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When we announced the $100,000 grant from Desjardins, we promised to inform you about the plans to use this money to benefit our region’s women business owners. Based on consultations we’ve had thus far, here are the three main uses of the funding:

1. One on one mentoring

Inquiry

As an entrepreneur, when you feel the need to bounce an idea off someone, or you’re thinking, “What am I doing? I need guidance,” you can turn to us. THIS is exactly what we are here for!! Whether you already own a business, or aspire to start one, reach out with whatever inquiry you may have. 

The funding we’ve received from Desjardins helps us extend our advisory services, free-of-charge for the foreseeable future. This is regardless of which institution you are banking with. From business planning and financing, to marketing and operational management – and everything else in between – we are here guide you to the resources and services you need. Think of us as your “entrepreneurial guidance counselor,” here to provide advice tailored to YOUR business needs.

2. Workshops adapted to rural women business owners

Speaking of your needs, we continue to survey those who stop by our temporary space, and listen to what is missing in the entrepreneurial ecosystem for women in our region (Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry, and Prescott-Russell). 

Please take a moment to complete our survey.

It is designed to gather data on the barriers, pain points and challenges you face when starting, growing or even trying to sell your business. With your input, we will identify partner organizations to provide the appropriate training or customize workshops to meet YOUR needs.

3. A permanent office space

“Hey, aren’t you already in a space right now?” you might be thinking. 

Yes, we are. And we’ve been very grateful for our summer pop-up space. With this new funding, however, we are looking to have a space with:

     a. A boardroom with presentation equipment for training and small events

     b. A private office for confidential meetings (so we can talk about your business plans!)

     c. A communal work area and gathering space for informal events.

Having a physical presence in the community matters so much. As we’ve spent more time on Main Street and gathered more information on what you want to see, we’ve noticed how an accessible space and an open-door policy is a huge boost to our outreach. We hope this space will help us make a lasting impact.

Business Sisters has always been dedicated to building and supporting rural, women-owned businesses, and with this funding that is exactly what we have planned!

What do you think?

Thank you for reading, let us know what you think of our future plans with the funding. Reach out anytime at hello@business-sisters.ca