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Research and years of experience tell us that business owners benefit from support. No surprises there. But just what kind of support is needed?

At Women’s Enterprise Centre, we have just the right support -depending on your needs. We have complimentary Business Advising services and 3 types of Mentoring Programs.

As the new Mentor Program Coordinator I’ve had the unique opportunity to speak with many women about their businesses, the challenges they face and the goals they’re trying to achieve. What I’ve learned is that the term “Mentor” means different things to different people. 

Whether you are a business professional or a small business owner, it is important to stay on top of what's happening in and around the digital sphere of things if you are the one in charge of the business strategy and objectives. Staying on top of trends keeps you aware and helps you adjust your plans appropriately, especially when social media has become an important tool today.

We all know we need to connect but how do we connect with the ‘right’ people? You can have a great time at a networking but is it “thought”ful networking.

Here are 5 tips to make the most of your networking experience.

Make Realistic Goals: The best way to actually follow through with your goals is to make them realistic. A realistic goal would be to meet 1 new person a week. Introduce yourself to the person next to you at a café or in ameeting . Step outside your comfort zone and reach out.

Reach Out: Re-connect with existing connections. A quick email to say hi, a postcard to let them know they’re appreciated or perhaps a coffee together.

It’s not about what you know or who you know. If you want to grow your business, it’s all about who knows you. Your formula for success includes targeting markets that have means and a need for your solution, and educating them on the fact that you have a solution for the problem they are looking to solve.

You don’t need to be a big company to import or export—just be prepared so you can avoid costly mistakes. This will make your customers happy and your business transactions more seamless.

Canada has Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with more than 10 countries, which help Canadian products stay competitive in the international marketplace through the reduction or elimination of tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade.

As an importer or exporter, you can benefit from Free Trade Agreements by taking these 4 steps toward compliance:

October is the month when we celebrate small business. Having your own business is a day-to-day exercise in processing information, and adapting to new challenges. You’re the boss! You decide if you’re doing the right thing. No one is going to evaluate your progress, or challenge you to finally tackle that new project you have been meaning to ‘get to’. Tasks such as updating your customer list, or watching the ‘features’ video that came with your brand new point-of-sale system happen because you want them to happen.

What do you do when you are faced with a steep learning curve? Do you…