March 2021
It’s not the most auspicious anniversary, but March marks one-year since the beginning of the pandemic, which has been wholly life-changing.

COVID-19 has been brutal for many of us, both personally and professionally, and in many cases, absolutely devastating for the women entrepreneurs we work with. And yet, the first wave of our recent survey has shown not just resilience of women entrepreneurs, but a clear sense of optimism as well. It is that hope we are channeling as we head into spring, which is a time to welcome new beginnings.
We are excited about the many new ventures we have planned, all of which are designed to help you thrive in your work supporting women entrepreneurs.  
First, we have a new brand and logo, designed by Winnipeg-based firm Urban Ink. Next, we have a new website, built with our partners at The Hatchery in Victoria. And finally, we have officially launched our member portal, which you will be hearing lots more about in the coming months.
Joining our online community includes access to a members-only discussion forum and learning library. All of the recorded video sessions and resources from the WEOC X: Exchange, Expand, Explore conference will be available in our library, along with an ever-growing list of tools and resources.  
We look forward to welcoming new members, and we can’t wait for you to explore and network. 
Until next time, stay well and enjoy the spring weather. 
Alison Kirkland, CEO
Visit our new website and become a member of WEOC
The wait is finally over! We encourage you to check out our new website and membership portal.

By becoming a member of WEOC, you will have:
  • Exclusive access to our Learning Library, an evolving collection of online tools and resources
  • Free access to WEOC events and training sessions
  • Deeper connections through one-on-one and group discussions with peers across the country
  • The opportunity to share your perspectives and learn from others

Contact to join our community.
The Go To Podcast

WEOC is proud to support this engaging podcast, produced by The Forum in partnership with the Scotiabank Women Initiative. Each episode is full of advice and insight from some of Canada’s most innovative women entrepreneurs.

Listen to latest episode Leaders of Social Change here.
Calling all women entrepreneurs - Tell us how/if things have changed in your business over the winter.

Chance to win one of two $250 Visa gift cards!
We encourage you to share the following information with female entrepreneurs in your network. We were amazed by the optimism shared by women entrepreneurs across the country in the first wave of the national survey we conducted in late 2020. Please see our promotional posts below.
Calling all women entrepreneurs!

WEOC is asking for your help to fill out the second wave of our national survey for a chance to win one of two cash prizes of $250. If you participated in the wave one survey, we encourage you to again take part and share how/if things have changed in your business over the winter. Our goal is to learn more about what women entrepreneurs need to thrive during and post-pandemic. Those who leave their contact information at the end of the survey will be entered to win one of two cash prizes of $250.

Please fill out the confidential survey before Friday, April 9:
OFEC vous demande de l’aide pour réaliser la seconde phase de son enquête nationale et courir ainsi la chance de gagner l'un des deux prix en espèces de 250 $.

Si vous avez participé à la première phase, nous vous encourageons à participer de nouveau pour nous faire part des changements survenus dans votre entreprise au cours de l’hiver. Les personnes qui laissent leurs coordonnées à la fin du sondage seront inscrites au concours pour gagner l'un des deux prix en espèces de 250 $.

Veuillez répondre au sondage confidentiel au plus tard le vendredi 9 avril :
Do you have clients starting their export journey?

Join us on Wednesday, April 7 at 2:00 p.m. CST for our 2021 Learning Session: Doing Business Abroad & Intellectual Property presented with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO).

Exporting to an international market is an exciting way to expand your clients to expand, they just need to take the necessary steps to do it right! This seminar will highlight key considerations and differences between Canada and the United States in the registration process for intellectual property (IP). Learn how to recognize, register, and enforce IP rights in the United States.

WEOC Events on the Horizon
Get Your Clients Known on Social Media

Are your clients struggling with social media? If they’re like most business owners, knowing what to post on social media and staying consistent is a constant struggle. In this hands-on session, you will learn how you can save time and effort sharing content that will engage your audience.

  • Guide your clients to create a simple 3-point social media strategy
  • Kickstart your clients' Facebook content to accomplish their business goals
Join us on Thursday, April 15 at 1 p.m. EDT (90 mins).

Rising Tides: Negotiate to Increase Your Impact

This webinar is aimed at helping you, our members improve their negotiation skills so that you can share this knowledge with your clients and help them gain the resources (support, time, and money) they need for business success. We’ll cover identifying opportunities for negotiation, common challenges faced, and a framework for negotiations.

Join us on Tuesday, April 20 at 1 p.m. EDT (90 mins).

EXCELERATE 2021: GroYourBiz Global Virtual Summit Series
Grow your business for better.

The EXCELerate 2021 conference continues to innovate, inspire, and influence thought leaders to focus on new ways of thinking. It is dedicated to the full spectrum of women business owners, entrepreneurs, and anyone interested in business.

In March, we sponsored a session with WEC, and our CEO Alison Kirkland had the opportunity to introduce the session.

The conference is on until May. Learn more and buy your tickets here.
Encourage your female entrepreneurs to register for this event organized and hosted by Agnieszka Weinar of Canada-Europe Women in Business (Connections) Canada-Europe Femmes en Affaires.

The goal of this event is to help women entrepreneurs explore international trade opportunities by connecting Canadian women business owners with European counterparts.

Building Towards a Green Economy: Explore Business Opportunities in France

Virtual events – March 29, 2021-April 1 and April 8, 2021 

Join the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade and Ms. Isabelle Hudon, Ambassador of Canada to France on a virtual trade mission that will explore business opportunities in France.

Visit their website for more information.
Upcoming Events

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

Other notable events in the ecosystem:

Resource Knowledgebase
Check out the Resource Knowledgebase on our new website, where we share innovative and engaging ideas from throughout the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Find stories, tools, research, videos, podcasts and other content curated for those whose work supports women entrepreneurs in Canada.
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.