News from around the ecosystem

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

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WEOC’s Export 101 for Advisors – New session starts May 18!

Designed specifically for advisors who want to develop their understanding of critical export-related topics, this course brings together peers from across the country to learn from Josie Mousseau, a seasoned professional in Canadian export.

Video: Hear from past participants

Attending live, via Zoom, the course cohort of 12 advisors will learn from industry experts during six sessions, taking place from May 18-June 22, 2022. Participants have the opportunity to discuss topics, ask questions, and share experiences between sessions with the other advisors in their class via WEOC’s private online Forum.

Email [email protected] to register!

Alison Kirkland, MP Tracy Gray and Jennifer Bessell stand smiling in front of a Canadian flag in an office in Ottawa.

WEOC CEO and Board meet with government partners in Ottawa

May 2022

Alison Kirkland, CEO of WEOC, along with members of the WEOC Board of Directors, are meeting with government partners in Ottawa. On May 17, Alison Kirkland and Board Vice-chair Jennifer Bessell, CEO of Newfoundland & Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs, met with MP Tracy Gray.

Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada selected as key delivery organization for Government of Canada’s $55 million Women Entrepreneurship Loan Fund

March 8, 2022

WEOC has been selected as key delivery organization for Government of Canada’s $55 million Women Entrepreneurship Loan Fund.

Read more in The Financial Post

CEO Alison Kirkland talks data with Shauna Rae on “Clearing a New Path” podcast

February 2022

Host Shauna Rae speaks with entrepreneurs who identify as women and the organizations and people that support them, in rural Canada. In this episode, she speakes with WEOC CEO Alison Kirkland about supporting entrepreneurs during a pandemic, and the exciting new Loans, Capital and Women Entrepreneurs Survey.

Can digital technology support mental health and well-being? Participate in an online interview or focus group

WEOC Paid Partnership

Help researchers explore ways that digital technology can support and enhance mental health and well-being. This study is being conducted by the Department of Computer Science at the University of Saskatchewan. Led by Dr. Corinne Berger, 306-203-4237.

Email the team to get involved:  [email protected]

“A changing of the guard at Women’s Enterprise Centre” – CEO Sandra Altner retires

January 2022

A leader within the Canadian entrepreneurial ecosystem, CEO of Women’s Enterprise Centre of Manitoba, and founding Board member of Women’s Enterprise Centre, Sandra Altner has made an indellible impact on women’s entrepreneurship in Canada. Read more about Sandra Altner in honour of her retirement from the Winnipeg Free Press.

Minister Ng announces call for new project proposals

January 2022

The federal government is calling for proposals for new projects under the Women Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Fund.

“This morning Minister @MarciIen @viraniarif and I announced that we are launching a new call for applications to the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy’s Ecosystem Fund from organizations to support women entrepreneurs. #WES” – Minister Mary Ng via Twitter

Congrats WEOC sales & networking bootcamp graduates!

December 2021

Congratulations Kim, Amber, Melissa, Amanda, Paula, Vivian, Christina and Kennedy for completing WEOC’s six-week Advisor Bootcamp: Inspiring Sales and Networking Habits, with Penny Tremblay

To quote Penny Tremblay: “Knowledge is not power until it is put into action.”

Women’s Enterprise Centre is now WeBC

November 2021

With a gorgeous new look and a bold new name, WeBC remains the hub of entrepreneurship for women on the West Coast. Watch their new video intro.

Women entrepreneurs reluctant to access financial support: survey

BC Business

As if the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t tough enough, many Canadian women entrepreneurs have been going it alone financially.

That’s one of the takeaways from a national survey of female business owners by Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada (WEOC), which found that more than 50 percent of respondents didn’t seek any financial assistance (loans, grants or capital investment) during the economic upheaval that was 2020.   Read more