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 $60k for women entrepreneurs, from Regional Relief and Recovery Fund

The Government of Canada, through Western Economic Diversification Canada, is providing loans of up to $60,000 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.

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Government Updates

Resources from Women’s Enterprise Centre

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. The RRRF provides loans of up to $60k, and the chance to convert up to $20k into a forgivable grant!

If your business was healthy prior to Covid and you could use a financial cushion to cover your non-deferrable fixed expenses while you work on your business, then this is a low-cost lending option for you. Deadline to apply is March 31, 2021! Learn more >>

Update April 1, 2021, Regarding the Application Deadline
Please note that we are continuing to accept applications after the deadline of March 31; however, we cannot guarantee that any applications received after that date will be assessed or approved. If an extension to the RRRF program is announced, as it has with CEBA, then we will proceed with processing applications received after April 1, in the order they were received.

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 >>

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! Access a line of credit or loan from Vancity, and receive complimentary support from us. Learn more >>

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September 2020

Customer Discovery and Re-Discovery

September 30, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Webinar Canada

An interactive webinar providing tips, best practices, and processes for customer discovery and re-discovery in an era of rapidly-changing markets. Learn More or Register

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October 2020

Back to Business Goal Setting Workshop

October 1, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Thursday, repeating until October 8, 2020

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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Economic Recovery Series: Helping business survive

October 1, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Webinar Canada

Keynote speaker and panelists will discuss the short- and long-term measures, programs and priorities that will help business survive today and transform our region for the future. Learn More or Register

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Business Reinvention with Arlene Dickinson

October 1, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Webinar Canada

The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade's Scale-up Centre for SMEs is pleased to welcome Dragon's Den star Arlene Dickinson. This interactive discussion will help B.C.'s Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) address challenges due to the economic impacts from the global pandemic. Arlene and our panel of business leaders will discuss: Business reinvention in turbulent times Where current opportunity exists for SMEs How to proactively prepare for business disruption This virtual event will provide access to the guidance and support…

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Business Networking Skills for Success

October 6, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Webinar Canada

Networking and Connecting During COVID-19 COURSE DESCRIPTION COVID-19 and the need to maintain physical distancing has dramatically impacted on our ability to network and make new contacts. Don’t despair, there are still plenty of ways to make the connections you need for your business to succeed. Now is the perfect time to assess your network and increase your connections so your business is well poised to benefit as our economy gradually reopens. Join Cathy Kuzel, Business Development Strategies and Advisor,…

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Back to Business Goal Setting Workshop

October 8, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Thursday, repeating until October 8, 2020

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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Business Planning In This Period Of Uncertainty

October 14, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Webinar Canada

Join Dale Durand, Business Succession Advisor, Wealth Advisory Services at TD and learn how to effectively manage and increase your corporate and personal cash flows through these extraordinary times. Discussion Topics Recovering taxes already paid through tax loss selling Withdrawing cash from your corporation tax free Improving your estate planning in these down markets Supporting your selected charities and yourself at the same time Learn More or Register

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Business During Pandemic: Discuss Sales Development & Small Biz Trends

October 15, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Webinar Canada

Join Laura Norman, Senior Director of Marketing for Essentials and SMB, and Adam Kirsh, AVP SMB Commercial Sales Canada at Salesforce as they discuss and examine key insights into how SMBs are navigating business during the pandemic. Leveraging recent feedback and his experience in the field, Adam Kirsh will discuss sales and business development during a pandemic, and also how he's found success leading his Canadian SMB team through such challenging times. Laura Norman will speak to Salesforce’s newly released…

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Forging the way forward: How entrepreneurs are adapting to the pandemic

October 19, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Webinar Canada

Attend this one-hour event hosted by Michael Denham, BDC President and CEO, as he recognizes Canadian entrepreneurs for their resilience and shares actual case studies of business owners who have turned things around amidst one of the worst economic crises in history. Learn More or Register

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Taxsense During COVID-19

October 20, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Webinar Canada

How Accessing Canadian Emergency Benefits Can Impact Your Taxes 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…

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Staying Resilient During COVID-19

October 20, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Webinar Canada

Mental Health and Resiliency for Small Businesses COURSE DESCRIPTION When faced with broad-based uncertainty, it is natural to feel stress and anxiety. However too much stress can negatively impact our mental and physical health. This session will help you cope by starting with self-care for leaders: it begins with you. What are some things you can do as a small business owner or leader to manage your stress? What are some things you can do as a leader to help…

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Zoom – Get on Board!

October 20, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Webinar Canada

Since the start of the pandemic lockdown, more businesses and families are meeting on “Zoom”. Feeling left out because you haven’t tried it? This fun filled hour will get you comfortable with the platform and explain the simple ways to engage with others in the new normal. Registration deadline: Oct 19 Learn More or Register

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Succeeding in a new reality: Plan your way out of the COVID-19 crisis

October 20, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Webinar Canada

Join Pierre Cléroux, Vice President, Research and Chief Economist of BDC, as he answers your questions live! Get a snapshot of the economic outlook and gain insight from BDC’s latest study on strategies real entrepreneurs are using to successfully navigate the new business context. Learn More or Register

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Market Research: Emerging Trends in Consumer Behaviour

October 20, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Webinar Canada

How to Use Market Research to Help with Decisions in a Rapidly Changing World COURSE DESCRIPTION Are you struggling to make sense of the world amidst widespread and rapid change? Join Mark Eversfield, Market Research Analyst at Small Business BC, and learn how market research can inform your business decisions as you navigate COVID-19. WHAT WILL I LEARN? How to gather information about current and potential customers How consumer behaviour has changed since the pandemic Key data sources and tools…

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Smart Marketing in a Changing World

October 20, 2020 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Webinar Canada

Grow Your Small Business In 2020 Without Appearing Tone Deaf COURSE DESCRIPTION In the last few months, our world has changed. Consumer behaviours 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 widespread change. Discover how you can market effectively – without appearing tone-deaf as our economy continues to adapt to pandemic pressures. WHAT WILL I LEARN? How to…

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Success in Times of Crisis: These Entrepreneurs Rule!

October 21, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Webinar Canada

Discover the inspiring movement of entrepreneurs who’ve been thriving through this terrible year of pandemic, climate crisis and social strain. Meet them and learn the basis of their success, broadened company purpose, as well as the strategic planning tool they prefer. Learn More or Register

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How to Launch Your Product in Today’s World

October 21, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Webinar Canada

Changing Retail Landscapes and Opportunities COURSE DESCRIPTION COVID-19 has spurred many changes affecting retail in BC, from disruptions to the supply chain to online shopping becoming more prevalent. At the same time though, initiatives like Shop Local and the transition of brick and mortar businesses to e-commerce are taking place as well. Now may be the best time for you to connect with retailers and get your foot in the door, and your products into their stores, both online and…

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Forging the way forward online: get started with eCommerce

October 21, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Webinar Canada

COVID-19 has changed everything, including how consumers shop. Join Google, Digital Main Street, BDC and local business owners to learn how to build an online business for free, optimize it, and get your products into the hands of more customers. Learn More or Register

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Ergonomics in the COVID Era: Working from Home and Beyond

October 22, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Webinar Canada

Minimize Discomfort and Injuries with Ergonomics COURSE DESCRIPTION For several months, many of us have worked from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The workstations we hastily set up in March have lasted longer than expected. Also some of the COVID-19-related changes to our workplaces have increased risk for injuries. As a result, It’s time to address this problem, ahead of a winter spent working remotely or working with COVID-19 related changes in your workplace. Correcting your workstation ergonomics will…

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Google Strategies for Your Local Business

October 23, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Webinar Canada

How Google My Business is Your New Front Door COURSE DESCRIPTION This pandemic is forcing small businesses to pivot and go online. Your Google My Business profile could be that quick win to reach customers and convey what’s unique about your business. It’s more important than ever to effectively utilize this channel to keep new and existing customers informed about your business, from new hours of operation and procedures to fresh product offerings. Updating the information on your GMB profile…

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How to Stay Relevant in Uncertain Times

October 23, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Webinar Canada

Ideas for Staying Top of Mind COURSE DESCRIPTION Wondering how you can meet customer needs and remain relevant amidst massive lifestyle changes as the pandemic lingers on? There are many questions about what to do and how to adapt, particularly as the pandemic draws on, and changes in consumer behaviour risk becoming more permanent. Start by creating your conceptual framework for staying relevant by drawing inspiration from other businesses in BC. The webinar will highlight numerous examples of businesses doing…

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November 2020

Economic Recovery Series: Tourism & Hospitality in a time of COVID-19

November 2, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Webinar Canada

The economic rebound of British Columbia hinges on the recovery of critical economic sectors such as tourism and hospitality. Prior to the pandemic, tourism contributed $8.3 billion to provincial GDP and employed more than 160,000 people. For our region and province to recover, it is essential that government provide support measures to help the industry overcome and rebuild from the devastating impacts of COVID-19. The keynote speaker and panelists will discuss the short- and long-term measures, programs and priorities that…

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Building Resilience to Thrive

November 3, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

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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Supporting Mental Health After Returning to Work

November 4, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Webinar Canada

For many, stress and tension at work are at an all-time high. As an employer, manager or supervisor, knowing how to de-escalate and navigate challenging situations effectively is essential to creating and maintaining a healthy workplace culture. Changing rules and expectations, uncertainty, and inconsistency contribute to stress, and conflict can quickly arise when issues are not addressed appropriately. Join Aaryn Secker of Thoughtfull, a social enterprise of CMHA Kelowna, for a Webinar on supporting mental health in the workplace and…

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Refresh Your Food Processing Business

November 9, 2020

If your business has been impacted by the pandemic, this funded program offers you a chance to turn things around. But, you have to apply by November 9th. Refresh Your Food Processing Business Developed in consultation with the Small Scale Food Processor Association and the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture, the Food Business Refresh program is designed to help rejuvenate food processing businesses who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. If accepted into the Refresh program, you would be given…

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Business Smarts Webinar: The Way Forward

November 9, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Webinar Canada

A lot has changed over the past year, and this includes how we look at financial planning for the future. Financial security plays a large role in our future planning and ensuring you are informed as a business owner/operator, or consumer will help you to succeed in predicting your moves for the future both personally and professionally. During this event, the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce will meet with Financial Security expert Rhona Stanislaus to discuss the role demographics and consumer…

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The Role Of Technology For Business Transformation In A Post-Covid Economy

November 12, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Webinar Canada

As COVID-19 drove businesses to operate almost exclusively online, the need for a strong network and innovative technology became increasingly important. Fortunately, Canadian telecom has been investing for years, and the dawn of 5G could not have come at a more important time. Our conversation with Navin Arora, President Business Solutions at TELUS and Pau Castells, Director of Economic Analysis at GSMA, will examine how 5G will revolutionize and transform business operations and influence customer revenues, improve productivity and operational…

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Understanding the WorkSafeBC Claims Process

November 12, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Webinar Canada

Everything You Need to Know About Filing a Claim COURSE DESCRIPTION Have you been injured in a work-related incident? Perhaps a member of your team has suffered an injury on the job? After dealing with an injury in the workplace, navigating the WorkSafeBC claims process can feel overwhelming. Don’t worry, help is at hand. Join Elise Kobylanski, WorkSafeBC, for this webinar and receive an overview of the life cycle of a WorkSafeBC claim and key return-to-work best practices for employers.…

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Business Storytelling in the Age of COVID

November 12, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Webinar Canada

Marketing is storytelling. From social media posts and videos to press releases, your job is to grab us, in the same way, that "once upon a time.." grabbed us as children. But now that the pandemic has set every business on its ear, what kind of stories do we tell? With COVID-era storytelling tips and examples of companies that are doing it right and companies that aren't, this event will send you away with new tools for successfully communicating your…

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Emerging Trends in Small Business

November 16, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Webinar Canada

How to Prepare for 2021 and Beyond COURSE DESCRIPTION The COVID-19 pandemic has heavily impacted Canadian businesses. Small businesses especially have been forced to adapt and pivot in several different ways. From restaurants quickly moving to contactless pickup, to retailers making the jump to ecommerce, to the surge in video and teleconsultantions, small business owners have found ways to make our “new normal” work for their customers. Many of these changes are likely to stay. Join SBBC for this informative…

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Build. Grow. Thrive. – Virtual Event

November 18, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Women’s Enterprise Centre is delighted to be an exhibitor at this virtual event—join in and connect with Danielle, our Outreach Officer! Small Business BC, alongside our partners at Island Savings, is excited to announce the return of our popular Build. Grow. Thrive. virtual event series. This FREE day of education will equip attendees with the skills and resources they need to thrive within our emerging COVID economy. While we can’t gather in person, you’re invited to join us remotely on…

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How Canadian Companies can Navigate ‘Business as Unusual’

November 18, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Webinar Canada

The COVID-19 crisis hit the economy hard, and companies are re-thinking their business models and strategies. In this webinar, you’ll discover how to manage the current risks and challenges from Mairead Lavery, President and CEO of Export Development Canada, and The Honourable Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Join EDC live on Wednesday, Nov.18, 2020 from 10 to 11 a.m. to get: How COVID-19 has impacted Canada’s global trade Tips for Canadian exporters and small…

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Western Canada Executive Summit

November 24, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Webinar Canada

This exclusive event will bring together senior executives and thought leaders for a dialogue on top issues affecting Canadian business. Participants will hear from our President and CEO, the Hon. Perrin Beatty, PC, OC, President of the Treasury Board, the Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos and some of Canada’s most influential business leaders. Summit Overview The event will consist of three panel discussions that will take a deeper looking into specific measures that our political leaders must consider to ensure a sharp…

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Debt Restructuring in Difficult Times

November 24, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Webinar Canada

An Alternative to Insolvency COURSE DESCRIPTION Against a backdrop of serious financial challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses are facing a difficult decision on their financial futures. If a permanent closure is something that has crossed your mind, have you considered debt restructuring options to help weather the storm? Small businesses have several restructuring options available to them to stave off closure. However, in order to make the right decisions, you need to understand concepts and terms such…

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Economic Recovery Series: Investing in the Future

November 25, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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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Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy Q&A

December 4, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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One event on December 9, 2020 at 10:00 am

Webinar Canada

The Government of Canada is taking targeted action to support Canadians and Canadian businesses, non-profits and charities that continue to face uncertainty and economic challenges because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The new rent subsidy supports businesses, charities and non-profits that have suffered a revenue drop by providing support up to a maximum of 65% of eligible expenses. Qualifying organizations that are under a lockdown or have significantly limited activities under a public health order will have access to Lockdown  Support, a top-up…

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Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy Q&A

December 9, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on December 9, 2020 at 10:00 am

Webinar Canada

The Government of Canada is taking targeted action to support Canadians and Canadian businesses, non-profits and charities that continue to face uncertainty and economic challenges because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The new rent subsidy supports businesses, charities and non-profits that have suffered a revenue drop by providing support up to a maximum of 65% of eligible expenses. Qualifying organizations that are under a lockdown or have significantly limited activities under a public health order will have access to Lockdown  Support, a top-up…

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Tourism Recovery: Workforce Power Session

December 9, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Webinar Canada

This webinar will help employers navigate challenging staffing issues, exploring ways to recalibrate the staffing structure, plans to help employees transition back to work or new roles, and best practices to support employees with managing difficult circumstances such as transitioning to different jobs or coping with mental health needs. Learn More or Register

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Supporting Local Business: Essential to our Economy and Communities

December 10, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Webinar Canada

The Canadian Chamber or Commerce will discuss the diverse realities of businesses grappling with the pandemic. They'll also take a look at how local, provincial and national chambers, business owners and Canadians can work together to support local through the pandemic and into recovery. Learn More or Register

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COVID-19 Government Measures for Business and Individuals

December 11, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Webinar Canada

As we move through this pandemic, the federal government has announced new programs and changes to funding that assist businesses and individuals. Join the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade as they break down how you can utilize these programs to keep your business running and find success as we move forward and hopefully soon see the end of the pandemic. Learn More or Register

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January 2021

Building Resilience to Thrive

January 12 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

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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Business Insurance 101: Supporting Businesses During the Pandemic

January 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Webinar Canada

Canadian businesses are facing uncertain and challenging times. COVID-19 has had a devastating financial impact, and business owners continue to face new risks and challenges. When it comes to commercial insurance, many business owners are seeing their premiums rise and may be finding it increasingly difficult to get the appropriate insurance to meet their needs in certain regions. While there are no easy solutions to the problem, Canada’s insurers are pulling together to find creative solutions to support businesses across…

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What’s Next? Managing your business’s finances in 2021

January 18 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Webinar Canada

After a difficult year for entrepreneurs, the road to recovery is still filled with uncertainty. To face whatever the coming year may bring, now is the time to get your financial house in order. While the Canadian economy should grow by 4% to 5% in 2021, a full recovery would likely have to wait until 2022. But no matter how well your business is performing, strong financial management is essential for positioning yourself to grow in the recovery. In this…

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Economic Outlook Forum: The CEO Perspective

January 19 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Webinar Canada

Our region’s executive leaders provide their outlook on economic resiliency and recovery in B.C. and tell us how they will be making decisions in 2021, and what will really be affecting their bottom line. Learn More or Register

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Economic Outlook Forum: Geopolitical Outlook

January 21 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Webinar Canada

This panel will look at the changing political landscapes, government efforts to support the economy, the outcome of the B.C. and U.S. elections, and Canadian federal politics to discuss what B.C.’s business community should expect in the year ahead. Learn More or Register

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The New Art of Selling

January 25 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Webinar Canada

Rethinking Your Approach to Sales COURSE DESCRIPTION 2020 has been a year of change. Human interactions have rapidly shifted to socially distant, online environments and many businesses have had to pivot the new COVID economy. One of the biggest changes companies have had to adjust to is how to achieve sales in this quickly changing world. Join us for this fast-paced and interactive webinar where you’ll learn the changing approaches to selling, new customer behaviors, expectations, and technologies that consumers…

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Small Business Trends for 2021

January 29 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Webinar Canada

What You Need to Know for the New Year COURSE DESCRIPTION As we consign 2020 to the history books, thoughts inevitably turn to 2021 and the opportunities it will bring. There’s plenty of reasons for optimism in the coming year, with a return to normality on the horizon. What lessons can we learn from 2020? Which of our COVID-19 pivots are likely to stick around? Join us for a fascinating panel discussion that gathers speakers from a wide variety of…

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February 2021

TaxSense During COVID-19

February 3 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Webinar Canada

How Accessing Canadian Emergency Benefits Can Impact Your Taxes 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…

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Debt Restructuring in Difficult Times

February 3 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Webinar Canada

An Alternative to Insolvency COURSE DESCRIPTION Against a backdrop of serious financial challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses are facing a difficult decision on their financial futures. If a permanent closure is something that has crossed your mind, have you considered debt restructuring options to help weather the storm? Small businesses have several restructuring options available to them to stave off closure. However, in order to make the right decisions, you need to understand concepts and terms such…

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Scale up! How to use technology to boost your business’s efficiency

February 9 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Webinar Canada

A year of COVID-19 has made technology investments more important than ever for entrepreneurs who want to be more competitive and profitable. Eager to cut costs, speed up processes and reduce errors, more and more businesses are turning to technology for a solution. Yet investing in technology is only half the battle. To reap the full benefits from your investments, you need efficient operations and a team who supports digitization. On February 9th at 9:30 am, join BDC experts as…

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How to Launch Your Product in Today’s World

February 9 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Webinar Canada

Changing Retail Landscapes and Opportunities COURSE DESCRIPTION COVID-19 has spurred many changes affecting retail in BC, from disruptions to the supply chain to online shopping becoming more prevalent. At the same time though, initiatives like Shop Local and the transition of brick and mortar businesses to e-commerce are taking place. Now may be the best time for you to connect with retailers, get your foot in the door, and your products onto their shelves and their websites. Appealing product design,…

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Building a Stronger B.C. for Everyone

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

Join Honourable Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation for a discussion about his key priorities for an innovative, sustainable and inclusion Economic Recovery Plan. Learn More or Register

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Business Networking Skills for Success During COVID-19

February 24 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Webinar Canada

Networking and Connecting During COVID-19 COURSE DESCRIPTION COVID-19 and the need to maintain physical distancing has dramatically impacted on our ability to network and make new contacts. Don’t despair, there are still plenty of ways to make the connections you need for your business to succeed. Now is the perfect time to assess your network and increase your connections so your business is well poised to benefit as our economy gradually reopens. Join Cathy Kuzel, Business Development Strategies and Advisor,…

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Building Resilience to Thrive

February 24 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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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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March 2021

How to hold Productive Online Meetings

March 5 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Webinar Canada

Effective Virtual Meetings While Working From Home Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic many of us have depended on virtual meetings to connect with our colleagues and customers. Are you maximizing the time you spend on these calls? Whether it’s online or offline, we all want our meetings to be as productive and effective as possible. To achieve this goal, it needs intentional design and know-how. Join Beth Cougler Blom and discover best practices for running effective online meetings…

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Developing Talent at Distance

March 18 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Webinar Canada

Learning is a journey. As your organization evolves, the market adapts and new technology appears, your workforce needs to further develop its talent. How can distant learning be efficient? This webinar will address: Competencies that can be developed remotely Developing a distant learning plan Use of online training: With live facilitator ­Pre-recorded webinar style Learn More or Register

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Cyberthreats: How to Protect Your Small Business

March 29 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Webinar Canada

Cybersecurity in the Age of COVID-19 COURSE DESCRIPTION Since the beginning of the pandemic, many businesses have quickly increased their online presence and remote operations. Unfortunately, this has led to a rapid increase in cyberattacks. Hackers have learned many small businesses often don’t have strong cybersecurity in place, and they represent a soft target. With 2020 on track to set records for cybercrime, is your business sufficiently protected? Join cybersecurity expert, Jeremy Colwell, for this informative webinar and learn best…

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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 $60,000 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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