December 10, 2021

Celebrating Some of Our Amazing Women from Women Mean Business Network

In the coming weeks, we will be taking the opportunity to celebrate some amazing women in our community and members of the Women Mean Business Network, starting with our fabulous speakers, who graciously shared their time and talent with us over the past 20 months! So please do read on and meet some of our community champions and business leaders.

Do reach out to say hello and network in a bit of a different way from our regular events (which we can't wait to get back to).

In addition, check out this week's edition's list of resources available to grow you and your business.


Photo Above from KVA Collections Fashion Show

Claudette Coulas

Claudette is an accomplished and dynamic leader, having been successful in four distinctive careers, spanning over four decades.

First, as a retail entrepreneur, she learned the art of taking risks and caring about the needs of her customers.  

As a respected elected official for five consecutive terms, three of which were as Mayor of the City of Gloucester, Claudette’s leadership style of no-nonsense government became the hallmark of her success.

Claudette’s wit and humor became really evident while she hosted her own television and radio shows on current affairs, at the same time as being the municipal affairs columnist for the Ottawa Sun.  She rose to becoming a much sought-after media personality in the nation’s capital, as well as other parts of Canada and the United States.

Claudette recently retired as a Judicial Officer with the Ontario Court of Justice, where she carried out her duties with fairness and transparency and made complex decisions affecting the liberty of those appearing before her.

Claudette is now in a position to share her knowledge, experience and wisdom to help women make their dream life come alive.

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Info on Women Mean Business site

Dr. Sarah Wilson ND

Founder of Advanced Women's Health Clinic

Naturopathic Doctor, Founder, Medical Director is passionate about helping women feel their best. She herself had spent many years with brain fog, fatigue, constant digestive upset, an unpredictable period and unexplainable weight gain and has gained the expertise to help others.

Info on Women Mean Business Site

Website of Clinic

Video Presentation: Busy Women - Angry Hormones

Nanci Corrigan


For over 20 years, C3inc has collaborated with people and organizations to develop creative and effective marketing and communications strategies.

Over the years, we’ve raised awareness of important issues in health care. We’ve supported students making that important transition into university life. And we’ve helped companies bring their amazing products and services to life. Along the way, we’ve developed incredible relationships with our clients, and earned a solid reputation for ingenuity and reliability. As a boutique firm, we’re nimble and personally invested in your project. But we’ve also developed a network of seasoned industry professionals who share our vision for quality services and who love partnering with us on larger projects.

Info on Women Mean Business Site

Company Website

Video Presentation: The Integrated Strategy for your Business

Claudia Harvey

Global Entrepreneur & Investor | Speaker & Influencer| Best-Selling Author |Philanthropist | Proud Mom of 3

Twenty-plus years into her successful corporate career, Claudia Harvey began her first independent venture with Dig It Apparel® Inc. ( and struck a deal with Kevin O’Leary, famous venture capitalist of CBC Canada’s Dragons’ Den and NBC’s Shark Tank. The resulting deal opened the door to launching and investing in other businesses and making a quantifiable difference in the lives of others which led her to co-found BG Wealth Group Inc.

Claudia Harvey went from a small local entrepreneur to a global entrepreneur, inventor, inspirational speaker, investor, three times international best-selling author and philanthropist.


Info on Women Mean Business Site

Company Website

Julia Elefano

BG Marketing Authority

BG Marketing Authority Is An Award-Winning Creative Marketing Firm That Helps Businesses Of All Sizes Generate New Leads And Increase Sales

Led by Julia Elefano, a seasoned entrepreneur with over 25 years of diverse marketing experience in a variety of industries, ranging from large telecommunication conglomerates to mid-size marketing firms to small IT start-ups.

Julia’s style includes a unique blend of creative design and business strategy, resulting in relevant and impactful marketing solutions earning her the International Association of Top Professional (IAOTP) 2020’s Top Marketing Professional Award.

Info on Women Mean Business Site

Company Website

Michelle Deschenes

ACE Nutrition

Feel well, Live well. ACE Nutrition specializes in diet counseling for weight loss. Together we will set achievable goals and plan for your success.
Love/Hate Relationship with Your Food? Craving Change? Need a tailor-made Nutrition Plan and proven strategies to curb your cravings from Kingston's Weight-Loss Specialist and certified Craving Change facilitator?

Learn to manage emotional eating habits. Change your thinking, change your eating.

Company Website

Phuong MacNeil

Handy Fairies - Hate Cleaning? We Love it!

Handy Fairies Cleaning was founded on beautiful Amherst Island as one of the first house cleaning companies on the island. Phuong MacNeil started full time managing the company and broadened its scope to serve even more clients. The management team is always studying and researching to increase cleaning technician efficiencies.
With more than 17 year of experience as a Software Engineer, we are applying and investing in new tools and technologies to help our technicians work smarter.
We are proud to provide high quality commitment and a reputation for excellent services.

Info on Women Mean Business Site

Company Website


If you missed Sue Phillip's recent inspiring presentation, you can view it here on our YouTube Channel


Be In the Know

5 Reasons Why Small Businesses Should Use Google Ads

by Mike Hepburn - Founder of Your Social Strategy

If you have a business nowadays you know that having an online presence is of the utmost importance. Nowadays, it is through search engines that potential customers will find out about you. Google reaches a big audience worldwide and using Google ads should be a top priority for any business that wants to be successful in today’s digital age.
However, it can be overwhelming to learn about the platform and why you should use it. Luckily, Google Ads is intuitive, its analytics are easy to understand and features are simple to use. READ MORE

Desjardins Bank GoodSpark Grants 

Desjardins is giving away $3Million in GoodSpark Grants to small businesses across Canada. Deadline: Apply for this grant by Nov 29th 2021


Veterans and Small Business Community Challenge 

The Veterans and Small Business Community Challenge is an experiential training program designed to accelerate and enrich small business recruitment, onboarding, and hiring of Veterans in individual communities across Canada.

This pilot, funded by ScotiaRISE, will bring together up to 40 Veterans and 40 business owners in the Belleville-Trenton, Ontario, area with a long-term goal of improving the income resiliency in both groups through knowledge and skills exchange and increased employment opportunities.

Learn More

Need to update your business skills?

An MBA gives you the freedom to do that and more. Access MBA is the ideal place to learn about the opportunities that matter.
Join the One-to-One event in Toronto on 18 November and meet with representatives from top business schools, including John Molson School of Business - Concordia University, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, INSEAD, HEC Montreal, Yale University, and more.

Sign up for Free .

Canada Ontario Job Grant

The Canada-Ontario Job Grant provides direct financial support to individual employers or employer consortia who wish to purchase training for their employees. It is available to small, medium and large businesses with a plan to deliver short-term training to existing and new employees.

Learn More

ReStart Kingston is a well established, community based, non-profit service committed to providing high quality assistance to both job seekers and employers. Learn more about the $2,000 signing bonus plus an apprentice for your business!

Call 613-542-7373 ext. 108

Micro-Grants Available for Small Businesses Growing their Business Online

A recently announced government program -- Grow Your Business Online --will help up to 90,000 smaller businesses, including restaurants, tourism and recreation-based businesses that haven't yet adopted digital technologies take advantage of e-commerce opportunities.

Eligible businesses will receive micro-grants of up to $2,400 to help with the costs related to adopting digital technologies.

Grow Your Business Online  will also support a network of up to11,200 youth digital advisors who will provide advice to and help the small businesses adopt e-commerce.

Click here to learn more.

Limestone District School Board

Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) programs are specialized programs that allow Grade 11 or 12 students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while meeting the requirements to graduate from secondary school with an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

A school approved to offer an SHSM program will offer the program in all four pathways: apprenticeship training, college, university, and the workplace. SHSM programs may be connected to a Dual Credit Program offered in the Limestone District School Board. Students must complete all components to graduates with their SHSM red seal on their diploma.

Students earning SHSM will be able to make more informed career decisions and ultimately be better prepared for their post-secondary destination of choice.


Meet Some Of Our Sponsors

Kingston KIA 

The Power To Surprise!

The first-of-its-kind by Kia Canada, the Electric Vehicle Experience Centre educates Canadians on the benefit, opportunities and future of electric vehicles.

The future of the automotive industry is electric, and with Kia Canada introducing 7 all-new plug-in hybrid or dedicated electric models by 2025, the EV Experience Centre will offer the public an EV learning opportunity like no other. 

Learn more about their electric / hybrid models at Kingston KIA


Advanced Women’s Health

Dr. Sarah Wilson, ND

Advanced Women's Health is a premier medical clinic that provides evidence based integrated medical care catering to women’s hormonal health. After struggling for years with her health, founder, Dr. Sarah Wilson, Naturopathic Doctor, became passionate about ensuring that no woman would feel alone or dismissed in her journey to feel well. Our vision is to create a community in which women are educated and supported. No woman should feel alone in the face of hormonal chaos and every woman has the right to want the healthiest pregnancy, postpartum period and perimenopausal transition.

No woman should feel ‘complicated’ leaving a medical appointment, only empowered and hopeful.

Our Mission

When women are at their best communities and businesses thrive.

We are on a mission to help professional women, busy Mom’s and Momma’s to be to not only reclaim their health, but also take a proactive approach to wellness.

In today’s chaotic world it can seem impossible to balance it all and stay healthy, but AHW is here to help make that goal do-able!


Wild Idea Co.

Handy Fairies Professional Cleaning Services

Fully Bonded & Insured - Fully Trained Staff - Free Estimates - Work Guaranteed

Our customers keep coming back to us, because we provide services that work and keep their homes clean, right down to the little details. This extensive cleaning system, which we call our Detail-Clean Rotation System, has been proven to be effective in more than five million cleans!. Please do contact us today for a FREE estimate!

Satisfaction Guaranteed - Over 17 years of Quality Assurances Experience and Locally Owned

"A team of four came to my home and did an incredible job! I am very picky and I am very impressed! Thank you Handy Fairies" Dale Leroux

WEBSITE Phone: 613-438-2233

ReStart Employment Services is a proud supporter of women (and everyone) in the workplace!

At ReStart we provide free services and resources to Kingston community members including job seekers, employers, and entrepreneurs of all ages.

ReStart was named the winner of the 🏆"Best Employment Services"🏆 category for 2020 by Kingston Community Votes!

Learn More

Right At Home Kingston

Do you have a loved one who needs some help to stay at home safely? If you have any questions

reach out to Sue Robinson, Regional Manager & Care Planner for Right At Home Kingston.

OZY Belle Fashions

Women's Clothing Boutique specializing in dressing women 40 plus!

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Truly one of my favourite things.....Great new pieces in. SEE VIDEO

Canadian made, and International brands of quality women's fashions and accessories at reasonable prices. Sizes X-small to 3X. Personal shopping available by appointment at the Boutique in Kingston or online at your request. Shipping available.

Email Owner, Kim Edgington at


More Resources to Help You Grow Your Business and YOU

Microsoft Launches Initiative to help 25 Million People Globally To Acquire Needed Digital Skills

Marketing Guide for Businesses Reopening During Coronavirus

Digital Main Street Announces Three New Programs

As part of a partnership between the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario, Digital Main Street recently announced three new programs to support businesses across Ontario. From $2,500 Digital Transformation Grants to ShopHERE: a program to help you get selling online right away!

The Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub

(WEKH), in partnership with the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE), is delighted to launch a new sharing platform built by SheEO to help women entrepreneurs and the women who support them across Canada easily connect.

Kingston Mental Health Resources List

Need Help in Getting Your Business to Go Digital. 

Canada Emergency REsponse Benefit / CERB:

City of Kingston Tax Relief

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

Covid 19 Tools & Resources for Business - Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Canadian Business Resilience Network

Public and private sector programs and initiatives across Canada that support businesses and their employees.

Kingston Community information and resources

University & College Students Learn Free With Accredited courses!


We Would Love To Hear From You!

Please do connect with us by email. We would love to hear from you.

Gaby Eaton at or

Josie Walsh at



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