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

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Resources from Women’s Enterprise Centre

Free one-on-one appointments with a Business Advisor

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

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

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

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

Unity Women Entrepreneurs Program, in partnership with Vancity

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

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

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

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

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July 2020

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
|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 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
|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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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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Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) Q&A Session

August 19 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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One event on August 21, 2020 at 11:00 am

One event on August 24, 2020 at 10:00 am

One event on August 26, 2020 at 1:00 pm

One event on August 28, 2020 at 11:00 am

One event on August 31, 2020 at 10:00 am

Webinar Canada

With the extension of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) until December, The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will host interactive question and answer sessions for eligible employers on the CEWS. These sessions will respond to general questions about the CEWS and provide resources needed to apply. Learn More or Register

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Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) Q&A Session

August 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on August 21, 2020 at 11:00 am

One event on August 24, 2020 at 10:00 am

One event on August 26, 2020 at 1:00 pm

One event on August 28, 2020 at 11:00 am

One event on August 31, 2020 at 10:00 am

Webinar Canada

With the extension of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) until December, The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will host interactive question and answer sessions for eligible employers on the CEWS. These sessions will respond to general questions about the CEWS and provide resources needed to apply. Learn More or Register

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Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) Q&A Session

August 24 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on August 21, 2020 at 11:00 am

One event on August 24, 2020 at 10:00 am

One event on August 26, 2020 at 1:00 pm

One event on August 28, 2020 at 11:00 am

One event on August 31, 2020 at 10:00 am

Webinar Canada

With the extension of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) until December, The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will host interactive question and answer sessions for eligible employers on the CEWS. These sessions will respond to general questions about the CEWS and provide resources needed to apply. Learn More or Register

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Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) Q&A Session

August 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on August 21, 2020 at 11:00 am

One event on August 24, 2020 at 10:00 am

One event on August 26, 2020 at 1:00 pm

One event on August 28, 2020 at 11:00 am

One event on August 31, 2020 at 10:00 am

Webinar Canada

With the extension of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) until December, The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will host interactive question and answer sessions for eligible employers on the CEWS. These sessions will respond to general questions about the CEWS and provide resources needed to apply. Learn More or Register

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Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) Q&A Session

August 28 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on August 21, 2020 at 11:00 am

One event on August 24, 2020 at 10:00 am

One event on August 26, 2020 at 1:00 pm

One event on August 28, 2020 at 11:00 am

One event on August 31, 2020 at 10:00 am

Webinar Canada

With the extension of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) until December, The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will host interactive question and answer sessions for eligible employers on the CEWS. These sessions will respond to general questions about the CEWS and provide resources needed to apply. Learn More or Register

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Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) Q&A Session

August 31 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on August 21, 2020 at 11:00 am

One event on August 24, 2020 at 10:00 am

One event on August 26, 2020 at 1:00 pm

One event on August 28, 2020 at 11:00 am

One event on August 31, 2020 at 10:00 am

Webinar Canada

With the extension of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) until December, The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will host interactive question and answer sessions for eligible employers on the CEWS. These sessions will respond to general questions about the CEWS and provide resources needed to apply. Learn More or Register

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September 2020

COVID Safety and Energy Efficiency for Your Small Business

September 2 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Webinar Canada

How to Cut Energy Costs in a Safe and Efficient Way COURSE DESCRIPTION During COVID-19, business owners have been looking at different ways to cut costs and become more efficient. What if it was possible to achieve this goal while helping to reduce transmission of COVID-19 at the same time? Delivered by Sam Thomas, Principal and Kootenay Branch Manager of Prism Engineering, and Tiago Pereira, Energy Solutions Manager at FortisBC, attendees will learn practical steps for making the workplace safer,…

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Growing Opportunities: Overcoming COVID’s impact on agri-food webinar

September 10 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Webinar Canada

COVID-19 has led to restrictions and lockdowns, shifting consumer spending behaviours and demands, and logistical challenges that have constrained supplies of certain product groups. If your company is doing business domestically or abroad in the agriculture and agri-food sector and you’re concerned about the impacts of COVID-19, don’t miss Export Development Canada’s (EDC’s) free webinar, brought to you in collaboration with Farm Credit Canada (FCC). Growing Opportunities: Overcoming COVID’s impact on agri-food is airing on Thursday, September 10, 2020, from…

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Back to Business Goal Setting Workshop

September 17 @ 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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Crisis Communications in the Time of Pandemic

September 23 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Webinar Canada

How a business communicates in this era of the COVID-19 pandemic is key to its future success and sometimes its very survival. As consumer behaviour changes, supply chains become disrupted and employees and employers navigate unchartered territory and potentially uncertain futures, the importance of a well-crafted crisis management plan is becoming ever clearer to Canadian enterprises. Join the Canadian Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. ET for an interactive webinar with guest speakers Mark Boutet…

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Back to Business Goal Setting Workshop

September 24 @ 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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Selling During Uncertain Times

September 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Webinar Canada

Ready to Reset? During this unprecedented pandemic, it’s important that we remain calm, proactive and most of all, remember that there are things that we can control. This includes adapting your willingness and ability to maximize your sales strategies to help cope with the business impact of COVID-19. Explore a systematic approach to your business that consistently creates successful performance. Learn: The Behaviors, Attitudes, and Techniques required for driving revenue in a challenging environment. The Strategies and tactics required to…

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Tech Sector Drives Economic Recovery

September 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Webinar Canada

Vancouver's rich talent base, world-class academic institutions and diverse community have made the city a magnet for technology companies of all sizes. As we prepare to navigate post-COVID-19 economic recovery: What opportunities will technology companies create for the local economy? What is the broader impact of the technology sector's growth? How can technology companies continue to invest in our communities? These activities will provide access to the guidance and support businesses require to navigate the crisis. The panel – with…

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Cyberthreats: How to Protect Your Small Business

September 30 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 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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Retail Ready: How to Get Your Product Into Stores

September 30 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on August 12, 2020 at 1:00 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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Customer Discovery and Re-Discovery

September 30 @ 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 @ 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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Economic Recovery Series: Helping business survive

October 1 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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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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