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  • 19 Jan 2022 10:14 PM | Sherry Wakelin (Administrator)


     

    **PLEASE NOTE THAT YOUR APPLICATION MUST INCLUDE A COVER LETTER TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION.

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    PEI Business Women’s Association

    Business Development and Membership Officer 

    PEI Business Women’s Association is seeking a professional and qualified team player as its Business Development and Membership Officer. The Officer will design and coordinate a comprehensive business advisory program to better serve our PEIBWA members across the Island. The Officer will also build and strengthen PEIBWA membership in a variety of sectors including women in trades, technology, and STEM fields; students; newcomers; indigenous women, women with disabilities; and women in rural areas. 


    Reporting to the Director, these are the responsibilities of this position:

    1. Staff the PEIBWA office in Kings County and build PEIBWA resources there. 
    2. Assess PEIBWA’s membership base and develop a membership growth plan.
    3. Identify and respond to the business needs of PEIBWA members and grow membership.
    4. Attend PEIBWA and external meetings, events and workshops to network with members and potential members – including the PEIBWA Symposium and AGM, workshops, and networking mixers – and then follow up with prospective members. 
    5. Develop and promote a series of new member benefits with consistent marketing and branding.
    6. Promote better communication with members using the Wild Apricot customer relationship management system and other communication tools. 
    7. Design and implement a Business Development Advisory Program to identify the challenges of business ownership and management, and deliver customized solutions.
    8. Coordinate and deliver Business Advisory services to PEIBWA members across the Island related to business planning, financial management, sales and revenue growth, marketing, exporting, and other business functions. 
    9. Collect and document business growth metrics and client notes from each participant for ongoing follow-up and client success tracking. 
    10. Manage an effective, robust and accountable database system.
    11. Some travel throughout the province at times and extended hours of work will be required.
    12. Other duties as required by the Director and Chief Executive Officer.

    Formal Education and Experience:

    1. Degree in business administration or a relevant field of study from a recognized university. An MBA degree is an asset. 
    2. At least 3 years of increasingly more responsible experience managing a business. 
    3. Experience in entrepreneurship counselling. 
    4. Experience in managing resources.
    5. Knowledge of the challenges experienced by women business owners and professionals, including those in underserved groups. 
    6. Familiarity with the Wild Apricot customer relationship management system is preferred. 
    7. Work in a self-directed environment, take initiative, and represent the organization professionally.
    8. Get along with supervisors and co-workers, respect the leadership of the organization, work harmoniously as part of a team, and deal effectively with situations that involve attitudes, opinions and feelings of others. 
    9. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; essential computer skills for word processing, maintaining client records, preparing presentations, and producing handout materials.
    10. Bilingualism (an asset). 


    This position will be based in the PEIBWA Kings County office at least two days per week with additional time spent at the Charlottetown and Central Bedeque offices. The Officer will be expected to travel throughout the province at times and extended hours of work may be required. Other duties may be assigned by the Director or Chief Executive Officer. . 

    Qualified applicants should forward an electronic resume and cover letter to Margaret Magner, Chief Executive Officer, PEI Business Women’s Association with “Business Development and Membership Officer” in the subject line. HERE.

    DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2022.  


    Thank you to all that apply; however, only those that are selected for an interview will be contacted.

     

  • 06 Dec 2021 11:05 AM | Rose Fitzpatrick (Administrator)

    Music has been a part of Maxine McLennan’s life for as long as she can remember. Her first live vocal performance occurred at the age of eleven, alongside her father and his country band on New Year’s Eve. Over the years, she has evolved into a singer, songwriter, and guitarist, identifying as an independent artist who is proud to be doing music on her own terms. 

    “I am an independent artist and I am proud to be doing things my way.  That is success to me.  It can be defined in a lot of ways.”

    Always a second career, music was first paired with running a Bed & Breakfast for fifteen years on her family-owned hog farm. She looked after grass cutting and running tractors on the property, as well as cooking meals for the hired hands but she still found time to devote to her budding music career. Her love for music and determination to pursue a career in music became more than just a dream when she came remarkably close to signing with a well-known record label, Warner Music.  However, life circumstances shifted the path she was on, resulting in a move to Cardigan, PEI, where she drove a school bus for twenty years, followed by fourteen years working with Family Violence Prevention Services. 

    Just before the pandemic hit, Maxine was experiencing good success with her music. And on the advice of a trusted friend and professional business owner, she started Maxine Music. When COVID lock downs ensued, things amped up for her.  Performing live shows from her kitchen table for viewers across the world via Facebook Live with Christopher Cross Music at Home and Facebook’s Ultimate Online Nova Scotia Kitchen Party, Maxine had upwards of ten thousand viewers from all over the world tuning into her shows. This created a snow-ball affect, and soon she was receiving hundreds of comments from viewers, many of which were requests for her to perform with other live music venues in Australia, England, and Scotland.  To date, Maxine is still doing interview calls once a month with a venue in England and her music is currently being played in Scotland, England and Ireland, and on U.S. podcasts.  She also has two #2 singles on the Canadian Indie Country Charts. 

    Maxine’s success can be attributed to her innate passion and drive; both which have been instrumental in overcoming personal and professional challenges she has faced throughout her music career. 

    “Music is engrained in me.  I don’t take no for an answer.  If I can’t go down one road, I’ll go down another.”

    When asked what sets her and her music apart from others, Maxine doesn’t feel she is different.   

    “I am not any different from anyone else in the industry.  I want to reach people through my music.  I think all musicians do.”

    Maxine writes music that people can relate to, reaching them in a way that resonates with them.  Collaboration is an essential part of her work ethic; she regularly joins forces with bluegrass musicians and is a proud member of a Celtic band, Treble with Girls.  

    For more information:

    Web: www.maxinemusic.ca
    Email:  maxine@maxinemusic.ca
    Social Media: FB
     www.facebook.com/maxine.maclennan.9/
    iTunes:  https://music.apple.com/ca/artist/maxine-maclennan/1001211552

  • 22 Oct 2021 12:21 PM | Shelby McDonald (Administrator)

    PEI Business Women’s Association is seeking a professional, energetic and qualified Communications and Events Officer to join our team.

    See full job posting here: PEIBWA Communications and Events Officer .pdf

    Qualified applicants should forward a cover letter and current resume to Margaret Magner, Executive Director, PEI Business Women’s Association.  APPLY HERE. 

    The deadline for applications is Friday, November 5, 2021, at 5:00 PM. 


  • 29 Jun 2021 12:31 PM | Jane MacIsaac (Administrator)

    Are you looking for support for your IDEA, START-UP or GROWTH focused business?

    We have extended the deadline to apply for the 2021 Micro Grant program, sponsored by Maritime Electric

    The program is a member-only funding opportunity designed to help new, growing, and established women entrepreneurs through a non-repayable grant and business skills support. Each year a maximum of four $500 micro grants are awarded.  

    Deadline for submissions is now 12:00 Midnight on Wednesday, July 14th so don't delay!

  • 04 Jun 2021 11:40 AM | Anonymous

    The Atlantic Canadian Women in Growth Partnership (ACWGP) is thrilled to announce its “Federal Procurement – Learn how to do business with the Government of Canada” series this June.

    Have you ever wondered what it takes to land a contract with the Government of Canada? Public Services and Procurement Canada’s Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME) is here to make it easier for smaller businesses to bid on federal contracting opportunities. OSME wants to help small business owners to better understand how the Government of Canada buys goods and services, and how to navigate the process to find opportunities.

    REGISTER HERE!


    REGISTER HERE!


  • 19 May 2021 12:54 PM | Anonymous

    Session 3: How supplier diversity is working 
    This no-cost session is not to be missed! Perfect opportunity to get answers (in English and French) to your supplier diversity questions from the panel of corporate professionals representing both suppliers and purchasers.
    Thursday, May 20, 2021 from 12-1pm ADT | 12:30-1:30pm NDT

    Register Here!

    Session 3: How supplier diversity is working 
    This no-cost session is not to be missed! Perfect opportunity to get answers (in English and French) to your supplier diversity questions from the panel of corporate professionals representing both suppliers and purchasers.
    Thursday, May 20, 2021 from 12-1pm ADT | 12:30-1:30pm NDT

    Register Here!




  • 18 May 2021 5:03 PM | Anonymous


    Tell us about your company:

    Naturally Canada was originally founded in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia in 2015 by myself and my then partner, Greg Conyngham who is no longer with us, but was inspirational in our early days and will always remain in our story! In 2016, when I relocated to Charlottetown, I established the Naturally Canada website.

    The idea for the company began with research in sourcing Canadian sustainable designers and manufacturers of natural products, focusing on sustainable fibres and fair-trade efforts in answer to the harmful impacts of 'fast fashion' on our environment.

    The intention and goal of the company is a need to encourage slow fashion; a wardrobe full of great quality, comfortable, yet stylish pieces that will last a lifetime rather than a closet of synthetic materials that will end up in landfills after a short life span. 

    The company is intended to diversify and include global brands that are really making a difference in producing environmentally friendly, low-impact fashion and related products, that do no harm.  It is committed to helping small businesses and supporting local artisans. 

    It supports One Tree Planted, CarbonClick and advocates for The Ocean Clean-up.

    Have you experienced any unexpected surprises since starting your business?

    Yes, trying to decipher and implement all the necessary marketing channels and understanding the tech side of your business is a constant surprise at which the speed things can change!

    What have your successes been?

    We have received a steady increase in Canadian companies with like-minded views on fast fashion contact us for collaboration which has lead to a steady increase in traffic to our website and a keen interest in our blog 'the movement'.

    How has COVID-19 affected your business? Has it changed the way you operate? Taught you any important lessons?

    In December 2020 we closed our retail shop eco.spirit.emporium in the Confederation Court Mall when our lease expired. Our new website launched in April and we have just started offering our products in a seasonal Pop-Up Market running every Wednesday - Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at our office located at 15 Macausland Drive in Charlottetown.  Customers may also schedule an appointment outside of those hours by calling 902-790-6323.  The Pop-Up Market will also be open this Sunday (May 23rd) from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm for the long weekend.

    Other than COVID-19, what challenges has your business faced and how have you overcome them?

    The challenges are many for any small business.   Keeping current with trends and yet staying true to yourself and your beliefs is so important. Building a strong customer base and nurturing this is key. Knowing who your customer is and marketing to that audience is the single most important area of your business. We have begun to overcome and understand this process and are now in a much stronger position.

     




    For more information, visit:

    Naturally Canada  Website

    Naturally Canada Facebook Page

    Naturally Canada on Instagram

    Natural Canada’s Blog - the movement



  • 12 May 2021 11:54 AM | Anonymous


    Call for Submissions - Symposium 2021 Keynote and Workshop Presenters!

    Are you a dynamic and compelling speaker or facilitator with expertise and knowledge you'd like to share with a diverse audience of women in business?

    We're seeking submissions for Keynote and Workshop presentations for our 2021 Symposium to be held on Tuesday, October 5th

    Applicants must complete our online submission form and include a complete copy of their proposal in PDF format.

    The deadline for submissions is 5:00 pm on Monday, May 31st.


  • 12 May 2021 10:06 AM | Anonymous

    Mary Lou Mamye established Stratford's Own Barbershop in June of 2012.  Specializing in men's haircutting, styling, and grooming, the barbershop's popularity grew quickly, expanding from one barber to four working behind the chair in a short time.  In 2015, Mary Lou had the opportunity to take over the adjacent unit and started Stratford's Own For Her, Hair Studio and employs two Master Stylists and an aesthetician.

    Steadily outgrowing the space for both businesses, Mary Lou is excited to take them to the next level.  In August 2021, she will be relocating, rebranding, and integrating both businesses into a brand new 3,000 square foot unit.  The newly integrated business will be an AVEDA Concept Spa and will have four facets; a classic barbershop, salon, spa, and an AVEDA retail boutique. 

    Based on that growth and with a goal of hiring more staff in the future, Mary Lou applied to the Accelerate HER PEI program in 2020 to seek mentorship and training to help manage the growth, and best prepare for the planned success of the next phase of the businesses for herself, and her team. Her application was successful and she joined the cohort of the 12-week pilot program in January 2021.

    What would you like to share about your experience in the program?

    The Accelerate HER PEI program was very informative and inspiring. Learning to create a goal map and navigate through the various landmarks to ultimately reach my set goal, was truly enlightening. The networking opportunities and resources made available are invaluable in helping women succeed in business.

    What did you like best about the program?

    Truly, fabulous. The organizers kept it organized with the chosen topics and presenters while keeping us informed as to what was taking place. Although we are a diverse group of entrepreneurs, all topics were relevant to each of us.

    How would you describe your experience with the mentor you were matched with for the program?

    Very nice, easy to speak to, relatable and VERY knowledgable.

    What do you anticipate will be the impact on your business as a result of having participated in the Accelerate HER PEI program?

    Besides creating another network of like-minded female entrepreneurs, the biggest impact the program had on me was that there is so much help out there to help your business grow. I had no idea how to access some of the help offered. For instance, who knew that I could hire a business strategist or that someone out there specializes in writing business plans etc? I plan to take advantage of all I've learned from implementing a goal map, funnel writing, speaking to my audience etc.

    For more information, visit:

    Stratford's Own Barbershop Website

    Stratford’s Own Barbershop Facebook Page

    Stratford’s Own For Her Website

    Stratford’s Own For Her Facebook Page



  • 07 May 2021 11:07 AM | Anonymous

    Supplier Diversity Series - Session #2
    The Atlantic Canadian Women in Growth Partnership (ACWGP) is hosting the second of three online presentations about supplier diversity Thursday, May 13th from 12-1pm ADT | 12:30-1:30pm NDT.

    Register for Session #2 here!

    Supplier Diversity Series - Session #2
    The Atlantic Canadian Women in Growth Partnership (ACWGP) is hosting the
    second of three online presentations about supplier diversity Thursday, May 13th from 12-1pm ADT | 12:30-1:30pm NDT.

    Register for Session #2 here!


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