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January 2023

Happy New Year to all of you, and welcome to Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation (IEF) January 2023 Newsletter! Check out the exciting news, events, and resources made available to inspire you and support your business.

Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation 2022/23 Micro-grants

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 IEF 2022/23 Micro-grants

The IEF micro-grants exist to support Canadian entrepreneurs and small business owners belonging to racialized and/or equity-deserving communities as they overcome and recover from the various global and regional business disruptions and impacts of recent years.

Our open call for applications will continue until February 14th, 2023, at 3pm EST.

The IEF 2022/23 micro-grants consist of four categories with a total of six $5000 cash grants and $11,000 Meta advertising credits. Micro-grant recipients will receive a $5000 cash grant or Meta ad credits to inject into their business, and a marketing and story-telling campaign provided by the charity.

You can find all details about the micro-grants, including micro-grant categories, qualifications, FAQs, and application questions here. Applications will be accepted until February 14, 2023, at 3pm EST.

Startup Canada’s 2022 Entrepreneurship Census

Calling all Canadian entrepreneurs and Canadian entrepreneurial support organizations: Have your voice heard by completing the Startup Canada’s 2022 Entrepreneurship Census by January 20th, 2023.

The census takes less than 10 minutes to complete, and results are shared nationally with private and public sectors to improve the assistance provided to our nation’s entrepreneurs and SMBs (small and medium sized businesses).

SEO to Increase Revenue Webinar: FREE to IEF network members

SEO to Increase Revenue Webinar

February 22, 2023, at 9:30am PST/12:30pm EST, Hosted by Chris Penner, Operations Manager for Jelly Academy.

Register today for the SEO to Increase Revenue Webinar, presented by Jelly Academy, one of Canada’s largest digital marketing schools.

The SEO to Increase Revenue Webinar is designed to educate entrepreneurs on all steps every business should take to be competitive in search engine rankings.

Ninety-three percent of online experiences begin with a Search Engine. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) will position your business to remain relevant, competitive, and top of mind when customers browse for your products or services on the internet.

Register here for FREE using the code IEF-FREE

NACCA’s launch of the Indigenous Business Hub ADAAWE


Our friends at The National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association (NACCA) invite you to join their Indigenous Business Hub, newly launched in October of 2022!

The Indigenous Business Hub includes Ottawa.IBHub.ca, an online platform to grow the nation’s economy, and ADAAWE, a co-working and community hub for Indigenous entrepreneurs.

ADAAWE provides a space for entrepreneurs to gather, collaborate, and to grow their businesses. ADAAWE offers working and collaboration spaces, technology and business libraries, workshops, mixers, and an elder and entrepreneur-in-residence for guidance.

You can visit the ADAAWA co-working and community hub on the unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin Territory at 338 Somerset St W, Ottawa, ON. ADAAWE welcomes you to reach out with any questions about the Indigenous Business Hub at hello@ibhub.ca.

Preparing Your Business for an Economic Slowdown, presented by the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)


With continued financial pressures for many small businesses and entrepreneurs compounding in 2023, Canadian entrepreneurs need to understand the challenges and opportunities the nation will face this year.

Join BDC’s Chief Economist Pierre Cléroux and BDC’s financial experts in this free on demand webinar, which provides an update on Canada’s 2023 economic outlook, and educates entrepreneurs on managing cash flow and anticipated changes in business finances so you can weather economic uncertainty.


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