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
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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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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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Trade Accelerator Program – Abbotsford

April 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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May 2019

Webinar | Stepping Up: Uncover Your True Leadership Potential

May 1 @ 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…

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

May 8 @ 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! 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…

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Mentor Advisory Forum: Discover New Markets! Learn How to Sell Your Goods and Services to the Government of Canada

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

Are you interested in learning how you can expand your market by selling your goods and services to the Government of Canada? If you own or operate a business and are interested in selling to the federal departments and agencies, then it is essential to proactively promote your business as a supplier. Let them know what goods and services you have and why you should be their supplier. Suppliers who promote their goods and services have better chances to bid…

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Kamloops Small Business Info Expo

May 15 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Rex Hall, 417 Seymour St
Kamloops, BC Canada
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Looking to Start or Grow your Business? Connect with Women's Enterprise Centre at the 2019 Kamloops Small Business Information Expo (SBIE) for FREE! The 2019 Kamloops SBIE will feature face-to-face opportunities to interact with experts from government and not-for-profit support programs who provide valuable resources to small businesses. There are also moderated panel sessions on a number of interesting topics throughout the day including: Selling to Government Access to Financing - Featuring WEC Business Advisor Cheryl Farmer Creating a Stellar Business…

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Webinar | Financial Understanding

May 15 @ 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! 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…

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Kelowna Small Business Information Expo

May 16 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Innovation Centre, 460 Doyle Ave
Kelowna, BC Canada
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Looking to Start or Grow your Business? Join Women's Enterprise Centre at the 2019 Kelowna Small Business Information Expo (SBIE) for FREE! The 2019 Kelowna SBIE will feature face-to-face opportunities to interact with experts from government and not-for-profit support programs who provide valuable resources to small businesses. There are also moderated panel sessions on a number of interesting topics throughout the day including: Selling to Government Access to Financing - Featuring WEC Business Advisor Cheryl Farmer Creating a Stellar Business Plan Learn More or Register Register…

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

May 22 @ 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! 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…

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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

BC Launch of the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub & A Discussion on Women’s Entrepreneurship

June 4 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
SFU VentureLabs, #1100 - 555 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC Canada
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You are invited to join Women's Enterprise Centre at a discussion on women's entrepreneurship and for a Special Announcement with Minister Mary Ng. Agenda 8:30AM - 9:00AM - Registration 9:00AM - 10:30AM - Presentations followed by Panel Discussion 10:30AM - 11:30AM - Networking Presenters and Panelists Guest presenters and panelists will include: Dr. Wendy Cukier, professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy, founder and academic director of Ryerson’s Diversity Institute, home to the newly formed Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH) Joy Johnson,…

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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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The Entrepreneur Conference

June 20 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
The Westin Bayshore, 1601 Bayshore Dr
Vancouver, BC V6G 2V4 Canada
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Women's Enterprise Centre is proud to sponsor The Entrepreneur Conference! THE ENTREPRENEUR presented by Open2Discussion is a rare and exclusive glimpse into the lives, tactics and strategies of some of the city's most extraordinary entrepreneurs and community leaders. ​Attended by entrepreneurs, senior management teams, and professionals alike, this full-day event features a curated collection of raw, authentic talks, ideas, and insights. You'll enjoy lounge-style seating, explore uniquely imagined food stations, and engage with some of the most influential people in…

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Using Mediation to Solve Business Challenges

June 20 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
BC Canada + Google Map

As business owners, we sometimes find ourselves: in challenging situations with other businesses or customers; in conflict with employees or partners; or needing to have “difficult” conversations with others. There are times when you should hire a lawyer, but other times solving the problem with mediation can be equally as effective, less expensive and quicker. On June 20, we’re hosting Ashley Syer, Lawyer and Mediator at Syer Law, for a discussion about mediation and how it can be used to…

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July 2019

Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program: So You Want to be an Entrepreneur Webinar

July 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

A FREE webinar on entrepreneurship brought to you by BC's Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program in partnership with Women's Enterprise Centre! The session will be facilitated by Women's Enterprise Centre Business Advisor, Alpana Sharma, who will discuss what it takes to be an entrepreneur, how to evaluate business ideas, and the steps for successful business planning. The session will also equip you with tools and resources that will help you succeed in your entrepreneurial venture! Register Free The Community Futures EDP…

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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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Small Business Information Session for Newcomers, Refugees and Immigrants

July 23 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Victoria City Hall, 1 Centennial Square
Victoria, BC V8W 1P6 Canada
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Women's Enterprise Centre Business Advisor, Dawn McCooey, is excited to share how we can help you start or grow your business at this event! Are you a Newcomer, Immigrant or Refugee to the City of Victoria? Please join us for a morning to learn about all of the resources available at City Hall and in the Victoria region to help you develop, start, or grow your business. Whether you're at the idea stage, ready to launch, or just looking for…

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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

Sell Your Professional Services to the Government

August 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Learn how to sell your services to the government of Canada! 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 an 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 and…

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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

Mentor Advisory Forum: Create Your Own Marketing Videos: From Tech to Technique

September 12 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Learn how to create your own marketing videos! The video landscape is changing. Gone are the days when you needed to create a slick ad using a spokesperson, expensive equipment, and complicated software. Now, your audience wants videos that don’t look like ads – ones that are genuine, relevant, and story-driven. Your business has a story to tell and knowledge to share to inspire and grow your brand and your team. It is time to share that information in an…

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Letters of Intent and Confidentiality Agreements Webinar

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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The Nuts and Bolts of Free Trade Agreements Webinar

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

Want to stay competitive in the international marketplace? Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) can create a level playing field for Canadian companies- whether you are exporting goods or services. On September 26 get the inside scoop on: What is a free trade agreement and how does it work? Exporting goods or exporting services? How can free trade agreements facilitate your trade? What government procurement opportunities are there in markets Canada has an FTA with? How to look up tariff rates? What…

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October 2019

Connecting for Change: We For She Conference 2019

October 1
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 We For She! This year, we're connecting for change. We are excited to announce that one of North America’s largest conferences on gender diversity will return to Vancouver this fall! Now in its sixth year, We For She 2019 will focus on the theme of Connecting for Change. This interactive conference brings together influencers, business and community leaders, and hundreds of students from across British Columbia to forge meaningful and lasting…

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Financial Management Webinar

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 Webinar

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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SOHO Victoria

October 10 @ 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
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 @ 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 @ 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 - October 24
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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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