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
The annual Women in Business Symposium sells out every year, so don't wait to get your tickets! Early bird price tickets for PEIBWA members and the general public are now on sale - but there are only a limited number available and once they're gone, regular pricing is in effect!
A ticket to the Symposium could be a great Christmas gift - book now!
Who would you like to see featured in the next edition of the Telling Our Stories campaign?
In March 2015 we launched the Telling Our Stories series. Since that time three mini magazines were printed in partnership with G! Magazine/The Guardian and four digital profiles were published online in partnership with UPEI School of Business MBA Program. These profiles featured the stories of incredible women in our community who are working hard and making significant impacts in their chosen fields.
In March 2017 we will be releasing the newest edition of the Telling Our Stories campaign, featuring women who are leaders on Prince Edward Island. We are looking to identify a group of phenomenal Island women who are leaders in the areas of political, cultural, economic and social achievement and we need your help. We will be publishing nine features digitally online.
Submit your nomination HERE.
Due to the incredible popularity of the three previous times PEI Business Women's Association has offered the headshot session we are happy to announce that it is is happening again.
PEIBWA has partnered up with Rachel Peters Photography and Sharon Keller from Bounce Hair Studio to offer a natural light headshot session. These sessions usually cost $250+ but are being offered at a rate of $135 for PEIBWA members and $185 for non-PEIBWA members.
You, as either the business owner or a valued team member, are the face of your business. That’s why having a professional headshot is so essential. Taking a photo with your phone’s camera just doesn’t cut it.
The date for the sessions is November 18th. Limited spaces are available and these sessions always sell out. Book your space today HERE.
It’s the final countdown for registrations for PEI Business Women’s Association newest signature event – Camp Dynamo.
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.
“Camp Dynamo is quite simply about investing in yourself, which we as adults so rarely do” explained Mary Jane Webster, President of PEI Business Women’s Association.
Building upon the successes from PEIBWA’s annual Women in Business Symposium that takes place in May, Camp Dynamo was created to offer women in business the opportunity to unplug from the daily routine and get back in touch with why they do what they do, why they love it and why they are so very good at it. It is the ultimate business escape.
Camp Dynamo is not about learning skills in dark indoor rooms with bad lighting. It’s about getting up and out of a boxed environment. States Hannah Bell, Executive Director of PEI Business Women’s Association “Our goal is for everyone to do something new, be it gain new skills, make new friends, collaborate on new ideas or climb to new heights.”
Whether they work in a corporate environment, run their own small business or freelance, the truly unique mix of curriculum and activities will break Campers out of their day-to-day grind, forge lifelong connections and guide them toward greater success and happiness.
“It can sometimes be challenging to find time for yourself and your business away from the daily routine.” states Melody Dover from Fresh Media, “At the end of Camp Dynamo, our hope is for campers to leave with renewed energy for their business, themselves, and their future.”
Registration for Camp Dynamo closes on Friday September 23, 2016. Full details about Camp Dynamo, including information on sessions being offered and the Camp Leaders can be found online at www.campdynamo.ca
...Introducing Camp Dynamo
You know those days you keep saying you'll take off to work on your business? To actually put time into thinking, planning and making the changes you want?
The day is here!
Join us September 30th & October 1st overnight at historic Dalvay by the Sea for the most inspiring, dynamic, fun, focused business camp you will ever attend.
Unplug from your routine to get back in touch with why you started your business, why you love it and why you are so great at what you do.
YOU KNOW YOU NEED THIS!
Whether you work in a corporate environment, run your own small business, or freelance, our truly unique mix of curriculum and activities will break you out of your day-to-day grind, forge lifelong connections, and guide you toward greater success and happiness.
Camp Dynamo is not about learning skills in dark indoor rooms with bad lighting. We’re about getting up and out of a boxed environment. Our goal is for everyone to do something new, be it gain new skills, make new friends, collaborate on new ideas or climb to new heights.
Our mission is to help entrepreneurs succeed. Our formula is simple; gather a network of like-minded doers, place them in an inspiring environment and provide a curated curriculum that allows them to rediscover the youthful idea that “anything is possible.”
At Camp Dynamo we work hard to curate the perfect balance of great workshops, activities, hands-on classes and nighttime parties to get you out of your shell, to challenge you, to help you grow and get you to relax, unplug and have FUN. If you're not ever taking time for yourself, how the heck do you succeed in life?!
Full details can be found HERE.
A limited number of spaces are available and tickets are on sale now. Let's go camping!
The PEI Business Women’s Association announced the recipients of the PEIBWA Micro-Grant at an event in Summerside 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, we are able to directly support Island women to follow their dreams of business success,” explained Mary Jane Webster, president of PEIBWA. “Funds for the micro-grant are allocated from our annual fundraising event and are open to any woman 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 to support from community partners like the City of Summerside, and private donors who have chosen to stay anonymous, we are able to offer five micro-grants this first round, more than doubling what we were originally able to offer,” 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 more than twenty applications from women in the following communities across the Island: Summerside, Kensington, Tyne Valley, Crapaud, Stratford, Cornwall, Long Creek 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 2016 are Patricia Bourque (Patricia Bourque Photography), Dr. Cassandra Goodwin (Vital Natural Medicine), Sharon Keller (Bounce! Hair Studio), Danielle Rafuse (Little Indie Co.) and Darlene Ramsay (personal grocery shopper).
Do you know an Island student that needs some tutoring this summer? The following programs are presented by the Learning Disabilities Association of PEI, and are accepting applications.
To register or for further information please contact LDAPEI by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 902 894 5032
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