Partnerships and Collaborations
Canada has a complex entrepreneurial ecosystem, so we view collaboration as key to ensuring women entrepreneurs are supported coast-to-coast.
We are proud to partner with key decision makers to ensure that women entrepreneurs have a voice and that Canada is prepared to support their growth and contribution to our economy.
Promoting Supplier Diversity with WBE Canada
We are a proud Strategic Partner of WBE Canada.
We are pleased to collaborate with WBE Canada to build relationships, facilitate knowledge transfer and drive economic growth for women-owned businesses. This partnership will help women-owned businesses access corporate and public procurement opportunities and help raise the profile of diverse suppliers.
About WBE Canada
Founded in 2009, WBE Canada is the largest certifying body for Canadian Women Business Enterprises (WBEs), who sell to corporate and government buyers. WBE Canada certifies Canadian B2B businesses that are at least 51% owned, managed and controlled by women. Certification is built on the Women Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) US model and our rigorous standard of certification is recognized by such giants as IBM, General Motors, Kellogg’s, Accenture, and top Canadian Banks like BMO, TD Bank, and RBC. Learn more about WBE Canada >>
Improving Access to Capital with BDC
In 2018, we have partnered with BDC to help women business owners access additional financing for their business beyond the $150K loans offered by our founding members.
As a result of this partnership, women entrepreneurs may qualify for an additional $100K business loan from BDC and benefit from favourable terms when they receive at least five hours of training/advisory services from WEOC member organizations who have approved programs.
Teaching Tech with Microsoft
In 2017/18, we partnered with Microsoft to help women entrepreneurs understand evolving tech trends and give them tips and advice on using tech to grow their business. Through this partnership, Microsoft wrote a series of sponsored blogs for WEOC member organizations that focused on digital transformation, and offered a selection of complimentary training to our clients.