Inuit businesswomen network to be set up in Iqaluit, Canada

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The program will begin in the fall in Iqaluit. It aims to link new female entrepreneurs with established businesswomen in the territory. (CBC)Network aims to link new and established entrepreneurs

A network to help women in business is being launched by Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada.

The organization did a needs assessment and found that financial training and peer mentorship were the biggest obstacles women entrepreneurs faced.

Erin Strachan, who is with the organization, met with women recently to talk about how the new network will help.

“A lot of women have the entrepreneurial spirit, but they may not know how to go about starting a business. And the other thing is a lot of women already having their own business making stuff and selling stuff who might now know some of the technical skills so we are trying to create opportunities for them to learn about it,” she said.

The network aims to allow businesswomen to learn from each other – from those just starting out to those who have established successful businesses.

Strachan said the first workshops for women in business will be held in the fall in Iqaluit, the capital of Canada’s eastern Arctic territory of Nunavut,  with the hope of bringing it to other communities later.

The project will run for two years.

The organization also plans to set up a website as well, which will help link women from around the territory.

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