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News from the Women’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

March 2021 – New report examines barriers facing Black entrepreneurs in Canada, Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce





Mikwam Makwa Ikwe (Ice Bear Woman) Graphic for A National Needs Analysis on Indigenous Women's EntrepreneurshipJanuary 2021 – Mikwam Makwa Ikwe (Ice Bear Woman): A National Needs Analysis on Indigenous Women’s Entrepreneurship, Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub, Asper School of Business




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Final report coming Spring 2021 – WEOC is seeking women entrepreneurs in businesses large and small in diverse regions and industries to fill out our confidential national survey. Our goal over the next few months is to learn more about what women entrepreneurs need to thrive during and post-pandemic.

The responses will be incredibly important for the evaluation of existing programs and the development of new programs to ensure they match the needs of women entrepreneurs across Canada. The survey results will also help inform policy discussions.
We hope you will assist us in our efforts to hear from as many women as possible by participating in and circulating the link to our national survey by November 20, 2020.

Dec. 7, 2020 – Nation Talk: Indigenous women are a yet untapped engine of our economy. In Canada, Indigenous women are engaged in business twice as often as non-Indigenous women and thirty-nine percent (39%) of Indigenous businesses in Atlantic Canada are owned and operated by women. Although there is a scarcity of research investigating Indigenous women in business, more recent research has indicated that there are unique challenges faced by Indigenous business owners and those challenges are often more acute when faced by Indigenous women. This study captured both the challenges faced by Indigenous women in business and the strategies they utilized to overcome those challenges. Suggestions for improvements in policies and programs that would better nurture and support Indigenous women in their business ventures were also captured.

Read the report from Atlantic Aboriginal Economic Development Integrated Research Program (AAEDIRP) here: INDIGENOUS WOMEN IN BUSINESS IN ATLANTIC CANADA

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