Business Resource Library

Women's Entrepreneurship Research

BC Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Survey Results

In August 2016, Women’s Enterprise Centre (WEC) conducted a survey of business service providers within the entrepreneurial ecosystem in BC. The survey was designed to identify how these organizations engage with women, how they understand the needs of women business owners in the province and how their services meet their needs. This report summarizes the findings and makes suggestions as to how business service providers in BC can work together to support women entrepreneurs in BC.

Date: 12/10/2016
The Taskforce for Women’s Business Growth

The Taskforce for Women’s Business Growth is a national consortium of prominent women business owners, SME service agencies, academics, and industry associations. Women’s Enterprise Centre is a founding member of this national taskforce, which has identified action strategies to create economic development in Canada through the support of women entrepreneurs.  The Taskforce maintains a comprehensive library of research into women’s entrepreneurship.

Date: 04/11/2016
SME Financing Data Initiative October 2010

This report outlines the business characteristics and recent financing activities of majority female-owned small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The financing data used in this analysis originate from the SME Financing Data Initiative (SME FDI) Survey on Financing of Small and Medium Enterprises. This survey is intended to study the demand for, and sources of, SME financing.

Date: 03/01/2011
Procurement Strategies to Support Women-Owned Enterprises

Conducted on behalf of WeConnect Canada, this report presents a summary of research about small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME) engagement in public procurement. Strategies to increase women-owned enterprises‘ understanding about, and access to, government contract opportunities are also considered. This research digest is expected to inform discussion among WEConnect Canada, community partners and governments about the constraints and opportunities of public procurement for SMEs, and in particular women-owned enterprises.

Date: 03/01/2011
Sustaining the Momentum: An Economic Forum on Women Entrepreneurs

This report presents a synopsis of the research and recommendations stemming from Sustaining the Momentum: An Economic Forum on Women Entrepreneurs in Ottawa from October 27 to 29, 2004. Its objectives were to share leading-edge research about women entrepreneurs, to examine government support for women business owners, and to identify gaps in research and public policy.

Date: 03/01/2011