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New program to strengthen and grow women-led social enterprises

Twelve-week GROW program offering coaching, networking assistance to entrepreneurs
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SAULT STE. MARIE – Nov. 22, 2021: NORDIK Institute’s Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (SEE) initiative, in partnership with the Women of Ontario Social Enterprise Network (WOSEN), is launching the GROW program, designed to meet women social entrepreneurs’ unique business needs, assisting them to plan a pathway forward, connect with sector-expert coaches and peers and acquire foundational knowledge and skills to support ongoing development and growth.

This 12-week hyper-responsive program aims to build changemakers’ capacity for addressing community issues, and shifting contexts and business environments. The program focuses on key challenges that have been identified by women social entrepreneurs themselves as areas where support is needed. Social entrepreneurs – business owners that put people and the planet first – face unique challenges, such as business-model transitioning, marketing and online communication, taxes and accounting, imposter syndrome and self-care. The content, coaches and peer networking sessions hone in on participant needs and are organized to balance their interests and availability.

Elizabeth MacMillan, NORDIK Researcher and facilitator for the GROW program, says, “We have heard from diverse women that they need specific support at critical times and a network of people with lived-experience and resource experts working in this sector to connect with over the long-term. This program is designed to meet these requests.”

Participants are encouraged to apply now as space is limited. The program begins the week of Jan. 4, 2022, and runs until the week of March 25, 2022

GROW is part of the Women of Ontario Social Enterprise Network (WOSEN) programming to create a stronger entrepreneurial ecosystem across Ontario that supports the development and growth of women-owned and women-led ventures that have a positive social and environmental impact. WOSEN is led by Pillar  nonprofit Network and is funded in part by the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. WOSEN hopes to build a prosperous and resilient economy within Ontario that builds prosperity for all. Women includes ALL women and programming is also inclusive of Two-Spirit and non-binary/genderqueer individuals.

WOSEN is dedicated to equity and inclusion, and seeks to support entrepreneurs from underserved and underrepresented communities, including those who are Indigenous, in rural or remote regions, racialized, immigrants or refugees, 2SLGTBQ+, or those with disabilities.