Events and Workshops for BC Women Business Owners

We host a number of small business events and workshops throughout the year, along with our partners around BC. We also partner with women’s business networks and other business support organizations to host special events and provide training for women entrepreneurs.

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July 2018

Mentor Advisory Forum: Hiring The Right People for Your Business

July 25 @ 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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#DrivingWinTech Community Conversation: Kamloops

July 25 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Women in Tech World has embarked on a journey to build a community-driven Gender Equity Roadmap for Canadian tech communities. DrivinWinTech is a community-based research initiative that has allowed us to build Canada's largest qualitative data-set on women in tech to date. The Kamloops Community Conversation will be our 33rd stop on the tour! This event provides a unique opportunity to connect with women and men in your tech community and share your ideas for how to create more inclusive and…

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Business Loan Information Session

July 31 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 12:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until August 28, 2018

Learn how to apply for a loan from Women's Enterprise Centre. In this FREE session, the facilitator will review our lending criteria, answer your questions, advise you on how to apply and provide you with a resource package. At the end of the session, your Advisor will work with you to determine if you are eligible for a loan with us and ensure that you receive an application. Learn More or Register

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August 2018

Starting a Business Information Session

August 2 @ 12:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 12:00pm on Thursday, repeating until August 30, 2018

One event on December 14, 2017 at 12:00pm

If you think you are ready to start a business, we encourage you to participate in one of our FREE phone-in Starting Your Business Information Sessions. The session is broken into 2 parts. In Part 1, we explain how to write an effective business plan. We cover each section of the business plan and provide strategies and resources to ensure your plan is well organized and consistent. In Part 2 we uncover how to make your business official. You will…

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Business Loan Information Session

August 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 12:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until August 28, 2018

Learn how to apply for a loan from Women's Enterprise Centre. In this FREE session, the facilitator will review our lending criteria, answer your questions, advise you on how to apply and provide you with a resource package. At the end of the session, your Advisor will work with you to determine if you are eligible for a loan with us and ensure that you receive an application. Learn More or Register

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Starting a Business Information Session

August 16 @ 12:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 12:00pm on Thursday, repeating until August 30, 2018

One event on December 14, 2017 at 12:00pm

If you think you are ready to start a business, we encourage you to participate in one of our FREE phone-in Starting Your Business Information Sessions. The session is broken into 2 parts. In Part 1, we explain how to write an effective business plan. We cover each section of the business plan and provide strategies and resources to ensure your plan is well organized and consistent. In Part 2 we uncover how to make your business official. You will…

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BC Export Awards – Applications Now Open

August 20

The BC Export Awards recognize the innovative approaches and unique contributions of British Columbia export companies across all sectors and on all regions of the province, as well as the individuals who contribute to their success.  For more information on award categories and eligibility or to submit an application, see LINK.

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Women of Whistler Workshop: Financial Management for Small Business

August 28 @ 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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Business Loan Information Session

August 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 12:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until August 28, 2018

Learn how to apply for a loan from Women's Enterprise Centre. In this FREE session, the facilitator will review our lending criteria, answer your questions, advise you on how to apply and provide you with a resource package. At the end of the session, your Advisor will work with you to determine if you are eligible for a loan with us and ensure that you receive an application. Learn More or Register

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Starting a Business Information Session

August 30 @ 12:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 12:00pm on Thursday, repeating until August 30, 2018

One event on December 14, 2017 at 12:00pm

If you think you are ready to start a business, we encourage you to participate in one of our FREE phone-in Starting Your Business Information Sessions. The session is broken into 2 parts. In Part 1, we explain how to write an effective business plan. We cover each section of the business plan and provide strategies and resources to ensure your plan is well organized and consistent. In Part 2 we uncover how to make your business official. You will…

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September 2018

Skilled Immigrant Networking Event – Explore Small Business Resources & Support

September 11 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Central Library, 350 W. Georgia Street
Vancouver,
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Are you interested in learning about the resources available to assist in starting and growing a business in BC? Do you want to make connections with successful entrepreneurs and grow your business network? Learn about the support and services available from business service organizations including Women's Enterprise Centre, Small Business BC, Futurpreneur Canada and SUCCESS Youth Business Program. Everyone is welcome. Register online - check back for LINK

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Women Working Together

September 13 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hycroft, 1489 McRae Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6H 1V1 Canada
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Join us for our third annual Women Working Together at Hycroft! This signature event is The University Women’s Club of Vancouver’s way of showcasing and celebrating the many amazing women’s groups and organizations that our city has to offer. Mix and mingle with over 100 other fearless females at our one of a kind Clubhouse and connect with our women’s group exhibitors. This year we're celebrating the brilliant women in our community who are rolling up their sleeves and taking action to push for progress and…

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Surrey International Trade Awards

September 13 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Civic Hotel, Autograph Collection, 13475 Central Ave
Surrey, BC Canada
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Join in recognizing and celebrating recipients of the 8th Surrey International Trade Awards. Winners will be presented at a celebratory networking reception. Awards will be presented in “Small Business” and “Large Business” categories. Enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres, make new business contacts, mingle with government representatives and consuls general, and celebrate the achievements of Surrey’s finest importers and exporters. The event will feature speaker presentations and an International Trade Show.

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Kamloops Innovation TechFest2018

September 14 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Kamloops Heritage Railway, 510 Lorne Street
Kamloops, BC V2C 1W3
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As a celebration of technology innovators, entrepreneurs, agitators, and supporters, Tech Fest 2018 is the region’s premier technology event of the year. Formerly called TechBrew, this years event will be everything our community has come to expect, plus much more. Meet and reconnect with peers at the Technology Market, discover what’s new, and explore how technology is changing the way traditional industries are doing business. Refresh with an assortment of beverages provided by craft breweries, local wineries, and food trucks.…

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Mentor Advisory Forum: Sell Your Professional Services to the Government

September 19 @ 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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Banff Venture Forum 2018

September 21 - September 22
Fairmont Banff Springs Banff, Alberta

This event is designed to showcase the hottest high-tech companies from across North America, offer insight into key issues within the industry, provide a premium networking opportunity and give companies a chance to learn from world-class professionals in the investment community. Featuring technology companies across the Information Technology and Sustainable Technology sectors, the Banff Venture Forum provides emerging technology companies with unparalleled visibility and an opportunity to present to leading private equity and venture capital investors from across North America. For…

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WBE Canada Annual Conference- Building to the Future

September 26 @ 9:00 am - September 27 @ 2:00 pm

Whether you’re looking to grow your business, expand in new markets or increase your commitment to supplier diversity, this event is for you!  We invite certified WBEs (Women Business Enterprises), corporations, government representatives, partner organizations and others to join us at this transformational event. Early Bird Savings Ends July 9th.  See LINK for more information and to register.

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Unconscious Bias & Inclusive Leadership Webinar

September 26 @ 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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CAMSC Business Achievement Award Nominations & Gala 2018

September 27
Liberty Grand Toronto, Ontario

This annual event is designed to recognize corporate leaders in supplier diversity and showcase successful certified Aboriginal and minority suppliers at CAMSC.  Nominations open until July 13, 2018.  We seek to celebrate accomplishments such as growth in sales, innovative solutions, employment opportunities, and community development. For more information, see LINK below.

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October 2018

Trade Accelerator Program, Vancouver

October 1 @ 8:00 am - October 2 @ 5:00 pm

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 is pleased to introduce TAP in British Columbia, an initiative that has been successfully operated by the Toronto Region Board of Trade since 2015. Participating organizations experienced an average international sales growth of 70% within one year of completing the program, penetrated new markets, and grew their workforce to meet increased…

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BIV Influential Women in Business Awards nomination deadline

October 15

Business in Vancouver is once again recognizing BC's most outstanding business women in private or public sector companies. Honourees have risen through the ranks to become senior executives or entrepreneurs. Through corporate board placements they help influence and shape policy at some of Canada's largest companies. Winners will be profiled in the spring of Women in Business magazine in the February 20th issue of Business in Vancouver. The deadline to nominate your Influential Women in Business for this honour is October 15, 2018. …

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The Vancouver Island State of the Island Economic Summit

October 24 - October 25

The summit providins a venue and a forum for businesses and stakeholders on Vancouver Island to learn about and 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 that will position Vancouver Island in the Global Marketplace. For more information, see website.

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WEConnect International Power the Economy Conference

October 26

SAVE THE DATE! Details to come...

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November 2018

2018 WE FOR SHE Forum – Creating an Equal Future

November 16 @ 8:00 am - 3:15 pm
Vancouver Convention Centre, 1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3 Canada
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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 each play as leaders, champions, employers, and community members to further equality across Canada and…

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September 2019

Save the Date – Go for the Greens 2019

September 18, 2019 - September 21, 2019

The Go for the Greens Foundation's 11th Annual Women's Business Conference. Disney’s BoardWalk Resort Lake Buena Vista, Florida. More details to come.

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