May 12, 2022

May Updates from Women Mean Business Network

WIN an overnight stay with breakfast for two at the stylish and exceptional  Frontenac Club

We are so excited to announce this contest!

'The Experience of Luxury' in Kingston!

Historic, beautiful guest rooms, rooftop view of Kingston, privacy and exclusivity meets you the moment you walk in!  

We thank the Frontenac Club for their generosity towards our May contest by Women Mean Business Network  

To win LIKE this POST & TAG the lucky person who you would share your stay with! Go to our Facebook Page

Winner will be announced June 1, 2022

Good Luck to everyone! FRONTENAC CLUB Website

Meet some of our Wonderful, Women Mean Business Members

Dr. Sarah Wilson

Founder of Advanced Women's Health Clinic in Kingston. 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.


Simply Swank Décor

Simply Swank Decor Creates Comfortable, Livable, Accessible Interiors

Simply Swank Décor will work with you to create a home you will fall in love with again!

Janet is a graduate of the Interior Design Institute, CAPS certified (Aging in Place Specialist), design and décor columnist with Fifty-Five Plus Magazine and member, Director and Membership Chair with the Board of Decorators of the Decorators and Designers Association of Canada (DDA Canada) Services Residential.


Bessie Nikolopoulos - Royal Lepage Realty

My promise to all my clients is honesty, integrity, tenacity and above all world-class service. My mission is to always work for YOUR best interests.

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Sue Robinson, Regional Manager & Care Planner for Kingston & Surrounding Communities

Right At Home Kingston


At Right at Home Canada, we pride ourselves in offering a full range of exceptional support and care services for those with physical, medical, or memory impairment, at home, wherever home is to them. Hospital, retirement community or family home, Right at Home can top-up the support already provided by family members, government resources or retirement residences. Our flexible, professional and relationship-orientated support is there when you need it the most.


The Secret Garden Inn

A Boutique Urban Retreat. Offers A Relaxing And Memorable Stay, For A Romantic Getaway, Time For Yourself Or Business Or Leisure Travel.

The Secret Garden Inn at Argyle Place is Kingston’s boutique urban retreat, offering a relaxing and memorable stay for a romantic getaway, business and leisure travelers and food lovers alike. We take the garden in our name to heart and work to provide our guests and community with magnificent grounds—an integral part of an elevated experience at one of Kingston’s most iconic Victorian homes. LEARN MORE

Innkeeper: Victoria Cuyler


“Ladies Take Your Place, Leave Your Mark Politically, Professionally and Personally” Book Launch - May 14th

Is now published by our WMB Member & author, Claudette Cain Coulas and YOU’RE INVITED to join Claudette at the

“Book Launch and Signing Event” at Indigo, Chapters and Coles located in the Cataraqui Centre – KINGSTON

on SATURDAY, MAY 14TH, 2022

11:00 AM TO 2:30 PM


Claudette has chosen “Dawn House” as her charity and will share in the proceeds of the book sales as well as the promotion around the book.

Your presence will motivate more women to follow their dream and support Dawn House, a home for un-housed women in Kingston.

We are grateful for your support and so Claudette will be offering 2 BONUSES to all who purchase a copy of “Ladies Take Your Place”.

1. Free downloadable copy of “Keychain to Success” **

2. Free 30-minute coaching call with Claudette

Learn more about Claudette at Women Mean Business Community Member

            Do join us for this exciting event and feel free to bring along your partner, friends, and other family members!

PLEASE RSVP by email at:

 In case of more COVID restrictions, we will advise you of any change/postponement in advance.

How to Do Business with Queen’s ~ May 26

Are you a woman-owned business that wants to do business with Queen’s University? This virtual session will provide an excellent opportunity for current and potential suppliers to understand how to do business with public sector organizations.

 The session will provide suppliers with some understanding of policy, legislation, and trade treaties that Queen’s is required to adhere to for their procurements.

Topics to be covered include 

  • Queen’s purchasing thresholds and how each is handled
  • When procurement opportunities need to be publicly posted (nationally), and where they can be found
  • How to reach out to departments to communicate your goods/services
  • How to qualify as a preferred supplier and what that means
  • What Social Procurement Means
  • How to let us know if you’re a Diverse Supplier
  • How to register in the Procure-to-Pay system, acQuire
  • Other helpful information

Click here to register now.



Make every beat count

With your help, Heart & Stroke leads the fight against heart disease and stroke – a fight that has become more urgent during the COVID-19 pandemic. Supporters like you have never been more critical, helping to save thousands of people’s lives and improve life for millions of others.


Be In The Know

Summer Company - Funding for Youth Owned Summer Start-ups 

Kingston Economic Development Corporation is accepting applications for Summer Company 2022 until May 23. Students will be given the opportunity to start their own business throughout the summer months and will receive the training, support and mentorship required to start a new business in Kingston. Participants receive hands-on business training with local business leaders and up to $3,000 in funding to make their business idea a reality. Apply now!


Hello Spring - Kingston Gets Active

Kingston Gets Active is a community coalition that works together to help you find ways to get physically active every day.
Find a new activity using our Active Places search tool. Try something new during Kingston Gets Active Month. Explore the endless possibilities for every age and ability.


Financial capability: So important, but still a lot of evidence gaps

For the past couple of months, we have been confronted with a general and lasting increase in prices (a phenomenon known as "inflation"). This translates into a loss of purchasing power for consumers. Everything from groceries, gasoline, clothing, mortgages, dining out, and many other products and services are now more expensive.

What the research tells us... READ MORE

Stay connected! Family caregivers of people with dementia may benefit from online and telephone support

They’re often referred to as the “invisible second patients” (1) and unsung heroes, but caregivers of family members with dementia are finally being noticed and recognized for the important role they play – often at the expense of their own health and quality of life.

In many places there are now support services for caregivers – often group sessions or one-on-one meetings and training with care experts. Studies have shown that these help to improve the mood and quality of life for many caregivers and help prolong the time a person with dementia is able to receive care at home (4). That’s an important consideration given the high costs and limited availability of institutional care beds – and a further reason for finding helpful ways to support informal caregivers. READ MORE

Purolator’s True North Small Business Grant Contest provides business owners at any stage of operations with $20,000 in cash and $5,000 in 'pay it forward' funds for community giving to make a more significant impact. This program genuinely understands the value entrepreneurs place in making a difference for their communities through their businesses, so I had to get involved.

Applications and nominations are now open, and even nominators have a chance to win a $500 Visa gift card. Participation can be through self-nomination by the owner/ founder or nominations by customers, employees, and others.  


Nominations Now Open for Canada’s Most Powerful Women

They’re rising stars. They’re top of their field. They’re advocates and champions for others. They’re community leaders. They’re both teachers and students. They’re an inspiration to others. They’re trailblazers and groundbreakers for future generations. This is what makes Canada’s Most Powerful Women truly powerful (not their standing or job title).

 Deadline for nominations is May 17.

Click here to learn more or nominate a woman you know today.


Kingston Economic Development Corporation: My Main Street Local Business Accelerator Program

 Are you an independent business owner in Kingston’s Downtown, Inner Harbour or Williamsville neighborhoods, or looking to relocate or start a business in one of these areas? Kingston Economic Development is participating in the My Main Street Local Business Accelerator – a data-driven program focused on revitalizing main streets while providing residents, new entrepreneurs, and existing businesses with economic opportunities in their main street community. Local businesses will have access to customized market research reports, data analysis, access to business training, and the potential for funding opportunities.   Click here to learn more.

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

Smith School of Business MBA Consulting Projects

Interested in leveraging student talent to address an operational challenge or strategic problem within your organization? The Individual Consulting Project is an opportunity for partner organizations to receive 150 hours of consulting services from a Smith School of Business at Queen's University Full-Time MBA student. Projects proposals must be submitted by May 23. LEARN MORE

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.


Supply chain disruptions are heating up / BDC

With inflation already becoming an issue for many business owners, the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the newest COVID outbreaks in Asia have exacerbated global supply chain disruptions. Find out what it could mean for your business as well as the steps you can take to mitigate the impact of disruptions. READ MORE

Limestone School Board - Specialist High Skills Major Programs for youth

Meet the dedicated and dynamic SHSM team at the Limestone District School Board who encourage their students
to find their best potential.

Meet WMB Members

Debbie Goulding - Make Up Artist / BeautyCounter

Debbie is a trained makeup artist located in Kingston Ontario. She has a focused interest in both the cosmetic arts, and fashion industry, completing courses at both the Blanch MacDonald Centre in Vancouver B.C. and Mode Elle Modelling Agency in Belleville Ontario. In addition to her skills and experience as a makeup artist, she also teaches makeup classes for all ages, specializing in mature women.  Debbie shares her interests regarding ingredients that go into personal care products.  She is a strong advocate for safer beauty laws and uses the Beautycounter brand of products that are safe for not only her clients, but the environment as well. 

Beautycounter is a brand that is on a social mission to clean up the beauty industry.  "One by one, we are leading a movement to a future where all beauty is clean beauty. We are powered by people, and our collective mission is to get safer products into the hands of everyone. Formulate, advocate, &educate—that’s our motto for creating clean beauty products that truly perform while holding ourselves to unparalleled standards of safety. Why? It’s really this simple: beauty should be good for you."

“My mission is to help women discover their inner strength, instill confidence, and help women to discover their beauty that exists both inside and out. I love what I do and do what I love. ❤️"

Be Natural ~ Be Beautiful ~ Be You

Debbie Goulding

613.329.2950 | Email:

Join my private educational Facebook group at: FACEBOOK

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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

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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!


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Josie Walsh at


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