October 7, 2021

Upcoming Speakers - Women Mean Business Network

Wishing you a safe, happy and blessed Thanksgiving Weekend!

Enjoy this week's issue of Connect & Flourish!

Save The Date : Up Close and Social Speaker's Series

A Journey of A Mother's Love - Helping Our Youth - Mental Health Resources

Tuesday, October 19th from 10:30am to 11:30am

Our speaker, Cindy Manor has more than 20 years’ experience in Publishing, Marketing, Advertising, Relationship Management and Finance. Enjoying success in her career, Cindy's life and work-took a complete turn when she had to learn how to help her teen son recover from a major injury.

Most recently, Cindy chose to leave the corporate world and take on a Senior Director of Philanthropy role at Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre (DSYTC). A move fueled by a desire to give back to Ontario’s youth and their families struggling with substance use and mental health issues.

Please join us for this important presentation.

Learn more or register HERE


An in-depth guide on Teen Mental Health – A Guide for Parents


Save The Date : Up Close and Social Speaker's Series

The Power of Perfume! Helping COVID Survivors Regain Their Sense of Smell.

Tuesday, November 16th from 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Meet World Renowned Perfumer, Sue Phillips, Owner/Founder of Scenterprise & Author 'The Power of Perfume' who is helping COVID survivors regain their sense of smell. Sue is one of the world’s most renowned fragrance experts creating scents for brands, celebrities, and connoisseurs. Join us and learn about Sue's inspiring story to where she is now!

You Can WIN a $125 Gift Card To The Hudson's Bay Kingston!

When you register for this virtual presentation, your name will automatically be placed in the contest that will be announced online (you have to be present for the chance to win), a generous gift card from The Hudson's Bay Kingston - $125 Gift Card to shop at their Beauty and Fragrance counter and our 2nd prize is a signed copy from Sue Phillips - 'The Power of Perfume'


7 Ways to Succeed with Instagram as a Business

by Mike Hepburn |

Nowadays, owning a business is not just selling your products to people face to face. A business has to have an online presence, which will help keep clients and make new ones. When looking specifically at Instagram, it can be overwhelming to figure out how to attract clients and keep the ones you already have.

Luckily Your Social Strategy has some simple ways to get your business’s Instagram account looking just right.


Tell Us About Your Pivot Story : Lumii Films Co. 

Photo: Geraldine MacDonald (Chief Executive Officer) and Will Moran-MacDonald (Chief Creative Officer) 

At the onset of the pandemic, Geraldine MacDonald, Chief Executive Officer of Lumii Films and Will Moran-MacDonald, Chief Creative Officer, realized that society’s usual celebration of the arts would be dramatically affected by the need for social distancing. This awareness was coupled with the fact that certain art arenas (like filmmaking, for example) are inherently more challenging than others even in ‘normal’ times; but that despite the nature of the arena with its expected and ongoing challenges, art, in its myriad of forms, uplifts the spirit and brightens the soul, especially in times of darkness.

"More than ever, we all needed light on the horizon."


Advanced Women’s Health

Dr. Sarah Wilson, ND

Advanced Women's Health is a premier medical clinic that provides evidence based integrated medical care catering to women’s hormonal health. After struggling for years with her health, founder, Dr. Sarah Wilson, Naturopathic Doctor, became passionate about ensuring that no woman would feel alone or dismissed in her journey to feel well. Our vision is to create a community in which women are educated and supported. No woman should feel alone in the face of hormonal chaos and every woman has the right to want the healthiest pregnancy, postpartum period and perimenopausal transition.

No woman should feel ‘complicated’ leaving a medical appointment, only empowered and hopeful.

Our Mission

When women are at their best communities and businesses thrive.

We are on a mission to help professional women, busy Mom’s and Momma’s to be to not only reclaim their health, but also take a proactive approach to wellness.

In today’s chaotic world it can seem impossible to balance it all and stay healthy, but AHW is here to help make that goal do-able!


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Now accepting applications for A Three Fires Collaborative Quest Program - Indigenous Tourism Ontario (ITO)

Indigenous Tourism Ontario (ITO), in collaboration with The Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO), and the Ontario Tourism Education Corporation (OTEC) are now accepting applications for A Three Fires Collaborative Quest Program - a program designed to fill critical gaps within the industry and encourage recovery and growth of the provinces’ tourism workforce by bringing awareness of opportunities to potential Indigenous employees.

Free Entrepreneurs Conference with Dragon’s Den Manjit Minhas as keynote speaker

AccelerateOTT Hybrid, a one-day conference taking place in-person and online Wednesday, October 27, 2021, designed for and by women founders and funders. 

Manjit Minhas, Co-founder & CEO of Mihas Breweries, Distilleries and Wineries, Investors, and Dragon on CBC's Dragon's Den, headlines the conference, featuring the SheBoot Pitch Competition showcasing nine women founders as they vie for $200,000 in investment. 

What you can expect: 

  • New actionable insights from the tech and entrepreneurial trenches
  • Lessons learned through the pandemic for post-pandemic success
  • Scale-up, revenue gen, customer, and funding strategies to accelerate your growth

Entrepreneurs across Canada are welcome to register for free. Please share this opportunity to widely with friends, family and colleagues. 


Canada Ontario Job Grant

The Canada-Ontario Job Grant provides direct financial support to individual employers or employer consortia who wish to purchase training for their employees. It is available to small, medium and large businesses with a plan to deliver short-term training to existing and new employees.

Learn More

ReStart Kingston is a well established, community based, non-profit service committed to providing high quality assistance to both job seekers and employers. Learn more about the $2,000 signing bonus plus an apprentice for your business!

Call 613-542-7373 ext. 108


Micro-Grants Available for Small Businesses Growing their Business Online

A recently announced government program -- Grow Your Business Online --will help up to 90,000 smaller businesses, including restaurants, tourism and recreation-based businesses that haven't yet adopted digital technologies take advantage of e-commerce opportunities.

Eligible businesses will receive micro-grants of up to $2,400 to help with the costs related to adopting digital technologies.

Grow Your Business Online  will also support a network of up to11,200 youth digital advisors who will provide advice to and help the small businesses adopt e-commerce.

Click here to learn more.

Limestone District School Board

Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) programs are specialized programs that allow Grade 11 or 12 students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while meeting the requirements to graduate from secondary school with an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

A school approved to offer an SHSM program will offer the program in all four pathways: apprenticeship training, college, university, and the workplace. SHSM programs may be connected to a Dual Credit Program offered in the Limestone District School Board. Students must complete all components to graduates with their SHSM red seal on their diploma.

Students earning SHSM will be able to make more informed career decisions and ultimately be better prepared for their post-secondary destination of choice.


Meet Some of Our Community Members!

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Kingston KIA 

The Power To Surprise!

The first-of-its-kind by Kia Canada, the Electric Vehicle Experience Centre educates Canadians on the benefit, opportunities and future of electric vehicles.

The future of the automotive industry is electric, and with Kia Canada introducing 7 all-new plug-in hybrid or dedicated electric models by 2025, the EV Experience Centre will offer the public an EV learning opportunity like no other. 

Learn more about their electric / hybrid models at Kingston KIA


Wild Idea Co.

Handy Fairies Professional Cleaning Services

Fully Bonded & Insured - Fully Trained Staff - Free Estimates - Work Guaranteed

Our customers keep coming back to us, because we provide services that work and keep their homes clean, right down to the little details. This extensive cleaning system, which we call our Detail-Clean Rotation System, has been proven to be effective in more than five million cleans!. Please do contact us today for a FREE estimate!

Satisfaction Guaranteed - Over 17 years of Quality Assurances Experience and Locally Owned

"A team of four came to my home and did an incredible job! I am very picky and I am very impressed! Thank you Handy Fairies" Dale Leroux

WEBSITE Phone: 613-438-2233

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 was named the winner of the 🏆"Best Employment Services"🏆 category for 2020 by Kingston Community Votes!

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.

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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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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