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.

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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

Starting this fall, Janice Shaben, Owner of Silvertip Promotions & Signs and WEC Regional Ambassador is facilitating a Peer Mentoring Group for women business owners in Terrace. You’ll receive support from other women entrepreneurs, gain insights from an experienced business owner and develop a support network. Learn more or apply >>

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May 2020

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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June 2020

Designing a New Content Marketing Plan for 2020

June 1 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Content Marketing in the Age of COVID-19 COURSE DESCRIPTION With customers safely perched at home, content consumption is at an all-time high right now. Is your business creating the type of content your customers and clients want to see? Join Ashley “WriterGal” Doan as she shares why content like blogs, social media posts, lead magnets, and video are invaluable for your business success. You’ll discover an easy-to-follow framework so you can plan the rest of your 2020 content calendar in…

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COVID-19: Reopening Your Beauty Business

June 2 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join SBBC, as they speak with the Executive Director of Beauty Council Western Canada, Greg Robins, on guidelines and expectations as businesses in the beauty community reopen. As well, Michelle Tran, owner of Meraki Beauty Bar will be joining the session. She will address her experience as a multi-service beauty business owner amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as her reopening plans for June. Learn More or Register

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COVID-19: Things to Consider When Reopening Your Business

June 9 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join SBBC as they speak with a Small Business BC Business Advisor on this to consider when reopening your business. This session will be a interactive discussion, with our Covid Support team present to answer any questions you may have on guidelines and expectations as businesses reopen. Learn More or Register

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Business Reinvention Series: Labour & Employment – Legal Considerations for Re-Opening in B.C.

June 9 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Webinar Canada

As British Columbia companies return to work, there are many Labour, Employment and Human Rights legal considerations for companies to think about as they look to re-open. This virtual event will feature Andrew Woodhouse, an Associate in Fasken's Labour, Employment, and Human Rights group. Learn More or Register

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The Retail Council of Canada on Opening Your Business while Protecting Customers & Employees

June 11 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Join the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce for this week's Business Smarts Online webinar where you will hear first hand insights from the Retail Council of Canada and the Downtown Kelowna Association. The conversation will center around those in the retail industry who now must reconsider their operations and policies; including steps they can take to ensure a strong and safe recovery. Topics we'll cover: State of the retail industry in the COVID-19 era Best practices for recovery and re-opening Learn…

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Where Are My Employees? Navigating a Back to Work Action Plan for Employees

June 11 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Women's Enterprise Centre is excited to be part of this free webinar, hosted by the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce! Having challenges enticing your employees back to work? Need some strategies and workplace culture tips? Join the Comox Valley Chamber as they host a panel discussion on navigating a back to work action plan. Moderator: Pauline Stevenson, Regional Ambassador for Women’s Enterprise Centre and President of Excel Career College Panelists: Paul Ives, Partner with Ives Burger Law Dawn McCooey, Business…

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A Tech Startup’s Roadmap to Recovery

June 11 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

For a successful economic recovery from COVID-19, Canada can’t leave its early stage technology companies behind. Small-scale firms are at a critical phase in development where they will either help shape the future of our technology industry, or under extreme financial pressure, lose the progress they’ve made throughout years of R&D innovation. With technology now a major growth area in our economy that benefits all other sectors, the path Canada chooses will determine our future evolution. Featuring startup CEOs and…

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BCFB Town Hall – The Now Normal Future

June 11 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Webinar Canada

Now is the time to shift focus to the ‘now normal’ – and grasp the opportunities that arise from disruption. Radically accelerate your plans to be better positioned in this new future. Join the BC Food & Beverage for a Virtual Town Hall on Thursday, June 11th from 11:15AM-12:15PM, with Ian Proudfoot, KPMG’s Global Head of Agribusiness, as we explore the opportunities that are inherent in the new reality of the agri-food sector, which are highlighted in KPMG in New…

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Getting Back to Business: WorkSafe BC Webinar

June 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Webinar Canada

Join the BC Chamber of Commerce Townhall to hear from WorkSafeBC on how to restart your business safely. About this Event The BC Chamber has partnered with WorkSafeBC to host a webinar on workplace health and safety during COVID-19. Topics Covered: COVID-19 transmission and risks How to control the risk of exposure in the workplace Supporting the mental well-being of your workers Best practices for working from home Resources for your business WorkSafeBC will answer questions about the re-opening of…

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B.C.’s Restart Plan: Working with B.C. business on the road to economic recovery

June 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade for a virtual event about the Province’s restart plan with Deputy Premier and Finance Minister Carole James. Hear from the Finance Minister about the phased approach to restart and recovery in our province and participate in a Q&A. Learn More or Register

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Strategize Your Health & Safety Communication Plan

June 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Webinar Canada

Keeping Staff & Customers Safe During COVID-19 COURSE DESCRIPTION Things have changed dramatically for businesses as a result of COVID-19. Alongside your regularly scheduled marketing, customers also expect to hear how you plan to keep them safe. Have you factored this into your communication plan? Marketing in the age of COVID-19 requires a delicate balancing act for businesses. Join Ashley “WriterGal” Doan and learn best practices for striking the right tone. You’ll learn how to effectively communicate you’re open for…

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Using “The Big Feet” to Kickstart Tourism Recovery

June 16 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday June 16 from 11am to 12pm for a conversation with Marsha Walden, President and CEO of Destination BC, and Michael J. Ballingall, Senior Vice President of Big White Ski Resort Ltd as we come together as a region to take big steps forward and kick open new doors of opportunity in BC's tourism sector. The panel will discuss the impact of the tourism industry within our regional economy and the recovery efforts…

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Back2Business: Reopening Your Health Sector Business

June 16 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Webinar Canada

Join SBBC as they speak with their SBBC Covid Support team Advisor and Caitlyn Fry, the owner of Mountainview Movement, on guidelines and expectations as businesses in the Health Sector reopen. Learn More or Register

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Business Reinvention Series: Shifting to a Digital First Sales Strategy

June 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Webinar Canada

This digital transformation towards an "online first" sales environment was not projected to happen until 2030. We are now in the middle of it and sales organizations need to move fast to adapt, shift and deploy. Learn More or Register

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Strength in Numbers: Meeting privacy compliance during COVID-19

June 16 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

NEW DATE: Join us on June 16 to have your questions answered by a privacy expert! Working from home might be the safest option for your employees and clients right now, but are you taking the right steps to ensure it’s also a secure option? On June 16, we’re hosting privacy consultant, Marilyn Sing, to share how you can maintain the privacy of your customers’ and employees’ personal information. Marilyn will outline BC’s Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) to cover:…

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A Conversation with WorkSafeBC & Pushor Mitchell LLP

June 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Webinar Canada

Join the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce next week for a special edition Webinar as they team up with Okanagan Young Professionals Collective (OYP)! As our organizations begin the transition back into the workplace, there are multiple pieces of the puzzle that should be considered as a business leader to protect yourself, your team, and your stakeholders. You will hear from workplace experts on laying a solid foundation for re-entry into the workplace. The Chamber of Commerce will be talking with…

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Social Advertising during COVID-19

June 18 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Learn how you can advertise effectively on social media and grow your online business. As people have started to adjust to a new normal, e-commerce has grown through increased average time spent on social media coupled with a desire to support local brands now more than ever. Platforms like Facebook and Instagram offer opportunities to get in front of your potential customers and convert them quickly. In this webinar, we will determine: When is the right time for a brand…

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Earning the Trust of Your Customers During Reopening

June 19 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Webinar Canada

Marketing During the COVID-19 Pandemic COURSE DESCRIPTION British Columbia has begun the careful and thoughtful process of reopening under our Provincial Restart Plan. As businesses consider their plan for safe operation, a key question must be answered: How can you demonstrate to customers it is now safe for them to come back and do business with you? According to the Retail Council of Canada, 85 per cent of consumers are going to need to see evidence of enhanced safety measures…

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Restart Plan: Reopening Your Business During COVID-19

June 22 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Webinar Canada

Adapting Your Business to the “New Normal” COURSE DESCRIPTION As businesses across British Columbia carefully and thoughtfully reopen their doors, they’re finding out it’s not as simple as turning a switch on. COVID-19 has left a lasting impact on operations, supply chains and financials, with business owners having to quickly pivot in several different areas. Join SBBC for this free webinar, delivered by an expert from the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), and find out how to ensure employees…

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Women of Whistler Webinar: National Support for Women Entrepreneurs

June 23 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Women's Enterprise Centre is delighted to partner with Women of Whistler for this webinar! Are you a fempreneur running (or planning to start) your own business? Find out how to tap into the Women's Entrepreneurship Strategy support! The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected women entrepreneurs, who typically operate smaller businesses and have less access to capital. Many female business owners also still bear a disproportionate share of domestic work, caregiving and childcare. To address these realities, and in keeping with…

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Celebrating and Supporting Indigenous Entrepreneurship

June 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Webinar Canada

In celebration of National Indigenous People’s Day, Small Business BC will be profiling a number of Indigenous business owners and Initiatives on their journeys, experiences, as well as perspectives of the current climate. Join us, as we gather to discuss how we can support our Indigenous communities and the resources that are available. Speakers (more to come): Carol Anne Hilton, MBA . CEO and Founder of The Indigenomics Institute Tewanee Joseph, Chief Governance and Partnership Officer, Indigenous Tourism BC Learn…

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In Conversation with Betsy Myers: Leading with the Heart and the Head in Times of Crisis

June 23 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Webinar Canada

Canada, the United States and the world are currently reeling from a series of unprecedented and society-threatening crises. There are clearly no easy answers. In moments like these, when the choices we make are so impactful, people desperately want to believe that their leaders know what they are doing and that they care. That's why this is the time for the ultimate in leadership. As Thomas Friedman, The New York Times columnist, recently put it — "In a time of…

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Leading Remote Workers

June 25 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Webinar Canada

Our new global reality means that physical distancing in the workplace requires us to improve digital communication strategies. Having a remote workforce means that organizations need to improve and develop the tools and techniques they use for team building and team cohesion. Ian MacRae and Heather Stewart will discuss their research and experience in leadership and remote working. Key components for organizations are managing performance, communicating effectively and providing guidance and support when all has changed. Remote workers need to…

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Planning for Return to Work Amid COVID-19

June 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Webinar Canada

Creating a Health and Safety Restart Plan COURSE DESCRIPTION As we move through the phases of British Columbia’s Restart Plan, business owners are faced with several operational challenges to safely reopening. Throughout this careful process, the health and safety of staff and customers must remain top of mind. The good news is, help is at hand to navigate this process. Join Natasha Jategaonkar, Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP, for this informative webinar and discover the practical and legal aspects of…

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Manage Your Cash Flow for Restarting Your Business

June 25 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Webinar Canada

Financial Planning During COVID-19 COURSE DESCRIPTION With COVID-19 causing unparalleled disruption around our province, businesses are reopening to a significantly changed landscape. This “new normal” has seen carefully laid financial plans hastily changed, alongside cash flow management taking on more importance than ever. Join Iain Rogers, Entreflow Business & Management Consulting, for this informative webinar and learn key aspects of financial planning during these unprecedented times. You’ll discover best practices for financial forecasting, how to review key aspects of your…

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Business Recovery Series: Strategies to Reopen Your Business & Enabling Remote Work

June 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The way we work has changed. COVID-19 has accelerated the need for many businesses to adopt virtual work solutions. Big and small, organizations of all sizes are embracing work from home as a new norm, which will become a fundamental change to the future our business environment. TELUS' world-class Work Styles program, which was introduced over ten years ago, has now enabled 95 per cent of TELUS team members to work remotely. Join us for exclusive insights and best practices…

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Building a Resilient and Thriving Organizational Culture

June 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Webinar Canada

COVID-19 has introduced a new level of stress to all organizations, with so many of us adjusting to a new way of living and working. Many people, while feeling stressed and struggling to find a new work/life balance, will resort to common, but unsustainable, coping practices such as working harder and longer. Some react to stress and pressures through avoidance, anger, or escape. Now more than ever we need to develop our ability to thrive, not just survive, amidst these…

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Online Community Organizing and Coalition Leadership in a Pandemic

June 26 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Webinar Canada

The COVID-19 pandemic has shed light on multiple local and global injustices based on racism, ableism, sexism, classism, and more. Even in a rich country such as Canada, we see significant inequities in support and access to basic necessities such as food, personal safety, education, safe housing, and health care. The common phrase, "we're all in this together," means that we may all be experiencing a pandemic, yet our experiences of this pandemic are vastly different, depending on our privilege.…

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How to Effectively Communicate Your Health & Safety Plan for Reopening

June 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Webinar Canada

Keeping Staff & Customers Safe During COVID-19 COURSE DESCRIPTION Things have changed dramatically for businesses as a result of COVID-19. Alongside your regularly scheduled marketing, customers also expect to hear how you plan to keep them safe. Have you factored this into your communication plan? Marketing in the age of COVID-19 requires a delicate balancing act for businesses. Join Ashley “WriterGal” Doan and learn best practices for striking the right tone. You’ll learn how to effectively communicate you’re open for…

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Strategic Planning for Business Growth

June 30 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Webinar Canada

Join SBBC as they speak with Business Planning Advisor, Laura Aveledo, on the services offered at Small Business BC as well as how to pivot your business strategically during the reopening phase. Learn More or Register

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Strength in Numbers: Conversational Intelligence®: Shift your conversations from Good to Great

June 30 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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? Whether we are networking, negotiating, or talking to our customers, having conversations that are effective improves our business outcomes.  With some simple tools, insights and understanding of what is happening in…

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July 2020

Digital Marketing for Restarting Your Business

July 3 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Webinar Canada

Reach Customers Online in the “New Normal” COURSE DESCRIPTION We’ve moved into the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. Consumers are slowly beginning to return to stores, but how we market to them has dramatically changed. Have you adjusted your marketing tactics to account for our “new normal?” Join Warren Thompson, Managing Director of Ollo Metrics, for this informative and fascinating look at Digital Marketing in the age of COVID-19. Understandably, most business owners view the pandemic as a threat…

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Navigating Small Business Resources

July 7 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Webinar Canada

Join Small Business BC, as Small Business BC Advisors help you navigate the abundance of resources out there available to entrepreneurs. They will show you resource that SBBC offers but also our partner organizations offer, so you can evaluate what fits you best during this time. Learn More or Register

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Branding for Restarting Your Business (& Beyond)

July 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Webinar Canada

Brand Strategy in Changing Times COURSE DESCRIPTION We’re living in an unprecedented era for businesses. As entrepreneurs slowly reopening and scale up their operations, they do so with a mixture of hope and anxiety. Throughout this challenging period, businesses must adapt their brand and messaging to match the prevailing mood. Now is not the time for the hard sell. Nor messaging unsympathetic to the current landscape. Instead, customers will appreciate businesses who take current events into account, and match their…

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Revisiting Your COVID-19 Safety Plan

July 7 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Webinar Canada

How is your COVID-19 safety plan working? Are you continuing to manage the risks associated with COVID-19 in your workplace, making changes as needed? Join Destination BC & go2HR as they discuss revisiting your COVID-19 Safety Plan, and a candid panel discussion with tourism employers, sharing some key insights and learnings based on their experiences in creating and implementing safety plans. Key topics to be covered include: A refresher on the key components of a robust COVID-19 Safety Plan. Your…

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Trade Recovery Series: A New World

July 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Webinar Canada

COVID-19 has significantly affected global trade, and as nations embark on economic recovery, new opportunities present themselves for Canadian companies of all sizes. Join Global Affairs Canada's John Hannaford, Deputy Minister of International Trade, and Dr. Ailish Campbell, Chief Trade Commissioner & Assistant Deputy Minister, International Business Development, as they share their insights into how Canadian companies can leverage the newly ratified Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) to grow internationally. You will have an opportunity to ask your question on what…

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Get Digital: Upping Your E-Commerce Game

July 9 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Webinar Canada

The companies that are most successful in our post-COVID world will be those that adopt a strong online presence, early and fast. And it's easier than you think to strengthen your e-commerce muscles and learn how the tools and best practices have changed. Join the EDC & Google live Thursday July 9 from 10:00am to 11:00am to find the insight and resources you need to guide you through improving your digital presence and attracting new customers from anywhere in the…

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Researching and understanding Your Market During COVID-19

July 9 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Webinar Canada

Know Your Audience as You Reopen COURSE DESCRIPTION Customer habits have rapidly changed since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses are discovering that customers are still out there, but a different approach is needed to find them. Rather than relying on guess work, market research holds the keys to identifying this elusive customer data. Join Small Business BC’s Market Research Analyst, Mark Eversfield, and find key tips and best practices for researching and understanding your market during COVID-19. You’ll…

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The Importance of Digital Presence in the New Normal

July 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Webinar Canada

Small Business BC will discuss the importance of having a Digital Presence and evaluate your digital footprint. Learn More or Register

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Force Majeure 101: Breaking a Contract During Covid-19

July 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

We’ve partnered with the BLG DRIVEN BY WOMEN™ Initiative to offer a series of legal webinars this summer! The spread of Covid-19 has disrupted markets and supply chains around the world, and many businesses are at risk of being unable to perform their contractual obligations. In contract law, “force majeure” refers to unforeseeable circumstances that prevent someone from fulfilling a contract—and it may apply to your business amidst COVID-19. This global pandemic has and will continue to bring many assertions…

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How to Boost Your Company’s Finances with SR&ED

July 16 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Webinar Canada

Government support programs for companies impacted by COVID-19 may have eased the financial strain on many Canadian technology startups, but as the third quarter of the year begins, companies should be planning for the, in many cases, unexpected effect of these programs on their SR&ED position beyond the pandemic. Understanding how government support can affect your future SR&ED will help you better estimate your finances, avoid surprise deductions, and strategize to maximize government incentives. Join Accelerate Okanagan on Thursday, July…

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Business Recovery Series: Immersive Training Simulations

July 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Webinar Canada

If your business provides training then you will want to learn about immersive training simulations that are transforming learning. Learners report being more engaged and have a measurably deeper understanding of the course material. Training times are being significantly reduced saving business money while core competency is notably higher. Join Virtro's Lee Brighton as she takes you on a journey to explore ways this technology can directly benefit your business. The presentation will cover: A brief discussion on the various…

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How to Support Employees’ Mental Health & Well-Being During COVID-19 & Beyond

July 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Webinar Canada

In a recent survey by Sun Life, over half (56%) of Canadians surveyed said COVID-19 is negatively affecting their mental health. On Monday July 20 at 12:00pm, Join the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Carmen Bellows, Registered Psychologist and Director, Mental Health Solutions at Sun Life Financial to learn how to develop and maintain a positive mental health environment in your organization. Learn More or Register

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Back to Business Goal Setting Workshop

July 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on July 29, 2020 at 10:00 am

One event on August 5, 2020 at 10:00 am

One event on August 12, 2020 at 10:00 am

Webinar Canada

Succeeding in the New Normal for Business COURSE DESCRIPTION Businesses across Canada are coming to terms with a vastly changed landscape. In many aspects, the old way of doing things has been discarded, and the transition to the “new normal” is filled with many challenges. The key to succeeding in these times is to be prepared, know the obstacles you’re likely to face, and set goals that will enable you to move forward. With so many strategic decisions to be…

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How to Thrive in Your Home Office

July 22 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Webinar Canada

Working from home has become the new normal for many of us. Maybe COVID-19 has caused you to shift from an office environment into a home environment, or maybe you own a home-based business and working from home has always been your normal. Regardless of the reason, WESK invites you to join us for this 1-hour free webinar to learn some great tips on how to thrive in your home office, and prepare your workplace and your workforce for a…

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Business Recovery Series: How Capacity Conversations Can Help You Survive & Thrive

July 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Webinar Canada

The changes in behaviour in response to the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted demand and created capacity challenges for many companies. To most effectively manage capacity, companies need to look at it through a different lens. Instead of defining capacity as simply “maximum output”, a more productive definition of capacity relates to the “maximum revenue” that can be generated. In this session, Alan Oishi will share the benefits of this alternative definition and help leaders apply it to make decisions that…

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Next for B.C.: Andrew Wilkinson Talks COVID-19, Economic Recovery

July 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Webinar Canada

You won't want to miss out on this months Okanagan College exclusive digital town hall discussion on Tuesday, July 28th at 12:00PM, with B.C. Liberal Leader, Andrew Wilkinson. Join Okanagan College to discuss the effects of COVID-19 on provincial politics and the economy as well as what the opposition leader believes British Columbia's recovery should look like and how we can be best positioned to succeed in the post-pandemic reality. Learn More or Register

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Back to Business Goal Setting Workshop

July 29 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on July 29, 2020 at 10:00 am

One event on August 5, 2020 at 10:00 am

One event on August 12, 2020 at 10:00 am

Webinar Canada

Succeeding in the New Normal for Business COURSE DESCRIPTION Businesses across Canada are coming to terms with a vastly changed landscape. In many aspects, the old way of doing things has been discarded, and the transition to the “new normal” is filled with many challenges. The key to succeeding in these times is to be prepared, know the obstacles you’re likely to face, and set goals that will enable you to move forward. With so many strategic decisions to be…

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How to Stay Competitive in the New Normal

July 29 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Webinar Canada

Finding New Ways to Serve Customers During COVID-19 COURSE DESCRIPTION Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the old way of doing business has been disrupted. Customers are interacting with businesses in new ways and many business owners have struggled to adapt their sales and customer service methods to keep up. Learn about a variety of digital tools that small businesses should consider to live in the new normal. Reach consumers at home, offer pre-order/curbside pickup options, create a safe…

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Navigating Your Business to Recovery

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

Have questions about navigating through the government support programs? Want to learn more about e-commerce and cyber-security? Or maybe you have questions about labour laws during the pandemic? Join this packed webinar to hear from experts on all these topics to help you navigate to recovery. Navigating government support programs Focus on leveraging online in the ‘’new normal’’ for growth but understanding how to manage risk (cyber-security/privacy) An employers’ guide to reopening the workplace from the legal standpoint Learn More…

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Supporting Rural Women Entrepreneurs Through COVID-19 & Beyond

July 30 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Webinar Canada

Just as images of entrepreneurship are strongly associated with men in technology, the focus on entrepreneurship and innovation is very urban-centric and often ignores rural and semi rural areas. Recent data shows that in certain rural regions across Canada, rates of self-employment among women are higher than in the rest of the province. In this webinar we will discuss the particular needs and challenges of rural women entrepreneurs and the programs available to support them throughout COVID-19 and beyond. Learn…

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August 2020

Back to Business Goal Setting Workshop

August 5 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on July 29, 2020 at 10:00 am

One event on August 5, 2020 at 10:00 am

One event on August 12, 2020 at 10:00 am

Webinar Canada

Succeeding in the New Normal for Business COURSE DESCRIPTION Businesses across Canada are coming to terms with a vastly changed landscape. In many aspects, the old way of doing things has been discarded, and the transition to the “new normal” is filled with many challenges. The key to succeeding in these times is to be prepared, know the obstacles you’re likely to face, and set goals that will enable you to move forward. With so many strategic decisions to be…

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What changes to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy means for employers

August 6 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Webinar Canada

On July 21, the House of Commons passed Bill C-20, an Act respecting further COVID-19 measures which makes a number of significant changes to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy ("CEWS") program including making the wage subsidies more accessible to businesses and extending its availability to December 19, 2020. The Bill provides for a base subsidy available to all eligible employers experiencing a revenue decline with the subsidy amount varying depending on the scale of the revenue decline. The government has…

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Small Claims: A Practical Guide to Dispute Resolution

August 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

We’ve partnered with the BLG DRIVEN BY WOMEN™ Initiative to offer a series of legal webinars this summer! View the series >> What do you do if you’re being sued or you want to enforce your legal rights? On August 10, we’re hosting Jennifer K. Choi, an associate in BLG’s Disputes Group, who will walk you through the various dispute resolution processes available in BC—from the Civil Resolution Tribunal, to private arbitration. Jennifer will speak to the pros and cons…

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The Key to Employee Well-Being During and After the Pandemic

August 10 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Webinar Canada

Covid-19 has seriously shaken things up for Canadians, both in their professional and personal lives. With our new normal, which—for many of us—means teleworking and homeschooling, we're seeing an uptick in health problems that organizations and insurers need to address and adapt to. In this webinar, The Canadian Chamber of Commerce will be looking at how overall health culture, which includes physical, mental and financial health, is especially important during a crisis. And how going forward, this culture will be…

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The Evolution of Events: 2020 and Beyond

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

Learn how your events can seamlessly operate today, what you need to consider for the future and what cannot be sacrificed. About this Event We're all patiently waiting for when we can get back to in-person connections and live experiences. But in the meantime, event professionals are pivoting to virtual events and event companies are turning to digital platforms and video services. We all know that the events industry has had to adapt—and fast! Within a matter of months, a…

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Back to Business Goal Setting Workshop

August 12 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on July 29, 2020 at 10:00 am

One event on August 5, 2020 at 10:00 am

One event on August 12, 2020 at 10:00 am

Webinar Canada

Succeeding in the New Normal for Business COURSE DESCRIPTION Businesses across Canada are coming to terms with a vastly changed landscape. In many aspects, the old way of doing things has been discarded, and the transition to the “new normal” is filled with many challenges. The key to succeeding in these times is to be prepared, know the obstacles you’re likely to face, and set goals that will enable you to move forward. With so many strategic decisions to be…

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Retail Ready: How to Get Your Product Into Stores

August 12 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Webinar Canada

Make Your Goods Retail Ready COURSE DESCRIPTION Are you ready to take your product to retail? Getting your product onto store shelves can be challenging and costly, especially if you don’t understand the pitfalls. Get started by learning about product design and how to tell your brand’s story in a way that resonates with retailers and consumers. This seminar will also focus on setting the correct retail price for your product and determining suitable sales channels to pursue your ideal…

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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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