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News from around the ecosystem

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

The Future is Female

December 2022

A new “Startup and Scaleup” campaign from Innovation Canada launched December 22 and spotlights the WEOC National Loan Fund and the work we are doing as a result of the Bootstrap or Borrow? survey and report.

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.

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.

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.