Aboriginal Women's Entrepreneurial Conference

Held on November 7th and 8th, 2008 at Thompson Rivers University ~ Campus Activity Centre

The theme for this year is “Learn – Connect – Network – Support”

About the Conference

This conference is devoted to Aboriginal Women who are in business, preparing for business and/or at the "thinking about it" stage. The Conference was to enhance and share knowledge, to increase awareness of business opportunities, to provide their business plan and to set up a "Peer Mentorship" system for Aboriginal Business Women in Central Interior BC.

Each day the conference concluded with a planned discussion of knowledgeable women in executive, leadership, consultants, educators, and health position.

The Conference presentations were all based on putting Aboriginal Women first, starting with Opening Prayer to Dinner Banquet with entertainment to Panel Discussions.

2008 Aboriginal Women’s Entrepreneurial Forum Overview

The Aboriginal Women’s Entrepreneurial Forum (AWE) will draw Aboriginal business women from all over BC’s central interior to discuss and review the latest issues, trends, challenges and opportunities facing them today. The forum will be held at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) Campus Activity Centre on November 7 & 8, 2008. Not only do delegates come from diverse geographic areas, but diverse professional backgrounds as well.

Over 100 Aboriginal women attended the AWE Conference in 2003. Eighteen participants were chosen to take part in the 12-day intensive business training with a $500 bursary upon completion.

The theme for this year is “Learn – Connect – Network – Support”

The AWE forum is designed for Aboriginal women in ‘business’ or ‘thinking about getting into business’ to learn new technology, to connect and network with other Aboriginal business women and to support one another to establish business partnerships based on mutual trust and respect. Another goal of the forum is to enhance and share knowledge, to increase awareness of business opportunities, to provide information, and bring resource people to the perspective entrepreneurs. 

Information and technology have created an innovative new approach to doing business; we need to learn the newest skills and techniques in order to remain successful in today’s marketplace.  Computers, Internet, e-commerce, and other technology, are just some of the skills that Aboriginal women need to master. Other important skills include creating and managing trust among peers. These fundamental skills are the foundation of our forum theme. Our topics for this year’s AWE Forum are “Making Your Career Your Business”!

1)      Characteristics/Assessment

2)      Opportunities for Aboriginal Women in Business (Business Opportunities)

3)      Technology

4)      Home Based Business

5)      Support Services (Family & Mentoring support)

6)      Education

7)      Business Structure Services

8)      Marketing

9)      Credit / Collections / Cash Flow

10)  Tax, GST, Payroll, and Eservices

11)  Programs & Services - Employment

12)  People with Disabilities

13)  Financial Panel (CFs, Banks, other lenders)

The forum will offer Keynote Presentations, Panel Discussion, Poster Presentations, and Forums for Practical Business, Breakout Workshops (based on the topics listed above) and networking, as well as help for those entering the contest.

A “Steering Committee” consisting of women from a wide variety of local organizations and businesses, CFDC met to organize the 2nd AWE Forum, which is hosted jointly by the Community Futures Development Corp. of Central Interior First Nations (CFDC of CIFN), Shuswap Training & Employment Program (STEP), and Interior Salish Employment & Training Society (ISETS).

Tradeshow & Artisan Booths Available please contact Julie Antoine for more information.

Registration Form PDF Down Load

AWE Poster PDF Down Load

Conference Sponsors

Shuswap Training & Employment Program STEP

Interior Salish & Employment Training Society ISETS

Central Urban Training & Employment Society CUTES

Conference Coordinator

Julie Antoine, Community Economic Development Facilitator

Phone: 250-828-9844

Email: is First Name Lower Case followed by (julie) @cfdcofcifn.com


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