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.
We provide business loans up to $150K, with access to an additional $100K through a partnership with BDC. WEC has fueled the success of women-led businesses since 1995, providing 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.
With offices in Kelowna, Vancouver and Victoria, we offer services to the 161,000 women business owners in BC and, since 1995, we have responded to over 116,000 inquiries for business information.
Memberships and Affiliations
Co-founder of the Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada
The national association of non-profit professional business support organizations dedicated to the success of women entrepreneurs, and the authority on women’s entrepreneurship in Canada. About WEOC >>
Co-founder and co-chair of the WEB Alliance
A consortium of over 20 women’s business networks representing over 27,000 women in BC. About the WEB Alliance >>
Founder of Supplier Diversity Canada
An initiative to help corporations understand the diversity profit chain and women business owners leverage their status as a diverse supplier. About Supplier Diversity Canada >>
Proud part of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Canada
Making a Difference: Our Background
In 1994, Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) undertook research which identified gaps in access to financing and services for women entrepreneurs. To fill these gaps, WD committed $38.5 million to create Women’s Enterprise Initiatives (WEI’s) in the four western provinces.
Each Women’s Enterprise Initiative administers a $5 million loan fund for women entrepreneurs unable to obtain traditional financing. These organizations provide complimentary business counseling, resources, information, referrals and a variety of innovative training programs.
The Women’s Enterprise Initiative includes Women’s Enterprise Centre, Alberta Women Entrepreneurs, Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan and Women’s Enterprise Centre Manitoba. Since 1995, we have collectively provided over $220M in direct and leveraged financing and created or maintained over 7,700 jobs in Canada.
Our Commitment to You
As the leading business resource organization for women, our passion is to empower women entrepreneurs to their business success. Women’s Enterprise Centre works hard to satisfy every person who utilizes our services and we undertake the highest standard of conduct. If you are dissatisfied with our service, we want to hear from you. View our resolution process >>