Mentor Advisory Forums – Audio Files

Mentor Advisory Forums are a fun, high energy way for entrepreneurs to get answers to their questions on important business topics. Listen to the recordings of past Mentor Advisory Forums to get solutions, resources and new ideas from a panel of experienced entrepreneurs. View upcoming sessions >>


COVID-19 Webinars

Women Entrepreneurs: Strength in Numbers

When the going gets tough – women entrepreneurs band together for solutions and support. From March to June, we hosted regular webinars to share the latest resources and updates, plus tackle important topics for businesses affected by COVID-19.

Watch the recordings

 


How to Get and Grow Your Website Traffic: The Basics (September 17, 2020)
  • Facilitators:
    • Kerrilee Auger, Skills Development Manager, Women’s Enterprise Centre
    • Chaunda Honkonen, Senior Marketing & Communications Officer, Women’s Enterprise Centre

Privacy: How to Outsource Work While Keeping You and Your Customers Safe (September 15, 2020)
  • Facilitator:
    • Kerrilee Auger, Skills Development Manager, Women’s Enterprise Centre

Export Ready: Resources to Grow Your Business Outside of BC (September 10, 2020)
  • Facilitator:

How to Plan and Launch a New Website (August 27, 2020)
  • Facilitators:
    • Kerrilee Auger, Skills Development Manager, Women’s Enterprise Centre
    • Chaunda Honkonen, Senior Marketing & Communications Officer, Women’s Enterprise Centre

This session contained lots of great tips and resources! Download the slide deck for links to dive into each step of the process >>

Want to join us for the next session in this series? Register for the free webinar, “How to Get and Grow Your Website Traffic” on September 17 >>

Small Claims: A Practical Guide to Dispute Resolution (August 10, 2020)
  • Facilitator: Kerrilee Auger, Skills Development Manager, Women’s Enterprise Centre
  • Panelist: Jennifer Choi, Lawyer, Borden Ladner Gervais

Application of Force Majeure Clauses during a Pandemic (July 15, 2020)
How to Do Business with the Government of Canada (June 25, 2020)
  • Facilitator: Danielle Hofer, Training & Outreach Officer, Women’s Enterprise Centre
  • Panelist: Aaron Ydenberg, Project Officer, OSME Pacific

Mentoring: What you need to know and your chance to ask (June 18, 2020)
  • Facilitator: Dawn McCooey, Business Advisor and Entrepreneur in Residence, Women’s Enterprise Centre
    Panelists:

Social Media: Save time using a content calendar (June 10, 2020)
  • Facilitator: Danielle Hofer, Training & Outreach Officer, Women’s Enterprise Centre
  • Panelists:

Growth opportunities for Indigenous Business: Selling to the Government (May 28, 2020)
  • Facilitator: Kerrilee Auger, Skills Development Manager, Women’s Enterprise Centre
  • Panelist: Dolores Coelho, A/Sr Program Officer, Indigenous Services Canada

Blogging For Business (May 14, 2020)

SEO For Beginners: How customers find you online (May 6, 2020)
  • Facilitators:
    • Danielle Hofer, Training & Outreach Officer, Women’s Enterprise Centre
    • Chaunda Honkonen, Senior Marketing & Communications Officer, Women’s Enterprise Centre
  • Panelist: Nikki Thibodeau, Shopify Local Community Manager

Grants for Business: Where to Find Them, How to Use Them (April 23, 2020)
  • Facilitator: Melanie Rupp, Director, Loans & Advisory Services, Women’s Enterprise Centre
  • Panelist: Stephanie Sang, CEO, Granted Consulting

IDEaS Program for Innovators (February 27, 2020)
  • Facilitator: Kerrilee Auger, Skills Development Manager, Women’s Enterprise Centre
  • Panelist: Aaron Ydenberg, Project Officer, Office of Small and Medium Enterprises Pacific (OSME)

Making an Impact: Corporate Social Responsibility for Small Business (February 11, 2020)
  • Facilitator: Danielle Hofer, Training & Outreach Officer, Women’s Enterprise Centre
  • Panelists:

Export Navigator Program for Women Entrepreneurs (December 3, 2019)
  • Facilitator: Melanie Rupp, WEC Director, Loans and Advisory Services
  • Panelists:

Bid Evaluation Master Class (November 5, 2019)
  • Facilitator: Kerrilee Auger, Skills Development Manager, Women’s Enterprise Centre
  • Panelist: Aaron Ydenberg, Project Officer, OSME Pacific

The Nuts and Bolts of Free Trade Agreements (September 26, 2019)
  • Facilitator: Alpana Sharma, Export Business Advisor, Women’s Enterprise Centre
  • Panelist: Chelsie Luciani, Senior Manager, Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology, BC

Letters of Intent and Confidentiality Agreements (September 18, 2019)

Create Your Own Marketing Videos: From Tech to Technique (September 12, 2019)

Commercial Leasing Basics (August 14, 2019)
  • Facilitator: Kerrilee Auger, Skills Development Manager, Women’s Enterprise Centre
  • Panelist: Anousheh Torabi, Associate, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Sell Your Professional Services to the Government (August 8, 2019)

Email Marketing for Maximum Impact (July 25, 2019)

Raising Capital 101 (July 17, 2019)
  • Facilitator: Kerrilee Auger, Skills Development Manager, Women’s Enterprise Centre
  • Panelist: Julie Bogle, Associate at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Panelist: Lauren DeGoey, Associate at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Using Mediation to Solve Business Challenges (June 20, 2019)
  • Facilitator: Cheryl Farmer, Business Advisor, Women’s Enterprise Centre
  • Panelist: Ashley Syer, Lawyer and Mediator, Syer Law

Are You Ready to Export? Your Top Questions Answered (May 28, 2019)
  • Facilitator: Alpana Sharma, Business Advisor, Women’s Enterprise Centre
  • Panelist: Emily MacKenzie, Trade Commissioner, Global Affairs Canada
  • Panelist: Chelsie Luciani, Senior Manager at BC Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology
  • Panelist: Kari Yuers, President and CEO, Kryton

Discover New Markets! How to Sell Your Goods and Services to the Government of Canada (May 9, 2019)
  • Facilitator: Kerrilee Auger, Skills Development Manager, Women’s Enterprise Centre
  • Panelist: John Johnstone, Manager of the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME), Public Services and Procurement Canada

All About Lines of Credit: What Are They and How Do You Get One? (April 11, 2019)
  • Facilitator: Cheryl Farmer, Business Advisor, Women’s Enterprise Centre
  • Panelist: Caillie Hayes, Commercial Account Manager, RBC
  • Panelist: Mike Porter, Business Relationship Manager, Business Banking, Prospera Credit Union

All Systems Grow: Building Your Team (March 27, 2019)
  • Facilitator: Kerrilee Auger, Skills Development Manager, Women’s Enterprise Centre
  • Panelist: Sandra Graham, Founder, Get Simple Systems
  • Panelist: Danison Buan, Preeminent Systems Expert & Founder of Refood

From Solopreneur to Boss: Creating Your Processes (March 20, 2019)
  • Facilitator: Kerrilee Auger, Skills Development Manager, Women’s Enterprise Centre
  • Panelist: Sandra Graham, Founder, Get Simple Systems
  • Panelist: Danison Buan, Preeminent Systems Expert & Founder of Refood

Selling to the Government: Making Public Procurement Part of Your Plan (February 20, 2019)
  • Facilitator: Kerrilee Auger, Skills Development Manager, Women’s Enterprise Centre
  • Panelist: John Johnstone, Manager of the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME), Public Services and Procurement Canada

Employment Contracts 101: Tips for Business Owners (January 23, 2019)
  • Facilitator: Dawn McCooey, Business Advisor, Women’s Enterprise Centre
  • Panelist: Shawnee Love, President, LoveHR, West Kelowna
  • Panelist: Sofia Arisheh, Principal, Upskill Consulting, Langley

Business Scale-Up and Productivity Program Information Session (December 12, 2018)

How to Apply for Pre-Qualification on the ProServices Supply Arrangement (November 22, 2018)
  • Facilitator: Alpana Sharma, Business Advisor, Women’s Enterprise Centre
  • Panelist: John Johnstone, Project Officer, Pacific Region, Office of Small and Medium Enterprises

Sell Your Professional Services to the Government (September 19, 2018)
  • Facilitator: Kaitlyn McConnell, Mentoring Coordinator & Business Analyst, Women’s Enterprise Centre
  • Panelist: Tess Menges, Supply Specialist, Office of Small and Medium Enterprises

Everything You Want to Know About Being a Mentor But Were Afraid to Ask (August 22, 2018)

Hiring the Right People for Your Business (July 25, 2018)
  • Facilitator: Dawn McCooey, MA CMC Business Advisor, Women’s Enterprise Centre
  • Panelist: Cori Maedel, CEO, Jouta Performance Group

Introductory Session on How to Do Business with the Government of Canada (June 7, 2018)
  • Facilitator: Kaitlyn McConnell, Mentoring Coordinator, Women’s Enterprise Centre
  • Panelist: Tess Menges, Supply Specialist, Office of Small and Medium Enterprises

Embracing Award Opportunities (April 24, 2018)
  • Facilitator: Kerrilee Auger, Skills Development Manager, Women’s Enterprise Centre
  • Panelist: Meagan Hughes, Cottage Quilting Ltd.
  • Panelist: Bridget Field, Client Services Manager, Small Business BC
  • Panelist: Alpana Sharma, Communications Officer, Women’s Enterprise Centre

Top 10 Legal Tips for New Businesses (April 12, 2018)
  • Facilitator: Kerrilee Auger, Skills Development Officer, Women’s Enterprise Centre
  • Panelist: Andrew Hennigar, Counsel | Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Finance and Securities, Business and Corporate Commercial, Private Equity, Venture Capital, Purchase and Sale of a Business| Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG)
  • Panelist: Darcy McKitrick, Associate | Public-Private Infrastructure Projects, Purchase and Sale of a Business, Private Company, Banking and Financial Services, Aboriginal Law, Driven by Women™, Business and Corporate Commercial | Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG)

An Introduction to Intellectual Property (March 20, 2018)
  • Facilitator: Kerrilee Auger, Skills Development Officer, Women’s Enterprise Centre
  • Panelist: Michael Damiani, Senior Associate | Intellectual Property, Patents, Trademarks, Life Sciences, StartUp and Grow™| Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG)
  • Panelist: Todd Keeler, Senior Associate | Information Technology, Intellectual Property, Patents | Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG)

Equality Matters: Explore #MyFeminism with BC Changemakers (March 8, 2018)
  • Facilitator: Laurel Douglas, Chief Executive Officer, Women’s Enterprise Centre
  • Panelist: Fiona Macfarlane, Chief Inclusiveness Officer, Managing Partner, BC, Ernst & Young LLP
  • Panelist: Jill Earthy, WE FOR SHE Co-Chair, Chief Growth Officer, FrontFundr
  • Panelist: Lois Nahirney, WE FOR SHE Co-Chair, President & CEO, dnaPower Inc.

Solving Challenges: The Government Wants to Help You Innovate (February 22, 2018)
  • Facilitator: Kerrilee Auger, Skills Development Officer, Women’s Enterprise Centre
  • Panelist: Tess Menges, Supply Specialist, Office of Small and Medium Enterprises
  • Panelist: Amber Mousseau, Senior Advisor, Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada

Negotiation Techniques for Women (February 8, 2018)

The Personal Change Formula - Clear Steps to Achieve Life-Changing Goals (January 30, 2018)

Outside-the-Box Funding (October 24, 2017)

Get Your Business Noticed (September 27, 2017)

Design a Better Customer Experience (June 15, 2017)
  • Facilitator: Kerrilee Auger, Women’s Enterprise Centre
  • Panelist: James Grieve, Partner, Nucleus Strategies and WEC Volunteer Mentor

Understand the Money Side of Your Business (Apr 5, 2017)
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