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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June 2018

The Art of Leadership for Women

June 25 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Vancouver Convention Centre, 1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3 Canada
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The Art of Leadership for Women brings together a unique collection of extraordinary, influential women whose talent, drive and passion have established them as dynamic leaders and change agents. Discover the tools and techniques that can empower women to blaze their own trails in extraordinary ways. Register using promo code WEC33 and save $50 per pass. Save an additional $50 per pass when registering 5 or more people at the same time. Learn more or register

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OPERATIONS FOR SMALL BUSINESS

June 27 @ 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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Webinar | Setting New Goal Posts: Growing Your Business from a Tactical Perspective

June 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This is the final in a five-part Build Your Business webinar series hosted by Women’s Enterprise Centre. Click here to sign up for the whole series and save $25! Are you looking for new direction in your business? Are you feeling like your business is pulling you in multiple directions? Do you wonder whether you need to return to your initial business vision? Are you frustrated by wasted time and energy due to conflicting priorities? If any of these resonate with you, this workshop…

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Pique Fund – Video Conference Call

June 28 @ 12:00 pm

Join Pique Ventures on a video conference call to learn more about our inclusive angel fund that has been investing in leadership diversity for over three years. This call is for accredited investors, as well as non-accredited investors based in BC that are part of the Pique community (i.e. friends and business associates). Please register at the LINK below.

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10th Annual BC Indigenous Business Awards nomination deadline

June 29

The BC Achievement Foundation, an independent foundation established and endowed by the Province of British Columbia in 2003 to celebrate excellence and achievement in British Columbia, presents the BC Indigenous Business Awards. All Indigenous businesses and entrepreneurs in BC are eligible. These awards honour business acumen in four distinct categories. An independent jury of Indigenous business experts reviews the nominations and selects the awardees in accordance with the award criteria. For further information about these awards, see LINK.

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2018 WISE 50 Over 50 Awards Nomination deadline

June 30

The 50 over 50 Awards recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of people who are harnessing the power of experience to make an idea or a long-held dream a reality. Canadians over 50 are the fastest growing segment of the business start-up population, yet, they are still the most underserved and under supported group of entrepreneurs. In order for change to happen, we need to continue to draw attention to the accomplishments of people who are harnessing the power of experience…

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July 2018

Business Loan Information Session

July 3 @ 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

July 5 @ 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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Connecting Curious Minds – Entrepreneurial Expo & Conference

July 6 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Da Vinci Centre, 195 Bay Street
Victoria, British Columbia V9A 3K4 Canada
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If you're looking for inspiration, a shift in mindset, and valuable business education - this is the right event for you. Whether you’re a student, entrepreneur, or an aspiring entrepreneur- we invite you to come connect with other like-minded individuals. There will be exhibitions, mini workshops, and both inspiring and educational presentations. Connecting Curious Minds is here to inspire, shift, and educate. All Access Pass - First 100 FREE - Ends 04/31

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#WomenRAISE Community Showcase

July 9 @ 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, 1200 Waterfront Centre
Vancouver, 200 Burrard St V7X 1T2 Canada
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Join the RAISE Collective to celebrate the stories of #womenRAISE as well as our 100-day #WomenRAISE challenge to unlock $1 million in capital for seven female-led companies to increase diversity in business, innovation and investment. Meet and connect with female founders who are actively raising capital, including alumni from our three month collaborative capital raising WeRAISE program: Nano-Lit Technologies, Vivo, PROtect, Quupe, AMY Lifestyles, Flax Sleep, and PARC Swimwear. What to Expect Announcement of final results from 100 day #WomenRAISE campaign A Q&A panel with female founders, sharing…

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Business Loan Information Session

July 17 @ 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

July 19 @ 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

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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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
|Recurring Event (See all)

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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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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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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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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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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