COVID-19 has created an unprecedented time for business owners, regardless of the industry in which they operate.  Many are facing difficulties navigating their way with lots of unanswered questions.

BMO for Women has put together a series of initiatives to help you through the weeks ahead. Each initiative features subject matter experts who will provide valuable information for you personally, and/or for your business.

Thursday, May 14, 2020
12:00pm – 1:30pm EST

Master Your Disaster: Start Your Business Recovery & Resiliency Now!

Businesses can face dramatic consequences in the wake of a disaster, such as sudden economic loss and dislocation. In this webinar, business and economic recovery expert Leann Hackman-Carty will review how businesses can better respond to, recover from, and remain more resilient in the face of disruptive change. The time to start your COVID-19 business recovery and resiliency planning efforts is now!

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
12:00pm – 2:00pm EST

Managing Your Business Finances through COVID-19

This webinar will focus on cash management strategies to help women business owners during this crisis and through to the other side. We will walk through the government relief programs and cash management strategies to keep your business intact.  Joining us will be subject matter experts from BMO, Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), Export Development Canada (EDC) and GroYourBiz.

Thursday, May 28, 2020
12:00pm – 2:30pm EST

My Big Idea Personal:  Finding Calm in the Storm

Before you can help your business, or anyone else for that matter, you first have to help yourself. In this session, we address how the pandemic has impacted the personal lives of women business owners. This interactive workshop provides you with an opportunity to connect with other business owners and set new goals in your own personal and professional life. It also includes time for quiet reflection, designed to help you address your own personal needs and gain a sense of centered calm and empowerment during a time of intense uncertainty.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020
12:00pm – 1:30pm EST

The Power of Relationship Marketing

“Building a business is dependent upon building relationships and building relationships is dependent upon knowing yourself.”

Uncovering new marketing opportunities during COVID-19, exploring strategies on how to attract new sales, new customers, clients and/or members in a sluggish economy are the priorities leaders are facing today.  This webinar will include ways to improve your competitive advantage in the “new norm”, discuss characteristics of successful relationships, provide tips on inexpensive marketing techniques, as well as include an exercise to help business owners assess their own personal and unique leadership style to create win-win situations.

My Big Idea Business:  Moving Forward in the New Normal 

As the economy begins to open up, how do you adapt the way you do business in order to thrive in the new normal? In this workshop, we address how the pandemic has impacted women-owned businesses and explore various pillars of business operations. As an attendee, you will identify and set goals in the areas that will be most impactful in moving your business forward and start a roadmap for growth. Also included is an opportunity for personal reflection on the impact of the pandemic on your business and a forum to share views and guidance in a safe space with your peers.

Timing for this workshop will be based on the economic environment and relaxing guidelines set out by the government.  Based on current projections, we anticipate a June 2020 date.  All those who register for this workshop will receive an invitation by email when the workshop date has been established.