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  • 23 Nov 2020 3:15 PM | Jennifer Brown (Administrator)

    NEW | International Trade for Business Program

    NLOWE is offering Export Readiness for your Business*

    Program Design

    This competency-based training program has been uniquely tailored to support service providers in improving their export readiness.

    A 4-stage, logical approach takes participants through 12 modules of export preparation. The training is practical and hands-on, incorporating exercises and supporting participants (including coaching) in the development of their export plans.

    Program Objective

    To enhance the export capacity of businesses, leading to the development of an export plan.


    Women-owned small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the following service sectors, either currently exporting, or considering exporting: business and professional services, educational services, health and wellness tourism, creative and cultural services, IT services and others.

    Program Format

    8 weeks (16 hours) training delivered by certified Trade Trainers, combined with online and coaching support in development of export plans.

    Timeline is January – March 2021.

    Program Cost

    NLOWE Members: $150 + HST
    Non-Members: $200 + HST
    Half of this cost will be refunded upon successful completion of the course.

    Expressions of Interest

    Expressions of Interest are now being accepted. A limited number of spaces are available.

    Deadline to submit your EOI is Monday, December 7, 2020

    To submit an EOI, please click here.

    *Pending funding

  • 19 Nov 2020 11:04 AM | Jennifer Brown (Administrator)

    NLOWE’s 2020 Entrepreneur of the Year Awards marks 23 years of recognizing and celebrating the women business owners of Newfoundland and Labrador


    ST. JOHN’S, NL – The Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE) will be honouring outstanding women entrepreneurs at a live virtual event presented online on Thursday, November 26th, 2020. Now in its 23rd year, the Entrepreneur of the Year Awards is an annual celebration that recognizes women business owners from across Newfoundland and Labrador for their important contributions to the economy and their communities.


    Awards to be presented throughout the evening include the Entrepreneurial Excellence Award sponsored by RBC Royal Bank, the Young Entrepreneur Award sponsored by College of the North Atlantic, the Economic Impact Award sponsored by Hebron Project, the Momentum Award sponsored by McInnes Cooper, the Trendsetter Award sponsored by Bluedrop Learning Networks, and the Trailblazer Award sponsored by Cox & Palmer.


    “This year’s award recipients reflect the diversity and represents a wide range of industry sectors where women are making a difference in Newfoundland and Labrador,” says Jennifer Bessell, CEO of NLOWE. “This is inspiring and reflects the ongoing need to encourage and cultivate the participation of women in non-traditional business endeavors and, indeed, business in general.”


    The event will take place online on November 26th from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Highlights include award presentations and virtual greetings from distinguished guests and sponsors. The Honourable Judy M. Foote, P.C., O.N.L., Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador is among the individuals scheduled to bring virtual greetings to attendees.


    “Congratulations to the exceptional entrepreneurs who will be recognized through these awards. It is my honour to join NLOWE in celebration of these women and their professional accomplishments,” says the Honourable Judy Foote, Lieutenant Governor. “It is important that, as women, we support one another to continue to build a stronger, gender equal society. As role models, we share a responsibility to show girls and women that there is no limit to their potential.”


    For over two decades, NLOWE’s awards program has paid tribute to the province’s most successful women entrepreneurs. By recognizing these entrepreneurs, NLOWE hopes to advance their business and personal networks, to provide significant profile and visibility for them and their businesses, and to increase the number of role models and mentors for all women in business. To date, hundreds of women from every sector of the economy have been nominated for an NLOWE Entrepreneur of the Year Award.


    The Government of Canada, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), has invested $583,428 in NLOWE to provide business counselling services and skills development opportunities to women entrepreneurs. The annual awards event is just one of the many networking activities NLOWE organizes in the province throughout the year.


    “We are proud to support NLOWE’s work to help women entrepreneurs build strong and successful businesses,” says the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA. “As a former entrepreneur myself, I understand the challenges many of them are facing especially during these difficult times. Congratulations to the talented women in business nominated for NLOWE awards. Through hard work and resourcefulness, women entrepreneurs across Newfoundland and Labrador are supporting economic growth and creating good jobs in their communities.”


    Tickets are available for the virtual awards event at a cost of $10 + HST for NLOWE members and $40 + HST for non-members. Corporate bundles that include 10 digital registrations are also available for $400 + HST. Interested persons may register online at nlowe.org, email info@nlowe.org or call 709.754.555 (toll-free 1.888.NLOWE.11).


    The deadline to register is Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 12 noon.


    Members of the media interested in attending should contact Jennifer Brown, Marketing & Communications Coordinator, at the contact information provided below.


    NLOWE is the only provincial organization that is dedicated exclusively to the support of women in business. NLOWE provides valuable and relevant training through a large network of services, resources, and opportunities to help women develop and grow their businesses. NLOWE offers services to women in business thanks to ACOA, The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE).


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    For more information, please contact:


    Jennifer Brown

    Marketing & Communications Coordinator


    T: 709.754.5455

    Toll-free: 1.888.NLOWE.11

    E: jbrown@nlowe.org

  • 17 Sep 2020 9:23 AM | Jennifer Brown (Administrator)

    NLOWE is offering a business start-up training program as part of the Atlantic Canadian Women in Growth Partnership (ACWGP) project. 

    Expressions of Interest are now being accepted. 

    The goal of ACWGP is to increase participation of under-represented women such has newcomer women, women with disabilities, indigenous women, rural women, as well as women in non-traditional trades and in STEM related fields in the women's entrepreneurial ecosystem in Atlantic Canada. 

    This is a free 12-week online training program starting October 1, 2020. You will develop the skills and knowledge to move from idea to implementation phase. Classes will be held in the evening and only a limited number of spots are available. Priority will be given to women from under-represented groups and/or sectors.

    Business Beginnings will provide comprehensive training modules in 6 core areas that encompass the business development phase, including: Introduction to the Business Venture, Market Research, Marketing Plan, Operations & Organization, Financial Planning, and Polishing Your Pitch.


    For more information, please contact:

    Sarah Thompson, Project Manager

    E: sthompson@nlowe.org

  • 23 Jul 2020 8:57 AM | Jennifer Brown (Administrator)

    Business Interruption Recovery Fund

    The Newfoundland & Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs has launched the Business Interruption Recovery Fund to assist women entrepreneurs in Newfoundland and Labrador to access business supports to navigate COVID-19. The funds will help source support for small-scale projects related to business operations, business transformation, and recovery measures.

    The Business Interruption Recovery Fund will be used to support at least 30 women business owners in Newfoundland and Labrador.

    This initiative is supported by the Government of Canada through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).


    To be eligible for the Business Interruption Recovery Fund, businesses must:

    • Be women-owned
    • Be registered in Newfoundland and Labrador
    • Have been in continuous operation for at least one year
    • Be in good standing with the Canada Revenue Agency
    Eligible projects

    The Business Interruption Recovery Fund can be used to address the effect COVID-19 has or will have on your business. The funds will be used to hire a professional service/consultant for a project that will:

    • Support your business operations, such as human resources advice, procurement assistance, business recovery or growth planning
    • Assist business transformations, such as how to move services/products online or developing an occupational health & safety plan that includes social distancing
    • Provide advice related to recovery measures, such as how to restart your business, revise your growth plans, rehire and retrain employees, or use alternative supply models


    The Business Interruption Recovery Fund will cover 100% of a consultant’s fee to support and implement your project and is capped at a maximum of $10,000 per project. It cannot be used for the purchase of goods, including personal protective equipment, technology or software licenses, courses or professional development training.

    While there is no direct cost to you to participate, there is a time expectation and commitment of 3-12+ hours depending on your project, including time spent working with your consultant and a project evaluation.

    Before you start

    To process your expression of interest, you will need:

    • Your business number

    • Financial statements for 2018 in PDF format

    • Details on how your business has been impacted by COVID-19

    • An eligible project to propose

    To submit an expression of interest

    Online expressions of interest open today, and will be available until September 30, 2020 or until the funds are full spent.
    Once your expression of interest has been submitted, you will hear back from the Newfoundland & Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs within 7-14 business days.
    Jennifer Bessell
    Chief Executive Officer
    Newfoundland & Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs


    Click here for the PDF.

  • 21 Jul 2020 4:36 PM | Jennifer Brown (Administrator)


    Video Production Services

    The Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE) is pleased to invite qualified businesses to submit a proposal for professional services to assist in shooting, producing, and editing six (6) two-minute videos for the 2020 Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, to be held in October 2020. 

    The primary objective of these videos is to showcase award winners.

    Deadline to submit: Friday August 7, 2020 at 4:00p.m.

    Click here for the full RFP.

  • 24 Jun 2020 3:26 PM | Jennifer Brown (Administrator)

    Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE) is thrilled to announce the appointment of Margaret Budgell as NLOWE’s new Board President. 

    Margaret has served as a board member for the past four years and has been a member of NLOWE for over 10.

    Margaret is the owner and broker of River Mountain Realty in Pasadena, NL. Her real estate company services Pasadena, Deer Lake, Corner Brook, and all surrounding towns and municipalities in the western region of the province. For the last 12 years, River Mountain Realty has been offering quality and professional service to buyers and sellers while making the process efficient and enjoyable as possible.

    Margaret has a diploma in Information Processing from Fisher Institute of Applied Arts and Technology and started her career in both administrative and instructional positions. She continued her education at Memorial University in the Vocational Education program and instructed in various post-secondary colleges prior to starting her own business.

    With nearly 20 years of real estate experience, Margaret thrives on keeping up on current trends and market conditions. Outside of work she also serves on a governance committee with the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Realtors. Community-minded and passionate about people, Margaret brings a wealth of knowledge to the NLOWE board of directors and we know she will be a great leader for the organization.
  • 19 Jun 2020 3:10 PM | Jennifer Brown (Administrator)


    Business Growth Training Opportunities

    Interested in joining our 2020-2021 Trainers' List?

    We are currently seeking submissions from qualified individuals and businesses for inclusion in the 2020-2021 NLOWE Trainers' List.

    Deadline to submit has been extended to: July 17, 2020

    Download the RFP here.

    Submit your proposal directly to Suzanne Scott, COO at sscott@nlowe.org with the subject line NLOWE Trainers List 2020-2021

  • 16 Jun 2020 3:14 PM | Jennifer Brown (Administrator)


    Moving Women Online


    The Atlantic Canadian Women in Growth Partnership (ACWGP) is a three-year project between four Atlantic women's business organizations - 

    - The Nova Scotia Centre for Women in Business (CWB)
    - Prince Edward Island Business Women's Association (PEIBWA)
    - Women in Business New Brunswick (WBNB), and 
    - Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE) as the project lead.

    This project is funded by ACOA through the Federal Government's Women's Entrepreneurship Strategy Ecosystem Fund aimed to address gaps and build capacity in the entrepreneurship ecosystem for women.

    ACWGP has two main goals for the women's entrepreneurial ecosystem in Atlantic Canada:

    1. Increase each organization's capacity to support women in start-up and growth phases.

    2. Increase participation of under-represented women, such as newcomer women, women with disabilities, indigenous women, rural women, as well as women in non-traditional trades and in STEM related fields.

    Research shows that women face barriers starting and growing businesses. These barriers and more exist for under-represented groups. We want to learn what these barriers are and how we can support these women through partnerships and tailored programming to empower more women to realize their entrepreneurial potential in Atlantic Canada.

    Moving Women Online

    The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted women business owners and has forces us to rethink how we do business now and into the future. ACWGP is offering the opportunity to women entrepreneurs in Atlantic Canada to move their current business operations to an online eCommerce platform so they can continue to grow business opportunities throughout and beyond COVID-19.

    This program will be delivered virtually in each of the Atlantic provinces through a combination of small group training and individual hands-on technical support. 

    If you are a woman business owner and think this is an opportunity to help you and your business, please complete the Expression of Interest.

    Deadline to receive submissions: Friday, June 26th, 2020

    Please click here for details and to submit an Expression of Interest.

    For more information on this initiative, please contact:

    Sarah Thompson

    Project Manager


    This project is proudly funded by ACOA.

  • 12 Jun 2020 2:05 PM | Jennifer Brown (Administrator)


    Quarterly Contributors & Guest Writers

    Do you have expertise that you'd like to share with others in business? Consider writing for The Advisor

    We are currently seeking quarterly contributors, as well as one-time guest writers to write on a variety of topics aimed at women in business. Writers may be NLOWE members, or employees of members, as well as representatives of partner organizations and industry. 

    Download the full RFP here.

    Deadline for submission is 4:30p.m. on Friday, July 10, 2020.

    Email your submission to:

    Jennifer Brown

    Marketing & Communications Coordinator, NLOWE


  • 12 Jun 2020 1:53 PM | Jennifer Brown (Administrator)

    Request for Proposals

    Copy Editing & Proofreading

    NLOWE is currently seeking a qualified Copy Editor to aid in the completion of its publication, The Advisor, to be published quarterly in September, December, March, and June.

    Download the full RFP here.

    Deadline for submission is 4:30p.m. on Friday, July 17, 2020.

    Email your submission to:

    Jennifer Brown

    Marketing & Communications Coordinator, NLOWE


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