Financing for Women Entrepreneurs

We help women access capital to start, grow or buy a business in BC.


 

We see your potential

We lend based on the viability of your plan and the strength of your vision, so you may qualify with us even if you haven’t with other lenders.

Our loan clients’ success rate after 5 years is 75% – that’s 10% higher than the national average.

Loans program overview

Business Loans for Women

Loan of up to $150k to start, grow or buy a business, plus unsecured options for Indigenous and Immigrant women.

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Business Loans for Youth

Unsecured loan of up to $70k for women under 40, provided in partnership with Futurpreneur Canada.

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Vancity Unity Women Entrepreneurs Program

Line of credit up to $20k or loan of up to $100k provided by Vanity, with wrap-around support from WeBC.

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* WeBC does not offer a grant program. Check out this list of grants for BC-based businesses.

How we’re different

Application process

We work with you to understand your vision, determine the ideal amount of financing and ensure you have a solid foundation to leverage the funds. We also work with other lenders to provide additional funding.

Expert business advice

We match you up with a Business Advisor who is there just for you. Whether you need advice or a friendly ear, we’re only a call away.

Skills training and mentoring

We provide access free skills training and mentoring programs to acquire the practical, applied skills that are pivotal to business success.

Eligibility criteria

We can approve loans based on the viability of your plan, so you can access financing to start your business, or operating capital to fuel your growth.

Flexible terms

We make our lending decisions in-house, so we can adapt to your needs and offer customized solutions.

My WeBC loan has made my idea a reality, something that would definitely not have happened without it. They provided amazing help from the start by working with me daily during the application process. I was able to purchase all the items to get my business up and running. It was amazing to have access to mentors, online training, webinars… I have learned a lot and I thank everyone at WeBC.

Since my first meeting with WeBC, they’ve been an amazing support system. WeBC helped perfect my business plan and reviewed my application to ensure that it would have the best chances for approval. I have also attended a few webinars which have been extremely informative. I feel truly grateful because without your help, my dream would have never come true.

I’ve had a great experience working with WeBC! The team held my hand through the application process with all the documents required. I have been getting emails on workshops and tutorials and this business spotlight is so great in promoting women-owned businesses.

My association with WeBC has afforded me a great deal advantages that have made launching my business both exciting and rewarding. From the onset, I truly felt that WeBC had the success of my venture at heart as shown by the various resources they have for me to utilize. It is this sense of team spirit that gives me peace of mind knowing I can call with questions and have access to Business Advisors as well as mentors at any time. The support I get from the caring staff at WeBC is ongoing. I will continue to draw on this and the available courses, seminars and articles that are very helpful in giving guidance in the day to day running of my business.

Since 1995, WeBC has collectively provided:

$76.6M

in direct and leveraged funding provided

$2.29B

in economic activity created, as a result of our funding

700

businesses supported with funding