December 19, 2022

From Women Mean Business Network- "Comfortable Getting Uncomfortable" Presentation by Shari Hughson

SAVE THE DATE - January 25th 2023

WMB ‘Social & Up Close’  Presentation and 2023 Kick-Off with presenter:  Shari Hughson 

                  Wednesday, January 25th at 10:30 a.m. (online presentation)

'Getting Comfortable Being Uncomfortable’ with

presenter Shari Hughson

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Shari Hughson

Have you ever wondered how and why other people seem to just make things happen, do new activities, and lead really interesting lives?  Research has shown that routines, complacency, and patterns in life are actually making your performance, creativity, and learning sub-optimal.  Shari weaves a compelling tale of her adventures with simple methods for shaking up your life and stepping into discomfort! Join us for an energizing journey that starts with this first step.  

Shari Hughson is an entrepreneur, social innovator, and extreme adventurer.  She started her first business in her 20s and won CIBC Entrepreneur of the Year before the age of 30.  Shari was awarded one of the 50 Most Influential Female Business and Entrepreneur Leaders of the Year by SME Canada 2021 and given a national honour from the First Nations Health Authority for a project that impacted the mental health of a remote community in 2013.  

She has owned 6 health companies and 8 e-commerce sites, and today is the Executive Advisor for multiple global companies, the co-founder of Neuma Centre in Kingston, as well as a Faculty member in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Queen’s University.

REGISTER HERE:  First 20 that register before Dec. 23rd - their name will be placed in draw for prize! (you have to be online and present to have the opportunity to win the prize- winner will be announced after the presentation )


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Be In The Know

Paid Internships for Postsecondary Students

 The Ontario      government is providing over $10 million to help Mitacs — an organization      that builds research partnerships between postsecondary institutions and      industry — create 2,700 paid internships for postsecondary students which      will help them gain the skills they need to secure in-demand jobs after      graduation. 
     Two particularly relevant Mitacs programs include:

  • Accelerate, which enables college, polytechnic, and university students           across all disciplines to participate in applied research projects,           while allowing industry and not-for-profit organizations to benefit           from students’ talents to achieve their innovation goals.
  • Business Strategy Internship, a program that offers           collaborative internships and matches students with businesses or           not-for-profit organizations to apply their technical expertise to           support business innovation activities.

Queen's Career Apprenticeship Program: Kingston

 Kingston Economic Development Corporation in collaboration with Queen’s University are once again offering the Queen’s Career Apprenticeship: Kingston (QCA:K)      program.

QCA:K connects new graduates from the arts, humanities, and social science disciplines within the Faculty of Arts and Science at Queens University with a Kingston      employer. The objective is to help new graduates launch their career while retaining skilled talent in the community. Employers who commit to a 12-month contract with a participant are reimbursed for four months of the gross salary to a maximum of $2,500 per month.
Visit Kingston Economic Development Corporation's website for more details.

ALGONQUIN COLLEGE: Looking for Women Mentors

Algonquin College’s We Saved You a Seat(WSYAS)  is working on a project to provide mentors to women who are graduating from We Saved You a Seat Programs:

-          Construction Engineering Technician,

-         Computer Systems Technician,

-         Computer Systems Technician (Pembroke),

-         Electrical Engineering Technician,

-         Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technician,

-         Mechanical Engineering Technology, and

-         Powerline Technician.

We are also looking for role models to be featured in a video to highlight careers in your field.


We are looking for:

• Mentors for WSYAS students.

• Women to be featured in a video to highlight careers in We Saved You a Seat Programs.


Mentors – to help guide graduates to the start of their working life journey.  You can find more information about the mentorship and register here:


Women Role Models - We are making videos that show women at work. Young women need to see these role models, performing their daily tasks and seeing their work environments, so they can see themselves in these careers.  There still exists a lack of representation and a great confidence gap for women entering into technical fields.  These videos will showcase women succeeding in Technology careers which will inspire and attract young women to We Saved You a Seat Programs.


If you are able to be a role model and/or be features in a video, please contact

Grants & Loans

The Northumberland Business Development Assistance Corporation (CFDC) is back for the next round of DELIA: a fintech-driven microlending platform providing women-owned businesses in Canada with rapid access to capital. Together with the Government of Canada’s Women Entrepreneurship Strategy, let’s end gender bias in lending and unlock the full potential of inclusive economic growth.

 Click here to learn more and apply.



WEOC National Loan Program for Women Entrepreneurs

Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada delivers the WEOC National Loan Program, which supports women and non-binary entrepreneurs as they start, scale, grow and maintain their businesses. 

Click here to learn more.


BMO for Black Entrepreneurs  Lending Program 

BMO Financial Group recently announced the creation of  Business Within Reach: BMO for Black Entrepreneurs Lending Program. The  program provides business owners with greater access to working capital,  educational resources, and professional partnerships to start up, scale up,  and grow.

Click  here to learn more.



The Festive Season is Upon Us

Entrepreneurs' Social Christmas Dinner by Sheri Godfrey

Tuesday, November 29th starting at 5:30pm

This is your invitation to join other entrepreneurs & business people in your community and form connections for growth and support.

Click the link to register

The Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce - Holiday Social - December 8, 2022

Kingston Home Builders Association - Christmas Auction Dinner, December 8, 2022

KEYS Employment Holiday Market

KEYS Employment & Newcomer Services is hosting a Holiday Market on December 2 and 3 at The Harbour Community Kitchen(53 Yonge St.) If you are a small business that would like to secure a table to promote your products, tables are $10 for both days.
Contact Bridget Glassco at KEYS to participate. EMAIL:

Holiday Gift Ideas!!

Woman on the Move Canada Store - Your Early Festive Shopping Customized Gifting Ideas. Shop now to ensure your order arrives BEFORE Christmas. December orders we cannot guarantee they will arrive on time for Christmas Day, due to high demand, and shipping time. 


Planning to Travel - Check out our Artist’s beautiful make-up, carry all bags! Be unique in your gift giving!  Support Canadian Artists

WMB Thanks our Community Supporters 

Learn more about some of the amazing women owned businesses and champion sponsors within our community!

Visit Lise's website to start planning your next adventure!

Algonquin College

We Saved You a Seat – Programs for Diversity

We Saved You a Seat is a project at Algonquin College to establish a diverse learning environment where all our learners can succeed. Our intent is to:

  • Actively recruit women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) programs
  • Create programs where women feel real belonging
  • Attract more women to non-traditional careers

We Love To Clean! Handy Fairies Kingston

Offering Reliable & Quality Residential & Commercial Kingston Cleaning Services
  • Apartment Cleaning
  • House Cleaning
  • Construction Cleaning
  • Move In/ Move Out
  • Carpet Cleaning
  • Upholstery Cleaning
  • Commercial Cleaning
  • Window Cleaning

Learn More Here

Spotlight: Debbie Goulding- Makeup Artist

Debbie Goulding is Founder / Owner of D.G Makeup & Artistry- Beauty Counter


Contact Us at: Gaby Eaton /

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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