Women’s Enterprise Centre’s Business Loans Program offers small business loans to women-owned businesses in BC that can help you start, enhance or grow your BC business. You may qualify with us, even if you don’t with other lenders.
We do not have a grant program and, despite popular belief, grants for business start-ups are rare. If you are interested in exploring other funding options, check out this list of grant programs and funding sources .
Our Business Loans program is different from those of traditional lenders. We offer:
*If you require funding beyond $150,000, we attempt to partner with other lenders to meet your full borrowing requirements.
One of the unique pieces to our loans program is that it is bundled with free, ongoing, professional business advice . Whether you’re just starting out, purchasing a business or growing your BC business, Women’s Enterprise Centre is here to help.
For basic eligibility you must be:
Our loans program is different from traditional lenders, and we are interested in learning more about you and your business plans. Loan applicants will work with one of our business advisors throughout the application and repayment plan processes. See our small business loan qualification requirements >> 
Do you have trouble financing your business? You may qualify for an unsecured small business loan of up to $50,000  if you're a woman who does not have security to offer and you fall into one of these groups:
In these circumstances we require that the owner make a 10% equity contribution to the business instead of the usual 25%. Security is not required. Learn more about our Equal Access to Capital Business Loan >> 
Do you dream of starting, buying or growing a business but think you're too young to get a business loan? Women's Enterprise Centre has partnered with Futurpreneur Canada to offer an unsecured joint loan for youth  of up to $65,000. If you're a woman under 35, you may qualify! Learn more about our business loans for youth >> 
To find out more about applying for a loan with Women’s Enterprise Centre, you will need to participate in one of our weekly phone-in Business Loans Information Session  on our loans program. The Business Advisor facilitating the Business Loans Loan Information Session will review the details of our lending program, answer your questions and advise you on how to apply. Learn how to access small business financing today !