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Women Who Have Taken on the World: Education Through Experience

Oct. 20, 2016

HALIFAX, NS – The Centre for Women in Business and Nova Scotia Business Inc.(NSBI) have joined forces to host an event designed to engage and identify potential exporters, and increase the number of women exporting their products and services.

Women Who Have Taken on the World will take place in the
Rosaria Multi-purpose room at Mount Saint Vincent University on Wednesday, October 26; it will feature a panel women business leaders who have successfully navigated the world of export and international sales, and want to share their experiences with other entrepreneurs who aspire to grow beyond our Canadian borders.

The panel will feature award-winning business leaders and company founders, including tech specialist Jenelle Sobey, Managing Partner of
Norex Web; Desiree Stockermans, Operations Manager of digital acoustic manufacturer Ocean Sonics Ltd.; Sara Bonnyman, who recently celebrated 42-years in business as the founder of Sara Bonnyman Pottery, and Lesek Demont, Director of Sales at Sales Beacon, an international sales acceleration and strategy firm. [»Panelist bios available here]

Participants will have the opportunity to engage the panel in a Q&A over breakfast, and develop an action plan for entering new export markets. For those new to business, it will be a chance to gain a better understanding of what is involved.

Tanya Priske, Executive Director of the Centre for Women in Business, said the panelists were hand-picked to present a cross-section of experiences and sectors.

“This is an event for everyone,” she said. “Seasoned business leaders, start-ups, or people who just want to learn more about export, and how to recognize and leverage business opportunities outside of Canada,” she said. “Our goal is to host a dialogue that will shine a light on the steps these women took to sell outside of Canada: How they took on the challenges and made export work for them.”

NSBI helps Nova Scotia businesses across the province grow exports through access to business advisory services, skill development and training, market intelligence, financing, and support in accessing global markets.

“Female leaders in our province bring a diverse perspective, and are shaping the way we look at the tough decisions and challenges that come with exporting,” said Laurel Broten, President & CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. “Through this event, we aim to help women build on their successes, create new business relationships, and develop export opportunities.”

The cost is $10 + HST for members, and $25+ HST for non-members; this includes a breakfast buffet, tea and coffee.

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