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Western Economic Diversification - Women Entrepreneur Strategy

Western Economic Diversification Canada is pleased to share that the Government of Canada launched the Women Entrepreneurship Fund, a new program under the Budget 2018 Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES). This Fund along with the WES Ecosystem Fund is part of a comprehensive, whole-of-government plan to help women grow their businesses through access to financing, networks and advice.

Western Economic Diversification Canada, along with the other regional development agencies across the country, will be working with Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada to deliver these two funds.

The WES Ecosystem Fund
This $85 million, five-year program will strengthen capacity of organizations supporting women entrepreneurs by ensuring they have the business supports they need to start or grow a business.

Projects must be led by not-for-profit organizations and must respond to the needs of diverse and under-represented women. There is a national/multi-regional stream and a regional stream under the fund.

Applications for the WES Ecosystem Fund close on November 22, 2018. Details on the application process can be found at https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/129.nsf/eng/00003.html.

The Women Entrepreneurship Fund
Investments under this program will help women-owned and women-led businesses to grow their existing businesses, so they can pursue opportunities in domestic and global markets. It will provide non-repayable funding up to $100,000 for projects that focus on the:

• pursuit of market opportunities abroad;
• scale-up, expansion and growth; and,
• additional activities that support the objectives of the Women Entrepreneurship Fund

Applications for the Women Entrepreneurship Fund closes on November 15, 2018. Details on the application process can be found at http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/128.nsf/eng/00003.html.

Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) pages for additional information:

• Women Entrepreneurship Fund FAQs
• WES Ecosystem Fund FAQs

For further information, please contact Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) at ic.wes-sfe.icatcanada.ca or 1-800-328-6189.

We would encourage you to share this information within your respective networks.


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Diversification de l'économie de l'Ouest Canada a le plaisir de vous annoncer que le gouvernement du Canada a lancé le Fonds pour les femmes en entrepreneuriat, un nouveau programme qui s’inscrit dans le cadre de la Stratégie pour les femmes en entrepreneuriat (SFE) annoncée dans le budget de 2018. Ce fonds, ainsi que le Fonds pour l’écosystème de la SFE, fait partie d’un plan exhaustif à l’échelle du gouvernement visant à aider les femmes à faire croître leur entreprise par l’entremise d’un meilleur accès à du financement, à des réseaux et à des conseils.

Diversification de l’économie de l’Ouest Canada, en collaboration avec d’autres organismes de développement régional de partout au pays, travaillera de concert avec Innovation, Sciences et Développement économique Canada à la mise en œuvre de ces deux fonds.

Le Fonds pour l’écosystème de la SFE
Ce programme de 85 millions de dollars sur cinq ans vise à renforcer la capacité des organismes qui soutiennent les femmes entrepreneurs en veillant à ce qu’elles aient accès aux mesures de soutien dont elles ont besoin pour lancer ou faire croître une entreprise.

Les projets doivent être dirigés par des organismes sans but lucratif et répondre aux besoins de femmes venant de différents milieux et sous-représentées. Le fonds comporte un volet national/multirégional ainsi qu’un volet régional.

La date limite pour présenter une demande dans le cadre du Fonds pour l’écosystème de la SFE est le 22 novembre 2018. Pour obtenir plus de détails sur le processus d’application, veuillez consulter la page suivante : https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/129.nsf/fra/00003.html.

Le Fonds pour les femmes en entrepreneuriat
Les investissements réalisés dans le cadre de ce programme aideront les femmes entrepreneurs à faire croître leurs entreprises existantes afin qu’elles puissent saisir les opportunités d’affaires sur les marchés nationaux et à l’étranger. Le programme permettra de verser des contributions non remboursables de 100 000 $ à des projets axés sur les éléments suivants :

• la poursuite des opportunités d’affaires à l’étranger;
• l’intensification, l’expansion et la croissance;
• d’autres activités pour soutenir les objectifs du Fonds pour les femmes en entrepreneuriat.

La date limite pour présenter une demande dans le cadre du Fonds pour les femmes en entrepreneuriat est le 15 novembre 2018. Pour obtenir plus de détails sur le processus d’application, veuillez consulter la page suivante : http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/128.nsf/fra/00003.html.

Veuillez consulter les pages de la Foire aux questions pour plus de détails :

• FAQ : Fonds pour les femmes en entrepreneuriat
• FAQ : Fonds pour l’écosystème de la SFE

Pour obtenir plus de renseignements, veuillez communiquer avec Innovation, Sciences et Développement économique Canada (ISDE) à ic.wes-sfe.icatcanada.ca ou au 1-800-328-6189.

Nous vous encourageons à transmettre cette information à vos réseaux respectifs.
 

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Winners of the 14th Annual Chinook Entrepreneur Challenge

Congratulations to the finalists of the 14th Annual Chinook Entrepreneur Challenge! May 2, 2018 saw the finalists presentations and the following awards:

General Stream

  • Grand Prize - DAD canada immigration consulting inc.
  • Runner-up - Once Upon a Chocolate
  • Runner-up - The Burrows, Daniel Smith

Technology

  • Grand Prize - Full Circle Plastics
  • Runner-up - KJ Concepts
  • Runner-up - oneBand

From left to right: KJ Concepts (Kenny & Amber Joss),  oneBand (Lynn Nichol & Gregory Hogeweide), Once Upon a Chocolate (Sarah & Patricia Demes), DAD canada immigration consulting inc. (Rufa, Domingo & Francis Doria), The Burrows (Daniel Smith), Full Circle Plastics ( Stephanie & Jonathan Beekman).

Lethbridge County Business Loan Program

For Immediate Release


February 1, 2018


Lethbridge County Announces Partnership with Community Futures Lethbridge Region for Business Improvement Loan Program


LETHBRIDGE- Lethbridge County is pleased to announce a partnership with Community Futures Lethbridge Region to offer a Business Improvement Loan Program. Eligible Lethbridge County businesses will be able to apply for interest free loans up to $10,000 to make improvements or upgrades to their business at a low cost.
“This program is a great way for Lethbridge County to support businesses in our region,” said Reeve Lorne Hickey, “Encouraging growth of local business is important to our economy and we are proud to team up with Community Futures Lethbridge Region for this wonderful initiative.”
“We are very happy to be partnering with the Community Futures Lethbridge Region team to provide meaningful support to County businesses that are looking to grow and enhance their operations,” said Lethbridge County Economic Development Officer Martin Ebel. “This new program is a great example of regional cooperation and a win for everyone involved.”
Examples of eligible improvements for loans include: business equipment, information technology, new/upgraded equipment to enhance business/production operations, signage, point of sale systems, energy efficiency upgrades leading to lower operating costs, landscaping, etc.
For full details on the program or to apply, please visit http://lethcounty.ca/business/business-improvement-loan-program.
 

 

Build Your Dream

The Chinook Challenge is an opportunity to build on your dream. It is a business plan writing competition designed and targeted toward new or existing business (individuals or teams) who have a sustainable and high-growth business idea. Through the program you will gain business skills, write your business plan, get feedback on your ideas from regional professionals, network with key people including other entrepreneurs like yourself and have a chance at winning cash and prizes!

For more information and to register please visit the website: www.chinookchallenge.com

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