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  • 22 Feb 2021 1:25 PM | Jennifer Brown (Administrator)

    Small Business Pivot Plan Program

    NLOWE is currently accepting Expressions of Interest for a new strategic and operational planning-based program. This program is aimed to support women business owners in Newfoundland and Labrador clarify their business strategy and build an operational plan to pivot their efforts in light of COVID-19 and other current economic pressures.

    With this program, each participant will also receive a 1-hour in-depth consultation with
    Jess Chapman of Ethree and an NLOWE Business Advisor.

    Program Format
    • 6-week program offered between March – April 2021
    • Weekly 90-minute virtual sessions in a small group setting
    • Facilitated by Jess Chapman of Ethree Consulting in partnership with NLOWE

    Program Cost
    • NLOWE Members: $100 + HST
    • Non-Members: $200 + HST

    Expressions of Interest are now being accepted. A limited number of spaces are available. Deadline to apply is Friday, March 5 at 4:30 p.m.

    Click here to Submit an EOI

  • 01 Feb 2021 3:30 PM | Jennifer Brown (Administrator)


    There is only one provincial event each year focused specifically on women in business, and this is it!

    The Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE) 2021 Conference will take place virtually April 13 - 29, 2021.

    This year's virtual Conference will include two keynote presentations and seven workshops spread across three weeks. This event will virtually gather business owners, industry professionals, government representatives, and community partners to learn, network, and do business with each other.

    We are currently seeking submissions for the delivery of 60-minute virtual Conference sessions. NLOWE is seeking content for the following themes:

    • Business Management & Growth
    • Leadership & Communications
    • Branding, Marketing & Social Media
    • Productivity & Strategic Thinking
    • Work Life Balance & Wellness
    • Sales & Customer Service

    Those selected to speak will be chosen because of their ability to teach, challenge, and inspire attendees.

    NLOWE is looking for presenters who have command of subject matter and desire to create a memorable learning experience.

    Submitting Your Proposal

    Out attendees are looking for ideas, skills, and techniques to take back and put into practice right away. In your proposal, please share how you will engage the audience and three learning outcomes from your workshop.

    Your proposal should also include:

    • Title and description of the workshop that will be delivered
    • Workshop objectives
    • Experience and qualifications
    • Short bio and high-resolution headshot
    • Associated fees and costs

    Instructions for Submission

    • Submissions must be received by 4:30p.m. on Friday, February 19, 2021; submitted electronically to jbrown@nlowe.org
    • Successful applicants will be notified no later than February 28, 2021.
    • Conference 2021 will consist of two virtual keynote presentations and seven virtual 1-hour workshops over the course of three weeks. Please indicate your workshop date preference(s) from the agenda below:

    Tips for Writing a Good Proposal
    • Remember your audience - what will help them grow and strengthen their businesses?
    • Help the selection committee understand why your session is the right fit for this event.
    • Don't be afraid to be bold and creative with your subject matter and delivery approach. 

    Download the Call for Presenters here.

  • 14 Jan 2021 3:03 PM | Jennifer Brown (Administrator)

    Request for Proposals

    Video Production Services

    NLOWE is pleased to invite qualified businesses to submit a proposal for professional services to assist in shooting, producing, and editing three (3) two-minute videos as part of NLOWE’s communication strategy. The primary objective of these videos is to highlight NLOWE, NLOWE’s membership, and NLOWE’s programs and services.

    Scope of Work

    1. Production

    Arrange necessary camera crew and equipment;

    Conduct and shoot short interviews with various NLOWE staff and NLOWE members, including:

    - Staff providing an overview of NLOWE and its offerings;

    - Members discussing their entrepreneurial history and the benefits of membership;

    - How NLOWE has been of assistance in the entrepreneurial journey as a key theme; 

    Some travel may be required.

    2. Post Production

    Collect footage, digitize, create shot-list and edit into three (3) two-minute finished videos with titles, graphics, and music;

    Create and provide audio files or transcription of each video;

    Send a rough cut of each video to NLOWE for review, comments and approval before delivery;

    Purchase supplies, music right, and graphics as necessary

    Deliver finished videos on a flash drive or shared drive or folder online at full resolution.

    All original recorded interviews/video, purchased supplies, music rights and graphics will remain the property of NLOWE and may not be used for purposes other than that specified herein without permission.

    Timeline & Reporting Requirements

    RFP Submission Requirements

    Interested parties are asked to submit a proposal by 4:30p.m., January 25, 2021.

    Please ensure the proposal includes the following information:

    1. Description of the qualifications of the firm in relation to this project and why your organization would be well suited to provide the required services;
    2. Identification of team members, including their role and summary of experience with similar projects;
    3. Proposed project schedule;
    4. Work plan outlining the approach to be used, including tasks required of NLOWE staff;
    5. Detailed fee/expense schedule;
    6. Name and contact information for three (3) references which would support the work to be completed;
    7. Any special features, abilities or add-ons offered; and
    8. One digital copy of the proposal submitted in PDF format

    Email your submission to:

    Jennifer Brown, Marketing & Communications Coordinator

    E: jbrown@nlowe.org

    1. By submitting a proposal for consideration, it is understood that you may be contacted by NLOWE for follow-up and more information on your submission, however; only those applicants selected for further consideration will be contacted.
    2. Selection of submission(s) will be based on the evaluation criteria, as stated. NLOWE reserves the right to make the final selection.
    3. A decision will be made by NLOWE and the successful applicant will be notified no later than February 1, 2021.
    4. Questions on submission guidelines should be directed to Jennifer Brown at jbrown@nlowe.org.

    Evaluation Criteria

    The following criteria and rating will be used to review and select a proposal submission:

    Relevant knowledge, experience, and qualification of firm and team members (20).

    Proposed methodology and work plan to be used in the process (25).

    Understanding of the project and overall completeness of submission (25).

    Proposed project costs and fee schedule (25).

    Download the full RFP here.

  • 05 Jan 2021 1:46 PM | Jennifer Brown (Administrator)

    View our current career opportunities and join our team!

    Founded in 1997, The Newfoundland & Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE) has been supporting and encouraging women entrepreneurs for more than two decades. NLOWE's mandate is simple... provides programs and services that connect and support women within Newfoundland and Labrador to start, grow and advance their businesses. 

    NLOWE currently has two job openings located at our St. John's Office:

    • Director of Programming & Evaluation

    Full Job Ad - Director of Programming & Evaluation
    • Director of Administration & Special Projects

    Full Job Ad - Director of Administration & Special Projects

    These positions are full time, 35 hours per week (with occasional evening work required), and permanent contract positions currently funded to March 31, 2022 with anticipated extension. NLOWE offers a competitive compensation package with medical benefits and generous annual leave. 

    We thank all those who apply, however, only those selected for an interview will be notified. 

  • 26 Nov 2020 10:05 PM | Jennifer Brown (Administrator)

    ST. JOHN’S, NL – The Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE) hosted its 23rd annual Entrepreneur of the Year Awards on Thursday, November 26th, 2020, streamed live from the Delta Hotels by Marriot St. John’s Conference Centre. The event celebrates women in business in Newfoundland and Labrador, and seven business owners were awarded and honoured tonight for the positive impacts they’ve made in our province.

    Charlene Brophy, president and CEO of Fonemed, took home the pinnacle Entrepreneurial Excellence Award, sponsored by RBC Royal Bank. This award recognizes a long-time entrepreneur who has made a significant impact on the economy, and whose success is an inspiration for other women in business. Fonemed is an international telemedicine company that provides clinical services and software solutions to more than 15 million individuals throughout Canada, the United States and the Caribbean. A registered nurse by background, Brophy acknowledges that a significant factor in her success has been the desire to make a difference and using her acute care background knowledge set in the business world. A seasoned executive and inspiration to many, Brophy reflects on the importance of mentoring young entrepreneurs who are up and coming here in the province.

    “I think it’s important for women entrepreneurs, right throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, to reach out, to support one another, to not be afraid to ask for help, and share our lessons learned,” says Brophy. “I think that’s how we’re all going to succeed, by showing others it can be done.”

    To learn more about Charlene Brophy, please click here.

    Emily Bland, SeedEO of SucSeed, took home the Young Entrepreneur Award, sponsored by College of the North Atlantic. This award recognizes an entrepreneur, 35 years of age or younger, that has owned and operated a business for at least two years. SucSeed designs and builds hydroponic gardens and empowers anyone to grow fresh produce year-round, with each garden built in partnership with Choices for Youth.

    “SucSeed is on a mission to educate one million students every single year across Canada, teaching about sustainable agriculture, healthy eating and waste reduction,” says Bland. “For us, that’s our way of creating a more sustainable agriculture sector here in Canada.”

    To learn more about Emily Bland, please click here.

    Deborah Dunne of Alderwood Retirement Centre, took home the Economic Impact Award, sponsored by the Hebron Project. This award recognizes an entrepreneur whose business has significantly impacted the local economy, improving the economic position of the community in which it operates by employing local resources, stimulating growth and contributing to sustainable community development. Alderwood is a retirement centre for seniors with different levels of care, including level 1, level 2, and enhanced care.

    “What I love about Witless Bay and the Irish Loop is that they’re like an extended family to Alderwood, and they’ve always embraced our seniors,” says Dunne. “They’re the backbone to our society.”

    To learn more about Deborah Dunne, please click here.

    Afiya Altaf, co-owner and head chef of Curry Delight, took home the Momentum Award, sponsored by McInnes Cooper. This award recognizes an entrepreneur who has demonstrated significant growth and/or growth potential within a one to three year time span, having built a business that is adaptable and apt to successfully leverage opportunities for continued growth. Curry Delight started as a vendor at the Farmer’s Market and has now expanded to a family run restaurant and take-out located in Mount Pearl, serving authentic Pakistani/Indian cuisine using handmade, local, or organic ingredients as much as possible.

    “My favourite thing about being an entrepreneur is the pride that you feel,” says Altaf. “That something that is so personal to you is appreciated and liked by other people.”

    To learn more about Afiya Altaf, please click here.

    Lauren Saunders and Emily Evans, creators and co-directors of The Shop, SALT, took home the Trendsetter Award, sponsored by Bluedrop Learning Networks. This award recognizes an entrepreneur who owns and operates a successful business that employs innovation and original thinking in both its operational and promotional activities. This entrepreneur’s business stands out from others in its industry for setting trends and turning traditional ideas on their heads. The Shop, SALT is a clothing brand based out of St. John’s, NL that promotes the salt philosophy – being “SALT of the earth” – genuine, good-natured, and true to yourself.

    “I think the key to our success has really been our friendship and staying true to ourselves. That’s ultimately the meaning behind our brand,” says Saunders. “Our audience sees that and relates to us, and it’s a relationship with them as well. I think we all grow together, and they want us to succeed, and they see that we’re working really hard,” says Evans.

    To learn more about Lauren Saunders and Emily Evans, please click here.

    Ashley Sullivan, co-founder of Creatros Technologies, took home the Trailblazer Award, sponsored by Cox & Palmer. This award recognizes an entrepreneur who owns and operates a business that has excelled in a non-traditional industry for women-owned businesses or successfully established a business in an industry uncommon to the area in which it operates. Creatros Technologies is a start-up company based in St. John’s, NL that develops AI-powered intelligent skills traceability tools for tech companies which track the skills of technical employees.

    “What inspires me the most is seeing other entrepreneurs take something from nothing and build it into an amazing company,” says Sullivan. Adding her advice for entrepreneurs, “Don’t take no as a closed door, but a conversation. You can learn more from a no than a yes.”

    To learn more about Ashley Sullivan, please click here.

    “For over two decades NLOWE has been honouring outstanding women business owners of Newfoundland and Labrador through our Entrepreneur of the Year Awards,” says Margaret Budgell, president of NLOWE’s Board of Directors. “These award recipients are helping to create a stronger and more diverse business landscape in our province, and we are happy to celebrate them and their contributions, especially during such a challenging year.”

    “2020 has been such a difficult year for all of us, especially for local businesses right across the province,” says Jennifer Bessell, CEO of NLOWE. “Being able to recognize these outstanding women and participate in such a good news story is something that we are very proud of.” 

    The awards event was live streamed on NLOWE’s YouTube channel. Along with six award presentations, tonight’s awards event brought virtual greetings from Honourable Andrew Furey, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador; Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA; and Her Honour The Honourable Judy May Foote, Lieutenant Governor.

    NLOWE’s 2020 Entrepreneur of the Year Awards is proudly supported by ACOA and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. Award sponsors include RBC Royal Bank (Entrepreneurial Excellence Award), College of the North Atlantic (Young Entrepreneur Award), Hebron Project (Economic Impact Award), McInnes Cooper (Momentum Award), Bluedrop Learning Networks (Trendsetter Award), and Cox & Palmer (Trailblazer Award). Other sponsors include Stewart McKelvey, Alderwood Estates, and MAKEvents, with video production by Walsh Productions.

    NLOWE has been handing out Entrepreneur of the Year Awards since 1998. For more details about the awards, please visit www.nlowe.org/awards.

    Founded in 1997, NLOWE is the only provincial organization that is dedicated exclusively to the support of women in business. NLOWE provides valuable and relevant training, 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).

    To learn more about each 2020 award recipient, please visit our YouTube Page.

  • 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.

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