We Help BC Women Entrepreneurs

Fueling the success of BC women entrepreneurs since 1995

Women’s Enterprise Centre is a non-profit organization devoted to helping BC women start, lead and grow their own business.

Since 1995, WEC has fueled the success of women-led businesses by providing business loans up to $150K. We also provide business skills training, personalized business advice, mentoring, practical business resources and a supportive community to help women business owners gain the skills, mindset, financing and networks they need to realize their business potential.

Our team understands and relates to the unique circumstances of women business owners. Our experienced business advisors, mentors, trainers and facilitators provide our clients with tools and confidence through a supportive, individual and practical approach.

Kim Yuen, WEC Business Advisor
Kim Yuen, Business Advisor

Learn how to start a business in BC

If you’re thinking about starting your own business in BC, we’re here to help!

We’ve created a step-by-step guide to setting up your business, writing your business plan and connecting with supports along the way.

You can also join our free Starting a Business Info Session to connect with a Business Advisor and ask your questions.

Business Skills Training for Women Entrepreneurs

Our business skills training features:

  • Practical, applicable skills that are 100% relevant to the successful operation of a small business
  • A range of workshop topics known to be pivotal to small business success
  • Materials developed by industry experts, often featuring real-life storytellers, informative panelists or inspirational spotlights
  • Different learning approaches including live workshops, webinars, teleconferences and self-directed study

Business Advising & Mentoring for Women

For over 25 years, we have helped BC women entrepreneurs succeed with personalized support. In addition to our business workshops and loans, we offer professional business advice and mentoring.

Business Loans for Women

We offer business loans for women-owned businesses in BC. Whether you’re just starting out, purchasing a business or growing your business, we can help.

As a development lender, we exist to help women access the financing they need to succeed in business.

Our loans are different from those of traditional lenders because our loans are bundled with free, ongoing, professional business advice, business skills training and access to mentors.

About Our Business Loans

Women’s Enterprise Centre has two main loan programs: our Primary Lending Program and our Specialty Loans, including our Youth Business Loan (see our Eligibility Requirements for more info).

NEW! we are pleased to partner with Vancity to offer the Unity Women Entrepreneurs Program, which provides a business loan of up to $150k from Vancity, with no payments or interest for 6 months, plus free business support, training and mentoring through Women’s Enterprise Centre! Learn more >>

Rashmi Narayan,
Volunteer Mentor

Find business planning resources in our library

Online Resources

Whether you’re thinking about starting a business or looking to take your business to the next level, we have resources and links to help you.

We’re here to help! If you have questions as you work through these resources, contact our Client Services Coordinator at 1.800.643.7014 ext 112.

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