News in entrepreneurship
Updates, information and ideas from WEOC and other organizations around the women’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.
New partnership brings loan program to Nova Scotia
Subheading Centre for Women in Business becomes 7th loan fund partner for WEOC National Loan Program
“I am thrilled that women entrepreneurs in Nova Scotia will now have access to a loan program that offers not only much-needed capital, but the additional wrap-around supports and services that help lead to long-term growth and success,” says Alison Kirkland, CEO, WEOC.
The State of Women’s Entrepreneurship in Canada 2023
July 4, 2023
The State of Women’s Entrepreneurship (SOWE) annual report is a go-to resource for the most complete picture of research on women’s entrepreneurship in Canada. It spans sectors and regions across the country.
The Federal Government selects CGLCC to administer the fund for Canada’s first 2SLGBTQI+ Entrepreneurship Program
June 15, 2023
The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development, announced that the Government of Canada has selected Canada’s 2SLGBTQI+ Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC) to administer Canada’s first-ever 2SLGBTQI+ Entrepreneurship Program. The $25 million investment will assist entrepreneurs who identify as 2SLGBTQI+ in overcoming the systemic barriers they face when starting and expanding their businesses.
A Holistic Approach to Lending Supports Women Entrepreneurs
Prairie Manufacturer Magazine
Manitoba Chambers of Commerce May 2023
The Hamilton Spectator
Government of Canada
TB News Watch
New report: Bootstrap or Borrow? Improving Equity and Access to Financing for Women and Non-Binary Entrepreneurs in Canada
Prairie Manufacturer Magazine
October 2022 – WEOC Partnership
September 2022 – WEOC Partnership
Winnipeg Free Press
The Globe & Mail
From Toronto Star
Export Development Canada
Canadian Healthcare Network
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).
CEO Alison Kirkland talks data with Shauna Rae on “Clearing a New Path” podcast
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.
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.