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  • 05 Dec 2019 12:17 PM | Sparrow McGowan (Administrator)

    The PEI Business Women’s Association is part of an exciting new initiative with the other three women in business centres in Atlantic Canada. Together, we will share best practices and develop new programs to ensure woman-owned businesses in years one-to-five scale up and consider exporting. We will also deliver new programs to ensure currently underserved women in the trades, technology and STEM fields, as well as Indigneous women, newcomers, women with disabilities, and women in rural areas have the support, training, and mentorship they need to succeed. 

    PEIBWA is seeking a professional and entrepreneurial team player to serve as the Project Coordinator for this new initiative. This position reports to the Executive Director Margaret Magner and is funded until 2023. 

    Education and Experience

    • Degree in business administration or a relevant field of study from a recognized university. An MBA degree is an asset. 

    • At least five years of increasingly more responsible experience managing a business. 

    • Experience in the promotion and marketing of business support programs to the community.

    • Experience in working with economic development concepts, programs and networks, preferably in Atlantic Canada.

    • Experience in mentoring and entrepreneurship counselling.

    • Facilitation and workshop skills, including experience sourcing, organizing and contracting presenters, driving customized content from needs assessment. 

    • Experience in managing resources. 

    Skills and Responsibilities

    • Knowledge of global markets, and the region's business environment, economic challenges and opportunities, and their impact on economic growth.

    • Knowledge of the challenges experienced by women business owners and professionals, including those in underserved groups.

    • Recruit female entrepreneurs and women business owners who are export interested.

    • Promote principles and practices related to business management, market and financial analysis, supplier diversity, and exporting.

    • Deliver business advising on financial management, sales and revenue growth, marketing, leadership, human resources development and other business functions based on the client’s needs.

    • Develop, implement and evaluate networking opportunities, workshops, and growth programs for women business owners and professionals.

    • Match participants with experienced business owners/leaders for additional mentoring and support in early stages of business. 

    • Collect and document business growth metrics and client notes from each participant for ongoing follow-up and client success tracking.

    • Build coalitions amongst internal stakeholders, including other women in business centres in Atlantic Canada..

    • Liaise with external partners to collaborate on program development and delivery for women entrepreneurs.

    • Identify and respond to the business needs of PEIBWA members and grow membership.

    • Identify, analyze and resolve complex issues.

    • Work in a self-directed environment, take initiative, and represent the organization professionally..

    • 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. 

    • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; essential computer skills for word processing, maintaining client records, preparing presentations and producing handout materials.

    • Media and public relations experience; understanding of social media marketing, platforms and strategies.

    • Bilingualism (an asset).

    This position will be based in the Charlottetown office, but will coordinate the program across the province. The Coordinator will be expected to travel throughout the province and outside the province at times and extended hours of work may be required. Other duties may be assigned by the Executive Director. 

    Qualified applicants should forward an electronic resume and cover letter to Margaret Magner, Executive Director, PEI Business Women’s Association HERE. For more information, send an ​email in confidence to margaret@peibwa.org with “Project Coordinator” in the subject line.

    THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19TH, AT 2:00PM ADT. 

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

  • 12 Nov 2019 2:42 PM | Sparrow McGowan (Administrator)

    *La version française suit*

    Centre to increase accessibility to professional and business resources for rural Island women in the central Queens to west Prince regions

    The PEI Business Women’s Association’s new Rural Women’s Business Centre, located in Central Bedeque, is officially open.

    The Centre held its Grand Opening on November 12, 2019, welcoming partner organizations and members to tour the redeveloped space in the Wm Callbeck Centre. The Centre, which will complement the programs and services currently run out of the organization’s office in Charlottetown, will predominantly serve women in the central Queens to west Prince regions.

    “As the only business women’s association in the province with an Island-wide mandate, we look forward to further extending our programs and services. The Centre will be a place for women to find the support and inspiration they need to succeed in their business endeavours, whether they’re start-up entrepreneurs, established business owners, mid-career business professionals or students. We look forward to welcoming women into the Centre and supporting them in achieving entrepreneurial and professional success,” says Margaret Magner, Executive Director, PEI Women’s Business Association.

    The Centre’s programs and services are being designed to respond to the business and professional needs of rural women in PEI, at every stage of their career and business. As such, an advisory group of women from central Queens to west Prince Counties is helping to guide the development of the Centre and the services offered, including: a bright and comfortable co-working space; training sessions and workshops; inspiring guest speakers; networking events; business advising and assistance; and access to technology to participate in PEI and regional events remotely from the Centre.

    The Government of Canada has contributed funding for the Centre through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s Regional Economic Growth through Innovation program, with additional funding from the Government of Prince Edward Island.


    La PEI Business Women's Association inaugure le Centre d'affaires pour femmes rurales à Central Bedeque

    Le centre facilitera l'accessibilité aux ressources professionnelles et commerciales pour les femmes des régions rurales de l'Île, de Queens central à Prince-Ouest

    Le nouveau Centre d'affaires des femmes rurales de la PEI Business Women's Association, situé à Central Bedeque, est officiellement ouvert.

    Le Centre a tenu son ouverture officielle le 12 novembre 2019, accueillant ses organismes partenaires et ses membres pour une visite des locaux réaménagés du Centre Wm Callbeck. Le Centre, qui complémentera les programmes et services actuellement offerts par le bureau de l'organisme à Charlottetown, desservira principalement les femmes des régions de Queens Central et Prince-Ouest.

    « En tant que seule association de femmes d'affaires de la province ayant un mandat à l'échelle de l'Île, nous avons hâte d'élargir davantage nos programmes et services. Le Centre sera un endroit où les femmes pourront trouver le soutien et l'inspiration dont elles ont besoin pour réussir dans leurs projets d’affaires, qu'elles soient des entrepreneurs en démarrage, des propriétaires d'entreprise établis, des professionnelles en milieu de carrière ou des étudiantes. Nous avons hâte d'accueillir les femmes au Centre et de les aider à réussir sur le plan entrepreneurial et professionnel, » affirme Margaret Magner, directrice générale de la PEI Women's Business Association.

    Les programmes et services du Centre sont conçus pour répondre aux besoins commerciaux et professionnels des femmes rurales de l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard, à toutes les étapes de leur carrière et de leur entreprise. Ainsi, un comité consultatif de femmes des régions de Central Queens et de Prince-Ouest aide à orienter le développement du Centre et des services offerts, y compris : un espace de travail conjoint lumineux et confortable ; des séances de formation et des ateliers ; des conférenciers invités inspirants ; des activités de réseautage ; des conseils et appuis d’affaires; et un accès à la technologie pour participer aux activités régionales et de l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard à distance à partir du Centre.

    Le gouvernement du Canada a contribué au financement du Centre dans le cadre du programme Croissance économique régionale par l'innovation de l'Agence de promotion économique du Canada atlantique, avec un financement supplémentaire du gouvernement de l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard.

  • 19 Jul 2019 8:46 AM | Sparrow McGowan (Administrator)

    The PEI Business Women’s Association (PEIBWA) announced four recipients of this year’s PEIBWA Micro Grants at a reception hosted by Her Honour Antoinette Perry, Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island on July 18, 2019.

    The PEIBWA Micro Grants are designed to help new, growing, and established women entrepreneurs through a non-repayable grant and business skills support. The grant provides successful applicants with an investment of up to $500.

    “This year’s Micro Grant applications saw an impressive number of applicants from across a wide range of industries. While the grant is a small investment, it can often provide recipients with a helpful boost to get them over a business hurdle. We are pleased to support the four chosen recipients and look forward to watching them grow their Island businesses,” says Margaret Magner, Executive Director of PEIBWA.

    The 2019 recipients are:

    • Harmonie Richard, Paraska's Place: Paraska’s Place sells crystal earrings in over 20 shops across Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick, and on Etsy.
    • Sabine Schoenknecht, Atlantic Mustard Mill: Atlantic Mustard Mill is a gourmet food manufacturer, creating gourmet mustard and mustard related products.
    • Britannia Willes, Unpacked: Unpacked is PEI's first ever package-free shop, providing the everyday consumer with a sustainable, plastic free way to shop.
    • Helena Wood, Mosaic Management: Mosaic Management is an event management service for individuals and businesses looking to host small- to medium-sized events.

    PEIBWA Micro Grants are open for application to PEIBWA members in good standing who are residents of PEI. Recipients are chosen by a selection committee, comprised of individuals selected for their industry experience and knowledge.

  • 09 Jul 2019 12:30 PM | Sparrow McGowan (Administrator)

    The PEI Business Women’s Association (PEIBWA) is pleased to announce that it has received a multi-year commitment of $485,000 under the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES), for their contribution to The Atlantic Canadian Women in Business Growth Partnership.

    "The PEI Business Women's Association is thrilled to partner with the Centre for Women in Business, the Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs, and the New Brunswick Association of CBDC's Women in Business Initiative through this multi-year initiative funded by a generous Women Entrepreneurship Strategy investment," says Margaret Magner, PEIBWA Executive Director. "Together, we will share best practices and develop new programs to ensure women entrepreneurs across Atlantic Canada can launch and grow their businesses, and women in the trades, technology and STEM fields, as well as Indigenous women, newcomers, women with disabilities and women in rural areas, have the support, training and mentorship they need to succeed."

    In Atlantic Canada, fewer than one in six small and medium-sized enterprises (15%) are majority-owned by women. The WES funding announcement builds on PEIBWA’s recent announcement of funding from both the Government of Canada and the PEI Provincial Government for a new Rural Women’s Business Centre. Together, these initiatives will provide new resources and supports for women business owners and professionals across PEI, so they are able to succeed in their business and career endeavors.

    "Two weeks ago, we were pleased to announce federal and provincial funding to establish the Rural Women's Business Centre in Central Bedeque to help serve the needs of PEI's rural business entrepreneurs and professionals," says Miriam Vializ Briggs, PEIBWA President. "With today's Women Entrepreneurship Strategy funding, we will be able to broaden and strengthen our partnerships across Atlantic Canada and promote innovative business resources developed in our province. It's a great day for the business women of PEI and for PEIBWA!"

    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 and has a membership of over 450 women entrepreneurs and business professionals. PEIBWA provides advisory services, training, opportunities for development, and connections with other women in business. www.peibwa.org

    Media contact:
    Sparrow McGowan
    Events & Communications Officer
    sparrow@peibwa.org
    902-892-6040


  • 03 Jul 2019 12:47 PM | Sparrow McGowan (Administrator)

    The PEI Business Women’s Association is launching an exciting new expansion to better serve rural women business owners and professionals in the form of a Rural Women’s Business Centre located in Central Bedeque. This initiative will support Island business women in rural PEI by enabling PEIBWA to offer training; promote networking and mentoring; establish co-working space and advisory services; and help advance a thriving rural business environment.

    PEIBWA is seeking a professional and entrepreneurial team player to serve as the inaugural manager of the Rural Women’s Business Centre. This position reports to the Executive Director Margaret Magner.

    Education and Experience

    • Degree in business administration or a relevant field of study from a recognized university. An MBA degree is preferred.
    • At least five years of increasingly more responsible experience managing a business.
    • Experience in the promotion and marketing of business support and professional development programs to the community.
    • Experience in the development and implementation of activities and events for women business owners and professionals.
    • Experience in working with economic development concepts, programs and networks, preferably in Atlantic Canada.
    • Experience in delivering business advisory services and entrepreneurship counselling.
    • Facilitation and workshop skills/experience.
    • Experience in managing resources.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    • Knowledge of the region's business environment, economic challenges and opportunities and their impact on economic growth.
    • Knowledge of the principles and practices related to business management, market and financial analysis.
    • Knowledge of the challenges experienced by women business owners and professionals.
    • Ability to identify, analyze and resolve complex issues.
    • Ability to initiate, evaluate and manage projects.
    • Ability to build coalitions amongst stakeholders.
    • Ability to identify and respond to the business and professional development needs of PEIBWA members and grow membership.
    • Ability to work in a self-directed environment.
    • Ability to take initiative.
    • Ability to coordinate and plan information sessions and workshops.
    • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
    • Essential computer skills for word processing, maintaining client records, preparing presentations and producing handout materials.
    • Ability to maintain an effective, confidential and accountable filing system.
    • Media and public relations experience; understanding of social media marketing, platforms and strategies.
    • Bilingualism (an asset).

    This position will be primarily based in the Central Bedeque location, although workspace will be provided in the Charlottetown office, as well. The Manager will need to attend meetings in the Charlottetown office as required. The Manager will be expected to travel throughout the province at times and extended hours of work will be required. Other duties may be assigned by the Executive Director.

    Qualified applicants should forward an electronic resume and cover letter to Margaret Magner, Executive Director, PEI Business Women’s Association HERE. For more information, send an email in confidence to margaret@peibwa.org with “Rural Women’s Business Centre Manager” in the subject line.

    THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS FRIDAY, JULY 26th, AT 2:00PM ADT.

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

  • 26 Jun 2019 3:03 PM | Sparrow McGowan (Administrator)

    We are excited to announce that the PEI Business Women’s Association has received funding for a new Rural Women’s Business Centre, thanks to the governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island.

    The Honourable Wayne Easter, Member of Parliament for Malpeque, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), along with the Honourable Jamie Fox, PEI Minister of Fisheries and Communities, joined PEIBWA Executive Director Margaret Magner, PEIBWA President Miriam Vializ Briggs, and members of PEIBWA to make the announcement today.

    “The Government of Canada has a goal to double the number of majority women-owned businesses by 2025; I am pleased to announce this support to the PEI Business Women’s Association to help create this new innovative and collaborative co-working space. For more than two decades, PEIBWA has been an essential resource for our business community with its programming offered to professional and business women across the Island. This new business centre will continue the tremendous work they have thus far accomplished,” said The Honourable Wayne Easter.

    “I applaud the Prince Edward Island Business Women's Association for this exciting new initiative to address the special needs and challenges of rural women entrepreneurs. As one of the most rural provinces in Canada, supporting and encouraging rural women will help to grow the economy,” said The Honourable Jamie Fox.

    Over the coming months, PEIBWA will redevelop existing space in Central Bedeque to provide increased programming and career building resources for women business owners and professionals in rural PEI. There will be a grand opening of the Centre in Fall 2019.

    “As the only business women’s association in the province with an Island-wide mandate, we’re thrilled to launch the Rural Women’s Business Centre in Central Bedeque. Not only will it expand our capacity in West Prince to Central Queens to build partnerships, offer training, promote networking and mentoring, and establish co-working space and advisory services, it will advance local women entrepreneurs and their ability to create a thriving rural business environment,” said Margaret Magner, Executive Director, PEI Women’s Business Association.

    The Government of Canada through ACOA’s Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) program will provide a contribution of $311,040 to PEIBWA to create the new business centre. The Government of Prince Edward Island will contribute $187,920.


    From left: The Honourable Jamie Fox , Margaret Magner, Miriam Vializ Briggs, Catherine Callbeck, and The Honourable Wayne Easter.

  • 12 Jun 2019 11:30 AM | Sparrow McGowan (Administrator)

    PEI Business Women’s Association is seeking a Programs and Events Assistant as part of the Canada Summer Jobs Program. Working from the Charlottetown office, this is an 8 week, 35 hour per week position, dependent upon eligibility for the Canada Summer Jobs Program. Eligible candidates must be between 15 and 30 years old and be legally entitled to work in Canada. International students are not eligible.

    Tasks and responsibilities

    • Assist in the development and updating of PEIBWA’s marketing and communications materials, including website updates, event announcements, advertisements, newsletters and social media.
    • Support the monitoring and measurement of marketing activities.
    • Provide support for programs and events, including workshops, the annual Spring Symposium and networking events.
    • Support the ongoing maintenance of the membership and events database.
    • Support general office procedures.
    • Work safely at all times and report unsafe activities immediately to your supervisor.

    Qualifications

    • Capacity to work independently as well as in a team environment.
    • Working knowledge of computer software such as Microsoft Office Suite and various presentation, graphics and web software applications.
    • Ability to communicate with a wide range of stakeholders, including staff, members, sponsors, volunteers and service contacts.
    • Ability to prioritize and to redefine priorities when required.
    • Willingness to take direction and desire to learn.

    Qualified applicants should forward an electronic resume and cover letter to Sparrow McGowan, Events and Communications Officer, PEI Business Women’s Association HERE. For more information, send an ​email in confidence to sparrow@peibwa.org with “Programs and events assistant” in the subject line.

    DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS MONDAY, JUNE 24TH, 2019 at 4:00pm ADT.

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


  • 02 May 2019 9:30 AM | Sparrow McGowan (Administrator)

    PEI Business Women’s Association is seeking a professional and qualified team player as its Business Development and Membership Officer to build and strengthen PEIBWA membership and serve as an advisor to help members solve business-related problems. Working from the Charlottetown office, this is a 40 hour per week position, dependent upon funding through the Graduate Mentorship Program. Applicants must be unemployed, a recent post-secondary graduate within the last five years, legally authorized to work in Canada (Canadian citizen or permanent resident) and looking for full-time employment.

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

    1. Assess PEIBWA’s membership base and develop a plan to build membership and satisfy their ongoing needs.
    2. Attend PEIBWA events and workshops to network with members and potential members -- including Camp Dynamo, the PEIBWA Spring Symposium, the AGM, workshops and networking mixers – and then follow up with prospective members.
    3. Develop and promote a series of member benefits with consistent marketing and branding.
    4. Promote better communication with members using the Wild Apricot customer relationship management system.
    5. Design and implement a Business Development Program to identify the challenges of business ownership and deliver customized solutions.
    6. Deliver Business Development services to PEIBWA members across the Island.
    7. Attend meetings and events when required.
    8. Maintain an effective, confidential and accountable filing system.
    9. Some travel throughout the province at times and extended hours of work will be required.
    10. Other duties as required by the Executive Director.

    Formal Education/Training Required:

    Degree in business administration or a relevant field of study from a recognized university. An MBA degree is preferred.

    At least 3 years of increasingly more responsible experience managing a business.

    Familiarity with the Wild Apricot customer relationship management system is preferred.

    Qualified applicants should forward an electronic resume and cover letter to Margaret Magner, Executive Director, PEI Business Women’s Association HERE. For more information, send an ​email in confidence to margaret@peibwa.org with “Business Development and Membership Officer” in the subject line.

    DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS FRIDAY, MAY 10TH, 2019 at 2:00pm ADT.

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

    Download job posting as a PDF.


  • 12 Mar 2019 10:51 AM | Sparrow McGowan (Administrator)

    The PEI Business Women’s Association Spring Symposium is the premier event for business women in Prince Edward Island. The 2019 Symposium will be held on May 23, 2019, at Holland College in Charlottetown, PE.

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

    We are currently seeking proposals for Symposium speakers and session leaders.

    Speakers

    Speakers will deliver a keynote speech with a running total of 30 minutes. The selection will be based on a number of criteria, including:

    • Expertise and experience in the topic of choice;
    • Ability to inspire attendees;
    • Currency and uniqueness.

    Your proposal should include:

    • Title and description of presentation;
    • Biography of speaker;
    • Fee and costs, if any.

    Session Leaders

    Sessions will run either 60 minutes or 120 minutes in length, with a short break halfway through the latter. Criteria for the selection of sessions will include:

    • Session leader’s expertise and experience in the topic of choice;
    • Inclusion of engaging and interactive elements;
    • Associated learning outcomes;
    • Appropriateness of topic to the Symposium audience and fit with overall event.

    Your proposal should include:

    • Title and description of the session, including:
      • Length of session;
      • Learning outcomes;
      • Delivery approach;
    • Biography of session leader;
    • Fee and costs, if any.

    Notes

    • The Symposium will involve multiple sessions running concurrently. Your session does not need to appeal to the full spectrum of participants, but can appeal to a specific segment of participants. If this is the case, please indicate your target audience for the session.
    • Sessions can also be applicable to varying group sizes. Would your session be best suited to a maximum of 30 participants? Could it accommodate 100 participants? Please indicate as such in your description.

    Please submit your proposal electronically to sparrow@peibwa.org by March 25, 2019 at 4:00 pm. Any questions should be submitted no later than Wednesday, March 20 at 4:00 pm.

    A downloadable PDF version of the Call for Speakers is also available here


  • 11 Mar 2019 3:52 PM | Sparrow McGowan (Administrator)

    The Prince Edward Island Business Women’s Association (PEIBWA) is pleased to announce that it has been chosen as a recipient of a $10,000 Interministerial Women's Secretariat (IWS) Grant for the Effective Business Leadership Advancement for Women in Rural PEI initiative.

    "We are pleased to be partnering again with the Women's Interministerial Secretariat," says PEIBWA President Miriam Vializ Briggs. "Since 2014, PEIBWA has successfully delivered innovative initiatives for Island women with significant funding from IWS. With this year's announcement, we will be able to build our capacity to serve rural PEI."

    The Effective Business Leadership Advancement for Women in Rural PEI initiative will provide professional skills in leadership to women in rural PEI to further support their professional growth as leaders and entrepreneurs. To be offered in both Prince and Kings County, the initiative will include a series of workshops covering a wide range of topics, including: authentic leadership, leadership communications, developing self-awareness, successful negotiation and strategic time management.

    "Business skills fostered through this initiative have the potential to strengthen PEI's rural economy by advancing women entrepreneurs and their ability to grow their businesses within and outside the region,” says Margaret Magner, PEIBWA Executive Director. "It will also support the development and recognition of rural PEI as a thriving environment for women in business."

    More details on the Effective Business Leadership Advancement for Women in Rural PEI initiative will be released in the coming months.

    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 and has a membership of some 450 women entrepreneurs and business professionals. PEIBWA provides advisory services, training, opportunities for development, and connections with other women in business. www.peibwa.org

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    Media contact:
    Sparrow McGowan
    Events & Communications Officer
    sparrow@peibwa.org
    902-892-6040

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