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May
28
Tue
Are you ready to export? Your top questions answered @ Webinar
May 28 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Are you ready to export? Your top questions answered @ Webinar

As a small business owner, you might think that exporting is only for big business – but, in fact, small businesses in BC exported around $18 billion worth of goods in 2016.

Going global is a smart business growth strategy, and you don’t need a fleet of shipping containers to do it. Even if you provide services, you can become an exporter!

Join us on May 28 to de-mystify exporting and get your key questions answered:

  • How do I become export-ready? What do I need to consider?
  • What is the Trade Commissioner Service and how can it help me export?
  • How can Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) create opportunities?
  • How can I successfully export services?
  • What major support programs are available to women exporters?

Facilitator: Alpana Sharma, Business Advisor, Women’s Enterprise Centre

Panelists:

May
29
Wed
6 Keys to Common-Sense Marketing @ Webinar
May 29 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
6 Keys to Common-Sense Marketing @ Webinar

This is the final in a five-part Build Your Business webinar series hosted by Women’s Enterprise Centre. Click here to sign up for the whole series and save $25!

Learn the Six Keys to Marketing Success and maximize the opportunity to gain exposure for your business and increase sales. One of the challenges of owning a small business is to know how to market effectively on a tight budget. Join us for this interactive webinar and learn how to integrate the six keys to marketing into your business.

After this workshop you will:

  • Understand the six key marketing concepts
  • Determine the best ways to ensure that your marketing dollars and efforts are properly targeted to attract the customers you want for your business.

Facilitator: Kerrilee Auger | Skills Development Manager, Women’s Enterprise Centre

May
30
Thu
‘Best Advice I Ever Got: Life and Career Lessons’ with Bev Briscoe @ Mobify
May 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Women’s Collective is thrilled to host Bev Briscoe, Board Chair of Ritchie Brothers, and Vice-Chair of the Board of Goldcorp, in conversation with Lien Yeung of CBC.

Networking 6:00pm – 6:30pm

Fireside Chat 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Considered as one of Canada’s foremost Corporate Directors, Bev Briscoe is the Chair of the Board of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Inc. and Vice Chair and Lead Director of Goldcorp Inc.

She has been a past Chair of a number of not-for-profit organizations and agencies including BC Forest Safety Council, Industry Training Authority of BC, Boys and Girls Clubs and is past Treasurer of Vancouver General Hospital Foundation. She is also past Audit Chair of the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions.

Ms. Briscoe holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia and is a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Professional Accountants of British Columbia.

She has received several awards and accolades including the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Influential Women in Business Awards, honored as a Fellow by the Institute of Corporate Directors, and being recognized by the NACD as one of the top 100 Directors in the US.

This event series is a volunteer-led, inclusive community initiative with all proceeds to women’s charities in British Columbia.

Jun
6
Thu
Know Your Numbers: What Your Financial Statements Are Telling You @ Okanagan coLab
Jun 6 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Know Your Numbers: What Your Financial Statements Are Telling You @ Okanagan coLab

Even if you use a bookkeeper or accountant, you can (and should) understand the financial side of your business.

Women’s Enterprise Centre (WEC) and Kelowna Women in Business are excited to present this interactive workshop to help you make sense of your financial statements so you feel more confident talking about your numbers and making financial decisions.

This introductory-level session is facilitated by Cheryl Farmer, a Kelowna-based WEC business advisor who has worked with hundreds of women entrepreneurs to help them manage and grow their business.

Cheryl will guide you through practical exercises, so you can:

  • Relate your personal dollars to your business dollars
  • Understand the basic financial statements: cash flow, income statement and balance sheet
  • Create your own financial statements
  • Use your financial statements to make better business decisions

This workshop is for you if you’re just starting a business and are generating revenue.

Join us for a hands-on workshop to build your financial confidence and connect with other women business owners in a fun atmosphere at Okanagan coLab!

Price: $49, includes Financial Understanding workbook ($30 value) and refreshments

Jul
5
Fri
Need to Know: Financial Management @ Hervana Coworking Collective
Jul 5 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Need to Know: Financial Management @ Hervana Coworking Collective

One of the keys to business success is being able to interpret financial statements. It’s not as dry as it sounds—by being in control of your finances, you can be proactive in pursuing your goals!

Your product or service may be exceptional, but effective management of your cash and finances is essential to your business’ survival.

Women’s Enterprise Centre (WEC) and Hervana Coworking Collective invite you to a hands-on workshop to explain the basic financial principles that you can use to inform your decision-making on a daily basis.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Better manage your cash flow
  • Use info from financial statements to make better business decisions
  • Calculate four key financial ratios for your business
  • Compare and analyze changes in your numbers from year to year

Facilitated by WEC Business Advisor Melanie Rupp, MBA

Early bird pricing of $49 until June 23!

Includes Financial Management workbook and light refreshments

Jul
17
Wed
Raising Capital 101 @ Webinar
Jul 17 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Raising Capital 101 @ Webinar

Depending on the stage and structure of your business, there are many considerations when raising capital.

This webinar will outline the stages of raising capital from the formation of a company to an initial public offering and provide key legal points and tips to keep in mind when establishing your business to maximize the likelihood of successful fundraising.

This webinar will help you understand:

  • The stage of financing that is right for your business
  • The risks of each stage of financing
  • The legal documentation required at each stage of financing
  • How the structure of a business can affect your ability to raise capital
  • Funding programs and tax credits available to businesses

Facilitator: Kerrilee Auger, Skills Development Manager, Women’s Enterprise Centre

Panelists:

Jul
25
Thu
Email Marketing for Maximum Impact @ Webinar
Jul 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Email Marketing for Maximum Impact @ Webinar

Whether it’s a newsletter, a new product announcement, or a thank you email, email marketing is one of the most cost-effective communication channels for any business.

In this FREE interactive webinar, you’ll learn how to build an engaged email list and optimize your email campaigns for maximum impact on your bottom line.

We’ll discuss different types of emails you can use to promote your business and stay in touch with clients, plus share insights and best practices so you can:

  • Create better email campaigns
  • Choose the right email service provider (ESP) for your needs
  • Grow your email list
  • Make sure you comply with CASL regulations so you’re not spamming your clients
  • Measure your success with email analytics

Join us on July 25 to get your email marketing questions answered!

Facilitator: Kerrilee Auger, Skills Development Manager, Women’s Enterprise Centre

Panelist: Ariane Lusk, Merchant Success Manager, Shopify

Women and men welcome

Aug
9
Fri
Need to Know: Mindset Mastery for Business Growth @ Hervana Coworking Collective
Aug 9 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Need to Know: Mindset Mastery for Business Growth @ Hervana Coworking Collective

What if you could pinpoint your own unique combination of skills and traits that you can leverage to increase your competitive edge?

An entrepreneurial mindset is a set of cross-functional life and professional skills that describe someone who is innovative, resourceful and adaptable—key capabilities you can apply to your business, career or life!

Join us for an interactive panel-style workshop to hear from women business owners who have used their own entrepreneurial mindset to overcome bumps in the road.

You’ll take the Entrepreneurial Mindset Profile® (EMP) assessment to benchmark your own mindset on 14 personality and skill scales, and focus in on the skills you can nurture to grow your business.

Key Takeaways:

  • Identify your natural strengths you can leverage for success
  • Learn which skills you should focus on improving
  • Create an action plan for developing your own entrepreneurial mindset

EARLY BIRD PRICING: $79 until May 19
Includes your own Entrepreneurial Mindset Profile® assessment ($60 value) and light refreshments

Aug
14
Wed
Commercial Leasing Basics @ Webinar
Aug 14 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Commercial Leasing Basics @ Webinar

Regardless of the type of business you have or the stage of your business, you will need to enter into a lease for an office, warehouse or retail space.

Join us for an interactive session to get a basic overview of leasing and the pitfalls to watch out for as a tenant.

This webinar will help you understand:

  • The basic structure of a lease
  • The major differences in various types of leases
  • Key provisions in a lease that you must pay extra attention to
  • A few tools in negotiating a lease with a landlord
  • Situations where a legal professional will need to get involved

Facilitator: Kerrilee Auger, Skills Development Manager, Women’s Enterprise Centre

Panelist: Anousheh Torabi, Associate, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Sep
18
Wed
Letters of Intent and Confidentiality Agreements @ Webinar
Sep 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Letters of Intent and Confidentiality Agreements @ Webinar

No matter its size, structure or industry, every business conducts commercial transactions with other parties—whether its licensing its technology or services, distributing its products or acquiring assets or shares.

But what commercial and legal tools are available to businesses in the initial stages of these transactions?

This webinar will outline the key aspects of confidentiality agreements and letters of intent, two important tools available to businesses when first entering into commercial agreements. It will help you understand the context, timing and scope of each tool to ensure the best outcome for your business.

Facilitator: Kerrilee Auger, Skills Development Manager, Women’s Enterprise Centre

Panelists: