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News in Entrepreneurship

Updates, information and ideas from WEOC and other organizations around the women’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

WEOC Announcements

2024 WEOC Leadership Summit on April 17 & 18, 2024 in Toronto

Join this inaugural summit with streams created for CEOS, organizational leaders and advisors

Jam-packed with inspiring speakers and incredible conversations, the conference includes an evening reception and full day of interactive and engaging presentations, panels, workshops and networking among colleagues from across the country.

WEOC’s ExportHUB goes live

Explore our resource knowledgebase on exporting

WEOC’s ExportHUB section includes a wealth of stories, tools, research, videos, podcasts and other content curated for businesses advisors supporting their clients in exporting.

Alison Kirkland Interview on the WEOC National Loan Program

WEOC’S CEO on the national loan program

Alison Kirkland, CEO of the Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada (WEOC), recently sat down with Nikki Csek of KelownaNow to discuss WEOC’S work in supporting women in their entrepreneurship journeys though loans, while connecting members with the latest tools and resources.

Entrepreneurship Headlines

More News From Across the Ecosystem

When one woman rises, we all rise

Stacy’s Rise Project winners announced January 20

Congratulations to the first-ever Canadian Stacy’s Rise Project grant recipients! We were thrilled to be a partner in this project that celebrates women entrepreneurs.

Introducing the Class of 2023 winners:

Kristyn Carriere (Edmonton, AB), founder of 7 Summits Snacks

Jolene Johnson (Tobique First Nation, NB), founder of Wabanaki Maple

Elaine Tan Comeau (Coquitlam, BC), founder of Easy Daysies Ltd.

Carolyn Simon (Toronto, ON), founder of Choose Life Foods

WEOC Board Welcomes New Chair

November 16, 2022

At the Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada (WEOC) Annual General Meeting in St. John’s, NL on October 28, 2022, Jennifer Bessell (frontrow, centre) was named Board Chair for a two-year term. Bessell Is the CEO of Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE).

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Minister Ng announces WEOC will deliver much-needed access to capital to women entrepreneurs

August 15, 2022

Today, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development, announced that Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada (WEOC) will be providing loans of up to $50,000 to women entrepreneurs and business owners this fall through the Women Entrepreneurship Loan Fund.