June 25, 2020
Committed to the growth of women’s entrepreneurship, the Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada works with women’s enterprise support organizations to champion innovation, broaden expertise and enhance collaboration.
WEOC’s members support women entrepreneurs by providing an array of services, including business skills development, access to financing, networking and export opportunities.
Earlier this week I was asked to come up with one word that describes what I've seen from women entrepreneurial organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic. I chose "adaptability". Since March, I have seen our members adapt to continued, rapid changes within their own organizations, while also providing support for their clients. They continue to meet their clients at whatever stage they are at, helping them adjust their business plans, navigate financial support and even be an empathetic listener during a crisis. 

We look forward to connecting with members of the women's entrepreneurial support ecosystem over the summer. We hope you will share your thoughts and needs with us so that we can ensure that WEOC is providing support you want and can use! To start, please let us know in the poll below if you are interested in receiving a shorter, more timely version of this newsletter as a weekly email or prefer this monthly edition.

Until next time,

Alison Kirkland, CEO
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WEOC Anti-Racism Statement
The Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada is anti-racist and stands against the systemic racism faced by Black and Indigenous Canadians. We recognize that a statement is just a start and that we must put our beliefs into action. Here is what we are doing:

  • We are listening to those who are voicing the realities of racial injustice faced in our communities.
  • We are taking responsibility for educating ourselves on the systemic oppression of Black and Indigenous Canadians.
  • We are reviewing the language we use, the images we post, and the resources we share to ensure that we are living our commitment to diversity and are elevating BIPOC voices.
Risk Taking in Business is 'Always Going to Be There' - So How Can Advisors Help?
Risk is part of business in regular times. Add in COVID-19, and there’s a whole new level of uncertainty. This article provides tips on how business advisors can help entrepreneurs manage risk in the “new normal."

The Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH) has released a new report titled:  The Impact of COVID-19 on Women Entrepreneurs

This report reflects the feedback from more than 200 organizations
in the ecosystem supporting entrepreneurs as well as more than 100 individual entrepreneurs.
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business launched the Small Business Everyday Challenge in an effort to help small businesses survive, thrive and recover. Whether you are a small business supporter or an entrepreneur, you are encouraged to join and take the challenge! Check out WEOC on Instagram to see some of our Winnipeg shopping faves.


  • Stay Up to Date - Our COVID-19 Resources page is updated frequently with articles, informational videos, tools and external links to help businesses succeed during the pandemic. You can find resources for business pivoting and planning, funding, wage subsidies, staff management, logistics, export and more.
Are Webinars Part of the New Normal?
Webinars — they’re convenient, they’re helpful, they’re “not the same,” and they’re here to stay. Learn about the predicted future of webinars. Read the full article

Other webinar resources:

Instagram Spotlight
Each month we profile a favourite post from a Canadian woman entrepreneur or support organization, this month we highlight Women's Enterprise Centre BC and its new Unity Women Entrepreneurs Program
📰 GREAT NEWS ✨ We’ve partnered with @vancitycu to provide funds and support for #womenentrepreneurs – we’re excited to announce the Unity Women Entrepreneurs Program!

Our Unity Women Entrepreneurs Program gives you access to up to $150K with no payments or interest for the first six months from @vancitycu, plus business support and education through Women’s Enterprise Centre.

Learn more at the link in bio or wec.ca/Vancity

The Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada is located in Treaty 1 territory on the original lands of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.

200-207 rue Donald Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba
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