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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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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August 2017

Mentor Advisory Forum: Opportunity Knocks! Bidding on Contracts with the Government of Canada

August 23, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Are you interested in learning about the Government of Canada’s tendering process for contracting opportunities? This session will provide you with general advice and guidance on the Request for Proposal (RFP) process. During this session you will learn about: Buyandsell.gc.ca Searching for tenders, contract history and standing offers and supply arrangements How to follow opportunities The different types of opportunities The process for bid evaluation and submission Facilitator: Kerrilee Auger, Skills Development Officer, Women's Enterprise Centre Panelists: Louisa Young and…

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November 2017

Mentor Advisory Forum: Procurement Strategies for Doing Business with the Government of Canada

November 30, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Do you own a non-Indigenous business and would like to work with an Indigenous business to sell to the Government of Canada? Do you own an Indigenous business and want to learn about opportunities to sell to the Government of Canada? This seminar provides the fundamentals of doing business with the Government of Canada. It also includes information on the Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Business (PSAB), the Aboriginal Business Directory (ABD), and how to find business opportunities with the Government…

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January 2018

Taking the Stage® Leadership Training in Kamloops

January 17, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Taking the Stage® is a powerful program developed by The Humphrey Group Inc. to help women achieve a confident leadership presence. While the program is traditionally only available to women in large corporations, such as Microsoft and Johnson & Johnson, we are pleased to be able to offer it to aspiring and existing women business owners and non-profit leaders thanks to generous support from The Humphrey Group. Taking the Stage® will help you to become a strong, confident leader by…

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Taking the Stage® Leadership Training in Kelowna

January 23, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Women’s Enterprise Centre, 201-1726 Dolphin Ave.
Kelowna, BC V1Y 9R9 Canada
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Taking the Stage® is a powerful program developed by The Humphrey Group Inc. to help women achieve a confident leadership presence. While the program is traditionally only available to women in large corporations, such as Microsoft and Johnson & Johnson, we are pleased to be able to offer it to aspiring and existing women business owners and non-profit leaders thanks to generous support from The Humphrey Group. Taking the Stage® will help you to become a strong, confident leader by…

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Mentor Advisory Forum: The Personal Change Formula – Clear Steps to Achieve Life-Changing Goals

January 30, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Do you ever find yourself thinking or feeling "I would love to do that but... ”? Join us on January 30th for this FREE webinar and Walk away from this session ready to reclaim your personal power! Find the truth behind your thoughts and explore how to break down barriers and achieve your life-changing goals. Uncover what is blocking you from actually doing what you say you want to do and embrace the shift to accountability and action in all…

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February 2018

FULL – Negotiation Techniques for Women

February 8, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED For This Webinar Women's Enterprise Centre has partnered with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) as part of their DRIVEN BY WOMEN™ initiative to offer a 3 part presentation series. The first topic in the series is Negotiation Techniques for Women. Being able to negotiate well can have a key impact not only on business negotiations but on your personal life and career. During this session you will learn common styles and approaches to negotiation as well as…

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Finance 101 for Solopreneurs, Side Hustlers, and Startups

February 20, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Whistler Chamber of Commerce, 4230 Gate Way Dr
Whistler, BC V0N 1B4 Canada
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Even if you use a bookkeeper and/or accountant, YOU CAN (and should) understand the financial side of your business – we promise it’s not as scary as it sounds! This introductory workshop takes you through practical exercises to help you understand the type of information financial statements provide and why they are important. Knowing how to get started and keeping score on the health and performance of your business means understanding accounting basics and taking advantage of tax opportunities. In…

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Mentor Advisory Forum: Solving Challenges: The Government Wants to Help You Innovate

February 22, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Are you an innovative entrepreneur that likes to solve problems? The Government wants to be your first customer! There are three programs focused on supporting innovation in Canada, representing over $100 million in development and procurement opportunities. - Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP); - Innovative Solutions Canada (ISC) and; - Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program. During this session, our panelists will introduce these government programs. See if you can take on these challenges to fund your…

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March 2018

Equality Matters: Explore #MyFeminism with BC Changemakers

March 8, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

March 8 | 10am to 11am | FREE Phone in toll-free from anywhere in BC Celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) with three women who are on a mission to achieve gender equality in BC! On March 8, Women’s Enterprise Centre is hosting a timely dialogue unpacking what feminism means in 2018 and the status of gender equality in BC today. We want to unite all regions of our province to rally for progress as part of the push for gender…

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An Introduction to Intellectual Property

March 15, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Women's Enterprise Centre has partnered with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) as part of their DRIVEN BY WOMEN™ initiative to offer a 3 part presentation series. The second topic in the series is An Introduction to Intellectual Property. Building an Intellectual Property (IP) strategy is important for business development. This FREE webinar will cover the following topics: What is IP What are the common types of IP Why is IP valuable, and How to protect your IP. Facilitator: Kerrilee Auger, Skills…

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So You Want to Be an Entrepreneur

March 21, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Kensington Branch Library, 1428 Cedar Cottage Mews
Vancouver, BC V5n 5z1 Canada
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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? 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. Registration required. Learn More or Register

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April 2018

Top 10 Legal Tips for New Businesses

April 12, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Women’s Enterprise Centre has partnered with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) as part of their DRIVEN BY WOMEN™ initiative to offer a 3 part presentation series. The third and final topic in the series is Top 10 Legal Tips for New Businesses. This FREE webinar will provide an overview of best practices for new business owners, including tips for incorporating your business and deciding on a corporate structure, developing key corporate documents, navigating raising capital, and handling certain employment and tax issues. Presenters:…

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Mentor Advisory Forum: Embrace Award Opportunities

April 24, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

April 24 | 10 am to 11 am | FREE Teleconference Phone in toll-free from anywhere in BC Business awards – Have you been nominated but weren’t sure how to leverage the opportunity? Have you ever considered nominating yourself but lacked the confidence to do so? Have you been overwhelmed with the requirements of a nomination package and didn’t know if it was the right time for your company? Attend this FREE session and learn how being nominated or nominating…

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The Money Side of Business: Understanding Your Finances

April 25, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Aligned Collective, 38085 2 Avenue
Squamish, BC V8B 0C3 Canada
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Do you have a side hustle? Are you a solopreneur? Are you a growing small business?   If you said yes to any of these questions this workshop is for you!   Even if you use a bookkeeper and/or accountant, it is imperative that YOU understand the financial side of your business. This introductory-level workshop takes you through practical exercises to help you understand the type of information financial statements provide and why they are important.   Knowing how to…

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May 2018

Spark Women’s Leadership Conference

May 9, 2018 - May 10, 2018
Pomeroy Hotel Fort St. John, 11308 Alaska Road
Fort St. John, BC Canada
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Spark 2018 will explore the theme BIG IMPACT through thoughtful workshops and dialogue. Professional development and personal exploration are all critical components of Spark. The Spark Women’s Leadership Conference provides a unique, local opportunity for learning, and creates the blueprint for increased success in the region. This professional development opportunity enhances the career path of attendees and provides opportunities for advancement in their lives. Join WEC's Skills Development Officer, Kerrilee Auger, at this annual conference for women in Northeastern BC.…

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One-to-One Mentoring Application Intake

May 28, 2018 - June 1, 2018

Applications open for five days only! If you’re new in business, you know it’s a challenge to stay on top of everything and find balance in your life. Our One-to-One Mentoring program is designed to help you build confidence, improve your business knowledge, increase productivity and offer you emotional support. We have a limited number of mentors available in a variety of industries and communities around BC. From May 28 to June 1, we're accepting applications from women business owners…

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Mindset Mastery 2.0 Event

May 28, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC
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On May 28, Women's Enterprise Centre presents Mindset Mastery 2.0, featuring 2 workshops that will improve your self-confidence and drive your business success by helping you negotiate more effectively. Building on our 2017 Entrepreneurial Mindset event and the WE FOR SHE Call to Action, we want to equip you with new techniques to take your mindset to the next level and connect with like-minded professionals to reinforce your learning. So we're bringing world-renowned impostor syndrome expert Dr. Valerie Young back…

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Build Your Business 5 Part Webinar Series

May 30, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Gain skills in leadership, marketing, sales, and more! The Build Your Business 5 Part Webinar Series is designed to provide invaluable training for small business owners who want to focus on the essential skills required to operate a successful business. Sign up for this series and learn skills and strategies that will help you build your business in a way that works for YOU! 2018 Spring Series Details Join us for this popular 5-session webinar series starting on May 30,…

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Webinar | Stepping Up: Uncover Your True Leadership Potential

May 30, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This is the first 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! 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…

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Application Deadline: Discovery Foundation’s EM3 Mentoring Program for Women Tech Entrepreneurs

May 31, 2018

Starting in May 2018, Women’s Enterprise Centre is offering a mentoring program for BC women entrepreneurs in tech, called Discovery Foundation’s EM3 (Entrepreneurial Mindset Mastery & Mentoring) Program. The EM3 program is based on our peer mentoring format, which is proven to create success. It will bring women together for six mentoring sessions, led by an experienced female tech entrepreneur. The EM3 program will help you: Access a peer network of like-minded female founders Get insights from an experienced woman…

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June 2018

READY. SET. GROW. Preparing for Business Growth in the North

June 6, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 5:30 pm

In their commitment to provide local businesses with opportunities,  LNG Canada, in partnership with Small Business BC, is offering you a chance to build and grow your small business with a day of education. Ready, Set, Grow will give you with the tools, strategies, and best practices you need to successfully compete in today’s ever-changing business environment. This event will  comprise of panel discussions, keynotes, networking, and more and provide you the opportunity to make face-to-face connections with leading experts and…

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Webinar | Financial Understanding

June 6, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This is the second 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! Even if you use a bookkeeper and/or accountant, it is imperative that you understand the financial side of your business. This introductory-level webinar takes you through practical exercises to help you understand the type of information financial statements provide. At the end of this workshop you will be able to: Describe the connection between your…

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Mentor Advisory Forum: Introductory session on How to Do Business with the Government of Canada

June 7, 2018 @ 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, how to register to sell to the government, how to find opportunities and, how to market to the federal government. Open to women and Men Facilitator: Kerrilee…

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Webinar | The Power of One: How Small Changes Can Increase Sales

June 13, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This is the third 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! This workshop is for any business owner, whether experienced or novice, who needs to kick-start their sales strategy. You will look at your sales practices and how your daily activities impact overall results. This webinar will help you: Identify the most effective networking activities for you Determine which activities you need to focus your time…

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Webinar | 6 Keys to Common-Sense Marketing

June 20, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This is the fourth 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 the six keys to…

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Webinar | Setting New Goal Posts: Growing Your Business from a Tactical Perspective

June 27, 2018 @ 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! Are you looking for new direction in your business? Are you feeling like your business is pulling you in multiple directions? Do you wonder whether you need to return to your initial business vision? Are you frustrated by wasted time and energy due to conflicting priorities? If any of these resonate with you, this workshop…

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July 2018

Mentor Advisory Forum: Hiring The Right People for Your Business

July 25, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

July 25, 2018 | 10 am to 11 am | Phone in toll-free from anywhere in BC Hiring new talent is a big part of being a business leader – and doing it right is critical to your business growth and success. In this free Mentor Advisory Forum you’ll learn tips and techniques to help you find, attract and retain a winning team so you can free yourself up to work on the business and not in it. Join facilitator…

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August 2018

Mentor Advisory Forum: Everything You Want to Know About Being a Mentor But Were Afraid to Ask

August 22, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

August 22 | 10am to 11am | FREE Teleconference Mentoring provides many benefits for everyone involved, including business knowledge, support, clarity, confidence-building and fun! But what does it mean to be a mentor? – are you qualified? – are you ready? – are you even interested? If you’re considering becoming a mentor, either with Women's Enterprise Centre or in an informal setting, then join us on August 22 for an interactive teleconference with a panel of women from both sides…

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Women of Whistler Workshop: Financial Management for Small Business

August 28, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

August 28, 2018 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT | Chamber Member $45, Non-Member $65 One of the keys to your success as a business owner is your ability to interpret your business’s financial statements– we promise it’s not as scary as it sounds! Your product or service may be exceptional, but effective management of your cash and finances is essential to your business’s survival. This workshop will help business owners understand basic financial principles that must be applied…

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September 2018

VANTEC Open Network 2018

September 12, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 7:00 pm
VentureLabs, 11th floor, 555 W Hastings St
Vancouver, BC V6B 4N4 Canada
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Women's Enterprise Centre is proud to be a presenter at this event, which also features short 90-second pitches from local entrepreneurs – some of whose promising ventures are backed by local accelerators and incubators. Meet your fellow investors, exhibiting accelerators and entrepreneurs, ask questions, watch demos ...and enjoy a beverage and light snacks. Learn More or Register

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Taking the Stage® Leadership Training in Kelowna

September 18, 2018
Women’s Enterprise Centre, 201-1726 Dolphin Ave.
Kelowna, BC V1Y 9R9 Canada
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Taking the Stage® is a powerful program developed by The Humphrey Group Inc. to help women achieve a confident leadership presence. While the program is traditionally only available to women in large corporations, such as Microsoft and Johnson & Johnson, we are pleased to be able to offer it to aspiring and existing women business owners and non-profit leaders thanks to generous support from The Humphrey Group. Taking the Stage® will help you to become a strong, confident leader by…

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Taking the Stage® Leadership Training in Kamloops

September 19, 2018
Kamloops, Kamloops, BC Canada + Google Map

Taking the Stage® is a powerful program developed by The Humphrey Group Inc. to help women achieve a confident leadership presence. While the program is traditionally only available to women in large corporations, such as Microsoft and Johnson & Johnson, we are pleased to be able to offer it to aspiring and existing women business owners and non-profit leaders thanks to generous support from The Humphrey Group. Taking the Stage® will help you to become a strong, confident leader by…

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Mentor Advisory Forum: Sell Your Professional Services to the Government

September 19, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

September 19 | 10am to 11am | Free Webinar The Canadian government spends over $16B on goods and services every year, and if you provide professional services, you might be able to get a piece of the pie. We’ve partnered with the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises for a free interactive webinar to help you find and bid on opportunities to sell your professional services to the government. They buy over 15,000 types of goods and services, including communications…

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Unconscious Bias & Inclusive Leadership Webinar

September 26, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This is the first in a five-part Scaling for Success webinar series hosted by Women’s Enterprise Centre. Click here to sign up for the whole series and save $25! Wednesday | September 26, 2018 | 12 pm to 1 pm Here’s the deal – if you have a brain, you have unconscious bias. And that bias can be a stumbling block to being an inclusive leader, because it causes you to make assumptions and jump to conclusions without thinking. The good news is, you…

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October 2018

One-to-One Mentoring Application Intake

October 1, 2018 - October 5, 2018

Applications open for five days only! If you’re new in business, you know it’s a challenge to stay on top of everything and find balance in your life. Our One-to-One Mentoring program is designed to help you build confidence, improve your business knowledge, increase productivity and offer you emotional support. We have a limited number of mentors available in a variety of industries and communities around BC. From October 1 to 5, we're accepting applications from women business owners to…

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Financial Management Webinar

October 3, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This is the second in a five-part Scaling for Success webinar series hosted by Women’s Enterprise Centre. Click here to sign up for the whole series and save $25! Wednesday | October 3, 2018 | 12 pm to 1 pm One of the keys to business success is an ability to interpret financial statements. In fact, a primary cause of business failure is poor financial management, including the misinterpretation of financial statements and inappropriate action taken as a result. This workshop will help…

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Negotiate Naturally: Tips for Women Entrepreneurs Webinar

October 10, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This is the third in a five-part Scaling for Success webinar series hosted by Women’s Enterprise Centre. Click here to sign up for the whole series and save $25! Wednesday | October 10, 2018 | 12 pm to 1 pm Negotiation is one of the most valuable skills you can develop, because you use it 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…

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Moving Up! Business Growth Strategies Webinar

October 24, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This is the fifth in a five-part Scaling for Success webinar series hosted by Women’s Enterprise Centre. Click here to sign up for the whole series and save $25! Wednesday | October 24, 2018 | 12 pm to 1 pm This energizing workshop will help entrepreneurs move their business to the next level with insights and advice about strategy, marketing, and the latest small business trend: strategic alliances. By the end of the session, participants will understand the what, why and how of…

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Celebrating 10 Years of Connections

October 25, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hycroft, 1489 McRae Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6H 1V1 Canada
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The Connected Woman Association (TCWA) is celebrating 10 years! A long-time WEC volunteer, Cathy Kuzel, started this community for women in business in 2008, and has since expanded across Canada and the US. Her organization provides education and support in a unique format to women who want to build their businesses. TCWA is celebrating in style at the elegant home of the University Women's Club of Vancouver. The evening is a social affair that will feature culinary delights, bubbly, prizes…

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November 2018

Negotiate Naturally: A Workshop for Women Entrepreneurs

November 14, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Hervana Coworking Collective, #506-595 Howe Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 2T5 Canada
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Negotiation is one of the most valuable skills you can develop, because you use it in every aspect of your life. While some of us are natural born negotiators, most of us would like to feel more confident going into important negotiation meetings. Hervana Coworking Collective and Women's Enterprise Centre are hosting this three-hour hands-on workshop facilitated by Carrie Gallant JD, President of Gallant Solutions Inc. When you re-frame negotiation as an opportunity for all sides to prosper, everyone wins!…

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2018 WE FOR SHE Forum – Creating an Equal Future

November 16, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 3:15 pm
Vancouver Convention Centre, 1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3 Canada
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Women's Enterprise Centre is a proud organizing partner of the 2018 WE FOR SHE Forum! The 2018 WE FOR SHE Forum will be one of North America's largest gatherings of changemakers, influencers, equality advocates, business leaders and young women collaborating to advance equality. Our goal is to grow the Canadian economy by championing gender diversity in leadership as a business imperative. Now in its fifth year, this year's forum will focus on Creating an Equal Future and the role we…

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LinkUp 2018 – Kamloops Business Development Summit

November 22, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Coast Hotel Conference Centre, 1250 Rogers Way
Kamloops, BC Canada
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LinkUp is one of the largest business to government and business to support-focused community organization events in the region and offers a unique opportunity for businesses interested in taking advantage of programs and incentives from local, provincial and federal government agencies and business organizations to learn about a variety of opportunities under one roof in one day. Hear from speakers, like Women's Enterprise Centre, as they share a unique blend of information, business support & development strategies, and tactical ideas…

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December 2018

Mentor Advisory Forum: StressSmart: Reducing Chronic Stress with Mindfulness

December 6, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
BC Canada

Chronic stress is the hidden disease that erodes productivity, health and our happiness – but it doesn’t have to be that way! Join us on December 6 to find out how you can practice mindfulness as an antidote to chronic stress. Our daily grind is increasingly demanding and challenging. Advances in technology allow us to gather more and more information, overstimulating our nervous system. You may see the negative effects in your own life and business: decreased efficiency, stalled creativity…

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BUSINESS SCALE-UP AND PRODUCTIVITY PROGRAM INFORMATION SESSION

December 12, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

This FREE webinar will provide potential applicants with an overview of the Business Scale-up and Productivity (BSP) program Call for Proposals (CFP) application process and timelines. About this Program: The Business Scale-up and Productivity (BSP) program provides repayable, interest-free funding to firms with high growth potential that are pursuing business growth and expansion. These firms are seeking to accelerate their growth by commercializing technology, enhancing productivity, scaling-up, and expanding their market domestically and globally. Projects should result in the creation…

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January 2019

Mentor Advisory Forum: Employment Contracts 101: Tips for Business Owners

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

January 23 | 10 am to 11 am | FREE Teleconference Business is booming and it’s time to get some help… but should you hire an employee or a contractor? What are the pros and cons of each that you should consider before you start? How you hire someone can be as important as who you hire. We’ve partnered with two HR professionals who will dispel some myths and outline the legalities of employment contracts, so you can avoid hiring…

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February 2019

Trade Accelerator Program, Kelowna

February 4
Kelowna Kelowna, BC Canada + Google Map

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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2019 Vancouver Small Business Information Expo

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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Join us at the 2019 Vancouver Small Business Information Expo (SBIE)! Women's Enterprise Centre Business Advisor Melanie Rupp is on the Access to Financing panel, plus you can connect with her at our exhibitor table. The 2019 Vancouver SBIE will feature face-to-face opportunities to interact with experts from over 50 support programs who provide valuable resources to small businesses. In addition to the 50+ programs that will be exhibiting, we will host presentations on: Innovation Lightning Round: Rapid-fire presentations of programs…

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Mentor Advisory Forum: Selling to the Government: Making Public Procurement Part of Your Plan

February 20 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Selling goods and services to the government can create new markets for your business, but navigating the world of public procurement also comes with new rules, wording, and bureaucratic processes. Join us on February 20 to for an interactive webinar to discuss how your small businesses can make public procurement part of your ongoing business strategy. John Johnstone, Manager of the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME), Public Services and Procurement Canada will share how to: Access government tenders…

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Trade Accelerator Program – Greater Vancouver

February 28 - March 1
Vancouver Vancouver, BC Canada + Google Map

We are a proud Supporting Sponsor of the TAP Program! Which means bursaries are available to qualified WEC clients. 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…

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WBE Impact: BC

February 28 @ 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Telus Garden, 510 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 0M3 Canada
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Women's Enterprise Centre is a proud Event Partner of WBE Impact: BC! WBE Impact events are designed to be a resource to propel women-owned businesses to succeed and to create a greater impact in their communities. The Women Business Enterprises Canada Council (WBE Canada) will bring together certified women owned businesses, corporate and government supplier diversity and procurement professionals. This event will address the needs of emerging and established business owners. This is an opportunity for exceptional networking, learning and…

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March 2019

SBBC Waterfront Chats | Showcasing Women in Business

March 7 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Small Business BC, 601 West Cordova Street
VANCOUVER, British Columbia V6B 1G1 Canada
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In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8th, we are celebrating successful women entrepreneurs. Hear about their journeys and how they’re pushing the boundaries for women in business. Contribute to the discussion of the importance of elevating women in business. Join us in celebrating women everywhere that are making an impact. Connect with WEC Business Advisor Melanie Rupp at the meetup! Snacks and refreshments will be provided.  Reserve your place now, as space is limited! $10 online $12 at…

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Mentor Advisory Forum: From Solopreneur to Boss: Creating Your Processes

March 20 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

You’ve built your business out of passion and hard work, so you know it inside and out. But how can you boil it down to a set of processes that is easy for a new employee to understand? You may think that hiring someone will solve your problem of having to work too much. Spoiler alert: This simply isn’t true. While hiring staff may take some work off your plate, it will also add a new set of responsibilities in managing…

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Mentor Advisory Forum: All Systems Grow: Building Your Team

March 27 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

This is the second in a two-part teleconference series on hiring for your business. So, you’ve added a new member to your team. Now what? Many business owners have some initial systems in place, but they need some guidance on where to further develop their systems in order to grow. Join us on March 27 to zero in on the areas where you can bulk up your processes and procedures and set yourself up for growth. This session is ideal…

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April 2019

Need to Know: Financial Understanding

April 5 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Hervana Coworking Collective, #506-595 Howe Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 2T5 Canada
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Even if you use a bookkeeper and/or accountant, you can (and should) understand the financial side of your business. Kath Britton, Women’s Enterprise Centre Business Advisor and CPA, will guide you through practical exercises to help you understand the different types of financial statements and how they reflect the health of your business. Join us for a hands-on workshop to build your financial confidence and connect with other women business owners in a fun atmosphere at Hervana Coworking Collective! You'll…

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All about lines of credit: What are they and how do you get one?

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

A line of credit can provide a cushion for your business in case an exciting opportunity comes your way, or you have an unexpected downturn. If you’re thinking about a line of credit, join Women’s Enterprise Centre, Prospera Credit Union and RBC on April 11 for a free teleconference to get the skinny on this type of financing to help you figure out if it’s right for you. During this session, we’ll answer some key questions: What is a line…

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