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  • 28 Jun 2016 5:00 PM | Shannon Pratt

    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

    “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).

  • 01 Jun 2016 4:07 PM | Anonymous

    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.

    • Island Reader Summer Program for any student with reading difficulties, in any grade; two 50 min tutoring sessions / week; cost for seven weeks is $350
    • JUMP Math Summer Program for any student with math difficulties up to Grade 8; one 50 min tutoring session / week; cost for seven weeks is $70
    • Math Catch Up Camp helps students refresh their memory on math concepts from the previous grade; four sessions / week of 50 mins for 2 weeks; cost is $80

    To register or for further information please contact LDAPEI by email or phone 902 894 5032

  • 30 May 2016 7:10 PM | Anonymous

    The Abilities@Work program supports people with different abilities and PEI employers through a wage subsidy program to employers that hire eligible participants. The program is delivered and supported by the PEI Council for People with Disabilities, a non-profit dedicated to promoting the full participation and inclusion of people with disabilities in Island society. 

    • Abilities@Work provides support to employers who hire employees that may require additional training time or accommodation.
    • Value added features like job coaching, retention services and other employment services are available to organizations that participate in Abilities@Work.

    To be eligible for Abilities@Work, potential employers must:

    • Have a Revenue Canada taxation number;
    • Have coverage through Workers Compensation Benefits or an equivalent program;
    • Have an open position, paid at fair market rates, that has not been created specifically to gain the wage subsidy but is part of the employers regular or expansion workforce;
    • Be considering an applicant who has a disability for the position; and enter into an agreement with the PEI Council of People with Disabilities, the organization that operates Abilities@Work
    For more information contact Corey Frizzell at PEI Council for People with Disabilities; email or call 902 940 2434
  • 18 May 2016 1:33 PM | Anonymous

    The Young Millionaires Program (YMP) assists youth between the ages of 8 and 16 to discover more about business and help them get started in a business of their own. Participants will develop basic business skills including record keeping, advertising, customer service and public speaking through a series of adventure workshops and group events. The program is offered across the province through community partners including CBDCs, Startup Charlottetown, the PEIBWA, and RDEE.

    The program will:

    • teach youth important business and life skills
    • develop positive self-esteem and confidence in the participants
    • link youth with experienced community leaders
    • support youth to own and operate their own business

    Fill out the registration form online at - registration deadline is May 31. 

  • 09 May 2016 11:46 AM | Anonymous

    One of the most common things we get asked to help with is finding resources for funding programs and loans for starting or growing your business. We don't provide funding support, but we know where to look - and we know that navigating through the many service providers and eligibility requirements can be challenging, so we've put together a quick guide to a range of programs that we know will be of help to you.  

    Watch for our information sessions and workshops on grant and funding applications - they're free for members!

  • 25 Apr 2016 10:30 AM | Anonymous

    Startup Canada Day on the Hill brings Ministers, Members of Parliament and senior bureaucrats together with Canada’s entrepreneurship community to ensure that entrepreneurs are helping to create the conditions for success, growth and impact. The jam-packed public event will be preceded by a day of policy hearings, briefings and meetings with community leaders from across Canada.

    Hearing participants will have the opportunity to present a statement and concrete recommendation, table any artifacts, and participate in an intimate discussion with the Minister or Committee Chair. PEIBWA Executive Director will be meeting Status of Women Canada Minister Patty Hadju to discuss the needs of women entrepreneurs.

    We want to make sure your voice is represented - so we're seeking your input to inform our presentations.  Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts, priorities, challenges and opportunities via a short survey.  We will also be holding an open-invite Town Hall April 28 from 6-8 pm @ The Guild, Charlottetown for those who would like to meet up and discuss IRL!

  • 12 Apr 2016 3:00 PM | Shannon Pratt

    The PEI Business Women’s Association announced today that Catherine Callbeck will be among the panelists at the upcoming 2016 Women in Business Symposium on May 17, 2016.

     “The mandate of the PEI Business Women's Association is to support women in business - and those who want to be in business.  By offering the Women in Business Symposium, now in it’s 3rd year, we are able to directly support Island women to follow their dreams of business success,” explained Mary Jane Webster, president of PEIBWA. “This unique learning opportunity will help foster the personal and professional capacity of Island business women, professionals and entrepreneurs through a program designed to meet their needs.”

    Callbeck served as premier of P.E.I. from 1993 to 1996.  She made Canadian history, becoming the country's first elected woman premier.  She was appointed to the senate in 1997 and retired in 2014. She also served as a member of Parliament from 1988 to 1993. It was recently announced that Catherine Callbeck will be receiving the Order of Canada. In addition to her political career, Catherine Callbeck ran a successful retail business with her family on the Island.

    Unlike the majority of panels happening during the day that will feature multiple entrepreneurs sharing their stories and best practices for success, Callbeck will be presented in An Intimate Conversation with Catherine Callbeck a live one on one interview on stage. “Catherine will share candid stories from her incredible career in both business and politics,” states Hannah Bell, Executive Director of PEIBWA. “Nothing will be off limits for this inspiring session.”

    Joining Catherine Callbeck at the 2016 Women in Business Symposium on May 17, 2016 at Memorial Hall in Confederation Centre of the Arts are Tara Costello from Ahead in the Game, Kimberly McIntyre from Kuriosities Whimsical Trinkets and Oddities,  John Barrett from Vesey’s and Meaghan Blanchard cultural entrepreneur. More panelists will be announced in the weeks leading up to the event.

    Discounted early bird tickets will be available until April 17, 2016 at which time the price will increase. There are a limited number of early bird tickets available to both PEIBWA members and the general public and once they are sold out, they are gone. Full details about the event can be found on the PEI Business Women’s Association website

    Building on the successes from previous years, PEIBWA is looking forward to being able to continue to support local women entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs via the 2016 Women in Business Symposium and the additional programming that happens throughout the year. PEI Business Women’s Association is grateful for the support of partners and sponsors ACOA, Innovation PEI, UPEI EMBA program and RBC in presenting this event for Island women in business to develop their leadership capacity, learn new strategies, gain inspiration, establish new connections and access professional resources to grow personally and professionally.

  • 05 Apr 2016 9:32 AM | Anonymous

    The Log In button is at the top right corner of the home page. To log in to your PEIBWA account you need to enter your email address and password. Passwords are automatically generated and emailed by the system when someone creates an account, and can be changed or reset by the member.

    If your email address is also used for FaceBook or Google / Gmail, you can log in with your existing social profile.

    Once logged in, you can edit your member profile by clicking on your name (top right of the page) – this allows you to manage your settings, invoices and payments, and edit the information that is visible to the public in the Directory.

    You can also add additional members to your account free of charge as part of a ‘bundle’ – the number of available spaces and the button to add is also in your profile.  This allows you to list additional contacts and extend member privileges (like discounted events) to the team. 

  • 31 Mar 2016 2:00 PM | Anonymous

    This year, we've added new workshops with a focus on supporting and growing the capacity of existing business.  These include Financial Planning, Proposal Writing, e-Commerce, and Etsy 101 with more to come. We also continue to offer our popular Business Startup 101 for new businesses on a regular basis.

    Workshop registration fees are $25 plus HST, but for PEIBWA members these workshops are FREE - you just need to log in to your member account then you can secure your space. 

    Don't forget members also get a discount on registrations for our annual Symposium and for our very popular Head Shot Sessions - and we're always adding new activities! 

  • 10 Mar 2016 11:00 AM | Anonymous

    In celebration of International Women’s Day, PEI Business Women’s Association, in partnership with the Interministerial Women’s Secretariat and Startup Canada, hosted an event on March 9th: The Faces of Leadership on PEI.

    You can’t be what you can’t see: it is true for all of us — we rely on stories, examples, leaders or, in the purest, most basic form, images that inform us about who we are and what our potential is.

    Worldwide, women continue to contribute to social, economic, cultural and political achievement. And we have much to celebrate today, especially on PEI. “We have identified a group of phenomenal Island women who are leaders in the areas of political, cultural, economic and social achievement.” says Hannah Bell, Executive Director of PEI Business Women’s Association, “We are very excited to introduce these women and tell their stories.”

    The women recognized at this event were Susan Behi, Sarah Bulman, Jesse Hitchcock, Glenda Landry, Su Luo, Karen Mair, Laura Morneau, June Jenkins Sanderson, Mary Jane Webster and Ann Worth. Keep an eye on the PEIBWA website and e-newsletter over the coming weeks as we feature each of these incredible women and share their stories.

    In addition to featuring these women, PEIBWA also recognized the women who have been featured in the Telling Our Stories campaign in the three G+ mini-magazines that have been published and distributed via G! Magazine in the last year: G+Inspire, G+Support, G+Succeed.

    The SOLD OUT Faces of Leadership on PEI took place on March 9, 2016 at The Rodd Charlottetown Hotel.

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