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Program aimed at helping women develop businesses

Online program tailored to women's needs, offers opportunities for networking
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A two-part program to support women in developing their community-change ideas into social enterprises is being offered by NORDIK Institute’s Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (SEE) initiative. Part One, Idea Development to Action Plan, draws out peoples ’passion for addressing a social, cultural or environmental concern, and shaping it into a business idea. The online program is tailored to women’s needs with opportunities for networking and discussion groups to create a community of changemakers. It welcomes those who are keen to explore how to move their ideas forward.

“The program considers the COVID-19 context, recognizing increased challenges in balancing the demands of business startup and daily life by offering one class per week” explains Krista Bissiallon, Social Enterprise Program Lead, “It also acknowledges that many women are interested in launching a part-time business, and not necessarily growing it into a full-time venture.”

The 16-week course provides insight into the romance and reality of being an entrepreneur, building readiness capacity. Topics include personal characteristics that support success; developing a business story; traditional business models and sharing structures, creating value beyond the financial; supply chains; community asset mapping; and leading in uncertainty. Each participant creates an Action Plan identifying their next steps in the entrepreneurial journey.

Part Two, Business Plan Development to Action Plan, will be launching in spring 2021. It unpacks the business planning process, providing the nuts and bolts of preparing to launch an enterprise.

Apply now for Part One: Idea Development to Action Plan starting September 28. For more information please contact Krista Bissiallon in the Northeastern region and Allyson Pele in the Northwestern region.

The program is part of the Women of Ontario Social Enterprise Network (WOSEN), project that supports women and gender non-binary people, typically underrepresented in business, to create and grow enterprises that embed social values into their business model, such as through cooperative, non-profit, as well as both for-profit and not-for-profit social enterprises.


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