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  • 13 Jun 2012 3:08 PM | Anonymous
    Do you like to write?

    Do you have an expertise that you'd like to share with other women in business?


    Then join NLOWE on its new blog, Around & About, this fall!

    NLOWE is looking for volunteer bloggers from its membership to write on a variety of business-related topics aimed at women in business. Bloggers may be NLOWE members or employees as well as representatives of community partner organizations. Other guest experts may be recruited as desired.

    Blogging is a way for NLOWE members to share their expertise, enhance their reputations, grow their networks and build greater online traffic. It's a low-cost means to develop a reputation as an expert in your field and get your company's name into the online sphere!

    The call for bloggers will be ongoing and participants will be scheduled and expected to meet assigned deadlines. NLOWE reserves the right to edit and/or decline all submissions.

    Contact us!

    NLOWE members interested in participating as bloggers should contact Kristy Hoddinott, Assistant Director, at 709.754.5555 ext. 223 (toll-free 1.888.NLOWE.11) or khoddinott@nlowe.org.


  • 05 Apr 2012 10:53 AM | Kristy Hoddinott (Administrator)

    NLOWE is encouraging delegates at its 2012 Annual Conference to continue to build their connections through online networking this year.

    As such, we're asking registrants to provide their social media handles to be used on nametags and the delegate listing.

    But there's a quick step you should take before submitting your handles: customize your URL!


    What Does "Customizing Your URL" Mean?

    Simply put, customizing your URL refers to the characters that follow the main URL (or website address) for each social media channel. It is unique and can only be used by you or your business.

    For example, NLOWE's customized Facebook URL is www.facebook.com/nlowe.org. The "nlowe.org" part is the customization, meaning the text is selected by you.


    Why Should You Customize Your URL?

    Because it makes it easier to find you or your business! Without customization, the characters usually appear as a long list of numbers or other characters. This is difficult to publicize because it's long, it's hard to remember and it doesn't immediately identify with you or your brand.


    How Do I Customize My URLs?
     

    Here's a step-by-step guide for each of the three major social media channels.


    Like us on Facebook

    Facebook: 
    • Facebook calls customized URLs "usernames."
    • Go to http://www.facebook.com/username. 
    • Log in using your regular Facebook profile.
    • You'll be able to choose what profile or company page you wish to change.
    • Type in the URL you'd like to use and then click "Check Availability."
    • Usernames may only be assigned once so if your desired username is already taken by somebody else, you will need to find a different username.
    • Once you click "OK", you can begin using the URL immediately.
    • Important: you may only change your username on Facebook once so be certain that the name you select is one that will also be appropriate for you and your business in the future. 
    • Learn More 

     

    Follow us on Twitter 

     

    Twitter:

    • Log in to your Twitter account.
    • In the top right corner of your Twitter profile, select "Settings" from the drop-down menu.
    • Type in your desired username in the "Username" field at the top of the page.
    • If the username is taken, you'll be prompted to enter a different username.
    • Click "Save Changes" at the bottom of the page.
    • You may change your Twitter username more than once.
    • Learn More 

     

    View our profile on LinkedIn 

     

    LinkedIn:

    • Log in to your LinkedIn account.
    • In the top right corner, select "Settings" from the drop-down menu below your username.
    • Select "Edit your public profile" under the "Helpful links" section.
    • In the "Your public profile URL" box to the right, click "Customize your public profile URL."
    • Type your desired custom URL into the text box.
    • Click "Set custom URL."
    • If your desired URL isn't available, you will be prompted to enter a different URL.
    • Learn More 

     

    Here's a Tip:

    • Use the same username/custom URL throughout all your social media channels. This makes it easy for your friends and customers to find you and ensures brand continuity. 
     
  • 02 Apr 2012 9:58 AM | Anonymous
    It's Cupcake Week at NLOWE!

    Heather White and Lori Joyce will launch the third season of their popular television show, The Cupcake Girls, on Wednesday, April 4 on W Network.
     
    In support, we're giving away one ticket to see them in person during the keynote luncheon of NLOWE's 2012 Annual Conference, April 26 at the Delta Hotel in St. John's.

    Prize Details

    One prize will be issued that includes:
    • 1 ticket to the keynote luncheon of NLOWE's 2012 Annual Conference, April 26 at the Delta Hotel in St. John;s
    • 1 photo with The Cupcake Girls taken by our professional photographer during the keynote luncheon;
    • 1 reserved seat with The Cupcake Girls at the head table during the keynote luncheon; and
    • Swag from The Cupcake Bakery (to be determined).
    Contest Dates
    • Cupcake Week Contest begins at 9 a.m. NST on Monday, April 2 and continues until 5 p.m. NST on Monday, April 9.
    • The winner will be drawn by 12 p.m. NST on Tuesday, April 10 and announced and contacted via Twitter and/or Facebook.
    • The winner must contact NLOWE by 4:30 p.m. NST on Friday, April 20 to claim the prize and verify eligibility.
    Eligibility
    • Participants must be a resident of Newfoundland and Labrador and at least 18 years of age to be eligible.
    • NLOWE staff and board members are not eligibile to participate.
    • Contest participants must "like" the NLOWE Facebook page or follow NLOWE on Twitter to be eligible, depending on which platform they choose to enter the contest.
    Contest Rules
    • Prize is non-transferrable. If the winner is already attending the full conference, or subsequently registers for the full conference, which includes a keynote luncheon ticket, the free luncheon ticket earned as part of the prize package is nullified. All other prize benefits will still apply. No refunds for the value of a luncheon ticket will be issued for full conference registrants.
    • All other costs associated with the keynote luncheon (travel, parking accommodation, etc.) are the responsibility of the prize winner.
    • Participants who follow NLOWE on Twitter receive one entry for every tweet that answers the contest question on Twitter AND contains the conference hashtag (#nloweconf).
    • Participants who are fans (i.e. have "liked") NLOWE's Facebook page receive one entry for every comment answering the contest question on Facebook.
    • Multiple entries are permitted.
    • Comments and/or tweets in response to the contest questions must be contained within a single post and adhere to Facebook and Twitter guidelines for content and word limits. Responses spread over multiple tweets or comments will count as one entry.
    • It is the responsibility of the contest participant to read and understand these rules prior to entering the contest.
    Contest Entry Questions
    • Twitter: Entrepreneurs, like cupcakes, come in many different flavours. What entrepreneurial flavour are you? #nloweconf
    • Facebook: What would be the icing on the cupcake of your business story?
  • 29 Mar 2012 10:42 AM | Anonymous
    NLOWE is pleased to introduce the hashtag for our 2012 Annual Conference:

    #nloweconf
     
    Simply follow us on Twitter and use this hashtag in anything you post about NLOWE's Annual Conference to be part of the conversation! You can also search our hashtag to read all tweets that include the hashtag #nloweconf

    What is a Hashtag?
     

    The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a tweet. It was originally created by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages.

    Using the # symbol before relevant keywords (such as nloweconf) in your tweet categorizes your message as being relevant to NLOWE's 2012 Annual Conference and makes it easy to find for anyone searching for information on this topic.

    Clicking on the hashtagged word in any message will show you all other tweets in that category.

    Example: 

    Here is a recent tweet from NLOWE that uses the conference hashtag:

    "@nlowe_org: Learn how to gain control of your personal & business finances.
    Conference Panellists answer your questions.#nloweconf"

     
    Follow us on Twitter  

     

    Remember, following us on Twitter allows you to:

    • Receive real time updates during events and as it's happening news and announcements
    • Share member achievements and fun business tips quickly and easily
    • Receive links to relevant educational information
    • Grow your social network by following other NLOWE followers

     

    Coming Up ... It's Cupcake Week!

     

    Next week is Cupcake Week at NLOWE in support of our keynote speakers for the annual conference, The Cupcake Girls! Follow us on Twitter to learn details of an exciting contest we will be holding that features The Cupcake Girls and uses our conference hashtag! 

  • 27 Mar 2012 10:22 AM | Julieanne Reddy (Administrator)

    NLOWE is pleased to present to you with several new ways in which you can connect with us and engage with other members and women in business!

    We're now using social media to better connect with women in business and to help our members share information and experiences, learn about programs and events and network with other women business owners provincially, nationally and internationally.

    You can choose to connect with NLOWE on the following channels:

     


    Like us on Facebook
    • Connect with other women in business through our Facebook page
    • Discuss events, trends and initiatives on our wall with other NLOWE fans
    • View and share photos from recent events
    • Receive regular updates about events, deadlines and announcements
    • Start discussions, share articles and ask questions of NLOWE and other page fans

     

    Follow us on Twitter 

    • Receive real time updates during events and as it's happening news and announcements
    • Share member achievements and fun business tips quickly and easily
    • Receive links to relevant educational information
    • Grow your social network by following other NLOWE followers

      

    View our profile on Linkedin

    • Expand your online network of peers and advisors by connecting through our company page
    • Stay in touch with fellow program or trade initiative participants to share experiences and ask questions of each other 
    • Engage your network and ask for introductions to other NLOWE members, potential partners and future contacts 
    • Learn about NLOWE programs and services to help you start or grow your business
    • Connect with NLOWE staff  

    Stay tuned for more exciting initiatives in the near future.

    Thank you for connecting with NLOWE!



  • 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!

    Panellists: 
    • 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.

    Panellists: 
    • 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.

    Panellists:
    • 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.
  • 09 Mar 2012 1:53 PM | Julieanne Reddy (Administrator)
    The latest issue of NewsLink, NLOWE's monthly newsletter, is now available for download.

    Click here to download.
  • 07 Mar 2012 2:45 PM | Julieanne Reddy (Administrator)

    NLOWE will be taking a group of businesswomen from Newfoundland and Labrador to participate in WBENC's 2012 National Conference and Business Fair, June 18-21 in Orlando, FL.

    This is the largest event of its kind in the United States for women business enterprises (WBEs). More than 3,000 participants are expected to attend and as many as 300 exhibitors.

    The deadline to apply for this trade mission is Friday, March 30, 2012.

    Download an application now

    For more information, contact Deborah Youden, Export Consultant, at 709.754.5555 ext. 230 (toll-free 1.888.NLOWE.11) or dyouden@nlowe.org.

  • 28 Feb 2012 3:13 PM | Julieanne Reddy (Administrator)
    ST. JOHN’S, Feb. 28, 2012 – The Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE) applauds a recommendation supporting gender diversity in the supply chains of the Hebron Project in a report issued this morning by Miller Ayre, commissioner of the Hebron Public Review Commission.

    NLOWE’s presentation to the public review commission in December emphasized the need for a formal supplier diversity program in order to achieve the project’s stated aims of leaving a lasting economic legacy for the province. Key among NLOWE’s recommendations were defined criteria for women-owned businesses, the inclusion of a diversity component within a vendor registration database, setting defined targets and goals for diverse suppliers, and public monitoring and reporting of those targets and the end results. NLOWE also recommended that small-scale contract opportunities be made available to ensure the maximum participation of local businesses.

    Ayre’s recommendation for gender diversity, which is one of 18 focused on the project’s Benefits Plan, calls for the Hebron Project partners to include “gender equity provisions in its calls for bids and criteria for evaluation.”

    “We’re extremely pleased that Mr. Ayre listened to what we had to say and understood the importance of including supplier diversity in his recommendations,” says Paula Sheppard, NLOWE’s Executive Director. “This report shows that the status quo isn’t enough when it comes to including diverse suppliers in the Hebron Project.

    “We need to be innovative and move beyond the traditional methods of doing business,“ Sheppard adds. “NLOWE is committed to working with the Hebron Project partners to achieve its diversity mandate and with women business owners to ensure that they see the full economic benefits of the project.”

    NLOWE works with women business owners across the province at all stages of business development and growth. NLOWE also facilitates certification for women-owned businesses for eligible companies in Newfoundland and Labrador on behalf of WEConnect Canada. This certification is an important criterion for companies interested in participating in supplier diversity markets.  

    NLOWE’s presentation to the Hebron Public Review Commission is available on the commission’s website at www.hebronpublicreview.ca.  

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

    Quick Links:

    NLOWE Press Release
    Presentation to Hebron Public Review Commission
    PowerPoint at Hebron Public Review Commission presentation

  • 23 Feb 2012 11:25 AM | Julieanne Reddy (Administrator)
    NLOWE is looking for nominations for the following positions on its 2012-2013 Board of Directors (effective April 26, 2012):
    • Director, Central Region
    • Director, Labrador Region
    • Director, Eastern Region
    • Director, At Large
    The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, March 27, 2012.

    NLOWE's 2012 Annual General Meeting will take place on Thursday, April 26 at 11:15 a.m. at the Delta Hotel & Conference Centre in St. John's during NLOWE's Annual Conference. All members are welcome to attend.

    Self-nominations are welcome.

    For more information including a nomination form, click here.
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