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 2017

Negotiate Like a Boss!

April 20, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, 1200 Waterfront Centre
Vancouver, 200 Burrard St V7X 1T2 Canada
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Watch and learn as Melinda Park, Chair of BLG’s National Council, and Bonnie Foley-Wong, founder of Pique Ventures, lead participants through a role play to settle a term sheet for a startup seeking its first investment. The seminar will be followed by a beer and cider tasting hosted by UnTapped Craft Imports, and an informal networking reception. Women and men are both welcome and you may attend one or both parts of this event. For more INFO, or to REGISTER…

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August 2017

Mentor Advisory Forum: Opportunity Knocks! Bidding on Contracts with the Government of Canada

August 23, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Are you interested in learning about the Government of Canada’s tendering process for contracting opportunities? This session will provide you with general advice and guidance on the Request for Proposal (RFP) process. During this session you will learn about: Buyandsell.gc.ca Searching for tenders, contract history and standing offers and supply arrangements How to follow opportunities The different types of opportunities The process for bid evaluation and submission Facilitator: Kerrilee Auger, Skills Development Officer, Women's Enterprise Centre Panelists: Louisa Young and…

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September 2017

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September 13, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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INNOVATE & IGNITE 2017, The WBE Canada Conference & Matchmaker

September 28, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

This our community's big once a year national event, so you don't want to miss it. Attended by 200+ certified diverse suppliers, corporations and government procurement professionals and those championing supplier diversity. Certified WBEs, Corporate Members, and others have a variety of ticket options to meet their needs, and for 2017 we've added new ways for our community to get INVOLVED in this exciting fast paced one-day event.

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October 2017

Women in Business North America Summit

October 3, 2017 - October 4, 2017
Atlanta Atlanta, GA United States + Google Map

Join the Canadian delegation on the BWIT-led trade mission Last year's event saw over 550 participants! This year's goal is to educate and support women owned businesses and women entrepreneurs and develop a robust network and export capacity that extends across North America. Connect with multi-national and tech companies from the US, Mexico and Canada.

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November 2017

WEConnect International in Canada National Conference

November 30, 2017 - December 1, 2017

WEConnect International in Canada will host its annual “Power the Economy” signature event for women-owned businesses, multinational corporations, senior government officials, and partner organizations supporting the growth of women’s entrepreneurship across Canada. This conference offers targeted education for business owners seeking to grow their businesses as well as a rich environment for corporations interested in creating or improving their inclusive sourcing programs.

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Mentor Advisory Forum: Procurement Strategies for Doing Business with the Government of Canada

November 30, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Do you own a non-Indigenous business and would like to work with an Indigenous business to sell to the Government of Canada? Do you own an Indigenous business and want to learn about opportunities to sell to the Government of Canada? This seminar provides the fundamentals of doing business with the Government of Canada. It also includes information on the Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Business (PSAB), the Aboriginal Business Directory (ABD), and how to find business opportunities with the Government…

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Women’s Pitch Night

November 30, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, 1200 Waterfront Centre
Vancouver, 200 Burrard St V7X 1T2 Canada
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This event provides a space for female entrepreneurs to practice their 90-second pitch in a comfortable environment. Industry experts provide feedback, and the audience votes on the top three companies. These top companies will win prizes from GG media lab, Cleverhat Photoplay, CodeCore, Kipling Media, and FrontFundr, and may receive a 90-second preview spot at an upcoming VANTEC Angel Network Meeting. Not ready to pitch? Want to meet the startup community? Attend as an audience member! The event is free…

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December 2017

BC Business 30 Under 30 Nomination Deadline

December 1, 2017

From CEOs to entrepreneurs to philanthropists, BC Business is looking for young guns in their 20s who are excelling professionally, innovating their industry and making competitors nervous. Beyond success in the competitive business arena, we are also looking for those game changers who are giving back to others and the community. To nominate, see LINK below

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Business Loan Info Session

December 5, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 12:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until December 19, 2017

One event on December 18, 2017 at 12:00pm

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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Starting a Business Info Session

December 7, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 12:00pm on Thursday, repeating until December 21, 2017

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

In the session, we will answer the most common start-up questions our Business Advisors hear. You will learn about: the different types of business structures naming and registering your business tax, licensing and legal requirements The facilitator will answer your questions and review the document called How to Write an Effective Business Plan which is available in our Business Resource Library. Learn More or Register  

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Starting a Business Info Session

December 14, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 12:00pm on Thursday, repeating until December 21, 2017

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

In the session, we will answer the most common start-up questions our Business Advisors hear. You will learn about: the different types of business structures naming and registering your business tax, licensing and legal requirements The facilitator will answer your questions and review the document called How to Write an Effective Business Plan which is available in our Business Resource Library. Learn More or Register  

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Business Loan Info Session

December 18, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 12:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until December 19, 2017

One event on December 18, 2017 at 12:00pm

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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January 2018

Business Loan Information Session

January 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 12:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until April 24, 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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Starting a Business Information Session

January 4 @ 12:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 12:00pm on Thursday, repeating until April 26, 2018

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

In the session, we will answer the most common start-up questions our Business Advisors hear. You will learn about: the different types of business structures naming and registering your business tax, licensing and legal requirements The facilitator will answer your questions and review the document called How to Write an Effective Business Plan which is available in our Business Resource Library. Learn More or Register  

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Trade Accelerator Program (TAP) Workshop

January 15 - January 16
Pan pacific Hotel Vancouver, 300-999 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC V6C3B5 Canada
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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

January 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 12:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until April 24, 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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Taking the Stage® Leadership Training in Kamloops

January 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Taking the Stage® is a powerful program developed by The Humphrey Group Inc. to help women achieve a confident leadership presence. While the program is traditionally only available to women in large corporations, such as Microsoft and Johnson & Johnson, we are pleased to be able to offer it to aspiring and existing women business owners and non-profit leaders thanks to generous support from The Humphrey Group. Taking the Stage® will help you to become a strong, confident leader by…

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Starting a Business Information Session

January 18 @ 12:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 12:00pm on Thursday, repeating until April 26, 2018

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

In the session, we will answer the most common start-up questions our Business Advisors hear. You will learn about: the different types of business structures naming and registering your business tax, licensing and legal requirements The facilitator will answer your questions and review the document called How to Write an Effective Business Plan which is available in our Business Resource Library. Learn More or Register  

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So Fun – Social Enterprise Fundamentals Workshop

January 19 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Landmark 6 BDO Office, #400 - 1631 Dickson Ave
Kelowna, BC V1Y 0B5 Canada
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So Fun is a social enterprise fundamentals workshop that has been developed for those who want to learn more about the lean startup principles for social enterprise. This full-day workshop on January 19th (9:00am - 4:00pm) provides in-person education, contextual examples, exercises, and tools to help you build and grow a social enterprise. Using a case study of an award winning social enterprise, Mission Possible, participants will walk through the business model canvas and then have an opportunity to build…

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Taking the Stage® Leadership Training in Kelowna

January 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Women’s Enterprise Centre, 201-1726 Dolphin Ave.
Kelowna, BC V1Y 9R9 Canada
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Taking the Stage® is a powerful program developed by The Humphrey Group Inc. to help women achieve a confident leadership presence. While the program is traditionally only available to women in large corporations, such as Microsoft and Johnson & Johnson, we are pleased to be able to offer it to aspiring and existing women business owners and non-profit leaders thanks to generous support from The Humphrey Group. Taking the Stage® will help you to become a strong, confident leader by…

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Growth and Funding Opportunities for Women-Owned Businesses

January 24 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
WeWork Burrard Station, 595 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC V7X 1L3 Canada
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Interested in understanding how to do business internationally or with other cultures? Or finding out about small business resources available to you in BC? Join us on January 24th to chat about going global, funding opportunities and as a unique feature. Agenda: Open to all interested parties - who are interested in funding options or future trade missions. 6:30 - 7:00pm Networking 7:30 - 8:30pm Speakers from the following organizations: Victoria Hayes, Director, India & Southeast Asia, Ministry of Jobs, Trade and…

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Women Built2Scale | Scale Your Growth, Scale Your Impact! Webinar

January 25 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

We have a challenge with these stats: 84% of women feel their business has reached a size they are comfortable with and don't want to grow, as compared to 37% for men.  Reference credit:  thebalance.com Yet, "The majority of majority women-owned firms (85 percent) are micro-businesses employing fewer than 5 people (Carrington, 2006)"(p. 15). And according to The Financial Post, under 1% of tax-filing Canadians earn more than $250,000 annually. That doesn't cut it for me.  We're playing small.  We're settling. …

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SOHO Victoria

January 26 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Victoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas Street
Victoria, BC V8W 3M7 Canada
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Get small business advice from our handpicked selection of Canada’s small business leaders. Give your business an edge through powerful talks, expert 1-on-1 advice, networking opportunities and valuable workshops. The most productive day you will have all year!

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Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards Luncheon

January 26 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fairmont Waterfront, 900 Canada Place Way
Vancouver, BC V6C 3L5 Canada
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Join us for our Awards Luncheon where we will be honouring the powerful, prestigious Winners from British Columbia who are proven achievers in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Click on the link in the grey box below for more info or to register.

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Vancouver Women in Tech Regatta week

January 29 - February 2

The Regatta is a curated collection of events, workshops and conversations designed to connect women in tech to mentors, peers, resources and to the power of community. We will dwell in the realm of what’s possible, rather than simply what is. The WiT Regatta is an inclusive event. Regardless of your area(s) of expertise, all genders and career levels are welcome and encouraged to participate. The Regatta has been organized in collaboration with BC’s Women in Tech Coalition: theplatform.tech that…

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Vancouver Women in Tech Regatta

January 29 - February 2
Science World, 1455 Quebec St
Vancouver, BC V6A 3Z7 Canada
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Join us Jan 29-Feb 2- 2018 for the inaugural Women in Tech Regatta Week. The Regatta is a curated collection of events, workshops and conversations designed to connect women in tech to mentors, peers, resources and to the power of community. We will dwell in the realm of what’s possible, rather than simply what is. The WiT Regatta is an inclusive event. Regardless of your area(s) of expertise, all genders and career levels are welcome and encouraged to participate. This…

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2018 Vancouver Small Business Information Expo

January 30 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2W3 Canada
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The SBIE will feature a tradeshow which will give you the opportunity to speak face-to-face with experts from over 50 support programs who provide valuable resources to small businesses. Interested in learning about how government support programs can help your business and your clients? Please join us! In addition to the tradeshow portion of the Expo, you will have the chance to attend FOUR free educational panel sessions created for current and prospective small business owners!

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Mentor Advisory Forum: The Personal Change Formula – Clear Steps to Achieve Life-Changing Goals

January 30 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Do you ever find yourself thinking or feeling "I would love to do that but... ”? Join us on January 30th for this FREE webinar and Walk away from this session ready to reclaim your personal power! Find the truth behind your thoughts and explore how to break down barriers and achieve your life-changing goals. Uncover what is blocking you from actually doing what you say you want to do and embrace the shift to accountability and action in all…

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Business Loan Information Session

January 30 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 12:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until April 24, 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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A Force to Reckon With: Women, Entrepreneurship, and Risk in Canada and Asia

January 30 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
APF Canada, 900 – 675 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC Canada
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A Force to Reckon With: Women, Entrepreneurship, and Risk in Canada and Asia   The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) invites you to join us for a roundtable discussion led by Janice McDonald, President of global business consulting firm, The Beacon Agency. Janice will be discussing the findings from her latest report (supported by BMO and the Centre for Women in Politics and Pubic Leadership at Carleton University) that examines common myths, barriers, and opportunities for women entrepreneurs…

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Unconscious Bias Series: Leading Inclusively to Drive Employee Behaviour

January 31 @ 7:00 am
Four Seasons Hotel, 791 W Georgia St
Vancouver, BC Canada
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Today's top business leaders recognize the importance of leading inclusively and encouraging diversity in the workforce. Research tells us that diversity leads to better decision making. It's important for an organization's executives to demonstrate the correct "tone from the top" to gain buy-in when looking to convert policies into action. How exactly does an organization's desire to be diverse and inclusive become part of its culture? Find out at our next panel discussion, when we focus on how leaders can…

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Community Breakfast and Fireside Chat on Gender Lens Investing

January 31 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Borden Ladner Gervais (BLG) LLP, 1200 Waterfront Centre - 200 Burrard St.
Vancouver, bc V7X 1T2 Canada
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Gender Lens Investing and Deepening the Impact of your Portfolio Join us on January 31st for an engaging morning discussion on the financial and social impacts of gender lens investing, and understanding how gender affects your investment choices. What is exactly is gender lens investing? It's a form of investing in which investors seek specifically to generate both a positive financial return on their investment, and a beneficial impact on the lives of women. It's also a multi-faceted way to…

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Tools for Growth Series – Procurement & Technology

January 31 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This event is FREE but you must register. Registered participants are invited to submit questions in advance. Join WBE Canada as we kick off our 2018 'Tools for Growth' Webinar Series. Our first installment features special guest Hayley Clift, Senior Account Executive at OMX as we highlight Procurement, Technology and examine some of the Federal Programs and Initiatives currently underway. The Canadian government, at all levels, is developing policies and programming with a focus to increase support for women entrepreneurs. Recently, they have examined how their…

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Business Blender 2018

January 31 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Billy Barker Show Lounge, 308 McLean St.
Quesnel, BC Canada
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Are you looking for... A fun, engaging evening New business contacts Opportunities to grow your business Join us at the Business Blender 2018! Call Elizabeth Ross at Community Futures North Cariboo 250-992-2322 to get your tickets today!

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February 2018

Starting a Business Information Session

February 1 @ 12:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 12:00pm on Thursday, repeating until April 26, 2018

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

In the session, we will answer the most common start-up questions our Business Advisors hear. You will learn about: the different types of business structures naming and registering your business tax, licensing and legal requirements The facilitator will answer your questions and review the document called How to Write an Effective Business Plan which is available in our Business Resource Library. Learn More or Register  

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Surrey Women in Business Award nominations

February 7

The Surrey Board of Trade is hosting the 9th Annual Surrey Women in Business Awards Luncheon on March 8th. The event recognizes the hard work of Surrey’s businesswomen and their contributions to Surrey. The event’s philosophy has been rooted in the purpose of educating our audience. Some of the best and brightest women of Surrey’s business community are celebrated and receive well-deserved recognition. The purpose of the event is to inspire, motivate and educate the audience. Do you know a…

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Kelowna Women in Business event – Mining your Potential Through Leadership

February 7 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Kelowna Golf & Country Club, 1297 Glenmore Road
Kelowna, Canada
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Start your year off with a band and set yourself up for abundant success! This luncheon event features guest speaker Christine Patton who will help you mine your potential through leadership. Check out the KWIB website for more details and to register.

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2 Day Business Planning Workshop for Agri-Food Processors

February 8 - February 9
Abbotsford Agriculture Centre, 1767 Angus Campbell Road
Abbotsford, BC Canada
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Setting Up your Business for Success! Do you own a business in food or beverage processing, manufacturing or farming OR are you thinking of starting up a business in this industry? This is your opportunity to invest in yourself and learn how to build a foundation for success. In addition to learning the modules below, there will be special guests and time for networking. WORKSHOP MODULES 1. The Business Planning Process: Learn about the key elements of a Business Plan from…

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FULL – Negotiation Techniques for Women

February 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED For This Webinar Women's Enterprise Centre has partnered with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) as part of their DRIVEN BY WOMEN™ initiative to offer a 3 part presentation series. The first topic in the series is Negotiation Techniques for Women. Being able to negotiate well can have a key impact not only on business negotiations but on your personal life and career. During this session you will learn common styles and approaches to negotiation as well as…

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AWF, Taking The Stage – Leadership Communication

February 8 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
RBC Vancouver, 36th Floor 1055 West Georgia,
Vancouver, BC Canada
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There is a connection between leadership and communication.  Join us for a unique fireside chat with Diana Pavloska of the Humphrey Group and Janina Heuser, Client Service Director of Robert Half Management Resources who will share experiences and practical tips and techniques for improving your language and leadership identity.

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Business Loan Information Session

February 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 12:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until April 24, 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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Go for the Greens 2018 Motivation + Momentum = Magic Conference

February 15 - February 17
Disney’s BoardWalk Resort Orlando, FL United States + Google Map

Get the competitive edge with connections, information, and resources to position your business for increased growth! Go for the Greens is a business development conference for women entrepreneurs. This boutique event offers exclusive access to companies, government agencies, nonprofits and professional associations that can help women-owned businesses secure their largest, most profitable contracts ever … in a fun, creative setting at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort, Orlando, Florida. NOTE: We're calling this Go for the Greens 10.5 because it replaces our 10th…

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Trade Accelerator Program Kamloops

February 15 @ 8:00 am - February 16 @ 5:00 pm
Hotel 540 Kamloops, Canada + Google Map

Presented by World Trade Centre Vancouver The Kamloops Chamber of Commerce is pleased to invite you to participate in the Trade Accelerator Program (TAP) 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…

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Dragon’s Den Auditions

February 15 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Vancouver Island Conference Centre, 101 Gordon Street
Nanaimo, BC Canada
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Dragons’ Den is calling on all aspiring entrepreneurs to present their business pitches for a chance to be featured next season on CBC. Beginning in Toronto on February 10, the audition tour will be open to the public, as producers hit the road visiting Canadian cities coast-to-coast in search of the country’s best business ideas in need of a Dragon investment. The audition tour welcomes participants of all ages, with businesses at any stage of development. Hopeful entrepreneurs should prepare to…

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Starting a Business Information Session

February 15 @ 12:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 12:00pm on Thursday, repeating until April 26, 2018

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

In the session, we will answer the most common start-up questions our Business Advisors hear. You will learn about: the different types of business structures naming and registering your business tax, licensing and legal requirements The facilitator will answer your questions and review the document called How to Write an Effective Business Plan which is available in our Business Resource Library. Learn More or Register  

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The Odlum Brown FWE Gala Pitch for the Purse Finale

February 15 @ 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, 900 W Georgia St
Vancouver, BC V6C 2W6 Canada
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Join 600+ of Vancouver's exceptional business leaders + entrepreneurs and celebrate the Pitch for the Purse Finale at our annual Gala. You're invited to be a key member of the audience as you help to award $25,000 for the best pitch in Pitch for the Purse from our 3 Finalists (TBD). Celebrity judges, a celebration of women entrepreneurs, leaders, mentors and serious fun are all in store at The Odlum Brown FWE Gala. You cannot miss out!

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Dragon’s Den Auditions

February 17 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Century Plaza, 1015 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC Canada
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Dragons’ Den is calling on all aspiring entrepreneurs to present their business pitches for a chance to be featured next season on CBC. Beginning in Toronto on February 10, the audition tour will be open to the public, as producers hit the road visiting Canadian cities coast-to-coast in search of the country’s best business ideas in need of a Dragon investment. The audition tour welcomes participants of all ages, with businesses at any stage of development. Hopeful entrepreneurs should prepare to…

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The Raise Collective Investor Circle

February 20 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Lawson Lundell LLP, 6th Floor — 925 W Georgia St
Vancouver, Canada
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Join Amy Rae, Principal at Vanedge Capital, as she provides insight on how she evaluates deals, founding teams and overall due diligence at the RAISE Collective’s Investor Circle. Investor Circles are quarterly facilitated investor sessions for women who are interested or curious about early stage investing. This session will also feature a showcase of investment opportunities by local women-led businesses seeking capital, including Dojo, Vivo and AVA, as presented by FrontFundr. Curious, aspiring and existing investors all welcome. Register at…

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Finance 101 for Solopreneurs, Side Hustlers, and Startups

February 20 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Whistler Chamber of Commerce, 4230 Gate Way Dr
Whistler, BC V0N 1B4 Canada
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Even if you use a bookkeeper and/or accountant, YOU CAN (and should) understand the financial side of your business – we promise it’s not as scary as it sounds! This introductory 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 get started and keeping score on the health and performance of your business means understanding accounting basics and taking advantage of tax opportunities. In…

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Tools for Growth – Get B2B ready with Kellogg Webinar

February 21 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join Debra Quade, Supplier Diversity Manager at the Kellogg Company and WBE Canada Board Member to learn how to prepare for the opportunity to meet with both Kellogg buyers and Tier One suppliers. This webinar recommended for those headed to Kellogg's B2B and is also ideal for those looking to learn how to do business with major corporations like the Kellogg Company. This is a FREE webinar, but you must register to get the access link.

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Time is Now! For Sustainable Development

February 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Kelowna Community Theatre, 1435 Water Street
Kelowna, BC V1Y 6V7 Canada
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"There's No Plan B, because There's No Planet B" - António Guterres UN Secretary-General On September 25th 2015, United Nations countries adopted 17 goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda titled "Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development." Sustainable development is everyone's business, if you live on planet earth these 17 goals matter for you and your children.   In the Okanagan, we've seen the impact of climate change this summer as we watched…

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Mentor Advisory Forum: Solving Challenges: The Government Wants to Help You Innovate

February 22 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Are you an innovative entrepreneur that likes to solve problems? The Government wants to be your first customer! There are three programs focused on supporting innovation in Canada, representing over $100 million in development and procurement opportunities. - Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP); - Innovative Solutions Canada (ISC) and; - Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program. During this session, our panelists will introduce these government programs. See if you can take on these challenges to fund your…

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Capital Raising – How to Get Start-Up or Growth Capital for Your Business

February 23 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
CMPNY, 301 - 3007 Glen Drive
Coquitlam, BC Canada
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Raising capital for start-ups or for business expansion can be a daunting task.  There are many mainstream sources but the scrutiny that business owners have to go through can be time consuming and will sure drain your energy.  The discouraging part is that the result is not always positive.  In this workshop, you will learn financing opportunities that are available for women for up to $250,000 as well financing opportunities for young entrepreneurs. Executives from Women’s Enterprise Centre and Futurpreneur…

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Small Business BC Awards Gala

February 23 @ 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Vancouver Convention Centre, 1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3 Canada
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Women's Enterprise Centre is a proud Community Sponsor of The Small Business BC Awards Gala. The event will bring together over 600 small business owners, supporters, providers and government officials to network at a glittering reception and enjoy a three-course dinner, as we announce the winners of this year’s awards. This is THE event where small businesses are acknowledged for their outstanding achievements and contributions to their community and the BC economy. Join us, on our 15th anniversary, as we…

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