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Breaking Barriers to Growth for Women Entrepreneurs

Supporting Female Entrepreneurship and Business Growth

Course Description

In 2019, Women’s Enterprise Centre surveyed their clients and found 49 per cent didn’t know how to maximize the growth and potential of their business. Only 2 per cent of women-owned businesses reach revenues of $1 million, while only 29 per cent of women surveyed reported being satisfied with reaching their business goals.

Amid these figures one thing becomes clear. There’s a gap between women entrepreneurs’ economic potential and their achievement. It’s time to bridge that gap.

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Small Business BC and Women’s Enterprise are partnering to deliver a FREE, practical seminar for female entrepreneurs who want to take the next step and grow their business.

During this seminar, the presenter and panelists will cover topics such as the business case for increasing, women-owned businesses, importance of mentorship, education/skills development and training opportunities, overcoming unconscious bias, and supplier-diversity programs.

This seminar will be facilitated by Melanie Rupp, Director Loans & Advisory Services of Women’s Enterprise Centre, alongside a panel of industry experts:

What Will I Learn?

  • Trends and opportunities for women entrepreneurs, and how to overcome barriers

  • How to access specialized initiatives from BMO, BDC and Scotiabank that help women business owners pass the $1 million revenue barrier

  • Ways to recognize and mitigate ‘unconscious bias’ when applying for financing

  • Strategies on how to beef up financing applications to appeal to lenders

  • Where you can access exporting and supplier-diversity programs to grow your business, including government-funded options and grants

  • Stories from women who have grown their business

Women’s Day @ Small Business BC

This seminar/webinar is part of Women’s Day at Small Business BC on March 5, 2020, featuring business resources for women entrepreneurs. This seminar is hosted at Small Business BC in Vancouver and delivered to other locations via live webinar. Please note: all webinar participants will also receive access to a recording for seven days after the live session.

Join us in the evening at 5pm following this seminar for a dedicated International Women’s Day Meetup featuring some of BC’s leading female small business owners sharing their experiences with you.

Session Date & Time
Thursday, March 5, 2020 2:30pm to 4:00pm
  • Length: 1.5 Hours
  • Language: English
  • Subject: Funding, Leadership, Business Growth

No other upcoming sessions are available. Please contact us if you are interested in other dates.

  • Price: Free
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