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The holiday season is upon us and with that can come some extra stress for business owners who have been working tirelessly all year. This year (and every year), we encourage you to take advantage of this much needed holiday break and step away from your business. Even if you’re only able to step away […]

Grants can help you save thousands of dollars for your business. I know securing funding can be a complicated and overwhelming process for female entrepreneurs and small business owners. But there are ways to simplify the process for yourself. As someone who’s been deeply immersed in the world of grants for over a decade with […]

With over 1 billion Instagram users worldwide, this social media platform can be an important tool in promoting your business. By establishing a strong visual presence you can reach new customers, grow your audience and engage with existing clients. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you maximize your social presence on Instagram. […]

Women entrepreneurs are resilient and innovative. While the current pandemic has wreaked havoc on businesses worldwide, we have also seen women entrepreneurs overcoming major challenges. Many women business owners have been forced to assume most of the responsibility for childcare and home schooling while keeping their businesses afloat. They may be working in a rural […]

We all try our best to ensure that the companies that we work for align with our values and that are of interest to us personally. This not only makes doing our jobs easier because of our vested interests, but also allows us to more authentically represent the company’s brand.  While it’s important to represent […]

Hashtags. What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear that word? Frustration? Excitement? Indifference? Love them or hate them, when used properly hashtags can be a great tool to help your content be discovered by more people on Instagram. As a social media coach, I often spend part of a session going […]

Carla is sharing her story as part of #WEcreateBC, an initiative of Women’s Enterprise Centre and Forum for Women Entrepreneurs that celebrates women entrepreneurs in BC and the communities who support them. Learn more at wecreatebc.ca My name is Carla Halvorsen, I am a member of the Uchucklesaht Tribe and I grew up in the […]

Throughout my 30-year-career, I’ve worked in the private and public sector. Positions ranged from unpaid intern to director. Today, I have my own business, based at home. I’ve always gathered learnings along the way, but looking backwards at a career provides nuggets you just don’t see at the beginning. Here are five things I wish […]

Non-profit says Directors’ diverse experiences will benefit women entrepreneurs throughout BC Women’s Enterprise Centre (WEC) has announced the appointment of three new members to their Board of Directors: Pilar Portela in Kaslo, Trish Mandewo in Coquitlam, and Brandi Wingrove in Vancouver. Women’s Enterprise Centre is a non-profit organization that provides business loans, advisory services, training, […]

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WEC 25TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL This spotlight is part of a 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 our […]