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TSUTS’WEYE BUSINESS SUPPORT

Entrepreneur-in-Residence Program

Women Entrepreneurs have the opportunity to receive one on one support through the Tsuts’weye program. If you have a new business idea, are starting a new company, or need growth strategies for a mature business or possibly creating an exit plan, we are here to help. An Entrepreneur in Residence is available to meet by appointment. Caroline Grover has a wealth of business experience, working with hundreds of business owners in as many fields. You are able to tap into her knowledge and networks, right now.

Caroline Grover, our Entrepreneur in Resident (EIR) acts a business advisor who assists the business owner to determine their strengths and assess areas where additional training or supports are required. In addition to Caroline, we have consultants in specialized fields who are also ready to work with you.

This free and confidential service is available to women led businesses in the Shuswap. This includes women who are in partnerships with husbands or other supportive men.

Meet with Caroline by telephone or by a Zoom meeting.  This service is free for entrepreneurs to access, at this time, thanks to the financial support of Shuswap Community Futures and Western Economic Diversification. We also appreciate the support of Okanagan College and Salmon Arm Economic Development Society. To access these services please complete the Client Intake Form and email to shuswapmentor@gmail.com.

Business Recovery & Expansion Program

The Business Recovery & Expansion Program (BRE) is specifically for established businesses, two years or greater, led by a woman or for women who play a key role in a family owned business.

It is preferred the business will have revenues of $250k to $10 million and need assistance to position their business for growth and a healthy future with a planned exit strategy.

The two Entrepreneurs in Residence working within the Shuswap Business Hub have assisted over 70 local businesses in the past eight months. Ranging from business concepts to exit strategies.

The BRE program will offer 6 months of group and private coaching that is preceded by an in-depth, on line assessment of each participant’s business.

The group presentations will be held at the Salmon Arm Innovation Centre in person. The first group sessions begin Monday, September 14th 1pm to 4pm and continues every Monday until October 19th (with the exception of Thanksgiving October 12th). Group Coaching commences Monday Nov 2nd, 9am to 11am and runs for 3 months. A second group will commence November and continue through April.

HOW DO I APPLY? QUESTIONS?

Complete the BRE program application form indicating which group you would prefer. (Note this form is a fillable PDF and may or may not work on a smartphone or tablet).

If you have questions, contact Tsuts’weye Entrepreneur in Residence, Caroline Grover at 250 300-4757 during business hours.

PROGRAM FORMS

Interested in receiving program services? Download and complete our Client Intake Form and email it to shuswapmentor@gmail.com.

Interested in applying for the Business Recovery & Expansion program? Please download, fill out and email the BRE Application Form to shuswapmentor@gmail.com.

Interested in providing consultant services to the program? Please download, fill out and email the Consultant Expression of Interest Form to cmassey@tsutsweye.ca

Meet Caroline Grover

ENTREPRENEUR IN RESIDENCE

I retired from the position as the CEO of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce where for six years I built and led an award winning, fast growing membership organization. Exhibiting advanced leadership of a high-performance team and a governance board of directors.

An extensive career as an Economic Development Officer and as Executive Director for Business Improvement Associations for multiple communities in B.C. and Alberta gave me vast opportunities. To strategically plan and attract new investment, support business retention and expansion, and labor market development. I worked extensively with business owners to grow their companies. Throughout my life I have won numerous awards for organizational excellence and marketing. This followed a successful career in retail management for large chains and my own spa and womens fashion business.

Currently I serve as a Director of the Board of Interior Savings Credit Union, having served as Chair of the Human Resources and then Community Investment and Member Relations committees.

I am developing a one of a kind jewelry design business with local stores carrying my line ‘Nice & Pretty’ and will be launching my online store this spring.

CAROLINE GROVER

“What a difference it has made to me to have someone in my corner who has so many answers! I am so glad there is this program to help women like me. Thank you, thank you!”

Join the Tsuts’weye Network!

Are you a female business owner in the Shuswap? Join the Tsuts’weye Network! It’s doesn’t cost you anything and you’ll receive monthly newsletters, access to resources, tools, skills training, mentorship and be part of something really great for Shuswap female entrepreneurs!

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