January 2021
With a new year comes new opportunities and there is much to look forward to in 2021. Our month-long conference WEOC X: Exchange, Expand, Explore starts on February 3, followed soon after by the launch our new website, membership portal, and online learning library.
The online library is for our members to gather tools and enhance their knowledge in a variety of areas to support the work they do with their clients. We continue to seek experts who will help us develop resources on business topics ranging from marketing and branding, to financial management, human resources, operations and export. If you're interested in sharing your expertise or know someone with ideas for relevant and timely information that would be a great addition to the library, please send us an email membership@weoc.ca.
The many resources supporting business owners and the rollout of the vaccine are important factors in our ongoing fight against COVID-19. 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.The next wave of the survey goes to market on International Women’s Day (March 8) and we are anxious to learn if perceptions have changed and what women entrepreneurs need for success. We will be sharing more information about the survey soon. 
The past year has demonstrated how strong and resilient Canadian women entrepreneurs continue to be. While 2020 was challenging, it was also inspiring and provided many lessons along the way. We are looking forward to a bright and positive 2021 and connecting with you at WEOC X.
Until then, stay safe!
Alison Kirkland, CEO
WEOC X: Exchange, Expand, Explore - 2021 National Conference for Women's Entrepreneurial Support Organizations and Staff 
Our free month-long conference designed for those who work directly with women entrepreneurs in Canada is right around the corner.

We look forward to hosting you at our live presentations, critical conversations, and panel discussions.

There will also be networking opportunities with other business advisors, financial advisors, marketing experts, and leaders from across the ecosystem.
WEOC X List of Events
  • February 3: Opening Keynote: Giving Advice, with Moira Somers 
  • February 4: Customer Service: Am I Delivering it to My Clients? with Susan Gorveatte 

  • February 9: Negotiating for Resilience and Recovery, with Devon Smiley  

  • February 10: Venture Capital for Women Entrepreneurs: A Panel Discussion  

  • February 11: AI in the COVID World, with Sarah Baldeo  

  • February 17: Diversity & Inclusion Panel  

  • February 18: Digital Accessibility, with Lisa Snider  

  • February 19: Panel discussion with leaders in the women’s enterprise ecosystem  

  • February 24: How Leaders Think During a Crisis, with Kim Ades 
  • February 25: Resilience, with Andrea Kraj

  • February 26: Brain Health, with Jill Hewlett 

Visit our website for session descriptions, presenter bios, and registration information.
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Tous les entrepreneurs ont besoin de financement pour réussir le démarrage de leur entreprise et lui permettre de prendre de l’expansion. Les subventions peuvent être une source de financement très utile; toutefois, elles sont parfois difficiles à obtenir. Les organismes subventionnaires reçoivent souvent des centaines, voire des milliers de demandes d’entrepreneurs enthousiastes. Alors, comment pouvez-vous aider vos clients à présenter une demande qui se démarque?

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The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) is pleased to announce that it will lead, with strong support from the private and public sectors, Canada’s First Women-only Virtual Business Mission to Taiwan March 1-2, 2021. 

The mission’s two-day public conference will be held in the global lead-up to the celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2021. Following the successes of its Women-only Business Mission to Japan (2019) and Virtual Mission to South Korea (2020), APF Canada will continue supporting women entrepreneurs in Canada to diversify and expand trade opportunities into Asia Pacific markets.
The Taiwan mission will focus on improving the health of people and the environment by showcasing innovative industry solutions in sectors where both Canada and Taiwan have priorities, including, but not limited to: Biotechnology, clean technology, agricultural technology, advanced manufacturing, smart cities, and digital health technology.

Applications are due midnight EST, January 29, 2021.

For more information and to apply visit https://www.asiapacific.ca/womens-business-mission-taiwan.
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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.
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