Women's Entrepreneurship Research

Research and information about women’s entrepreneurship in BC and Canada.

Women’s Enterprise Centre is a proud Organizing Partner of the WE FOR SHE movement to grow the economic impact of women. WE FOR SHE is pleased to present “Stepping it up for Gender Equality: 2018 Call to Action,” which reports on our collective progress toward gender equality so far, summarizes the input from the table […]

Date: 2018/03/07

In 2017, Women’s Enterprise Centre partnered with the Okanagan School of Business to measure the extent to which women business owners in BC have an entrepreneurial mindset. Laurel Douglas, CEO of Women’s Enterprise Centre, and Dr. Lynn Sparling, Professor at Okanagan School of Business, co-authored a report to share the findings. This presentation summarizes the […]

Date: 2018/01/11

In August 2016, Women’s Enterprise Centre (WEC) conducted a survey of business service providers within the entrepreneurial ecosystem in BC. The survey was designed to identify how these organizations engage with women, how they understand the needs of women business owners in the province and how their services meet their needs. This report summarizes the […]

Date: 2016/12/10

The Taskforce for Women’s Business Growth is a national consortium of prominent women business owners, SME service agencies, academics, and industry associations. Women’s Enterprise Centre is a founding member of this national taskforce, which has identified action strategies to create economic development in Canada through the support of women entrepreneurs.  The Taskforce maintains a comprehensive […]

Date: 2016/04/11

This report outlines the business characteristics and recent financing activities of majority female-owned small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The financing data used in this analysis originate from the SME Financing Data Initiative (SME FDI) Survey on Financing of Small and Medium Enterprises. This survey is intended to study the demand for, and sources of, SME […]

Date: 2011/03/01

Conducted on behalf of WeConnect Canada, this report presents a summary of research about small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME) engagement in public procurement. Strategies to increase women-owned enterprises‘ understanding about, and access to, government contract opportunities are also considered. This research digest is expected to inform discussion among WEConnect Canada, community partners and governments about […]

Date: 2011/03/01

This report presents a synopsis of the research and recommendations stemming from Sustaining the Momentum: An Economic Forum on Women Entrepreneurs in Ottawa from October 27 to 29, 2004. Its objectives were to share leading-edge research about women entrepreneurs, to examine government support for women business owners, and to identify gaps in research and public […]

Date: 2011/03/01