Settling into a “New Normal”

Hello Tsuts’weye Network,

As we settle into this “new normal”, I keep thinking of ways to stay connected while being physically distant.  Connection is fundamental to the Tsuts’weye philosophy and is an important motivation for many female entrepreneurs.  I participated in Erna Stassen’s webinar on “Overcoming Fear and Anxiety” last week and it helped me feel more in control of my own emotions and thoughts.  I also felt encouraged by the other women who shared their experiences in real-time!  We are truly stronger and healthier together.

I encourage you to take advantage of upcoming opportunities to connect with Tsuts’weye women:

  • Join other women for the webinar being hosted by Jody Shakespeare – Thursday, April 9 at 9 am, registration required. See poster below.
  • Watch for information regarding the Laura Cooke workshop we had to postpone in March.  Laura will be delivering her Dare to Lead and Success Principles workshop on two Saturday mornings, April 18 and 25.  Contact Julie John at for more information or to register for one of the very limited seats.  Watch our events page for updated information on this and other upcoming events.
  • The Tsuts’weye Facebook Group has been launched and several of you have already joined.  Go there to contribute your thoughts and ideas, share how you have adapted your business at this time, or learn how others are feeling with all the recent upheaval in their world.
  • Coming soon! We want you to list your business on the Business Profile page of our website.  It is important that we are aware of the current status of your business so that we can support you at this time.

If you are feeling stressed or anxious about your business, contact our Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR), Caroline Grover,  to discuss your situation and make a plan.  Many of our businesses have reached out to Caroline for assistance over the past few weeks and she has connected them with free professional consulting services.  Women are feeling less stressed, and also feel like there is light at the end of the tunnel after they take the time to settle down and discuss their business situation with the EIR.   See the information below to connect with Caroline.

We will be launching the Tsuts’weye Peer Mentoring program with Kathleen Seeley in the coming weeks.  Please email me if you are interested in participating in this rich opportunity to connect with other businesswomen in the Shuswap.

As we enter this “settling in and acceptance” stage of physical distancing, we must continue to reach out in support of one another. Please let me know if you need a phone call.  I probably will too! I would prefer pie and coffee at the Pie Co or a walk on one of the beautiful Shuswap trails with you, but like my old and very dear friend used to tell me…”To be continued”.  We will have our opportunity to do these lovely things we value so much again soon.  Just hold on until then!

Warmest regards,

Carmen Massey
Project Manager, Tsuts’weye Network
Cell:  250-804-3466


Concerned About Your Next Steps for Business?

In all of the communities around us, businesses are experiencing closures and losses.  We are all worried about each other, and how our businesses will survive.  This is the time for your business to take a step back and think about how you move forward.  It is going to be challenging, but always, when there is a challenge there is also a new opportunity, so keep this simple thought in mind when you think about your business.  Think about new innovative ways that you can do your business, provide a unique service to your clients, and take some time to learn some new skills or rework some old skills. And remember, you are not alone – there are experienced people that can assist you and listen to your ideas and provide feedback.

To access these services please contact Caroline Grover, our Entrepreneur in Residence. Please email Caroline at or call her directly at 250-300-4757.

For more information about this program review the Entrepreneur In Residence page.

Tsuts’weye Women’s Entrepreneur & Innovation Network can provide services to your business, whether you are a new business, or have been in business many years. These services are provided free of charge, thanks to the financial support of Community Futures Shuswap and Western Economic Diversification.