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  • 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.
  • 20 Feb 2012 11:25 AM | Anonymous
    Due to huge response from interested participants, we've had to move to a larger venue from the Information & Networking Reception in Corner Brook on Feb. 22.

    This event will now be held in the Tudor Room at the Glynmill Inn from 6-8 p.m.
  • 03 Feb 2012 2:36 PM | Julieanne Reddy (Administrator)
    The deadline to apply for NLOWE's trade mission to New Orleans, April 18-19, has been extended. The new deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 8.

    Download an application now.

    For more information, contact:

    Deborah Youden
    Export Consultant
    Ph: 709.754.5555 ext. 230
    Tf: 1.888.NLOWE.11
    Em: dyouden@nlowe.org

  • 02 Feb 2012 1:29 PM | Julieanne Reddy (Administrator)
    The latest issue of NewsLink, NLOWE's monthly newsletter, is now available for download.

    Click here to download.
  • 24 Jan 2012 3:04 PM | Anonymous
    NLOWE is pleased to announce that the keynote speakers for its 2012 Annual Conference will be The Cupcake Girls.

    Heather White and Lori Joyce opened the first cupcake bakery retail store in North America in April 2002. Although they knew little about baking or cupcakes when they first opened, demand for their old-fashioned cupcakes grew quickly. Now in their ninth year of operations, Heather and Lori are recognized as two of British Columbia's top entrepreneurs and manage two corporate bakeries as well as six franchise bakeries.

    They are also the stars of W Network's The Cupcake Girls,
    which follows the daily life of running a business while also adapting to their new roles as parents.

    The show is now in its third season and has been nominated three times for a Gemini Award and is watched in over 90 countries worldwide.

    NLOWE's 2012 Annual Conference will be held on April 25-26 at the Delta Hotel & Conference Centre in St. John's. This marks the 15th year that NLOWE has held a provincial conference focused on women in business as well members of the business community, industry professionals, government representatives and community partners to learn, network and do business. Registration will soon be available online at www.nlowe.org.

    "Having The Cupcake Girls as the keynote speakers at NLOWE's annual provincial conference builds on our reputation for providing high-quality speakers and relevant training opportunities for women in business across the province," says Karen Noftall, president of NLOWE's Board of Directors and owner of Quality Matters Inc. in St. John's.

    "Heather and Lori are dynamic speakers and their shared experience, from essentially not knowing anything about their business to growing it to national and international prominence, is one to which many women business owners can relate. The business rules that they'll provide at our conference will be extremely valuable for any woman in Newfoundland and Labrador who wants to learn more about running a successful business."

    NLOWE is a provincial, non-profit organization that 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.

  • 12 Jan 2012 4:00 PM | Julieanne Reddy (Administrator)
    The January issue of NewsLink is now available! Click here to download a copy.

    Featured articles this month include:
    • a message from President Karen Noftall;
    • a recap of our trade mission to Florida;
    • details of training opportunities over the next month; and
    • information about our next trade mission to New Orleans.
    The deadline for submissions for our February issue is Wednesday, Jan. 24. NLOWE reserves the right to edit or decline submissions.

    Preferance is given to submissions from NLOWE members that are business related.
  • 07 Dec 2011 1:45 PM | Julieanne Reddy (Administrator)
    Click here to download a copy of the December 2011 issue of NewsLink.
  • 08 Nov 2011 10:14 AM | Julieanne Reddy (Administrator)

    The Taskforce for Women’s Business Growth has released a report calling for governments at all levels to do more to support Canadian women entrepreneurs. 
    Women-led businesses in Canada represent a huge economic opportunity for our country. Majority women-owned small and medium-sized enterprises represent over $117 billion per annum of economic activity in Canada. Yet, majority women-owned firms fail to grow as quickly as firms led by men.  These differences are reflected in Canadian productivity and competitiveness.
    Describing it as an essential strategy for sustained economic growth for the country, the report projects that a 20 percent increase in total revenues among majority female-owned enterprises will contribute an additional $2 billion per annum to the Canadian economy.
    The report outlines the need for a concerted effort to mobilize this underdeveloped segment of the Canadian economy through a five-point strategy.

    Recommendations include:

    1. Create a national women-focused economic development strategy.
    2. Create business stimulation programs to develop foreign trade.
    3. Create and implement measureable supplier diversity procurement objectives for all federal agencies and departments.
    4. Enhance women’s financial literacy and awareness of gender influences in firm capitalization through training and other incentives.
    5. Increase the adoption of technology in women-led firms through training and other incentives.

    To learn more about the Taskforce for Women’s Business Growth or download the Taskforce report, we invite you to visit: http://sites.telfer.uOttawa.ca/womensenterprise/
    (cliquez ici pour obtenir des informations en français)

    Barbara Orser
    Chair, Taskforce for Women’s Business Growth
    Deloitte Professor in the Management of Growth Enterprise
    University of Ottawa Telfer School of Management

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