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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September 2018

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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SAVE THE DATE: Info Session on the BWIT Trade Mission to Europe

September 24

SAVE THE DATE for this webinar to learn more about joining the BWIT-led trade mission to Europe (Germany and the UK) in November 2018. Please email BWIT for more information: bwit@international.gc.ca.

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Understanding the Logistics of Exporting

September 24 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Whether you’re looking to move physical goods to South Africa or Southern Ontario, your success depends on how efficiently, timely and economically you can get them from point A to point B. This interactive seminar is essential for businesses exporting physical goods, and will demystify terms like EXW, ACS, and HTKD. Remember, transportation and logistics will be critical factors in your pricing and competitive strategy. This seminar will help you: Understand INCOTERMS and how they affect your pricing and contract…

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Creating Your First Business Website

September 24 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Are you one of the many businesses looking to get your first website up and running? Do you have some great content ready, but lack the skills to do it yourself? Join us for an interactive step-by-step tour of WordPress and leave with a basic website of your own. Getting started is easier than you think on this user-friendly platform that will help you tell the world about your small business. This seminar will help you: Know what to look…

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Equity, Convertible Debt, SAFEs and everything in between

September 24 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Harper Grey LLP, 3200 - 650 W Georgia St
Vancouver, BC Canada
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Join Steve Lukas and Prentice Durbin of Harper Grey in this interactive 2 hour workshop In this workshop you will learn answers to: What is a SAFE? Why do US investors require Preferred Shares? Why do experienced Investors dislike Convertible Debt or a SAFE? What type of shares should Founders subscribe for? Why is Convertible Debt ineligible for BC's 30% investment refund program? Why a Valuation Cap on Convertible Debt, negates its whole purpose What Discount should early investors get…

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Operations for Small Business

September 25 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Do you know all the essential elements for successfully operating a business? Creating a vision or plan for your operations will provide a framework for success. In this seminar we will explore how you can determine who does what, where, when, how and most importantly why. Learning Objectives: Learn how to plan, set up and manage your small business operations How to set goals and targets within your team Understanding an operations cycle Implementing activity based budgeting Understanding the value…

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Business Loan Information Session

September 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 12:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until December 4, 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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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. These two action-packed days will bring together a community of women-owned businesses, corporations, government agencies and regional partners for learning, networking and matchmaking. Connect with 200+ certified diverse suppliers, corporations, procurement professionals and those championing supplier…

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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 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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Starting a Business Information Session

September 27 @ 12:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 12:00pm on Thursday, repeating until December 20, 2018

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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Get Started with Email Marketing

September 27 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Looking to reach your target audience via their email inbox? Interested in generating business through email newsletters? Find out what you need to start an effective email marketing campaign and leave with an action plan to get your email strategy up and running. This seminar will help you: Integrate email into your overall marketing strategy Choose the email marketing platform that best fits your business Understand the components of a successful email campaign Determine the success of your campaigns and…

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October 2018

One-to-One Mentoring Application Intake

October 1 - October 5

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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8th Annual INSPIRE Celebration of Entrepreneurship event

October 1 @ 5:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Science World, 1455 Quebec St
Vancouver, BC V6A 3Z7 Canada
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Hear from B.C.’s Most Successful Entrepreneurs and Celebrate the launch of the Small Business BC Awards! Revolving around the theme of Operating a Business with a Purpose, the event will feature a networking reception, a keynote speech from Nature's Path Co-Founder and COO Ratana Stephens, and an interactive panel featuring five inspirational speakers from successful local businesses. WEC clients get a 25% discount off general admission tickets. Register at: sbbc.co/INSPIRE2018; use this code: WOMENSENTERPRISE    

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Global Accelerator and Pitch Competition

October 2 @ 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Imperial Vancouver, 319 Main Street
Vancouver, V6A 2S9
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Women's Enterprise Centre is pleased to be a partner on this 1-day accelerator. Startup Canada, in partnership with UPS, Export Development Canada, and the Trade Commissioner Service are showcasing and supporting the global ambitions of 2,500 borderless businesses across Canada. Entrepreneurs, investors, industry leaders, service providers, and those interested in taking their business global are invited to attend the 1-day accelerator featuring keynotes, panels, and workshops, followed by a pitch competition and networking reception. Register now - space is limited. Global entrepreneur-led companies are invited to apply to pitch their companies and gain free access to this 1-day accelerator here. Register Now

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Surrey Small Business Information Expo (SBIE) 2018 – Build your Business

October 2 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Surrey City Hall, 13450 104 Avenue
Surrey, BC V3T 1V8
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The 2018 Surrey SBIE - Build your Business  brings together over 20 government and business support programs that provide valuable resources to small and medium businesses. Along with a tradeshow the expo will host presentations on a number of interesting topics such as: - Selling to the Government - Access to Financing - Labour Market Possibilities This expo is free to attend! Learn More or Register

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Financial Management Webinar

October 3 @ 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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Retail Success: How to Get Your Product Into Stores

October 3 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Congratulations! You’ve developed your product, it’s ready for consumers, and now it’s time to get it into stores. But where do you start? With over 40 years retail and supply chain experience, let Gerry Spitzner help you plan your sales strategy with potential retailers. This seminar will help you: Discover how to approach to retailers and the cardinal rules when pitching your product Learn what retailers look for in products and their suppliers Understand the common challenges all retailers face,…

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OKGNtech LIVE

October 4 @ 5:00 pm - October 5 @ 10:00 pm
Innovation Centre, 460 Doyle Ave
Kelowna, BC V1Y0C2 Canada
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OKGNtech LIVE is all about exploring the wild and wonderful world of innovation brewing right here in the Okanagan. If you weren’t sure if you are invited, you super are. OKGNtech LIVE is for everyone - entrepreneurs, technology enthusiasts, investors, students, and supporters! Seriously, if you’re willing, you’re welcome. Mark your calendar for Thursday, October 4th & Friday, October 5th and meet us at the Innovation Centre. DAY 1 | THURSDAY, OCT 4 High-Voltage Happy Hour  This is a chance to clink and…

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INTERFACE Summit 2018

October 9 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Vancouver Convention Centre, 1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3 Canada
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The 2018 INTERFACE Summit is the 7th annual global conference about the Future of Health. It is a two-day event created to engage, inform, inspire and connect the world’s digital health innovators. The theme for this year is "THE BRAIN-MACHINE CONNECTION: How Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality and Digital Therapeutics Are Transforming Education, Research and Healthcare." This year you can enjoy amazing talks; meet the pioneers of VR and AR therapies and world-experts in AI, Precision Health and Digital Therapeutics; see…

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Business Loan Information Session

October 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 12:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until December 4, 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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Negotiate Naturally: Tips for Women Entrepreneurs Webinar

October 10 @ 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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Instagram Marketing for Busy Entrepreneurs

October 10 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Want to learn how to attract customers and make sales through Instagram without spending money on ads? With over 500 million active users, Instagram offers a powerful tool for small businesses. If you’re a business-to-consumer enterprise and your ideal customer is under the age of 45, Instagram could provide an effective channel to reach your target market. Join us to learn simple, effective strategies and tactics you can apply without wasting time or money. This seminar will help you: Identify…

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#TradeTalks First-Mover Advantage

October 11 @ 7:30 am - 2:00 pm
River Rock Casino, 8811 River Rd.
Richmond, BC Canada
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Seizing “first mover advantage” is this year’s theme with a focus on the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) given BC’s pole position as Canada’s Pacific province. During this half-day forum hosted by the BC Chamber of Commerce, we'll take a closer look at Canada’s progressive trade agenda on the world stage and help BC businesses step up their export game. Register Now

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Privacy and Access: B.C.’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act

October 11 @ 10:15 am - 5:00 pm
Okanagan Regional Library – Kelowna Branch, 1380 Ellis St
Kelowna, BC V1Y 2A2 Canada
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The Privacy, Compliance and Training branch of the Corporate Information and Records Management Office will be holding a free training session in Kelowna on the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA) – B.C.’s privacy law for public bodies. The session will cover: Overview of FOIPPA Personal information – definitions and examples Access to information, including freedom of information rights, processes and exceptions Privacy and the authorities for public bodies to collect, use and disclose personal information Records…

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Starting a Business Information Session

October 11 @ 12:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every 2 weeks that begins at 12:00pm on Thursday, repeating until December 20, 2018

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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Striking the Right Balance: B.C.’s Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA)

October 12 @ 10:15 am - 1:00 pm
Okanagan Regional Library – Kelowna Branch, 1380 Ellis St
Kelowna, BC V1Y 2A2 Canada
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The Privacy, Compliance and Training branch of the Corporate Information and Records Management Office will be holding a free training session in Kelowna on the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) – B.C.’s privacy law for private sector organizations. The session will cover: What is privacy? Personal information – definitions and examples Privacy law for the private sector - overview of PIPA The 10 privacy principles Oversight – the role of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) Introduction to the Privacy,…

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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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Focused Marketing Webinar

October 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This is the fourth 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 17, 2018 | 12 pm to 1 pm When a business owner is asked about their marketing strategy, too many think about direct mail campaigns, newspaper 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…

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SBBC MyBizDay Vancouver

October 18
SFU Harbour Centre, 550 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC Canada
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Women's Enterprise Centre is a proud sponsor of the 2018 MyBizDay event, presented by Small Business BC. Join us on October 18, 2018 at SFU Harbour Centre to discover resources and programs available to help build a strong and resilient small business. This FREE, full-day event connects entrepreneurs to the province’s leading tools and resources through a mix of exhibits, panel discussions featuring entrepreneurial experts, and an eclectic slate of practical workshops. If you’re in the Lower Mainland and own…

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SAVE THE DATE Victoria Small Business Info Expo

October 18 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Open to Chamber members and guests, the Expo is an opportunity to promote your products or services with a Business After Hours Atmosphere. Learn More

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Reach More Customers with Google Adwords

October 19 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Do you have a website but are finding it hard to get noticed? Are you considering online advertising but not sure where to start or what will generate conversions? Google Adwords is a measureable, targeted and scalable advertising systerm that, if used correctly, can quickly attract potential customers to your website. This seminar will help you: Understand how Google Adwords works to attract your potential customers Learn how to set up a Google Adwords account Discover how to build campaigns…

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Business Mapping: Developing a Smart Business Model

October 22 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The truth is, not every entrepreneur needs a full business plan. Business mapping is an alternative to the more in-depth business planning process, but still leaves you with a strategic plan to help direct your business. Designing a business map can sometimes be enough for you to decide if your business venture is worth pursuing. Attend this introductory seminar which focuses strategies to plan, key areas of a successful businesses and financing options. Learning Objectives: Learn to evaluate your business…

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Business Loan Information Session

October 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every 2 weeks that begins at 12:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until December 4, 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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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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Moving Up! Business Growth Strategies Webinar

October 24 @ 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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THRIVE Business Resource Expo

October 24 @ 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Riverbelle, 1350 Esplanade Avenue
Trail, BC Canada
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Celebrate Small Business Week and participate in THRIVE, the 1st ever South Kootenay Business Resource Expo. This event is a collaboration between Community Futures Greater Trail, Lower Columbia Initiatives Corporation (LCIC), Trail & District Chamber of Commerce, and The Greater Trail Community Skills Centre. We all share the same goal to help business grow, strengthen our local economy and help our communities Thrive! THRIVE will showcase local business service providers, and offer advice and resources such as: Business loans Education…

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Trade Accelerator Program, Vancouver

October 25

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. The Trade Accelerator Program provides companies with access to Canada's top exporting advisors, resources, and contacts, giving them the training and support they need to become successful…

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Starting a Business Information Session

October 25 @ 12:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every 2 weeks that begins at 12:00pm on Thursday, repeating until December 20, 2018

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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Celebrating 10 Years of Connections

October 25 @ 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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WEConnect International Power the Economy Conference

October 26

On October 26th, WEConnect International in Canada will host its signature annual event, Power the Economy, for women-owned businesses, multinational corporations, senior government officials, and partner organizations supporting the growth of women’s entrepreneurship across Canada. Power the Economy offers targeted education and valuable corporate connections for business owners seeking to grow their businesses as well as a rich environment for corporations interested in creating or improving their inclusive sourcing programs. The event brings world leaders in supplier diversity and inclusion,…

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Operations for Small Business

October 26 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Do you know all the essential elements for successfully operating a business? Creating a vision or plan for your operations will provide a framework for success. In this seminar we will explore how you can determine who does what, where, when, how and most importantly why. Learning Objectives: Learn how to plan, set up and manage your small business operations How to set goals and targets within your team Understanding an operations cycle Implementing activity based budgeting Understanding the value…

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Creating Your First Business Website

October 29 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Are you one of the many businesses looking to get your first website up and running? Do you have some great content ready, but lack the skills to do it yourself? Join us for an interactive step-by-step tour of WordPress and leave with a basic website of your own. Getting started is easier than you think on this user-friendly platform that will help you tell the world about your small business. This seminar will help you: Know what to look…

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November 2018

Mastering Social Media to Grow Your Small Business

November 1 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Just because you know what social media is, does not mean that you necessarily understand how to use it to grow and develop your business. This workshop focuses on understanding social media, what is it and how it’s connecting people. Learning Objectives: Learn how/if social media should be an important part of your marketing strategy. Understand what opportunities are available for you to leverage social media for business growth and prospecting. Presented By: Mhairi Petrovic, Out-Smarts Marketing Inc This seminar…

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BWIT Trade Mission to Europe

November 4 - November 10

Are you a women-led business looking for market access opportunities in Europe? Interested in learning how to navigate and access global supply chains with your German and British counterparts? Join the Canadian Business Women’s Trade Mission to Germany and the U.K. Where and when: GERMANY (Hamburg & Stuttgart) November 4-6 and UNITED KINGDOM (London) November 7-10. Canadian companies can join one or both legs of the trade mission. BWIT is working with other Canadian Trade Commissioner teams located in Germany…

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TaxSense for Your Business

November 5 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

So you’re thinking of starting, or have already started, a small business but you’re unclear on how to structure your business or what to do to keep the bank and the tax man happy. Attend this seminar and find out the different types of structures and the tax benefits of each. Learning Objectives: Discuss the differences a sole proprietor, partnership and corporation can provide to you. Understand what defines taxable income, allowable deductions, subcontractors versus employees, payroll traps and tax…

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Angel Forum – Vancouver

November 6 @ 7:45 am - 6:00 pm
Vancouver Vancouver, BC Canada

Since 1997, the Angel Forum - Vancouver has successfully introduced emerging companies to private equity investors at its semi annual Forum. Up to 18 pre-screened selected companies will: Present to 50+ accredited investors (10 minutes pitch, 4 minutes Q&A) and get feedback from the Investor Only debrief. Be provided with a table top booth space in the main room to demo their products/services and meet with potential investors 1 to 1. Network with 100+ attendees. Note that advisors/observers are not…

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Business Loan Information Session

November 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 12:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until December 4, 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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Are You Thinking of Importing?

November 7 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Are you interested in importing but don’t know where to begin? Get started by learning the technical aspects of importing commercial goods into Canada. Learning Objectives: Step-by-step process of how to start your import venture How to bring your product into Canada and avoid costly mistakes How to work with customs brokers and international freight forwarders Learn the industry language that will help you understand contracts and shipping terms Find out about the federal and provincial government agencies that regulate…

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Starting a Business Information Session

November 8 @ 12:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every 2 weeks that begins at 12:00pm on Thursday, repeating until December 20, 2018

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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Women Entrepreneurs Trade Mission to Croatia

November 13 - November 16
Croatia Croatia (Local Name: Hrvatska) + Google Map

The goal and mission for the trip is to act as Canadian female entrepreneurs who are looking for ways to increase export and imports, at how to export/import more, find potential business opportunities, better understand the international marketplaces and learn more about shared or individual your own businesses and /passions. This trip is important to your business as it will help you increase your knowledge of other cultures and the successes and struggles they may share with you, help support…

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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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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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Pricing and Costing Your Product

November 16 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Setting prices is both an art and a science. The science is determining your costs … and the art is understanding the underlying role price makes on customer buying behavior. This seminar has both a marketing and a financial focus as we get to the heart of how pricing plays an important part in your overall business success. This session will make you question your assumptions about pricing, costing and how they fit into your business strategies. Whether you are…

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Business Loan Information Session

November 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every 2 weeks that begins at 12:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until December 4, 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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Business Mapping: Developing a Smart Business Model

November 21 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The truth is, not every entrepreneur needs a full business plan. Business mapping is an alternative to the more in-depth business planning process, but still leaves you with a strategic plan to help direct your business. Designing a business map can sometimes be enough for you to decide if your business venture is worth pursuing. Attend this introductory seminar which focuses strategies to plan, key areas of a successful businesses and financing options. Learning Objectives: Learn to evaluate your business…

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Starting a Business Information Session

November 22 @ 12:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every 2 weeks that begins at 12:00pm on Thursday, repeating until December 20, 2018

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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Starting a Consulting Business

November 23 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Do you have a special skill, ability or talent that you feel can serve others and earn an income? Are you considering the consulting and contracting field? This seminar is for you. Learning Objectives: Learn how to transition your skills into an income stream. Price your service, and learn where to find clients. Establish your business, build your market and hear from the experts about their many experiences of running a consulting business. Presented By: Dave Schulte of Vancouver Consultants.…

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Get Started with Email Marketing

November 27 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Looking to reach your target audience via their email inbox? Interested in generating business through email newsletters? Find out what you need to start an effective email marketing campaign and leave with an action plan to get your email strategy up and running. This seminar will help you: Integrate email into your overall marketing strategy Choose the email marketing platform that best fits your business Understand the components of a successful email campaign Determine the success of your campaigns and…

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December 2018

Retail Success: How to Get Your Product Into Stores

December 3 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Congratulations! You’ve developed your product, it’s ready for consumers, and now it\’s time to get it into stores. But where do you start? With over 40 years retail and supply chain experience, let Gerry Spitzner help you plan your sales strategy with potential retailers. This seminar will help you: Discover how to approach to retailers and the cardinal rules when pitching your product Learn what retailers look for in products and their suppliers Understand the common challenges all retailers face,…

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Business Loan Information Session

December 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 12:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until December 4, 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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