A Financial Management Learning Circle for Métis Women Entrepreneurs

What if you could learn how to read the story of your business, one number at a time? How would that change the connection you have to your business? How would it shape the way you feel about the decisions you’re making in your company?

Clarence Campeau Development Fund and The Gabriel Dumont Institute invite you to a unique learning opportunity for Métis women entrepreneurs – A learning circle focused on building your financial management skills, presented by The Finance Cafe.

Created by Shannon Pestun, a proud Cree Métis woman, business strategist and former banker and Shauna Frederick, chartered professional accountant and CFO On the Go, The Business Finance Learning Circle explores what’s behind the numbers and how to build a business that meets your personal and business aspirations.

In the collaborative learning circle, guided by Shannon and Shauna, you’ll be welcomed into an online learning environment that supports social and emotional well-being. A place that is culturally safe and nurturing. A place where learning is shared. And a space to learn what the numbers reveal in your company, and how to use them to build a company you love.

Welcome to the Financial Management Learning Circle for Métis women entrepreneurs.

What makes the program unique?

At the heart of The Finance Cafe offering is a financial literacy program that recognizes the key systemic and attitudinal barriers women face as entrepreneurs around money and finance. The program teaches you how to build the story of your businesses through numbers while also inspiring you to explore your financial beliefs, perceptions, attitudes and behaviours so you can see how these forces shape the financial decisions you make. It also explores the impact of stereotypes and bias when raising capital, and focuses on strategies to help you be more successful when pitching to lenders and investors. The program consists of guided weekly lessons, peer-to-peer learning, and individual learning in a culturally safe and nurturing environment.

What to expect:

The curriculum is a progressive learning experience that goes into areas where confidence and competence are needed most for effective financial decision making. Each lesson builds upon the previous so you can see how the numbers relate to each other, and how they come together to write your business story.

Every week Shannon and Shauna move through a different module where they guide your learning in a virtual environment.

Leading up to the next week, you’ll have the opportunity to go through the modules again, which are supported with examples, templates, formulas, videos and quizzes as teaching tools.

How many women will be accepted into the Program?

Up to 15 Métis women entrepreneurs from Saskatchewan will be accepted into the program.

What level of skill do I need?

The program is suited to new entrepreneurs and seasoned entrepreneurs. The program is designed to help you understand the concepts and how to apply them to your business. You do not need a background in accounting, finance, or be strong in math to succeed. You’ll see why once we get going!

What is the cost?

The cost to attend is FREE to attend for women entrepreneurs. Clarence Campeau Development Fund is sponsoring the program.

What is the time commitment?

In total, you can expect two to three hours per week. One to one-and-a-half hours of instruction time on Wednesdays, and up to one hour in homework.

What do I need to do to be successful?

  • A computer with the ability to join online zoom meetings
  • At least one full year of operations (so you can generate financial statements and have an understanding of your operations)
  • At least one year of financial statements (so you can apply the learning to your company’s financial position)
  • Committed to learn and grow
  • Committed to show up to weekly lessons (1-1.5 hours per week)
  • Committed to do the homework so you can apply the lessons learned (1-1.5 hours/week)

Let’s get started!

Are you Métis? Fill out your information to receive an application package.

April 13 7:00-8:30 pm MST Intro & Module 1
Introduction to the program and the platform
The money mindset “Your most powerful financial asset”

April 20 7:00-8:15 pm MST Module 2
Financial fundamentals
“Learn how to tell your financial story through financial statements”

April 27 7:00-8:15 pm MST Module 3
The profit story
“Exploring the different types of profit”

May 4 7:00-8:30 pm MST Module 4 & 5
Cash is queen
“Turning profit into cash”
The solvent business
“Keeping your business solvent – the importance of liquidity and solvency”

May 11 7:00-8:15 pm MST Module 6
Your financial roadmap
“Creating your financial roadmap, building your company’s future”

May 18 7:00-8:15 pm MST Module 7 & wrap up
The financing landscape
“Learning the in’s and out’s of financing for your business”