We hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving last week with the people that mean the most to you. Those can be friends, family, neighbors, co-workers – anyone at this time that helps you feel safe and welcome.
In your businesses you can also be thankful for the support that you have received to keep your business open and this thanks again can go to the people that mean the most to you – family, friends, neighbors, co-workers – anyone that has come forward to assist you with your transition into the “New Normal” that we are experiencing at this time.
As we move into the Fall and into Winter we are going to see changes to our work places. Business may slow down for a while but visitors will be looking for a winter getaway, and our cross country and snow shoeing trails are some of the most scenic in BC. We also have some great ice fishing, and just simply skating on the lake – something that people in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland don’t get to do very often. Our communities are easily accessible to the Lower Mainland and other larger communities that surround us. And if you need staff, look close to home. We have older youth that are attending university and college online and living at home, and a skilled older population that will not be heading south for the winter. This may also be the time to look at partnering with an organization to look at hiring someone to train that may have a disability that just needs that extra time for training. Go2HR is one organization that can help you with staff recruitment to find the right person for your business.
Let’s also celebrate Small Business Week 2020 this week – October 18-24! Small Business BC will be offering free educational webinars during this time. Also Community Futures Shuswap is hosting three days of business development workshops – To learn more, register and access the links for each day’s events, visit here. Let’s thank all of the small businesses that provide us with services and products and for supporting us every day!
The Tsuts’weye Team is thankful, too, for all the amazing women we’ve met and worked with over the past year. We’ve been busy over the past month, hosting small group networking events in various communities, delivering workshops – from digital content creation with Ashley Doan to Brene Brown’s Braving Trust with Laura Cooke and more. Be sure to check our events calendar for upcoming opportunities to advance your skills, improve your business, and network with other women in business. And don’t forget to connect with us on FacebookInstagram and also sign up for our newsletter.
Eleven women are now engaged in an intensive Business Recovery and Expansion program and our consulting professionals have been actively working one-on-one with numerous Tsuts’weye clients through our FREE business support program.
Please everyone stay safe and healthy, support each other, follow the COVID protocols always, and most of all be kind and patient with each other. And again – our residents and businesses will benefit by everyone remembering that we can make it through this by working together.

Dear Tsuts’weye Client:
It is important to us to reflect on our first year of service and ensure we are continually improving to meet the needs of our clients.
Please take 10 minutes to complete a short survey about your experience with Tsuts’weye. There are 9 questions in total. You can access the survey here. The survey will be available until October 31, 2020.
Your feedback is essential in helping us improve where we need to and continue doing what is having the most impact.

Not many teenagers can say they have found their life’s passion and know with exacting detail what they want to do with their lives by the time they graduate high school, but Dawson Rae can. At just 17-years-old, the creator of BlueJadeFinds knows precisely where she wants her life to lead, and has a plan already in motion to help her reach her impressive goals.
Dawson Rae created BlueJadeFinds, an Instagram-based business that sells pre-owned clothing and accessories to customers around the world less than one year ago in 2019, and it has already grown significantly in that time. With more than 8,500 followers, Dawson’s business reaches all corners of the globe, thanks to her creative marketing and diligent internet-based business model.
“The concept behind BlueJadeFinds is based on creating a more sustainable and ethical way of shopping, by reducing the manufacturing of the fast fashion industry,” Dawson explained.
Read more about Dawson Rae and her business here.

Tsuts’weye Women Coping with COVID – Pivot to Flourish

One of the Tsuts’weye Women’s Innovation Network’s newest members, What The Woof Pet Supplies in Sicamous, has taken the bull by the horns and pivoted her business in a constructive and economically-sound way, allowing her shop to flourish during the downturn. Opening on July 1, 2020, right in the midst of the global pandemic, owner Sheena Graham had the odds stacked against her dream of opening a new business, except for the knowledge that there was a gap in the market and that pets still need to eat regardless of what else maybe occurring in the world. With the majority of people limiting their travel and looking to support local businesses more than ever before, the community welcomed Sheena and her business with open arms and she has since been thriving in her new space located at 117 Finlayson Street in Sicamous. Read the full article on Sheena on the Tsuts’weye website.. For more information on What the Woof Pet Supplies visit them on Facebook! Congratulations Sheena!

The Tsuts’weye Network hosted two networking sessions – one in Enderby at Belvedere Park and one in Salmon Arm at Tanto Latte. These were small events, maximum 10 participants, and the main comment was that it was great to get together and network face to face again.
Thanks to the Enderby Chamber of CommerceSmall Axe BistroTanto Latte and Toliver Advertising and Design for hosting these events. Make sure that you are connected with us on FacebookInstagram, and sign up for our newsletter for more networking events to come!

Small and medium-sized businesses are vital to British Columbia’s economy. The Small and Medium-Sized Business Recovery Grant program provides fully-funded grants to businesses to ensure they have the support they need during and beyond COVID-19.
The Small and Medium-Sized Business Recovery Grant program will invest up to $300 million in targeted financial support for some of the hardest hit businesses in B.C. that employ between two and 149 B.C. residents and have experienced declines in revenue since March 10, 2020.
Grants of $10,000 to $30,000 are available. An additional $5,000 to $10,000 grant is available to eligible tourism-related businesses that have been hit especially hard by COVID-19.
The program runs until March 31, 2021 or until the funds are fully allocated, whichever comes first.
More information here.


CREATING ENGAGING VIDEO CONTENT USING YOUR PHONE – How to Reach Customers with Simple Videos From Your Phone – Monday, October 19, 2020 – 1:00pm to 3:00pm – register
WRITING A BUSINESS PLAN – Tips for Successful Business Plan Writing – Friday, November 6, 2020 – 9:00am to 12:00pm – register
There are a lot more webinars from Small Business BC! These are just a few that we highlighted. Make sure that you check them out!
The Women’s Enterprise Centre provides resources and support for women entrepreneurs. Listed below is their webinars that they provide but they also have lots of other resources available. For more information go to their website.
More Webinars!
There are a lot more webinars from the Women’s Enterprise Centre! These are just a few that we highlighted. Make sure that you check them out!
Leaders who have intentionally nurtured an amazing office-based culture have been left scrambling, trying to identify ways to keep staff working together as one cohesive team in separate locations. Here are five best practices for building a great culture when staff are working remotely. Read here.

Two ways that you can connect through Tsuts’weye!!

Join the Tsuts’weye Network Business Directory and share your business. To get your business profile on this page, simply fill out our Business Profile Form and email it to us! Check out the current listings on the Tsuts’weye website.
Join the Tsuts’weye Network Facebook Group. Keep up to date on workshops, podcasts, events, resources, and much more!

Supports and Resources for Entrepreneurs

Business Resources for Indigenous Entrepreneurs
Tsuts’weye Entrepreneur In Residence Services
To access these services please complete the Client Intake Form and then send to Caroline Grover, our Entrepreneur in Residence by email or call her directly at 250-300-4757.
For more information about this program go to the Tsuts’weye website.
Small Business BC – Business Resources for Indigenous Businesses
Thinking of starting your own business? This page provides aspiring, emerging and established Indigenous entrepreneurs with the resources you need to thrive in the small business world. If you are already a small business owner? Also, join the Small Business BC Marketplace for free province-wide promotion, increased web traffic and marketing opportunities. Also Indigenous Business Development Services has partnered with Small Business BC to provide education for Indigenous businesses. More information here.

Upcoming Webinars

DECOLONIZING, INDIGENIZING AND RECONCILING ENTREPRENEURSHIP -The Basics of Decolonizing Your Business – Thursday, October 22, 2020
1:00pm to 4:00pm – Free to attend – Register here. Also included in this webinar is a discussion on THE IMPORTANCE OF LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS – read more about this topic here .
MARKETING AND BRANDING FOR INDIGENOUS BUSINESSES – How to Incorporate First Nations Art in Branding – Thursday, November 26, 2020
1:00pm to 3:00pm – Register here.
Aboriginal Entrepreneurship Program: Access to Capital – Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
This program promotes entrepreneurship in Indigenous communities and seeks to increase the number of viable Indigenous-owned businesses. The program has 2 components: access to capital and business opportunities. More information here
Community Futures Development Corporation of Central Interior First Nations
Community Futures Development Corporation of Central Interior First Nations (CFDC of CIFN) promotes and provides community economic development support services to Indigenous people within the Central Interior of British Columbia. More information here on their programs and resources for Indigenous businesses.
Women’s Enterprise Centre
Support for Indigenous Women Entrepreneurs – At Women’s Enterprise Centre, they work to ensure that Indigenous women entrepreneurs have access to business support and advice to help you reach your business goals. More information here.
Other business resources for women entrepreneurs
Government Resources for Individuals and Businesses –
After CERB: Transitioning to new benefits
The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) ends when you’ve received 28 weeks of benefits or on October 3, 2020, whichever comes first. For those who applied through the Canada Revenue Agency, the last four-week period for the CERB was August 30, 2020 through September 26, 2020. However, you can still apply for the CERB retroactively through CRA. More information on all of the programs here
COVID-19 resources for BC Businesses and individuals – updates as of October 7, 2020.
Other Resources:
WorkSafe BC –  COVID-19 information and resources updated for safe operations for Phase 3.
GO2HR – COVID-19 industry sector best practices guides and support services – more information here.
BC Economic Development Association – COVID19 Resources for BC Businesses.
BDC – COVID-19 – Resources and support for BC businesses. Webinars for businesses resources recovery.
Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) -Shuswap-Revelstoke – for resources to assist you please click here
Community Futures Shuswap – COVID-19 Business Resources for businesses in the Shuswap region.
Destination BC – Learning Centre – Free Resources/Webinars for your business – COVID-19 Resources for the Tourism Industry – updated October 5, 2020.
Farm Credit Canada – COVID-19 Resources for the agriculture industry.
Greater Vancouver Board of Trade – COVID19 resources and Business Reinvention Series Webinars – more information here.
Okanagan College – Continuing Studies will be offering most of its certificate programs, corporate training services and general interest courses online and via distance education this fall. Explore online offerings courses here and also go to their continuing studies website for more information.
Salmon Arm Economic Development Society – Business Restart Toolkit – Resources for businesses to reopen and more.
Small Business BC – Back to Business Resources from Small Business BC.
Shuswap Economic Recovery – Providing resources and support for all Shuswap businesses. Learn more.
Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association – Tourism Resiliency Program – Resources for Tourism businesses in the Thompson Okanagan Tourism region.
Tourism Industry Association of BC – C-19 Bulletin – October 16, 2020
Women’s Enterprise Centre – Assisting women entrepreneurs through recovery – Resources and Support..

Tsuts’weye Entrepreneur In Residence Services

To access these services please complete the Client Intake Form and then send to Caroline Grover, our Entrepreneur in Residence by email or call her directly at 250-300-4757.
For more information about this program go to the Tsuts’weye website.

For future contributions to this newsletter or for more information, contact Robyn Cyr, Communications for the Tsuts’weye project at info@tsutsweye.ca.

Welcome to Tsuts’weye!

(Pronounced “Soots-way-e”, means butterfly, in Secwepemc)
Tsuts’weye is a federally-funded project through Western Economic Development Canada, to support women entrepreneurs in the Shuswap through building skills, knowledge and networks.
Carmen Massey – Project Manager
Caroline Grover – Entrepreneur in Residence
Kari Wilkinson – Toliver Design – Website and Marketing
Jenna Robins – Trilogy Solutions – Social Media and Technical Support
Robyn Cyr – Brabyn Business Solutions – Communications
Please visit Tsutsweye.ca to learn more about the project and the team.
Online at  Tsutsweye.ca 
Please call ahead to make an appointment.