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  • 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


  • 18 Mar 2020 10:00 AM | Jennifer Brown (Administrator)


    A Message from CEO, Jennifer Bessell

    COVID-19 continues to develop and spread, and we understand that businesses are facing many challenges during this time. We are committed to doing our part to take measures that are critical to slowing down the spread of illness, while also operating in a safe capacity that allows us to be available to assist our members.

    The NLOWE team is small but wide reaching – we have business advisors located in regions across the Newfoundland and Labrador who have the ability and support to work remotely from their homes. Our staff at head office in St. John’s also have supports in place to get work done in a safe manner while serving our clients.

    Effective Immediately:

    - All in person meetings and gatherings will be postponed and/or cancelled,

    - Where possible, meetings will continue online through conferencing platforms such as zoom,

    - Business Advisors continue to be available to members and clients through teleconferencing and other virtual platforms,All staff travel suspended,

    - We have made the proactive yet difficult decision to cancel one of our biggest professional development and networking events, our annual conference, which typically gathers a large crowd of 150-200 guests,

    - Our AGM will also be postponed until further notice.

    Effective Wednesday, March 18:

    - St. John’s office will be closed as staff commence working from home for the foreseeable future.  While working from home, staff will still be accessible during regular business hours.

    Please watch our website for coming announcements regarding online events and presentations as we strive to respond to concerns as they arise.

    Your goal is to succeed in business, and ours is to make sure you do. During this COVID-19 global pandemic, please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or business concerns. If we take action now, we can help slow acceleration of the number of COVID-19 cases.

    Please take care of each other and stay safe.

    Jennifer Bessell, CEO

  • 12 Mar 2020 9:23 AM | Jennifer Brown (Administrator)

    In response to COVID-19

    To our valued members, clients and community partners:

    NLOWE is closely watching developments as COVID-19 progresses. To date, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Newfoundland and Labrador.

    At this time, we intend to go ahead with our Annual Conference and AGM on April 1 & 2, 2020 at the Delta Hotel St. John’s.

    We encourage all delegates to take these recommended precautions:

    • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly
    • Refrain from shaking hands and unnecessary contact, including hugging (creative ways to greet include elbow bumps, footshakes, and head nods)
    • Take advantage of hand sanitizer stations throughout the hotel

    We encourage anyone with flu-like symptoms to stay home and take good care. Refunds will be provided to anyone who misses the entire conference due to illness.

    Should our response evolve, we will keep our membership and registered conference delegates updated.

    Thank you,

    Jennifer Bessell (CEO)


  • 06 Mar 2020 2:09 PM | Jennifer Brown (Administrator)
    This morning, The Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE) hosted a networking event focused on women business owners in celebration of International Women’s Day. Guests were treated to networking, light refreshments, and heard the inspirational entrepreneurial stories from three NLOWE members in the St. John’s Metro region; Corina Walsh of Shift People Development, Bonnie Edgecombe of Abbyshot Clothiers, and Millie Foley of Baystar Catering. 
    International Women’s Day, which is officially observed on March 8th each year, celebrates women’s achievements and acknowledges the challenges that women continue to face in the quest for gender equality. Status of Women Canada’s theme this year is Because of You, which pays tribute to the diverse and inspirational gender equality change-makers we know in our own lives.
    Today’s event, which took place in St. John’s at the Comfort Inn on Airport Road, was just one of five celebrations being held across the province this week. This morning, Corner Brook also held their International Women’s Day, which featured business owners Melissa Young of Rugged Edge, Nancy Buckle of Namaste Yoga Studio, and Hellen Young of Vitality Hair, Skin & Laser Studio. Yesterday, Marystown and Labrador City had coinciding events; Marystown guests heard from Melanie Lambe of Wooly Hooker and Mary Fitzpatrick of The Vintage Tea Cup Café, and Labrador City featured guest presenters Danielle King of Pizza Delight & Dominion Lending Centres, Kathy Lynn Shaw of Kinetic Life Solutions Ltd, and Sherry Boland of Labrador Rose. On February 27, Gander held an International Women’s Day luncheon, which featured presentations from Nicole Keats of The Newfoundland Tea Co. and Rebecca Redmond MacLean of Rebecca Redmond MacLean Law Office.
    These sold out events would not be possible without the support of our partners, the Grand Bank Regional Women in Business, CBDC Labrador, and CBDC Humber. All proceeds collected from each event are being donated to regional women’s charities including: The Gander Women’s Centre, Grace Sparks House, Hope Haven, St. John’s Women’s Centre, and Islaview Foundation.
    NLOWE is pleased to offer services to women in business in Newfoundland and Labrador thanks to the financial support of ACOA and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

  • 03 Mar 2020 10:15 AM | Jennifer Brown (Administrator)


    April 1 - 2, 2020 at the Delta Hotel, St. John's




    • Corina Walsh - How to Keep Customers Coming Back: Navigating Difficult Situations with Customers to Increase Retention, Referrals, and Raving Fans (Shift People Development Inc.)
    • Debbie Adams - Money Mindset: Entrepreneurship Essentials (PeopleCan
    • Nicole Bruce - Building Your Brand Style (Bullseye Branding)
    • Jillian Benson & Chris O'Shea - Driving Revenue Growth (BDC)
    • Dr. Kathleen Mercer - No More Cheap Seats: Reorganizing priorities towards your best personal and professional health (Health For Life)
    • Chelsey MacNeil - Social Impact: It's More Than Corporate Social Responsibility (Choices For Youth)


    • Opening Plenary: Sydney Ryan & Cindy Roma (Telelink)
    • Susan Power - Coaching Entrepreneurs for Growth (Power HR Inc.)
    • Ronnie Walsh, Kate Greenwood & Amanda Eid - Reputation Management (NATIONAL PR)
    • Keynote Luncheon: Amber Mac (AmberMac Media)
    • Emily Evans & Lauren Saunders - Salt of the Earth: How to Market Authentically Amidst Curated Content (The Shop, SALT)
    • Dianne Ford - Workplace Harassment & Violence: The New Legislation and What it Means to You (The Gardiner Centre)
    • Closing Plenary: Sheila Williams (Spirit of Newfoundland)


    Full Conference - Register today!
    NLOWE Members - $150 + HST
    Non-members - $250 + HST
    Students - $99 + HST (must provide valid student I.D.)

    Registration Deadlines:

    Full Conference - Friday, March 27  

    Cancellation Policy:

    Full payment is due upon registration. Refunds will be available up to and including Friday, March 27, 2020 less a $25 administration fee. Cancellations after this date are not eligible for a refund. However, substitutions may be permitted.

    Exhibitor Tables:

    NLOWE is pleased to offer exhibitor space to organizations and businesses that work with and provide services to women in business at its 2020 Annual Conference. Limited space is available.


    $300 + HST - NLOWE Members
    $500 + HST - Non-members

    To book, contact Judy Raske, jraske@nlowe.org or 709.754.5326.

    Deadline to register for an exhibitor table is Friday, March 20.

    Each exhibitor registration includes the use of a 6 ft table-top display for the Opening Reception on April 1 and the full conference on April 2. No electricity is available.

    Exhibitor registration does not include admission to any conference workshops. Conference registrations may be purchased separately at the NLOWE member rate of $150 + HST.

    Registration must be accompanied by full payment in order to be processed. 

    A full refund, less a $25 administrative fee, will be provided for cancellations received before Friday, March 20, 2020. Cancellations after this date are not eligible for a refund.

    Dress Code:

    All conference sessions including the Opening Reception require business casual attire.


    PAL Airlines and NLOWE are excited to announce discounted travel rates for those attending the 2020 NLOWE Conference! Receive 60% off of the Y Fare when you book your travel with PAL Airlines.

    PAL Airlines also offers FLEX+ Program for NLOWE Members - click here for more info


    Delta Hotels St. John's is offering a special group rate of $135/per night for delegates attending the 2020 NLOWE Conference. Book your group rate here!


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