The Atlantic Canadian Women in Growth Partnership (ACWGP) is a collaborative project involving four Atlantic women’s business organizations: Nova Scotia's Centre for Women in Business (CWB); Prince Edward Island Business Women’s Association (PEIBWA); Women in Business New Brunswick (WBNB); and Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE) as the project lead. This three-year project is funded by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) through the federal government’s Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES) Ecosystem Fund in order to address gaps and build capacity in the entrepreneurship ecosystem for women.
The ACWGP has two main goals:
- To boost each partner organization's capacity to support women entrepreneurs in the start-up and growth phases.
- To increase participation of under-represented groups, including newcomers, women with disabilities, indigenous women, rural women, as well as women in non-traditional trades and in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-related fields.
Filling the gaps
The entrepreneurial ecosystem already contains a wealth of information and resources, so we want to avoid duplicating existing programs and services. By carrying out a jurisdictional scan of each province, we can determine what resources are available and identify where the ACWGP could fill certain gaps. By embracing partnerships and collaboration, we will position ourselves with a view to enhancing and supporting existing programs and services within our respective provinces.
Breaking down barriers
Research shows that women face barriers when it comes to starting and growing businesses. In the case of under-represented groups, these barriers can be even more daunting. By undertaking consultative needs assessments with stakeholders, we will identify these barriers and determine how we can support women through partnerships and custom-tailored programming. The ultimate goal is to break down barriers and empower more women to realize their entrepreneurial potential in Atlantic Canada.
Forging connections with service organizations and meeting with diverse groups of women in all four provinces will give us fresh insights into the challenges and opportunities that women face and will help us move forward together as we support, start, and grow women-owned businesses in Atlantic Canada.
By connecting with support organizations and consulting with female business owners throughout Atlantic Canada, we will devise a plan to fill identified gaps by providing resources and making support available to under-represented groups in the entrepreneurial ecosystem to further advance the start-up and/or growth of women-owned businesses.
Atlantic Women’s Business Series
The ACWGP is delighted to introduce a webinar series featuring interviews with leading female entrepreneurs from Atlantic Canada who will be sharing their personal stories. How did they get their start? What kind of barriers did they face? What have they learned? Who supported them along the way? Follow the WBNB on social media for further information on the webinar series for new start-ups and growth-ready businesses.
If you would like to know more about this exciting new project or are interested in supporting this initiative in any way, we would love to hear from you!
Project Coordinator, ACWGP, Women in Business New Brunswick
Phone: (506) 548-1024