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  • 27 Oct 2017 12:58 PM | Julieanne Reddy (Administrator)

    ST. JOHN’S, OCT. 26, 2017 – One of only 17 women named to Atlantic Business Magazine’s Top 50 CEOs of 2017, was honoured tonight with the pinnacle award at the Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE) 20th annual Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

    Patsy Tremblett-Di Nillo, President & CEO, Prima Information Solutions Inc. in St. John’s, took home the Entrepreneurial Excellence Award at NLOWE’s 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year Awards on October 26th, held at the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland. In 1995, her entrepreneurial spirit, together with her determination and drive, led her to establish Prima. From its small beginnings, Tremblett-Di Nillo has grown Prima to become a leading expert in the field of Records and Information Management in Canada. Reflecting on her success, Tremblett-Di Nillo attributes it to always going with her gut. “I don’t know how long I would have remained in business without trusting my instincts and having an amazing team supporting me.”

    The 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. The Entrepreneurial Excellence Award is sponsored by RBC - Royal Bank. “Winning this award is an honour and I am very humbled by it,” says Tremblett-Di Nillo. “I know many of the people that have received this award and they are all amazing women.” Tremblett-Di Nillo was one of nine women business owners honoured at the 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

    Taking home the Young Entrepreneur Award, sponsored by College of the North Atlantic, was Krystal Hobbs, owner of Reflective Marketing. Her advice for other young entrepreneurs is, “bet on yourself.” Hobbs notes, “as a young person you’ll get a lot of people that want to give you advice, and you should listen, but ultimately you have to trust your instincts and do what you want to do.”

    Alicia MacDonald and Sonja Mills, co-owners of Port Rexton Brewing Company in Port Rexton, were awarded the Trailblazer Award, sponsored by Cox & Palmer. The 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. “It is very exciting to be recognized as a trailblazer in this industry here in Newfoundland,” says Mills upon learning they would be receiving this award, “as women blazing the trail for a traditionally, male-dominated industry.” MacDonald added, “I hope this inspires more women to do something in this or any other male-dominated industry.”

    The winner of the Trendsetter Award, sponsored by Business Development Bank of Canada, was Kim Paddon, owner of Whink Inc. and Sparkes Design in St. John’s. The Trendsetter Award recognizes an entrepreneur whose successful business employs innovation and original thinking in both its operational and promotional activities, standing out from others in its industry for setting trends and turning traditional ideas on their heads. “Standing out from everyone else is key to having a successful business,” says Paddon. “Receiving the Trendsetter award truly means I am making a mark and I am doing things differently.”

    Sarah Parker Charles and Nancy Shepherd Bragg, partners and interior designers at Carvel & Helm Interior Design Inc. in St. John’s, won the Momentum Award, sponsored by Husky Energy. The Momentum 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. “Winning this award is incredibly meaningful and a welcome reminder that we have accomplished a lot in two and a half years,” says Shepherd Bragg. Parker Charles adds, “to be recognized for our potential for future growth is very motivating because we’re not done yet!”

    The Economic Impact Award, sponsored by Hebron Project, was awarded to Deborah Bourden and Wilma Hartmann, owners and operators of Anchor Inn Hotel & Suites in Twillingate. The Economic Impact 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. Bourden and Hartmann have made their community a key aspect of promoting their business. “We believe being ambassadors for the destination first will pay dividends to our business as well as the community, so that has been where we have focused ourefforts,” says Hartmann. Bourden agrees, “a rising tide lifts all boats, so we continue to look at projects that help not only our business but the industry here in Twillingate and area.”

    “For two decades NLOWE has been honouring the outstanding women business owners of Newfoundland and Labrador through our Entrepreneur of the Year Awards,” says Hilda Broomfield-Letemplier, president of NLOWE’s Board of Directors, “and this year is no different. This evening’s winners are helping create a stronger and more diverse business landscape in this province and we are happy to celebrate them and their contributions.”

    The awards gala was attended by over 200 people including the Honourable Siobhan Coady, Minister of Natural Resources, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, and Deputy Government House Leader and Susan Drodge, Director of Policy, Economics, and Communications for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) as well as other government representatives, members of the business community and industry professionals from across the province.

    In addition to the 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year Award sponsors listed above, gala sponsors include, Decor Sponsors, MAKEvents Creative Planning Inc. and Moments by Martha.

    NLOWE has been handing out Entrepreneur of the Year Awards since 1998. Over 100 nominations were received this year and in the past, winners have gone on to win national accolades. More details about the awards, the selection process, and previous award winners are available at www.nlowe.org/awards.

    NLOWE is the only provincial organization that is dedicated exclusively to the support of women in business, offering a provincial network of community partners and women business owners as well as training, resources and opportunities to help women develop and grow their businesses. NLOWE provides services to women in business thanks to ACOA, Status of Women Canada, and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

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    For more information, contact:
    Julieanne Reddy, Director of Marketing & Communications
    Phone: 709.754.5455
    Cell: 709.640.3691
    Toll-free: 1.888.NLOWE.11
    E-mail: jreddy@nlowe.org



  • 17 Oct 2017 1:00 PM | Julieanne Reddy (Administrator)

    ST. JOHN’S, Oct. 17, 2017 – The Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE) will be honouring outstanding women entrepreneurs at a red carpet event on Thursday, October 26h. Now in its 20th year, the Entrepreneur of the Year Awards is an annual celebration, that recognizes women business owners from across the province 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, Young Entrepreneur Award sponsored by College of the North Atlantic, Trailblazer Award sponsored by Cox & Palmer, Trendsetter Award sponsored by Business Development Bank of Canada, Momentum Award sponsored by Husky Energy, and Economic Impact Award sponsored by Hebron Project.

    The event will take place from 6:00-10:00 p.m. on October 26th at the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland. The Honourable Siobhan Coady, MHA,, Minister of Natural Resources, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, and Deputy Government House Leader is amoung the speakers scheduled to address the attendees.

    For 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. Further information about NLOWE’s awards program is available online at www.nlowe.org/awards.

    The Government of Canada, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), provided $199,019 to enable NLOWE to deliver business management skills training initiatives for women entrepreneurs in the province throughout the year, including the awards gala event.

    “I congratulate the outstanding business owners nominated for NLOWE’s Entrepreneur of the Year Awards,” said Nick Whalen, Member of Parliament for St. John’s East, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA. “Women entrepreneurs make important contributions to their communities and the economy and I commend NLOWE for its efforts to help them succeed. The Government of Canada, through ACOA, fosters innovation and business growth through investments like this one, which is helping to strengthen and grow the middle class.”

    Tickets are still available for the awards gala at a cost of $100 + HST for NLOWE members and $150 + HST for non-members. Corporate tables with premium seating for eight people are also available for $950 + HST. Interested persons may register online at www.nlowe.org/events or call 709.754.5555 (toll-free 1.888.NLOWE.11). The deadline to register is Friday, October 20th.

    In addition to the 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year Award sponsors listed above, MAKEvents Creative Planning Inc. and Moments by Martha are the Decor Sponsors of the gala.

    Members of the media interested in attending should contact Julieanne Reddy, Director of Marketing & Communications, 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, Status of Women Canada, and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

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    For more information, contact:

    Julieanne Reddy, Director of Marketing & Communications, NLOWE
    Phone: 709.754.5455
    Cell: 709.640.3691
    Toll-free: 1.888.NLOWE.11
    E-mail: jreddy@nlowe.org



  • 02 Oct 2017 9:56 AM | Julieanne Reddy (Administrator)

    The Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE) is seeking a consultant with export and supplier diversity expertise to facilitate business growth opportunities for its member companies who are growing their businesses through export and supplier diversity. 

    Request for Proposals

    Interested parties are asked to submit a proposal outlining their qualifications by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, October 16th, 2017.   


  • 26 Jun 2017 11:28 AM | Julieanne Reddy (Administrator)

    Digital Skills Pilot

    Presented in partnership with Ladies Learning Code

    The pilot program is designed to give beginners essential 21st century skills that you can start using in your personal and professional life right away. By the end of the 50 hour program, you will have learned important skills to help read, write and participate on the Web and know how to develop your own website from scratch. 

    Topics include: 

    • HTML & CSS
    • jQuery
    • SEO 
    • SEM
    • WordPress & CMS 
    • Blogging
    • Elements of good design including fonts & typography, layout, using colour and graphics,
    • UX/UI, Excel formulas and functions and more.
    The price for 50 hours of training is $550 per participant and space is limited to 15. 


    Currently we are gauging interested for a September start. 

    If you are interested in the pilot or would like more information please email Kristy Martell, Director of Programming & Events at kmartell@nlowe.org

    To learn more about Ladies Learning Code: http://ladieslearningcode.com


  • 19 Jun 2017 9:43 AM | Kristy Martell (Administrator)

    The Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE) is currently seeking a qualified photographer to shoot and edit event photos for the 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year Awards to be held on October 26th at the Sheraton Hotel, St. John’s, NL. The successful bidder is also required to shoot individual photos of eight (8) award winners prior to the event.

    The complete RFQ can be viewed here: REQUEST FOR QUOTES

    Interested parties are asked to submit by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, July 14, 2017.

  • 19 Jun 2017 9:30 AM | Kristy Martell (Administrator)

    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 eight (8), two-minute videos for the 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Gala to be held on October 26, 2017. The primary objective of these videos is to showcase award winners. The successful bidder is also required to film the live Awards Gala event, and produce a short video that NLOWE can use to for future event promotion.

    The complete RFP can be viewed here: REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

    Interested parties are asked to submit a proposal outlining their qualifications by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, July 14, 2017.

  • 14 Jun 2017 3:27 PM | Julieanne Reddy (Administrator)

    #DriversofGrowth Action Plan is now available.

    Unleashing the Potential of Women - An Economic Action Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador cover

    Unleashing the Potential of Women: An Economic Action Plan was developed from ideas discussed at the Women's Economic Forum's held in November 2016, and includes actionable recommendations for private sector organizations, governments, public institutions, and individuals to foster growth of women-owned businesses and increase the number of women in senior leadership. 

    The Action Plan represents the collective efforts, ideas, and contributions of a diverse and knowledgeable group of stakeholders from Newfoundland & Labrador and will serve to engage every member of the community in contributing to the economic growth and impact of women.

    The Action Plan was launched at a press conference on June 14, 2017 and is now available in both digital and hard copy. 

    To get your copy of the 2017 #DriversofGrowth Action Plan by visiting www.nlowe.org/ActionPlan

  • 14 Jun 2017 3:25 PM | Julieanne Reddy (Administrator)

    The NLOWE Advisor - Summer 2017 cover

    This Summer 2017 issue of The NLOWE Advisor is dedicated to tourism. The articles range from guides and tips for tourism operators to spotlights on members who are finding success in the industry. There are also some great articles on where to visit and what to do when you get there!

    Did you know that of the women-owned businesses in our membership, over 20 percent operate in the tourism industry? That's why NLOWE's membership directory should be your first stop when you plan your staycation or make recommendations to visiting friends and family. 

    The NLOWE Advisor: Issues 5.2 - Summer 2017


  • 01 May 2017 8:54 AM | Julieanne Reddy (Administrator)

    Join Export Consultant, Deborah Youden to learn how to grow your business internationally.

    May 4, 2017, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

    No cost to attend

    Register today!

    Join us for a webinar, Bringing your business to the world. We may live in our own corner of the world but there are big things happening in the global marketplace. In all parts of the world there are the connections and business to prove it. This webinar examines how to grow your business internationally - the opportunities and challenges to get to the next level. Webinar will take place on Thursday, May 4, 2012 at two-thirty to three-thirty p.m. No cost to attend.

  • 21 Apr 2017 10:54 PM | Kristy Martell (Administrator)

    NLOWE is currently seeking submissions from qualified individuals and businesses for inclusion in the 2017-2018 NLOWE Trainers’ List. Priority will be given to members of NLOWE.

    To complete RFP can be viewed here: RFP—Business Growth Training

    Deadline to submit is June 16, 2017.

    Questions on this RFP should be directed via email to Kristy Martell, kmartell@nlowe.org, and will be received until 4:30 p.m. on May 12, 2017. Answers to all questions received will be posted on www.nlowe.org/news by 4:30pm on May 16, 2017.    

    ***Please see for RFP Questions & Answers

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