The Tsuts’weye team wishes everyone joy and peace,
and in the spirit of reconciliation, we honour all holiday ceremonies during this season.
Thank you for the support you’ve shown for one another during this year which has been like no other.
All will be well again, soon.

Onward and upward: Leaving 2020 behind

The year that is drawing to a close has been an uphill battle for many entrepreneurs. Fortunately, 2021 already looks more promising, despite significant remaining challenges. This economic letter presents 21 trends that will have an impact on the economy in the coming year.


Innovate BC

Have you hired someone who is 15-30 on contract recently? You might be eligible for up to $26,000 to subsidize related costs.Start the application. Register for an account to apply, quantities limited. Application deadline is January 15, 2021.
**Youth must be working in a technology related position or supporting digital work.


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.


Free Online Marketing Guides

We know you’re busy trying to grow your big idea. So Constant Contact put together a free overview of online marketing that you can check out at your own pace. It’s full of practical advice, helpful tips, examples of what works and what doesn’t, and a whole lot more. Thanks to Constant Contact for sharing this information!


Highlight on Agriculture

Here are a few organizations in our region that are supporting local agriculture businesses and industry!

THE INVESTMENT AGRICULTURE FOUNDATION of BC is an industry led, not for profit society that creates funding opportunities to support a thriving BC Agriculture and Agri-Food sector through the effective delivery of programs. More information here about the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC.

Shuswap Food Action Society’s mission is to build community around food and raise awareness of food security issues affecting our community. We believe everybody has the right to an affordable, safe and nutritious diet. This includes the ability to grow, gather or purchase food. By supporting our local food system, we are increasing the resilience of our community. More information here.

Building a strong and vibrant food system in the North Okanagan. The North Okanagan Land to Table Network is a growing network of people and organizations from across the regional food system. Together, we can develop a food system that is economically prosperous, environmentally sustainable and socially accessible. More information here.

Latest Provincial Health Officer Regulations

By order and direction of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), all events and social gatherings are suspended to significantly reduce COVID-19 transmission related to social interactions and travel. For information go to the link below.

BC extends COVID-19 household restrictions to January 8th, as the province records 2,020 new cases as of Dec. 7, 2020.

Two Ways to 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!

Upcoming Webinars

Vancouver Board of Trade
Foundations in Diversity and Inclusion Certificate
The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade’s Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council is pleased to announce a virtual instructor-led training on diversity and inclusion, in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI). There are three separate sessions held over three days. You will need to attend all three sessions of this training in order to receive the CCDI Foundation Certificate. This program starts in March. January/February workshops are full. More information and registration here.
COVID-19 Government measures for businesses and individuals
December 11th, 12PM – 1PM
As we move through this pandemic, the federal government has announced new programs and changes to funding that assist businesses and individuals.
Join our panelists as they break down how you can utilize these programs to keep your business running and find success as we move forward and hopefully soon see the end of the pandemic.
Topics of discussion will include:
More information and to register go here.
Here are just a few Webinars for you to access in December:
  • Creating a Website for your Business – Monday, December 14
  • Get Started with Email Marketing – Tuesday, December 15
  • Starting a Business – Start Smart Package – Wednesday, December 16
  • Road Safety for your Staff – Thursday, December 17
For more information and registration here!
Find out what is also happening with Small Business BC in December!
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.
We have highlighted a few webinars:
  • Facebook: Engage Your Audience – Advanced – Monday, December 14
  • COVID-19 Government Measures for Business and Individuals – Friday, December 11
Find more information and to register for the webinars.
Expert-Led Webinars To Learn & Grow
This series of webinars and bulletins provides you with key information and training through this difficult time, such as impacts on the region, managing your business through the crisis, best practices, reputation management, human resource strategies, and recovery strategies.
Due Diligence – the Basics – December 15 – register here.
Supporting Mental Health | Navigating Uncertainty – December 16 – register here.
To see the list of webinars – current and past – go here.

BC Chamber Network
Launches Building Resilience to Thrive Program

The Building Resilience to Thrive program, powered by the BC Chamber of Commerce network and UVIC’s Gustavson School of Business, has launched to businesses across the province. Offered as a COVID-19 recovery certificate, the 6-week program, delivered by award-winning professors Dr. Mark Colgate and Prof. Brian Leacock, will be presented to three cohorts between November and March 2021. The program will offer relief to businesses, helping to mitigate the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic by teaching them how to adapt their business models, re-engage customers, and adjust workplace cultures.
Registration ends January 8th! Learn more at: Building Resilience to Thrive

Supports and Resources for Indigenous Women Entrepreneurs

Indigenous Community Business Fund – Indigenous Tourism BC in partnership with Indigenous Services Canada and the Aboriginal Financial Institutions in BC are delivering a $5 million dollar Tourism and Hospitality Fund through the Indigenous Community Business Fund.
More information here.
Small Business BC – Business Resources for Indigenous Businesses -Small Business BC provides resources for Indigenous business owners. More information 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 (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.
Tsuts’weye Entrepreneur In Residence Services – To access these services, complete the Client Intake form on our website and you will be contacted by one of our Entrepreneurs In Residence. For more information about the EIR program go to the Tsuts’weye website.

Tsuts’weye Entrepreneur in Residence Services

To access these services, complete the Client Intake form on our website and you will be contacted by one of our Entrepreneurs In Residence.
For more information about the EIR program go to the Tsuts’weye website.

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.
We embrace an inclusive community of female entrepreneurs who recognize we are all enriched by our diversity. We are committed to fostering an environment that advocates for respect, acceptance of others, and inclusion. All women are welcome here.
  • Carmen Massey – Project Manager
  • Caroline Grover – Entrepreneur in Residence
  • Kari Wilkinson – Toliver Design – Website and Marketing
  • Jenna Robins – Trilogy Solutions – Digital Marketing and Analytics
  • Robyn Cyr – Brabyn Business Solutions – Communications
Please visit to learn more about the project and the team.
Online at 
Please call ahead to make an appointment.
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