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SAVE the DATE Jan 25th- Special Presentation by Shari Hughson "Getting Comfortable Being Uncomfortable" Sponsored by Okwrite

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Special Presentation

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

Proudly Sponsored by OKwrite

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.


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Community Events

January 24 - Women in Business Panel  hosted by Kingston Economic Development - 5 to 8 p.m. Blu-Martini Venue


Jan 26th - Kingston Chamber of Commerce- Off the Clock Networking

Countin' down until we're Off the Clock! Introducing our inaugural and premium after-hours business networking event - Off the Clock! Join us Thurs., Jan. 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the brand new Strata Hotel for a night of networking with like-minded professionals. 

Come on out and connect! Practice your pitch to members of the business community and share practical advice in a relaxed, and informal atmosphere.


Kingston Chamber of Commerce- Economic Outlook Presentation

Feb. 16, 2023 - Delta Hotels by Marriott Kingston


March 5th from 1-4pm. /Italo Club Annual International Women's Day Fundraiser, 

 This year’s global theme is Embrace Equity, meant to focus on improving gender equity to create a fair and equal world for all genders. Tying in with the theme, our fundraising event is called “High Tea for Equity'' and will feature an afternoon tea style event with a fashion show, keynote speaker, Inspirational Woman Award presentation and local female vendors. It will take place on Sunday, March 5th from 1-4pm. 

To learn more on how to become a sponsor for this event or purchase tickets- contact:




Wrap-Up WE-CAN project Event - March 23, 2022 (limited seating)


WMB Community Member

Grants & Loans Available

Micro-Grants Available from Innovators and Entrepreneurs Foundation

 Six $5,000 cash micro-grants are available in four categories, including women-owned businesses. Applications will be accepted until 3 pm EST on February 14, 20923. Winners will be notified by February 28, 2023.

 Click here for details or to apply now.


 Funding Still Available from Canada Digital Adoption Program for Entrepreneurs

 If you own a small or medium-sized business, the Canada Digital Adoption Program may be able to help you boost your business through grant money designed to give you access to expert advice. Increase your online sales, reduce costs, better manage your inventory and more.

 Click here for details to apply today.


 DELIA Fund Accepting Applications from Women-Owned Businesses

 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 now.

 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.

Ask the Expert Series Hosted by Kingston Economic Development Corporation (KEDC)

KEDC’s Ask The Expert program allows small business owners to have free access to experts in the fields of accounting and bookkeeping, legal, social media, human resources, coaching and marketing, and business strategy. To be eligible, the business must be registered as a Sole Proprietor, General Partnership or Corporation with 1 to 5 employees. The business needs to be currently operating, earning some revenue and affected by COVID-19.

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.


Programs and Opportunities

 OCI Digital Competency Programs Available

 If your tech company is looking for digital literacy and support to help commercialize your growing business, the Ontario Centre for Innovation (OCI) may have a program for you.

 Click here to learn more.


 Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) Program

 The Canada Summer Jobs Program provides wage subsidies to employers from not-for-profit organizations, the public sector and private organizations with 50 or fewer full-time employees to create quality summer work experiences for young people aged 15 to 30 years.

Click here to learn more.


Queen's Career Apprenticeship: Kingston

Queen's Career Apprenticeship: Kingston 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 careers while retaining skilled talent in the community. Employers who commit to a 12-month contract with a participant are reimbursed for 4 months of the gross salary to a maximum of $2,500 per month.

Contact Rob Tamblyn today to participate.  Email: tamblyn@investkingston.ca 

Thrive Venture Fund and Lab for Women

BDC's new Thrive Venture Fund and Lab for Women will continue to knock down the barriers that keep Canadian women-led businesses from accessing the capital they need to focus on their vision. Through the new $500 million investment platform, the largest of its kind in the world, the fund will bring value by ensuring women entrepreneurs have access to everything they need to thrive and have a lasting impact on the economy. Learn more! https://www.bdc.ca/en/bdc-capital/venture-capital/funds/thrive-platform

Business Scale-Up and Productivity Funding from FedDev Ontario

Are you an innovative and globally oriented business seeking to accelerate your growth? Are you commercializing an innovative product? Are you rurally based and looking to grow, commercialize and improve productivity? You may be eligible for no interest, repayable contributions up to $10 million from FedDev Ontario. Apply now!


Make a difference by volunteering on a municipal advisory committee

Great minds don’t think alike – they think together! Work collaboratively with other passionate people in the community on a municipal advisory committee or commission. 

Volunteering on a City of Kingston committee is an opportunity for residents to share their experience and expertise to make a difference on municipal issues in the community.

Detailed information and specific mandates for each of the committees are available at CityofKingston.ca/Committees.


What are the top Marketing Trends for 2023


The Tallest Poppy

Have you ever seen a successful woman attacked, resented, disliked, or criticized because of her achievements? Have you been cut down for rising above at work? We want to hear from you.

We are leading a ground-breaking research project — and first international study of its kind — exploring Tall Poppy Syndrome. The term refers to the negative treatment of people with high achievements or talent, simply because they have been rightfully more successful than others. In phase one, we need insight into your thoughts, opinions, and experiences.

Take the survey today! We also encourage you to share this email with your colleagues — the more responses we get, the better we can understand and combat this destructive behaviour. The survey closes on February 10, 2023, and the results will be shared on March 1, 2023.


BDC You’ve got questions. We have answers!  Business Development bank

Many entrepreneurs are grappling with high levels of uncertainty in their business as we begin a new year. To help you gain some clarity on your most pressing concerns, this edition of the economic letter answers the top 10 questions BDC economists have been asked in recent months. 


3 Ways To Improve Your Quality of Life

by: Right At Home

How would you rate your quality of life? On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being low and 5 being high, what number would you assign to the quality of life you are living today?

The World Health Organization defines quality of life as how a person lives their life “in relation to their goals, expectations, standards and concerns.” Quality of life is so important, there is actually a month dedicated to it. January is International Quality of Life Month, which sounds like a great way to start a new year.


We Would Love To Hear From You!

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

Gaby Eaton at hosp.conn@gmail.com or

Josie Walsh at josie.secondwind@gmail.com



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