Author: Women's Enterprise Centre

The program offers financing of up to $150K interest-free for six months, business support and mentoring opportunities to women entrepreneurs Monday, June 22, 2020, Unceded territories of Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations/Vancouver B.C. — In partnership with Women’s Enterprise Centre, Vancity today launched the Unity Women Entrepreneurs Program to support women entrepreneurs impacted by COVID-19. […]

Cathy Kuzel, The Connected Woman

WEC 25TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL This spotlight is part of a new series in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Women’s Enterprise Centre! Our impact would not be possible without our volunteers, partners and clients so we’re sharing the stories of some of the women who have played a part in our success. Sign up for […]

Shop Local Initiatives in BC

Many communities are banding together to support small businesses and each other by creating shop local campaigns and resources! Women’s Enterprise Centre has gathered a list of local initiatives in different regions of BC that can help you get the word out if your business is open, and can also make it easy for you […]

Over the past month, we’ve worked with lots of women entrepreneurs, and we’re starting to see them turn a corner and settle into this new normal. Some are even getting ahead of the curve and embracing some of these changes! If you’re somewhere between surviving and thriving, here are four ways to help you find […]

Whether you’re just starting out, purchasing a business or growing your business, understanding the details of what lenders are looking for can sometimes be difficult. EQUITY Equity is a funny word because it means different things to different people.  Lenders want to see that business owners are contributing and investing in their own company, therefore, […]

If you operate a daycare in BC, you’re likely aware that the BC provincial government is offering Temporary Emergency Funding (TEF) to licensed childcare providers impacted by the Covid-19 outbreak. Below is an overview of what’s available and how to apply for the TEF. Providers who remain open can receive funding to cover roughly 75% […]

Laurel Douglas

The WEC Board celebrates fifteen years of service supporting BC women entrepreneurs February 20, 2020 – The Board of Women’s Enterprise Centre has announced that Laurel Douglas is stepping down in early May as CEO of Women’s Enterprise Centre (WEC), to take on a new role in the economic development field. Under Laurel’s leadership since […]

What is a Development Lender?

Women’s Enterprise Centre (WEC) is a “Development Lender” – but what does that mean? If you’re looking for small business financing, there are lots of options available to you. So, it can be difficult to understand the differences between one lender and another. Development lenders are mandated by the government to help small businesses, and […]

Women’s Enterprise Centre (WEC) is proud to announce that our CEO, Laurel Douglas, has been named a Finalist for the 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards for the Social Change Award. The RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards are the pre-eminent national business awards recognizing the country’s leading female entrepreneurs. Now in its 27th year, the […]

How to Increase Sales

If you want to grow your business, you have three options: increase your profits, increase your sales, or both. We discussed 5 common strategies to increase profits in a previous blog, so in this post we focus on increasing sales. It’s not rocket science: you either need to sell to more people (a.k.a. increase your […]

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