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Author: Women's Enterprise Centre

Going beyond Canadian borders is a smart strategy. There are many opportunities for certified Canadian Woman Business Owners, or, WBE (pronounced Wee-Bee) within the US – our largest trading partner. However, there are also opportunities elsewhere in the world that are supported by WeConnect International, a global nonprofit that facilitates opportunities for women owned businesses […]

Earlier this week, the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) revealed an infographic on how small business is big business in Canada. The infographic celebrates BDC Small Business Week from October 20 to 26 and shares some powerful statistics for small business owners: for example, more than 98% of business have fewer than 100 employees, […]

In today’s competitive business world, it’s essential for entrepreneurs to use more technology and to learn to use it better. Technology can not only boost sales, increase productivity and improve management control but also provide an essential platform for business innovation of all kinds, including the development of new products and services. Yet, Canadian businesses […]

I am thrilled to have this opportunity to share with others the impact that mentorship had on me, personally, and in my business to date. After a full year of business, I decided it was time to find a mentor who could help assist me in areas that I’ve found challenging and difficult. I contacted […]

Recruiting a manager is extra work crammed into your already bursting schedule. It’s also work you do infrequently (we hope!), meaning you may get rusty between cycles. Most people have great intentions when they start to recruit, but the process can be draining. When fatigue sets in, remind yourself of the goal. Recruiting takes a […]

Do you have an amazing deal to offer your clients/customers? Everybody wants to get a deal. Getting a deal gives you bragging rights, “Hey, did you hear about the great deal I got?” Imagine you’re in a jewelry store and a necklace catches your eye. It screams, “Buy me!” The price tag is $199. As […]

“If we did all the things we were capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.” — Thomas Edison Goals work when you follow proven techniques and stick with them. Establishing a good plan takes work at the front end, but the hard way is the easy way long term. Here are my secrets: 1. […]

“Capital isn’t scarce, vision is.” ~ Sam Walton Being successful in business depends on having a clear vision. Business leaders are responsible for having a clear vision and being able to express it to others – to your employees, investors, partners, suppliers, customers, and communities. Your business then becomes an opportunity for realizing and living […]

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 […]

Music is one of the truly universal things that make people feel good all over the world. It also sells – ideas, services, products. The value of music to business owners is obvious and, in some cases, integral to their success. Imagine a dance club or an aerobics program without music. In restaurants, music helps […]