general ledger, payroll, not-for-profit accounting, and a variety of other accounting functions. Deb has worked with QuickBooks for over 15 years and is excited to teach her first class here at WREN.

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“Card Collages: Making Memorable Correspondence with Kristine Lingle”

  • Instructor: Kristine Lingle
  • Date: Saturday, 11/7
  • Time: 9am -12pm
  • Fee: $45 for nonmembers/$35 for members (all materials included)
  • LIMITED TO 6 PARTICIPANTS

This year, we’ve all had to get creative with how we stay in touch with our loved ones. Sure, there’s FaceTime, and Zoom meetings galore, but why not kick it old school? This season, we are all about making handmade cards that are so beautiful, they could be a present all by themselves! Join Kristine Lingle, one of our many amazing artists at WREN, for a 3-hour course that combines cardmaking with inspired collage work. Kristine will supply all of the materials to make your cards magical; all you have to do is bring your boundless enthusiasm!

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“How to Optimize Your Business Facebook Page” ONLINE CLASS HOSTED VIA ZOOM

  • Instructor: Tom Lane
  • Date: Tuesday, 11/10
  • Time: 6 – 7pm
  • Fee: $35 for nonmembers/$25 for WREN members/$0 for CDBG grant recipients
  • Pre-recorded (non-interactive) version of class also available on request ($25 for nonmembers/$15 for WREN members/$0 for CDBG grant recipients)

You’ve made the move from a personal Facebook page to a Business Facebook page – now what? It’s time to optimize! During this 1-hour introductory online course, instructor Tom Lane will outline all your optimizing goals, including setting up expanded Facebook messaging options, creating engaging, appropriate images for your profile and all of your posts, and harnessing the power of Creator Studio to create live content for your page.

*Need more help with your Business Facebook page? Schedule a 1:1 technical assistance session with Tom! CDBG grant recipients may access these services free of charge. Please contact caitlinf@wrenworks.org for additional information.

Instructor Bio:

Bethlehem resident Thomas Lane is a travel and tourism industry expert with more than 13 years of experience in web design and development, SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and Google Ad Words, marketing, digital marketing, and customer service. As digital marketing specialist for the Mount Washington Cog Railway, he designed its user-friendly website with a focus on SEO, custom landing pages, and statistical monitoring using his knowledge of web programming languages such as NODE.JS, JavaScript, CSS & more.

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“It’s a Wrap! Making Bracelets with Rebecca Perry”

  • Instructor: Rebecca Perry
  • Date: Saturday, 11/14
  • Time: 10am – 3pm
  • Fee: $60 for nonmembers/$50 for members (all materials included)
  • LIMITED TO 6 PARTICIPANTS

Lately, we’re finding that wrap bracelets really are that one-of-a-kind statement piece that works across all seasons and outfits. Want one? Sign up for WREN’s wrap bracelet class with Rebecca Perry! At the start of this 4-hour class, you will get to pick you leather, thread, button, and beads. From there, it’s time to craft your own 3-wrap bracelet, all with a master beadsmith by your side.

*1 hour set aside for lunch. Bring your own, or explore what Bethlehem has to offer!

Instructor Bio:

Rebecca Perry is a Vermont artisan originally from Killingworth, CT. She moved to New Hampshire in the early 2000s, where she started her family with her husband, Sean. She now lives in Rockingham, Vermont with Sean and their three kids, Maia, Isabel, and Caleb. In 2019, Rebecca was able to pursue her jewelry career full-time. She is self-taught and hopes that her customers can find as much pleasure in wearing her designs as she does making them!

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“Excel, Simplified” ONLINE CLASS HOSTED VIA ZOOM

  • Instructor: Tom Lane
  • Date: Tuesday, 11/17
  • Time: 6 – 7:30pm
  • Fee: $35 for nonmembers/$25 for WREN members/$0 for CDBG grant recipients
  • Pre-recorded (non-interactive) version of class also available on request ($25 for nonmembers/$15 for WREN members/$0 for CDBG grant recipients)

Looking for easy ways to streamline your business? Understanding Excel is an absolute must. With a simplified approach to one of your computer’s most powerful programs, instructor Tom Lane is here to help, all online. Learn how to expedite your work and tackle print and web projects. Secure your documents, and implement simple formulas to help with auto calculations. With 1.5-hours to learn it all, you’ll walk away with a little less “spreadsheet fear”, and the know-how to get you started.

*Need more help with Excel? Schedule a 1:1 technical assistance session with Tom! CDBG grant recipients may access these services free of charge. Please contact caitlinf@wrenworks.org for additional information.

Instructor Bio:

Bethlehem resident Thomas Lane is a travel and tourism industry expert with more than 13 years of experience in web design and development, SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and Google Ad Words, marketing, digital marketing, and customer service. As digital marketing specialist for the Mount Washington Cog Railway, he designed its user-friendly website with a focus on SEO, custom landing pages, and statistical monitoring using his knowledge of web programming languages such as NODE.JS, JavaScript, CSS & more.

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“Holiday Candle Making with Country Farm Candles”

  • Instructor: Helen Friedman
  • Date: Saturday, 11/21
  • Time: 1 – 3pm
  • Fee: $35 per person (all materials included)
  • LIMITED TO 6 PARTICIPANTS

Join Helen and Sarah of Country Farm Candles for a fun and informative holiday-themed class that will take you all the way from wick to wax. Over the course of this two-hour workshop, participants will gain hands-on experience in melting wax, selecting fragrances and colors, pouring candles, and more. At the end, you’ll have two 4 oz. mason jar soy candles to take home, as well as a new appreciation for the art and science of candle making, courtesy of one truly dynamic mother/daughter duo.

Instructor Bio:

Helen co-owns Country Farm Candles with her daughter Sarah.  They started making candles together five years ago and share all the tasks involved in running a successful small business. Now retired from teaching high school science she spends more time making candles in her home and added the workshops in 2019 to share her love of candle making and teaching!

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