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  • 09 Jan 2020 2:40 PM | Jennifer Brown (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) 2020 Conference will take place on April 1 & 2, 2020 at the Delta Hotel, 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 60-90 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 presenters who have:

    • command of subject matter
    • ability to read and react to the audience
    • 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 your proposal, please provide three, and only three, learning outcomes.

    Your proposal should also include:

    • title and description of the workshop that will be delivered
    • workshop objectives
    • experience and qualifications
    • short bio and high-resolution headshot
    • associated fees and costs

    Instructions for Submission 

    • Submissions must be received by 4:30p.m. on Wednesday, February 12, 2020; submitted electronically to: jbrown@nlowe.org
    • Questions will be accepted at sscott@nlowe.org until 12p.m. on Friday, February 7, 2020Responses will be collected and posted on www.nlowe.org/news by 4:30p.m. on February 7
    • Successful applicants will be notified no later than Wednesday, February 19
    • Conference 2020 will consists of a half day of pre-conference sessions followed by a full day of sessions. Please indicate your preference in your submission

    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 Presenters here: Speakers2020

  • 31 Oct 2019 8:50 AM | Jennifer Brown (Administrator)

    NLOWE honours women in business at the 22nd annual Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

    The Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE) hosted its 22nd annual Entrepreneur of the Year Awards on Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 at the Sheraton Hotel in St. John’s, NL. The event celebrates women in business in Newfoundland and Labrador, and seven business owners were awarded and honoured tonight for the positive impacts they’ve made in our province.

    Michelle Melendy, CEO of Western Group of Companies in Corner Brook, took home the pinnacle Entrepreneurial Excellence Award, sponsored by RBC Royal Bank. This 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. Western Group of Companies is a family-owned business and consists of automotive dealerships (Western Toyota, Western Kia, Western Mazda), an autobody repair shop (Western Collision), a recreational dealership (Western Motorsports), and a commercial glass, door, fabrication and installation company (Western Glass). Melendy acknowledges that the success of her business is made possible by investing in her team.

    “We believe strongly in the importance of team development as our competitive advantage and invest in it,” says Melendy. “The engagement of our employees is crucial for our success. Our employees are our customers, and happy and satisfied employees provide great customer service.”

    To learn more about Michelle Melendy, please click here

    Brittany Stanley, owner of Spotlight Events in Bay Bulls, took home the Young Entrepreneur Award, sponsored by College of the North Atlantic. This award recognizes an entrepreneur, 35 years of age or younger, that has owned and operated a profitable business for at least two years. Spotlight Events is a full-service wedding and event décor and planning company that has been in operation since 2014. Stanley has decorated over 500 weddings and is currently working on growing her second business, the Luxury Wedding Show Inc.

    “The final piece of the puzzle will be to someday own my very own wedding venue, where I can host weddings and the wedding show,” says Stanley. “I want to grow in this industry, learn new things and amaze people every chance I get.”

    To learn more about Brittany Stanley, please click here.

    Tammy Wrice-Paetkau and Michelle Penney Rowe, co-owners of Studio Coffee and Ocean View Gallery in Carbonear, took home the Economic Impact Award, sponsored by Hebron Project. This 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. Since day one, adding value to their community has been Tammy and Michelle’s mandate.

    “We believe in offering the best of ourselves to our community,” says Penney Rowe. “We are deeply rooted in this town and love to share our hospitality. We view our business as organic and we allow for it to grow and change as we meet our needs, and we provide our customers and clients with excellence, good experiences and quality service.”

    To learn more about Tammy Wrice-Paetkau and Michelle Penney Rowe, please click here

    Jacqui Winter, owner of HR Project Partners in St. John’s, took home the Momentum Award, sponsored by Husky Energy West White Rose Project. This 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. Winter brings over 25 years of experience to HR Project Partners, which is a full suite HR consulting and recruitment company.

    “I believe that the quality of service, our honesty and genuine approach, and attitude has helped us to grow,” says Winter. “Living and working our values every day and holding true to those values and keeping a high standard of service is what has helped us to grow and become a successful and respected HR service provider.”

    To learn more about Jacqui Winter, please click here

    Karen Dewling, co-owner of East Coast Glow Inc. in Bonavista, took home the Trendsetter Award, sponsored by NLOWE. This 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. East Coast Glow is a creative iceberg water cosmetics studio and manufacturing facility in rural NL.

    “An innate curiosity for nature is what drives my innovative ideas for developing modern, effective formulas that create connections between us and the wild,” says Dewling. “The earth will always provide for me the very best ingredients, and the product line was designed to capture the essence of the wild that surrounds us and inspires every product that we create.”

    To learn more about Karen Dewling, please click here

    Linda Yates, co-owner of King’s Point Pottery in King’s Point, took home the Trailblazer Award, sponsored by Cox & Palmer. This 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. King’s Point Pottery first opened in 1992 as a small pottery studio and retail space, and 27 years later it has grown into a top shopping destination in NL.

    “We pride ourselves on featuring world class quality items,” says Yates. “We want to continue to move up the ladder and see that the rest of Canada discovers our world class shopping right here in rural Newfoundland and Labrador.”

    To learn more about Linda Yates, please click here

    Along with women business owners, tonight’s awards gala was attended by Bernard Davis, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation (TCII); Sarah Stoodley, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of TCII and MHA for Mount Scio; Elizabeth Beckett, Manager, Innovation, Enterprise Development for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA); and Jeanne Stapleton, President of NLOWE’s Board of Directors.

    “For over two decades NLOWE has been honouring the outstanding women business owners of Newfoundland and Labrador through our Entrepreneur of the Year Awards,” says Stapleton, president of NLOWE’s Board of Directors. “This evening’s winners demonstrate true entrepreneurial spirit and we are happy to celebrate them and their accomplishments.”

    “Supporting the professional advancement of women is an economic imperative,” says Jennifer Bessell, CEO of NLOWE. “We have been providing advising services, resources, support and access to networks that women in business need. We’re excited about the achievements made and are delighted to take this moment in time to pause and celebrate the great contribution these talented women entrepreneurs make to our economy.”

    The Entrepreneur of the Year Awards is proudly supported by ACOA and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. Awards sponsors include RBC Royal Bank, Hebron Project, College of the North Atlantic, Husky Energy West White Rose Project and Cox & Palmer. Décor sponsors include MAKEvents and Moments by Martha.

    Founded in 1997, 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. NLOWE has been handing out Entrepreneur of the Year Awards since 1998.

    To learn more about each 2019 award recipient, and past recipients, please visit our YouTube page.

  • 27 Sep 2019 9:49 AM | Deleted user

    To secure a reservation, guests must contact the In-House Reservations Department directly, and identify themselves as an attendee of the NLOWE AWARDS GALA. This rate is not available online or through our Central booking department.

    The In-House Reservations Department is open Monday – Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm (Newfoundland Standard time). They can be reached via e-mail at reservations@sheratonhotelnewfoundland.com or by calling 1-709-758-8453, Toll free at 1-888-870-3033. 

    We recommend email as the best method of contact due to the fact that if a guest calls and our line is busy or we are out of office, they will be automatically transferred to our Central reservations department, which will not have access to the rate.

  • 15 Aug 2019 9:32 AM | Deleted user

    Marketing & Communications Coordinator – St. John’s

    Based at head office in St. John’s, the successful candidate will be an innovative communicator responsible for developing and implementing NLOWE’s marketing and communications strategies. Duties include media relations; event promotions; developing and designing promotional and communications materials such as brochures, posters, and The Advisor (magazine); as well as the coordination of projects including event sponsorships and NLOWE’s annual Entrepreneur of the Year Awards and provincial conference.

    We are seeking an individual with demonstrated ability and experience in dealing with a variety of audiences including internal and external stakeholders and media. Applicants must be able to manage and meet deadlines for a variety of concurrent projects.  Proficiency in InDesign and Photoshop is a must along with social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. 


    • Bachelor's degree in marketing and communications or equivalent and at least three years of relevant work experience 
    • Outstanding written and verbal communications skills
    • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite
    • Comfortable seeking sponsorship opportunities for events
    • Exceptional attention to detail is a must
    • Able to create formal presentations with speaking notes
    • Able to constructively work under stress and pressure when faced with high workloads and deadlines
    • Able to maintain and promote social, ethical, and organizational standards in conducting internal and external business activities
    • Able to build solid, effective working relationships with others

    Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate has been selected.

    To apply, please forward a resume and three references to:

    Suzanne Fogwill, Chief Operating Officer
    2nd Floor, Regatta Plaza II
    84-86 Elizabeth Avenue
    St. John’s, NL A1A 1W7

    Email: sfogwill@nlowe.org

    We thank all who apply; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

  • 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.


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