COVID-19 Resources & Support

Women’s Enterprise Centre is focused on supporting women-owned businesses through this crisis so that when it is over you can get back to business as usual.

We’re here for you!

We know this situation is fluid, and is changing on a daily basis. We’d like to encourage any of our clients to utilize our complimentary Business Advisory Services if you need an understanding person to talk to about your particular situation.

Please see below for the concessions we’re making for loan clients and some helpful resources for business owners and employers.

We keep this page updated with the latest information.

Click here to view WEC loan and service updates
Loans up to $40k for women entrepreneurs, from Regional Relief and Recovery Fund

The Government of Canada, through Western Economic Diversification Canada, is providing loans of up to $40,000 for eligible women-run businesses to help businesses cope with financial hardship and recovery from economic disruption resulting from COVID-19.

Women’s Enterprise Centre is pleased to provide access to this Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) to women entrepreneurs in BC. If you think your business requires additional financing to recover this could be a good option for you.

This option is available for sole proprietorships, partnerships and corporations.

Learn More or Apply

Government Updates

Resources from Women’s Enterprise Centre

Free one-on-one appointments with a Business Advisor

Our Business Advisory team is available to discuss your situation, review your cash flow and generate ideas for how you can navigate this difficult time. Connect with a Business Advisor >>

Access to the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) for BC women entrepreneurs

Women’s Enterprise Centre is pleased to provide access to this Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) to women entrepreneurs in BC. If you think your business requires additional financing to recover, this could be a good option for you.

This option is available for sole proprietorships, partnerships and corporations. Learn more >>

Unity Women Entrepreneurs Program, in partnership with Vancity

Women’s Enterprise Centre is excited to partner with Vancity to support women entrepreneurs as you navigate your business through COVID-19 and beyond!

Together, we’ve launched the Unity Women Entrepreneurs Program—a holistic package providing you with a loan of up to $150k (with no payments and no interest for 6 months) provided by Vancity, plus business support and mentoring provided by us. Learn more >>

Apply now: Mentoring for women business owners in Terrace and Northern BC

This fall, we’re offering Peer Mentoring Groups for women business owners in Terrace (live) and Nortnern BC (virtual). You’ll receive support from other women entrepreneurs, gain insights from an experienced business owner and develop a support network. Learn more or apply >>

Upcoming free webinars

Webinar recordings

Resources

Tell us: What Help Do You Need?

  • Have an idea for an upcoming webinar or resource on a topic that would help you and your business during this time? Please submit it here!

Community Links

Financial Response Measures


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November 2020

Economic Recovery Series: Investing in the Future

November 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Webinar Canada

The future prosperity of Greater Vancouver is contingent upon foundations laid today. Our region needs strategic investments that help our businesses and the broader society overcome the pandemic while also paving the way for longer term competitiveness. Investments that advance and leverage technology and strategically prepare the workforce of tomorrow will be key. Additionally, investments that ensure our region is building a supportive and inclusive environment that embraces diversity will mark our success. Join Greater Vancouver Board of Trade as…

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Women of Whistler: Thriving Through Crisis

November 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Webinar Canada

Women's Enterprise Centre is a proud Event Partner of the Women of Whistler Webinar: Thriving Through Crisis! The excitement of opening day is just around the corner, and this season holds unique challenges - both personally and in business - as we move through these uncharted times together. Join the Women of Whistler as their local panel of experts engage in authentic conversation, and share insights around topics such as building personal resilience, managing stress and fostering supportive conversations. They…

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December 2020

Successfully Managing Your Workplace During a Global Pandemic

December 1 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Webinar Canada

Canadian businesses are facing unique challenges in managing through the COVID-19 pandemic. These challenges include issues related to: health and safety increased absenteeism work refusals accommodating human rights implications of a vaccine workplace restructuring This session will provide employers with practical tips and tools to address these issues when they arise and to minimize related legal liability as they move forward into 2021. This webinar will be led by Priya Sarin, Partner at Sherrard Kuzz LLP, a leading Canadian employment…

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Emotional Intelligence – Getting Unstuck

December 2 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Webinar Canada

The COVID-19 pandemic has unified us in our stress and anxiety. Many of us have experienced one, if not all, of these emotions; worried, anxious, depressed, lonely, and bored. Unfortunately, experts don't see these issues dissipating any time soon. When you compile self-isolation, financial hardships, or working on the front-lines, with everything else, people are feeling scared about their futures, worried about their health and safety and quite frankly, it is a big hole to dig out of. In times…

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January 2021

Building Resilience to Thrive

January 12, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on January 12, 2021 at 11:00 am

One event on February 24, 2021 at 11:00 am

Webinar Canada

The “Building Resilience to Thrive” online training program will offer relief to businesses and help mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19. About this Event The “Building Resilience to Thrive” online training program will offer relief to businesses and help mitigate the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic by teaching them how to adapt their business models, re-engage their customers and adjust their workplace cultures. Developed in partnership with the University of Victoria, Gustavson School of Business, this program will have…

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February 2021

Building Resilience to Thrive

February 24, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on January 12, 2021 at 11:00 am

One event on February 24, 2021 at 11:00 am

Webinar Canada

The “Building Resilience to Thrive” online training program will offer relief to businesses and help mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19. About this Event The “Building Resilience to Thrive” online training program will offer relief to businesses and help mitigate the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic by teaching them how to adapt their business models, re-engage their customers and adjust their workplace cultures. Developed in partnership with the University of Victoria, Gustavson School of Business, this program will have…

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Options for WEC Loan Clients

Options for WEC Loan Clients

We know COVID-19 is having a serious impact on most small business owners. To support our loan clients during this period of uncertainty, Women’s Enterprise Centre is making the following concessions available:

1) Existing loan clients

In March, we offered the initial loan relief measures to defer principal and/or forgive interest for 3 months (April, May and June), and advised regular loan payments would re-commence in July.

We are now moving into the next stage of COVID-19 recovery and have two options available to help you stabilize and endure the pandemic. Below are our current options for existing loan clients who would still like some support, updated as of July 16:

OPTION 1 – If your business has not recovered enough for you to start making full regular payments then Women’s Enterprise Centre may be able to offer you an additional 3 or 6 months of interest only payments.  In order to apply for additional interest only payments you will need to fill in an application. 

OPTION 2 – The Government of Canada, through Western Economic Diversification Canada, is providing a loan of up to $40,000 for eligible women-run businesses to help businesses cope with financial hardship and recovery from economic disruption resulting from COVID-19. If you think your business requires additional financing to recover, this could be a good option for you. This option is available for sole proprietorships, partnerships and corporations. Learn more >>

OPTION 3 – If you are unsure what is best for your business and you would like to talk with a Business Advisor please call our office 1.800.643.7014 ext. 112 or email inquiry@womensenterprise.ca.

If you would prefer to return to your pre-COVID payment schedule, then no action is required and your regular payments will automatically resume in July.

2) New loan clients

You may take advantage of a 6-month period between the time your loan is approved and when the funds must be drawn down. This additional flexibility will allow new loan clients the time to decide whether to continue with their original plans for their business. If there are extenuating circumstances, we are able to discuss lengthening this draw-down period for new loan clients.

Please contact our Loan Portfolio Officer if you would like to take advantage of these options.

Other Service Delivery Updates

We have modified how we deliver our services.

Skills Training Workshops

Until further notice, all upcoming WEC-hosted training events are being delivered by webinar. View upcoming webinars >>

One-to-One Mentoring, Peer Mentoring Groups and Taking the Stage®

Since mentoring is shown to greatly succeed your chances of success and help you overcome obstacles, we are continuing with our mentoring programs. Until further notice, all groups and mentor meetings are virtual. Check out our upcoming Virtual Peer Mentoring group for Northern BC women >>

Meetings and Business Advisory Appointments

We’re here to support women entrepreneurs! If you’d like to speak with a Business Advisor about your situation, please call us at 1.800.643.7014 or fill out this online form and we will be in touch to schedule a phone call or Zoom meeting.

Please note: All our offices are currently closed to the public, so all meetings will be done virtually.

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