News Archive 2020

May 29: Legal Essentials Inc. develops COVID-19 waiver for businesses

Corinne Boudreau of Legal Essentials Inc. has developed a waiver for Canadian businesses who want to protect themselves as they return to work post-COVID-19 closures. The customizable document (2 pages) allows you to limit the potential liability of your business from the risks of this activity, including the uncertain risks around the transmission of COVID-19. 

Learn more about the COVID-19 waiver. 

May 27: Helping businesses reopen safely during the pandemic

Kerry Jennex, CEO of Marked Safe, was interviewed on CBC on how they are helping businesses reopen safely during the pandemic, speaking about their philosophy of: Don't Bring It. Don't Spread It. Don't Catch It. 

Watch the news segment on CBC
Download Marked Safe's free guidelines to build your operational plan now.


May 27: CWB & ACOA to lead virtual trade mission this summer

The CWB and Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) are coordinating a multi-sector business-to-business virtual trade mission for a group of 10-12 Atlantic Canada businesses this summer to Kingston, Jamaica and Miami, Florida. 

For more information about CWB trade missions, email 

May 27: Balance Fitness to reopen on June 5

Balance Fitness has announced that it will be opening on June 5. Read their reopening announcement and new Code of Cooperation that explains some of the changes that they are making. 

Balance Fitness is a private exclusive member's only fitness club that specializes in sustainable fat loss and lifestyle change through one-on-one personal training and group fitness sessions. 

View Balance Fitness' CWB Business Directory listing


May 27: OnSide Performance to reopen on June 5

OnSide Performance has announced that it will be reopening on June 5. Keep an eye on their website and social media channels for updated social distancing rules. 

OnSide Performance Centre is a premium strength & conditioning facility in Halifax that specializes in empowering athletes to train and fuel for performance. Over the last couple of months, OnSide has been offering remote 1-on-1 programs and online fitness classes. 

View OnSide's CWB Business Directory listing


May 19: SmartCat marketing celebrates five years in business

Congratulations to Nicole Gallant of SmartCat Marketing in celebrating her fifth business anniversary! This is a huge milestone. We are #CWBproud of you, Nicole. 

Visit our CWB Business Directory to connect with Nicole


May 15: CWB launches new High Growth Recovery Program 

In response to significant business impacts of COVID-19, the CWB has launched a new High Growth Recovery Program that will guide and support women business owners as they respond and navigate the next six months and beyond. This program addresses the importance of business continuity and covers topics including crisis management, mobilizing an action plan, stabilizing your business, and designing a strategy to implement your new business model. This program is available to women business owners with pre-COVID-19 revenues of $1M or more, and is scheduled in begin in early June. 

Learn more about the High Growth Recovery Program. 


May 13: mycampusGPS launches new printed guidebook 

Janet of mycampusGPS Education Consulting has launched a comprehensive printed guidebook to help high school students find and apply for post-secondary scholarships in Canada. 

Learn more about the guide


May 11: CWB welcomes new communications assistant

The Centre for Women in Business is excited to welcome Breanna Lynk as our new communications assistant. Breanna is a second-year Bachelor of Public Relations student at Mount Saint Vincent University, and will be joining our (virtual) team from Sydney, Cape Breton for the summer semester. Welcome, Breanna! 

Read Breanna's profile.
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May 1: Simply Good Form shifts to virtual learning platform

In response to COVID-19, Simply Good Form has shifted its certified LGBTQ2 inclusion training online to a virtual learning platform. They have also launched a free How to Be Inclusive mini course as an introduction to their programming. Reach out to Cyndi for a special CWB discount code. 

Browse available courses


May 1: Gorveatte Consulting launches Business Continuity Program

In response to COVID-19, Gorveatte Consulting has launched a virtual Business Continuity Program for you to explore the environment of business continuity and how to protect and grow your business. The program includes 10 hours of one-on-one coaching. 

Reach out to Susan for more information:


April 29: Jacqueline Steudler's book now available on Amazon 

Jacqueline Steudler had launched an e-version of her book "From Grieving To Grateful: Heal Your Broken Heart" on Amazon. Congratulations from the CWB team!

View & purchase the book on Amazon.

April 29: As Nova Scotia grieves, demand for flags soars

The Flag Shop Nova Scotia was featured in a CBC News Nova Scotia segment for their increase in business. Owner Debbie Hartlen spoke about The Flag Shop's healthcare hero flags and how people are using provincial flags to show community support [0:50].

Watch the video on the CBC News Nova Scotia website.

April 29: Musical medicine 

Mackenzie Costron, founder of Find Your Voice Music Therapy, was interviewed on CTV Morning Live Atlantic this week. In the interview, Mackenzie discusses her new online music therapy services and the effects of music on mental health and wellness.

Watch the video on the CTV News Atlantic website.

April 28: shiftED Academy launches new online Presentation Booster On Demand Course

Adapted from shiftED Academy's flagship Presentation Booster Program, Tisha has launched an online version of her program that participants can work through on their own time, with the option to add 4 hours of 1:1 virtual coaching. 

Learn more about the program.
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April 24: ‘We shall never rebuild Nova Scotia unless everybody works together’

Executive Director Tanya Priske is interviewed by Heather Clarke on the role and the impact of Nova Scotia Business Economic Coalition (NSBEC) on the provincial business community.

Read the full article on the SaltWire Network.

April 23: Karen Dean launches Stronger Nova Scotia clothing

Our thoughts are with all those impacted by last week's tragedy and dealing with unimaginable loss. To support the affected families and communities, CWB member Karen Dean, Resiliency Coach, Speaker & Author is selling Stronger Nova Scotia clothing. All proceeds from the sales will be donated to the Stronger Together Nova Scotia Fund, managed by the Canadian Red Cross.

Visit the Stronger Nova Scotia website. 

April 23: Centre for Women in Business says COVID-19 disproportionately impacts female entrepreneurs

Executive Director Tanya Priske is interviewed by Katie Hartai on the impact COVID-19 is having on women entrepreneurs in Nova Scotia. 

Read the full article on Halifax Today. 

April 17: TABITHA + CO featured in British GQ April 2020

CWB member TABITHA + CO was featured in April's edition of British GQ for the second month in a row. The TABITHA + CO Travel Tab Bag was included in the 'As Seen' section of the magazine.

Read more on the TABITHA + CO website.


April 16: Making it work at home

Many of us are new to working from home and with that comes new challenges. Tune into the CTV News Live at Five segment on working from home and hear CWB member Colette Robicheau of Organize Anything [1:30] provide a couple of quick tips.

Watch the video on the CTV News Atlantic website

April 16: Kim Scaravelli: A woman empowering others

Kim Scaravelli of Trust Communications is profiled in this piece as the recipient of the Women Leaders in the Digital Economy Award at the 2019 Digital Diversity Awards. Congratulations again, Kim! 

Read the full profile from Digital Nova Scotia. 

Nominations for the 2020 Digital Diversity Awards are now open until June 26. Award winners will be recognized at the CWB and DNS' annual INNOVATE event on October 22, 2020. 


April 16: Sydney businesses use video chat, conferencing to stay open

CWB member Michelle AuCoin of LearnAbility Cape Breton is interviewed on how she was able to keep half her staff working and 100 students by using Zoom. 

Read the full article in the Cape Breton Post.

April 15: Should you shop big corporate local or small indie local? 

Article by CWB member Melanie Little of vLifeRead the full article

March 10: Roni Davis' new podcast

In 2020, Roni Davis launched a new podcast, titled It's All In Your Head, where you will learn why the power to change your health, your habits, and your life is... all in your head. Learn to redefine weight loss and healthy living through habit, belief and behaviour modification. 

Listen to the trailer now


March 9: Performance View Business Solutions achieves highest sales honour

Everything DiSC, A Wiley Brand announced today that local business and CWB member The Performance View Business Solutions is a Sapphire award-winning Partner for Everything DiSC® and The Five Behaviours®. This achievement is in recognition of Kathy Stanford's commitment to improving organization culture and teamwork. 

"We are proud to partner with The Performance View in their mission to enrich people's lives by building better workplaces and high-functioning cohesive teams," says Susie Kukkonen, VP of Channels at Wiley. "We are honoured to have them as an Authorized Partner." 

Congratulations, Kathy! We are #CWBProud of your accomplishment. 

Read the full press release.

March 5: Tick spray maker invests in validation

"If everything goes as planned, we'll be the first natural ingredient tick spray on the Canadian market," said Lisa Ali Learning following a presentation at Mount Saint Vincent University Centre for Women in Business event on Wednesday.  

Read the full article on AllNovaScotia. 

February 27: Strait Area Chamber FEMpowers Women Across Cape Breton

The CWB was proud to partner with the Strait Area Chamber of Commerce and other supporters in Cape Breton for the first annual FEMpower – Women Leading Change conference on Friday, February 21. Our Cape Breton business advisor, Courtney Schmidt, was among the attendees and eager to connect with women from all stages of their business journey  from aspiring entrepreneurs to established business owners looking to grow their business and network. Our new member, Roni Davis, was also a featured guest speaker at FEMpower, discussing the important of mindfulness and nutrition. We are #CWBproud of Roni, Courtney, and all of the women who attended this inspiring event. 
Read the FEMpower re-cap on the Strait Area Chamber of Commerce website.


February 25: MEDIA ADVISORY: CWB to celebrate women business owners at annual International Women's Day event

For the ninth consecutive year, the Centre for Women in Business (CWB) will host what has come to be known as Halifax's premiere International Women's Day (IWD) event. The event attracts over 400 attendees to celebrate the accomplishments of women in business through a networking reception, breakfast and keynote presentation. Continue reading. 

Contact for more information. 


February 12: A new way to start the day

It has been said that empowered women, empower women. 

The Centre for Women in Business (CWB) at Mount Saint Vincent University is a testament to the value of having an empowered, female network. For more than 27 years, the CWB has been an advocate for women in business across Nova Scotia, providing opportunities and resources for women to achieve success in entrepreneurship.

Now, the CWB is expanding its network to reach even more women in business here in Nova Scotia – this time, online.

Continue reading on Mount Saint Vincent University's website.


February 4: CWB seeking event photographer for ADVANCE: IWD 2020

We are seeking an event photographer to capture the energy and inspiration in the room at our annual ADVANCE: International Women's Day event on Wednesday, March 4. Project deliverables include a shot list and providing a full suite of photographs from the event. Submissions will be accepted until 11:59pm on Thursday, February 13. 

Read the full request for proposals. 

January 13: CWB launches new Coffee Talk program

After a successful pilot in November 2019, the Centre for Women in Business has launched a new online networking opportunity for rural women in business. Coffee Talk is a monthly program, designed to connect women in business across Nova Scotia with each other, encourage collaborations, and improve business skills through sharing. 

Learn more about Coffee Talk. 

January 7: CWB team welcomes new communications assistant

We are excited to announce that Sarah Greening has joined the CWB team as our communications assistant for the winter semester. Sarah is a third-year Bachelor of Public Relations student from Mount Saint Vincent University. Sarah is originally from Newfoundland and enjoys reading, writing, travelling, and volunteering at her local SPCA. Over the next four months, Sarah is looking forward to meeting our CWB community and sharing their stories of perseverance and success. 

Please join us in extending a warm welcome! 


January 6: CWB team welcomes Denise Williams as NS Project Coordinator for the Atlantic Canada Women in Business Growth Partnership

We are pleased to announce that Denise Williams is joining the CWB team as  the Nova Scotia Project Coordinator for the Atlantic Canada Women in Business Growth Partnership Program. In July, Minister Jordan announced two Women Entrepreneurship Strategy Investments in Atlantic Canada, of which this project was one. Denise will work with women entrepreneurs in trades, technology and STEM related fields, as well as Indigenous women, new immigrants, women with disabilities and women in rural areas that are starting businesses.

Denise has worked as an independent consultant and educator for over 25 years. She has worked with local, national and international companies and diverse industries, helping them identify plans to successfully grow their businesses. Denise is a strong advocate for finding ways to incorporate technology and innovation into business growth, and believes that the opportunities for women today are endless with increasing globalization and export development. Read more about Denise. 

Denise can be reached at 902.237.7715 or 

January 6: shiftED Academy wins national Learner Impact Award

Congratulations to Tisha Parker Kemp with shiftED Academy who was recently awarded a national "Learner Impact" Award of Excellence from the Institute for Performance and Learning (I4PL). Learn more about the Presentation Booster Program (another cohort begins in January). 

Tisha is also facilitating our upcoming Essential Presentation Skills certificate training program beginning January 17, 2020. 

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