Celebrating and Embracing Change

It is with bittersweetness that we announce the upcoming completion of the Tsuts’weye Project on March 31, 2022.
Tsuts’weye means butterfly in Secwépemc and is symbolic of the “butterfly effect”. As we wind up it is a perfect opportunity to reflect on the life of our “Butterfly”.
A butterfly is one of the most beautiful things that nature has ever produced. Multi-faceted, colourful, elegant, and varied – all the things a great business should be. All the things our Tsusts’weye female entrepreneurs and businesses are!
But a butterfly isn’t born this way. It starts off as an egg – tiny and in need of support to grow.
When a butterfly egg hatches, it’s still not the butterfly that’s inside – there’s still a way to go before the beauty of the butterfly reaches its full potential. Instead, you get the caterpillar. This is the period of growth.
The third stage of the butterfly is where things get interesting. It’s in here that the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly takes place. The cocoon is the heartbeat of life for both caterpillars and butterflies and affects the transition from one to the other.
This is where we get to reflect and celebrate all that we have achieved in our program, and to celebrate with each of you what your businesses have gone through!
The caterpillar is no more. Everything the egg, then the larva, and then the cocoon has been working toward is finally here – the adult butterfly is born.
Your businesses have been building and learning. We have been honoured to have been working behind the scenes with you to support your growth and your transitions. The Tsuts’weye Project growing right along with you.
As we reach the end of our project, it is time to unfurl our wings and celebrate our beautiful Tsusts’weye team and community!

UPDATE! Tsuts’weye Entrepreneur In Residence Services

We are excited to share, due to the overwhelming success of the program, we have fully committed our consultant funding for the balance of the project. However, our Entrepreneur in Residence is still able to meet with you to provide support and referral information until March 31, 2022.
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 Online Workshops!

All workshops will be delivered virtually until further notice or the PHO regulations are updated. More information on all of these workshops is HERE
If you have any questions or need more information, please contact us at info@tsutsweye.ca.
YEAR END PREP FOR SMALL BUSINESS with Jenna Seward, Shuswap Bookkeeping
January 27 @ 9:00 10 – 10:30 am
Wondering what you need to have ready for your 2021 financial year-end?
Join us on January 27th from 9:00 am – 10:30 am and hear from Jenna Steward, owner of Shuswap Bookkeeping, who will share her advice and expertise on how to maximize your year-end financial statements and be ready for your annual tax filing.
Register by January 26th, 2022 at info@tsutsweye.ca. There will be a maximum of 10 participants enrolled in this workshop.
February 24 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
This talk is all about finding hidden profits in pricing structures. You can sell at your price and make more money. You can beat low-cost providers in a tough market and make your margins.
What you will learn:
  • Creative and different ways to look at the business fundamentals in order to generate a profit.
  • How to make your business grow with value-driven pricing and not cost-driven pricing.
  • How to avoid discounting.
  • You are not alone – everyone struggles with Pricing
  • Pricing is not accounting, but it is marketing
  • Making your Value Proposition work
  • The importance of the Goldilocks effect on pricing
  • How to sell your price
Register by February 21st, 2022 at info@tsutsweye.ca. There will be a maximum of 10 participants enrolled in this workshop.
Synergize Your Health ~ Reset, Recharge & Resilience with Kristy Ware
March 8 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The impact of the pandemic continues to put a strain on the way we work, live, and play.
There’s no better time than the present to stop, take a breath, hit reset, and connect with like-minded women, prepared to forge onward.
Do you need a physical and mental reboot?
Would you love to dance like nobody’s watching?
Are you longing to spend an evening totally dedicated to your own self-care?
If so, then grab your favourite beverage, and join Kristy for a night of fun and frolic!
It’s easy to procrastinate or become paralyzed, especially during such uncertain and unprecedented times. Now is the time to learn easy effective strategies to improve your health and well-being, at work and beyond.
Come together for an interactive evening dedicated to recharging your mind and body, from the comfort of your living room. You will learn my simple and practical 6 Elements of Health with a focus on burnout prevention & recovery, simple mindset shifts that go a long way, mindful eating 101, movements snacks, and my courage code to building confidence.
There will be prizes, including copies of Kristy’s book.
This special event is on International Women’s Day, Tuesday, March 8, 2022, from 6-9 pm.
Register by March 1st, 2022 at info@tsutsweye.ca. There will be a maximum of 10 participants enrolled in this workshop.

Lunchtime Connections is starting again February  7th!

This is an opportunity to regularly meet with other Tsuts’weye Network members to learn and share in an informal online environment. The one-hour Lunchtime Connections sessions will happen every second and fourth Tuesday of the month.
This lunchtime series will be a chance to network and connect with other women in business and provide a forum to learn about topics of interest to our members.
You register to attend each week. Send a message to info@tsutsweye.ca to secure one of the 12 seats available. You will be sent a unique zoom link to join the session each Tuesday morning.


Many fine friendships have been forged over a cup of coffee.
A new one is brewing between a non-profit support group and the owner of a local coffee company. Shuswap Coffee Company owner Tara Shantz recently donated $1,000 to the Rise Up Indigenous Wellness program.
𝐂𝐎𝐕𝐈𝐃 𝐔𝐩𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐞: 𝐂𝐄𝐁𝐀 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐑𝐞𝐠𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐑𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐟 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐑𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐅𝐮𝐧𝐝 𝐫𝐞𝐩𝐚𝐲𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐝𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐞𝐱𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐃𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟑𝟏, 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟑
This extension will support short-term economic recovery and offer greater repayment flexibility to small businesses and not-for-profit organizations, many of which are facing continued challenges due to the pandemic. Repayment on or before the new deadline of December 31, 2023, will result in loan forgiveness of up to a third of the value of the loans (meaning up to $20,000).
The government is also announcing that the repayment deadline to qualify for partial forgiveness for CEBA-equivalent lending through the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund is extended to December 31, 2023.
Outstanding loans would subsequently convert to two-year term loans with interest of 5 percent per annum commencing on January 1, 2024, with the loans fully due by December 31, 2025.


Essie’s Place is a LGBTIQ2SA+ non-profit that services the Shuswap region. We provide the LGBTIQ2SA+ and their families with support, resources, education, and events. We would like to encourage all LGBTIQ2SA+ living in the Shuswap to complete our survey.
The survey will allow us to understand what people’s Quality of Life is loving in the area, what things they would need to improve it and how we can help. To keep in the loop of all LGBTIQ2SA+ happenings and events follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok @essiesplaceshuswap. You can also reach out to Daylene via essiesplacepc@outlook.com/ text at 250-833-8994

Secwépemc Lakes Tourism Initiative Research Project

Tsuts’weye is pleased to support the Secwepemc Lakes Tourism Initiative Research Project working together with Community Futures Shuswap and the Secwepemc communities of Adams Lakes, Neskonlith, Splatsin, and Little Shuswap Lake. This research initiative is funded by the Government of Canada and the Province of BC and is exploring both the opportunity for Indigenous tourism in our region as well as the barriers to the development of the supply of these experiences by Indigenous entrepreneurs. We are also considering barriers to participation in the tourism labour market by Indigenous community members.
The research findings will inform the development of a strategy and implementation plan to secure employment and business opportunities and to address barriers to supply growth. Ultimately, a roadmap will be developed to create a vibrant tourism economy collectively and in each of the four communities that in turn will contribute to sustainable and long-term economic stability.
The perspective of existing non-Indigenous tourism operators in our region is important to building this understanding of the Indigenous tourism opportunity. Lessons from other successful Indigenous tourism economies frequently include mutually beneficial partnership opportunities with non-Indigenous business operators.

Workforce Summit 2022 – The Power of People

FREE Registration!

The Chilliwack Economic Resource Network (CERN) is presenting its 2022 Workforce Summit in an online format from February 9th to 10th, 2022. The program will be delivered ONLINE over two days utilizing a comprehensive interactive virtual event platform to enhance the Summit experience. So regardless of where you live in BC, you still have the opportunity to learn and share your story.

Please use the Promo Code THANKS for your free personal registration.

Support for BC Farmers’ Markets to grow to operate in emergencies

Farmers’ markets in the province are receiving funding from the governments of Canada and British Columbia to help cover the costs to expand local food and beverage sales, and operate during emergencies.

Funding & Grant Opportunities

Economic supports for businesses

Access economic recovery and financial benefits for your business, industry, organization or community groups from the federal and provincial governments. This list is updated on an ongoing basis. Last updated: January 12, 2022
Under this new Ecosystem Fund call for proposals, $25 million is allocated to support new projects that are focused on responding to systemic barriers and gaps for diverse, intersectional and/or under-served women.
This funding will provide an opportunity to further foster connections and strengthen the network of supports within the entrepreneurship ecosystem for diverse women, and ensure supports, including mentorship and networking resources, are available and respond to the needs of diverse women entrepreneurs.
The Government of Canada invites eligible organizations to submit proposals for the WES Ecosystem Fund no later than March 15, 2022 (12 pm PST).
To answer questions about the program or the application process, ISED and the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub are hosting an information session on January 19, 2022, at 10:30 am (PST).
COVID-19 support for businesses
Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program (THRP)
The Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program is intended to provide support to eligible organizations in the tourism and hospitality industry that have been deeply impacted since the outset of the pandemic and that are still struggling.
The Program provides help through wage and rent subsidies for hotels, tour operators, travel agencies, and restaurants with a subsidy rate of up to 75%.
Effective: October 24, 2021, to May 7, 2022
More information here.
Hardest-Hit Business Recovery Program (HHBRP)
The Hardest Hit Business Recovery Program will provide wage and rent subsidy help for other businesses that have been deeply affected by the pandemic with a subsidy rate of up to 50%.
As a business, charity, or non-profit in Canada that has faced deep losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for a wage subsidy, a rent subsidy, or both through the HHBRP.
Effective: October 24, 2021, to May 7, 2022
More information here.
Canada Recovery Hiring Program (CRHP)
The Canada Recovery Hiring Program provides up to a 50% subsidy of wagesof active employees (increased wages, hours worked and the hiring of new staff) to encourage hard-hit businesses to hire new workers as the economy reopens.
Effective: June 6, 2021, to May 7, 2022
More information here.
For more information on all of the business services provided by the Government of Canada – click here.
For all BC Government programs for businesses go to Stronger BC.

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.
Online at  Tsutsweye.ca 
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.