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WE Encourage Women Entrepreneurs

Why Encouragement?

Entrepreneurship is probably one of the hardest things you’ll ever do. It should probably come with a disclaimer that says “You’ll feel overwhelmed and lonely for at least two years”. We know because we've been there.

But if you choose to do entrepreneurship with WE, we can also tell you that you’ll have a support system to fall back on when you get started. You’ll have a support system when you choose to grow. When you get a bad review. When life simply gets too hard to handle.

WE exists because sometimes all you need to keep going is a single word of encouragement, and we can proudly say that our community happily provides that for each other.

 

Your biggest cheerleaders,

Marie-Anne & Amelia

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Your dreams are possible! You just have to imagine it first.

Look – it does feel really crazy to do this. It IS crazy to do this. But it’s doable and if you find people who think “crazy” like you, the feeling crazy goes away. You feel more inspired. More confident in your decision. Oh how much time I could have saved if I hadn’t spent the better half of three years second guessing whether I was doing the right thing. I know it now and I want you to know it too. 

1. You're not crazy

You’d be crazy not to do it.

Look – it does feel really crazy to do this. It IS crazy to do this. But it’s doable and if you find people who think “crazy” like you, the feeling crazy goes away. You feel more inspired. More confident in your decision. Oh how much time I could have saved if I hadn’t spent the better half of three years second guessing whether I was doing the right thing. I know it now and I want you to know it too. 

2. Come as you are

Because we want to know the real you. 

We love the Chamber and the other networking organizations. They have their purpose and we have ours. We chose to be entrepreneurs because we like to do things our way. Because we could dress a certain way. So we could dye our hair purple or ride horses all day. But it’s also because we’re emotional creatures that can’t get happy for months at a time sometimes. Or are so anxious you can’t hold a conversation. We want you to come then too. Especially then. We don’t even need to chat, we can just be alone, together. Just get yourself there.

3. You can sit with us

No odd women out.

What can we say? We love growing our network. Because when we grow our network, we all grow our opportunities, and eventually, our businesses. Whether you are still at the idea stage or you’ve been doing it for years, if you’re into being around other motivating and hard-working women, you’ll fit right in. I grew up a tomboy, playing hockey, football, baseball, you name it, I played it. So I was always kind of the odd one out. Then going into IT, I pretty much kept myself away from other women all my life. And yet, I haven’t feel so heard and seen as I have these past two years. There truly is value in being others that have shared experiences similar to your own.

4. A safe place to vent

Advice only when asked.

Our Facebook community is the perfect place to vent or ask for encouragement! It’s a place you can say “this person didn’t only leave a negative review, they left a really mean one and I really want to respond rudely”. We’ll make you laugh, tell you that person sucks, offer a shoulder to cry on and tell you how awesome you are. Because we all need that when someone tears you down.

5. There's enough pie

Community over competition always.

In-Home Bakery? Real Estate Agent? Photographer? Yes, we have plenty of them, but it doesn’t mean there isn’t room for you! We truly believe you and your business are unique. You serve different customers. You are at different stages, have different turnaround times, whatever it may be. So trust us when we say there’s enough pie for all of us, and your “competitors” are ready to become your friends.

6. Don't be a villain

 Be the good. 

No happiness-sucking dementors. No Karens, Heathers, or Mean Girls. There’s a way to give feedback without being mean and that’s our standard. If something doesn’t work for you, make a suggestion or take initiative to fix the problem. Lift each other up. 

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 We understand the unique struggles that being a woman entrepreneur brings and we have created a unique community around that fact. Your days of being lonely, misunderstood, afraid, and anxious are over – if you’re willing to put yourself out there and do the work.