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  • 04 Jul 2019 2:24 PM | Deleted user

    Interested in joining our 2019-2020 Trainers' List?

    We currently seeking submissions from qualified individuals and businesses for inclusion in the 2019-2020 NLOWE Trainers' List.  

    Deadline to submit: August 2, 2019

    Download the RFP here.

    Services Required: Submit a proposal to work with us!

    The Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE) is pleased to invite qualified businesses to submit a proposal on the following competitions:

  • 07 Jun 2019 9:46 AM | Deleted user

    We are so pleased to announce that we are the recipients of the Impact Award with Business Retention and Expansion International for our Peer Mentoring programs, Mastermind and Boost. The Impact Award is the largest award that BREI offers each year and is awarded to an organization with a project that creates significant change.

    Business Growth Advisors Marvella Wells and Paula Flood were on hand at the ceremony in Ridgeland, MS to accept the award on NLOWE's behalf.

    This is the second time we have been honoured by BREI, having received the the Provincial Award of Excellence in 2018 for our Women’s Economic Forum, Drivers of Growth project.

  • 05 Jun 2019 10:50 AM | Deleted user

    Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs names

    Jennifer Bessell CEO

    The Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs is pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer Bessell as Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

    A seasoned leader, Jennifer brings over 15 years of senior management experience in the non-profit sector to her role of CEO with NLOWE. In her previous executive roles with organizations such as The Canadian Bar Association, the Boys and Girls Club of Canada, and most recently the Association for New Canadians, Jennifer led with a commitment to advocacy and passionately represented the views and values of each community sector.

    Throughout her executive career in Newfoundland and Labrador, Jennifer has had the privilege of working with many NL female entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds. In her previous work with the Association for New Canadians for example, she has come to appreciate the many unique skills and abilities that women have and continue to bring to our province.

    “After a comprehensive search process, the NLOWE Board of Directors is pleased to welcome Jennifer Bessell as CEO,” said NLOWE Board President, Jeanne Stapleton. “Jennifer has an outstanding track record of building strong stakeholder relationships and we believe that her background and people-first approach to leadership, make her the ideal person to lead NLOWE successfully into the future.”

    Reporting to the Board of Directors, and supported by a strong senior management team, the NLOWE CEO will focus on facilitating opportunities to grow the number of successful women-owned businesses in Newfoundland and Labrador through strong strategic partnerships, and the elimination of barriers to women’s success. Through her passionate executive leadership, Jennifer will oversee these priorities while also ensuring the future sustainability of the organization. 

  • 24 Apr 2019 1:40 PM | Deleted user

    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.  

    Deadline to Submit is May 31, 2019

    Download a pdf copy of the Call for Submissions here.

  • 16 Apr 2019 12:57 PM | Deleted user

    Copy Editing & Proofreading, The Advisor

    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 full RFP here.

    Deadline for submission is 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 24, 2019

    Email your submission to:

    Kristy Hoddinott
    Director of Programming & Events, NLOWE

    Questions regarding this RFP will be accepted at khoddinott@nlowe.org until 4:30 p.m. on April 26, 2019. Answers to all questions will be posted below on www.nlowe.org/news by 4:30 p.m. on April 29, 2019.


    RFP - Q&A

  • 16 Apr 2019 11:45 AM | Deleted user

    The Board of Directors of the Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE) invites proposals from qualified auditors to conduct our annual audit for fiscal years ending 30 September 2019-2021.

    Download full RFP here: RFP—Audit Services 

    Deadline to submit is Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

  • 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 | Deleted user


    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 | Deleted user

    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 | Deleted user

    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: 


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