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Partnering to Build Capacity: Atlantic Canada Mentorship Program 2022-2024

Calling all women-owned businesses!

The Centre for Women in Business together with WBE Canada are recruiting Women Business Owners, who are diverse suppliers, for our virtual mentorship program. Open to all 4 Atlantic Provinces, this mentorship and training program will pair eligible participants with a corporate mentor and a WBE Canada experienced WBE certified mentor, helping women business owners understand the process required to find, bid on, and win contracts, helping them gain a foothold in the supply chain of large corporations.

Mentee Program Benefits:

  • Most large companies with a supplier diversity program require certification from diverse suppliers – certification provides the best opportunity for organizations/corporates to discover and hire your company
  • Learn from subject matter experts (corporate and WBE mentors)
  • WBE Canada supply chain training will cover a variety of topics such as responding to an RFP, making a pitch, developing a capability statement) – learn to meet the requirements of corporate or government buyers
  • Peer networking – other certified businesses are more likely to recommend your business for a product or service they don’t provide
  • Certification provides opportunity to participate in networking, development, and educational events that other small businesses don’t have access to; certification means you can list your company in supplier databases.
  • Most supplier diversity programs will contact you only if you are certified so you could be missing out on opportunities
  • Buying locally is extremely important for corporations to support the city in which they are located
  • Mentors from corporate can mean you have access to large supply chains
  • Experienced WBE mentors can guide through building capacity in your company
  • Use your certification as a marketing/promotional tool
  • Build network and support of other Atlantic WBE’s in group training and mastermind sessions as sounding board and idea generation

Mentee Training Benefits: 

  • Increase knowledge of working with larger organizations and supply chains
  • Develop capability statement
  • Develop an initial “pitch” for corporations
  • Identify areas to build capacity in your organization to fulfill a large contract
  • Identify potential topics for mentor sessions
  • Learn networking with large supply chains

Spots are limited to 10 mentees per cohort.

Current cohort is full. Join our waitlist to be considered for future cohorts.

Questions? Contact Judith Richardson.