Support women entrepreneurs on International Women's Day

March 6, 2017 - Tags: Events

This guest blog post is provided by Futurpreneur Canada, a non-profit organization dedicated to fueling young enterprise in Canada through its financing, mentoring and resources.

International Women's Day (IWD) is coming up on March 8th and every year it opens us up to reflecting on gender issues, inequalities and opportunities for change. This year's theme is #BeBoldForChange, a call for everyone to step up and help create a better, more inclusive and gender-equal world.

One group that truly embodies the idea of being bold for change is women entrepreneurs. Where entrepreneurship was traditionally seen as a male-dominated space, much like the technology sector, this is rapidly changing. In fact, 1.5 million Canadians are employed by women-owned businesses, and women represent the fastest growing segment in the Canadian small business sector.

Stories from all over the world also show a trend in the way women entrepreneurs solve problems creatively through their business, often benefitting other women. A great example of this is the rise of women-only taxi services in India that offer female commuters a safer ride, while creating jobs for women. Another example is Bumble, a dating app that caters to how women want to experience online dating, offering an alternative to dating apps more centred on men's preferences.

This IWD Futurpreneur Canada wanted to help drive this momentum together with our community of entrepreneurs and mentors, so we teamed up with our long-time partner, the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), to launch our Be the Boss of You campaign. The campaign is running from February to March encouraging aspiring women entrepreneurs to take action toward their dreams through social media posts and blog pieces featuring advice from successful women entrepreneurs.

How you can support women entrepreneurs this International Women's Day:

  • Follow the campaign on social media and “like”, comment on or share our posts with your network.
    • Twitter: @Futurpreneur and @BDC_CA
    • Facebook: /BDC and /Futurpreneur
    • Instagram: /BDC_CA and Futurpreneur
    • LinkedIn: Futurpreneur Canada and BDC
  • Join our Thunderclap campaign to share a special message through your Facebook and/or Twitter account on International Women's Day (March 8th).
  • Visit our campaign page to start a business or share it with a friend who has entrepreneurship dreams.

Comments

Posted by Canada.ca on March 23, 2017
Hello Carol,

Thank you for contacting Canada Business. We are always happy to help you with questions about starting or growing your business in Canada.

Our Program search tool enables you to find Government grants and other types of financing and programs. You can search by type of program (Loans and cash advances), Province/Territory, Industry, and Audience (Women).

You may also be interested in learning more about other types of small business financing options.

Our Women entrepreneurs page can help you find information to start, manage and grow your business. You will also find information and links to programs and business support organizations specifically for women entrepreneurs.

For further reading on the topic, you may learn from our blog articles that focus on the topic of start-up.

If you have further questions about starting or growing your business in Canada, please contact us for assistance.

Thank you and good luck with your next steps.
Posted by carol on March 22, 2017
I am seeking information on funding source for new business. Is there particular funding for women wanting to start a business or other categories to qualify for government loans?

Thank you
Posted by Canada.ca on March 14, 2017
Hello Sofia.

Thank you for contacting Canada Business. We are always happy to help you with questions about starting or growing your business in Canada.

Before starting your business, be sure to examine the world of entrepreneurship. Learn to develop your idea, consider various business structures, and invest in planning activities.

You can search for Government grants and other types of financing and programs with our Program search tool. You may also be interested in learning more about various types of small business financing options.

To help you plan for a successful start to your coffee shop, check out our Starting a business page for some of the things you'll need to consider. Our Business start-up checklist page can help you with the basics like planning, organizing, registering, and hiring. For further reading on the topic, you may learn from our blog articles that focus on the topic of start-up.

If you have further questions about starting or growing your business in Canada, please contact us for assistance.

Thank you and good luck with your next steps.
Posted by SOFIA on March 13, 2017
Hi. My name is Sofia. I am a single mom raising 3 kids working 14 hrs a day. My income is cheque to cheque, but always my dream is to have my own business. How can I get a Government grant to open a small coffee shop. Looking forward to your answer. Thank you.
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