Resources for women entrepreneurs

Queen’s University is receiving federal funding from the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES) Ecosystem Fund, which helps to address gaps and build capacity in the entrepreneurship ecosystem for women. For more information about this program, please visit the WE-CAN page. Below you will find a list of resources and information for Women Entrepreneurs, startups and SMEs. 

For more general resources for entrepreneurs, please visit our Free Resources page.

COVID-19 Resources for women entrepreneurs in Canada

Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub

FedDev Women in Business Guide

Canadian Women’s Chamber of Commerce

Government of Canada Business Resources

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Women Business Enterprises Canada

Canadian Small Business Women

Professional Women’s Network

Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada

Trade Commissioner Service of Canada

Revolution Her

We Connect International

Female Founder Collective

Women President's Organization

Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

Indigenous Entrepreneurship

Indigenous Women in Leadership Award

NACCA’s Indigenous Business Awards

RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards

Canadian SME National Business Awards


Canadian Export Challenge

Trade Commissioner's Awards for Canadian Businesswomen

Canadian Women’s Foundation

Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology

Federated Women’s Institute of Canada

Canadian Small Business Women

Women Mean Business (Kingston)

Women Mean Business

Women’s Small Business Network (Bay of Quinte)

General resources for Indigenous entrepreneurs

FedDev Ontario – Small Business Services: Indigenous Entrepreneur Guide to Starting a Business

Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce

Starting a Business in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory

How to Access and Bid on Government Business

BDC Indigenous Entrepreneur Loan

Funding for Indigenous Economic Development

Aboriginal and Entrepreneurship Development

Indigenous Economic Development Fund

Indigenous Business Development Toolkit

Aboriginal Business and Entrepreneurship Development

Information for Businesses Located on a Reserve

Canada Revenue Agency – Information on Tax Exemption

Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund

Resources for Ontario entrepreneurs

Registering Your Business Name in Ontario

Starting and Registering a Business in Ontario

Doing Business in Ontario

Resources for young entrepreneurs

General resources

For more general resources, please visit our Queen's Partnerships and Innovation Resources page.

Entrepreneurship 101: How to Launch a Startup

Entrepreneurial Potential Self-Assessment

General Business Loans


Canada Business & Industry

Innovation Canada

Planning and strategy

BDC Business Planning

The Calculator Site

Infopreneurs - Marketing Plan