Tsuts’weye Women’s Entrepreneur Network continues to grow!

The Tsuts’weye Women’s Entrepreneur Network is now six months into the project and  women have shown loud and clear that there is a need for this project in the community! At this time we have:
• 253 women registered in the network and 130 women have attended Tsuts’weye events.
• 16 women have received direct mentoring/consulting services.
• 13 consultant/mentors are registered to assist women.
• 9 women are committed to the monthly Advisory Round Table.
• 22 community presentations have been made to date, including two Indigenous communities, City of Salmon Arm, four Chambers of Commerce, two Rotary Clubs, one MP and one MLA of our community.
• 4 partnership projects are underway.
• 3 newsletters have been published, keeping women up to date with resources and events that can help their businesses.
• 18 women have participated in courses or classes since the beginning of January.
• New!! Watch for upcoming Mastermind sessions and Tuesday Power Lunches rolling out in April!
• Visit the website for the latest events, watch for your newsletter, like us on Facebook and Instagram and  use #tsutsweye…take a photo and tell us about amazing women entrepreneurs in our community!!


Upcoming Tsuts’weye Network Events

Sicamous Networking Event – “Marketing Fundamentals”

Date: February 25, 2020 – Sicamous, BC
Place: Sicamous Chamber of Commerce – 446 Main St., Sicamous, BC
Time: 6 – 8 pm
Entrepreneurs from across the Shuswap are invited to join the newly formed Sicamous Women in Business, as they host the first ever Tsuts’weye Networking Event. The evening will include ample time for networking, some delicious food and a high quality presentation exploring marketing fundamentals. Join us to learn and network with other women entrepreneurs.
Registration information will be on the Tsuts’weye event page as soon as all of the details are confirmed.

Dare To Lead & Success Principles Workshop for Women Entrepreneurs

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020
Place: Sorrento Centre, 1159 Passchendaele Rd. Sorrento, BC
Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Networking for Success Workshop

Date: Friday, March 20, 2020
Place: Carlin Hall, 4051 Myers Frontage Road, Tappen, BC
Time: 3:30 pm – 8:00 pm

To registration information for all of these events go to the Tsuts’weye event page as soon as possible to book your spot!!

Other Upcoming Events

Free Tax Help for Small Businesses – sponsored by the Canada Revenue Agency and Community Futures Shuswap
Date: February 25, 2020
Time: 9:30 – 12:30
Place: Community Futures Shuswap – #101 – 160 Harbourfront Drive NE, Salmon Arm
RSVP: Tanja Carlson at tcarlson@futureshuswap.com to attend this event.

North Okanagan – Shuswap 2nd Annual Employment & Business Fair 2020
Job Fair and Business Showcase for the job seekers and customers in the North Okanagan-Shuswap region.
Date: March 9, 2020
Time: 11:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Place: Splatsin Community Center – 5767 Old Vernon Road,  Enderby, BC
Register here for this event.

Leadership Essential Series
This series of one-day seminars focuses on specific leadership skills required in today’s workplace. With the constant change businesses and organizations face, the common denominator is still the people we work with. This series will enable you to discover your style of leadership and develop new leadership skills. Whether you are new to leadership or are a seasoned veteran, this series will provide you with personal insights and new strategies to apply in your workplace.
For more information or to register for these seminars please register here.

Investing in Each Other – Economic Unity Conference
Sponsored by Community Futures Development Corporation of Central Interior First Nations in partnership with All Nations Trust Company.
Date: February 20 – 21, 2020
Place: Coast Hotel & Conference Centre – 1250 Rogers Way, Kamloops, BC
Register here to attend this conference.


Shuswap Launch-a-Preneur Start-up Weekend is now OPEN!

Calling all aspiring entrepreneurs! Take part in Shuswap Launch-a-Preneur! Start-up weekend, business development program designed by Enactus Okanagan College, Salmon Arm Economic Development Society, and Community Futures Shuswap.

The purpose of the program is to assist individuals and teams to successfully plan for and launch their business in the Shuswap, and/or an opportunity to get a head start for Season 6 Shuswap’s Launch-a-Preneur Dragon’s Den-style entrepreneurship competition in 2021!

The weekend program will facilitate idea generation, rapid business model development, and problem-solving in a collaborative, supportive, and motivating environment. Participants will engage in hands-on workshops facilitated by successful local entrepreneurs and business leaders. Supplemental resources and business mentor support will also assist participants in generating or redefining ideas for their business, making connections within the business community, and forming an understanding of what to expect when starting a business. This two-day workshop will be held on Saturday, March 28th and Sunday, March 29th from 9:00 am-5:00 pm at the Salmon Arm Innovation Centre located on 220 Shuswap St. Orientation and Networking Event will be held on Friday, March 27th from 6-8 pm. The cost of the program will be $50 per person, which includes snacks.

Teams can be comprised of individuals or groups working on developing the same business concept. Participants must have access to the internet, basic computer skills, and plan to operate their business within the Shuswap.

Find out more and Register at www.launch-a-preneur.ca . Space is limited! Registration closes March 18th, 2020. Sponsored by Grant Thornton.

Rogers Hometown Hockey is Coming to Town!

Rogers Hometown Hockey – the ultimate cross-country celebration of the great Canadian game is coming to Salmon Arm!

You may wonder why we are adding this to a newsletter for entrepreneurs.

It is really important as a new or existing business that you support your community.  Whether you volunteer for a non-profit organization or support a community event, it is important to show that your business is part of a community and that you support the community that supports your business.  And if you are a new business it is a great way to network and promote your business.

The celebration will be held Saturday, March 7th, through to the evening of Sunday, March 8th, at Marine Park.

For more information regarding this event please contact Morgen Matheson at marketing@saeds.ca or Jennifer Broadwell at events@salmonarmdowntown.ca.

Learning Centre

Top 6 Marketing Money Wasters
Avoid these common but costly mistakes to save yourself headaches and cash!!

Here is an article for you to read before you spend a lot of money on marketing.  You have to market your business but it has to be done efficiently and needs to bring a return on the investment that you are spending.  To read more go to this article.

Creating continuous panoramas on Instagram
From the course: Mobile Photography Weekly
To learn more go to this video.

Business Coaching Available

Women Entrepreneurs have additional support available thanks to the Tsuts’weye program. If you have a new business idea, are starting a new company, or finding growth strategies for the mature business owner, or creating an exit plan, we are here to help. An Entrepreneur in Residence is available to meet by appointment.

An Entrepreneur in Resident (EIR) is a business coach or advisor who assists the business owner determine their strengths and assesses areas if additional training or supports are required.

The EIR’s are located in the Salmon Arm Innovation Centre.  This service is free for entrepreneurs to access, at this time, thanks to the financial support of Shuswap Community Futures, Okanagan College, Western Economic Diversification and Salmon Arm Economic Development Society. To access these services please complete the Client Intake Form and email to shuswapmentor@gmail.com.

Urgently needed to support Tsuts’weye Coaching and Mentoring Program

What is the Tsuts’weye Coaching and Mentoring Program?
The Tsuts’weye Entrepreneur in Residence meets with women entrepreneurs and together they determine supports needed and provide referrals to an expert in a specific field – HR, marketing, healthy and safety, etc.

How do I become a consultant, mentor, expert or specialist to the Program?
Complete a Consultant Expression of Interest Form for the Coaching and Mentoring Program.

Return the Expression of Interest form to:
Carmen Massey, Project Manager at cmassey@tsutsweye.ca or drop off completed forms at Community Futures Shuswap office in Salmon Arm.

We would appreciate your assistance in reaching experts and professionals in the Shuswap. Please forward this opportunity on to businesses and individuals in your networks.

Resources for Entrepreneurs

New!! Free webinars! NEW Cash flow and financial fitness – Womens Enterprise Centre
For more information please go to their website here.

Salmon Arm Innovation Centre – For more info on other courses being offered by the please go to their website.

Womens Enterprise Centre – For information, webinars, loans, and other resources for Women Entrepreneurs click here.

Business Development Bank of Canada – For resources, advice, and larger business loans – bdc.ca

BC Agri-Business Planning Program – More information here.

Investment Agriculture Foundation – programs to assist the agriculture and food processing industries in BC. More information here.

Innovate BC – lots of information for start up innovators! More info here.

Conference Board of Canada – Resources and research on whats happening with Canada’s economy. More information here.

If you have any workshops, courses, or other resources that you can share please send to info@tsutsweye.ca. Thanks!!