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  • 08 Jul 2024 1:24 PM | Rachelle Wight (Administrator)

    Request for Proposal: Board Governance Training & Policy Development

    Prince Edward Island Business Women’s Association (PEIBWA) is seeking proposals from experienced and qualified consulting firms to conduct a comprehensive Board Governance Review, training, and policy re-write. 

    The organization needs to strengthen its organizational capacity and fiduciary responsibilities. This review and training are critical to identify the needs of the organization and make the necessary policy changes to ensure strong organizational oversight. PEIBWA is in a time of restructuring and identifying the structure and strategy of the organization is crucial to ensure we have a solid foundation moving forward. 

    Please see attached PDF document for full scope of project, application steps, and process. 

    Deadline to submit application: August 1, 2024, 5:00 PM AST. 

    For any inquiries regarding this RFP, please contact Barb Weeks, CEO, at or 902-892-6040

    View and download RFP Board Governance Training & Policy Development here: RFP Governance Training and Policy Development 2024.pdf

  • 16 Apr 2024 3:17 PM | Rachelle Wight (Administrator)

    Request for Proposal Consulting Services Need Assessment - "Charting The Future"

    The Prince Edward Island Business Women’s Association (PEIBWA) is seeking proposals from experienced and qualified consulting firms to conduct a comprehensive needs assessment to aid the organization in planning for the future needs of women owned businesses on PEI. This assessment is critical to identify the gaps between the current state and desired outcomes, enabling PEIBWA to make informed decisions and prioritize improvements and lead the way to a comprehensive strategic planning process in the coming months. We want to ensure that we have the tools and staffing requirements needed to grow the organization and service all diverse groups identified on PEI. Growth in membership, coaching and providing our members with the best tools to grow and succeed in their businesses.

    Please see attached PDF document for full scope of project, application steps, and process. 

    Deadline to submit application: April 26, 2024, 5:00 PM AST. 

    For any inquiries regarding this RFP, please contact Barb Weeks, CEO, at or 902-892-6040

    View and download Charting The Future Request for Proposal here: RFP Needs Assessment PEIBWA Charting The Future.pdf

  • 08 Mar 2024 9:39 AM | Rachelle Wight (Administrator)

    PEI Business Women’s Association Partners with the Interministerial Women’s Secretariat for 2024 Micro-Grant program

    March 8, 2024: The PEI Business Women’s Association (PEIBWA), in partnership with the Interministerial Women’s Secretariat, are pleased to launch a call for applications for the 2024 Micro-Grant program. 

    “As Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, I am pleased to support this initiative of the PEI Business Women’s Association,” says Hon. Natalie Jameson, Minister of Education and Early Years. "Micro-grants have proven to be especially beneficial for women entrepreneurs, and I look forward to the great outcomes they will provide across our province.”

    Five (5) micro-grant winners will receive $1,000 each, and winners will be announced in mid-April following an application and adjudication process. To be eligible to apply, applicants must be or become members in good standing of PEIBWA. 

    “On this International Women’s Day, we are delighted to be announcing a micro-grant partnership with the Interministerial Women’s Secretariat,” says Hannah Martens, Board President, PEIBWA. “These grants provide excellent opportunities and support for women-owned businesses to grow.”

    Information about the program, including a link to the online application, is available on the PEIBWA website. The deadline to apply for this grant is 4:00 pm ADT on Monday, April 2, 2024.

    About PEIBWA

    The PEI Business Women’s Association (PEIBWA) is a member-based not-for-profit organization with a mandate to educate, empower and inspire PEI women to succeed in their business endeavours. Incorporated in 1993, it is the only women’s business association with an Island-wide mandate in the province. PEIBWA provides advisory services, training, opportunities for development, and connections with other women in business.

    Media Contact:

    Rachelle Wight 
    Communications and Events Officer
    phone: 902-892-6040

  • 01 Aug 2023 9:57 AM | Deleted user

    Come join the PEI Business Women’s Association as our new Operations and Special Projects Assistant as we celebrate our 30th-anniversary supporting women in business on PEI!  

    PEIBWA’s Operations and Special Projects Assistant is a professional, energetic and qualified team player who will take the lead with the organization’s day-to-day operations, assist with social media management, and with the planning and execution of projects, workshops, and events. This position reports to the Director of the Rural Women’s Business Centre.

    This is a FT permanent role with a salary range of 43K - 48K, based on a 37.5 hour work week. Full benefits include four weeks of holidays, paid time off between Christmas and New Years, and health benefits. A parking pass is provided for the Charlottetown office. 

    Responsibilities include:

    1. Work two days per week at PEIBWA's Charlottetown office and three days per week at our Central Bedeque location - the Rural Women's Business Centre. Mileage to and from Central Bedeque is reimbursed.

    2. Conduct general office administration duties including monitoring in-person, phone, and email inquiries as well as database administration. Process payments and assist the bookkeeper with compiling documentation for project claims. 

    3. Collaborate as part of a diverse team to conceptualize, plan, promote, and participate in the delivery of programs, events, and workshops (delivered in-person, virtually, and in a hybrid format).

    4. Assist with the planning of signature events including a yearly Symposium and special events related to PEIBWA's 30th Anniversary.

    5. When at the Central Bedeque location, supervise the co-working space and activities taking place on site. 

    6. Periodically attend PEIBWA events, representing and promoting the organization within the community.

    7. Conduct research and assist with proposal writing and project management.

    8. Assist the Communications Officer with social media management, content creation, and fostering engagement online.

    See the full job posting here

  • 14 Apr 2023 2:42 PM | Anonymous

    Summary of Project: To create a book reflecting the contributions of women in business in Prince Edward Island. We see this book as a celebration of PEI business women over the years. The focus will be PEI women who created and led their businesses despite the odds and will include examples of female trailblazers from various industries. It will begin with an introduction to PEIBWA's 30-year history and contributions.


    • Collaborate with the PEIBWBA team to create a vision, tone, look and feel for the book commensurate with the project budget.

    • Outline and manage the steps to get the book to print.

    • Create a detailed table of contents and develop the manuscript (with support from the PEIBWA team).   

    • Recommend ideal format and page length for the book.

    • Include profiles, photos and interviews in the book. 

    • Create and manage the cover design. 

    • Copyedit, provide sample spreads for the PEIBWA team to review. 

    • Full typeset / book design of the manuscript. 

    • Once the manuscript is approved by both teams, provide a thorough copy edit and proofread. 

    • Conduct a final proofread. 

    • Prime book project management, operations, liaison with editors, book designer, printer, distributor and any other team members. 

    • Coordinate printing quotes, timelines and file delivery to the printers, and provide print run recommendations. 

    • Once the manuscript and files are sent to the printer, coordinate printer proofs and oversee the printing process and book delivery to PEIBWA.

    • Book release date - October 1st, 2023

    If you are interested in this project please submit a proposal by April 21, 2023 at 12 noon. Outline the tasks required to ensure success, proposed timeline, total fee (including expenses) to complete the work outlined above. Please include two references and relevant examples of your work.  

    Proposals will be evaluated on a number of criteria including: previous experience, price, availability, and references.

    If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Heather Nicholson, Communications and Events Officer, PEI Business Women’s Association by phone at (902) 892-6040 or by e-mail at

    PEIBWA RFP 30th Anniversary Book 2023.docx.pdf

  • 24 Aug 2022 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    What is the name of your business?

    Katrin Georgi Design Inc.

    Business Website

    What kind of work did you do in the past and what inspired you to start your own business?

    I am originally from Germany where I studied architecture and worked for several years as an architect in Germany. In 1998 I immigrated to Canada, and over the past 23 years I worked for several architectural offices as an architectural technologist (since I never wrote my architectural exams here in Canada, I can't officially call myself an architect here in this country). While working in Ontario I took several building code courses and wrote the exams to qualify as a Designer with a BCIN number. During my 23 years in Ontario I gained substantial experience in institutional, commercial, industrial and residential projects (new, additions and renovations). I was also in charge of color and material selections and the coordination for all the different projects, which is one of my favorite parts in the entire planning and construction process. In recent years I focused more on the residential side of the business, and enjoy the design of new homes for clients, but as well as renovation projects of existing older homes. When I moved to PEI I started a job with a local architectural design studio, but realized that I want to focus on creating a personal connection with the clients, help them to build their dream home and make the entire design & building process an enjoyable experience.

    How long have you owned your business?

    one year

    What challenges have you overcome?

    Being new in the area, being a first time business owner, and getting used to not having an entire team to work with.

    What have your successes been?

    Meeting very nice and satisfied clients, staying in business for the first year now, and having met many nice trades and creating a network.

    What services does your business provide?

    KGDesign provides design and drafting services for clients, contractors, building suppliers and developers. This includes design for residential and commercial projects of Part 9 of the National Building Code and as per subsection 25(3) of the PEI Architects Act. The company helps clients to visualize and design their dream home, be it new construction, an addition to, or renovation of an existing building. This includes concept, permit and construction drawings for simple deck designs, garages, cottages, and residential house designs. I also offer color and material consultation and design.

    What sets you apart from your competitors?

    The depth of my experience (e.g. building code knowledge, etc.), flexibility, creating and maintaining a friendly client - contractor - relationship. Focusing on the clients needs.

    What areas do you serve?

    Mostly the eastern part of PEI, but I also have clients on the West Side of side of the island. And I also provide services in Ontario

    Is there something else we need to know about your business or that you would like to add?

    I like to keep a healthy balance between work and my personal life, that I share with my two dogs & two cats. I enjoy spending time outdoors, discover the island and some of those amazing old buildings (my passion is old farmhouses, old schoolhouses, etc. and also renovated a few those in the past 20 years) .

  • 03 Aug 2022 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    This week, Jin (Cathy) Wen from Wenever Pastry is in the spotlight. Cathy joined as a PEIBWA Member in June and her pastry business is an upfront store located in Summerside!

    Name of Business: Wenever Pastry Inc.

    What kind of work did you do in the past and what inspired you to start your own business?

    I worked at HSBC as a marketing manager for many years. After I realized that my talent and passion was in the kitchen, I quit my job and went to Le Cordon Bleu in Paris to start over. After graduation and starting working in Paris as a pâtissier, I decided to pursue this profession as my career. I tried to attend some competitions like Chocolate Salon in Paris, and had the opportunity to work with many amazing chefs. During this time, I drew a lot of inspiration and ideas from my job. After a coupIe of years, I decided to open my own pastry shop.

    How long have you owned your business?

    I registered the brand name "Wenever Pastry" in 2019 when I worked in Paris and I opened up the physical shop in June 2022.

    What have your successes been?

    This is the very first time for me to run a business, and I haven’t had any successful experience before. But I have faith in my business .

    What services does your business provide?

    We focus on the cream puff related products, and we accept pre-order for special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries. We also provide service to local businesses as a food vendor, such as designing unique pastries for cafes and restaurants.

    What sets you apart from your competitors?

    We want to focus on the French pasty and keep learning and innovating the products. We want to introduce authentic French flavors to our customers.

    What areas do you serve?

    We provide service for the entire Island. 

    How can people contact you?

  • 02 Aug 2022 12:20 PM | Anonymous

    The PEI Business Women’s Association (PEIBWA) is pleased to announce that Sarah Bennetto O’Brien, owner of The Handpie Company located in Albany, PEI is the winner of the 2022 Sensational Summer PitchFest Competition launched in May. This program – the first of its kind in PEI – was a competitive pitch competition for women entrepreneurs from across PEI seeking to grow and expand their operations.

    Judges – Cathy Bennett, Founding Manager & Partner, Sandpiper Ventures; Martie Murphy, Co-Owner, D.P. Murphy; Cathy Rose, Owner-Operator, Rose Dental Lab/Seaspray PEI Vacation Rentals & PEI Business Advisory Services; and Margaret Magner, CEO, PEIBWA - determined that O’Brien’s project had the most potential for success and would benefit from the $15,000 cash prize. The Handpie Company is in the process of scaling up its operations and capacity with an ambitious expansion of facility space from 2,400 to 11,000 square feet this fall.

    PEIBWA CEO, Margaret Magner was impressed by the quality of all the competition applicants. (...)

    Funding for PEIBWA’s Sensational Summer PitchFest 2022 was provided by the Interministerial Women’s Secretariat, as well as the Atlantic Canadian Women in Growth Project through ACOA.

    To read our Press Release, CLICK HERE

    To Learn More about this Program, CLICK HERE.

  • 15 Jul 2022 10:41 AM | Anonymous

    The PEI Business Women’s Association (PEIBWA) is excited to announce a new partnership with Copper Bottom Brewing Company to launch the Copper Bottom x PEIBWA Micro Grant Program!

    Copper Bottom is releasing a beer called “Betty’s Ale”, commemorating Island singer- songwriter Ashley Condon's mother, as part of their GiveBack Initiative series. (...)

    $1 from each can or pint of this beer sold will be donated to PEIBWA, which will then be used to support a micro-grant program to advance Island women in business.

    (...) This Micro Grant 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. Five $500 micro grants will be awarded through this partnership. Applications will remain open until Friday, August 12, 2022, at midnight.

    To read our Press Release, CLICK HERE

    To Learn More about this Program, CLICK HERE.

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