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The Mentors Circle – Your Path to Business Growth

The Mentors Circle – Your Path to Business Growth

WHAT IT IS: A guide for small business owners, sales professionals and entrepreneurs by business speaker and consultant Elizabeth Verwey on how to run effective business support groups.

OBJECTIVE: To provide ways that businesses can solve problems, brainstorm, gain new perspectives and take the action steps necessary to grow by forming groups of business peers with whom they can freely discuss everyday business concerns.

WHAT YOU GET: The practical how-to’s of when, where and how to start a Mentors Circle. The guide details who may be interested in joining, and provides a Member’s Self Study Workbook for the first six months.

COST: $29.99

INFO: Elizabeth Verwey at 416-463-1713; e-mail Elizabeth@MentorsCircle.com


Taking the Leap to Entrepreneurship: A Guide to Help B.C. Women Make the Transition

Taking the Leap to Entrepreneurship: A Guide to Help B.C. Women Make the Transition

This guide is not meant to cover the “nuts and bolts” of starting a business—there are other tools for that. Instead, we will explore the internal process and offer inspiration. Each section contains a list of additional resources, but don’t limit yourself to these. This guide is meant to educate and support women who are making the transition to self-employment.

WHAT IT IS: A guide from Western Economic Diversification Canada’s Women's Enterprise Centre of B.C., available in print and electronic format, for women who are making the transition to self-employment.

OBJECTIVES: To lend support to women considering making the transition to self-employment by giving them a sense of what being an entrepreneur is all about. Rather than covering the “nuts and bolts” of starting a business, the guide explores the internal process and offers inspiration.

WHAT YOU GET: The shared stories of nine B.C. women on how they prepared for self-employment, each accompanied by a list of resources.

COST: Free.

INFO: E-mail: info@womensenterprise.ca or toll free (in BC) 1-800-643-7014 ext 112


Focused Marketing: Targeted Effort, Tangible Results

Focused Marketing: Targeted Effort, Tangible Results

WHAT IT IS: A study guide from the Western Economic Diversification Canada’s Women's Enterprise Centre of B.C., available in electronic or print format.

OBJECTIVE: To help women entrepreneurs develop a better understanding of their customers and how to effectively reach them. It covers what focused marketing means: concentrating on your best potential customers and delivering a clear, consistent and appealing message that improves your "batting average".

WHAT YOU GET: A downloadable printable version from the Web or hard copy.

COST: $49.95 e-Book; $59.95 print version

INFO: E-mail: info@womensenterprise.ca or toll free (in BC) 1-800-643-7014 ext 112


Making Equality Rights Real: Securing Substantive Equality under the Charter

Woman's Advantage

WHAT IT IS: A collection of articles by leading Canadian equality rights academics and practitioners, edited by LEAF (Women's Legal Education and Action Fund) committee members Fay Faraday, Margaret Denike and Kate Stephenson.

OBJECTIVE: Collectively, these 13 essays attempt to advance substantive equality as section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms moves into its second generation.

WHAT YOU GET: Critical reviews of the state of equality rights law in Canada and examinations of potential future litigation strategies and analyses to support the advancement of women's equality rights.

COST: $55.00

INFO: LEAF, Tel 1-888-824-5323; e-mail info@leaf.ca


Move from Employee to CEO of Your Own Destiny

Move from Employee to CEO of Your Own Destiny

WHAT IT IS: A guidebook by Canadian entrepreneur Mary-Ann Massad Johnson for women either looking to start their own business, or for those that have started a business, on the how-to's of success.

OBJECTIVE: To provide support, sustenance and courage to every woman walking the path to entrepreneurship.

WHAT YOU GET: No-nonsense tips and advice on the finer points of strategic selling, team building, financial stability and long-term investing. The book takes the reader from "The Preparation Cycle," through to execution and reaping the benefits of successful entrepreneurship.

COST: $30.00

INFO:Tel 1-866-566-9797


The Woman's Advantage: 20 Women Entrepreneurs Show You What it Takes to Grow Your Business

Woman's Advantage

WHAT IT IS: A how-to book by entrepreneur Mary Cantando for women business owners as well as those who have an idea for starting a business, based on interviews with 20 successful businesswomen.

OBJECTIVE: To help women entrepreneurs grow their businesses by harnessing often overlooked resources and learning the lessons shared in the book by female owners of multimillion-dollar companies.

WHAT YOU GET: Practical tips and advice on topics including organizing and positioning your business for breakthroughs; differentiating your business from others in the same market niche; networking to develop powerful alliances, partners and mentors; proposing, winning and capitalizing on deals; and maintaining a positive and stress-free attitude as you grow.

COST: $30.00

INFO: Tel: 1 800-245-BOOK (2665); e-mail: info@womanbusinessowner.com


Women in Canada 2005

WHAT IT IS: A 300-page gender-based portrait of the Canadian population from Statistics Canada.

OBJECTIVE: Every five years, Statistics Canada publishes this report on the changing roles, status and lifestyles of women across Canada.

WHAT YOU GET: Comprehensive, easy-to-read analyses on topics including changes in the division of labour both at work and at home, trends in women's employment, marriage, divorce and birth rates, trends in family composition, women's health conditions, and university graduate trends.

COST: $49.95

INFO: Statistics Canada, Tel 1 800-267-6677; fax 1 877-287-4367; e-mail infostats@statcan.ca


Female Enterprise in the New Economy

Female Enterprise in the New Economy

WHAT IT IS: A comprehensive book by Karen D. Hughes, an Associate Professor in the School of Business and Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta, that focuses on the dramatic increase in small business ownership in Canada in recent years and explores the social and economic phenomenon of women's entrepreneurship.

OBJECTIVE: To examine whether an increasingly entrepreneurial economy offers women better opportunities for economic success, or instead increases their risk of poverty and economic insecurity.

WHAT YOU GET: Drawing on original data from interviews, statistical research, and other sources, the book illustrates the diversity within women's self-employment and small business ownership, deepens understanding of the dramatic growth in numbers, sheds light on self-employed women's job quality and satisfaction and on the economic rewards and risks they face, and outlines the need for policies to better address their particular needs.

COST: $29.95

INFO: University of Toronto Press, Tel 1 800-565-9523; fax 1 800 221-9985; e-mail publishing@utpress.utoronto.ca


Starting Your Business: A Guide to Resources for BC Women

Starting Your Business: A Guide to Resources for BC Women

From drafting a business plan to finding start-up money, this guide will help explain what you need to know in order to start a business and where you can find resources and information to support you along the way. You will also meet inspirational BC women who generously share their own business experiences throughout this guide.

WHAT IT IS: An online publication from the Women's Enterprise Society of BC , Small Business B.C. and Western Economic Diversification Canada. Designed for BC women, it explains what you need to know and where you can find information, from drafting a business plan to finding the start-up money. Also included are stories of B.C. businesswomen who share their own experiences, and at the end of each section, sources for more information. Key resources are summarized at the end of the guide.

OBJECTIVE: To help women who are considering starting a business decide if business ownership is the right choice for them, to eliminate the frustration of not knowing where to begin and to counsel them through the process of getting started.

WHAT YOU GET: A downloadable 30-page printable version from the Web.

COST: Free

INFO: E-mail: info@womensenterprise.ca or toll free (in BC) 1-800-643-7014


Champions

Champions

WHAT IT IS: A dynamic newsletter on breakthroughs and resources for women entrepreneurs, published by RBC Royal Bank. Published in English and French.

WHAT YOU GET: Coverage of national businesswomen's events, profiles of successful women entrepreneurs, practical business strategies and tips, book reviews, resources, and upcoming events.

COST: Free

INFO: Susan Baka at 416-410-1654 or e-mail to sbaka@baycomm.ca or visit www.royalbank.com/sme/women/champions_newsletter.html


RBC Royal Bank Definitive Guides

Definitive Guide to Exporting for Small Business in Canada.

WHAT THEY ARE: A series of 12 sourcebooks for small businesses and entrepreneurs, covering Small Business Financing, Exporting for Small Business, Understanding Business Cycles, E-Commerce for Small Business, Business Tune Ups, Customer Loyalty, Managing for Growth, Maximizing Cash Flow, Retiring from Your Business, Streamlining Your Business, Successful Alliance and Partnerships and Marketing for Small Business.

WHAT YOU GET: Practical tips and advice on topics important to entrepreneurs, in a concise and easy-to-read format.

COST: Free.

INFO: 1-800 ROYAL® 7-0 (1 800 769-2570) or through www.rbcroyalbank.com/business/publications.html


Growing Your Business: A Guide to Resources for BC Women

Growing Your Business:  A Guide to Resources for BC Women

This guide will explain some of the major considerations in growing your business. It will provide some tools to help you decide what growth means to you, how to ready yourself for change, and how to become a strategist – to think about where you really want your business to grow and how to get there. It will give you key pointers on subjects that women who have expanded their businesses have identified as critical to their growth. Along the way, you will meet inspirational BC women who share their own personal experiences.

WHAT IT IS: An online publication from the Women's Enterprise Society of BC , designed for BC women, explaining major considerations in growing a business and providing practical tools, key pointers, and insights from successful BC women who share their own personal experiences that took them in the right direction. Wide-ranging topics include: money and debt management, transforming from "do-er" to manager to strategist, and looking out for number one. Each section also contains pertinent resources and recommended reading.

OBJECTIVE: To help women who want to grow their businesses decide what growth means to them, prepare for the change and become a strategist in order to maximize the value of their time in order to get where they want to be.

WHAT YOU GET: A downloadable 30-page printable version from the Web

COST: Free

INFO: E-mail: info@wes.bc.ca or toll free (in BC) 1-800-643-7014


The Courage to Succeed - Inspiring Stories from Enterprising Women

The Courage to Succeed - Inspiring Stories from Enterprising Women

WHAT IT IS: A Canadian book by Company of Women featuring 36 women entrepreneurs from widely diverse backgrounds who have taken a personal and professional leap of faith into the centre of their own lives. Although the visions vary and motivations differ, each finds the courage to follow a dream, each weaves passion and purpose into her everyday life, and each plants the seeds to grow a successful business.

WHAT YOU GET: Bios of the women organized in categories such as Pursuing Your Passion, Seizing Opportunities, Succeeding in a Man's World and Transferring Your Skills. In addition, there is a Lessons & Resources section.

COST: $28 (A portion of the proceeds will go to ATHENA, a non-profit organization that fosters leadership in women and girls.)

INFO: Anne Day, Founder, Company of Women, Tel: 905-338-1771, e-mail: anneday@companyofwomen.ca


Best Practices for Women Entrepreneurs in Canada

WHAT IT IS: A 2004 report released by the Foundation of Canadian Women Entrepreneurs, in partnership with the Business Development Bank of Canada.

WHAT YOU GET: Coverage of successful initiatives from the public, private, non-profit and academic sectors that have been used to support the growth of women entrepreneurs. It also documents recent changes and trends related to women-owned businesses.

COST: Free

INFO: To obtain an electronic copy of the report, call (416) 462-1714 or e-mail kartini@sympatico.ca.


Northern Lights: Outstanding Canadian Women

WHAT IT IS: An inspirational collection of stories profiling 43 successful Canadian women from across the country and their journeys, struggles and triumphs, by Joan Green, Lynda Palazzi and Marguerite Senecal.

WHAT YOU GET: The book covers women ranging in age from their twenties to their seventies who have excelled in a wide variety of professions, from medical research to opera, from business to curling. At the same time, it offers practical advice to young female readers just beginning their adult lives.

COST: $24.95

INFO: Contact Rubicon Publishing Inc., (905) 849-8777, email contact@rubiconpublishing.com, or visit the web at www.rubiconpublishing.com.


Mobilizing Mentoring: Effective Program Design and Implementation for Youth Mentoring Programs

Mobilizing Mentoring: Effective Program Design and Implementation for Youth Mentoring Programs

WHAT IT IS: A Canadian business book on how to develop mentoring initiatives. The book is authored by Donna Messer of ConnectUs Communications Canada and Akela Peoples, Executive Director, Women in Motion and Youth in Motion.

WHAT YOU GET: A comprehensive how-to on mentoring youth from two highly-renowned experts. The book teaches you the qualities of a good mentor, provides tips on how to be a good mentor as well as forms to help you determine what your objectives are. It also covers responsibilities of the mentor and protégé, how to develop/build trust, how to recognize similarities and accept differences, creating an exit strategy, job shadowing, volunteering, difficulties in communication and effective email communication. Being involved in a mentoring program is a journey of discovery; your hidden skills and talents tend to pop up.

COST: $10 for shipping and handling. (Print costs were sponsored by The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario, Cassels Brock and Blackwell LLP and Human Resources Development Canada).

INFO: Tel: 905-337-9578,
email: info@connectuscanada.com


Winnipeg Women: A Voice For and About Manitoba Women

Winnipeg Women

WHAT IT IS: Published quarterly, Winnipeg Women celebrates the diversity and accomplishments of Manitoba women.

WHAT YOU GET: Articles written by and about Manitoba women that provide inspiration for personal and professional success, along with stories geared towards home, health and lifestyle issues and an 'ask an expert' column.

COST: $12 for one year's subscription (4 issues).

INFO: Contact via telephone at 204-992-3402 or visit www.winnipegwomen.net


The 80% Minority: Reaching the Real World of Women Consumers

The 80% Minority

WHAT IT IS: A Canadian business book about reaching Canadian women consumers by women's financial expert Joanne Thomas Yaccato.

WHAT YOU GET: Using Canadian research and profiling Canadian companies, it explains the critically important "gender lens" that companies must develop in order to create authentic products, services and business strategies that capture the attention and loyalty of women consumers.

COST: $37

INFO: The Thomas Yaccato Group at 416-367-3677 ext. 302, e-mail insight@tyg.ca


Scarlett

WHAT IT IS: A bi-monthly business-lifestyle magazine that celebrates the achievements of women.

WHAT YOU GET: Features include success stories, technology, finance and business stories, and coverage of issues and lifestyle choices faced by women in their personal and professional lives.

COST: $19.95/year (6 issues)

INFO: Anne Marie Dekker at 604-682-8835, email annemarie@scarlett.ca, or subscribe online at www.scarlett.ca


Progressive Choices: Women in Business

Progressive Choices: Women in Business

WHAT IT IS: A quarterly magazine, with regional editions, that aims to help women make progressive choices in business and careers.

WHAT YOU GET: Tips for running your business, resources and organizations providing support, and profiles on women working and operating businesses across Canada in all industry sectors.

COST: $15.95/year (five issues)

INFO: Nancy Thompson, Publisher, at 1 888 232-3297 or e-mail to nancy.thompson@ns.sympatico.ca or visit www.progressivechoices.ca


Raising Your Business: A Canadian Women's Guide to Entrepreneurship

WHAT IT IS: An informative and entertaining look into key financial aspects for women to consider as they move through the life cycles of their business. Co-authored by women's financial expert, Joanne Thomas Yaccato, and Paula Jubinville, an accountant and President of AQUEOUS Ltd. Published by Prentice Hall, 1998.

WHAT YOU GET: Insights and practical advice on coming up with a business idea, business birth, what you need to know about hiring, accounting, taxes, technology, financing, and how to keep pace with growth.

COST: $24.95

INFO: The Thomas Yaccato Group at 416-367-3677 ext. 302, e-mail insight@tyg.ca


Balancing Act: A Canadian Woman's Financial Success Guide

Balancing Act: A Canadian Woman's Financial Success Guide.

WHAT IT IS: The updated third edition of Joanne Thomas Yaccato's best-selling book that uses humour and reality to help women assess and improve their financial know-how. Published by Prentice Hall, 1999.

WHAT YOU GET: A comprehensive insight into topics such as credit, estate planning, RRSPs and other savings plans, taxes, divorce and elder care - from a woman's perspective.

COST: $28.00

INFO: The Thomas Yaccato Group at 416-367-3677 ext. 302, e-mail insight@tyg.ca


Dare to Dream: A Celebration of Canadian Women

Dare to Dream

WHAT IT IS: A photographic tribute to 100 contemporary Canadian women leaders and role models, including women entrepreneurs, by Ottawa photographer Michelle Valberg. Proceeds from the sale go to the Diva Foundation, dedicated to investing in, rewarding and celebrating breakthrough achievements that contribute to the extension of good health life expectancy for women.

WHAT YOU GET: A hardcover, coffee table book.

COST: $49.95

INFO: Available on-line through Indigo.ca or Chapters.ca. For more information on the Diva Foundation, call 613-564-3482 or visit www.divafoundation.org.


Canadian Women Invent!

WHAT IT IS: The result of a cross-Canada research project by Inventive Women Inc. about Canadian women inventors, where they live and work, and their ideas that have changed the way we live.

WHAT YOU GET: Compelling biographies of over 80 Canadian women inventors, an overview of the "why and how" of invention, and information on the important link between innovation and business with illustrations and models throughout.

COST: $15.95

INFO: To order, contact the publisher, Inventive Women Inc., at (416) 595-9828 or e-mail to info@inventivewomen.com or visit www.inventivewomen.com


Report of The Prime Minister's Task Force on Women Entrepreneurs

WHAT IT IS: A comprehensive report released in October 2003 by a Task Force created at the request of the Prime Minister in November 2002 that examined the unique challenges faced by women entrepreneurs and advised the Prime Minister on how the federal government can advance the contribution of women entrepreneurs to the Canadian economy. Maternity benefits for self-employed women, government procurement from women-owned businesses, and initiatives to encourage more women to export were among the issues. More than 1,000 women from across Canada and numerous organizations and businesses, including RBC Royal Bank, contributed recommendations or gave submissions.

OBJECTIVE: To make specific recommendations for implementation by the federal government to assist women entrepreneurs.

WHAT YOU GET: The report covers issues, recommended initiatives, best practices in Canada and other countries, summaries of existing federal and provincial programs and summaries of previous recommendations.

COST: Free

INFO: Download a copy of the report here


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