Support Nova Scotia’s women in business:



Capital Skills

Capital Skills is funded by the Government of Canada under the Future Skills program. The Diversity Institute and The Centre for Women in Business (CWB) are pleased to collaborate with the Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA), Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC), and the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB), to research and deliver financial training and one-on-one support for up to 300 women across Canada, to support access to capital for their businesses.

As part of this exciting project, the CWB will offer complimentary training programs and supports designed to support the research of the Diversity Institute and to build a foundation for your business; improve your skills to support your ability to access financial opportunities; and build your capacity within the entrepreneurial ecosystem.  All program participants will have access to  support from facilitators and coach/mentors throughout the various programs.

The research will look at the effectiveness of the Capital Skills entrepreneurship training model to understand what type of training best supports the success of entrepreneurs from equity-deserving groups in Canada, as well as builds capacity in the ecosystem, and mitigates barriers for diverse Canadians pursuing entrepreneurship.

You will be invited to participate in the research study via links to three surveys:  one at the start of the program (20 minutes max), one at the end of the program delivery (15 minutes max), and a short third survey (10 minutes max), which will be sent to you after the full program ends. All surveys will remain confidential. The surveys will collect information about your skills and knowledge, previous business experience, previous ability to secure funding or financing, expectations of the training program, demographic information, and program satisfaction. Although they are voluntary, anonymous information gleaned from survey submissions will help provide critical data that may be used to demonstrate the ongoing need for this type of training and support. 


  • open to women entrepreneurs in the Maritime Provinces 16 years of age and over
  • participants are welcome to take in one or all of the program offerings
  • program spaces may be limited; register early to avoid disappointment

Capital Skills Programs include: 

Blueprint for Success

Our Blueprint for Success business planning program is designed to guide and support women through getting started in business and creating or updating their business plan. This eight-week, virtual program includes modules on developing your idea, market research, financial planning, marketing, operations, and more.

As part of our Blueprint for Success program, you will have access to:

  • information and resources to start, launch, and grow your business
  • a collaborative group of women in the same business stage you are
  • one-on-one support from our experienced business advisor facilitators
  • dedicated time to spend on business planning and working towards your business goals
  • week-to-week and ongoing accountability from facilitators and peer group members

We are offering three cohorts:

1. Blueprint for Success – facilitated by Tia Upshaw,  serial entrepreneur & CEO of BWIE

  • Virtual Delivery: Mondays, January 30th– March 28th, 7:00-9:00pm
  • Note: no classes will be held on February 13
  • Priority for this delivery will be given to Black women entrepreneurs

Space is limited to 10 participants.

Register now.


2. Blueprint for Success – facilitated by Darlene Duggan, owner of Darlene Duggan of Duggan International Group

  • Virtual Delivery: Monday, January 30th – Monday March 27th, 6:00-8:00pm
  • Note no class on February 20th , 2023

Space is limited to 10 participants.

Register now.


3. Blueprint for Success – facilitated by Eileen Paul, Indigenous Entrepreneurial Facilitator

  • In-person delivery: Membertou Entrepreneur Centre
  • January 31st to April 2nd, 5:30pm to 7:30 pm
  • Priority for this delivery will be given to Indigenous women entrepreneurs

Space is limited to 10 participants.

Register now.

If you require support completing the registration or deciding which cohort is best for you please contact Katy Baker, Project Manager:

Writing A Winning Proposal

 The Writing a Winning Proposal Training guides participants through the process of building a proposal to sell their goods and/or services. A proposal is often the first impression that an organization (public and/or private) gets from a prospective client. Whether it is through a request for proposal (RFP), request from quotation (RFQ), and/or a standing offer, the businesses should be able to prepare a solid proposal that stands out from the competition and increases their chance of success. This practical, how-to course develops the participants’ ability to identify and assess procurement opportunities as well as what are the best practices of proposal writing.


  • Learn basics concepts of the procurement process
  • Understand where and how to find relevant RFPs
  • Determine if you should bid an RFP or not
  • Write competitive and successful proposals (technical and financials)
  • Leveraging your resources (example: teaming agreements, strategic alliances, and joint ventures)

Virtual Delivery: Pernille Fischer Boulter, Kisserup International & Maria Calcano, Kisserup International

 Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning February 21st to March 9th, 9:00-11:00am – with follow up coaching appointments. 

 Space is limited to 15 participants

 Register now.

Other offerings coming soon:

  • Financial Literacy – everything you need to know to understand how to plan and manage your financials in business
  • Pitch it! – Now that you have all the pieces, how do you connect to your customers, your banker & your investors

Stay tuned!