July 11, 2022

Hello Summer from Women Mean Business Network

Opportunities in the Trades & Manufacturing Sectors

Women Mean Business Network in a marketing collaboration with 101 Things to Do With the Kids Media- Publishing and along with local school boards and community partners bring to you an important initiative showcasing our region and the plentiful opportunities offered for those transferring to new industries and for graduating students as they embrace their career choices and post-secondary education.
This project's goal was to bring Education, Industry, and Business together and we are thrilled to showcase the amazing opportunities right here in our own backyard of Greater Kingston / Eastern Ontario in the Spring launch issue of Career Pathways Magazine - Opportunities in Trades, Manufacturing & Technology.
As in any new project, it takes a ‘tribe’ of support. We are very grateful to the participating manufacturers, businesses, colleges, and professional associations that have embraced and believed in the importance of this new initiative. 
We are also grateful to Gail Paquette, (WEBSITE) Graphic Designer, Extraordinaire for her time, talent and dedication in designing the Career Pathways Magazine.

To learn more please do connect with Gaby Eaton at hosp.conn@gmail.com or Josie Walsh at josie.secondwind@gmail.com

Our Next Issue

We will be back late August/Early September with ‘Connect and Flourish’ to embrace the Fall of 2022! 
Have a wonderful, safe, summer of 2022! Get out there and experience all that Ontario and Canada has to offer!

Cover Photo for this issue of Connect & Flourish is from Kingston 1000 Islands Cruises. Learn More at WEBSITE

Give Your Business The Boost of Digital Marketing - *FREE for one month!


*Women Mean Business Network and Support Kingston are bringing together a golden opportunity for 10 local businesses to get free social media advertising for one month which will help boost their online presence. It's fast, easy and affordable.

  1. Promotions on Social  Media - Your business will be advertised on Facebook and Instagram at an affordable rate. ( free for the first 10 business members to sign up)
  2. Wide Reach and Visibility -  Our campaigns are set up to reach the entire population of the Kingston area each month.
  3. Trackable Results -     At the conclusion of the month, we’ll send you a report on how the campaign performed.
  4. Affordable Digital Solutions - Increase your customer base and revenue by promoting your business on the Support Kingston platform.

If you would like to know more about how to promote your business, please feel free to reach out atshubham@supportkingston.ca or call : 1- 519-546-0460


Looking For 101 Things To Do With the Kids This Summer?

Check out www.travelwithkids101.com for ideas on places to visit and things to do with the family this summer!

Ontario Staycation Credit!

Save on your vacation! Learn more at : Ontario Staycation Credit

Bring on the Summer of 2022!  Win An Overnight Stay for 2 with breakfast

at the beautiful, historical, peaceful and charming Donald Gordon Hotel & Conference Centre...a boutique hotel!

Conveniently located in the heart of Queen's University Campus, just steps away from Kingston's scenic waterfront and just minutes away from downtown Kingston for that total visit experience!

   Contest runs from June 21 to July 22nd! Go To WMB's Facebook Page www.facebook.com/womenmeanbusinessygk

Just LIKE the post  and TAG the lucky person you would share this experience  with!

Good Luck!

Donald Gordon Centre WEBSITE

Be In The Know + Community Events

DELIA is a fintech-driven platform, providing rapid access to capital through an easy online application.

  • Competitive. Attractive $15K term sheet. 
  • Inclusive. For all women, including women-identifying and gender non-binary entrepreneurs.
  • Evergreen. By participating in DELIA you are not only investing in your venture but helping to close the access to capital gap for women entrepreneurs across the country, together.
The DELIA fund will circulate as a permanent commitment to women entrepreneurship, with the support of the Government of Canada.
To find out more and apply today, go to ncfdc.ca/delia Additional terms and conditions apply.


Minister Ng launches call for applications to deliver the Inclusive Women Venture Capital Initiative

the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development, announced a call for applications to deliver the Inclusive Women Venture Capital Initiative (IWVCI), a new $15 million investment under the $6 billion Women Entrepreneurship Strategy.

Women-owned businesses currently receive just 2.8% of venture capital (VC) funding available worldwide, and an estimated 4% of VC funding in Canada. Women are also under-represented among equity investors, representing only 15.2% of Canadian VC partners and 16.7% of Canadian angel investors.

Learn More - WEBSITE

Pow Wow Pitch

Pow Wow Pitch is a pitch competition for Indigenous entrepreneurs across Turtle Island to shine the spotlight on pow wow vendors, artists, business builders and innovators from all backgrounds and industries, whether just starting or looking to grow to the next level.

This year, more than 2,500 Indigenous entrepreneurs will pitch their businesses online and in person for a chance to win cash prizes ranging from $100 to $25,000, with a total of $200,000 in cash prizes to give away!


NEW Canada Digital Adoption Program Supports Small and Medium-Sized Businesses


The federal government recently announced the launch of the Canada Digital Adoption Program (CDAP), to help Canadian small- and medium-sized businesses grow their online presence and upgrade or adopt their digital technologies. The investment will provide $4 billion over four years in support of 160,000 small businesses.

 Under this program, Canadian small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will be able to assess their digital readiness and apply for grants and loans online. This funding will help them leverage e-commerce opportunities, upgrade or adopt digital technologies, and digitize their operations to stay competitive and meet their customers’ needs in the digital marketplace.

Depending on the size, specific needs and goals of your business, you can apply for funding through the Grow Your Business Online or Boost your Business Technology streams.

Click here for details.

Racialized and Indigenous Supports for Entrepreneurs (R.A.I.S.E.) Grant Program

The R.A.I.S.E. Grant will help grow local businesses across Ontario and will be delivered through Digital MainStreet, the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA), and the Ontario Business Improvement Area Association (OBIAA) in collaboration with the Parkdale Centre for Innovation. Successful applicants will receive a $10,000grant to facilitate innovation and growth, as well as training and coaching for sustainable economic development. Applications are available through the Digital Main Street Portal. LEARN MORE

Community Support

St. Vincent de Paul Society of Kingston

50+years of Caring 

St. Vincent de Paul Society will be building a new home, upgrading their services, and supporting the expanded needs of the community - all part of their Community Campaign 2020-2025.

In 2020 they served  27,277 meals in their meal program!


Family Services Employee Assistance Program

Caring and professional assistance for personal, family and work-related concerns

Services are free and confidential.


Hospice Kingston and Bereaved Families of Ontario

August 20th

Gardening is Good for You and the Cause!


Learn-Grow-Share - 2022 Year of the Garden


Meet Our WMB Community Members

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Holiday Inn Waterfront Kingston

Centrally located just 5 minutes’ walk from Kingston’s waterfront, K-Rock Center and 1000 Island Cruises, this hotel features an indoor pool, as well as a hot tub. Rooms include a small fridge. Satellite and cable TV is offered in all rooms at Holiday Inn Kingston-Waterfront.

A free morning newspaper and coffee-making facilities provide in-room convenience. Guests of the Kingston Holiday Inn can work out in the on-site fitness center, relax in the sauna and borrow a board game from the front desk. Conference facilities are available at this Kingston hotel.

Corporate events, meetings and weddings can be accommodated. Wharf & Feathers offers breakfast and dinner options. Overlooking Lake Ontario, its seasonal patio provides an outdoor dining space and entertainment during the summer weekends. Boutiques in the city center and Old Fort Henry National Historic Site are just 5 minutes’ walk away.

2 Princess Street, Kingston, Ontario

Phone: (855) 680-3239


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 is partnering with Open Book to offer FREE DIGITAL SKILLS WORKSHOPS for job seekers!
Loyola School of Adult and Continuing Education

Every Tuesday & Thursday, starting February 1st, 2022, at 559 Bagot St. Kingston

You can improve your knowledge on things like:

✅What employers expect
✅Effective email communication
✅Connecting and presenting online
✅Tablet & smartphone basics
✅Google Docs & Sheets
✅Internet safety with job applications

Ready to hack into your digital skills? Email: 
or call 613-544-3361 to learn more about what you can learn today!

To schedule an appointment with a ReStart Employment consultant, please call 613-542-7373 or email us at

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.

WMB Thanks our Community Supporters 

Learn more about some of the amazing women owned businesses in our community!


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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