‘Tis the Season of Hope!

As we embrace the holiday season and all that this time of year entails, from gathering with friends and family, giving and receiving small tokens and gestures of friendship, to holiday greetings and smiles, and of course, pumpkin spice and eggnog, the Tsuts’weye team wishes you a very enjoyable holiday season. For many of our network, this is your profitable time of year and we wish you happy sales revenue, as well!

Our Hearts are With You
As we begin to get ready for the holidays we acknowledge, that for some this is also a time of recovery and displacement.
Our thoughts are with those individuals, families, and businesses that have been affected by the devastating floods and landslides in the Interior and the rest of BC.
During this difficult time, there are several resources available to business owners to help with managing the day-to-day situation, as well as planning for the rebuild.

Celebrating the Holidays with your Staff

How to Ensure You’re Being Inclusive
Around the world, life is settling into the “new normal”. Many people are returning to the office, and hybrid work is now standard. Many remote team members haven’t seen each other in person in over a year, and they’re losing their sense of team spirit. Those of us who feel comfortable can finally get together to celebrate, just in time for the holiday season.
Understanding and navigating the comfort levels of your team members should be the first priority in your planning. At this stage of the pandemic, each individual has their own view on comfort and risk tolerance, and there’s no right or wrong answer.
Here are some key aspects to consider:
  • Do a survey to identify comfortable levels of your team to meet in person vs virtually
  • To support inclusivity, we should do our best to ensure our celebrations include every person on every team, even if they’re working remotely.
  • FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) can get the best of us, make attendance voluntary, and let folks know it is ok to not attend in-person events if they are not comfortable. No pressure or obligations.
  • Pay extra attention to acknowledging and representing everyone from all cultural backgrounds
  • Arrange alternative ways of participation for hybrid events, this can be tough but possible in some cases. For example: if you’re doing a team gathering where you’re going wine tasting, maybe you can have the same wine bottles sent to folks who chose to participate remotely instead.
  • Have your activities and celebration of holidays reflect your team diversity/acknowledging all faiths, opt for a mix of cuisines, or try something entirely new as a team
  • Be clear about expectations of masks, vaccines, good respiratory etiquettes, and physical distancing ahead of time for in-person events, be available for questions regarding vaccine requirements, etc.
  • Involve your teams in planning and execution of the activities, collaborative effort reflects the organization’s values
While your goal is to make your holiday party fun for everyone, the atmosphere should encourage people to unwind from the hectic workday and enjoy themselves. Make it clear that it’s time to unplug from work and stop worrying about tasks they have to complete. You’re celebrating a year of accomplishment. It’s time to relax and celebrate together. After all, when people can unplug and have fun together, even more magic happens when they work together.
Celebrating Small Business with Women's Enterprise Centre

Leadership Lessons from Santa Claus

When you think of some of the greatest entrepreneurs your list probably includes Oprah Winfrey, Amal Clooney, Thomas Edison, Bill Gates, and Steve Jobs but if you stop there you’re leaving out a big name: 
Santa Claus!
Santa Claus has been an amazing entrepreneur each and every startup founder can learn from.
Santa is a leader. He inspires many others throughout the world to care for others. There are many more lessons we can learn from Santa, but these three stick out for me:
1. Let go of the baggage weighing you down.
By the end of the night, everything is gone. He doesn’t hold on to anything. Every single bag is delivered, leaving him with an empty sleigh. Because of this, the year ahead offers unlimited opportunity, a fresh slate, a new outlook.
2. Remember the good and forget the bad.
Santa has kept a record. Sure, we know he supposedly sees the good and the bad, but no kid ever reports getting a bag of coal Christmas morning. I think he has an excellent memory for the good things, the kindnesses he sees, and he forgets a lot of the bad stuff. Santa focuses on the positive and uplifting.
3. Give generously without seeking credit.
Santa puts up with a lot. Despite the warm outfit, it’s bitter cold, especially at those flying altitudes. He’s in cramped quarters, breathing in dust and dirt in chimneys. It’s exhausting to get to every house in the world.
But he gives and gives. He doesn’t seek credit. He doesn’t seem to mind that we forget to send thank you notes. We sit on his lap and just ask and ask and ask.
Tsuts'weye Events

What the Grinch Can Teach You About Running a Business

Santa Claus isn’t the only Holiday-preneur we can learn from!
There is much wisdom to be gained from the Grinch. Sure enough, he has some of the tools it takes to succeed in small business — once you get past his anti-everything attitude, his raging case of kleptomania, and his grumpy appearance.
Here’s a look at a few business lessons, courtesy of our favorite Christmas curmudgeon:
1.      Drive
For the bulk of the cartoon, nothing stands in the way of the Grinch’s ultimate goal. Those who are driven to succeed often have the best shot to actually do it. It takes guts and grit.
2.      Creativity
When the Grinch gets his “wonderful, awful idea” to steal Christmas, he goes all out. Creativity is crucial for many small business owners. The ability to brainstorm new ideas and act on them can help pave the way to a successful business.
3.      Flexibility
Despite all of the Grinch’s dastardly deeds, he does have the epiphany when he sees that the Whos are unfazed by their departed decorations and gifts (“Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store/Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more”). Flexibility often comes into play for a new small business owner. You want to stay focused on your overall mission, but the ability to shift and adapt can be beneficial.
The Gift of Business Education – empower yourself with the knowledge to grow your business with a wide range of workshops and webinars! – Check out our
Events Calendar on the Tsuts’weye website to keep up to date on the latest learning opportunities.

Export Navigator Is Here To Help B.C. Businesses Export!

Economic supports for businesses
Export Navigator is a free government-funded program that helps B.C. businesses export. Visit exportnavigator.ca for free export seminars, resources, and information to join the program.
Whether your business already exports at volume or you run a smaller enterprise that hasn’t yet crossed borders, this program can help you diversify your market and strengthen your business.

Business Resources for All Women Entrepreneurs

Access other Business Resources on the Tsuts’weye website. and is located the top right hand corner of the website.
Let us know if these resources are helpful and if there is anything else that you would like to see listed in the Business Resource section of the website. Email us at info@tsutsweye.ca.

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.

Three 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!
Attend a workshop, course, or the new Lunchtime Connections sessions. More information on the Tsuts’weye event calendar.

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
  • Corryn Grayston – Entrepreneur in Residence
  • Andrew Klingel – Entrepreneur In Residence
  • Kari Wilkinson – Toliver Design – Website and Marketing
  • Brandi Butts – Granting Wishes – Social Media Strategist
Please visit Tsutsweye.ca to learn more about the project and the team.
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Please call ahead to make an appointment.
For future contributions to this newsletter or for more information on the Tsuts’weye project, contact us at info@tsutsweye.ca.