March 4, 2021

Meet Jen Baran on Feb 23rd

We have been busy organizing a line up of some wonderful speakers who will inform and inspire. So we hope you will join us beginning February 23rd at 7pm to meet up with Jen Baran. Jen is a member of UA Local 401 Plumbers, Steamfitters and Welders. She is the Quality Assurance Manager for E. S Fox Limited Kingston Branch and will tell us more about her journey in trades and the opportunities it has offered in her career and for other women. Her personal motto is “you are only confined by the walls you build yourself.”  

Many of us lately may have been feeling quite confined but if you have been dreamily looking at travel sites, do go to our Facebook page and enter for a chance to win a night for two at Kingston's boutique retreat, the lovely Secret Garden Inn. Visitors from all over the globe have visited Kingston's delights, let's take a tourist perspective and  get to know our own back yard and all it has to offer! You can learn more at Visit Kingston.

Happy reading, we hope you enjoy this issue.

In This Issue

Upcoming Free Speaker Series

Feb 23rd - Meet Speaker, Jen Baran, Saluting Women in Trades &  Construction, in collaboration with the Limestone District School Board

March 9th - Financial Resilience with Author, Laura Southall, "Rental Property Income for Women"

March 23rd- Speaker, Rhonda Barnet, COO AVIT Manufacturing Talks about bringing in  100,000 Women into Manufacturing & Trades in the next 5 Years!

WIN a night for two at  Kingston's boutique urban retreat, the beautiful Secret Garden Inn

Resources To Grow Your Business

Upcoming Educational Webinars

Financial Resources, Grants for Your Business


Save the Date: March 9th 2021 Presentation

Build Your Wealth Resilience! Rental Properties for Women

A step by step guide for women looking to create a solid financial future for themselves and their families.

Build your wealth resilience and learn from Laura Southall's decades of experience in rental income properties.

Drawing from Laura's book, “Rental Properties for Canadian Women”, and real-life case studies, she will talk about her childhood and the influences that compelled her to pursue real estate as an investment. Laura, will discuss the pros and cons of investing in real estate, as well as explore what to look for when you are buying your first house or income property.

Laura will also touch on and answer the following questions:

Once you have bought your first house, how do you expand to additional properties?

What different types of properties are available?

What are some strategies for securing a mortgage and what do you prepare when meeting with a bank or mortgage broker?

What are the best practices for finding tenants, dealing with maintenance, vacancies, and turnover?

What are some of the tax implications of owning a rental property?

Should I use a property manager?

Finally, we will discuss the long-term benefits and financial security of owning rental properties.

Laura's intent is to demystify the real-estate investment process while empowering participants to take steps toward securing their own financial future. Engagement is key, and questions are both welcomed and encouraged. Register Today.

See Here To Learn More Or To Register


Your Health & Wellness

With Dr. Sarah Wilson, Founder of Advanced Women's Health

"Thank you so much, this information is life changing!" Hayley

Dr. Sarah Wilson, ND

If you missed Dr. Sarah Wilson's dynamic and informative presentation called "Busy Women, Angry Hormones, then please do view the video. See link here below. As one of our participants exclaimed, "...this information is life changing! "

What are some of the signs that you have “Angry Hormones?”

The exhaustion or feeling tired but wired are nudging you to listen to the fact that your body may not be coping as well as you think it is!

Exhaustion or feeling tired but wired

Anxiety, depression, apathy, or irritability

Constant feelings of overwhelm

Issues falling or staying asleep

PMS, acne, period changes, pain with your period

Low libido – who has time for sex anyway?

Cravings! Weight changes

Brain fog and memory changes... See Video below


Save the Date February 23rd 2021- 7pm to 8pm Free Presentation


Join us with keynote speakers John Armitage, President of Brookland Fine Homes and Jen Baran. Jen is a member of the UA Local 401 Plumbers, Steamfitters, and Welders. A Quality Assurance Manager for E.S. Fox Unlimited. Learn about her journey of becoming a female plumber.

 Topic: 'Never Stop Learning, Get Out of Your Comfort Zone'

Jen Baran


A Special Partnership in Motion!

WMB & Limestone District School Board, A Special Collaboration

We are thrilled to have been asked to partner with the Limestone District School Board ‘Expanded Opportunities Program’,  to promote their Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) programs and the Ontario Apprentice Programs (OYAP).  The Specialist High Skills Major allows students in Grades 11 and 12 to focus on a career path that matches their skills and interests with meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

 We hope you will join WMB in our Initiative to open doors of opportunities for our youth! if you are a parent or work with the youth, or work in one of the listed SHSM sectors, you may be interested to learn more about the board's  programs that will help prepare students to enter into high- demand, well paid careers.

Limestone District School Board WEBSITE

SHSM Sectors offered in the Limestone District School Board

Arts and Culture





Food Processing

Health and Wellness

Hospitality and Tourism

Information and Computer Tech

Justice, Community Safety and Emergency Services





Win a night for two at Kingston's boutique urban retreat, the beautiful Secret Garden Inn.

Please go to our Facebook page to like and share to WIN.

No February Blues With The Secret Garden Inn 

 Romantic Overnight Stay for Two with Gourmet Breakfast

 Experiencing excellence in your own backyard!

 The Secret Garden Inn                              

Win a night for two at Kingston's boutique urban retreat, the beautiful Secret Garden Inn. We take the garden in our name very seriously 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.

Enjoy luxury—balanced with value—beginning with a most sought after location in the Sydenham District of Downtown Kingston, just steps away from dining, shopping, and the waterfront.

Your stay will include a night in your choice of one of our rooms, each uniquely decorated and named after historical Kingston figures, and a delicious gourmet breakfast. We can't wait for you to discover The Secret Garden Inn.

Please go to our Facebook page to like and share to WIN!

Women Mean Business Facebook a 9.5 Traveller Review Awards

Digital Tips from Your Social Strategy Kingston

Keep your business top of mind. You worked hard to build the client base you have – so it’s going to be really important for you to continue to nurture those relationships in a digital way! While there’s no “catch-all” solutions out there that will work for every single business type we do want to stress that regardless of the industry you do work in –social media, when used the correct way – can be a secret weapon to keeping customers buying and attracting new ones! Here are 20 ideas to get you started.

Contact us at Your Social Strategy to discuss how to grow your business! Click on link here or on our logo.

20 Days of Media Content Ideas

Share your new favorite recipe.

Have a virtual cocktail party.

Purchase a gift card from a local business and promote them on your social media channels.

Say thanks to our front line workers!

Share the last book you read.

Share your favourite new app.

Pamper your pet and post a photo (our furry pals need to decompress too!)

Host a challenge.

Post a photo of your favourite place to walk.

Share a virtual tour (Lot's of museums have this now so it could be fun to share your favourite one.)

Share a piece of your history. Like what was your business journey? How did you get to where you are?

Share how you are staying connected to your coworkers.

Share other fellow small businesses that have modified services during this time.

Share your favourite local brew at-home coffee.

Share tips on how you’ve been staying motivated and keeping yourself accountable for work.

Share what you are doing to support your community. Are you giving back in any way?

Start a virtual book club and let your audience know your picks.

Share your favourite podcast.

Start and share a playlist that people can collaborate and add songs too.

Share something that is keeping you in a good mood. Is it the fresh spring air or perhaps reconnecting with old friends.

Meet Some of Our Community Members!

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Today's Woman Traveller

Our passengers are women of all ages and from varied backgrounds: single, married, divorced and widowed.

Some come with friends or family (mother/daughter, sisters), but for the most part women come individually.


Classic East Africa Safari. From Sept 16th 2021 to Oct 1st 2021 (15 nights)

"When I think of a classic African ‘Safari’ it is Kenya and Tanzania that still get me excited to go back" Learn More Here

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.


Health & Wellness

Self Care- Tips for Dealing with the Seasonal Blues

Are you struggling with fatigue, and just feeling blue at this time of year? This video will help you to take actionable steps to feel better today!

Please see video by Dr. Sarah Wilson, ND  Advanced Women’s Health

International Women’s Day  

March Upcoming Virtual Events

Italo Club’s Event- International Women's Day Event March 7th

This year, it’s a whole campaign.​ The campaign has recently started with a call for nominations for our “2020 Survivor” Award, which will recognize local women who have shown resilience over the past year. The Top 10 Nominees will be given the opportunity to model in a fashion show and will be entered for the chance to win a $500 cash prize and gift basket. information and to buy tickets, go here:  Here's a link to purchase tickets directly:

To Register:


Plan A: Kingston & Quinte is sponsoring a virtual International Women’s Day Event on March 8th.

Fifty percent (50%) of the ticket sales will be donated to Kingston’s Interval House, a local women’s shelter. 

Activities include:

·  Musical Entertainment by Julia Finnegan

·  One on One Fireside Chat with Peggy M. Seville CPA Professional Corporation

·  Interactive Session: Cooking Demo with Christine Avery from Knifey & Spooney

·  Interactive Session: Cocktail Mixology with Laura Bradley from King's Lock Craft Distillery 

·  Hot Topics Panel with Host Sarah Cadorette & Guests Jesse Whale from Closet Candy, Dr. Anna-Maire Wysynski from Bespoke Functional Medicine, Hormone Balancing and Pain Management & Shelby Barton from Shel.Be.Motivated

·  Interactive Session: Chocolate Tutorial with Audrey Brown from Cocoa Bistro and MORE

Learn More on Facebook

To Register on Eventbrite Eventbrite

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Monitoring Your Financial Performance

A Free Financial Management Guide for Entrepreneurs by BDC

Grants for Women in Apprenticeship

Learn More

 Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada - Seeking Assistant Invigilators

We are looking for candidates to work in Kingston on March 9, 11, and 12, with the potential of some additional shifts in April, May and June.

Most shifts will be from 7:00 am to 12:30 pm, but there might be some shifts in the afternoon.

Position: RCPSC Examination Invigilator (Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada)

Assistant Invigilator: The requirements of the Assistant Invigilator or AI: Registration of candidates, ensuring that the exam starts on time, and ensuring that candidates have the equipment, appropriate logistics and information to complete their exam. Assistant invigilators will be trained on the necessary duties and responsibilities, with the support of their on-site Chief Invigilator. Assistant Invigilators will also be required to answer questions and provide adequate support to candidates on the day of the exam. Hourly rate $19.00 per hour and $13.00 travel allowance per shift

Four Points by Sheraton Kingston, 285 King Street, Kingston

Interested candidates should send their resume and cover letter to:  Mairead Concannon


APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN for Digital Main Street Future Proof Program

Launch Lab is accepting applications for its Digital Main Street Future Proof program. Digital Transformation Teams are led by current students or recent grads who assist small business owners in optimizing their digital presence. This includes tweaking SEO, updating social media and building calendars and content to help YOU get organized online!  

To apply now, click here



Get Government Funding to Help Cover COVID Costs

 If your business needs financial support to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE), there is government funding available up to $1,000 for small businesses with 2-9 employees in retail, food services and personal service sectors.  

 Click here for more details.


Canadian Emergency Business Account (CEBA)

Eligible businesses facing financial hard ship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic are now able to access a second CEBA loan of up to $20,000 – on top of the initial $40,000 that was available to small businesses. Half of this additional financing, up to $10,000, will be forgivable if the loan is repaid by December 31, 2022. This means the additional loan effectively increases CEBA loans from the existing $40,000 to$60,000 for eligible businesses, of which a total of $20,000 will be forgiven if the balance of the loan is repaid on time.

 As announced in the Fall Economic Statement, the application deadline for CEBA has also been extended to March 31, 2021. To apply, eligible businesses and not-for-profits need to contact the financial institution that provided their initial CEBA loan and provide the appropriate information and documentation.

To learn more or apply now, click here.

Applications close March 31st

The Ontario Small Business Support Grant is intended to help small businesses (including sole proprietorships) in Ontario that are required to close or significantly restrict services under Ontario’s provincewide shutdown effective December 26, 2020.


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

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