Improving Prosperity for Niagara’s Women Business Owners

This 36-month project will increase the economic prosperity of women business owners by working to improve business supports and services in the Niagara Region together with community partners including economic development agencies, chambers of commerce, financial institutions, women’s organizations, and Brock University.


TARGET:  All women business owners across the Niagara Region.


  • Our project will implement solutions that address barriers that women business owners face in Niagara, identified together with women business owners and the stakeholders who can affect change in the area of economic prosperity in Niagara Region.

As part of our Improving Prosperity for  Niagara’s Women Business Owners initiative, the Welland Heritage Council and Multicultural Centre in partnership with the organizations listed below is offering networking and informal mentoring opportunities through Success Circles, a safe place for women entrepreneurs to share their challenges and successes as business owners in a group setting.

Success circles are open to all women business owners in the Niagara Region, and will be offered at various locations. 


The Niagara Women Entrepreneurs Mentorship Program is being launched in response to our consultations with women business owners.  The NWEMP has been developed based on research into what skills and personality traits are most positively associated with entrepreneurial success.  Through our targeted intake program mentees will be paired with a mentor that has developed entrepreneurship positive skills.

Mentors and mentees will talk weekly and meet once per month for a six month period.  Mentors will support the mentee as she works to accomplished her SMART Goals (chosen in mentee application) and improve her business.

Program intake is running for the month of December 2017 for pairings running January-June 2018. This round ONLY will be available at no cost to the mentee.  Future applicants may be subject to a small fee.  Pairings will be made on the best possible match not first-come-first-serve.

Mentor applicants as asked to have give years of experience running their business.

Mentee applicants are asked to have an established business that is currently generating revenue.

For more information and applications contact Lori at the contact information below.


To get involved in the project or learn more 

Contact: Kelsie Chasse, Research Coordinator, 905-732-5337 x131

Lori Webster, Program Coordinator, 905-732-5337 x 128


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