February 2021
As February comes to an end, so does our month-long conference WEOC X: Exchange, Expand, Explore. I have loved connecting with so many of my colleagues across the country over the past four weeks. Thank you to our presenters, panelists, and attendees for sharing your insights and expertise. A recording of each session will be available in our WEOC Learning Library for members (more about that below!) To hear from some of our amazing attendees, please check out our recap video here.
March not only brings the start of spring, but many exciting events and activities within the women’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, including several around International Women’s Day on March 8. On that day, WEOC is launching a new website and membership portal, which includes access to a discussion forum and learning library. We can’t wait for you to explore and network through these new online tools.
Also launching on International Women’s Day is the second wave of our survey for women entrepreneurs around COVID-19 resilience and recovery. 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. Results of that survey will be shared soon. Please share the wave two survey link with your network: Survey

Until next time, stay well and Happy International Women’s Day,
Alison Kirkland, CEO
International Women's Day events in the ecosystem, March 8, 2021
From March 1-9, join Invest Ottawa as they come together to inspire, empower, and equip women in leadership across tech, entrepreneurship, industry, government, academia, innovation, and non-profits.

Learn more about International Womxn’s Week here.

#WeMeanBusiness #IWW2021 #ChoosetoChallenge
We are pleased to partner with the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH) for their 2021 Women Entrepreneurship Conference.

Sign-up to hear from the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, Wendy Cukier, Nadine Spencer, Maya Roy, Marcela Mandeville, Michelle Eaton, Jill Earthy, and more insightful speakers.

The free, month-long event series is bringing together leaders in the women entrepreneurship ecosystem to discuss the challenges that diverse women entrepreneurs face, and best practices to advance inclusive innovation in Canada’s pandemic recovery. Register here.
StrikeUP 2021 is a free virtual conference full of impactful teaching, advice, and networking opportunities.

The StrikeUP Conference is being hosted by the Northumberland Community Futures Development Corporation in collaboration with the other 18 WES Ecosystem Recipients from across southern Ontario. Register here.
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.
Now more than ever, it is important to support businesses as they become even more resilient through a sustainable and inclusive economic recovery. That’s why the Government of Canada is proud to announce an upcoming virtual trade mission focused on:
  • Sustainable mobility
  • Hydrogen technologies
  • Responsible goods and sustainable consumption
  • Information technology (IT) solutions for a green recovery

Register Here. Visit their website for more information.
Find business opportunities in new markets with the Global Bid Opportunity Finder
Are your clients looking to achieve growth through exporting? If so, the Global Bid Opportunity Finder (GBOF), a new tool from the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) may be right for them. The GBOF is a free web‑application designed to help Canadian businesses bid on opportunities around the world. The tool consolidates and delivers over 5,000 new opportunities covering over 200 countries each day. Learn more.

The GBOF features: 
  • results that are filterable by country, region, industry, or key words 
  • alerts when new opportunities match your client's customizable parameters 
  • automatic translation in both official languages
Upcoming Events

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

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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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