A special IWD message from Sarah Steele

Small Business Canada

As we rebound from the challenges of the past two years, 2022 is poised to be an exciting time for Canadian small businesses. In fact, Visa’s latest Back to Business Study indicates 86% of Canadian small businesses are feeling optimistic about their future. 

However, funding for women-owned small businesses continues to be a challenge. Another study found only 79% indicated they had full funding for the operation, compared to 85% of businesses owned by men[1].

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That’s why at Visa Canada, we are committed to continuing our support for women entrepreneurs by launching the third edition of the She’s Next Grant Program, in collaboration with IFundWomen. The She’s Next Grant Program will provide another ten Canadian women entrepreneurs with $10K CAD in funding, and business coaching for a year. 

Learn more about the program at ifundwomen.com/visa-canada and explore tips and tools available for entrepreneurs on the Visa Canada Small Business Hub.

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Sarah Steele

Senior Director, Small Business, Visa Canada

Sarah is an award-winning financial professional, with over 15 years of experience leading product strategy, complex projects, and thought leadership. Her accomplishments and experiences are varied, spanning the consumer and institutional groups, front and back office, consulting and product management.

As Senior Director of Small Business at Visa Canada, Sarah is responsible for the development and roll-out of Visa’s products, platforms, and resources in the Canadian marketplace.


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