• 05 Aug 2020 4:35 PM | Anonymous

    We are compiling a registry of professional service providers that would like to be made aware of upcoming PEIBWA sponsored programs.

    If your organization provides professional services and would like to be added to the registry, we invite you to submit your profile, using the button below.

    If you'd like more information about the registry, please contact PEIBWA Business Development and Membership Officer Jane L. MacIsaac at or 902-218-2266

    Submissions to the registry can be made through this link.

  • 04 Aug 2020 5:17 PM | Anonymous

    Jane and Sue’s Hey Splendid

    Jane & Sue’s Hey Splendid is primarily a purveyor of fine chocolate. We are sisters, chocolatiers, and bakers. Using premium ingredients, thoughtfully sourced, we create delicious and beautiful chocolate bonbons, bars, and seasonal creations. We also make decadent sauces, (salted caramel sauce, chocolate hazelnut sauce), our vegan granola made with organic ingredients, and most recently, we are developing some delicious gluten free baking (it is possible!!). We use fine Belgian chocolate, choosing only chocolate that is part of a program to support the cocao farmers and producers in their country of origin. We strive to use organic and local ingredients whenever possible.

    Later this month, we hope to have our new retail shop in Stanley Bridge open. This new space will provide us with a larger production area and a small retail space.

    About Us:

    Both of us have been self-employed in the past. Years ago, Sue had a restaurant and tea room in Hamilton Ontario. For a time, Jane worked there, too. And from that time - throughout our lives, through the birth of our children, their growth to maturity, and our own separate paths for several decades, we dreamed of some day having a business together - sharing our love of good food. And finally, we were able to make that happen.

    Sue came to PEI in 2002. Retiring from a career as a cardiac sonographer in 2015, Sue enrolled in the Pastry Arts Program at the Culinary Institute that same year. Jane had a career as a veterinary sonographer, operating a her own successful mobile veterinary ultrasound service in Ontario. As our plans and dream grew, Jane made the giant leap, sold her business, and moved to PEI in 2018. And so began Jane & Sue’s Artisan Bread and Chocolate.

    Pivot and Pivot and Pivot!

    The success of Jane’s organic sourdough breads was HUGE. Sue made the croissants and pastries, and of course, chocolate. We were delighted and overwhelmed with the response and started making plans to expand our production from the separate kitchen in our house, to a new dedicated space.

    Early in 2020, our baking came to a screeching halt. Jane discovered she had developed baker’s asthma and a wheat allergy. She is unable to even be in the same building where flour is being used. Sadly, we had to discontinue the bread baking and reshape our business model.

    We decided to focus on the chocolate. It was exciting to create new recipes and flavours, now that we had the time. Our plans for the new production space continued, and after searching for a new home for our business, we found it in Stanley Bridge. We signed the papers and were the proud owners of our new space the middle of March. A week later, the Island and the country shut down with the pandemic.

    Like so many other businesses, we began to reinvent ourselves. The Farmers Markets were closed so we began to offer our products online. Thanks to Amy and Verena at HeartBeet Organics, and Sharon at Bloom House Florist, we were able to salvage our Easter and Mothers’ Day Chocolate sales.

    What’s Next?

    Our new shop will showcase the world of chocolate. We will offer a selection of products, including bars, bonbons, seasonal treats, sauces and beverages Our hand painted chocolate bonbons are unique to PEI. It is our hope to offer chocolate tasting sessions, as the COVID restrictions ease. We are also developing our online store to compliment the shop.

    COVID has taught us to never take anything for granted. It has also taught us that we are more resilient and creative than we realized. While change is difficult, we always learn and grow from it.

    We our always so grateful for our customers. We are delighted and encouraged that they like our creations.

    We have been encouraged and supported in our efforts by women who own and operate their own business here in PEI. The support we have received from these women in business has been truly AMAZING. Thank you so much!

    Perhaps the most important thing we have to offer is this: If you have a dream, go for it. Never give up. It’s never too late to make your dream come true.

    Where To Find Us

    You can find us at the Summerside Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings year-round. Our chocolate is also available at

    • Farmacy & Fermentary in Charlottetown (order online at Heart Beet Organics)
    • The Mill in New Glasgow, (Emily Wells Restaurant and Marche),
    •  Samuels Coffee House in Summerside or in Avonlea Village.

    We also have products available online, and we are happy to put together custom orders upon request.

    We can be reached by:


    Facebook: heysplendid

    Instagram: splenidid_eatwell


  • 15 Jul 2020 2:07 PM | Anonymous

    PEIBWA is excited to partner with Women’s Business Organizations across Atlantic Canada to present a new series to connect women entrepreneurs!

    The Atlantic Women’s Business Series will feature interviews with women business leaders from across Atlantic Canada who will share their personal stories of how they got started, what barriers they faced and what they’ve learned along the way.

    The first in our virtual series is Women Leading the Way in Trades on Tuesday, July 21 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm (Atlantic). We’ll have time for Q&A and networking and we’d love to hear from you!

    Click here for more details and to register.

  • 10 Jul 2020 12:52 PM | Anonymous

    PEI Business Women’s Association

    Part-time Office Administrator

    PEI Business Women’s Association is seeking a professional and qualified team player as its part-time Office Administrator to conduct day-to-day office administrative duties, assist other PEIBWA staff members, and support special projects. This position is based at the PEIBWA  Charlottetown office, 20 hours per week.

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

    • Provide administrative support to the Executive Director, including assistance with regular reporting to funders and to the PEIBWA Board of Directors.

    • Support the accounting process as acting as a liaison between the organization and accounting services. Prepare and make all bank deposits.

    • Organize and participate in in-person or online team meetings.

    • Answer phones and check email, providing information in a professional manner and/or directing inquiries to the appropriate staff members.

    • Maintain and manage G Suite and other software programs as the organization’s Administrator.

    • Track upcoming community events and maintain a shared community events calendar to be referenced by all PEIBWA staff.

    • Maintain an effective, confidential, and accountable filing system.

    • Assist all staff in the planning, execution and administration of PEIBWA in-person and virtual events.

    • Assist the Business Development and Membership Officer in maintaining good communication with members using the Wild Apricot customer relationship management system. 

    • Assist Communications & Engagement Officer with maintenance and analytics of social media channels.

    • Maintain the PEIBWA online lending library of resource materials and oversee the lending process to members.

    • Manage the booking & use of the PEIBWA boardroom.

    • Order office supplies and maintain inventory, including PEIBWA merchandise. 

    • Other duties as required by the Executive Director.

    Formal Education/Training Required:

    Office Administration training or equivalent work experience (minimum 3-5 years). Experience working with non-profit organizations, bookkeeping, and/or accounting experience would be considered an asset.

    A keen interest in supporting the needs of women in business. Motivated and eager to build upon their own knowledge through continuous learning.

    Excellent troubleshooting skills. A self-starter who can prioritize tasks and juggle multiple projects while meeting deadlines. Self-directed and comfortable working with minimal supervision.

    Intermediate to advanced skills in MS Office, particularly Word and Excel. Able to navigate online and utilize Dropbox and GSuite. Experience with or willingness to learn and use online team collaboration tools such as Slack, Google Teams, Sharpoint, etc.

    Knowledge of customer relationship management system; experience using Wild Apricot, in particular, would be an asset.

    Excellent oral and written communication skills with an eye for detail. 

    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.

    Reliable and client-focused. 

    Qualified applicants should forward an electronic resume and cover letter to Margaret Magner, Executive Director, PEI Business Women’s Association. For more information, send an ​email in confidence to with “Part-Time Office Administrator” in the subject line.


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

  • 18 Jun 2020 3:28 PM | Anonymous

    A virtual roundtable discussing opportunities, challenges, and successes for Indigenous women entrepreneurs in Prince Edward Island!Ashley Richard, National indigenous Outreach and Partnership Development Lead for Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub is hosting a series of virtual roundtable discussion events for Indigenous Women entrepreneurs and those organizations supporting them.

    At this Zoom roundtable, Indigenous women will have the opportunity to share their experiences as an entrepreneur, what needs they have as business owners, any challenges faced, and in light of recent events, will have the opportunity to share how COVID-19 has affected them. The purpose of this roundtable is to assist WEKH in creating a comprehensive needs analysis on Indigenous women entrepreneurs.

    Registration for this event is through Eventbrite at this link:

  • 10 Jun 2020 2:57 PM | Anonymous

    Register to attend the Roundtable HERE.

  • 27 May 2020 2:22 PM | Anonymous

    PEIBWA COVID-19 Operational Update:

    Beginning on Monday, June 1st the Rural Women's Business Centre will be open Monday-Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, operating with strict protocols regarding sanitization and social distancing.  If you'd like to learn more about the Centre, its programs and services, please contact Manager Shelley Jessop, at or 902-213-7902.  

    PEIBWA staff will also begin to be available in the Charlottetown office on a rotating basis operating with strict protocols regarding sanitization and social distancing. We invite you to call us first at 902-892-6040 before stopping by.

  • 26 May 2020 8:37 PM | Anonymous

    PEIBWA Special General Meeting

    Monday, June 8, 2020

    online via Zoom

    10:00 am - 11:00 am


    May 25, 2020

    Dear Members,

    You may recall that due to inclement weather, we were forced to reschedule the 2020 PEIBWA Annual General Meeting from Thursday, February 27th to Friday, February 28th.  Although the meeting went ahead on that date, we did not have quorum (a minimum of 20 current members eligible to vote).  The result of this is that a number of important matters required by PEIBWA's by-laws could not be verified that day.

    In order to address and complete those outstanding matters, we are holding a Special General Meeting online (via Zoom) on Monday, June 8, 2020 from 10:00 am - 11:00 am.  It is essential that a minimum of 20 current members eligible to vote join us for that hour to ensure a quorum. 

     We hope you can join us for this important event which will give you an opportunity to learn more about our plans for the year ahead and to cast your vote on important proposed Resolutions intended to improve the governance of the organization.

    Pre-registration for the meeting is required at this link

    Once you have registered, you will receive Zoom login information for the meeting.

    We hope you will be able to join us on June 8th and I invite you to contact me should you have any questions.

    Margaret Magner

    Executive Director
    Prince Edward Island Business Women's Association
    (902) 892-6040

  • 11 May 2020 4:35 PM | Anonymous

    The PEI Business Women's Association 2020 Symposium is the premier event for women in business in PEI. Due to the ongoing public health restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Symposium has been rescheduled to Tuesday, October 6 at the Florence Simmons Hall, located on the Charlottetown campus of Holland College

    This one-day annual event attracts a full spectrum of women in business from across the Island including start-up entrepreneurs, established business owners, mid-career business professionals, urban and rural entrepreneurs, newcomers launching their businesses, and students.

    We are currently seeking proposals for Symposium keynote speakers and workshop leaders.

    Please complete the online form at this link to submit your proposal. 

    Deadline for submissions is Friday, May 15, 2020. 

  • 06 May 2020 2:37 PM | Anonymous

    Lucky Bee Homestead is a small farm in Murray Harbour North owned and operated by Sabine & Michael Schoenknecht.  They manufacture authentic German food like mustard, low sugar jam, glazed almonds, as well as bread and soups.

    Michael and Sabine bought their “little piece of heaven” in early spring 2013 when they moved to the Island.  They both grew up in families where the tradition was to grow and preserve food for winter. They were making jams, pickles, sauerkraut and canned all vegetables coming from their garden. “There is nothing better than to open a glass of jam or veggies in the middle of winter - bringing the summer back into the house!” Sabine explains: “I didn't really like my job as a cashier and I wanted to provide some healthy food for the people.” They started on a part-time basis 3 years ago but have been operating it on a full-time basis for the past 2 years.

    “We use as many natural or organic ingredients in our products as possible, we treat our animals and our land with respect, and being sustainable and green is our top priority.”

    Cooking was always a big part of Sabine’s life. She is a trained chef and hospitality specialist who worked in many different high-end restaurants, hotels and cruise ships. She also a degree as a hotel & restaurant business economist. Michael joined her passion and is now the creative part of their little enterprise.

    Covid-19 has affected the business in a big way. “Our main work is to travel to different shows and promote our mustard off Island - people need to try the difference to pay the higher price for it. So not be able to do that, it is difficult to promote that side of business and sell the product. We are starting again making bread, soups and other comfort food to gain revenue and maybe not be forced to use any government help. This situation taught me again, I was a big believer in that before, that we have to focus on buy local and not be dependent on foreign companies. Everybody should have a little garden to provide them self with some food - or know how to cook and bake.”

    They sold soup during the first year of business, and recently reintroduced them to their product line. The business has shifted more focus towards social media. It already had an online shop established prior to COVID-19 pandemic, so it was more of a matter of adjusting to offer more items for delivery locally and re-introducing items that they used to sell as a means of increasing revenues. The business has seen a significant increase in local sales and the local community has been very supportive They are offering delivery for orders over $30 from Summerside to Montague. Delivery will be on Saturdays. 

    When asked what their biggest challenges related to the pandemic have been Sabine said “The health regulations (which are necessary), the pricing of the products, getting into stores on and off the Island. Hard work and education - networking.”

    And when asked about successes she shared “Within a year we managed to get into 20 shops off-Island and several on the Island which are mostly seasonal. We’ve been in the news last year in Nova Scotia, and we were featured in several magazines like Saltscapes and Salty. Success is also the smile on the face of people who try our mustard and other products.”

    Lucky Bee Homestead

    Sabine & Michael Schoenknecht