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Partnering to Build Capacity: Atlantic Canada Mentorship Program 2022-2023

Calling all female-identifying diverse suppliers!

The Centre for Women in Business together with WBE Canada are recruiting Women Business Owners, who are diverse suppliers, for 3 upcoming cohorts of 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.

Accepting applications soon.

To be placed on a list to be notified when registration opens, contact Judith Richardson.