Approximately 16% of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Canada are owned by women according to Statistics Canada. While this number is a fraction SMEs in general, growth in women-owned enterprises is strong and continues to grow.
Building more gender balance in our businesses is exciting work. In Niagara, there are numerous business and entrepreneurship resources available. For International Women’s Day 2019, we’ve pulled together some of the resources in the region that are specific to women in business.
Women in Niagara Council at the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce is a business resource and advocate for women in Niagara. In addition to networking and events that inspire leadership and celebrate success, the council identifies issues relevant to women in Niagara and provides strategic guidance to address these challenges and opportunities.
Niagara Women’s Enterprise Centre is a charity that provides assistance, training and resources to unemployed and/or underemployed women in the Niagara Region who want to obtain employment or create a business.
Company of Women: Niagara Chapter is a vibrant community of women achieving success on their own terms. Through events and networking, women share their stories and collective wisdom to learn from and support each other.
Niagara Area Business Women’s Network is a membership group that connects local entrepreneurs and business women through networking, events and support
The Niagara Leadership Summit for Women presents an inclusive environment to encourage and celebrate women leaders in our community and opens the conversation surrounding women’s issues in Niagara. The event is put on by the YWCA Niagara Region and Brock University.
Women in Leadership & Business Conference is a 2.5 day professional development conference for women leaders, and will be held in Niagara Falls in 2019.