Workshops for Entrepreneurs

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the evolving situation surrounding COVID-19, all WEC-hosted training is being delivered via webinar until further notice. View upcoming webinars >>


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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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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October 2019

Financial Management Webinar

October 2, 2019 @ 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 Webinar

October 9, 2019 @ 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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SOHO Victoria

October 10, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Elements Casino, 1708 Island Hwy
Victoria, BC Canada
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Women's Enterprise Centre is excited to be an exhibitor at this year's event! The most PROFITABLE day you'll have all year! SOHO Summit is about helping business owners like you grow your business. This handpicked selection of Canada’s small business leaders deliver real-world advice through workshops, panel discussions, 1-1 coaching, peer collaboration and lots of valuable networking. As a small business owner we can become overwhelmed by the number of tasks on our “to do” list, from sales and marketing,…

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Working Wonders: Women in Business Forum

October 16, 2019
Chances Rimrock Gaming Centre, 4890 Cherry Creek Rd
Port Alberni, BC Canada
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Women's Enterprise Centre is excited to be part of the Info Market at this event! Join us at a full day of professional development and networking event for women involved in business, whether they are owners, operators, or employees. The format is a series of panels featuring local women in business answering questions from moderator Theresa Kingston and questions from the audience. At midday participants can check out the venue's Working Wonders Info Market: Displays and representatives from local business…

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Negotiate Naturally: Tips for Women Entrepreneurs Webinar

October 16, 2019 @ 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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So You Want to Be an Entrepreneur Workshop at TRU

October 21, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Thompson Rivers University, 805 TRU Way,
Kamloops, BC V2C 0C8 Canada
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ICE Club Presents: Women Entrepreneurship Week So you want to be an entrepreneur workshop Do you dream of being your own boss and running a successful business? Do you want to work for your passion and not just a paycheque? Then maybe it's time to put your idea into action! This interactive workshop will help you assess if you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur and how to find the right business opportunity for you. Facilitator: Danielle Hofer…

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13th Annual Vancouver Island Economic Summit

October 23, 2019 - October 24, 2019
Vancouver Island Conference Centre, 101 Gordon Street
Nanaimo, BC Canada
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Women's Enterprise Centre will be exhibiting at the summit, so come say Hi to us and our partners from Futurpreneur! The Vancouver Island State of the Island Economic Summit provides a venue and a forum for businesses and stakeholders on Vancouver Island to understand the State of the Island Economy. Youth, First Nations, Political Leaders, Business Leaders, Small Business and other inspirational leaders on Vancouver Island participate in championing actions which will position Vancouver Island in the Global Marketplace. Learn…

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Strategic Alliances: Business Growth Strategies Webinar

October 23, 2019 @ 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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6 Keys to Common-Sense Marketing – Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program, Vancouver

October 29, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Small Business BC, 601 West Cordova Street
VANCOUVER, British Columbia V6B 1G1 Canada
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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 workshop and learn how to integrate the six keys to marketing into your business. After this workshop you will: Understand the six key marketing concepts Determine the best ways to ensure that your marketing dollars…

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6 Keys to Common-Sense Marketing – Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program, Victoria

October 29, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Victoria Chamber of Commerce, 852 Fort Street #100
Victoria, BC Canada
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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 workshop and learn how to integrate the six keys to marketing into your business. After this workshop you will: Understand the six key marketing concepts Determine the best ways to ensure that your marketing dollars…

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Focused Marketing: Targeted Effort, Tangible Results Webinar

October 30, 2019 @ 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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November 2019

OSME MAF Bid Evaluation Master Class

November 5, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

So you want to bid on a government contract. What does the bidding process look like and how can you set yourself up for success? Women’s Enterprise Centre has partnered with the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises to help you understand the procurement process and improve your bidding strategies. In this free, interactive webinar, we’ll run through a fictional evaluation process so you can see what it looks like. Along the way you’ll learn: some common mistakes bidders make,…

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Building Your Online Community

November 6, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Gallagher’s Canyon Golf Club, 4320 Gallagher’s Drive West
Kelowna, BC Canada
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Women's Enterprise Centre is a proud Community Partner of Kelowna Women in Business! The panelists will share valuable knowledge and expertise on building and defining your brand for Social Media, creating and sharing content with intent, & inspiring engagement. These women will show you how to turn followers into raving FANS who not only support your business with a transaction, but back your brand so hard their friends have FOMO and need to join the party. Please join us for…

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Embracing Award Opportunities

November 7, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
The Offices of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, 550 Burrard St #2900
Vancouver, BC V6C 3A8 Canada
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Business Awards—have you been nominated or considered nominating yourself but weren't sure how to leverage the opportunity? Have you been overwhelmed with the requirements of a nomination package and didn't know if it was the right time for your company or career? Embrace the nomination opportunity by joining like-minded entrepreneurs and business professionals who are growing their businesses. The WEB Alliance of Women's Business Networks, in collaboration with the Professional Women's Network, is thrilled to bring you this networking and…

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LinkUp 2019 Adapt & Innovate: The Future of Local Business

November 20, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 3:30 pm
Coast Hotel Conference Centre, 1250 Rogers Way
Kamloops, BC Canada
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LinkUp is back for the 4th year, and 2019 is bringing the most exciting event to date! We wanted to do things a bit different, while still maintaining the same goals: to connect Kamloops entrepreneurs to all the resources and programs available to make them successful. That’s why with this year’s theme, Adapt and Innovate: The Future of Local Business, we are connecting entrepreneurs to resources they need to innovate or expand their business, as well as giving an inside…

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Surrey Small Business Information Expo

November 21, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Surrey City Hall, 13450 104 Avenue
Surrey, BC V3T 1V8
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Your business. Your move. The 2019 Surrey Small Business Information Expo (SBIE) is here to help you. We’ll have four hours of the things you need to know before you make your next move. All businesses are welcome - from pre-startup to established business looking to grow, whether you are a local Surrey business or looking to go global. We’ll be talking financing, labour market, government support programs, and doing business with the city, with the province and feds, and…

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The Time Is Now: Scotiabank Women Initiative

November 22, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am
The Barn Owl Brewery, 4629 Lakeshore Rd.
Kelowna, BC Canada
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The Scotiabank Women Initiative™ is a comprehensive program that enables women to take their businesses to the next level through access to capital, support from senior business leaders and education tailored to their needs. You're invited to join us on November 21 and hear from our panelists: Panelist #1 – Laurel Douglas, CEO - Women Enterprise Centre Panelist #2 – Jennifer Crookes, CPA Manager - Crowe MacKay LLP Panelist #3 – Samantha Barker, Associate - Farris LLP Panelist #4 –…

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How to Export Your Services to New Markets

November 25, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Webinar or Small Business BC, 601 W Cordova St
Vancouver, BC Canada
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Ready to increase your customer base and sell your services outside British Columbia? Just because you’re a service business doesn’t mean you can’t export. In fact, service-based businesses often have fewer barriers to overcome to become export ready. Join us for this FREE interactive seminar and start finding customers outside of B.C. We’ll discuss finding the right markets to enter, what to include in your contracts and how to handle international travel when finding a new client or working on…

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December 2019

Mentor Advisory Forum: FREE Export Navigator Program for Women Entrepreneurs

December 3, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Take your business beyond BC borders! Research shows women focused programs fuel the business growth of women owned businesses. We are excited to share that we are part of Export Navigator’s community-based specialty advisors, to help women entrepreneurs grow their business outside of B.C. Join us for a FREE webinar on December 3rd at 11am PST to learn how to access FREE support and ongoing guidance to export successfully. In this webinar, you’ll learn: Is your business export ready? What…

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January 2020

Her Own Boss: The Power of One

January 14 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Kiwassa Neighbourhood House, 2425 Oxford Street
Vancouver, BC Canada
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Women's Enterprise Centre is excited to facilitate this workshop, which is organized by the Women’s Economic Council to support newcomer women in their journey to be self-employed. This workshop is for any business owner, whether experienced or novice, who needs to kick‐start their sales strategy. Participants will look at their sales practices and how their daily activities impact overall results. They will do this by identifying the most effective networking activities for them, determining which activities they need to focus their…

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Grow Your Business So It’s Right for You Webinar

January 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Enthusiastic about growing your business but not sure where to focus your energy? Do you want to increase sales or profits with innovative new products or services or more customers? Feeling overwhelmed about making ‘good’ decisions? Looking for a confidence boost? If this sounds like you, join us to ignite your business growth this year! This interactive webinar is designed to help you build your business so it’s right for YOU! You can have it ‘all’, whatever your ‘all’ is.…

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Tri-Cities Trade Accelerator Program Application Deadline

January 28
Executive Plaza Hotel, 405 North Rd.
Coquitlam, 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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February 2020

Her Own Boss: Financial Understanding

February 4 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Kiwassa Neighbourhood House, 2425 Oxford Street
Vancouver, BC Canada
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Women's Enterprise Centre is excited to facilitate this workshop, which is organized by the Women’s Economic Council to support newcomer women in their journey to be self-employed. Even if you use a bookkeeper and/or accountant, it is imperative that you understand the financial side of your business. This introductory‐level guide takes you through practical exercises to help you understand the type of information financial statements provide. About the presenter: Melanie Rupp, MBA, is the Director, Loans & Advisory Services for…

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Vancouver Small Business Information Expo (SBIE) 2020

February 6 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2W3 Canada
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Women's Enterprise Centre is excited to be an exhibitor at this event - come say Hi to Melanie at our table! Join us and more than 60 exhibitors supporting small business for six hours of the things you need to know before you make your next move. All businesses are welcome - from pre-startup to established business looking to grow, whether you are a local Vancouver business or looking to go global. We’ll be talking financing, labour market, innovation, government…

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Kelowna Women in Business Rise Awards Nomination Deadline

February 7
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Women's Enterprise Centre is delighted to be a judge for the first annual Rise Awards! We all know someone deserving of recognition; nominate them! Recognizing the need to shine a spotlight on the amazing women and people in our community, the inaugural Rise Awards will debut two new awards up for grabs: Woman Of The Year, and Change Maker. Woman of The Year – Open to any female business owner or corporate professional, living and working in the immediate Kelowna area;…

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The Power of One: How Small Changes Can Increase Sales – Victoria

February 11 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Victoria Chamber of Commerce, 852 Fort Street #100
Victoria, BC Canada
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We are delighted to support the Community Futures of BC Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program by facilitating this workshop! Community Futures BC's Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program is delighted to present this FREE workshop, The Power of One: How Small Changes Can Increase Sales and presented by Women's Enterprise Centre's Business Advisor, Dawn McCooey. This workshop is for any business owner, whether experienced or novice, who needs to kick‐start their sales strategy. You will look at sales practices and how your daily…

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The Power of One: How Small Changes Can Increase Sales – Surrey

February 11 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Surrey City Central Library, 10350 University Drive
Surrey, BC Canada
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We are delighted to support the Community Futures of BC Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program by facilitating this workshop! Community Futures BC's Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program is delighted to present this FREE workshop, The Power of One: How Small Changes Can Increase Sales and presented by Women's Enterprise Centre's Business Advisor, Alpana Sharma. This workshop is for any business owner, whether experienced or novice, who needs to kick‐start their sales strategy. You will look at sales practices and how your daily…

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Feb 11 Webinar | Making an Impact: Corporate Social Responsibility for Small Business

February 11 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) may seem like a commitment made by large corporations, but the practice of building a positive impact into your business plan can be done at any size. Besides your core offerings, what do you care about? Supporting other local businesses, alleviating homelessness, minimizing your environmental impact? Besides the feel-good social, environmental and economic effects of giving back, CSR can also help you attract employees and investors, build your brand and foster a stronger community around your…

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Small Business BC Awards Gala 2020

February 21 @ 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Vancouver Convention Centre, 1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3 Canada
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Women's Enterprise Centre is a proud Community Sponsor of the SBBC Awards! Enjoy dinner, drinks, and networking with BC’s top business owners, industry leaders and government officials as we announce the winners of the 17th Annual Small Business BC Awards sponsored by Canada Post. Take in glittering views of Vancouver Harbour and the north shore mountains from the award-winning Vancouver Convention Centre. Work the room at our networking reception and meet some of the most influential people in business! Congratulate…

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Abbotsford Trade Accelerator Program Application Deadline

February 24
Quality Hotel Abbotsford Conference Centre, 36035 North Parallel Rd.
Abbotsford, 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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IDEaS Program for Innovators

February 27 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 pm

Are you an innovator? Regardless if you are working from your home, an academic in a university lab or a scientist in a small or a major corporation, the Innovation for Defence, Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program is looking for your solutions to help resolve defence and security challenges. IDEaS will support the development of solutions from their conceptual stage, through prototype testing and capability development. The program includes several elements that promote collaboration between innovators, provides developmental resources and provides opportunities…

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March 2020

Groundswell Social Venture Showcase

March 4 @ 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright Street
Vancouver, BC Canada
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Join us in celebrating the launch of Vancouver's newest socially conscious small businesses and meet the brand new entrepreneurs who are building them! Connect with new entrepreneurs who have been working hard taking change into their own hands over the last 5 months, growing their ideas and passions into social ventures with the help of Groundswell's Build program and this community of support. These entrepreneurs are looking for partners, resources, fans, beta testers, funders, and connections deeper into their various…

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Breaking Barriers to Growth for Women Entrepreneurs: Supporting Female Entrepreneurship and Business Growth

March 5 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Webinar or Small Business BC, 601 W Cordova St
Vancouver, BC Canada
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In 2019, Women’s Enterprise Centre surveyed their clients and found 49 per cent didn’t know how to maximize the growth and potential of their business. Only 2 per cent of women-owned businesses reach revenues of $1 million, while only 29 per cent of women surveyed reported being satisfied with reaching their business goals. Amid these figures one thing becomes clear. There’s a gap between women entrepreneurs’ economic potential and their achievement. It’s time to bridge that gap. In celebration of…

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Waterfront Chats – Women’s Day: Championing Female Entrepreneurship

March 5 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Small Business BC, 601 West Cordova Street
Vancouver, BC Canada
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Women's Enterprise Centre is excited to be a panelist at this event on Women's Day at Small Business BC! Join our fireside chat as we hear from Melanie Rupp of Women's Enterprise Centre, Lanna Lucas from Hunter Browns and Marissa Bergeron of Eat the Dishes. They’ll talk through their struggles and challenges as a women entrepreneur and give recommendations on the best way to get started, navigating the business landscape and how to grow. If you're looking to start a…

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Budgeting for Your Business: The Ins and Outs of Cash Flow Webinar

March 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

This is the first session in a three-part Financial Fitness Webinar Series, presented by Women’s Enterprise Centre. If you run a business, you need to know when cash will be going in and out. With cash in the bank, you can buy the supplies you need to fulfill your next big sale, deal with unexpected or forgotten expenses and make sure YOU get paid at the end of the day. Setting up your cash flow management system is step one for…

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Financial Statements 101: Balance Sheets and Income Statements

March 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

This is the second session in a three-part Financial Fitness Webinar Series hosted by Women’s Enterprise Centre.  If you’re just starting a business and are generating revenue, now is the time to set yourself up for success by getting a clear understanding of the basic financials of your business. Join us on March 18 for an introductory-level session to help you feel more confident talking about your numbers and making financial decisions. You’ll learn how to: Relate your personal dollars to your…

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Know Your Numbers: Key Indicators to Monitor Your Financial Position Webinar

March 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

This is the final session in a three-part Financial Fitness Webinar Series hosted by Women’s Enterprise Centre. This webinar will help you to calculate key ratios and figure out what those numbers are telling you about your own business. Dawn will explain basic financial principles that you can use to inform your decision-making on a daily basis, and answer your questions so you can feel more confident discussing your numbers. This session is designed for women who have a solid understanding of…

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POSTPONED – Growth opportunities for Indigenous Business: Selling to the Government

March 26 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

PNMarch 26 | 10am to 11am PT | FREE Webinar The Canadian government spends an average of $22B on goods and services every year, and if you’re an Indigenous entrepreneur, you can access additional support to sell your goods and services to the federal government. Women’s Enterprise Centre has partnered with Indigenous Services Canada to help you understand the federal Indigenous procurement strategy.   In this FREE, interactive webinar, we’ll run through the Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Business (PSAB), including:…

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April 2020

Women Entrepreneurs: Strength in Numbers Session

April 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

When the going gets tough – women entrepreneurs band together for solutions and support. Most businesses are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and many business owners are unsure of where to turn for solutions and support. Women’s Enterprise Centre has decades of experience supporting women entrepreneurs through good times and bad and now, more than ever we want to provide a platform to share some resources; share solutions and empower women in business through this difficult period. Join us for…

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POSTPONED: Need to Know: Stepping Up & Uncover Your True Leadership Potential

April 9 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Postponed - Women's Enterprise Centre is pleased to partner with Hervana Coworking Collective for this interactive online session! Leaders come from all walks of life, and they create businesses and communities through their actions. Every action a person takes, every conversation they have moves them ahead as a leader. In this workshop, participants will learn about their unique leadership style and learn how to improve on the strengths they already have, even if they don’t think they’re a leader! Leadership…

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Strength in Numbers: Best Practices Forum

April 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

When the going gets tough, women entrepreneurs band together for solutions and support! Everyone is impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic – but for many business owners, this can be a scary time. Where do you turn for support, what do you do for clients and employees, how can you survive this? We’re here to give you a pep talk and help you find your next step. Join us for an interactive webinar to have your questions answered by a Business…

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Strength in Numbers: Legal Q&A

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

Friday | April 17, 2020 | 10am to 11am PT | Webinar | FREE Everyone is impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic – but for many business owners, this can be a scary time. Where do you turn for support, what do you do for clients and employees, how can you survive this? We’re here to give you a pep talk and help you find your next step. Join us for an interactive webinar to have your questions answered by a…

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Grants for Business: Where to Find Them, How to Use Them

April 23 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Webinar, Canada

You’ve heard about grants, but what types are available and for which sectors? Join us for this FREE interactive webinar to learn about some of the non-repayable funding sources that you may be able to access for your business. Stephanie Sang, CEO of Granted, will share some of the tips and tricks that have helped over 90% of their clients successfully leverage grant funding to grow their business. She’ll share: Updates on new government programs Tips for integrating COVID-related resources…

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Strength in Numbers: The HR Edition

April 24 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Everyone is impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic – but for many business owners, this can be a scary time. Where do you turn for support, what do you do for clients and employees, how can you survive this? Many small business owners are struggling with HR issues and have questions related to lay-offs and re-hiring, and keeping teams together during difficult times. This week, Dawn McCooey is hosting an HR Advisor and a Lawyer to answer YOUR questions about these pressing issues…

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May 2020

SEO for Beginners: How Customers Find You Online

May 6 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Wednesday | May 6, 2020 | 10 am to 11 am PT | Webinar  Join us online for a free webinar about Search Engine Optimization (SEO)! What is SEO, really? We hear the acronym SEO everywhere, and are constantly being told how important it is for us to implement on our site. In short, it helps your website show up higher in search results so more customers can find you. Yet in reality, do we really know what it does…

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Apply Online for a Mentor: One-to-One Mentoring Intake

May 11 - May 15

For five days only, Women’s Enterprise Centre is accepting applications for their One-to-One Mentoring Program for women business owners! This award-winning program matches women in the early stages of business with experienced entrepreneurs for a six-month mentoring relationship. With support and inspiration from an established entrepreneur, you’ll learn to manage risk, develop your capabilities and skills, and achieve your goals. Applications open for five days only: May 11 to 15! Learn More or Apply

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Virtual Symposium Presented by the Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada

May 12 - May 14

We're delighted to partner on this national symposium for women entrepreneurs! Join experts from women’s enterprise organizations across the country to discuss how women entrepreneurs can survive and thrive during the COVID-19 pandemic. Join live presentations and panel discussions and participate in facilitated daily breakout sessions. Make sure you catch our very own Dawn McCooey and Kerrilee Auger, who are presenting workshops on keeping good employees and business growth strategies! Session topics include: COVID-19 Recovery for Business Protecting Your Mental…

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Strength in Numbers: The Self-Care Edition

May 12 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Tuesday | May 12, 2020 | 2pm to 3pm PT | Webinar  Everyone is impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic – but for many business owners, this can be a scary time. Where do you turn for support, what do you do for clients and employees, how can you survive this? Join us on May 12 for a free webinar on self-care for entrepreneurs! Self-care is more than taking a bubble bath. It’s about tuning in and taking care of our needs so…

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May 14 | Blogging For Business

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

How great would it be to have your ideal clients fall into your lap? For this to happen, you need to be known as an expert in your niche. To become this expert, Blogging your expertise is one of the most authentic, least sales-y ways to do this. In this session Ashley “WriterGal” Doan of WriterGal Marketing is going to share a blogging for business process that is easy-to-follow and execute, even for the most unskilled writer or the busiest…

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Setting the Stage: New Rules of [Zoom] Engagement

May 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Tuesday | May 19, 2020 | 2pm to 3am PT | Webinar | FREE Strong businesses are built on strong connections. Yet, how do you engage with people, show confidence and perform professionally… all on camera, from your home? These days people are craving connection, and if you’re just a talking head, you’ll lose that personal touch—regardless of how knowledgeable you are. Join us on May 19 when we host award-winning connector, Pauline Stevenson, who will share her tips for…

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Strength in Numbers

May 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Tuesday | May 26, 2020 | 2pm to 3am PT | Webinar | FREE When the going gets tough, women entrepreneurs band together for solutions and support! Everyone is impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic – but for many business owners, this can be a scary time. Where do you turn for support, what do you do for clients and employees, how can you survive this? We’re here to give you a pep talk and help you find your next step. Join us…

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Growth Opportunities for Indigenous Business: Selling to the Government

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

May 28 | 10am to 11am PT | FREE Webinar The Canadian government spends an average of $22B on goods and services every year, and if you’re an Indigenous entrepreneur, you can access additional support to sell your goods and services to the federal government. Women’s Enterprise Centre has partnered with Indigenous Services Canada to help you understand the federal Indigenous procurement strategy.   In this FREE, interactive webinar, we’ll run through the Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Business (PSAB), including:…

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June 2020

Social Media: Save Time Using a Content Calendar

June 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Just as social media can represent a huge opportunity to connect with your customers, it also has the potential to eat up a lot of your time. A social media content calendar can help you deliver content that engages your followers while saving time in the process. On June 10 we’re hosting social media consultant, Jennifer Kolbuc, who will share her own 12-month content calendar and teach you how to use it! You’ll get a copy of Jennifer’s content calendar…

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Where Are My Employees? Navigating a Back to Work Action Plan for Employees

June 11 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Women's Enterprise Centre is excited to be part of this free webinar, hosted by the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce! Having challenges enticing your employees back to work? Need some strategies and workplace culture tips? Join the Comox Valley Chamber as they host a panel discussion on navigating a back to work action plan. Moderator: Pauline Stevenson, Regional Ambassador for Women’s Enterprise Centre and President of Excel Career College Panelists: Paul Ives, Partner with Ives Burger Law Dawn McCooey, Business…

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A Tech Startup’s Roadmap to Recovery

June 11 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

For a successful economic recovery from COVID-19, Canada can’t leave its early stage technology companies behind. Small-scale firms are at a critical phase in development where they will either help shape the future of our technology industry, or under extreme financial pressure, lose the progress they’ve made throughout years of R&D innovation. With technology now a major growth area in our economy that benefits all other sectors, the path Canada chooses will determine our future evolution. Featuring startup CEOs and…

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Strength in Numbers: Meeting privacy compliance during COVID-19

June 16 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

NEW DATE: Join us on June 16 to have your questions answered by a privacy expert! Working from home might be the safest option for your employees and clients right now, but are you taking the right steps to ensure it’s also a secure option? On June 16, we’re hosting privacy consultant, Marilyn Sing, to share how you can maintain the privacy of your customers’ and employees’ personal information. Marilyn will outline BC’s Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) to cover:…

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Mentors Matter: How to Become One & How to Get One

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

If you’re thinking about being a mentor or a mentee, then join us on June 18 to hear what the experience is like on both sides of a mentoring relationship! Women’s Enterprise Centre (WEC) and Island Women in Science and Technology (iWIST) are bringing together a panel of experienced mentors and mentees for a discussion about mentorship for women entrepreneurs and women in STEM. Mentoring can help you gain confidence, fast-track your skill development and build your support network to…

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Women of Whistler Webinar: National Support for Women Entrepreneurs

June 23 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Women's Enterprise Centre is delighted to partner with Women of Whistler for this webinar! Are you a fempreneur running (or planning to start) your own business? Find out how to tap into the Women's Entrepreneurship Strategy support! The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected women entrepreneurs, who typically operate smaller businesses and have less access to capital. Many female business owners also still bear a disproportionate share of domestic work, caregiving and childcare. To address these realities, and in keeping with…

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How to Do Business with the Government of Canada

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

Are you interested in learning how to doing business with the Government of Canada? Did you know The Government of Canada is one of the largest public buyers of goods and services in Canada, purchasing approximately $16.05 billion worth every year? During this session you will learn how: the government does its buying, to register to sell to the government, to find opportunities and, to market to the federal government. Open to everyone Thursday | June 25 | 10am to…

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Strength in Numbers: Conversational Intelligence®: Shift your conversations from Good to Great

June 30 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

When the going gets tough, women entrepreneurs band together for solutions and support! Everyone is impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic – but for many business owners, this can be a scary time. Where do you turn for support, what do you do for clients and employees, how can you survive this? Whether we are networking, negotiating, or talking to our customers, having conversations that are effective improves our business outcomes.  With some simple tools, insights and understanding of what is happening in…

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