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  • 08 Apr 2019 9:34 AM | Deleted user

    ST. JOHN’S, April 8, 2019 – Business leader, Janet Bannister, Partner at Real Ventures and Founder of Kijiji.ca, leads the line-up of high-caliber speakers set to present at the Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs’ (NLOWE) annual provincial conference. 

    Now in its 22nd year, NLOWE’s annual provincial conference continues to be the leading professional development event for women business owners and aspiring women entrepreneurs in Newfoundland and Labrador. Taking place April 10-11, NLOWE will hold its 2019 Annual Conference at a new location this year at the Conference Centre on Signal Hill in St. John’s.

    Keynote speaker, Janet Bannister, started her entrepreneurial journey quite early—at age 15, she started her own healthy baking business. With grit and determination, her fascinating path led her to Silicon Valley and back, eventually resulting in the creation of one of Canada’s most successful commercial websites ever. During her keynote, she will share three important principles and entrepreneurial values that led her to her massive success. First: Be proactive, she says, and create your own opportunities. Launch something new or go after the job you want—tenacity and grit go a long way. Second: Follow your passion, because when you work on what you care about you find maximum success. Third: Treat people well—not only is it ethically important, what goes around comes around.

    In choosing this year’s speakers and topics, NLOWE has ensured that presentations are relevant to the challenges facing women entrepreneurs and industry trends in the province. 

    “Women entrepreneurs are breaking down barriers and leading companies that are changing the business landscape in this province and all over the world,” says Jeanne Stapleton, President of NLOWE’s Board of Directors. “We at NLOWE are so pleased to be able to host some of these amazing women at our annual conference this year as we continue to provide our members and clients with the tools and support they need to grow their businesses.”

    Our opening plenary will feature Denise Marek, an International Speaker, Author, and Worry Management Expert. Denise is the author of CALM – A Proven Four Step Process Designed Specifically for Women Who Worryand co-author of The Keys: Open the Door to True Empowerment and Infinite Possibilities. She will kick off the conference by discussing her simple yet powerful formula to help eliminate worry and develop greater inner peace. 

    Susan Stewart, Comedian, Author and Speaker will close-out the conference. Susan has spent the past 15 years entertaining and inspiring people to see the lighter side of life. She is the author of Reaching The Laugh Resort: Why The Journey To Remembering Who You (Really) Are Is Worth The Jet Lag, Your New Lenses Are Ready For Pick Up: A Guide To Seeing The Lighter Side Of Life, and You Gotta Laugh: Wit And Wisdom About Not Taking Life (Or Yourself) Too Seriously. In the closing plenary she will remind attendees the importance of not taking things too seriously. 

    Other sessions at this year’s conference include: “Your Greatest Financial Asset is You: What Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know About Income Protection” from finance expert Jackie McCann-Scott of Invested Mama; “Going from ‘Me’ To ‘We’: Understanding the ins and outs of bringing someone into your business (and getting them out)” from partners Anna Cook and Stephanie Hickman of Cox & Palmer; “Owning Your Message: Clarity and Confidence in Media Relations” from public relation professionals AnnMarie Boudreau, Amanda Eid, and Kate Greenwood of NATIONAL Public Relations; “Brand Strategy 101: Elevate Your Brand. Elevate Your Business Results.” from Director of Strategy and Planning with Idea Factory, Veronica Kennedy; “Real Life Ways to Take Care of Yourself and Grow Your Business as a Result” with Registered Nurse and founder of Catalyst Health Solutions, June Tavenor; and “Connecting With Your Employees: Managing Social Media @ Work” presented by Labour and Employment Lawyer with McInnes Cooper, Stephanie Sheppard.

    “This event is an excellent opportunity for women entrepreneurs from across Newfoundland and Labrador to come together to share their experiences and foster new relationships to support business growth” says the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

    The conference will also feature NLOWE’s Annual General Meeting. NLOWE’s Annual Conference is made possible in part by its sponsors: Keynote Luncheon Partner, Business Women in International Trade (BWIT), Global Affairs Canada; Opening Plenary Sponsor, Equinor; Closing Plenary Sponsor, Business Development Bank of Canada; Opening Reception Sponsor, Husky Energy; Pre-Conference Sponsor, Nalcor Energy and Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro; Morning Workshop Sponsor, Hebron; Midday Workshop Sponsor, Newfoundland Chocolate Company; Morning Coffee Break Sponsor, The Co-Operators; and Afternoon Energy Break Sponsor, Ernst & Young.  For more information about the 2019 annual conference, including the agenda, speakers, and a full list of sponsors please visit at www.nlowe.org/conference.

    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.


    For more information, contact:

    Stephanie Dunn, Marketing & Communications Coordinator, NLOWE

    Phone: 709.754.5455

    Cell: 709.640.3691

    Toll-free: 1.888.NLOWE.11

    E-mail: sdunn@nlowe.org

  • 07 Mar 2019 3:26 PM | Kristy Hoddinott (Administrator)


    ST. JOHN’S, March 7, 2019 – This morning, the Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE), in partnership with Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), RBC – Royal Bank, and Genesis Centre, hosted a sold out event with more than 200 attendees in St. John’s to celebrate International Women’s Day. Attendees were treated to networking, coffee, and an entertaining presentation by motivational humourist speaker Meg Soper.

    International Women’s Day, which is officially observed on March 8theach 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 Innovate for Change. It is a call to action—asking everyone to harness the power of technology to create a more equal world.

    Today’s event, which took place at the Conference Centre on Signal Hill, was just one of five celebrations being held across the province this week. In addition to coinciding events held in Happy Valley-Goose Bay and Grand Falls-Windsor, which joined the St. John’s event this morning via live-streaming, a celebration was held in Corner Brook yesterday on March 6thand another will follow tomorrow on March 8thin Clarenville. All five events have sold out, with a total of more than 400 women and men set to attend.

    Meg Soper, who will be featured at each event, has shared the stage with various leading comedy acts such as Ray Romano and Ellen DeGeneres. Her experience as a stand-up comedian, operating room nurse, and mother of two young millennials helps her connect with the audience, break barriers, and deliver practical strategies for life and work. Meg has previously presented at NLOWE annual conferences in 2013 and 2014.

    In addition to the partnership with BDC and RBC to present all five events, community partners lent their support by sponsoring their regional event. These community partners included Quality Inn, Genesis Centre, CBDC Labrador, Status of Women Central, SoleSisters, Lions Club and Violence Prevention East. All proceeds collected from each event are being donated to regional women’s charities including: Violence Prevention West, Mokami Status of Women Council, Status of Women Central, the Clarenville Dragon Boat Team, REACH—the Regional Action Committee on Housing, and Iris Kirby House. 

    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.


    For more information, contact:

    Stephanie Dunn, Marketing & Communications Coordinator, NLOWE
    Phone: 709.754.5455
    Toll-free: 1.888.NLOWE.11
    E-mail: sdunn@nlowe.org

    Download a PDF version of the media release here.

  • 21 Jan 2019 10:56 AM | Kristy Hoddinott (Administrator)

    NLOWE is seeking a photographer who will: 

    • Photograph speakers, delegates, board and staff, including photographs of speakers while they present, as well as casual photos of delegates as they network and attend conference events;
    • Send unedited photos to NLOWE by 10:00 a.m. on April 12th, 2019; and,
    • Edit photos as required and deliver finished photos electronically at full resolution within one week of the event.

    Dates & duration of the photo assignment

    • April 10: 12:00 - 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 - 9:30 p.m.
    • April 11: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Deadline: February 15, 2019

    Interested parties are asked to submit:

    • Demonstrated experience shooting similar events, as well as ability to deliver;
    • Samples of work (online sources ideal);
    • Experience and qualifications; 
    • Any special features, abilities or add-ons offered; and,
    • A detailed quote of fees.

    Instructions for Submission:

    • Submissions must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, February 15, 2019; submitted electronically to: khoddinott@nlowe.org
    • Questions will be accepted at: khoddinott@nlowe.org until 12:00 p.m. on Friday, February 1, 2019. Responses will be posted on www.nlowe.org/news by 4:30 p.m. on February 4, 2019.
    • Successful applicants will be notified no later than February 22, 2019.

    Download a copy of the Call for Quotes: Event Photography

  • 08 Jan 2019 12:05 PM | Kristy Hoddinott (Administrator)

    There is only one provincial event each year focused specifically on women in business, and this is it!

    The Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE) 2019 conference
    will take place on April 10 & 11 at The Conference Centre on Signal Hill, St. John’s.

    Our two-day event will gather business owners, industry professionals, government representatives and community partners in one place to learn, network, and do business with each other. 

    We are currently seeking submissions for the delivery of 60-minute Pre-Conference and Conference sessions. 

    Those selected to speak will be chosen because of their ability to teach, challenge and inspire attendees.

    NLOWE is looking for speakers who have:

    • command of subject matter;
    • ability to read and react to the audience; and,
    • desire to create a memorable learning experience.

    Submitting Your Proposal

    We believe that participants learn more when they are actively involved; in your proposal, please share how you will engage the audience.

    Our attendees are looking for ideas, skills, and techniques to take back and put into practice right away. In preparing proposal, please provide three, and only three, learning outcomes.

    Your proposal should also include:

    • title and description of your 60-minute session;
    • short bio and high-resolution headshot, and, 
    • associated costs, if any.

    Instructions for Submission

    • Submissions must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 31, 2019; submitted electronically to: khoddinott@nlowe.org
    • Questions will be accepted at khoddinott@nlowe.org until 12:00pm on Tuesday,  January 15.
    • Responses will be collected and posted on www.nlowe.org/news by 4:30pm on January 16.
    • Successful applicants will be notified no later than February 15, 2019.

    Tips for Writing a Good Proposal:

    • Remember your audience—what will help them grow and strengthen their businesses?
    • Help the selection committee understand why your session is the right fit for this event.
    • Don’t be afraid to be bold and creative with your subject matter and delivery approach.

    Download the Call for Speakers here: Speakers2019

    Please see below for answers to questions received on this Call: 


  • 10 Dec 2018 12:01 PM | Kristy Hoddinott (Administrator)

    The Board of Directors of the Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE) invites proposals from qualified executive search firms to conduct the candidate search for the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO).  The selection process is being managed by a committee of the NLOWE Board of Directors (Hiring Committee) and reports to the full board. 

    Download full RFP here: RFP—Executive Search Firm

    Deadline to submit is Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

  • 25 Oct 2018 10:16 PM | Deleted user

    ST. JOHN’S, OCT. 25, 2018 – Member of the Wendy Perrin WOW list was honoured tonight with the pinnacle award at the Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE) 21st annual Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

    Jill Curran, owner of Lighthouse Picnics in Ferryland and President of Maxxim Vacations in St. John’s, took home the Entrepreneurial Excellence Award at NLOWE’s 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year Awards on October 25th, held at the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland. In 2003, Jill founded her first company, Lighthouse Picnics, which went on to win several awards over the years. Her entrepreneurial spirit, together with her determination and drive, paved the way to her success. She didn’t stop there, and years later Jill founded Maxxim Vacations, one of Canada’s leading tour operators providing independent and escorted tours throughout Atlantic Canada. Reflecting on her success, Curran attributes it to her staff, “I think the key to our success has been the people I work with, they certainly bring out the best in me every day.”

    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 of Canada. “When I look at all of the wonderful entrepreneurs that won this award before, I am completely honoured and humbled to be in their company,” says Curran. Curran was one of six women business owners honoured at the 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

    Taking home the Young Entrepreneur Award, sponsored by College of the North Atlantic, was Megan Sooley, owner of Sooley Designs, in St. John’s. She says the key to her success is, “Taking people out of their comfort zone, going with my gut and going above and beyond for each client.” Sooley notes, “What motivates me is coming down to my studio, I get to work on creating something new every day. Every creation I make is my greatest achievement to that point.” 

    Judith Bobbitt, owner of Oceans Ltd. located in St. John’s, was 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. “Winning this award shows me that other people have been recognizing the work we have been doing for the community,” says Bobbitt, upon learning she would be receiving this award. Bobbitt’s piece of advice for new entrepreneurs is, “Follow whatever you are interested in, I feel like it is always individuals who make a difference.”

    The winner of the Trendsetter Award, sponsored by TD, was Charlene Combdon, owner of Rock Solid Diesel in Grand Falls-Windsor. 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. “My inspiration comes from my community, my family and my nation,” says Combdon. “Receiving the Trendsetter Award is fabulous, I’m a female in a non-traditional industry and I am also Aboriginal—the world needs our ideas!”

    Erin Stapleton, owner of Stapleton Environmental Consulting 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. “I am grateful to win this award. Without NLOWE, I wouldn’t be as successful as I am today.” Stapleton adds her advice for entrepreneurs, “Do not let fear hold you back. Along the way I have made some decisions that didn’t work out as planned, but I don’t regret those decisions—I learn from them.”

    The Economic Impact Award, sponsored by Hebron Project, was awarded to Jennifer Veitch, owner of Veitch Physiotherapy & Wellness Centre in Corner Brook. 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. Veitch has always made her community a priority, “Giving back to our community has always been really important to Veitch Wellness Centre” says Veitch. Veitch Physiotherapy & Wellness Centrehas helped hundreds of people reach their full potential since its inception.

    “For two decades NLOWE has been honouring the outstanding women business owners of Newfoundland and Labrador through our Entrepreneur of the Year Awards,” says Jeanne Stapleton, 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 Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador and Elizabeth Beckett, Manager, Innovation, Enterprise Development 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 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year Award sponsors listed above, gala sponsors include, Suncor Energy, Power and Associates, BDC, The Telegram 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.


    For more information, contact:
    Stephanie Dunn, Marketing & Communications Coordinator
    Phone: 709.754.5455
    Toll-free: 1.888.NLOWE.11
    E-mail: sdunn@nlowe.org 

  • 19 Oct 2018 12:10 PM | Deleted user

    ST. JOHN’S, Oct. 19, 2018 – The Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE) will be honouring outstanding women entrepreneurs at a red carpet event on Thursday October 25th. Now in its 21st 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, the Young Entrepreneur Award sponsored by College of the North Atlantic, the Trailblazer Award sponsored by Cox & Palmer, the Trendsetter Award sponsored by TD Canada Trust, the Momentum Award sponsored by Husky Energy, and the Economic Impact Award sponsored by Hebron Project.

    The event will take place from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. on October 25th at the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland. The Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador and is among the speakers scheduled to address the attendees.

    For over 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 $178,800 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 all nominees and award winners on their business achievements. I wish you continued success as you grow your businesses and contribute to a strong and vibrant economy,” said the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA. “Through ACOA, the Government of Canada is proud to support NLOWE and the key services it provides, such as business mentoring and training initiatives, to help women succeed in business in Newfoundland and Labrador.”

    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 Monday, October 22nd.

    In addition to the 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year Award sponsors, we are pleased to announce that Suncor, Power & Associates, BDC and The Telegram are this year’s Gala sponsors, with the Décor sponsor being Moments by Martha.

    Members of the media interested in attending should contact Stephanie Dunn, Marketing and Communications Coordinator, 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.


    For more information, contact:

    Stephanie Dunn, Marketing & Communications Coordinator, NLOWE
    Phone: 709.754.5455
    Toll-free: 1.888.NLOWE.11

  • 23 Jul 2018 9:41 AM | Kristy Hoddinott (Administrator)

    Advertising in The Advisor is now more affordable and offers additional benefits! 
    Download the 2018-2019 Rate Card.

    The Advisor is distributed widely across Newfoundland & Labrador, as well as at events and trade mission attended by NLOWE staff throughout Canada and the United States.

    For more info or to book your ad contact:
    Stephanie Dunn
    sdunn@nlowe.org or 709.754.5455

  • 12 Jun 2018 8:44 AM | Kristy Hoddinott (Administrator)

    NLOWE is currently seeking submissions from qualified individuals and businesses for inclusion on the  2018-2019 NLOWE Trainers' List. Training may be delivered in-person or virtually, and include large  group and small group (less than 10 participants) format.

    Training topics must be at the intermediate or advanced level and MUST be related to business  growth.

    The full RFP can be downloaded here: RFP—Business Growth Training 

    Deadline to submit: August 3, 2018

    ***Please see for RFP Q&A

  • 11 Jun 2018 8:24 AM | Kristy Hoddinott (Administrator)

    Do you have expertise that you’d like to share with others in business? Consider writing for us.

    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.

    This is a great opportunity to share your expertise, enhance your reputation, grow your networks and attract new customers

    Deadline to Submit: June 22, 2018

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