On behalf of the Board of Directors of PEI Business Women’s Association, we congratulate Hannah Bell on winning the District 11 by-election. She ran a great campaign and demonstrated incredible leadership on the campaign trail. We are proud to see another woman in leadership within the PEI Government. We are confident Hannah will represent her constituents and be a strong voice in the legislature for her district as well as on women's issues.
She will be missed by the board, staff and membership of PEI Business Women's Association and we wish her much success in her new political career.
Under Hannah's direction, and with the support of the incredible PEIBWA staff, the organization has flourished in the past 5 years. We have seen strong growth, new programming and more diversity within the organization.
Hannah leaves behind a strong organization with committed, talented staff. Hannah will be working with the PEIBWA board and staff until the end of 2017 as she transitions out of her position and will remain available as a volunteer consultant in early 2018. The PEI Business Women's Association board have started the search process and the new Executive Director will be announced at the AGM. Until then, it is business as usual at PEIBWA.
Did you know that Anderson House serves approximately 65 women and 35 children at the shelter each year and another 450+ families through their outreach offices?
As a part of the Christmas Wish Program PEIBWA will be donating gift cards, in $25 increments, that will enable mothers to shop for their children's gifts and their holiday meals. PEIBWA members can donate cards to the office, or donate via the secure form and we will purchase cards on your behalf.
Cards that are able to fulfill the most wishes are from: Walmart, Best Buy, Indigo, Owls Hollow, Sobeys/Superstore (to help with Christmas Dinner).
The deadline to donate a gift card is Thursday, December 14th at 5pm.
A new pilot program from the PEI Business Women's Association, with support provided by the Interministerial Women's Secretariat, is looking to challenge participants to think beyond traditional and stereotypical views of leadership, while encouraging the development of modern leadership skills and competencies.
Full details on the PEIBWA Women Leadership Pilot Program, including application information, can be found HERE. This pilot program closes for applications on November 10th at 12pm.
On Monday, October 30th, PEI Business Women’s Association's executive director, Hannah Bell, won the Green Party nomination in District 11, Charlottetown-Parkdale. The board of directors is excited and in full support of Hannah’s political endeavour to make a difference in the lives of Islanders and help set an example for women entering politics on PEI.
During the month of November, Hannah will take a leave of absence from her role at the association to participate in the by-election campaign with the total support of the Board of Directors. The Board is happy to report that all programming at the PEI Business Women’s Association will continue as scheduled.
The association is very fortunate to have talented, capable staff and board members who will ensure that it is business as usual at PEIBWA, while supporting Hannah on every step of the journey.
The 2018 Women in Business Symposium is returning to Confederation Centre of the Arts on a new date for 2018. Save the date: April 24th.
The 2018 Women in Business Symposium is an 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.
A limited number of Early Bird tickets are now available for both PEIBWA members and non-PEIBWA members. Full details and registration information can be found HERE.
If you're interested in becoming involved with 2018 Women in Business Symposium as either a sponsor or a speaker get in touch with Shannon.
Ladies Learning Code in partnership with Code Atlantic are presenting a 7 week part time course this fall starting September 25. This program is designed to give beginners essential 21st century skills you can start using in your personal life and/or professional life right away. By the end of 7 weeks, you’ll have learned important skills to help you read, write and participate on the Web. You’ll understand what things like HTML & CSS, jQuery, SEO, SEM mean, how to use them and you will have created your very own website.
Registration is now open - financial assistance may be available via the LLC scholarship program.
PEIBWA is thrilled to announce a new chapter in our services and support to women in business in PEI - the UPEI Chapter! This affiliate body will support students in any faculty at UPEI with a membership of both the student society and the Association.
This initiative is student-led, and will be delivered with a focus on the students and their needs. You can provide support through sponsorship or by participating in upcoming events - we'll keep you posted via social media and our newsletter!
Be a part of this unique entrepreneur escape on PEI.
Join us 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 what you do and why you are so great at that thing you do.
Discounted early bird registrations are only available until July 30th, after that registration switches over to full price. PEIBWA members receive a preferred rate to attend Camp Dynamo 2017.
Camp Dynamo will be taking place at beautiful Dalvay by the Sea September 29 - October 1...but please note when we say camping there will be no sleeping in tents! Dalvay by the Sea is a historic luxury hotel located in the National Park.
For full details and registration information click on over to the Camp Dynamo page.
The Business Women’s Summer Summit on July 26 will be an afternoon geared towards networking, fostering skills, and acquiring the knowledge needed to excel in entrepreneurship. Sharing her stories of hardships and success, keynote, Amber Mac, a native Islander who has seen tremendous success online after deciding to start her own business rather than continue down the corporate path. She will describe just what it takes to be a successful female entrepreneur. Preceding Amber Mac will be local industry professionals leading sessions on coaching, finding balance, and more.
Startup Zone in partnership with the PEI Business Women’s Association are proud to open this limited seating event to the public at no charge.
Stay tuned for more details on speakers and workshops! Register HERE.
The PEI Business Women’s Association announced the recipients of the 2017 PEIBWA Micro-Grant in support of Women in Business at an event in Charlottetown 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 in 2016 and continuing to make it available, we can directly support Island women to follow their dreams of business success,” explained Sarah Dunphy, president of PEIBWA. “Funds for the micro-grants are allocated from our annual fundraising events (Camp Dynamo and Women in Business Symposium) and are open to any woman who is a 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 once again to support from private donors who have chosen to stay anonymous, we are able to offer five micro-grants this year, more than doubling what we were originally able to offer this year,” 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 close to thirty applications from women in the following communities across the Island: Clinton, Montague, Donaldston, Brookfield, Iona, Summerside, Pinette, Scotchfort, Stratford, Marshfield 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 2017 are Judith Bayliss (Ruby Lou PEI), Eva Bulman (Eva’s Landscaping and Flower Bed Maintenance), Ashley Condon (Copper Bottom Brewing), Jana Hemphill (Storybook Adventures & Nature Retreat Inc) and Jenny O’Halloran (Jenny’s Foot Care).
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