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Panel 1: National Indigenous Women Entrepreneurs Ecosystem

NIWEE In the last year and a half. We have explored how Indigenous women interested in Entrepreneurship could be better supported in launching and growing their business. We’ve used mechanism such as a Concept Testing, One-On-One Consultations,  Survey, Scanning of Reports, to explore the related issues. Over time the research was brought down to one overarching question:  “What if … a collaborative Indigenous Entrepreneurial Ecosystem was created to develop, build capacity and provide better support to aspiring Indigenous women Entrepreneurs?” using Foresight methods with the help of two panels of Indigenous women entrepreneurs from across Canada we then went-on to explore the big questions and sixteen sub-questions. To hear what the panelists had to say: The First Panel discussion on the subject of creating a National Indigenous Women Entrepreneurs Ecosystem was produced from the Idea Connector Network’s studio Tuesday May 17, 2018 View Panel One  Discussion in Full   Duration 1:20 hr.   TO VIEW THE SYNOPSIS  VERSION –– Duration 10:51 min TO GET A COPY OF THE FORESIGHT REPORT ––  click NIWEE Framework Report      ...

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Foresight: Framework Report for Creating a National Indigenous Entrepreneurs Ecosystem

In the last year and a half. We have explored how Indigenous women interested in Entrepreneurship could be better supported in launching and growing their business. We’ve used mechanism such as a Concept Testing, One-On-One Consultations,  Survey, Scanning of Reports, to explore the related issues. Over time the research was brought down to one overarching question:  “What if … a collaborative Indigenous Entrepreneurial Ecosystem was created to develop, build capacity and provide better support to aspiring Indigenous women Entrepreneurs?” using Foresight methods with the help of two panels of Indigenous women entrepreneurs from across Canada. TO VIEW THE RESEARCH...

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Internship Posting

 The Canadian Museum of History is now accepting applications for the RBC Aboriginal Training Program in Museum Practices. Please feel free to circulate the attached information among your contacts. Further information is available at www.historymuseum.ca/aboriginaltraining For Info, Contact Ms. Jameson C. Brant Coordinator, RBC Aboriginal Training Program in Museum Practices Canadian Museum of History and Canadian War Museum...

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Other Small Business Ideas for 2018

There is no guarantee that any business will succeed, with due diligence and quality information, these business opportunities have greater chance of success. There is no good or bad business opportunity. Business opportunities lie in fulfilling people’s needs. Hair Salons No matter how grim the economy looks, women will still scrape together the money they need for getting their hair done and looking better. Senior Care The increasing number of aging baby boomers are providing increased opportunities for senior care. Examples of such opportunities include in-home care and senior residences. Related opportunities include driving, service delivery, catering, transportation, and cleaning services for seniors. You can start your own business providing services for seniors or consider buying a franchise if available. Luxury Products Interestingly, the high-end segment of the retail economy doesn’t suffer even in harsh economic conditions. Many people in Canada are willing to spend their money on premium products and services that matter to them. Luxury products like women’s handbags, scarves, and shoes are selling well, and the same runs true for high-end men’s products. A good idea is to combine luxury products with...

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A Force to Recon with: Women; Entrepreneurship and Risk

by: Claire Berkon and Janice MacDonald Last summer, as part of our study to ascertain how women entrepreneurs look at risk, we crossed Canada asking entrepreneurs about their approach to risk in their businesses. We wanted to test the oft quoted assumption that female entrepreneurs are risk averse.  As we spoke to predominately female entrepreneurs across all sectors and cultures, we heard stories of challenge, opportunity, achievement and resilience in the face of obstacles. We were touched and inspired by their willingness to share deepest aspirations, personal stories, successes and failures.  Beyond hearing about approaches to risk, we learned how women entrepreneurs shape their businesses including the importance of relationships. Describing female entrepreneurs as risk averse, assumes they are a homogeneous group making it potentially more difficult to obtain funding, and creating stereotypes that influence both men and women.  In fact, women starting and growing businesses come from diverse backgrounds and have a broad range of goals and businesses across all sectors in all parts of Canada. They are not a homogeneous group. Women entrepreneurs make significant contributions to the Canadian economy. They are ambitious and do want to grow their businesses. Some told us how they controlled growth to ensure sustainability and others to be able to integrate other priorities in their lives. Growth was slower for some because they could not get external funding thereby having to...

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