Minister Ng announces funding for women’s entrepreneurship

The Women Entrepreneurship Strategy Ecosystem Fund will support women-owned and women-led businesses
TORONTO, Sept. 28, 2018 /CNW/ – The full and equal participation of women in the economy is essential to Canada’s competitiveness because when women succeed, everyone succeeds.

That’s why in Budget 2018, the federal government launched the first ever (WES), a $2-billion investment that seeks to double the number of women-owned and women-led businesses by 2025.

Today, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion, and the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women, who were joined by women entrepreneurs and leaders, announced the and participated in a panel on women’s entrepreneurship.

The up to $85-million investment will help organizations address the barriers and challenges that women entrepreneurs face and deliver improved support and programs for women-owned and -led businesses.

The Women Entrepreneurship Strategy complements Government of Canada efforts to advance gender equality through addressing pay equity, introducing more affordable childcare and putting an end to gender-based violence.

Quotes

“Our government believes that women’s economic empowerment is not just the right thing to do; it’s good for the bottom line. That’s why we launched the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy, a strategy that seeks to double the number of women-owned and women-led businesses by increasing their access to financing, networks and advice. It’s a smart investment with an economic and social return. I’m thrilled that the WES Ecosystem Fund will help foster women entrepreneurship from coast to coast to coast.”
– The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion

“When we invest in women, we strengthen the economy for everyone. That is what our government is doing with the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy and the significant investment announced today during Gender Equality Week. By supporting women in business, we are growing our middle class and creating a thriving economy that benefits our sons and daughters. And we have a $150 billion reason to do this well because that’s what we’ll add to our GDP in less than a decade if we successfully take steps to advance equality, such as boosting women’s participation in the workforce.”
– The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women

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CONTEST ALERT: Win 2 Tickets to Rise & Grind: Marketing & Financial Workshop

CONTEST ALERT!

WESK and Authentically are giving away 2 FREE tickets to Rise and Grind: Marketing & Financial Workshop ($350 value). Don’t miss out on a chance to work on your business with our Regina Marketing Expert, Heather Pinay.

Want to enter? Visit us on Facebook and follow these steps below:

1) You must be following WESK – Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan AND Authentically on Facebook.

2) Find our post about the contest and ‘Like” that post!

3) Tag 1 or 2 women entrepreneurs in the comments who could use some marketing & financial advice

 

BONUS ENTRY (open to WESK members only): For an extra chance to win, register for a 1-hour appointment with Heather for our All Access Expert Advice Program (visit our EVENTS page to select your date). Note: You must mention this contest at the time of booking to be eligible!

 

THE FINE PRINT: This contest is only open to women entrepreneurs in Saskatchewan. The prize does not include travel costs, if any. The contest runs from 10:30 a.m. CST Friday, September 28, 2018 to 5:00 p.m. CST Friday, October 5, 2018. The winner will be contacted via Facebook, so be sure to turn your notifications on. We’ll need you to respond and accept your prize before 5:00 p.m. CST on Monday, October 8, 2018.

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Building Export markets in Europe and the U.K.

What: An exciting trade mission!

Who: Canadian women business owners who want to expand their business via export

Where: Germany and England

When: November 4-10, 2018

How: email the BWIT team to sign up

Business Women in International Trade  (BWIT) is part of the federal government Trade Commissioner Service (TCS). The team is made up of federal government trade commissioners who specialize in helping Canadian women entrepreneurs internationalize. Trade commissioner Lynne Thomson (third from right), attended SHEday 2018 in Winnipeg and connected with export-oriented women business owners Cindy Boissonneault (second from the left), owner of Poco Inspired and Pina Romolo (third from the left), owner of Piccola Cucina.

One of the primary ways that BWIT helps business women expand internationally is by organizing informative trade missions, like this upcoming one to Europe. With stops in Hamburg and Stuttgart, Germany and London, England, this trip will feature a series of events designed to open new markets in Europe for Canadian women business owners.

Why Europe?

With the renegotiation of NAFTA currently in process, we hear a lot these days about international trade agreements. In recent months, Canada signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Europe.

In general, it is an advantage to you as an export-oriented business when Canada has a trade agreement with the country to which you want to export. As explained on the Government of Canada Export Market Research web page, “trade agreements help to eliminate or reduce tariffs on Canadian exports, which can increase your competitiveness in foreign markets.”

A trade agreement does not create excitement about export opportunities, but trade missions do! If you choose to invest and participate in this upcoming BWIT trade mission to Germany and England, you will benefit from on-the-ground market research, making business connections, learning the nuances of the market place, and having a better understanding of how your business could penetrate that market.

For more information on this exciting trade mission to Europe, email bwit@international.gc.ca or visit the BWIT website.

The four women’s enterprise organizations, Women’s Enterprise Centre in BC (WEC-BC), Alberta Women Entrepreneurs (AWE), Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan (WESK) and the Women’s Enterprise Centre of Manitoba (WECM) work collaboratively with each other and with BWIT to support women business owners who are interested in exporting. All organizations are members of the Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada (WEOC).

Written by Nancy Brommell, Business Advisor with the Women’s Enterprise Centre of Manitoba. Blog post originally published September 2018 at www.wecm.ca

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Government of Canada Announces New Funding and Engagement Plan for Western Canada Growth Strategy

From: Western Economic Diversification Canada

News release

Strategy aims to grow the economy and create middle class jobs by building on Western Canada’s unique strengths and competitive advantages

September 11, 2018 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – Western Economic Diversification Canada

The new global economy presents exciting opportunities but also requires greater innovation for businesses and economies to grow. In fact, changes in today’s competitive landscape are driving businesses to rethink their strategies to reach beyond their traditional boundaries.

From coast to coast to coast, Canada’s economy is as diverse as its landscapes, presenting unique challenges and opportunities. That is why the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), today launched an engagement plan to develop a regional growth strategy with Western Canadians for Western Canadians.

As announced in Budget 2018, the Government is committing $208 million over five years to promote the development and diversification of the Western Canadian economy. This strategy will grow the region’s economy, create good middle-class jobs, and lay the foundation for long-term prosperity across the four western provinces.  It also builds on the Innovation and Skills Plan to make Canada a world leader in innovation and create good middle class jobs

Western Canadians are invited to share their ideas online to help shape the Western Canada Growth Strategy. Over the fall, roundtable discussions will take place in major cities across Western Canada with businesses, different levels of government, thought leaders, Indigenous Peoples, rural communities, women, youth, and new immigrants to develop a new targeted approach to economic development with a focus on innovation.

Quotes
“Western Canada’s unique set of strengths and challenges requires a long-term economic growth strategy built in close collaboration with the people who make this economy work. Our government is committed to growing the Western Canadian economy and strengthening its middle class. By engaging directly with Western Canadians, we will develop a Western Canada Growth Strategy that builds on regional strengths and focuses on innovation to establish a foundation for long-term prosperity and good middle class jobs.”

– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada

Quick facts

  • The Western Canada Growth Strategy will be a roadmap to build an innovative Western Canada – one that strengthens the economy, supports innovative and resource-based industries, and increases job opportunities for all Canadians.
  • Western Canada is home to the four fastest-growing provincial populations.
  • Western Canada’s diverse economies create over 35% of Canada’s real gross domestic product (GDP).
  • Over 60% of Canada’s value-added agriculture is produced in Western Canada.
  • Over 425,000 small businesses employ over 3.4 million people across the West.
  • Five of the top 15 Canadian research universities are based in Western Canada.

 

https://www.canada.ca/en/western-economic-diversification/news/2018/09/government-of-canada-announces-new-funding-and-engagement-plan-for-western-canada-growth-strategy.html

 

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NEWS RELEASE: ABEX 2018 FINALISTS ANNOUNCED 8/22/2018

August 22, 2018

 

This year marks the 35th annual Achievement in Business Excellence (ABEX) Awards­­­, celebrating Saskatchewan business excellence.

The finalists for the 2018 ABEX Awards, presented by Conexus Credit Union, have been announced and will be recognized at this year’s ABEX Awards on October 20th at TCU Place in Saskatoon.

“It’s an honour for the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce to continue to host this event and pay tribute to the Saskatchewan businesses that are doing amazing things in our province and across the globe,” said Steve McLellan, CEO of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce.

ABEX applicants go through a rigorous adjudication process with 52 finalists ultimately selected in nine business categories. Finalists are judged on the quality of their application and supporting documents, including a Safety Plan. The Safety Plan is an important aspect of each application, Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board is the Safety Partner for the ABEX Awards.

In the Community Involvement Award category, sponsored by Cogent Chartered Professional Accountants LLP, the finalists are: Lloydminster and District Co-operative Ltd., Crescent Point Energy, Wiegers Financial & Benefits, Affinity Credit Union, Fitness 2J2, and Avana Homes.

In the Export Award category, sponsored by Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership, the finalists are: Dutch Industries Ltd., CWI Manufacturing Ltd., Watercycles Energy Recovery, Dingwall Guitars, Industrial Machine & Mfg. Inc., and Temple Audio Design Inc.

In the Growth and Expansion Award category, sponsored by PFM Capital Inc., the finalists are: Canadian Organic Spice & Herb Co. Inc., Gravelbourg Mustard, Vortex Plumbing and Heating, Zoom Zoom Groom, Crestline Coach, and A2Z Safety & Training Ltd.

In the Innovation Award category, sponsored by Saskatchewan Polytechnic, the finalists are: InfraReady Products (1998) Ltd., WorkHorse Hub, Quantum Mechanical Technology Inc., Viking Innovations Ltd., and Linnaeus Plant Sciences Inc.

In the Marketing Award category, sponsored by Handy Special Events, the finalists are: Gold Eagle Casino, Vendasta, Luxury Granite, and J. Mendoza & Associates Canada Immigration Consultants.

In the New Venture Award category, sponsored by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Trade and Export Development, the finalists are: Vortex Plumbing & Heating, With Purpose Consulting, Komfort Insulation, Ironside Energy Services, Sandy Shores Resort, and Road Coffee Co.

In the Service Award category, sponsored by Prairieland Park, the finalists are: CRAVINGS maternity-baby-kids, Historic Reesor Ranch, North 49 Physical Therapy, Two Fifty Two Boutique, Complete Technologies Outsourced IT Ltd., Wallnuts Expressive Catering Inc., and Thr3e Clothing Connection.

In the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award category, sponsored by Cameco, the finalists are: Chelsey Harder – Passions Beauty Studio, Bailey Wilmot – The Local Kitchen, Douglas Bear Trapp – VP Energy Services Ltd., Haylie Lashta – Warman Physiotherapy & Wellness, Jennifer Denouden – Avana Homes, and Meagan Barabash – Bravo Dance Co.

The Priority Focus Award, sponsored by Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority, is presented to a business which has gone above and beyond in demonstrating business excellence in an area that is in line with a select Saskatchewan Chamber policy priority. This year the focus is on Mental Health. The finalists are: Prairie Sky Recovery Centre Inc., Central Plains Co-operative Ltd., The Co-operators, Orano Canada Inc., Flynn Group of Companies, and the Regina Pats Hockey Club.

Five additional awards will be awarded on the night of the ABEX Award: the prestigious Business Leader of the Year Award; the Community Leader of the Year Award sponsored by SaskEnergy; the Saskatchewan Hall of Fame; the Roger Phillips Chamber Builder; and finally the ABEX Business of the Year sponsored by David Aplin Group.

The ABEX Awards, presented by Conexus Credit Union, is a celebration of the ingenuity and success of Saskatchewan businesses. Tickets are available online at www.saskchamber.com.

Contact:
SCC Communications
(306) 352-2671
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CONTEST ALERT: Win a Marketing & Business Strategy Package (Value $2500)

CONTEST ALERT!

Fall means back to business and we’d like to help. WESK and Refresh are giving away a marketing & business strategy package to one lucky winner!  Don’t miss out on a chance to work on your business with our marketing guru Naqsh (Nick) Kochar (Value: $2500 CAD).

Want to enter? Visit us on Facebook or Instagram (@WESK306) and follow the steps below:

1) You must be following @wesk306 AND @refresh_inc on whichever platform you are entering the contest on (Contest is running on Instagram & Facebook)

2) Find our post about the contest and ‘Like” that post!

3) Tag 1 or 2 women entrepreneurs in the comments who could use some marketing or business strategy support (tagging yourself is fine, but maybe help a sister out!)

BONUS ENTRY: For an extra chance to win, attend the Sept 5 Brand Influencers & Ambassadors Luncheon (Tickets HERE – on sale until Sept 4 @ 5pm).

SUPER BONUS ENTRY (open to WESK members only): For two extra chances to win, register for a 1-hour appointment with Nick for our All Access Expert Advice Program (visit our EVENTS page to select your date!)

 

THE FINE PRINT: This contest is only open to women entrepreneurs in Saskatchewan. The prize does not include travel costs, if any. The contest runs from 9:00 a.m. CST Wednesday, August 29, 2018 to 5:00 p.m. CST Wednesday, September 26, 2018. The winner will be contacted via Instagram & Facebook, so be sure to turn your notifications on. We’ll need you to respond and accept your prize before 9:00 a.m. CST on Monday, October 1, 2018.

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There is a BWIT Trade Mission to Europe this fall. Are you in?

Are you ready to get busy in November? Do you want to spend a week meeting German and British women entrepreneurs and corporations to talk trade?

BWIT is working with other Canadian Trade Commissioner teams located in Germany and the UK to help you get your women-owned company out there in front of European women entrepreneurs to explore opportunities and collaborations that could help you grow your business. There are eager women’s trade associations and there are dynamic trade agreements (like the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement – CETA) already in place to help.

Promote your company through speaking opportunities at workshops, panels, networking events and B2B meetings in Hamburg and in Stuttgart. There you can expect to find German women to partner with and corporations to sell to.

Go to London with us and join the annual conference of Europe’s WEConnect International (WECI), where you will meet leading British women entrepreneurs, attend networking events and meetings, and have a chance to engage with the Canadian trade team on the ground in London who can help you make contacts even after you leave the country.

Where and when: GERMANY (Hamburg & Stuttgart) and UNITED KINGDOM (London)*

November 4: Arrive in Germany
November 5-7: Program in Hamburg (Nov 5) and Stuttgart (Nov 6)
November 7: Departure from Stuttgart for London, U.K.
November 7: Late afternoon arrival London, U.K.
November 8-9: Attend WEConnect International in Europe Annual Conference (includes programming for certified and non-certified women-owned businesses)
November 10: Depart U.K.
*Canadian companies can join one or both legs of the trade mission.

Your costs:

Return flights and surface transportation (trans-Atlantic and internal short haul flights)
Accommodation and meals (BWIT will secure reduced accommodation rates at hotels in Germany and London)
Registration fee to WEConnect International conference – WECI (BWIT is working to secured reduced rate)
Estimates in $CDN:
Flights – based on economy class from Ontario – varies depending on transatlantic routing; intercity flights in Germany and between UK – $CDN 1,750
Accommodation – six nights based on single occupancy – $CDN 2,000
WEConnect International fee – up to $CDN 700 (depending on level of certification)
BWIT will cover costs of:

In Hamburg and Stuttgart, Germany – networking program for Canadian WBEs, group surface transportation;
Networking event in London with the Canadian High Commission.

To register, contact us: bwit@international.gc.ca. To ensure discounts through block hotel bookings and benefit from reduced travel rates, please register by: Friday, October 5th, 2018.

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