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  • 28 Oct 2016 11:23 AM | Julieanne Reddy (Administrator)

    2016 Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winners

    ST. JOHN’s, OCT. 27, 2016 – Seafair Capital Inc., owned by Anne Whelan, was presented with the Corporation of the Year Award at NLOWE’s 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year Awards tonight. It is the first woman-owned business to receive the award, which recognizes corporations that assist in the development of women entrepreneurs and the active inclusion of women-owned businesses in their supply chain.

    Seafair Capital Inc. is a private investment company that provides strategic leadership and expertise to its partner companies. This past April, the company launched its supplier diversity program, which encourages the use of diverse-owned vendors, including women-owned businesses, as suppliers. The company also announced its spending target of 25% of its discretionary spending with women-owned suppliers during its next fiscal year.

    “As a woman-owned business, we really understand the challenges that women entrepreneurs face in trying to forge their way into the business world,” says Tammy Pike Farrell, Director of Shared Services and Legal with Seafair Capital Inc., “so by making a conscious effort to support these small to medium sized businesses through the supplier diversity program, it really helps us unlock their potential as they help us unlock ours.”

    In addition to Seafair Capital Inc., seven women business owners were honoured at the 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

    Taking home the pinnacle award for the evening, Sharon Horan, founder and president of Atlantic Orthotics Ltd. and FIT For Work, was the recipient of the RBC Royal Bank Entrepreneurial Excellence Award.

    Horan is a past winner of NLOWE’s Visionary Award, and she continues to have a vision for her company and the province as a whole. “Since being nominated, I’ve really thought about how important it is in today’s economic times to celebrate,” said Horan, “I think if we remain optimistic and we focus on the good things that are happening, such as the women owned businesses being profiled here tonight, that’s really good for our province overall.”

    Sonja Maloney, owner of Jumping Bean Coffee franchise in Gander and former owner of Ultra Clear Water & Brewing Centre, took home the Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Award, sponsored by College of the North Atlantic, which recognizes a successful entrepreneur who is 35 years of age or under. Her advice for other young entrepreneurs is, “choose something you love, be fully committed, make sure you invest your time and your money back into the business so you can continue to grow. And have fun with it!”

    Jenny Smith, President and Creative Director of Ray Creative Agency in St. John’s, was awarded the Start-up Award sponsored by Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union, which recognizes a successful entrepreneur who has been in business for two to five years. Having worked in London, Paris, Toronto and Halifax, Smith is happy to be operating her business in her home province. “I’m honoured to be recognized among these other talented businesswomen and leaders who are passionate about building Newfoundland and Labrador’s economy. This province is so beautiful and inspiring; it motivates me to do better work. Many thanks to our wonderful local clients and to my amazing team.”

    The winner of the Community Impact Award, sponsored by the Hebron Project, was Christina Dove, owner and Executive Chocolatier of Newfoundland Chocolate Company. Of learning that she would be receiving the Community Impact Award, Dove said, “It has been incredibly humbling. It’s been quite a privilege to connect with and be able to help such invaluable charities through awareness and fundraising initiatives.”

    Mandy Woodland, owner of Mandy Woodland Law, won the Innovation Award, sponsored by Business Development Bank of Canada. “Innovation is important to my business and to any business,” says Woodland. “You have to be able to constantly serve the needs of your customers and to do that you have to find new ways to solve their problems.”

    The Visionary Award, sponsored by Cox & Palmer, was awarded to Connie Parsons, owner of Connie Parsons School of Dance in St. John’s. “Winning this award has really made me think about what I’ve accomplished over the years,” said Parsons, “it’s helped me reflect on how I will evolve and lead my business in the future.”

    Jill Knox Gosse and Lynne Wilson, owners of Wreckhouse Productions, a film production company based in St. John’s, were the recipients of the Export Award sponsored by Export Development Canada. On winning the award, Wilson notes, “It is really special because it is recognition from women who are in business in Newfoundland.” Knox Gosse adds, “It validates what we do and helps to keep us moving forward.”

    “NLOWE is pleased to honour the achievements of the winners of this year’s Entrepreneur of the Year Awards,” says Hilda Broomfield-Letemplier, president of NLOWE’s Board of Directors. “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 Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development and Karen Appleby, Manager of International Business Development and Entrepreneurship for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency as well as other government representatives, members of the business community and industry professionals from across the province.

    In addition to the 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year Award sponsors listed above, gala sponsors include, Gold Sponsor, Emera Newfoundland and Labrador.

  • 09 Sep 2016 10:42 AM | Kristy Hoddinott (Administrator)

    NLOWE is currently recruiting for:

    Business Start-up Advisor (Central)
    Maternity Replacement (October 2016 - October 2017)

    Deadline to Apply: Friday, September 23, 2016 
    Applications can be submitted to: sfogwill@nlowe.org

  • 05 Aug 2016 8:51 AM | Kristy Hoddinott (Administrator)

    The Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE) is pleased to invite you to submit a proposal for professional services to assist in shooting, producing and editing eight (8), two-minute videos for the 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Gala to be held on October 27, 2016. The primary objective of these videos is to showcase award winners.

    Request for Proposals

    Interested parties are asked to submit a proposal outlining their qualifications by 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 1, 2016.

    Email your submission to:
    Kristy Martell

  • 05 Aug 2016 8:45 AM | Kristy Hoddinott (Administrator)

    The Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE) is currently seeking a qualified photographer to shoot and edit event photos for the 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year Awards to be held on October 27th  at the Sheraton Hotel, St. John’s, NL.

    Request for Quotes

    Interested parties are asked to submit a proposal outlining their qualifications by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, September 2, 2016.

    Email your submission to:
    Kristy Martell

  • 03 Aug 2016 4:07 PM | Kristy Hoddinott (Administrator)

    NLOWE is currently recruiting for:

    Business Start-up Advisor (Western)
    Deadline to Apply: Friday, August 26.
    Applications can be submitted to: sfogwill@nlowe.org

  • 02 Aug 2016 9:38 AM | Kristy Hoddinott (Administrator)

    The Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE) is pleased to invite you to submit a proposal for professional services to assist in the facilitation of a Women’s Economic Forum.  

    Request for Proposals

    Interested parties are asked to submit a proposal outlining their qualifications by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, August 26, 2016.   

    ***Please see for RFP Question & Answers

  • 29 Jul 2016 2:11 PM | Julieanne Reddy (Administrator)
    NLOWE will be taking a group of businesswomen from Newfoundland and Labrador to participate in business meetings and a conference in Orlando, Florida, September 21-23, 2016.

    The trade mission includes business to business pre-arranged matchmaker meetings and participation in the business development conference for women entrepreneurs, Go for the Greens. This is a boutique event offering business opportunities and support from a wide variety of organizations including Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), The International Alliance for Women (TIAW), and Walt Disney. www.goforthegreens.org. The golf component is optional.

    The trade mission will be in consultation with a regional partner organization of WBENC, Women’s Business Development Council of Florida (WBDC), whose territory includes Florida (minus the panhandle), Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

    Join NLOWE’s Trade Mission to Orlando and start increasing your business with corporate America today!

    Deadline for applications from women business owners has been extended to Tuesday,  August 9, 2016.

    Download an application form here.

    For more information, contact:
    Deborah Youden
    Export Consultant
    Phone: 709.754.4272
    Toll-free: 1.888.NLOWE.11
    E-mail: dyouden@nlowe.org

  • 24 Jun 2016 10:03 AM | Kristy Hoddinott (Administrator)

    NLOWE is currently recruiting qualified individuals for the following positions: 

  • 11 May 2016 9:50 AM | Kristy Hoddinott (Administrator)

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

    Business Start-up Advisor (Avalon)
    One full-time position in the Avalon Region (St. John’s & Surrounding Areas)

    The successful candidate will provide guidance and direction to women interested in starting a business. Responsibilities include business advising, documentation and reporting, community capacity building and the development and delivery of information sessions, business skills development workshops and networking events. Knowledge of exporting and supplier diversity would be considered an asset.

    The ideal candidate will possess an undergraduate degree in business administration/commerce with at least two years experience in client assessment, case management, and business plan development. They must also be comfortable with group presentations and have strong oral and written communication skills. Knowledge of business start-up programs and experience with the operation of small-to-medium-sized enterprises is desirable.

    This position requires regular travel.  A valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle are required.

    Deadline to apply – Tuesday, May 24, 2016

    To apply, please forward a cover letter, resume and three references to:
    Kristy Martell, Chief Operating Officer
    Email: kmartell@nlowe.org

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

    Download job ad here: Business Start-Up Advisor (Avalon)

  • 05 May 2016 2:10 PM | Kristy Hoddinott (Administrator)

    NEWS RELEASE                             

    Representing your country abroad is an enormous honour and one that Natalie Austin, a self-taught metal smith from Carbonear will have later this month. As the sole representative from Canada, Natalie will attend the Craftswomen Summit in Tokyo, Japan as part of the G7 Summit May 18-19, 2016.

    Natalie is dedicated to the preservation of the Newfoundland cultural landscape. As owner of Natalie Jewellery (www.nataliejewellery.com), she creates fine handcrafted jewellery from reclaimed copper water pipes. Her products have Crafts of Character designation.  

    “No one really expects to get a call saying they have been nominated to go to Japan for the G7 as a representative for Canadian Craftswomen, I know I certainly didn’t, and I especially didn’t expect to be the one chosen.  Yet, somehow that is exactly what did happen,” says Natalie. 

    NLOWE (Newfoundland & Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs) had the opportunity to put forth names of local artisans and crafters to the Canadian Business Women in International Trade Program (businesswomenintrade.gc.ca) at Global Affairs Canada for consideration for this opportunity and are delighted that Natalie was chosen.

    “We are thrilled that Natalie is not only representing Canada in Japan, but also the women-business owners in Newfoundland & Labrador. The crafters and artisans in this province are some of the best in the world; and Natalie, who is extremely talented and incredibly passionate about our provincial culture will be an outstanding representative,” says Paula Sheppard, CEO of NLOWE.

    “I think it speaks volumes about my body of work and my community involvement, something that as an artist you often downplay.   This will be the opportunity of a lifetime and a career changer, and I am ready for the challenge!” says Natalie.  

    The Commerce and Information Bureau of the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) is the lead on the initiative, and is supported by other quasi-government organizations, craft industry associations and Google Japan. Participating countries include: Japan, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, United States of America, and the European Union.

    With a degree in Folklore and Vernacular Culture from Memorial University, Natalie’s interest in fine craft and material culture has led her to a career as an artisan.  “I come from a family of artisans and artists; from potters and painters to cooks and actors there was even a silver smith, it only makes sense that I became one myself.  I love to learn new techniques and work with my hands.”

    “Every piece of material I can upcycle is one less thing that ends up in a landfill. We are on an island; a beautiful island, and the less of that space we take with unnecessary waste, the better. I want to keep using the natural landscape as inspiration - every rugged shore and flowing wave is reflected in my designs. Through jewellery design, I am making my own small daily cultural and environmental contribution.”

    Natalie is also a Founder and Director of DozenOdd Galleries, a social enterprise In Carbonear representing the work of over 30 artists and artisans. She is looking forward to lending her voice the global conversation on women in craft.

    “I can only imagine what I will gain from meeting the Craftswomen from the other G7 nations, what it will mean to bring my work to the world stage, or what it will mean to be part of the global conversation on women in craft; but I welcome it all. I am incredibly honored and humbled to have been chosen be the representative for Canada at such a prestigious event.”


    For more information, contact:
    Kristy Martell, COO
    Phone:  709.754.4761
    Cell:  709.690.1734
    E-mail: kmartell@nlowe.org

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