Ninety percent of Canadians believe in buying local during the holiday season, and businesses in British Columbia need support more than ever.
In order to support and showcase women entrepreneurs in BC, Women’s Enterprise Centre (WEC) is building the #WEshopBC Virtual Pop Up to make it easy for people to purchase from women-owned businesses.
“Over the past 18 months, we’ve supported thousands of women entrepreneurs as they’ve navigated the uncertainty of the pandemic,” says Jill Earthy, CEO of WEC. “Now, we want to help people discover and purchase from these amazing women-owned businesses so we can make a real economic impact.”
This virtual pop-up store provides British Columbians with the opportunity to support businesses in their local area as well as all over BC. With over 400 listings covering a huge range of products, services and brands, #WEshopBC is the perfect place to browse and purchase from BC-based women entrepreneurs all in one spot.
WEC will be engaging the entrepreneurial ecosystem to encourage people all over BC to shop local this holiday season. In addition to bringing more clients to local businesses, this initiative will help them improve their online presence by driving traffic to the businesses featured online.
In order to be included, businesses must be woman-owned, based in BC and actively operating with an online presence and ability to fulfil and ship orders, if applicable.
Applications are now open until November 30 and all women-owned businesses are welcome to apply at wec.ca/WEshopBC. #WEshopBC opens for shopping on November 16 until January 3, 2022.
Some of the 400+ business listings you can look forward to exploring include:
Better Basics, A line of reusable housewares and natural cleaning and personal care refills, Vancouver
Canadian Frost Hats & Apparel Inc., Ethically created Canadian made hats & toques, Vernon
Little Pine, a sustainable and ethical pet apparel brand, Whistler
Long Table Grocery, custom catering and gift boxes full of Cariboo and BC made products, providing groceries, catering and more, Quesnel
Nest and Sprout, a curated collection of clothing and accessories that take you from bump to Baby, Prince George
Raven Reads Books Ltd., a subscription box service with items by Indigenous peoples from around the world, Kamloops
SAPPHO New Paradigm Cosmetics, an organic, diverse, luxury line, free of synthetic preservatives, Vancouver
Tuxedo Skateboards, Skateboard design, Art and Apparel born out of a passion for skateboarding and cats, Ucluelet
Women’s Enterprise Centre is a non-profit organization devoted to helping BC women start, lead and grow their own businesses. Their full range of services includes business loans up to $150K, business advice, skills training, mentoring, resources and a supportive community to help women entrepreneurs realize their business potential. Get connected today at womensenterprise.ca.
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