Province Announces Support for Women Entrepreneurs

The Government of Saskatchewan has announced new support for women entrepreneurs in the province through two new programs, the Scale Up for Entrepreneurs program and the Digital Literacy for Entrepreneurs program. The government has also released a new Women Entrepreneurs in Saskatchewan report, which provides statistical information about female self-employment and women-owned businesses and highlights examples of successful women-led businesses.

The Scale Up for Entrepreneurs initiative will provide $450,000 to help eligible Saskatchewan entrepreneurs receive relevant training to acquire skills and knowledge to grow their businesses. The program will include training to support skills development in areas such as leadership and management, business strategy, marketing and sales, financial management, human resource strategies and others. Eligible entrepreneurs will also have access to coaching and mentorship following the training. The program will provide support for 50 women and under-represented Saskatchewan entrepreneurs (Indigenous, visible minority, youth and persons experiencing disabilities) in Saskatchewan and is expected to be open to applications in January 2022.

The Digital Literacy for Entrepreneurs will provide $1.6 million to focus on addressing the digital literacy needs of entrepreneurs, including women entrepreneurs, who want to integrate digital technologies into the future success and growth of their business, while mitigating future risks associated with the application of technology. Programming will include basic operations, foundational, strategic and specialized digital skills to ensure appropriate programming for entrepreneurs in their service area. The program will provide support for over 300 participants and is expected to launch in early 2022.

The Scale Up for Entrepreneurs and the Digital Literacy for Entrepreneurs programs will be funded through the Canada-Saskatchewan Labour Market Transfer Agreements.

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