Manchester Adult and Continuing Education Classes

Meet. Learn. Create. Work

903 Main Street | Manchester, CT | 860.647.6029 |
Although quiet now, we look forward to welcoming our members and friends back to our collaborative work space offering:
  • 6 digitally equipped meeting rooms,
  • a photographer's suite,
  • an entrepreneurs' mastermind group (launching soon), and
  • for the first time in 6-months, available office space
Scroll down to view the programs taking place that provide important information, connection and creative sparks.
Business Sustainability Q&A with Shelly Koehler of the CTSBDC
TEDtalk Tuesday via Zoom - Learn to Become an Opportunity Maker by opening yourself up to connections with unexpected allies.
Creative Spark - a friend of the Galleries @ WORK_SPACE shares a short video expressing themselves in some creative way.
We remain busy behind the scenes creating new and better ways to unite people and build stronger relationships, businesses and communities.
Wishing you good humor and great health,
Stacey Jill Zackin
In the past, sustaining a business often meant following your strategic plan to maintain status quo. Now, it means pivoting to a new mode of operation.
Ask your questions live or email them in advance to
Do you have questions about successfully navigating the business landscape during these challenging times? Shelly Koehler, a Business Advisor with the CTSBDC will provide an update regarding current regulations, available resources, and how to optimize your time while traditional operations are shut down.
Thank you to the SBA, the CTSBDC, the Town of Manchester, the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce for partnering with WORK_SPACE to keep our community informed and connected.
WORK_SPACE has teamed with Imagine Main Street and Manchester's Department of Leisure, Family and Recreation to unite independent artists to work alone and yet together to decorate the sidewalks of open Downtown businesses.
Each volunteer artist creates a unique design in chalk. The businesses who have been visited and the public who sees the work are encouraged to post images to social media and spread the word that Downtown Manchester is #BetterTogether. 
  • Ryan Parker's CREATIVE SPARK will be released via social media Friday at noon, but for a sneak peak click here.
  • Click here to experience last week's spark by Chris O'Brien. A photo and video montage called Step Away which might inspire you to step into nature and experience the patterns, hear the colors and follow the flow.
  • A new spark to be released every Friday at noon by one of the great artists that supports The Galleries @ WORK_SPACE.
* * * * * * * UPCOMING ART SHOWS * * * * * * *
August 2020
Veterans' Art Show: Artistic expression through the lens of our Veterans
October 2020
Wearable Art: Contemporary clothes to fantasy fashion
December 2020
PERSPECTIVES: Walls and Bridges - artful commentary on diversity, equity and inclusion
Open Call
All Mediums
1st time exhibitors welcome
Accepting digital applications now
APRIL 21, 2020 - 12:15-1PM
TEDtalk Tuesday
Every 3rd Tuesday
Like a Book Club...
but no reading required
We take our monthly TEDtalk gathering online. Click to get your free ticket and the link.
TOPIC: Forbes columnist Kare Anderson discusses the need to find unexpected allies with shared interests to make opportunities that serve the greater good. Selected before the pandemic, this happens to be a quite relevant TEDtalk on our capacity to connect and bring out the best in each other. Prior to the call at 12:15p, please watch the TEDtalk via:
Email if you have any questions.
The Entrepreneur’s Alphabet: R is for RESILIENCE
by: Stacey Zackin, PhD, MSW, PCC (Manager, WORK_SPACE)
It is synergistic that as we are in the throes of what has been labeled “the new normal,” that the next letter in the alphabetical rotation of values is R for Resilience. By definition, resilience is the ability to adapt or bounce back; to recover from illness, adversity or depression; to return to one’s original form or position after being bent, compressed or stretched. I think we can all relate to feeling bent, compressed and stretched as of late...
“I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.” - Maya Angelou
 “Rock bottom became the solid foundation in which I rebuilt my life.” - J.K. Rowling
“She stood in the storm and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails.” - Elizabeth Edwards
“A good half of the art of living is resilience.” - Alain de Botton
“Grief and resilience live together.” - Michelle Obama, Becoming
“If you're going through hell, keep going.” - Winston Churchill
“The oak fought the wind and was broken, the willow bent when it must and survived.” - Robert Jordan, The Fires of Heaven
“If your heart is broken, make art with the pieces." - Shane Koyczan
Access to captivating stories, uplifting ideas and helpful community updates, focused around physical health, mental health and creative activities.
#HAPPY THINGS! Better Manchester Magazine is finding new ways to connect, share, and lift each other up. Members of the Manchester community are invited to share their pictures of a happy moment to remind us that we are all in this together.
Town of Manchester, CT resource page
CT Small Business Development Center
A detailed walk-through of the necessary steps to apply for SBA Economic Injury Loan for COVID19 disaster relief for small businesses.
Verizon Small Business Recover Fund via LISC (Local Initiative Support Corporation
Latest business resources and virtual learning for women
Latest resources for CT businesses
Financial relief to minority-owned and women-owned small businesses in CT
Manchester Restaurant Take Out Guide
Understanding the Cares Act
Business Preparedness Checklist
Unemployment Assistance
Segment on WRCH radio with Dr. Elaine Ducharme on coping with Covid19. You can get more info via:
The MetroHartford Alliance is monitoring information regarding COVID-19 and compiling a list of Business Support, Community Resources and Healthcare information available to you and the community. Use this information to help guide you through this time.Things are constantly changing and updates will be made regularly.
The Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL) can provide up to $2 million of financial assistance (actual loan amounts are based on amount of economic injury) to small businesses or private, non-profit organizations that suffer substantial economic injury as a result of the declared disaster, regardless of whether the applicant sustained physical damage.