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It’s time to celebrate the spirit and unwavering tenacity of women entrepreneurs in the business landscape. On this Women’s Day, we honour the visionaries and change-makers who have fearlessly set out on their entrepreneurial journeys, defying odds and breaking barriers along the way. 

At the Toronto Business Development Centre, we are committed to fostering innovation and growth, irrespective of gender, and we couldn’t be prouder to showcase the invaluable resources and funding opportunities available for women entrepreneurs in Canada.

Government Resources for Women in Entrepreneurship:

We invite you to explore the boundless opportunities and untapped potential that await you in the world of government funding and grants specifically designed for women entrepreneurs in Canada. These grants and funding opportunities provide unique support to women in entrepreneurship and are here to help you succeed.  

Check out these Government resources below to see how they can propel your venture to new heights.

This article provides valuable information about funding opportunities specifically targeted towards diverse business owners.

The Women Entrepreneurship Loan Fund is a part of the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy initiated by the Government of Canada to support women entrepreneurs in accessing tools and financing for success.

The EquiVision website provides easily comparable data on representation rates and pay gaps of federally regulated private-sector employers in Canada. It offers data on four designated groups under the Employment Equity Act, including women.

Funding for Women Entrepreneurs

Get ready to soar in your business because we’ve compiled a list of funding resources to help you grow your company. In today’s dynamic entrepreneurial landscape, it’s crucial to access the right resources to turn your visionary ideas into reality. Fortunately, there is no shortage of support for women in entrepreneurship, with a multitude of funding resources available to fuel your growth and success. As a leading champion of entrepreneurship, we are committed to supporting women entrepreneurs by providing access to these funding resources and empowering them to break barriers and shatter glass ceilings. Together, let’s harness the immense potential that lies within and revolutionize the business landscape.

Discover these funding opportunities for women in entrepreneurship:

BDC offers support for women entrepreneurs looking for financing advice, support, and resources.

The Women Entrepreneur Fund is a business expansion grant that supports women-led companies execute a growth strategy.

DELIA provides loans of up to $15,000 to qualifying female entrepreneurs for business start-up, stabilization or expansion.

The city of Richmond Hill offers entrepreneur support and funding for Women entrepreneurs.

Resources for Women Entrepreneurs

We have curated a wealth of resources specifically designed to empower and uplift women in the world of business. Canada offers a myriad of resources tailored to the unique needs of women entrepreneurs, and TBDC is at the forefront of connecting these dynamic individuals with the tools they need to thrive. Join us as we unveil a comprehensive guide to the resources available, propelling women entrepreneurs toward success and impact in the business realm.

Check out the multitude of resources available for women entrepreneurs below.

The Startup Women program offers various resources and opportunities throughout the year, including webinars, industry-specific advisory circles, and meetings with Startup Women leaders.

TD Bank provides advice, as well as guidance to the right connections, tools and resources for women entrepreneurs.

The Forum is a registered charity that is dedicated to providing resources and support for women in business and entrepreneurship.

The Scotiabank Women Initiative is committed to helping women grow in their businesses and reach success.

The Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub provides data, resources, and events for women in entrepreneurship.

Southern Ontario Women Entrepreneur Initiative is Funded by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, and supports the development of francophone and bilingual women’s entrepreneurial skills.

Lioness Magazine is a publication designed to offer news and resources to women entrepreneurs.

This guide provides links and resources from the Government of Canada for women entrepreneurs.

Congratulations to all the amazing women out there who are pursuing their dreams of entrepreneurship! There are many resources available to help you overcome the unique challenges that women face in the business world. From government support to funding opportunities, the world is yours for the taking. TBDC is here to help you every step of the way and to foster growth and innovation in the industry. Together, we can build a brighter future for all women entrepreneurs.

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