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If You Thought The ‘Friends & Family Round’ Was Privileged, You’re Right

There’s a problem with the standard investment playbook and you already know it.  It’s called the ‘friends and family round’ of raising funding, and it’s only for the privileged few. It is recommended as the first step to funding a new business.  It’s got to stop. As a startup, you know that Angel Investors are the primary source of early …

Canadian Women Still Far Behind When It Comes To Business Growth

Canadian Women’s Chamber of Commerce marks second anniversary with a look at the reality of women’s business ‘empowerment’ “We’re not selling women empowerment. We’re working to make business equality a reality for all women-identified and nonbinary entrepreneurs.” Nancy Wilson, Founder & CEO, CanWCC Toronto, ON – It wasn’t until 1989 that women business owners in North America could ask for …

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Step 1. Break the rules. Step 2. Make some new rules.

Advocacy. I talk a lot about advocacy because the Canadian Women’s Chamber of Commerce (CanWCC) is, first and foremost, concerned with advocating on behalf of our members. But I recognize that advocacy is a weighty notion and can be an overwhelming prospect – particularly for our members who are busy building their businesses. What do I mean when I talk about being …

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Launch Your Business with Ownr and CanWCC

MAKE IT OFFICIAL The Canadian Women’s Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to announce our latest exciting partnership to benefit entrepreneurs with Ownr. Ownr provides registration, incorporation, and design services to business owners making it both simple and affordable to launch your business. Used by over 10,000 businesses within Canada already, we are certain that Ownr is the right partner for our growing network of business owners. Whether …

CanWCC Partners with Willful to Provide Affordable Estate Planning for their Members

THE IMPORTANCE OF SUCCESSION PLANNING FOR ENTREPRENEURS As entrepreneurs, we’re taught to have a solid business plan – to know what problem we’re solving, why we’re best equipped to solve it, and why we’re uniquely positioned to succeed versus our competitors or incumbents. But most business plans neglect one key element of it: business succession and estate planning. Everyone plans …

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Policy Proposal: Access to Capital

UNLOCK RRSP FUNDS TO (RE)BUILD A PROSPEROUS FUTURE Recommendation:  Implement an RRSP withdrawal and payback plan, similar to the First Time Home Buyers Plan, to allow individuals to access the funds they need for debt consolidation, unexpected expenses, and entrepreneurship THE PROBLEM: ACCESS TO CAPITAL Business ownership can be a means to create personal wealth above and beyond standard employment. Canadian …

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Policy Proposal: Affordable Childcare

AFFORDABLE CHILDCARE FOR ALL PLAN The Canadian Women’s Chamber of Commerce endorses Child Care Now‘s Affordable Childcare for All Plan. The Canadian Women’s Chamber of Commerce (CanWCC) is pleased to endorse the Affordable Childcare for All Plan, an evidence-based plan to make affordable childcare available and accessible to all families who want it by 2030. CanWCC is proud to join a list …

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Federal Election 2019

Make your voice heard in the 2019 Federal Election Canada’s Federal Election is scheduled for October 21, 2019. CanWCC encourages everyone to make their voice heard by voting in the upcoming election. The best place to learn more about the election, how to register to vote, and who the candidates are is Elections Canada. DOES YOUR PREFERRED CANDIDATE SUPPORT ISSUES THAT …

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CanWCC Receives 4-year Grant from Department of Women and Gender Equality

EXCITING NEWS! We are so excited to (officially) announce that the Canadian Women’s Chamber of Commerce is one of the recipients of a four-year grant from the Department of Women and Gender Equality (formerly Status of Women Canada)! The grant funds are designed to help organizations focused on gender equality in Canada to build their capacity and sustainability. CanWCC was awarded approximately …