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Workshops for Entrepreneurs

We offer training for women entrepreneurs in BC to help them learn and develop essential business skills to help them succeed in business.

Since 1995, we have hosted over 30,000 people in our seminars and workshops – and 99% of participants rate our training as directly applicable to their business!

Our workshops are designed for busy entrepreneurs and are geared towards women business owners’ learning styles.

View our upcoming workshops below, check out workshops and events from our partner network and sign up for our eBlasts to be notified when a WEC workshop is coming to your area.

Praise for Our Workshops

I am extremely pleased with the quality of the presenters & material covered. In the big world of business, it’s great to be part of this women’s focused enterprise!Speed Marketing Workshop Participant
The speaker was a confident and successful woman – the perfect role model! Additionally, she was very passionate about supplier diversity, which is a concept that I had never heard before, but will completely support and promote as I move forward in my career… Very nicely done! Thank you! Diversity Workshop Participant
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Daiya Anderson
Origin Wines, Penticton
WEC Loan Client

Upcoming Workshops for Entrepreneurs

Below is a list of upcoming workshops where we are involved as workshop presenters, speakers or panelists. Workshops hosted by Women’s Enterprise Centre are highlighted in blue. We hope to see you at one of these informative sessions!

Please see our full events calendar for events and workshops hosted by our partners around the province, or view a list of upcoming seminars and webinars hosted by our partner, Small Business BC.

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May 2019

Are you ready to export? Your top questions answered

May 28 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

As a small business owner, you might think that exporting is only for big business – but, in fact, small businesses in BC exported around $18 billion worth of goods in 2016. Going global is a smart business growth strategy, and you don’t need a fleet of shipping containers to do it. Even if you provide services, you can become an exporter! Join us on May 28 to de-mystify exporting and get your key questions answered: How do I become…

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Webinar | 6 Keys to Common-Sense Marketing

May 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This is the final in a five-part Build Your Business webinar series hosted by Women's Enterprise Centre. Click here to sign up for the whole series and save $25! Learn the Six Keys to Marketing Success and maximize the opportunity to gain exposure for your business and increase sales. One of the challenges of owning a small business is to know how to market effectively on a tight budget. Join us for this interactive webinar and learn how to integrate…

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Nanaimo Business Resource Forum

May 30 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Engage, explore, exchange! Whether you’re a new start-up or looking to grow, this event is for you. This unique gathering offers business owners the opportunity to learn valuable tips, access resources from 20 service providers and network with professionals with similar goals of growing successful businesses. Check out these Informative panel sessions: The importance of a business plan Financial assistance programs to train your workforce Financing & risk mitigation - Featuring WEC Business Advisor Dawn McCooey Growing and accessing new…

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June 2019

Workshop | Know Your Numbers: What Your Financial Statements Are Telling You

June 6 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Okanagan CoLab, 1405 St. Paul Street #201
Kelowna, BC V1Y 9N2 Canada
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Even if you use a bookkeeper or accountant, you can (and should) understand the financial side of your business. Women’s Enterprise Centre (WEC) and Kelowna Women in Business are excited to present this interactive workshop to help you make sense of your financial statements so you feel more confident talking about your numbers and making financial decisions. This introductory-level session is facilitated by Cheryl Farmer, a Kelowna-based WEC business advisor who has worked with hundreds of women entrepreneurs to help…

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Trade Accelerator Program – Victoria

June 18
Hotel Grand Pacific, 463 Belleville St
Victoria, BC Canada
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Women's Enterprise Centre is a proud Supporting Sponsor of the Trade Accelerator Program! New trade agreements and a competitive Canadian dollar make it an ideal time to extend your company's reach through the export of goods and services. World Trade Centre Vancouver has successfully delivered Canada's Trade Accelerator Program (TAP), in B.C. since 2017. The Trade Accelerator Program is designed to help SMEs TAP into their full export potential. It has a proven track record helping participants get results. Just…

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July 2019

Need to Know: Financial Management

July 5 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hervana Coworking Collective, #506-595 Howe Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 2T5 Canada
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One of the keys to business success is being able to interpret financial statements. It’s not as dry as it sounds—by being in control of your finances, you can be proactive in pursuing your goals! Your product or service may be exceptional, but effective management of your cash and finances is essential to your business’ survival. Women’s Enterprise Centre (WEC) and Hervana Coworking Collective invite you to a hands-on workshop to explain the basic financial principles that you can use…

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Raising Capital 101

July 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Depending on the stage and structure of your business, there are many considerations when raising capital. This webinar will outline the stages of raising capital from the formation of a company to an initial public offering and provide key legal points and tips to keep in mind when establishing your business to maximize the likelihood of successful fundraising. This webinar will help you understand: The stage of financing that is right for your business The risks of each stage of…

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Email Marketing for Maximum Impact

July 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Whether it’s a newsletter, a new product announcement, or a thank you email, email marketing is one of the most cost-effective communication channels for any business. In this FREE interactive webinar, you’ll learn how to build an engaged email list and optimize your email campaigns for maximum impact on your bottom line. We’ll discuss different types of emails you can use to promote your business and stay in touch with clients, plus share insights and best practices so you can:…

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August 2019

Need to Know: Mindset Mastery for Business Growth

August 9 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Hervana Coworking Collective, #506-595 Howe Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 2T5 Canada
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What if you could pinpoint your own unique combination of skills and traits that you can leverage to increase your competitive edge? An entrepreneurial mindset is a set of cross-functional life and professional skills that describe someone who is innovative, resourceful and adaptable—key capabilities you can apply to your business, career or life! Join us for an interactive panel-style workshop to hear from women business owners who have used their own entrepreneurial mindset to overcome bumps in the road. You’ll…

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Commercial Leasing Basics

August 14 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Regardless of the type of business you have or the stage of your business, you will need to enter into a lease for an office, warehouse or retail space. Join us for an interactive session to get a basic overview of leasing and the pitfalls to watch out for as a tenant. This webinar will help you understand: The basic structure of a lease The major differences in various types of leases Key provisions in a lease that you must…

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September 2019

Letters of Intent and Confidentiality Agreements

September 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

No matter its size, structure or industry, every business conducts commercial transactions with other parties—whether its licensing its technology or services, distributing its products or acquiring assets or shares. But what commercial and legal tools are available to businesses in the initial stages of these transactions? This webinar will outline the key aspects of confidentiality agreements and letters of intent, two important tools available to businesses when first entering into commercial agreements. It will help you understand the context, timing…

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October 2019

Financial Management

October 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Financial management isn’t as dry as it sounds—by being in control of your finances, you can be proactive in pursuing your goals! Your product or service may be exceptional, but effective management of your cash and finances is essential to your business’ survival. One of the keys to business success is being able to interpret financial statements. This webinar will help you understand basic financial principles that you can apply to your business decision-making on a daily basis. You’ll learn how…

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Unconscious Bias & Inclusive Leadership

October 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

What assumptions and conclusions do you jump to without thinking? Learn to overcome “unconscious bias” and embrace diversity to grow your business. People are diverse in a number of ways, not just in ways we can see. We live in a world of diversity, and bias matters when people are excluded or treated unfairly based on things like the colour of their skin, gender, age, or wealth. By the end of this session you will understand: What unconscious bias is…

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Negotiate Naturally: Tips for Women Entrepreneurs

October 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Negotiation skills are so valuable because you use them in every aspect of your life. While some of us are natural born negotiators, most of us would like to feel more confident going in to important negotiation meetings. When you re-frame negotiation as an opportunity for all sides to prosper, everyone wins! In this session, you’ll acquire the skills to negotiate effectively, preserve your integrity and learn how to be yourself to get what you really want. This session will…

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Strategic Alliances: Business Growth Strategies

October 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This energizing workshop will help you move their business to the next level with insights and advice about strategy, marketing, and a popular trend: strategic alliances. By the end of the session, you'll understand why and how you may want to form alliances and how you can develop a strategic edge. This webinar covers: Strategic alliances: Exploring new ways to partner up to expand the marketing and/or operational capacity in the business. Strategic edge: When having the best “customer service”…

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Focused Marketing: Targeted Effort, Tangible Results

October 30 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

When a business owner is asked about their marketing strategy, too many think about their website, ads or word of mouth. All those things are a part of marketing, but they are not strategy. They are tactics. Tactics are only as effective as the strategy behind them—the WHY of marketing. This practical webinar guides you through the process of building a sound marketing strategy for your business to reveal the tactics that make the most sense for your motivation, market…

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