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Step-by-Step Guide to Exporting

The Step-by-Step Guide to Exporting will help you get your business export-ready and well positioned for commercial success abroad.
Learn the essential principles of exporting whether you are a novice, intermediate or advanced exporter.
The Guide will help you to:

  • Be more competitive. Apply proven export strategies.
  • Sell to more customers. Target global buyers online.
  • Close more deals. Secure sources of export financing.
  • Enter more markets. Leverage the benefits of free trade.
  • Save time & avoid risks. Learn the legal aspects of trade.
Date: 02/09/2017
Mentor Advisory Forums - Audio Files

Mentor Advisory Forums are a fun, high energy way for entrepreneurs to get answers to their questions on important business topics. Listen to the recordings of past Mentor Advisory Forums to get solutions, resources and new ideas from a panel of experienced entrepreneurs.

 


Mentor Advisory Forum: How to get the most out of a mentoring relationship [Jan 12, 2017]

Facilitator: Kerrilee Auger, Women's Enterprise Centre
Panelist: Christina Willard-Stepan, WillStep Coaching and Facilitation
Panelist: Janice Lawlor-Cooper, Lawlor Goldsmith Shoppe

Listen to Recording


 


Mentor Advisory Forum: Are You Ready to Export? [Nov 22, 2016]

Facilitator: Dawn McCooey, Women's Enterprise Centre
Panelist: Noelle Roces, EDC
Panelist: Wendy Weir, Libretea

Listen to Recording


Mentor Advisory Forum: Are You Ready to Import for Your Business? [Oct 25, 2016]

Facilitator: Dawn McCooey, Women's Enterprise Centre
Panelist: Juan Navarro, Arriba Mexico Food Company
Panelist: Kristin MacMillan, Imprint Plus

Listen to Recording


Mentor Advisory Forum: Financial Literacy: it matters to your bottom line [Sep 27, 2016]

Facilitator: Dawn McCooey, Women's Enterprise Centre
Speaker: Cheryl Farmer, Women's Enterprise Centre

Listen to Recording


Mentor Advisory Forum: Levering Social Media to Grow Your Business [Sep 20, 2016]

Facilitator: Dawn McCooey, Women's Enterprise Centre
Speaker: Chris Burdge, bWEST Interactive

Listen to Recording


Mentor Advisory Forum: Doing Business with the Federal Government for Micro-enterprises [Aug 16, 2016]

Facilitator: Dawn McCooey, Women's Enterprise Centre
Speaker: John Johnston, Manager, Stakeholder Engagement, Public Works and Government Services Canada
Speaker: Tara Hartley, Manager, Stakeholder Engagement, Public Works and Government Services Canada

Listen to Recording


 

Mentor Advisory Forum: Focused Marketing: Targeted Effort, Tangible Results [July 12, 2016]

Dawn McCooey, Women's Enterprise Centre

Listen to Recording


Mentor Advisory Forum: Navigating the Legal Aspects of Your Small Business [June 14, 2016]

Facilitator: Dawn McCooey, Women's Enterprise Centre
Carli van Maruik, Whiteboard Law

Listen to Recording


Mentor Advisory Forum: HOW to Connect with Government to Grow Your Business [May 17, 2016]

Facilitator: Dawn McCooey, Women's Enterprise Centre
Speaker: John Johnston, Manager, Stakeholder Engagement, Public Works and Government Services Canada

Listen to Recording


Mentor Advisory Forum: E-Commerce: Are you Ready? [April 20, 2016]

Facilitator: Dawn McCooey, Women's Enterprise Centre
David Kelly, retired serial entrepreneur from the software sector
Shelley Wallace, Hagensborg Chocolate

Listen to Recording


Mentor Advisory Forum: Helping Businesses Market to Large Buyers [February 16, 2016]

Facilitator: Dawn McCooey, Women's Enterprise Centre
John Johnston, Manager, Stakeholder Engagement, Public Works and Government Services Canada

Listen to Recording


Mentor Advisory Forum: Going Solo! Starting Your Own Business – Women in Trades [February 3, 2016]

Facilitator: Dawn McCooey, Women's Enterprise Centre
Deborah Cahill, President, Electrical Contractors Association of BC
Kelly Kienleitner, Chief Instructor, Electrical Joint Training Committee

Listen to Recording


Mentor Advisory Forum: Not Just Surviving But Thriving on the Job: Tips and Tools for Women in Trades [September 15, 2015]

Facilitator: Dora Jessen, Women's Enterprise Centre
Betty Barton, Barton Construction
Lisa Langevin, BC Representative for Build Together
Laila McMillan, WaterMark Design

Listen to Recording


Mentor Advisory Forum: Believe It or Not - Your Business Could Sell Goods and Services to the Military [August 18, 2015]

Facilitator: Dawn McCooey, Women's Enterprise Centre
Tara Hartley, Office of Small and Medium Enterprises, Public Works and Government Services Canada

Listen to Recording


Mentor Advisory Forum: Put the 'Success' in Succession Planning: Family and Employee Ownership [July 7, 2015]

Facilitator: Dawn McCooey, Women's Enterprise Centre
Deena Chochinov, Family Enterprise Advising
Camille Jensen, Vice President, ESOP Builders

Listen to Recording


Mentor Advisory Forum: End the Social Media Struggle: Maximize Your ROI [June 16, 2015]

Facilitator: Dora Jessen, Women's Enterprise Centre
Christina Adams, Antenna Social Media + Design
Alpana Sharma, Women's Enterprise Centre

Listen to Recording


Mentor Advisory Forum: Government Wants YOUR Professional Services: Find Out How to Show off What You Do! [May 19, 2015]

Facilitator: Alpana Sharma, Women's Enterprise Centre
Tara Hartley, Office of Small and Medium Enterprises, Public Works and Government Services Canada
Rose Spirito, Acquisitions Branch, Public Works and Government Services Canada

Listen to Recording


Mentor Advisory Forum: Are You Ready to Export? A Beginner’s Guide to International Trade [April 14, 2015]

Sandra Light, Women's Enterprise Centre
Emily MacKenzie, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Marilyn Denton, Trade Commissioner, Victoria Office of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada

Listen to Recording


Mentor Advisory Forum: Women-Owned Businesses - Get Your Share of the Supplier Diversity Market! [March 19, 2015]

Aileen McManamon, Supplier Diversity Canada
Betty Wood, WBE Canada
Sanja Todorovic, Telus

Listen to Recording


Mentor Advisory Forum: Inventors! Designers! Got cool stuff? Got patent? [February 17, 2015]

Kathy Veldhoen, UVIC
Dawn Wattie, Dawn Wattie Law Corporation

Listen to Recording


Mentor Advisory Forum: Tell Your Story: Speak Your BRAND [January 20, 2015]

Alex Glassey, StratPad Inc.
Dawn McCooey, Skills Development Manager, Women's Enterprise Centre

Listen to Recording


Mentor Advisory Forum: ADVISORY BOARDS: Yet Another Tool to Grow Your Business [December 16, 2014]

Erin Athene, Ladies Learning Code
Leah Tremain, Tremain Media Inc.

Listen to Recording


Mentor Advisory Forum: SOLD! Improve Your Bidding Strategy [November 18, 2014]

John Johnstone, Office of Small and Medium Enterprises
Tara Egan, Office of Small and Medium Enterprises and Strategic Engagement
Kalvinder Brar, Office of Small and Medium Enterprises and Strategic Engagement

Listen to Recording


Mentor Advisory Forum: Get Money to Fund Your Business: Exploring Loans and Grants [October 21, 2014]

Stephanie Sang, Granted
Paulina Cameron, Futurpreneur Canada
Kath Britton, Women's Enterprise Centre

Listen to Recording


Mentor Advisory Forum: Get Your Business in the Game! Discover Opportunities to Become a Major Event Supplier [August 12, 2014]

Aileen McManamon, Sports Marketing Specialist, 5T Sports
Kath Britton, Senior Business Advisor, Women's Enterprise Centre

Listen to Recording


Mentor Advisory Forum: Doing Business with the Government of Canada - Steps for Successful Bidders [May 6, 2014]

Stephanie M Strong, Public Works and Government Services Canada
Tara Hartley, Office of Small and Medium Enterprises and Strategic Engagement


Mentor Advisory Forum: Government wants to do Business with YOU! They just don't know it yet!...Discover your Market! [Feb. 19, 2014]

Representative from the Provincial Purchasing Branch, Government of BC
Representative of Office of Small and Medium Enterprises


Making Cents of Your Financial Statements [Jan. 28, 2014]

Sheila Walkington, Money Coaches Canada
Melanie Buffel, Money Coaches Canada


Be Fit: Work Well [Nov. 20, 2013]

Sara Wegwitz, Tailor Making Health
Susan Washington, Your Success Coach


Opportunity Knocks! Bidding on Government of Canada Contracts [Sept. 10, 2013]

Krista Dobson, Office of Small and Medium Enterprises
Sarah Allin, Office of Small and Medium Enterprises


Customers are Online and They’re Spending Money! Are you Online with Them? [August 7, 2013]

Lesley Brown, Victoria.Diggit.ca
Nancy Mudford, www.spaboutique.ca


TRADESTART Essentials [April 24, 2013]

Doug Taylor, Pacific Business Intelligence Ltd.
Rosalyn Cua, Export Ventures Group Inc.


The Federal Government Wants to do Business With YOU; They Just Don’t Know it Yet! ...Discover Your Market [Jan. 9, 2013]

Shereen Benzvy Miller, DG, Office of Small and Medium Enterprises & Strategic Engagement, OSME,  PWGSC
Krista Dobson, Supply Team Leader, OSME,  PWGSC
Sarah Allin, Supply Officer, OSME,  PWGSC
Ravinder Rakhra, Regional Director, OSME,  PWGSC


Social Media: Love it – Hate it – But you better use it if you’re in business [Nov. 16, 2012]

Kyla Ray, Port+Quarter
Shauna Harper, LiveWorkPG.com & ConsciouslyCreative.com


Use Technology to Drive Your Business Success [Oct. 30, 2012]

Cheryl Cran, cherylcran.com
Amber Hayes, liftbusinesscoaching.com


Your Business Brand and PR [Oct. 17, 2012]

Elena Verlee, crossborderpr.com & prinyourpajamas
Annika Sibert, fusioncreative.ca


How to Use LinkedIn to Build Your Business [June 19, 2012]

Colin Parker, Red Giraffe Strategic Sales & Marketing, Kelowna
Carolyne Taylor, 24 Carrot Learning, Victoria


How to Juggle Motherhood and Entrepreneurship [May 23, 2012]

 Angela O’Brien, Esteem Lingerie, Kelowna
Julie Nowell, mom inc. MOVEMENT, Vancouver
Shauna Harper, ConsciouslyCreative.com, Prince George


What happens after the Federal Government agrees to buy my product or service? [Mar 7, 2012]

Sarah Allin, Communications Officer, Office of Small and Medium Enterprises
Scarlett Chan, Supply Officer, Public Works and Government Services Canada


Grow YOUR Business by Connecting to Corporate and Government Contracts [Mar 6, 2012]

Barbara Mowat, Impact Communications Ltd. & GroYourBiz.com, Vancouver
Betty Wood, WEConnect Canada , Toronto Margaret Ramsdale, Omega Uniform Systems, Vancouver


Twitter 101 [Feb 23, 2012]

Shauna Harper, businesstweety.com, Prince George
Cadi Jordan, Jordan Consulting, Vancouver


Understanding how to get Federal Contracts under $25,000 [Jan 18, 2012]

Sarah Allin, Office of Small and Medium Enterprises
MaryAnn McVeigh-Balsa, Pacific Region Public Works & Government Services Canada


Get the Best from Networking [Nov 15, 2011]

Ginger Brunner, Dynamic HR Solutions Inc., Shawnigan Lake
Rhonda Victoor, Incite Coaching, Kelowna


Is Group Buying Right for Your Business? [Nov 10, 2011]

Aryn Savard, The Goddess Movement, Chilliwack
Cathy Burrell, Cavern Consulting, White Rock


Get What YOU Want [Oct 18, 2011]

Carrie Gallant, Gallant Solutions Inc., Vancouver


Organizing Your Business for Success [Jun. 27, 2011]

Elizabeth Densmore, Office to Office, Vernon
Leona Lemdersi-Filali, Empowered Training Solutions & Mostafa Hair Design, North Vancouver
Fiona Prince, PrinceHeron Communications, Victoria


Work Life Balance [Jun. 8, 2011]

Amber Piche, MOTEAS, Kelowna
Charlene Levis, WorkLife Cafe, Kamloops


Business Communication with the Opposite Sex [Mar. 31, 2011]

Cathy Kuzel, The Connected Woman Felicia Lee, Ghost CEO


What's the big deal about cashflow? [Mar 17, 2011]

Marg Reid, Money Coach for Individuals and Small Business Pam Carey Nelson, Business Advisor, Financial Coach and author


Are you Marketing 24/7? [Dec. 9, 2010]

Beth Page, Dream Catcher Consulting, Victoria
Sandra Miles, Miles Employment Group, Vancouver


Are you the best CEO you can be? [Dec 2, 2010]

Rhonda Margolis, RLM Learning Innovations Inc., Vancouver
Beth Page, Dream Catcher Consulting, Victoria


Finding Your Dream Customer [Mar 2010]

Sandra Wright, Accupro Trademark Services, Vancouver
Tami Reilly, Go Get Organized, Vancouver


Learning to Delegate [Mar 2010]

Kathleen Holmes, Gailforce Resources, Nelson
Pauline Penner, Simply Solutions, Victoria


Authentic Relationship Building [Feb 2010]

Beth Page, Dream Catcher Consulting, Victoria
Sandra Miles, Miles Employment Group, Vancouver


Time Management [Jan 2010]

Beth Page, Dream Catcher Consulting, Victoria
Pauline Penner, Simply Solutions, Victoria


Networking [Jun 2009]

Pat Nichol, Speaker, Author, Coach, Victoria
Rhonda Victoor, Incite Coaching, Kelowna

 

 

Date: 01/17/2017
BC Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Survey Results

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 findings and makes suggestions as to how business service providers in BC can work together to support women entrepreneurs in BC.
 

Date: 12/10/2016
Business Plan Resources Guide

A comprehensive list of resources to help you write your business plan.

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Date: 11/21/2016
Business Plan Checklist

Use this handy checklist to ensure that you have the necessary parts in your business plan.

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Date: 11/21/2016
BDC: How to get a business loan

A guide to preparing a winning loan request.

How to Get a Business Loan is published by the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).

Date: 09/07/2016
Impact Money Finder

Starting a business takes both money and knowledge.

We’re here to help you find money for your impact business and to support you in accessing it.
Get started on the following paths to find sources of money and resources to help put it to good use.

From your friends at

Vancity

Date: 06/21/2016
The Taskforce for Women’s Business Growth

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 library of research into women’s entrepreneurship.

Date: 04/11/2016
Social Media Handbook

“Like” it or “Unlike” it…social media is now an important fact of your life. Most of us use it to connect with friends, tweet our opinions, update posts on our Facebook page, Instagram pictures of all the fun we are having with family and friends or pin photos of things that we love.

Wait! Are you using social media in your business the same way you use it in your personal life? Social media for your personal stuff and for your business purposes are worlds apart. They hardly meet.

Social media is no longer the “next big thing.” It is very much here and can help you immensely if you employ the right tools.

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Date: 03/10/2016
Cash Flow Forecasting and Break-Even Analysis

A cash flow projection reflects factors such as terms extended to customers, supplier terms, seasonal variations, and other factors that influence when cash will actually come.  A break-even analysis examines the interaction of fixed costs, variable costs, price, and unit volume to help you determine what combination of elements is necessary to break even. It cannot be overstated that Cash Flow Is King! Knowing your cash position at any given time is critical to increasing the survival chances of your business.

This document ALSO contains instructions on how to use our resource Cash Flow Template, also found in the resource library.

Date: 10/29/2015