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Panels to offer expert advice at NLOWE conference

13 Mar 2012 1:24 PM | Anonymous
ST. JOHN’S, March 13, 2012 – The Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE) is pleased to announce that its 15th Annual Conference for women in business will feature expert panels on three topics related to growing a business.

“The panels, a new feature for the conference this year, offer delegates a unique opportunity to ask individualized questions that are relevant to their business experiences,” says Executive Director Paula Sheppard. “We anticipate that this level of interactivity with our knowledgeable panellists will help delegates gain knowledge and understanding that they can implement into their businesses immediately.”

NLOWE will hold its highly-anticipated annual conference on April 25-26 at the Delta Hotel & Conference Centre in St. John’s. Registration and further details are available at www.nlowe.org.

The topics and presenters for the panels are:

Panel 1:  “Are You Financially Fit?”

As an entrepreneur, business and personal finances go hand in hand. You can’t be financially ‘fit’ in one unless you are in control of both. Learn how to gain control of your personal and business finances, gain the skills to evaluate your current situation and discover how to plan for the future!

  • Kendra MacDonald, partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP
  • Kelly Barnes, financial consultant, Investors Group
  • Anna Cook, partner, Cox & Palmer
  • Chris Tucker, senior account manager business/personal, Royal Bank of Canada

Panel 2:  “Planning for Growth”

Your business is growing  now what? There are many obstacles to business growth but by setting goals and actively planning, you can fast-track yourself to success. Learn how you can create a map for successful growth.

  • Dennis Hanlon, associate professor (entrepreneurship), Memorial University
  • Wayne King, associate professor (entrepreneurship and small business), Memorial University
  • Phyllis Reardon, president and owner, CoachPhyllis.Com Inc.

Panel 3:  “Be Part of the U.S./Canada $1 Million-a-Minute Club”

Every minute there is $1 million worth of trade crossing the border between Canada and the United States. This experienced panel will walk you through the export continuum; discover your export potential and the business case and tools to help your company move forward. To determine how export ready you are, participants attending this session can sign up for a future export diagnostic.

  • Mary Anderson, president, WEConnect Canada
  • Carolann Pollett, international trade officer, Dept. of Innovation, Business & Rural Development
  • Beth Pomper, trade commissioner, Consulate of Canada (Philadelphia)
  • Josie Mousseau, deputy director of consultations, missions and special projects, Dept. of Foreign Affairs & International Trade
These panels will be held concurrently and are the focus of the afternoon training sessions for NLOWE’s annual conference.

Other conference highlights include a keynote luncheon featuring Heather White and Lori Joyce, more commonly known as “The Cupcake Girls,” who are two of British Columbia’s top entrepreneurs and are featured in a reality television show on The W Network, as well as workshops focused on networking, leadership, social media branding and supplier diversity.

This day-and-a-half conference is the only provincial event each year that focuses exclusively on women in business. The deadline to register is Friday, April 20.

“The training opportunities for this year’s annual conference are the best we have ever put together,” says Sheppard. “We are confident that this one event will make a difference in the business futures of women entrepreneurs in this province.”

NLOWE is pleased to offer services to women in business in Newfoundland and Labrador thanks to the financial support of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.
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