One-to-One Mentoring for Women Business Owners

We match women who are in the early stages of business together with experienced business owners to create successful mentoring relationships.

With support and inspiration from your Mentor, the One-to-One Program can help you manage risk, receive feedback, develop your capabilities and skills, and achieve your goals.

Mentors offer their knowledge and expertise to help their Mentee learn and grow. The voluntary sharing of knowledge, experiences, challenges and successes are the keys to a successful One-to-One Mentoring relationship.

Mentees Benefit from…

  • Relief from the isolation of business ownership
  • Improved business knowledge and increased confidence
  • Ideas and opinions from someone with an outside perspective
  • Advice and support from an experienced business owner
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Jodi Scott
JODI SCOTT, Coldstream
WEC Volunteer Mentor


Successful applicants for our One-to-One Mentoring program must be:

  • Actively operating a business in British Columbia and generating revenue
  • In the early stages of business operation (in the first five years)
  • Woman, or identify as a woman, and over the age of 19
  • Preference will be given to rural, Indigenous and immigrant women
  • Available for a minimum of two hours a month for six months

Pre-start-ups are not eligible for the mentoring program; however, you can seek professional guidance from our Business Advisors.

How to Apply

  • We have multiple intakes throughout the year. Each intake is open for five days, during which women business owners can apply to be matched with a mentor.
  • The number of matches made for each intake is dependent on the number of mentors available.
  • Matches are made in the two weeks following the interview period.
  • Successful applicants are accepted into the 6-month program after payment of a $150 program fee.

Thanks to everyone who applied for the One-to-One Mentoring Program! This intake is now closed and we are in the process of responding to all applicants. Please sign up for our eBlasts to be notified of future intakes.

What our mentees say…

I am so grateful for the lifetime friendship I have gained. Not only was my mentor able to guide me through organizational strategies which drastically changed the foundation of my business and set me up for even more success, but we ended up acting as sounding boards for one another.
What I learned from my mentor and the guidance she provided, in both hard and soft skills, was invaluable. Her words and guidance remain with me as I move forward into new leadership positions and business opportunities. This is a vital opportunity for any women in business—we have a lot to learn from each other!
We have a very productive relationship with open communication. She’s been keeping me on point and we’re making good progress as far as getting me towards my goals.
It’s so nice not to feel isolated and alone!

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Bobbi Carpino, WEC Volunteer Mentor
Bobbi Carpino
Bobbi Carpino Photography, Prince George
WEC Volunteer Mentor

Become a One-to-One-Mentor

We are looking for experienced business owners from all BC communities who are interested in volunteering as a Mentor.

Become a Mentor

I thoroughly enjoyed working with young entrepreneurial women who not only appreciated what I had to contribute, but taught me a great deal about myself in the process.Past WEC Volunteer Mentor