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 are keeping our eye on the situation and may provide other offerings in future to address needs as they emerge.

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

We will keep this page updated with the latest information.

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FREE WEBINAR | Strength in Numbers: Protecting Your Privacy While Online

Next session: Tuesday, June 2 at 2pm PT

Working from home might be the safest option for your employees and clients right now, but are you taking the right steps to ensure you are compliant with privacy law?

On June 2, we’re hosting privacy consultant, Marilyn Sing, to share how you can maintain the privacy of your customers’ and employees’ personal information.

Register Free

Government Updates

Resources from Women’s Enterprise Centre

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!

Strength in Numbers: Free Webinar Forum

Our Business Advisors will share the new developments in the types of supports available for business owners, plus we’ll focus on a timely topic based on the types of questions our Business Advisors are hearing from clients.

You’re in charge! This is an open forum and a chance to tell us what you need help with, so we can source some resources for you or brainstorm some solutions. Register for June 2: Protecting Your Privacy While Online >>

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 >>

Webinar recordings

Resources

Where to Start

(From Global Affairs Canada)

  1. Visit this website for businesses for information about supporting your employees and your business. It will be constantly updated as the COVID-19 crisis evolves.
  2. Download the Canada Business App to find tailored supports to address your specific needs and questions about COVID-19.
  3. Consult the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s pandemic preparedness guide to help prepare you business in the days and weeks to come.
  4. Contact your bank. Canada’s banks have made a commitment to support businesses and individuals through these difficult times in a responsible, fair, and compassionate way. To help provide some stability for businesses through this time of uncertainty, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) is lowering the Domestic Stability Buffer requirement, releasing more than $300 billion of additional lending capacity for Canadian financial institutions.

Community Links

Financial Response Measures

  • We suggest you contact your primary bank to ask for what types of supports are available to you.
  • Small Business Relief Fund, from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce – Will provide 62 small Canadian businesses with $10,000 grants to help their recovery efforts.
  • COVID-19 Relief Fund, from BC Hydro – up to three months of business electricity usage waived, for eligible customers
  • CEBAQuestions.ca, from the Government of Canada – info about the Canada Emergency Business Account
  • FortisBC Billing Support During COVID-19

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Past Events › COVID-19 Support

April 2020

Digital Meetups: Pivoting Your Business to Support the Government

April 22 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Have you seen news on breweries now producing hand sanitizer, or clothing manufacturers now creating medical gowns? Join SBBC, as they speak with the Office of Small and Medium Enterprise as well as Innovation Canada, on how you can pivot your business to support the government during this trying time! Guest Speakers: Office of Small and Medium Enterprises – Aaron Ydenberg: Project Officer Innovation Canada – Ana Fong-Marquez: Senior Innovation Advisor Learn More or Register There will be a questions…

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Business Resiliency Series: Navigating Labour and Employment Law

April 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This webinar will focus on navigating labour & employment law and the impact of recent announcements from the Federal Government on businesses. Learn More or Register

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Map it All Out: Cash, People, Execution, Strategy

April 22 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The purpose of this webinar is to provide detailed guidelines to help businesses of all sizes during this time of change. Our guest speaker, Shannon Susko, CEO & Founder of Metronome United, will equip you with set of questions which will enable you to evolve in real time with the current market place. You will leave this webinar feeling ready to plan for now, while looking out to the future. Learn More or Register

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Managing & Engaging Staff Working Remotely

April 23 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

The current pandemic has people working from home like never before. We need them to be safe and productive and we want them to be engaged and connected. Join the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, April 23rd with HR Professional, Shawnee Love. This session will explore how to keep your people engaged in the work, their teams and the organization while they (and you) keep your distance. Learn More or Register

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Grants for Business: Where to Find Them, How to Use Them

April 23 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Webinar, Canada

You’ve heard about grants, but what types are available and for which sectors? Join us for this FREE interactive webinar to learn about some of the non-repayable funding sources that you may be able to access for your business. Stephanie Sang, CEO of Granted, will share some of the tips and tricks that have helped over 90% of their clients successfully leverage grant funding to grow their business. She’ll share: Updates on new government programs Tips for integrating COVID-related resources…

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Digital Meetups: Resilience and Taking Care of Yourself – Mental Health Edition

April 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join SBBC, as they moderate a fireside chat with Danielle Holtjer, Clinic Director RCC for Skylark Counselling, on how to take care of yourself mentally during this challenging time. Learn More or Register There will be a questions & answers period and opportunity for other small businesses to share ways that they are finding creative solutions during these challenging times.

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Strength in Numbers: The HR Edition

April 24 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Everyone is impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic – but for many business owners, this can be a scary time. Where do you turn for support, what do you do for clients and employees, how can you survive this? Many small business owners are struggling with HR issues and have questions related to lay-offs and re-hiring, and keeping teams together during difficult times. This week, Dawn McCooey is hosting an HR Advisor and a Lawyer to answer YOUR questions about these pressing issues…

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Benefits of Unified Communications for Your Remote Office

April 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

COURSE DESCRIPTION Is having multiple communication providers and services hindering your ability to set up a remote team? No need to get your cables and cords in a bunch. This webinar will help you figure out what’s best for your small business. Discover the benefits of having a unified communications platform, from cost savings to increased productivity. Voice calls, web conferencing, instant messaging and more can be found in one solution — the options for which we will look at…

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Business Resiliency Series: Cloud Computing During Crisis

April 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Cloud computing has been a natural fit for companies as they progress through digital transformation. For many of the same reasons, cloud computing is also a very powerful tool as companies work through responding to our new normal. This webinar session will explore the benefits of cloud computing as well as important considerations for companies planning to leverage it. Learn More or Register

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Digital Meetup: Market Research – Finding the Trend During COVID-19

April 28 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join Small Business BC, as they speak with Mark Eversfield on Market Research basics, why its essential, and how the current pandemic affects it. The discussion will be Questions & Answers based, giving the audience an opportunity to provide their business background and letting us customize the content to ensure we deliver what you need. Learn More or Register

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Business Resiliency Series: The Honourable Michelle Mungall

April 28 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

This webinar will focus on the latest support available from the Government of British Columbia for Canadian businesses. Learn More or Register

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Strategies for Staying Resilient During COVID-19

April 29 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

COURSE DESCRIPTION Faced with significant challenges wrought by COVID-19, resilience is more important than ever for small business owners. As a follow up to our special topics webinar “Staying Resilient During Extraordinary Times” facilitated by Christina Nikiforuk, Leadership Coach and Consultant, we are pleased to offer a three-part next resilience series. Each webinar will feature a small business owner who will share their tools and tips for enhancing resilience. You will have an opportunity to learn what other business owners…

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Columbia Valley Business Round Table

April 29 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until April 29, 2020

Join Jessica Fairhart, Executive Director, Tourism Radium & Chamber of Commerce and Pete Bourke Executive Director, Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce as they co-host a series of Columbia Valley Business Roundtables. You will receive updates from the Chamber & Tourism networks and hear from guest speakers. You will also have the opportunity to join the conversation and ask your questions. Learn More or Register

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Digital Meetups: Getting Your Business Online – Digital 101

April 29 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Webinar Canada

Join Small Business BC as they speak with Digital Main Street on how to get your business online. The discussion will be Questions & Answers based, giving the audience an opportunity to provide their business background and letting us customize the content to ensure we deliver what you need. Learn More or Register

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COVID-19: How to get through the crisis with an online strategy

April 30

The COVID-19 pandemic is transforming the economy and bringing unprecedented challenges to businesses across Canada. As more customers go online for products and services, pivoting your business to take full advantage of these online opportunities can position you to emerge stronger in terms of who you sell to, how you sell and what you sell. Join BDC Chief Economist Pierre Cléroux who will give an economic update, and other experts who will share their expertise on adapting your business online…

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COVID-19: How to get through the crisis with an online strategy

April 30

The COVID-19 pandemic is transforming the economy and bringing unprecedented challenges to businesses across Canada. As more customers go online for products and services, pivoting your business to take full advantage of these online opportunities can position you to emerge stronger in terms of who you sell to, how you sell and what you sell. Join BDC Chief Economist Pierre Cléroux who will give an economic update, and other experts who will share their expertise on adapting your business online…

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Finding a New Normal: How to Reduce Costs and Increase Revenues in a Crisis

April 30 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

This webinar will help you get creative and action-oriented on your revenue and expenses to survive and thrive the current recession. About this Event Keith Ippel of Spring will lead an engaging conversation about the creative ways of reducing costs and growing revenue in a recession. This interactive session will walk through the requirements of stretching cash flow, and looking outside the box to find the answers. We will cover revenue, costs, and specific tips and tricks and suggestions to…

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COVID-19: United States export forecast

April 30 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

The worldwide spread of COVID 19 has taken a significant and still evolving toll on the U.S. economy. As the U.S. is our closest neighbour and trading partner, what happens there is certain to affect Canadian companies. If you'd like to know how COVID 19's impact on the U.S. economy will affect Canadian companies, Export Development Canada's (EDC's) free webinar, COVID 19: United States export forecast (presented in English only), will explain our current economic outlook and the types of…

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Digital Meetups: Human Resources Comprehension and Best Practices During COVID-19

April 30 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join SBBC, as they speak with Sheh Shojaee, the Director of Operations and Strategic HR at CPHR, on current HR best practices during the Covid-19 Pandemic.  We will cover some FAQ’s and provide a platform for your Questions & Answers based. Learn More or Register

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Business Resiliency Series: Strategies for Rebuilding Business

April 30 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Webinar Canada

This webinar will focus on strategies for rebuilding your business, and the priorities and risks to consider on the path to recovery. Learn More or Register

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May 2020

Taxsense During COVID-19

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

COURSE DESCRIPTION In this difficult climate, every dollar counts, and employers like yourself are looking to help their business and staff as much as possible. Join a representative from Loren Nancke Chartered Professional Accountants and learn from tax accountants on tax opportunities as well as tax impacts you need to know right now. WHAT WILL I LEARN? What to expect when employees claim home office expenses through the T2200 form CERB and CEWS government supports and tax implications What to…

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How to Become an Inclusive Employer after COVID-19

May 4 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

COURSE DESCRIPTION As we begin the process of re-opening our economy, many business owners will face the need to rebuild and hire new staff. This presents a unique opportunity to build from the ground up with a more inclusive hiring policy. Not only can an employer cast a wider net to find the right candidate, they’ll also enhance the standing of their brand through inclusive hiring practices. By implementing these step-by-step practices, a business can demonstrate social values that will…

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Digital Meetups: COVID-19 – Giving Well and Breaking Bread, How to Support the Community

May 5 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

As part of Small Business BC's Food and Drinks campaign, this week’s Digital Meetups are Hospitality based. Guest Speakers: Christina Labarca and Sharon Davis: Co-Founders of Giving Well Shelley McArthur Everett: Principal, SMC Communications Join SBBC, as they speak with Christina Labarca and Sharon Davis, on how to give back, both little and big, during the current climate. They will be joined by Shelley McArthur Everett, the Principal of SMC Communications, who founded the now Canada-wide Breaking Bread movement supporting…

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Grow with Google: Manage Your Business Remotely in Times of Uncertainty

May 6 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Are you a small business owner who’s been impacted by COVID-19? #GrowwithGoogle is hosting a special livestream event on May 6 to help you discover tools, tips and resources to help you manage your business remotely during these uncertain times. Learn More or Register

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COVID-19: Service Canada Info Session

May 6 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

What the presentation will cover: Employment Insurance: How to apply? Will my claim change to CERB? Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) Which should I apply for? Brief overview of new Wage Subsidy for Employers. CRA will be doing info sessions on CEWS Who this session is for: Workers that have lost their jobs due to COVID-19 Small Business owners; self-employed people who have lost work due to COVID-19 What attendees will take away/learn: Overview of these Benefits Where and how…

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SEO for Beginners: How Customers Find You Online

May 6 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Wednesday | May 6, 2020 | 10 am to 11 am PT | Webinar  Join us online for a free webinar about Search Engine Optimization (SEO)! What is SEO, really? We hear the acronym SEO everywhere, and are constantly being told how important it is for us to implement on our site. In short, it helps your website show up higher in search results so more customers can find you. Yet in reality, do we really know what it does…

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Digital Meetups: Food & Drinks – Hear from the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets and BC Food & Beverage

May 6 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

As part of Small Business BC's Food and Drinks campaign, this week’s Digital Meetups are Hospitality based. Guest Speakers: James Donaldson: CEO, BC Food & Beverages (BCFPA) Heather O’Hara: Executive Director, BC Association of Farmers’ Markets (BCAFM) Join SBBC, as they speak with two leading voices in the Food and Hospitality sector, how we can pivot and support each other during this time. We will be discussing and exploring resources and options available to our small business owners in the…

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Business Smarts Webinar – How Mindfulness Reduces Stress

May 7 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Join Iwona Sienko (RN, BScN, MBA) and learn how mindfulness reduces stress and builds resilience. Today more than ever it is important to understand physiology of stress, how stress impacts our well-being and equip ourselves with tools to maintain healthy levels of stress. This session introduces individuals to the science of mindfulness, offers simple tools to begin the practice of mindfulness and gives opportunity to experience mindfulness practices firsthand. Learn More or Register

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Digital Meetups: Food & Drinks – Hear from Your Local Hospitality Business

May 7 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

As part of Small Business BC's Food and Drinks campaign, this week’s Digital Meetups are Hospitality based. Guest Speakers: Emelle’s Catering – Nicole Burke Kindred Kefir – Lyndsay Scott The Rise Eatery – Wanda Lai Join SBBC, as they speak with three local businesses in the food and drink sector. We will be coming together to discuss how to pivot in the current climate, and how they adjusted their businesses re: COVID-19. Learn More or Register

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COVID-19: Commercial Leases

May 7 @ 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

What the presentation will cover: Commercial Lease What tenants and landlords should consider before acting Your position, rights, obligations, and risks Possible negotiation or litigation issues Who this session is for: Commercial Tenants Landlords Learn More or Register

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COVID-19 Workplace Health and Safety

May 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

COURSE DESCRIPTION As thoughts begin to turn toward reopening our economy, business owners must ensure their workplace is taking preventative measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. Presented by Chris Back from WorkSafeBC, this informative webinar will cover important aspects of ensuring workplace health and safety for employees and customers alike. Topics covered will include COVID-19 transmision and ways to mitigate exposure, use of masks and other physical barriers, as well as best practices in working from home arrangements. WHAT…

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COVID-19: Time & Priority Management

May 8 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

What the presentation will cover: Tactics for managing your time Outlining clear goals Delegation and leadership Who this session is for: Business owners People seeking to bring efficiencies to their day What attendees will take away/learn: Feel in control of your business, outcome and life Ability to see problems before they arise Creating urgency around non essential tasks Learn More or Register

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Apply Online for a Mentor: One-to-One Mentoring Intake

May 11 - May 15

For five days only, Women’s Enterprise Centre is accepting applications for their One-to-One Mentoring Program for women business owners! This award-winning program matches women in the early stages of business with experienced entrepreneurs for a six-month mentoring relationship. With support and inspiration from an established entrepreneur, you’ll learn to manage risk, develop your capabilities and skills, and achieve your goals. Applications open for five days only: May 11 to 15! Learn More or Apply

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Virtual Symposium Presented by the Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada

May 12 - May 14

We're delighted to partner on this national symposium for women entrepreneurs! Join experts from women’s enterprise organizations across the country to discuss how women entrepreneurs can survive and thrive during the COVID-19 pandemic. Join live presentations and panel discussions and participate in facilitated daily breakout sessions. Make sure you catch our very own Dawn McCooey and Kerrilee Auger, who are presenting workshops on keeping good employees and business growth strategies! Session topics include: COVID-19 Recovery for Business Protecting Your Mental…

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Planning for the Rebuild: Returning to Work

May 12 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The time to prepare for re-opening is now. As Covid-19 restrictions are being lessened, business owners need to start thinking about their next moves. We are entering a changed workforce that has new risks and complications and Sara Forte, Founder of Forte Laws is here to walk you through it. Join us on May 12 at 11am for a live Q&A where Sara will discuss key risks that BC businesses face as they call on non-union workers to returning to…

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Digital Meetups: Business Planning – Adjusting Your Business to the New Normal

May 12 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Laura Aveledo is the Business Planning and International Trade Advisor. Laura takes her clients on a “business planning journey” which includes research, evaluation and development of business strategies and defining actions to encourage business growth. Laura is a Biologist with an MBA as well as a Masters in International Marketing. She brings to her role over 15 years of international experience developed in a broad range of businesses from international corporations to financial services and not-for-profits; she has also developed…

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Strength in Numbers: The Self-Care Edition

May 12 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Tuesday | May 12, 2020 | 2pm to 3pm PT | Webinar  Everyone is impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic – but for many business owners, this can be a scary time. Where do you turn for support, what do you do for clients and employees, how can you survive this? Join us on May 12 for a free webinar on self-care for entrepreneurs! Self-care is more than taking a bubble bath. It’s about tuning in and taking care of our needs so…

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Your Digital Footprint and Its Importance During Uncertain Times

May 12 @ 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

In this time of unprecedented uncertainty, the magnitude of the COVID-19 pandemic shock has negatively impacted the economics and financial stability of most industries, and numerous businesses have had to lay-off employees. If there was ever a time for young professionals to focus on building their digital footprint, it would be now. Whether you have been laid off or are working for a company that is on shaky ground, having a strong professional and personal brand is crucial. This webinar…

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Strategies for Staying Resilient During COVID-19

May 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

COURSE DESCRIPTION Faced with significant challenges wrought by COVID-19, resilience is more important than ever for small business owners. This webinar will feature a small business owner who will share their tools and tips for enhancing resilience. You will have an opportunity to learn what other business owners are doing from both a business point of view, as well as a mental health perspective, during this extraordinary period. Join at any time during the series and catch past sessions as…

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Digital Meetup: Social Media Hacks & Trucks – Digital Marketing 101

May 13 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join SBBC, as they speak with Mhairi on Social Media tricks & hacks, that will help your business stand out during this unprecedented time. Learn More or Register

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Digital Marketing: Building Business Resilience Through Content

May 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Kelowna Women in Business will be hosting their 3rd online "networking" session via Zoom offering you meaningful content, as well as a place to connect with peers from the comfort of your own home. Shut down? Scaled-down? Uncertain? Whatever your business is going through, effective and intentional digital content can be a powerful tool during these unpredictable times. In this presentation, content marketing expert, Valerie McTavish will help you develop a content plan so that you can connect with your…

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Business Smarts Webinar – Workplace Health and Safety During COVID-19

May 14 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Join the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce for this week's Business Smarts Online webinar where you will hear first hand insights from WorkSafeBC and their approach and involvement in COVID and the restart plan. Topics that will be covered: Controlling the risk of COVID-19 exposure in the workplace WorkSafeBC’s role and available resources We will then open it up to an extended Q&A session to answer all of your burning questions. Learn More or Register

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Marketing During Crisis: How to Strike the Right Balance

May 14 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

How to Promote New Offers Without Appearing Tone Deaf COURSE DESCRIPTION In the last few months, our world has changed. Consumer behaviors and priorities have shifted, has your messaging changed accordingly? It’s time to revisit your approach to marketing and learn how to reframe your offers and promotions in this time of drastic change and upheaval. Join SBBC for this informative webinar and learn the basics of marketing during a crisis. WHAT WILL I LEARN? How to interpret consumer changes…

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Digital Meetup: Vancouver Coffee Culture – Reopening Your Cafe

May 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

In this digital meetup SBBC will speak to Tom Fitzgerald, the man behind Vancouver Coffee Snob, and Jess Reno, Owner of Nemesis Coffee. As the Province prepares to reopen for business, we are segmenting the topics to specific industries, providing Digital Meetups as platform for individuals to come together and discuss what needs to be done in preparation for their businesses. Learn More or Register

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Understanding BC’s Restart Plan – Your Questions Answered

May 19 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Webinar Canada

In this digital meetup, SBBC will speak to Dylan Hrycyshen, SBBC Business Planning Advisor and our Covid-19 Support Service Lead, on clarification of BC’s reopening plan and how it affects you. The format this session as a platform for Q&A with the attendees, to ensure we can support you during this unprecedented time. The following topics will be covered: What BC’s Reopen Plan consists of and the phases. How it affects specific sectors How specific businesses should prepare for the…

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Survival Strategies for Entrepreneurs

May 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Challenging times are particularly hard on entrepreneurs. Margo Crawford founded her company, Business Sherpa Group, in 2008 in the midst of the last recession.  Her company weathered that storm and has grown to provide business support to many start-ups, SMEs and other businesses. She shares some of the advice with the WCT community in this webinar. Margo's presentation with review smart strategies — such as virtualization, maintaining employee connections and staying relevant to customers — that will help entrepreneurs not only survive the current crisis, but…

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Setting the Stage: New Rules of [Zoom] Engagement

May 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Tuesday | May 19, 2020 | 2pm to 3am PT | Webinar | FREE Strong businesses are built on strong connections. Yet, how do you engage with people, show confidence and perform professionally… all on camera, from your home? These days people are craving connection, and if you’re just a talking head, you’ll lose that personal touch—regardless of how knowledgeable you are. Join us on May 19 when we host award-winning connector, Pauline Stevenson, who will share her tips for…

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Employment Grant Opportunities for Your Tech Business

May 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Webinar Canada

In this digital meetup, SBBC will speak to Radwa Saad, Program Manager for Innovate BC, and Rachel Burns, Program Manager for New Ventures BC, on Employment Grants available to your company as we prepare to reopen our economy. The format this session as a platform for Q&A with the attendees, to ensure we can support you during this unprecedented time. The following topics will be covered: What grant programs are available through Innovate BC and New Ventures BC Eligibility for…

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Creating Professional Video Content Using Your Phone

May 21 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

How to Reach Customers with Simple Videos From Your Phone COURSE DESCRIPTION If marketing has taught us anything in recent years it’s that customers love video content. Many business owners think it’s expensive and time-consuming to create this content but this is no longer the case. Thanks to the humble smartphone, professional-looking videos can be made quickly and easily. In the era of physical distancing, now is the perfect time for business owners to become comfortable with producing their own…

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Business Reinvention Series: From Recession to Recovery – What to Except & Why

May 21 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Webinar Canada

To bend the curve, Canadian policy makers have focused the latest round of relief on business. But how effective can these new measures be when much of the economy remains closed? Craig Wright, RBC's Chief Economist, will share his outlook for the private sector and a broader recovery. Learn More or Register

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Web Presence 101 and Customer Engagement During COVID-19

May 22 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

How to Set Up Your Online Marketing Channels COURSE DESCRIPTION Your customers are on the web. Having a website and online presence strategy allows you to market your small business online. More than ever, your small business needs to be engaging with customers virtually. In this workshop, you will get practical tips and tricks to use social media, email marketing, and Google My Business platforms to create meaningful engagement with your customers and community. We will also discuss the importance…

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HR Action Items for Reopening Your Business

May 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Webinar Canada

How to Help Staff Adjust to a Transformed Workplace COURSE DESCRIPTION As restrictions ease and some businesses are allowed to reopen, business owners face the challenge of rehiring staff or reorienting them to new policies and procedures. As an employer or manager, you will have to figure out how to re-engage with employees who were laid off and onboard their employees to the new normal. What happens if people don’t want to return to work? What if they experience “culture…

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Okanagan College Series Online – with Minister Mona Fortier

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

Join the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce Monday May 25th at 12:00 - 1:00pm in a conversation with the Honourable Minister Mona Fortier. Minister Fortier will be discussing the measures that have been brought forward by the government to support Canadians and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. In her role as Federal Minister of Middle Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance, she is serving her community and all Canadians by ensuring that all government policies take into consideration the…

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Export Beyond B.C. with E-Commerce

May 25 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

COURSE DESCRIPTION If your business has an online store, join us at our free webinar to learn how you can sell to other provinces and countries. Featuring information on finding markets with potential and utilizing Canada’s free trade agreements, this is a fantastic opportunity to strengthen and diversify your business through e-commerce. WHAT WILL I LEARN?  How to market your online store How to find government funding to increase your online presence How to understand the regulations of new markets…

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Reopening Your Business – How to be an Inclusive Employer

May 26 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

As we begin the process of re-opening our economy, many business owners will face the need to rebuild and hire new staff. Join SBBC, as they speak with Trish Kelly, Senior Accessibility Consultant at the President’s Group, on how to build your business from the ground up with a more inclusive hiring policy. Not only can an employer cast a wider net to find the right candidate, they’ll also enhance the standing of their brand through inclusive hiring practices. Learn…

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Strength in Numbers

May 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Tuesday | May 26, 2020 | 2pm to 3am PT | Webinar | FREE When the going gets tough, women entrepreneurs band together for solutions and support! Everyone is impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic – but for many business owners, this can be a scary time. Where do you turn for support, what do you do for clients and employees, how can you survive this? We’re here to give you a pep talk and help you find your next step. Join us…

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Business Smarts Webinar – Key Considerations for Adapting to the New Normal

May 27 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Webinar Canada

In this session, the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce plans to uncover three primary areas where you may be rethinking your future operations, these could impact forecasting, staffing, IT investments, and risk management. We want to explore the possibilities, potential barriers and alternative solutions. Topics to cover: Business Modelling and the New Reality Digital Solutions and Collaborating from Home Business Continuity Plan – A Case Study Learn More or Register

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Strategies for Staying Resilient During COVID-19

May 27 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

COURSE DESCRIPTION Faced with significant challenges wrought by COVID-19, resilience is more important than ever for small business owners. This webinar will feature a small business owner who will share their tools and tips for enhancing resilience. You will have an opportunity to learn what other business owners are doing from both a business point of view, as well as a mental health perspective, during this extraordinary period. Join at any time during the series and catch past sessions as…

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COVID 19: Manage Your Cash Flow and Ramp Up for Business

May 28 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Cash flow management is a key business success factor at any time, but it's especially important during an economic crisis. A new webinar from Export Development Canada (EDC) and the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), COVID 19: Manage your cash flow and ramp up for business, will show you the cash-flow strategies that will help your company weather the pandemic, as well as get ready for recovery and growth in the post COVID 19 economy. Registrants will learn about:…

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COVID-19 Financial Program: Understanding BC’s Regional Relief and Recover Fund (RRRF)

May 28 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

On April 17, 2020, the Government of Canada announced the Regional Relief and Recovery Funds (RRRF). Join SBBC, as they speak with Community Futures BC, on how small businesses can take advantage of this program, which specifically target small businesses and rural communities across the country. We will cover the following topics: How to access your local Community Futures office Eligibility for the RRRF Program Answering your questions Learn More or Register

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Options for WEC Loan Clients

Options for WEC Loan Clients

We know the measures being implemented by the federal government to stop the spread of COVID-19 are having a serious impact on some small business owners, as people are self-isolating and avoiding gathering places. To support our loan clients during this period of uncertainty, Women’s Enterprise Centre is making the following concessions available, upon request and demonstration of need:

1) Existing loan clients

You will have two options to help free up working capital for the months of April, May and June.

  • Option 1: Existing loan clients may request a 3-month principal payment ‘holiday.’ With this option, we will defer your monthly principal payments in April, May and June. Those deferred principal payments can be made up anytime during the remaining term of the loan.*
  • Option 2: We will forgive the interest payable on your loan for the months of April, May and June. As of July 1st, interest will again start accruing at the rate specified in your Loan Agreement.*
  • Option 3: You may defer monthly principal payments, AND have the interest forgiven for the months of April, May and June (i.e. both Options 1 & 2).*

*As of July 2020, regular monthly principal and interest payments will resume.

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

The health and safety of our staff, clients, partners and friends is of utmost importance, so we’re doing our part to limit non-essential travel and practice social distancing by modifying how we deliver our services over the coming weeks.

Skills Training Workshops

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

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

Current and planned Peer Mentoring and Taking the Stage® (TTS) groups may choose to meet via Zoom or postpone their sessions. If you’ve registered for a Peer Mentoring or TTS group, your facilitator will be in touch so the group may decide which option works best.

We ask that One-to-One Mentoring pairs temporarily suspend in-person meetings, and meet remotely via phone or Zoom instead. We are happy to support you with setting up Zoom.

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

If you already had an in-person appointment booked, your Business Advisor will be in touch to provide details to connect via Zoom.

Events

We’re doing our best to keep our online training and event calendar up-to-date with changes to events hosted by our partners, yet we encourage you to check with the event organizers directly if you have any questions about the status of an event.

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