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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May 2018

One-to-One Mentoring Application Intake

May 28 - June 1

Applications open for five days only! If you’re new in business, you know it’s a challenge to stay on top of everything and find balance in your life. Our One-to-One Mentoring program is designed to help you build confidence, improve your business knowledge, increase productivity and offer you emotional support. We have a limited number of mentors available in a variety of industries and communities around BC. From May 28 to June 1, we're accepting applications from women business owners…

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Mindset Mastery 2.0 Event

May 28 @ 3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC
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On May 28, Women's Enterprise Centre presents Mindset Mastery 2.0, featuring 2 workshops that will improve your self-confidence and drive your business success by helping you negotiate more effectively. Building on our 2017 Entrepreneurial Mindset event and the WE FOR SHE Call to Action, we want to equip you with new techniques to take your mindset to the next level and connect with like-minded professionals to reinforce your learning. So we're bringing world-renowned impostor syndrome expert Dr. Valerie Young back…

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Let’s Talk Exports Wraps National Roadshow

May 29 @ 7:30 am - 10:30 am
Pacific Opera, Baumann Centre, 925 Balmoral St.
Victoria,
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Export Development Canada (EDC) and Island Women in Science and Technology (iWIST), are hosting a breakfast session on May 29 with EDC VP and Chief Economist Peter Hall. Mr. Hall will talk about our competitive export landscape in Canada and what we can expect going forward. The Victoria event is unique to the national tour because of the panel component. Three BC based female CEOS will talk about their own experiences in export with moderator Peter Hall. Sea Cider CEO…

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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. Special pricing …

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

May 31

Starting in May 2018, Women’s Enterprise Centre 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 woman…

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WXN Top 100 Awards Nomination deadline extended

May 31

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. This year, we have eliminated the nomination fee to allow for a more diverse background of women from all industries. For more information, see LINK.

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June 2018

Achieve & Lead Conference

June 4 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Come and be inspired and challenged to take action in your business! This is the day to work ON your business and not IN your business, with other like-minded women all wanting to see you succeed and reach new levels in your business like never before! Learn from incredible speakers and panels, connect with like-minded women, build relationships, enjoy a delicious lunch, and shop at the Mompreneur Marketplace!

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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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OPTIMIZE YOUR LANDING PAGES AND CONVERT MORE CUSTOMERS

June 5 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

As a small business owner, your website offers a digital shop window for you to promote and sell your goods or services. You may have heard of landing page optimization as a way to enhance your sales funnel, but you’re unsure about the terminology or where to start. Learn from John Chan, Principal of 2x Conversion Design, and arm yourself with an understanding of key concepts, design best practices, and ways to test the effectiveness of your online presence. This…

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READY. SET. GROW. Preparing for Business Growth in the North

June 6 @ 9:30 am - 5:30 pm

In their commitment to provide local businesses with opportunities,  LNG Canada, in partnership with Small Business BC, is offering you a chance to build and grow your small business with a day of education. Ready, Set, Grow will give you with the tools, strategies, and best practices you need to successfully compete in today’s ever-changing business environment. This event will  comprise of panel discussions, keynotes, networking, and more and provide you the opportunity to make face-to-face connections with leading experts and…

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Webinar | 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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IMPACT Career Fair

June 6 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Come to the Impact Career Fair to meet do-good businesses of all sizes who are actively recruiting and explore the career opportunities that exist in the impact economy in Vancouver. Come chat with non-profits, government agencies, for-profit companies, and BCorp organizations that are all making an impact with their organizations. This event is for everyone from students looking for the “what’s next” to seasoned professionals who’s looking for a meaningful ways to apply yourself. Recruiters will bring information about their…

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Mentor Advisory Forum: Introductory session on How to Do Business with the Government of Canada

June 7 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Are you interested in learning how to doing business with the Government of Canada? Did you know The Government of Canada is one of the largest public buyers of goods and services in Canada, purchasing approximately $16.05 billion worth every year? During this session you will learn how: the government does its buying, how to register to sell to the government, how to find opportunities and, how to market to the federal government. Open to women and Men Facilitator: Kerrilee…

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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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Webinar | 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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Webinar | 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
|Recurring Event (See all)

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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The Art of Leadership for Women

June 25 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Vancouver Convention Centre, 1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3 Canada
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The Art of Leadership for Women brings together a unique collection of extraordinary, influential women whose talent, drive and passion have established them as dynamic leaders and change agents. Discover the tools and techniques that can empower women to blaze their own trails in extraordinary ways. Register using promo code WEC33 and save $50 per pass. Save an additional $50 per pass when registering 5 or more people at the same time. Learn more or register

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OPERATIONS FOR SMALL BUSINESS

June 27 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Do you know all the essential elements for successfully operating a business? Creating a vision or plan for your operations will provide a framework for success. In this seminar we will explore how you can determine who does what, where, when, how and most importantly why. Learning Objectives: Learn how to plan, set up and manage your small business operations How to set goals and targets within your team Understanding an operations cycle Implementing activity based budgeting Understanding the value…

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Webinar | 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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10th Annual BC Indigenous Business Awards nomination deadline

June 29

The BC Achievement Foundation, an independent foundation established and endowed by the Province of British Columbia in 2003 to celebrate excellence and achievement in British Columbia, presents the BC Indigenous Business Awards. All Indigenous businesses and entrepreneurs in BC are eligible. These awards honour business acumen in four distinct categories. An independent jury of Indigenous business experts reviews the nominations and selects the awardees in accordance with the award criteria. For further information about these awards, see LINK.

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2018 WISE 50 Over 50 Awards Nomination deadline

June 30

The 50 over 50 Awards recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of people who are harnessing the power of experience to make an idea or a long-held dream a reality. Canadians over 50 are the fastest growing segment of the business start-up population, yet, they are still the most underserved and under supported group of entrepreneurs. In order for change to happen, we need to continue to draw attention to the accomplishments of people who are harnessing the power of experience…

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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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August 2018

BC Export Awards – Applications Now Open

August 20

The BC Export Awards recognize the innovative approaches and unique contributions of British Columbia export companies across all sectors and on all regions of the province, as well as the individuals who contribute to their success.  For more information on award categories and eligibility or to submit an application, see LINK.

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September 2018

Skilled Immigrant Networking Event – Explore Small Business Resources & Support

September 11 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Central Library, 350 W. Georgia Street
Vancouver,
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Are you interested in learning about the resources available to assist in starting and growing a business in BC? Do you want to make connections with successful entrepreneurs and grow your business network? Learn about the support and services available from business service organizations including Women's Enterprise Centre, Small Business BC, Futurpreneur Canada and SUCCESS Youth Business Program. Everyone is welcome. Register online - check back for LINK

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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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