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The holiday season is an especially fun time to be part of a women’s clothing store; both the clothing and the accessories magically transform from ordinary, to extra special during this season. As a store owner, you need to make the holiday shopping season fun and easy for your customers. With some simple preparation you […]

Blog post - Vancouver Plays Host to Germany: Trade Mission Recap

When a group of dynamic women entrepreneurs come together for a day of networking, learning and connections, wonderful things can happen. On September 14-20, Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada helped to organize an incoming trade mission of about 20 women business owners from VdU, the association of German women entrepreneurs, to Edmonton and Vancouver. To […]

5 Reasons Why Introverts Make Great Leaders

People often think of introverts as reserved and quiet, socially awkward, solitary and soft-spoken. This perception would further suggest that introverts lack the confidence and social skills that great leaders, pioneers, and change makers possess. You may be surprised to learn that 40% of leaders and executives identify themselves as introverts. Their success proves that […]

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 […]

Instagram Stories for Business - Why You Should Use Them

Instagram Stories for business: do you really need to? With more and more social media and digital channels to promote your content on, it can feel overwhelming to know what to prioritize. I previously shared the Four C’s of Standing Out on Instagram. Now, here’s three reasons why Instagram Stories should be at the top […]

From Information to Inspiration: New Perspectives on Germany

Earlier this year, I was contacted by the German consulate in Vancouver, and was told they’d like to nominate me for one of their Information Tours. Curious, I did some research and found that, in 2019, Germany will host 15 groups of 15-20 journalists and sector experts from around the world. They meet with their […]

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 […]

How to Cross-Sell Without Being Pushy - Women's Enterprise Centre Blog Post

Learning how to cross-sell effectively is an art. Cross-selling means you sell an extra service or product to your current customer base, and it can be a great way to increase sales and profits. Unfortunately, cross-selling is often associated with aggressive sales tactics. Who hasn’t been bombarded with communications trying to get you to buy […]

Increase Profits - 5 Strategies

So, you’ve decided that you want to grow your business. Will you do it by increasing sales; increasing profits; or both? Only you can thoroughly assess your situation and decide which strategies are best for you or create unique ones based on you and your business, but here are some ideas. If you want to […]

Read this article for top tips before you sign a commercial lease

A commercial lease is a critical agreement for your business. If you think you’ve found the perfect location for your business, your first instinct may be to sign on the dotted line. But, before you rush into it, consider these six factors to make sure you’re setting your business up for success. 1. Take time […]

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