Women Entrepreneurs - About SOWEI

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SOUTHERN ONTARIO WOMEN ENTREPRENEUR INITIATIVE (SOWEI)

     OBJECTIVE
To support the development of Francophone and bilingual women's entrepreneurial skills in southern Ontario through strategic alliances, coaching, training, mentoring and microcredit financing.

     STRATEGIC ALLIANCES
Through our strategic partnership alliances, we will strengthen your entrepreneurial skills by sharing your best practices through networking, coaching, training, mentoring and B2B partnering throughout Southern Ontario.
 

     COACHING
Coaching will be available for eligible participants.
Our professional coaches can help you acquire the knowledge and know-how to build a successful business by providing you with essential tools and advice and access to financing.
Coaching resources may be focused on but not limited to:
  • Financial Management for women in Business
  • Human Resources for women in Business
  • Leading Change in Small Business
  • Sales and Marketing for women in Business
  • Strategic Planning for women in Business
 
     TRAINING IN PARTNERSHIP WITH LA FACTORIE DESJARDINS
Various training such as accounting, marketing, human resources, small business start-up along with how to choose the right business structure, branding, taxation, e-commerce just to mention a few.
 

     MENTORING
A mentor may be provided to support and encourage women entrepreneurs to help them remain focused on their day to day operations which are critical for the success of your business.
 

     FINANCING
Through SOWEI we can assist you in finding the most suitable financing option or conditional contribution for your start-up or your business expansion.
 

     ELIGIBILITY
Eligible applicants must be francophone or bilingual women over 18 years of age:
  • A for profit organization: this may include, but not be limited to:
    • An individual operating a business
    • Partnerships
    • Social enterprises
    • Incorporated companies, corporations , and
    • An Indigenous organization.
  • A women-owned and/or women-led business
  • A small to medium enterprise (SME) – (up to 499 employees), and
  • Located within the boundaries of Southern Ontario as defined by the Government of Canada.
Ineligible applicants:
  • Not-for-profit organizations, and
  • Government or municipal entities
Priority will be given to any of the following three applicant groups:
  • Diverse women entrepreneurs (such as women with disabilities, Indigenous women, women in rural regions, recent immigrants, visible minority women, women from Official Language Minority Communities)
  • Projects seeking to pursue market opportunities abroad.
     HOW TO APPLY

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