November 2020
As we head into the Festive Season, it is impossible not to reflect on how different this year will be from previous ones. As a passionate supporter of entrepreneurs, I, like so many others have made a commitment to shopping local and supporting small business for all of my holiday needs. 
The end of the year is a time to look back and to look forward. In mid-November we launched a national survey to learn more about what women entrepreneurs need to survive during the pandemic and thrive when it is behind us. To ensure the data is reflective, we need to hear from as many Canadian women as possible. Many of you have shared the survey link with your networks and for that we are grateful. For those of us who need little reminders about things like this, we ask that you share it one more time.  
Looking forward, we are excited about the month-long forum we have planned for February. Designed for our members who support women entrepreneurs every day, we are assembling a lineup of amazing speakers, discussions, resources and a few surprises along the way. We are putting our finishing touches on the plan and will have all the details to you very soon. 
Until next time, please stay safe and support small businesses,

Alison Kirkland, CEO
WEOC Learning Sessions Take a Deep Dive Into Intellectual Property
Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property: Turning innovation into dollars! Commercialize your intellectual property.

For those of you who have a business that draws on or is influenced by traditional knowledge, the following webinar will touch on the intersections between Traditional Knowledge and the IP system. You will also learn about some general avenues businesses take to profit from their inventions including licensing. Finally, we will address some of the most important commercialization considerations to keep in mind as you explore ways to extract the value of your IP.
Join us for this session on December 9, 2020 at 1 pm CT/2 pm ET. Click here for more information and to register.
Séances d’information de l’OEFC se plongent dans la propriété intellectuelle

Le savoir traditionnel et la propriété intellectuelle : Transformez vos innovations en dollars! Commercialisez votre propriété intellectuelle.

Pour ceux d’entre vous qui ont une entreprise faisant appel au savoir traditionnel ou sur laquelle ce savoir exerce une influence, je précise que ce webinaire traiteront des recoupements entre le savoir traditionnel et le régime de la PI. Vous en apprendrez également quelques-unes des principales voies qu’empruntent les entreprises pour tirer profit de leurs inventions, y compris l’octroi de licences. Enfin, on abordera quelques-unes des considérations les plus importantes sur le plan de la commercialisation dont il faut tenir compte si vous souhaitez extraire de la valeur de votre PI.

Joignez-vous à nous pour cette session le 17 décembre 2020 à 13h CT/14h ET. Cliquez ici pour plus d'informations et pour vous inscrire.
See It. Be It. Women Entrepreneurs Beyond the Stereotypes

The Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH) released a new research report Women Entrepreneurs Beyond the Stereotypes and awareness campaign to celebrate women entrepreneur success stories and crush male-dominated stereotypes of entrepreneurship. Called See It. Be It., the awareness campaign includes a database of 1000 award-winning and successful diverse Canadian women entrepreneurs with a goal of challenging stereotypes.  

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 links to the federal government’s programs for businesses and links to banks and work-sharing programs. We have resources for small businesses, manufacturers, non-profits and freelancers. You’ll find resources on business pivoting and planning, funding, wage subsidies, staff management, logistics, export and more.
Calling all women entrepreneurs - Tell us what what supports and services you need during, and after, COVID-19.

Chance to win one of two $250 Visa gift cards!
Due Friday, December 4, 2020

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.

Those who leave their contact information at the end of the survey will be entered to win one of two $250 Visa gift cards. Anyone who previously filled out the survey and included their contact information will automatically be entered to win.
Positive thoughts for 2021!

You may have noticed something different about this month’s newsletter. We have been working on our brand and are pleased to share with you our bold new logo. 

Designed by Manitoba-based entrepreneur Marcelle Lussier of Urban Ink, the logo can already be seen on our social media channels and partner websites.
As we look forward to Spring 2021, we are excited to share the launch of our complete brand and our revamped website. Stay tuned!
WEOC's month-long COVID recovery event

Connect with fellow entrepreneurial advisors from across Canada during our month-long forum starting February 3, 2021.

Learn from expert presenters, including bestselling author of Advice that Sticks, Dr. Moira Somers, and gain access to resources and tools.

Each week there will be speakers, discussions, and professional development designed specifically for you – our members who work directly with women entrepreneurs. Stay tuned for the full program!
Sharing the Space: An Innovative Networking and Support Collective for Indigenous Women Entrepreneurs

When members of the LIFT Circle meet every week, it’s a sacred time where approximately 20 Indigenous female entrepreneurs from across Canada come together to share: ask how everyone can support each other, find out what individuals are able to give, and celebrate each other’s successes. Read more 

Read some of our latest stories here
Upcoming Events

Find links to upcoming events from WEOC and its members here.

Other notable events:

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.