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  • 10 Dec 2018 12:01 PM | Deleted user

    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 | Deleted user

    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 | Deleted user

    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 | 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.

    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

  • 22 May 2018 12:00 PM | Deleted user

    NLOWE is currently accepting proposals for the following:

    Video Production Services - 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

    The Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE) is pleased to invite qualified businesses to submit a proposal for professional services to assist in shooting, producing and editing six (6), two-minute videos for the 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Gala to be held on October 25, 2018. The primary objective of these videos is to showcase award winners. 

    Deadline to submit: 12:00 p.m. on Friday, June 29, 2018. 

    Event Photography - 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

    The Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE) is currently seeking a qualified photographer to shoot and edit event photos for the 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year Awards to be held on October 25th at the Sheraton Hotel, St. John’s, NL. The successful bidder is also required to shoot individual photos of six (6) award winners and a group photo of all winners prior to the award ceremony on October 25. 

    Deadline to submit: 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 29, 2018. 

  • 09 May 2018 10:11 AM | Deleted user

    We are currently seeking a qualified Copy Editor to aid in the completion of our publication, The NLOWE Advisor, to be published quarterly in September, December, March and June.  

    Deadline to Submit is June 8, 2018.

    Download a pdf copy of the Request for Proposals here.

    Questions will be accepted at khoddinott@nlowe.org until 12:00pm on Tuesday, May 15. Responses will be collected and posted on www.nlowe.org/news by 4:30pm on Wednesday, May 16

  • 04 Apr 2018 4:11 PM | Deleted user

    ST. JOHN’S, April 4, 2018 – Now in its 21st year, the Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs’ (NLOWE) annual provincial conference continues to be the leading professional development event for women business owners and aspiring women entrepreneurs in Newfoundland and Labrador.

    Just over a week remains to register for NLOWE’s 2018 Annual Conference, taking place April 18-19 at the Delta Hotel & Conference Centre in St. John’s.

    When planning the lineup of speakers and topics for our annual conference, we ensure that presentations will be relevant to the challenges facing women entrepreneurs, as well as to industry trends in our province. Microbreweries are popping up throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, with nearly 20 microbreweries set to open in the province by 2019. That is why we are so pleased to welcome Manjit Minhas, Dragon’s Den judge and co-founder of Minhas Breweries, Distillery and Winery, as keynote speaker at NLOWE’s 2018 annual provincial conference.

    “Women entrepreneurs have been breaking into male-dominated industries in greater numbers over the last several years and we are excited to see so many women embracing the microbrewery boom happening now in our province,” says Hilda Broomfield-Letemplier, President of NLOWE’s Board of Directors and owner of Pressure Pipe Steel Fabrication Inc. in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. “Manjit Minhas, this year’s conference keynote speaker, has found success in this non-traditional industry and will be able to share many valuable lessons with our conference delegates who may be facing some of the same challenges that she has overcome.”

    The Keynote speaker of this year’s conference, Manjit Minhas, started as a 19 year old with $10,000 and a dream. Today, her brewery is the 10th largest in the world and she is one of Canada’s Women Executive Network’s Top 100 Women Entrepreneurs. How did a young female entrepreneur break into the notoriously competitive and notoriously male-dominated beer and spirit industry? During her keynote, she will share the principles and entrepreneurial values that has led her company to rapid success—principles she calls “The Minhas School of Beer Business Success.”

    Our Opening Plenary will feature Jill Curran. Jill is the president of Maxxim Vacations, one of Canada’s leading tour operators providing independent and escorted tours throughout Atlantic Canada, and owner and founder of Lighthouse Picnics, which has been featured in enRoute magazine’s “100 Favourite Things in the World” list. Jill will kick off the conference by discussing the lessons learned in her Nan’s kitchen, stories many can relate to—stories of our history, the struggles and triumphs. 

    Other sessions include: “Making Every Minute Count! Building habits that increase your personal productivity” with leadership, engagement, and change professional, Jess Chapman of ethree Consulting; “Up Your Game! Performance Coaching for Public Speaking, Media Relations, and Video Performance” with award winning Internationally Accredited Communications professional and co-owner of Nine Island Communications, Ronalda Walsh; and “Feel Energetic. Be At Ease.” with experienced yoga teacher, former IT professional, and creator of The Office Yogi, Susan Day.

    “NLOWE does such important work across Newfoundland and Labrador to support women entrepreneurs as they share their valuable knowledge and experience, make new business connections, and take steps to grow their businesses” says the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism. “I am proud to work closely with Minister Bains and the team at ACOA to partner with important organizations, like NLOWE, that will be so important to achieving the vision laid out in our Women Entrepreneurship Strategy. We are making the necessary investments right across Canada to help support women as they scale up their businesses, remove barriers to success and provide greater access to financing, skills development and mentorship.”

    The conference will also feature NLOWE’s Annual General Meeting and a morning of partnered sessions with the Newfoundland and Labrador Oil & Gas Industries (Noia) and an afternoon of pre-conference sessions, which are free to conference registrants. NLOWE’s Annual Conference is made possible in part by its sponsors: Keynote Luncheon Sponsor, Business Development Bank of Canada; Opening Plenary & Delegate Bags Sponsor, Husky Energy West White Rose Project; Opening Reception Partner, Business Women in International Trade, Global Affairs Canada; Morning Workshop Sponsor, Suncor Energy; Afternoon Conference Sponsor, Nalcor Energy and Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro; Morning Coffee Break Sponsor, Ernst & Young; and Afternoon Energy Break Sponsor, Grant Thornton. Registration and further details about the agenda, speakers and a full list of sponsors is available 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:

    Julieanne Reddy, Director of Marketing & Communications, NLOWE

    Phone: 709.754.5455

    Cell: 709.640.3691

    Toll-free: 1.888.NLOWE.11

    E-mail: jreddy@nlowe.org

  • 21 Feb 2018 4:18 PM | Deleted user

    NLOWE is currently recruiting a qualified woman for the following position:

    Marketing & Communications Coordinator - Maternity Replacement
    (April 2018 - May 2019)

    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 NLOWE Advisor (magazine); and the coordination of projects including event sponsorships and NLOWE’s annual Entrepreneur of the Year Awards and NLOWE’s annual 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 and experience with social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Instagram would be considered an asset. A post-secondary degree in marketing and communications or a related field and at least two years relevant work experience is required.

    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

    Fax: 709.754.5034
    Email: sfogwill@nlowe.org

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

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