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Jennifer Bessell
Chief Executive Officer
Started with NLOWE in June 2019

Fun Fact:
Jennifer loves to study wine and one day plans to complete the training to become a sommelier. Her dream vacation is to do an extensive tour of wineries in France!

Business Tip:
"Don't be afraid to fail. Often what feels like failure today is simply a lesson that needs to be learned in order to achieve greater success tomorrow."

Phone: 709.754.5658
Toll-free: 1.888.NLOWE.11 
E-mail: jbessell@nlowe.org

Carolyn Wakeham
Director of Programming & Evaluation
Started with NLOWE in March 2021

Fun Fact:
Carolyn has met 10 actors from the UK soap opera Coronation Street.

Business Tip:
"Cash-flow is the heart of your business. Understand it so you can properly manage it."

Phone: 709.754.4272
Toll-free: 1.888.NLOWE.11 
E-mail: cwakeham@nlowe.org

Barbie Drover
Director of Administration & Special Projects
Started with NLOWE in March 2021

Fun Fact:
Barbie's favourite room in her house is her kitchen. On weekends you can find her in her happy place cooking or baking and trying new recipes. Luckily for her family she loves to share!

Business Tip:
"There is no substitute for hard work. The harder you work the luckier you get."

Phone: 709.754.4587
Toll-free: 1.888.NLOWE.11 
E-mail: bdrover@nlowe.org
Janice Sheppard
Finance Consultant
Started with NLOWE in October 2020

Fun Fact:
Janice loves to travel and cruising is one of her favourite types of vacation. She got the cruising bug after winning a 5-day Western Carribbean cruise in 2017. It was a memorable trip and she looks forward to lots of travel again in the future!

Business Tip:
"Don’t be afraid to seek help and advice when needed, and ask for customer feedback. The knowledge you obtain to help you grow and enhance your business is invaluable."

Phone: 709.754.5355
Toll-free: 1.888.NLOWE.11 
E-mail: jsheppard@nlowe.org
Denise Cornick
Business Growth Advisor, Avalon
Started with NLOWE in June 2016

Fun Fact:
When Denise lived in Montreal, Leonard Cohen was her neighbor. One Sunday morning, she found herself drinking coffee in the park while he ate ice cream in his bedroom slippers right next to her!

Business Tip:
"Small opportunities are often the beginning of great achievements."

Phone: 709.754.5396
Toll-free: 1.888.NLOWE.11
E-mail: dcornick@nlowe.org

Heather French
Business Start-up Advisor, Avalon
Started with NLOWE in July 2020

Fun Fact:
Heather has always loved writing and dreams of one day publishing a novel. She recently discovered a love of cooking and would love to someday combine the two and publish her very own cookbook!

Business Tip:
"Listen. Actively listen to those around you. Customers, advisors, friends and strangers all have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with you and help you grow."

Phone: 709.754.5538
Toll-free: 1.888.NLOWE.11
E-mail: hfrench@nlowe.org 

Paula Flood Paula Flood
Business Growth Advisor, Eastern
Started with NLOWE in March 1997

Fun Fact:
Paula currently rides a Harley Davidson Road King, earning her the nickname 'Road Queen'.

Business Tip:
"Commit to excelling at customer service."

Phone: 709.759.3777
Toll-free: 1.866.759.3777
E-mail: pflood@nlowe.org
Carla May Carla May
Business Start-up Advisor, Western
Started with NLOWE in September 2016

Fun Fact:
Carla's very first summer job was working for her brothers at their hot dog stand enterprise when she was 14 years old.

Business Tip:
"Take every opportunity to meet and network with other business owners to share challenges and successes, together we’re better."

Phone: 709.632.5122
Toll-free: 1.877.632.1205
E-mail: cmay@nlowe.org
Lindsay Mercer

Business Start-up Advisor, Central
Started with NLOWE in June 2011

Fun Fact:
Lindsay is a summer person and loves to spend time outdoors swimming, reading a good book, or roasting marshmallows around the fire with family and friends.

Business Tip:
"Make sure you have a business plan.  Your business plan will help you map out where you want your business to go, how to get there, and what you will need to help you succeed."

Phone: 709.489.0218
Toll-free: 1.888.489.0218
E-mail: lmercer@nlowe.org
Betty Morris Betty Morris
Business Start-up Advisor, Labrador
Started with NLOWE in August 2015 

Fun Fact: 
Betty enjoys the outdoors, going to the cabin, fishing and berry picking.  Betty loves berry picking so much that she has even carried her baby in his car seat (with a fly screen over it) up into the hills to pick berries while the baby slept.

Business Tip:
“If you dream about starting your own business doing something that you love, then go for it.  Live your dream and have no regrets.”       

Phone: 709.960.1095
Toll-free: 1.888.896.8494
E-mail: bmorris@nlowe.org

Judy Raske Judy Raske
Office Manager
Started with NLOWE in March 1998

Fun Fact:
Judy loves to scrapbook and saves everything from her trips for her albums, including a hot dog wrapper from the San Francisco 49ers.

Business Tip:
"Keep your business information up-to-date online and in any membership directories in which you are listed so you don't miss out on potential business opportunities."

Phone: 709.754.5326
Toll-free: 1.888.NLOWE.11
E-mail: jraske@nlowe.org
Betsy Saunders Betsy Saunders
Business Growth Advisor, Eastern/Central
Started with NLOWE in January 2011

Fun Fact:
Betsy is an avid gardener and recently started her first "onion and garlic" garden. She can't wait to cook up a nice dinner with what she has grown.

Business Tip:
"Use the people around you; build your networks and relationships. If you have a question then ask; if you don't know something then say 'I don't know', because someone has that answer for you."

Phone: 709.533.9486
Toll-free: 1.888.533.9486
E-mail: bsaunders@nlowe.org
Marvella Wells Marvella Wells
Business Growth Advisor, Western & Labrador
Started with NLOWE in March 2002

Fun Fact:
Marvella is a proud owner of at least 100 pairs of shoes and jokingly states the one of her joys of working with women entrepreneurs is getting to see all the fabulous shoes!

Business Tip:
"Be adaptable, be different, and embrace change.  The 'why not?' thinkers are the industry leaders so don't be afraid to stand out front."

Phone: 709.632.5069
Toll-free: 1.866.632.5069
E-mail: mwells@nlowe.org
Deborah Youden Deborah Youden
Export Consultant (Contracted)
Started with NLOWE in 2001

Fun Fact:
Deborah loves playing tennis and hopes that one day she will get to Wimbledon...as a spectator.

Business Tip:
"Be open to the world but stay concentrated on your business niche."

Phone: 709.754.4272
Toll-free: 1.888.NLOWE.11 
E-mail: dyouden@nlowe.org
Sarah Thompson
Project Manager, Atlantic Canadian Women in Growth Partnership
Started with NLOWE in January 2020

Fun Fact:
Sarah is a knitter! She loves beautiful yarns and always on the hunt for vintage patterns and vintage yarn. She hopes to one day have her own sheep and spin her own yarn.

Business Tip:
"A good business idea does not guarantee success in business. Planning is key."

Phone: 709.754.4587
Toll-free: 1.888.NLOWE.11 
E-mail: sthompson@nlowe.org

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