Whether they’re running small independent businesses or leading large-scale corporations, female entrepreneurs are making their mark on the business scene now more than ever. There are increased efforts to support more women in business, but a large inconsistency remains between the number of female versus male business owners. Commonly cited obstacles include fear of failure against their male counterparts, and a lack of female mentors from which young entrepreneurs can learn.
Luckily, these dilemmas are being seen and addressed, with many organizations taking different approaches towards proactively eliminating the problem. Here are some key resources to help more female entrepreneurs get further along the road to success.
In order to get a business up and running, sometimes a bit of a cash flow kickstart is necessary. Across Canada many organizations are focusing on giving a leg up to the ideas of young women entrepreneurs. Examples include:
Mentorship Workshops and Networks
Although the money won’t actually be dropped in your lap, mentorship workshops and networks in Canada show young women where to find it. They are popping up across the nation to connect young ladies with the people and resources they need to get their businesses up and running. In many cases the mentorship is free. Examples include:
With these and other resources emerging through new partnerships and collaborations, more women are finding the support they need to get their business ideas off the ground. Ideally this will enable more women to see their ideas mature from a fledgling startup to a successful and sustainable small business.
Written by: Intuit
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