Events and Workshops for BC Women Business Owners

We host a number of small business events and workshops throughout the year, along with our partners around BC. We also partner with women’s business networks and other business support organizations to host special events and provide training for women entrepreneurs.

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April 2018

MyBizDay Surrey

April 25 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Surrey City Hall, 13450 104 Avenue
Surrey, BC V3T 1V8
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Hosted by Small Business BC, in partnership with Envision Financial, these FREE, full-day events connect entrepreneurs to the province’s leading tools and resources through a mix of exhibits, panel discussions featuring entrepreneurial experts, and an eclectic slate of practical workshops.

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The Money Side of Business: Understanding Your Finances

April 25 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Aligned Collective, 38085 2 Avenue
Squamish, BC V8B 0C3 Canada
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Do you have a side hustle? Are you a solopreneur? Are you a growing small business?   If you said yes to any of these questions this workshop is for you!   Even if you use a bookkeeper and/or accountant, it is imperative that YOU understand the financial side of your business. This introductory-level workshop takes you through practical exercises to help you understand the type of information financial statements provide and why they are important.   Knowing how to…

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Starting a Business Information Session

April 26 @ 12:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 12:00pm on Thursday, repeating until June 21, 2018

One event on December 14, 2017 at 12:00pm

If you think you are ready to start a business, we encourage you to participate in one of our FREE phone-in Starting Your Business Information Sessions. The session is broken into 2 parts. In Part 1, we explain how to write an effective business plan. We cover each section of the business plan and provide strategies and resources to ensure your plan is well organized and consistent. In Part 2 we uncover how to make your business official. You will…

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RMA Vancouver – Women in Business 2018

April 26 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Building a business takes people. Building a great business takes great people. In today’s competitive landscape, how does an entrepreneur and a leader find and keep the great people needed for her company to grow and succeed? How does she build a corporate culture that thrives and meets the diverse needs of a team? How does she engage, challenge and empower her team and herself? How does she teach and train her team in a world of disruption and emerging…

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Aboriginal BEST (Business and Entrepreneurship Skills Training) for Women

April 28 @ 9:00 am - April 29 @ 4:00 pm
Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen, #103-3115 Skaha Lake Road
Penticton, BC
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These workshop series are open to ALL WOMEN who self-identify as First Nations, Metis or Inuit who want to start, buy, or further develop their own business. Additional Dates: May 5,6 26, 27 and June 2,3,9,10

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Application Deadline: Discovery Foundation’s EM3 Mentoring Program for Women Tech Entrepreneurs

April 30

Starting in May 2018, Women’s Enterprise Centre (WEC) is offering a mentoring program for BC women entrepreneurs in tech, called Discovery Foundation’s EM3 (Entrepreneurial Mindset Mastery & Mentoring) Program. The EM3 program is based on our peer mentoring format, which is proven to create success. It will bring women together for six mentoring sessions, led by an experienced female tech entrepreneur. The EM3 program will help you: Access a peer network of like-minded female founders Get insights from an experienced…

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#DrivingWinTech Community Conversation

April 30 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Club Kwench, 843 Fort St
Victoria, BC Canada
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Women in Tech World has embarked on a journey to produce a community-driven Gender Equity Roadmap for Canadian tech communities. Join us in a Community Conversation in Victoria, in partnership with Discovery Foundation's Women Leaders in Tech BLAST Program, to share your experiences and ideas for how to create more inclusive and diverse tech communities locally and nationwide. About the Event: Driving WinTech is Women in Tech World's nation-wide community-based research initiative on the state of women in tech in Canada. Since…

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May 2018

Bing webcast: Build better ads with attention-grabbing ad copy

May 1 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

This is the second in a three-part webcast series presented by Microsoft and Bing Ads, called Growth Marketing for SMBs and Startups. Want to transform a passive shopper into an active buyer? Our pay-per-click (PPC) experts will show you how to craft well-timed, eye-catching paid search ads and targeted SEM strategies that can help you trigger sales and keep your business top of mind, even when customers aren’t in the market to buy. We'll also help you shape up your…

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Bing webcast: On target: Achieving your business goals with better campaign design

May 8 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

This is the third in a three-part webcast series presented by Microsoft and Bing Ads, called Growth Marketing for SMBs and Startups. Every potential customer is at a different place in the buying-decision journey. Each phase has distinct purchasing intent, value and sales potential. We’ll give you tips on how to better achieve your business goals with fired-up audience targeting and products that drive impact in each phase of the purchase journey, so you can best flex your business strength.…

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Business Loan Information Session

May 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 12:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until June 19, 2018

Learn how to apply for a loan from Women's Enterprise Centre. In this FREE session, the facilitator will review our lending criteria, answer your questions, advise you on how to apply and provide you with a resource package. At the end of the session, your Advisor will work with you to determine if you are eligible for a loan with us and ensure that you receive an application. Learn More or Register

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Spark Women’s Leadership Conference

May 9 - May 10
Pomeroy Hotel Fort St. John, 11308 Alaska Road
Fort St. John, BC Canada
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Spark 2018 will explore the theme BIG IMPACT through thoughtful workshops and dialogue. Professional development and personal exploration are all critical components of Spark. The Spark Women’s Leadership Conference provides a unique, local opportunity for learning, and creates the blueprint for increased success in the region. This professional development opportunity enhances the career path of attendees and provides opportunities for advancement in their lives. Join WEC's Skills Development Officer, Kerrilee Auger, at this annual conference for women in Northeastern BC.…

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Starting a Business Information Session

May 10 @ 12:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 12:00pm on Thursday, repeating until June 21, 2018

One event on December 14, 2017 at 12:00pm

If you think you are ready to start a business, we encourage you to participate in one of our FREE phone-in Starting Your Business Information Sessions. The session is broken into 2 parts. In Part 1, we explain how to write an effective business plan. We cover each section of the business plan and provide strategies and resources to ensure your plan is well organized and consistent. In Part 2 we uncover how to make your business official. You will…

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2018 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Nomination Deadline

May 15

Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards celebrates the professional achievements of strong female leaders across the country in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. Since 2003, the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) has honoured 1004 remarkable women, inducting 141 of these women into the WXN Hall of Fame. The Top 100 Awards are divided into ten different categories: RBC Champions Accenture Corporate Directors HSBC Corporate Executives Entrepreneurs TELUS Future Leaders KPMG Professionals PwC Public Sector Leaders CIBC Trailblazers & Trendsetters…

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Doing Business in the USA Seminar

May 15 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Civic Hotel, 13475 Central Avenue
Surrey, BC Canada
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Attend a fast-paced guide to expanding your sales into the United States. Whether opening a store front with a U.S. address or partnering with a distribution centre for your eCommerce activity, our seasoned cross-border lawyers, accountants, customs brokers and logistics professionals will present options that will help you determine your export strategy and understand your responsibilities with government agencies such as the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Immigration.

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Business Loan Information Session

May 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 12:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until June 19, 2018

Learn how to apply for a loan from Women's Enterprise Centre. In this FREE session, the facilitator will review our lending criteria, answer your questions, advise you on how to apply and provide you with a resource package. At the end of the session, your Advisor will work with you to determine if you are eligible for a loan with us and ensure that you receive an application. Learn More or Register

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The Art of Adaptive Leadership

May 23 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Offices of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, 550 Burrard St #2900
Vancouver, BC V6C 3A8 Canada
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When leaders are left to toil over technical fixes searching for answers that aren't readily available, the management of an organization's environment can suffer. Adaptive Leadership is about taking a step back from the surface problems to define underlying values, diagnose competing perspectives, and unpack systemic underlying issues. In this interactive session, Adel Gamar from the Sauder School of Business will uncover how adaptive leadership can help individuals and organizations learn anew and thrive in competitive professional environments. The Adaptive…

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Trade Accelerator Program, Kelowna

May 24 @ 9:00 am - May 25 @ 5:00 pm

New trade agreements and a competitive Canadian dollar make it an ideal time to extend your company's reach through the export of goods and services. World Trade Centre Vancouver is pleased to introduce TAP in British Columbia, an initiative that has been successfully operated by the Toronto Region Board of Trade since 2015. Participating organizations experienced an average international sales growth of 70% within one year of completing the program, penetrated new markets, and grew their workforce to meet increased…

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Starting a Business Information Session

May 24 @ 12:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 12:00pm on Thursday, repeating until June 21, 2018

One event on December 14, 2017 at 12:00pm

If you think you are ready to start a business, we encourage you to participate in one of our FREE phone-in Starting Your Business Information Sessions. The session is broken into 2 parts. In Part 1, we explain how to write an effective business plan. We cover each section of the business plan and provide strategies and resources to ensure your plan is well organized and consistent. In Part 2 we uncover how to make your business official. You will…

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Preparing for International Travel and Tradeshows

May 25 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Presented by Export Navigator Tradeshows are crucial to expanding your sales outside B.C.’s borders. But the culture, etiquette and expectations of doing business in each country are different. So how do you prepare? Join us for this free interactive seminar and learn the dos and don’ts of international business, how to get the most of out of your trip, and learn about the cultural elements that impact business decision-making. This seminar will help you: Learn how to prepare for a…

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SAVE THE DATE – Dr. Valerie Young event, Vancouver

May 28 @ 3:00 pm
Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC
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Women's Enterprise Centre is delighted to bring Dr. Valerie Young back to Vancouver to share more of her insights on building confidence. ALSO Be the first to participate in our new Negotiation for Women Entrepreneurs workshop, facilitated by negotiation expert Carrie Gallant, Gallant Solutions Inc. Stay tuned for more details and registration information.

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THE ENTREPRENEUR conference

May 30 @ 9:30 am - 7:00 pm
Parq Vancouver, 39 Smithe Street
Vancouver, BC Canada
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This is a rare and exclusive glimpse into the lives, tactics, and strategies of some of the city's most extraordinary entrepreneurs and community leaders. Attended by business leaders, senior management teams, and professionals alike, this full-day event features a curated collection of raw, authentic talks, innovative food stations, and awards presentations honouring some of our favourite industry leaders. Experience creative, technology-forward attendee engagement all while hearing the astounding success stories, painful defeats, and gritty triumphs of our entrepreneurs. EARLY BIRD…

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Build Your Business 5 Part Webinar Series

May 30 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Gain skills in leadership, marketing, sales, and more! The Build Your Business 5 Part Webinar Series is designed to provide invaluable training for small business owners who want to focus on the essential skills required to operate a successful business. Sign up for this series and learn skills and strategies that will help you build your business in a way that works for YOU! 2018 Spring Series Details Join us for this popular 5-session webinar series starting on May 30,…

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Build Your Business Webinar Series 1 of 5- Stepping Up: Uncover Your True Leadership Potential

May 30 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This is the first in a five-part Build Your Business webinar series hosted by Women’s Enterprise Centre. Click here to sign up for the whole series and save $25! Leaders come from all walks of life, and they create businesses and communities through their actions. Every action a person takes, every conversation they have moves them ahead as a leader. In this workshop, participants will learn about their unique leadership style and learn how to improve on the strengths they already have—even if they…

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June 2018

Business Loan Information Session

June 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 12:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until June 19, 2018

Learn how to apply for a loan from Women's Enterprise Centre. In this FREE session, the facilitator will review our lending criteria, answer your questions, advise you on how to apply and provide you with a resource package. At the end of the session, your Advisor will work with you to determine if you are eligible for a loan with us and ensure that you receive an application. Learn More or Register

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Build Your Business Webinar Series 2 of 5 – Financial Understanding

June 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This is the second in a five-part Build Your Business webinar series hosted by Women’s Enterprise Centre. Click here to sign up for the whole series and save $25! Even if you use a bookkeeper and/or accountant, it is imperative that you understand the financial side of your business. This introductory-level webinar takes you through practical exercises to help you understand the type of information financial statements provide. At the end of this workshop you will be able to: Describe the connection between your…

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Starting a Business Information Session

June 7 @ 12:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 12:00pm on Thursday, repeating until June 21, 2018

One event on December 14, 2017 at 12:00pm

If you think you are ready to start a business, we encourage you to participate in one of our FREE phone-in Starting Your Business Information Sessions. The session is broken into 2 parts. In Part 1, we explain how to write an effective business plan. We cover each section of the business plan and provide strategies and resources to ensure your plan is well organized and consistent. In Part 2 we uncover how to make your business official. You will…

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Build Your Business Webinar Series 3 of 5 – The Power of One: How Small Changes Can Increase Sales

June 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This is the third in a five-part Build Your Business webinar series hosted by Women’s Enterprise Centre. Click here to sign up for the whole series and save $25! This workshop is for any business owner, whether experienced or novice, who needs to kick-start their sales strategy. You will look at your sales practices and how your daily activities impact overall results. This webinar will help you: Identify the most effective networking activities for you Determine which activities you need to focus your time…

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WEConnect International Day 2018

June 18
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, 400 Renaissance Dr. Renaissance Center
Detroit, MI 48243 United States
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WEConnect International invites you to kick off the WBENC National Conference and Business Fair with International Day - an opportunity for our international delegations of women business owners and corporate members to engage through business matchmaking and networking. Attendees will broaden their business reach and hone their skills through rich content and interactive sessions; then, return home energized - ready to take your business to the next level! We welcome our Corporate Members; WEConnect International certified Women's Business Enterprises; WBENC…

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WBENC National Conference & Business Fair

June 19 - June 21
Cobo Center, 1 Washington Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48226 United States
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The National Conference & Business Fair is the largest conference of its kind for women business owners in the U.S. The WBENC National Conference & Business Fair is attended by Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs); senior executives and procurement representatives from the Fortune 500 and the U.S. Government; and select partner organizations whose missions align with WBENC’s vision of expanding women’s business opportunities in the marketplace. With three days of robust programming, the conference features lectures and presentations from today’s thought…

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Trade Accelerator Program, Victoria

June 19 @ 8:00 am - June 20 @ 5:00 pm

New trade agreements and a competitive Canadian dollar make it an ideal time to extend your company's reach through the export of goods and services. World Trade Centre Vancouver is pleased to introduce TAP in British Columbia, an initiative that has been successfully operated by the Toronto Region Board of Trade since 2015. Participating organizations experienced an average international sales growth of 70% within one year of completing the program, penetrated new markets, and grew their workforce to meet increased…

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Business Loan Information Session

June 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 12:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until June 19, 2018

Learn how to apply for a loan from Women's Enterprise Centre. In this FREE session, the facilitator will review our lending criteria, answer your questions, advise you on how to apply and provide you with a resource package. At the end of the session, your Advisor will work with you to determine if you are eligible for a loan with us and ensure that you receive an application. Learn More or Register

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Build Your Business Webinar Series 4 of 5 – 6 Keys to Common-Sense Marketing

June 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This is the fourth in a five-part Build Your Business webinar series hosted by Women’s Enterprise Centre. Click here to sign up for the whole series and save $25! Learn the Six Keys to Marketing Success and maximize the opportunity to gain exposure for your business and increase sales. One of the challenges of owning a small business is to know how to market effectively on a tight budget. Join us for this interactive webinar and learn how to integrate the six keys to…

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Starting a Business Information Session

June 21 @ 12:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 12:00pm on Thursday, repeating until June 21, 2018

One event on December 14, 2017 at 12:00pm

If you think you are ready to start a business, we encourage you to participate in one of our FREE phone-in Starting Your Business Information Sessions. The session is broken into 2 parts. In Part 1, we explain how to write an effective business plan. We cover each section of the business plan and provide strategies and resources to ensure your plan is well organized and consistent. In Part 2 we uncover how to make your business official. You will…

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Build Your Business Webinar Series 5 of 5 – Setting New Goal Posts: Growing Your Business from a Tactical Perspective

June 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This is the final in a five-part Build Your Business webinar series hosted by Women’s Enterprise Centre. Click here to sign up for the whole series and save $25! Are you looking for new direction in your business? Are you feeling like your business is pulling you in multiple directions? Do you wonder whether you need to return to your initial business vision? Are you frustrated by wasted time and energy due to conflicting priorities? If any of these resonate with you, this workshop…

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July 2018

Connecting Curious Minds – Your Entrepreneurial Expo & Conference

July 6 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Da Vinci Centre, 195 Bay Street
Victoria, British Columbia V9A 3K4 Canada
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If you're looking for inspiration, a shift in mindset, and valuable business education - this is the right event for you. Whether you’re a student, entrepreneur, or an aspiring entrepreneur- we invite you to come connect with other like-minded individuals. There will be exhibitions, mini workshops, and both inspiring and educational presentations. Connecting Curious Minds is here to inspire, shift, and educate. All Access Pass - First 100 FREE - Ends 04/31

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October 2018

Trade Accelerator Program, Vancouver

October 1 @ 8:00 am - October 2 @ 5:00 pm

New trade agreements and a competitive Canadian dollar make it an ideal time to extend your company's reach through the export of goods and services. World Trade Centre Vancouver is pleased to introduce TAP in British Columbia, an initiative that has been successfully operated by the Toronto Region Board of Trade since 2015. Participating organizations experienced an average international sales growth of 70% within one year of completing the program, penetrated new markets, and grew their workforce to meet increased…

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WEConnect International Power the Economy Conference

October 26

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