Enabling Apparel Entrepreneurship

Enabling Apparel Entrepreneurs is a program designed to support budding apparel entrepreneurs in Ottawa, particularly those facing barriers to setting up their own businesses.  EcoEquitable’s goal is to support women entrepreneurs in order that they can begin or grow their apparel businesses both physically and online.  EcoEquitable’s safe and inclusive atmosphere support women, particularly immigrant women, on their entrepreneurship journey and facilitate access to online resources, business supports and networks in Ottawa.  Goals of this project include to:

1.    Create entrepreneurship and self-employment opportunities for women, particularly immigrant women

2.    Support the creation and innovation of locally made apparel products

3.    Connect participants to local and digital entrepreneurship resources

4.    Support women in developing digital business skills and Canadian experience

5.    Create a community and network of apparel entrepreneurs who can support and assist each other as their businesses grow

Enabling Apparel Entrepreneurship Curriculum:

A free, comprehensive, easy-to-use guide on beginning your apparel related business.


Business resources for apparel entrepreneurs:

Local and online small business support

Invest Ottawa: One-stop shop with several free services
Women’s Enterprise Centre (webinars, resources)
Entrepreneurial Support Services for Immigrant & Visible Minority and Aboriginal Communities

Business Planning

Futurpreneur Canada: Offers great resources for all and financing up to$15000 for entrepreneurs under the age of 39. Fantastic, free business plan writing tool  – helps with what content is required via examples and helpful hints


Website Development

Website assessment tool: Use it on your competitors’ website to help you benchmark where you stand (what are they doing better?) Best part is it’s free!


Market Research and Statistics

Canada Business Network: Very helpful data to validate business planning


Apparel and Textile Industry specific

Five Business Tips From an Eco Fashion Designer
Guide to the Textile Labelling and Advertising Regulations
Etsy Seller Handbook– Advice and Inspiration for successfully running your Etsy Shop
Etsy Community News– Inspiring Stories, Site updates and more from the Etsy Community


Ottawa’s Fashion Designers/Entrepreneurs

Sew Crazy – Robin Whitford
Adorit Boutique
Sukhoo Sukhoo
Renée Lévesque Design Studio
Mccaffrey Haute Couture
Chapeaux De Madeleine
Jana & Emilia Fashion Design
Elena Hinke
Samantha Nemiroff Jewellery
Avenir Design Studio
Lucas Stolz
Eris DeVi
Arfie Lalani
Duffield Design
Me.Tu Style
Gwen Madiba
Zarucci Bridal
Melanie Dubuc
Yola Couture
Elena’s Creations
D’Aku Designs
Teruko creative high-fashion
Lynne Kiel
MacLeod Fashion

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