September 7, 2023

Welcome September!! Upcoming Events & News from Women Mean Business Network

We're Baaaaack!!! Our well known Partnerships in Motion Events return this Fall!

Learn more about our upcoming networking events for this fall in this issue of Connect & Flourish Newsletter.

Connecting with Inspiring Women Breakfast Event

                                  TUESDAY, September 26, 2023

Photo from our past Networking Event held at BMW Dealership in Kingston


Welcome starts at 7:30 a.m., Breakfast/Networking/Introductions - 8:00 a.m,

                                    Completion:  9:30 am.


Venue:  Coco-Frutti Breakfast / Lunch Restaurant - 768 Gardiners Road, Kingston


                            Private Area - We Can Only Host 30 Guests

                                         First Come First Serve

Details to Register and Pay:

Your Breakfast Choice is pay your own.  There is a registration fee to attend.

Please Call or Email Gaby Eaton with e-transfer of $15.00 (no tax), will automatically register you.  

If we are at capacity when you register via email or phone call, you will be advised  and e-transfer will be declined.

If registration is paid by credit card, then entrance fee is: $20.00 (no tax- please call Gaby)

NO refunds with cancellations (less than 7 days prior) or if no show


                                       Business Cell: 613-305-4628



                   WMB - The Power of Connecting & Feeling Welcomed! 

    RSVP by September 20th (subject to Availability- first come/first serve) 


Next WMB Event - SAVE THE DATE: November 22nd 2023

Photo from our Past Jazzy Festive Event

OUR "MINGLE, NIBBLE, SHOP & RECONNECT" Holiday Event is back!



Save the Date:  November 22, 2023

From 4:30 to 7 p.m.


The Importance of Getting Back to Networking in Person!            

A recent Forbes Health Survey found that "59% of adults find it harder to form relationships since Covid 19 happened!”  “62% feel anxious about the thought of reconnecting or making new contacts”.  “More than one third said, they are nervous about not knowing what to say or how to interact”.  (quoted from Ignite Magazine 2023)

                           Let’s Reconnect Again As We Always Have
                         WMB Is a Safe & Authentic Place to Connect!

Our Partnership in Motion With FEM City

WMB Expands Its Network Reach with FEM City

Expand Your Business Reach - Across Canada, the US and Globally!

Our new affiliation with FEM City -

WMB is featuring a 90-day FREE trial from the day you sign up

(place video again Josie)

WMB Affiliate Link for FREE Trial:

Affiliate Link

When looking at Locations - Click ‘Virtual Canada’

Here is their Virtual Canada Network Topics, September through to December:

September : Alignment and Clarity

October : Removing Blocks

November : Greatness and Gratitude

December : Close Out the Year

Contact Gaby Eaton if you have any questions. Email:

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


A Warm Welcome to our newest WMB Members:

UPS Store 7 in Kingston

UPS Store 7 in KINGSTON, offer full-service shipping and services for your overall business needs, from printing to design services. Contact us for details.

837 Norwest Rd, Kingston, ON K7P 2N3

Phone: 613-384-9423


Normandy Retirement Living

The Normandy Retirement Living residence offers many levels of care, and opportunity to connect with others, and a vast variety of meals, programs, and functions to allow for a thorough and diverse retirement experience. Come see us for a free tour.

630 MacLean Court, Kingston, ON K7K 7L8

Phone: 613-887-1414


Meet some of the dynamic members of Women Mean Business Professional Network of Eastern Ontario!

Ozy Belle Fashions

Photo: the lovely, Kim Edgington, Founder of Ozy Belle Fashions in Kingston

"I love clothes and fashion! My collections are chosen for best fit, great style and value. I want You to feel great and confident in what you wear" Owner, Kim Edgington

OZY Belle FASHION VIDEO: New Fall Spotlight

See more fashion videos here

Visit Lise's website to start planning your next adventure and get the

chance to Win a 7 Night Air Canada Vacations Trip to Portugal!! See Website for details.


Well-Written, Effective Online Marketing For Your Unique Business

Camille Croteau, Ph.D, COO

okwrite Technologies, Inc. is women-led. Our team consists of Camille Croteau, Ph.D., COO, Erin Foley, Editor in Chief, and Amy White, Staff Writer and Head of Growth.

okwrite is globally recognized as a leading content marketing agency and Canada’s #1 content marketing agency.

We know good content and effective planning.


Be In The Know - Resources for your business growth

BDC Canada - Business Development Bank of Canada

Your Sales Process - How is that working for you?


We Are BDC

BDC - Build Your Business On Line

Articles and entrepreneur toolkits to help you grow your business.


Biz Skills (located in Kingston)

BizSkills for Good, are dedicated to supporting under-represented professionals through a caring ecosystem that guides and mentors them to acquire and sustain their own businesses. Their personalized approach empowers you to kickstart multi-generational wealth and achieve your entrepreneurial dreams, one step at a time. We're committed to making a positive impact on your journey.


Invest Kingston - Futurepreneurs


Talent Opportunities Program & Wage Subsidies

Are you an employer hiring post-secondary students on work-integrated learning (WIL) placements, such as cooperative education and internships? If so, you may be eligible for a wage subsidy of up to $7,000 per student!

The Talent Opportunities Program (TOP) is an initiative of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce designed to help employers located anywhere in Canada to hire college and university students on WIL placements. Employers hiring eligible students may receive a wage subsidy up to 50% of the wages (to a maximum of $5,000) for each new placement or 70% of the wages (to a maximum of $7,000) for each ‘net new’ placement for the following under-represented groups: Indigenous people, person with disabilities, newcomer to Canada, first year student, visible minority and/or women in STEM.

Please note that there is a limited pool of funding to support subsidies at the 70% level for under-represented groups. Should funding be exhausted, your application is still eligible for a subsidy at the 50% level.


The DELIA Fund for Women Entrepreneurs in Southeastern Ontario

Providing micro loan support of up to $15,000 for women entrepreneurs.


TELUS Small Business Grant Program

The Telus Small Business Grant Program is looking for Canadian entrepreneurs who are changing the game and creating an impact. Apply for your chance to win $125,000 in funding, advertising and technology to fuel your business growth.


MITACS Travel Grant

The Mitacs Travel Grant helps support entrepreneurs with travel related costs (up to $5,00) that are related to growing their business abroad.


Meet some of the dynamic members of Women Mean Business Professional Network of Eastern Ontario! continued

 Denyse Dorr, Financial Adviser / Edward Jones

Located: 4501 Bath Road Suite#1 Amherstview, ON  K7N  1A6

Phone: 613-634-8081


We Love To Clean! Handy Fairies Kingston

Offering Reliable & Quality Residential & Commercial Kingston Cleaning Services

Founder and Owner: Phuong MacNeil

  • Apartment Cleaning
  • House Cleaning
  • Construction Cleaning
  • Move In/ Move Out
  • Carpet Cleaning
  • Upholstery Cleaning
  • Commercial Cleaning
  • Window Cleaning

Learn More Here

Creating Ease and Grace for the Ones You Love!

Learn More

KVA Collections - Fall Fashion Ideas

from the lovely Kristine Van Allen, founder of KVA Collections

To view KVA Collections fall video, click here

KVA Collections WEBSITE (sign up to receive your weekly fashion video)

Henderson Total Maintenance - Complete Commercial Cleaning Services



Be In The Know - Resources for your business growth


First Nations Women’s Entrepreneurship Program

The First Nations Women’s Entrepreneurship Program provides up to $15,000 in grant money for Indigenous women who are launching a business in Central or Eastern Ontario.



Digital Transformation Grants

Digital Transformation Grants provide $2,500 grants for businesses to invest in digital marketing and digital business tools such as a new or updated website, social media marketing, search engine marketing, point of sale system, e-commerce, video marketing, etc. Applications are now open until September 30, 2023.



First Nations Grant and Membership Program for Indigenous Women

The First Nations Grant and Membership Program for Indigenous Women provides funds up to $3,000 for First Nations women entrepreneurs.



Online Stores Program with Digital Main Street’s ShopHERE

Independent business owners and artists can set up an online store with support from Digital Main Street’s ShopHERE Program.



Canada Digital Adoption Program

The Canada Digital Adoption Program offers small and medium-sized business grant money to boost their business and designed to give you access to expert advice, increase your online sales, reduce costs, better manage your inventory and more.


 The Black Opportunity Fund

The Black Opportunity Fund prioritizes funding support for initiatives around entrepreneurship, education, health, women, criminal justice, arts & culture, and youth that impact the quality of life in Black communities across Canada.


WEOC National Loan Program for Women Entrepreneurs

The WEOC National Loan Program for Women Entrepreneurs delivers the WEOC National Loan Program, which supports women and non-binary entrepreneurs as they start, scale, grow and maintain their businesses.



BMO for Black Entrepreneurs Lending Program

The BMO for Black Entrepreneurs Lending Program provides business owners with greater access to working capital, educational resources, and professional partnerships to start up, scale up, and grow.



Canada's first 2SLGBTI+ Entrepreneurship Program

The Federal Government has announced Canada first 2SLGBTI+ Entrepreneurship Program. More than 100,000 individuals will benefit. The program will include a Business Scale-Up, a National Ecosystem Fund and Knowledge Hub.


Invest Kingston’s Ask The Expert Program

Invest Kingston’s Ask The Expert Program allows small business owners to have free access to experts in the fields of accounting and bookkeeping, legal, social media, human resources, coaching and marketing, and business strategy.


The L-Spark Program will challenge you to perfect product-market-fit, define your sales channels, and grow revenue.


Veteran Friendly Ontario

This free training program addresses what 70% of employers are reporting: their real challenge is finding and keeping great people on staff. They need new solutions, because what worked before is now broken. Getting access to hidden talent pools, like Canada’s Veterans, has quickly become a business imperative.


Technology Investment Program

The program provides direct financial assistance to SME manufacturers in southern Ontario in the form of a matching contribution of up to $50,000 (a maximum of 50% of eligible costs, which can include capital equipment, materials, training on new equipment, installation of new equipment, professional service fees, as well as a company’s direct labour devoted to the completion and management of the project) to support the investment in long-term production assets and technology that increase capacity and reduce emissions on production.


Business Scale-Up and Productivity Funding from FedDev Ontario

Are you an innovative and globally oriented business seeking to accelerate your growth? Are you commercializing an innovative product? Are you rurally based and looking to grow, commercialize and improve productivity? You may be eligible for no interest, repayable contributions up to $10 million from FedDev Ontario.


Looking to promote your business/careers/jobs to future employees?


Career Pathways Magazine- Opportunities in Trades, Manufacturing & Technology

Bringing Education, Business & Industry to the forefront for Eastern Ontario.

Next Edition - Fall/Winter - November 2023

Looking to promote your business/careers/jobs to future employees?

Call Josie Walsh at 613-539-2277, Editor/Publisher

Or Gaby Eaton - 613-305-4628, Business Development,


We Would Love To Hear From You!

Please do connect with us by email. We would love to hear from you.

Gaby Eaton at or

Josie Walsh at



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