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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 …

Why the ‘Business Case’ for Hiring More Women Isn’t Working

Originally published:Globe and MailWednesday, March 6, 2019 Sarah Kaplan, Distinguished Professor and Director, Institute for Gender and the Economy, Rotman School of Management, University of TorontoNancy Wilson, CPA, Founder and CEO, Canadian Women’s Chamber of Commerce As we mark International Women’s Day on Friday, many people – including us – will note that not enough progress has been made on women’s economic …

Op-Ed: What’s a ‘Women-Led’ Company? We Need a Standard Definition

By Nancy Wilson, Founder & CEO, Canadian Women’s Chamber of Commerce How many women does it take to make a “women-led” company? It turns out you just need one. That is, if you are a tech company looking for investment from a venture fund marketed to support women’s entrepreneurship and participation in the tech sector by the Business Development Bank of …

Media Release: Collaboration Creates Business Growth Opportunities for Women in Business

Toronto, ON and Abbotsford, British Columbia (April 15, 2019) – With nearly 14 percent of Canadian women starting or running their own business, two national organizations recently launched a partnership to help support them. The Canadian Women’s Chamber of Commerce (CanWCC) and GroYourBiz™ (GYB) will provide their respective members access to benefits such as peer business advisory boards, resources, mentoring, skill development, discounts on services, …