Author: Kath Britton

Learn how a trade mission works in this blog about the 2019 WBENC Conference

Last month, I got to be part of the Business Women in International Trade trade mission to the WBENC Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. It was a huge success, with a large turn-out. Even more impressive was the quality of businesses represented. I heard from more than one delegate that ‘this was the best WBENC yet’! […]

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On August 21, we hosted the Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification, for a roundtable to discuss federal programs and services that women business owners can use to access new markets and explore export opportunities. The conversation was a great reminder of the many ways that women business owners can get support to […]

Your loan application has been denied – now what? Should you give up on your entrepreneurial dream or re-assess your strategy? As a Business Advisor, I’ve seen hundreds of loan applications. They can be denied for a variety of reasons, but there are some common mistakes applicants make. So if you’ve been denied a business […]

Women are great networkers. While I often experience this at networking events in the city, it’s really when I go on international trade missions that I see just how impressive our BC women business owners are. Attending the dual trade mission to Atlanta (Women in Business Summit) and Orlando (WBENC) this past June was a […]

Depending on the stage your business is in, different types of financing are available. As your business moves along the lifecycle from start-up to a mature business, your risk to a lender or investor generally decreases and you have more options for financing. If you’re considering different sources of financing for your business, make sure […]

This spring, Women’s Enterprise Centre will be supporting women entrepreneurs at learning and networking events at home and abroad. There are opportunities to learn more about Supplier Diversity and how to leverage your certification and we’d like to help you make valuable connections. Breakfast with Brands, May 14th, Vancouver Join us Thursday, May 14th 2015 […]

Thinking about growth? Getting into the supply chain of big corporations can boost your business. Getting certified as a Woman Business Owner (WBE) is the first step in the process of connecting you to new supply chains. The annual Women Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) Conference and Business Fair provides an opportunity to access companies […]

Many big corporations support diversity in their supply chain. This means that these companies encourage procurement of their supplies from minority or women-owned businesses. Supplier Diversity opens a door of opportunity for women entrepreneurs to take their business to the next level. Getting certified as a Woman Business Owner, or, WBE (pronounced Wee-Bee) is the […]

Strategic alliances can lead to business growth when business owners rally to achieve a mutually beneficial outcome.  One recent tourism industry success story is of sixteen operators downtown Nanaimo that came together under the banner of the Painted Turtle Guesthouse’s ‘Stay & Save’ program to increase overall visitor numbers, increase local visitor spending, and increase […]

Although your financial year-end can be at any time of the year, many businesses have a Dec 31st year end. This means your accountant will have last year’s financial statements ready by now. Accounting might be your least favourite part of running your business, but your year-end financials can be a powerful tool to analyze […]