July 7, 2020

Saluting Our Women In Trades & Manufacturing

What a welcome site that sunshine and warmth is this week! As businesses begin to open their doors and Kingstonians cautiously get back to meeting up again, Gaby and I want to take this time to thank all of you who have attended our online presentations in the past few months and to our keynote speakers who have graciously shared their expertise with us all. You can find the majority of the last 10 presentations on our Youtube Channel - Women Mean Business Network

This month of June is dedicated to saluting the women in trades and manufacturing. We have had the privilege of connecting with some amazingly inspiring women. Please do read or view their stories and great information, go to Inspiring Content: Saluting Women in Trades & Manufacturing

Do you have a young person in your life, looking at career and education options? Please do join us next Tuesday, June 23rd at 10:30am along with Melissa Cox, Geoff Petznik and Jason Quenneville from the Limestone District School Board’s Expanded Opportunities Team to learn how together they are building teacher capacity, engaging students, and promoting exciting career pathways to students. More information within this newsletter or go to Coming Events

Also this month you have the chance to WIN 3 months of FREE Social Media Assistance from Your Social Strategy! Go to our Facebook for details and good luck!

Highlights In This Issue: 

    Upcoming Presentation by Limestone District School Board’s Expanded Opportunities Team. Learn about exciting career pathways to students in the trades & manufacturing sector.

  June is our Salute to Women in Trades & Manufacturing. Meet some very inspiring women and learn more about the resources available in education, financial grants and career opportunities within this sector.

   Resources to help you grow your business during COVID 19! (scroll down page)


This June we are proud to salute our women in trades and manufacturing!

Read More Here for resources, which include articles, speaker presentations, information on educational options and available financial grants!

Congratulations to our Keynote Speaker: Rhonda Barnet, CEO of AVIT Manufacturing 

Rhonda was recently appointed as one of 9 industry leaders in Canada to be part of new Industry Strategy Council of Canada READ MORE HERE

You can watch Rhonda's informative presentation video here. Her goal - to bring in 100,000 women into the manufacturing sector within 5 years!!

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If you missed this week's inspiring speaker, Nicole LeClair, please do view the video here below.

"Nicole LeClair is a Welding Engineering Technologist, Welder Fitter and a Red Seal welder. She has over 20 years of experience in the industry and over time has also become a welding inspector and attained her International Welding Technologist certificate as well.She holds an all-position welding ticket in the SMAW and FCAW processes but loves all welding processes!

Two years ago, she founded the Nicole LeClair Welding Bursary Award and has since gotten some industry backing as well in order to issue four $2,000 bursaries for 2020! Proudly sponsored by Hawthorne Kitchens Kingston  

KVA Collections- Style Sessions by Kristine Van Allen

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KWIK Fit Kingston

Check Out KWIK Fit's Online Fitness Videos on their Facebook Page

Beautiful, unique, affordable clothes all in a tucked away boutique specializing in dressing women 40 plus!


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.

When you’re ready to travel again, we’ll be ready to welcome you.

The IHG Clean Promise

With updated measures in place, we are launching an IHG Clean Promise. Rolling out globally
from June 1, 2020, guests can be reassured that Good isn’t good enough – we’re committed to high levels of cleanliness. That means clean, well maintained, clutter free rooms that meet our standards.

LEARN MORE; https://www.ihg.com/content/us/en/customer-care/clean-promise

Inspiration for the Graduates in Your Life

Denzel Washington is an American actor, director, and producer. He has received three Golden Globe awards, a Tony Award, and two Academy Awards.  

Please enjoy this inspiring speech he made to a University graduating class and hopefully it will spark in a young person (or at any age) the journey "to create a life that makes a difference in this world!"

A Little Armchair Travel to Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast of Italy

Online Ideas to Help You Grow Your Business and YOU

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. 

  Need support from one of KEDCO’s Business Development Officers on this subject?

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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