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 and sign up for our eBlasts to be notified when a 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.

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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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 - May 10
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 - June 1

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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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

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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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