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Business Resources for Women Entrepreneurs

Women entrepreneurs are vital in growing the Canadian economy, contributing an estimated $148 billion annually while employing millions of workers.

Are you ready to join the more than 40 percent of small businesses run by women in BC? Small Business BC is a non-profit resource centre for entrepreneurs at all stages of their business. See what resources are available to you and hear from women who have navigated their businesses from start-up to success.

Resources for Women Entrepreneurs

Check out our resource guide for women in business – whether you’re looking to start/grow a business, or see the latest programs/mentorship this will give you an idea of what’s available.

Get Started

Read Our 10 Step Guide to Starting a Business

Unsure of where to begin? Covering everything from finance to registering your business name, our 10 Step Guide lists all the major items you’ll need to account for when starting your own business.

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Hear from Women-Owned Businesses

Perfection is a construct and not real, and we shouldn’t let it get in the way of progress.

Karen Danudjaja, Founder and CEO of Blume, shares her entrepreneurial journey from its earnest beginnings to its big successes, including getting her superfood lattes on the shelves of BC's biggest grocery retailers.

Karen Danudjaja

A headshot of entrepreneur Karen Danudjaja

Helping to create conditions for Indigenous women entrepreneurs to thrive is the single most natural, fast and effective pathway to economic reconciliation in our country.

While she may not wear a cape, Teara Fraser fits plenty of the criteria for a modern superhero. As founder and CEO of Iskwew Air, she regularly takes to the skies. And, she’s about to feature as a character in a DC Comics graphic novel.

Teara Fraser

Teara Fraser

Having three people to be able to divide the large list of things you needed to do, that’s why we got there as fast as we did.

A trio of friends launched a linen empire together, driven by a desire for better rest. Hear from co-founder Vivian McCormick on how she successfully started a business with two other co-founders.

Vivian McCormick

Willet entrepreneurs

Other Ways Small Business BC Can Help Your Business

Read our simplified guide to each area of the start-up experience, highlighting the services and help you can lean on to achieve your goals.

10 Step Guide to Starting a Business

Small Business BC provides practical business education tailored for small businesses right here in BC. Whether you need help starting your business, hiring employees, managing operations, or anything else, Small Business BC is here to help. View our full calendar of business education.

Sign up for Small Business BC’s newsletter and be the first to discover our latest news, special offers, and practical resources for your small business. Sign up now, it’s free and easy!

Starting a business? Start with Small Business BC’s comprehensive list of free downloadable resources. We’ve got everything covered, from business plan templates, cash flow forecasting and our starting a business checklist. View Resources.

Join our free online hub of BC-based small businesses and reach a province-wide audience of engaged customers that are passionate about small business. Sign up now.

Our self-directed E-Learning courses are available anytime, anywhere. Each on-demand course consists of bite-sized topics filled with features like readings, handouts, videos and quizzes. Discover our range of E-Learning education today.

Start Grow, and Expand Your Business

The Western Canada Business Service Network (WCBSN) is a group of independent organizations that receive WD funds to help Western Canadians start, grow and expand their businesses.

Accelerated Growth Service

The Accelerated Growth Service (AGS) helps growth-oriented Canadian businesses to expand by helping them access the key government services they need to grow, such as financing, exporting, innovation and business advice.

We respectfully acknowledge our place of work is within the ancestral, traditional and unceded territories of the Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaʔɬ/sel̓ílwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and that we serve the Peoples of the many Nations throughout British Columbia.