The Business Women’s Summer Summit on July 26 will be an afternoon geared towards networking, fostering skills, and acquiring the knowledge needed to excel in entrepreneurship. Sharing her stories of hardships and success, keynote, Amber Mac, a native Islander who has seen tremendous success online after deciding to start her own business rather than continue down the corporate path. She will describe just what it takes to be a successful female entrepreneur. Preceding Amber Mac will be local industry professionals leading sessions on coaching, finding balance, and more.
Startup Zone in partnership with the PEI Business Women’s Association are proud to open this limited seating event to the public at no charge.
Stay tuned for more details on speakers and workshops! Register HERE.
The PEI Business Women’s Association announced the recipients of the 2017 PEIBWA Micro-Grant in support of Women in Business at an event in Charlottetown on Tuesday afternoon.
“The mandate of the PEI Business Women's Association is to support women in business - and those who want to be in business. By creating the PEIBWA Micro-Grant in 2016 and continuing to make it available, we can directly support Island women to follow their dreams of business success,” explained Sarah Dunphy, president of PEIBWA. “Funds for the micro-grants are allocated from our annual fundraising events (Camp Dynamo and Women in Business Symposium) and are open to any woman who is a resident of PEI.”
The PEIBWA Micro-Grant is designed to help new, growing, and established women entrepreneurs through a non-repayable grant and business skills support. The grant provides successful applicants with a non-repayable investment of up to $500, with 75% payable on approval and remaining payable on completion of final report. Full details about the PEIBWA Micro-Grant can be found on the PEI Business Women’s Association’s website www.peibwa.org.
“Thanks once again to support from private donors who have chosen to stay anonymous, we are able to offer five micro-grants this year, more than doubling what we were originally able to offer this year,” states Hannah Bell, Executive Director of PEIBWA. “We were thrilled by the applications that we received and cannot wait to see what the recipients do next.”
PEI Business Women’s Association received close to thirty applications from women in the following communities across the Island: Clinton, Montague, Donaldston, Brookfield, Iona, Summerside, Pinette, Scotchfort, Stratford, Marshfield and Charlottetown. An independent advisory panel met to review the applications and select the recipients for this year's awards.
The successful grant recipients for 2017 are Judith Bayliss (Ruby Lou PEI), Eva Bulman (Eva’s Landscaping and Flower Bed Maintenance), Ashley Condon (Copper Bottom Brewing), Jana Hemphill (Storybook Adventures & Nature Retreat Inc) and Jenny O’Halloran (Jenny’s Foot Care).
Are you a member of PEI Business Women's Association? Did you know that PEIBWA recently launched the PEIBWA Lending Library? It's true!
The PEIBWA Lending Library features new and gently read business books that are available to all PEIBWA members to borrow for FREE.
Check out the library HERE.
The Great PEIBWA Road Trip is back this summer and we want to see you! The PEI Business Women's Association team will be hitting the road again this summer, visiting members across the Island and hopefully discovering a few new hidden gems (and exposing them to the world)!
Would you like the PEIBWA team to visit you this summer? Let us know all about you and your business HERE and we will be in touch when we finalize our road trip schedule.
The schedule for the 2017 edition of The Great PEIBWA Road Trip is:
June 28 - New London, Stanley Bridge & Cavendish
July 5 - Hazelbrook, Belfast, The Murrays, Wood Island & Montague
July 12 - Mt Stewart, Morell, St. Peter's & Souris
July 19 - Kensington & Summerside
July 27 - Indian River, Freetown & Wellington
August 2 - Victoria, Borden & Crapaud
August 9 - NO ROAD TRIP
August 16 - NO ROAD TRIP
August 23 - Rustico, Brackley & Dalvay
August 30 - Alberton, O'Leary, Mill River & Tignish
PEI Business Women's Association is thrilled to announce that Camp Dynamo will be returning to Dalvay by the Sea the last weekend of September 2017.
Camp Dynamo is a business conference for people who want to grow both professionally and personally, but hate traditional business conferences and the stale environments they take place at. We take 70 attendees to Dalvay by the Sea and offer a curated experience that is programmed to inspire, increase innovation, encourage collaboration and community, and grow their success. At Camp Dynamo we work hard to curate the perfect balance of great workshops, activities, hands-on classes and nighttime fun to get attendees out of their shell, to challenge them, to help them grow and get them to relax and have FUN. If you're not ever taking time for yourself, how the heck do you succeed in life?!
Full details and registration information for Camp Dynamo can be found HERE.
At PEIBWA, we’re committed to empowering and inspiring PEI’s women to succeed in small business. That’s why we’re excited to introduce you to GoForth Institute - Canada's leading small business training program. GoForth teaches 100 Essential Small Business SkillsTM via online video. And they’re entrepreneurs just like you!
Since 2009, they’ve trained over 10,000 entrepreneurs. These entrepreneurs know that out of the 150,000 new small businesses started in Canada each year, about 70% won’t see their fifth birthday – and that scares them. With GoForth, they learn all the skills they need to start, run, and grow their small business successfully.
Here’s what you get with GoForth’s training:
PEIBWA would like to invite you to exclusive webinars hosted by GoForth Founder and CEO Dr Leslie McGeough. She’ll share her own experiences in small business, and you’ll learn how GoForth’s training is uniquely suited to helping PEIBWA members succeed.
These webinars will be happening April 11 and 12 @ 1 pm Atlantic Time
On a computer, use any browser and go to https://join.me/goforth-demo . Nothing to download. On a phone or tablet, launch the join.me app and enter meeting code: goforth-demo
Join the audio conference:
Dial a phone number and enter access code, or connect via internet.
Canada - Charlottetown +1.902.200.0149
**PEIBWA members keep an eye on your emails for a special discount rate on registration that is for PEIBWA members only**
Even a year ago it seemed impossible - that we could imagine we would reach 400 members. In the history of PEIBWA, we have never exceeded 350 give or take a few, and have been under 200 in challenging times. But at the very end of last week, we did it - we saw our 400th member join our community. The more members we reach, the more value we can and do bring, so thank you to all who support, engage, show up, register, talk, mentor, learn, teach, network, and share. We're all in this together!
If you're in the non-profit sector, you don't need me to tell you that every dollar counts and there are never enough of them. That's why it is so exciting when we find a resource that can provide a discount, or even free - and especially when it is for really useful things like tech!
Here at PEIBWA, this program has enabled us to access Adobe professional design products, PC security software, accounting software and even ChromeBooks for our office - all products that have increased our impact and helped our resources stretch.
Note: if you are based in the US, head to TechSoup.org
The Google for Nonprofits Program offers qualified organizations access to free versions of paid Google products and special features designed for nonprofits. These tools can help nonprofits find new donors and volunteers, work more efficiently, and get supporters to take action. You can get access to the same apps and cloud based services used by business, free of charge. Organizations already registered with TechSoup can apply directly.
Hannah Bell MBA
Executive Director, PEIBWA
The PEI Business Women's Association office will be closed for the Holidays December 22, 2016 to January 3, 2017.
We did some great things in 2016 and we are looking forward to doing even more in 2017.
Did you know that PEIBWA is collecting gift cards for the Anderson House Christmas Wish Program again this year? We're asking for folks to donate $25 gift cards that will allow mothers to shop for their families this holiday season. Bring your gift cards to the mixer at Dynamic Fitness this Wednesday but if you can't make it and would still like to donate you can drop gift cards off to the PEIBWA office anytime. You can also donate online here: http://peibwa.org/fundraising
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