News Archive 2020

July 28: Annual Terry Fox Run goes virtual 

The Terry Fox Foundation has announced the first-ever virtual Terry Fox Run will take place across Canada on Sunday, September 20. 

Terry Fox Foundation Nova Scotia Provincial Director, Lacey Joins and her team are committed to honouring Terry's legacy, and are optimistic that the run's 40th year will prove to be just as successful a past anniversary years, even with the switch to virtual. #CWBproud

Read the full story.
Connect with the Terry Fox Foundation's through our CWB Business Directory

July 27: The Tare Shop announces second location in Downtown Dartmouth

The Tare Shop, a popular package-free coffee shop and bulk store on Cornwallis Street in Halifax, has announced its plans to open a second location on Portland Street in Dartmouth. They are planning to open this fall and will post updates on their social media channels as things move forward. Congratulations, Kate on this huge business milestone! #CWBProud 

July 26: Allied Therapy receives Influential Businesswoman Award

Congratulations to Stephanie Hovey with Allied Therapy, who was recently awarded an Influential Businesswoman Award from Acquisition International for "Best Occupational Therapy Business Leader 2020 (Eastern Canada)."

Stephanie is a Speech-Language Pathologist and founder of Allied Therapy - a team of allied health professionals that specialize in Speech-Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Board Certified Behaviour Analysis. 

Connect with Allied Therapy through our CWB Business Directory

July 21: SmartCat Marketing & Trust Communications team up on new digital adoption program 

Nicole Gallant of SmartCat Marketing and Kim Scaravelli of Trust Communications have teamed up to launch a new Digital Adoption 101 program. 

They say that often times a business owner can pay for marketing "advice", but then they have nothing left over to implement the recommendations that they are given. Or they use the money on a website or social media plan development, but don't have the capabilities to keep it working. This robust program includes a training element so that you can keep things going after the program is complete. 

Check out this new program if you're ready to rapidly build or improve your online presence, to create new sales opportunities, and have the flexibility to keep pace with the changing nature of business.

More details on Digital Adoption 101


July 14: CWB launches fund for women business owners in Nova Scotia

The Centre for Women in Business has launched the Women in Business Implementation Fund (WiBIF) to assist women entrepreneurs in Nova Scotia to access business supports to navigate COVID-19. The funds will help source supports for small-scale projects related to business operations, business transformations, and recovery measures. 

Learn more and apply for the Women in Business Implementation Fund

July 10: CWB to continue working virtually this fall 

Mount Saint Vincent University announced in May that its fall 2020 course delivery would shift online (continue reading MSVU's announcement...). The Centre for Women in Business is following suit and will continue working virtually until at least January 2021. We will continue to explore ways to deliver on our mission to support the women in business community in Nova Scotia, including supporting business owners to build their networks, develop new skills, and grow their business. 

Contact the CWB


July 10: Introducing our virtual trade mission delegates

We hosted our official delegate welcome reception for our Virtual Trade Mission on Thursday, July 9. Our trade mission will welcome 14 delegates, representing all four Atlantic provinces. A special thank you to our partner and supporter the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and to our matchmaker Kisserup International Trade Roots. We are excited to see what international business opportunities we can create together throughout the summer. 

Meet our delegates


June 30: Willow Esthetics Boutique celebrates 10 years in business

Congratulations to Michelle of Willow Esthetics Boutique who is celebrating 10 years in business this month! Stay tuned for a celebration. In the meantime, they have launched a few new initiatives including 10 year anniversary sales and a new loyalty program, as well as carrying new local products. 

Reach out to Michelle for more information on what services are currently available, including options for contactless delivery and spa foyer pickup.

View Willow Esthetics Boutique's listing in our CWB Business Directory


June 30: Coffee Pro Bedford launches online store

Coffee Pro Bedford is now online! Katie and her team have launched an online store to offer even more ways for loyal customers to shop. Shop their most popular mix n' match assortment, syrups, and all of your favourite regular and flavoured coffee and tea at 

Online! Anytime! At Coffee Pro Bedford. 

View Coffee Pro Bedford's listing in our CWB Business Directory


June 29: Power + Presence + Position podcast reaches top 40 on Apple iTunes

Female entrepreneurship podcast Power + Presence + Power, hosted by Eleanor Beaton, was recently ranked #34 on iTunes top-ranked podcasts for entrepreneurs. Formerly titled Fierce Feminie Leadership, the podcast has more than 400 episodes and over a million downloads. Congratulations, Eleanor! #CWBproud

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June 22: Atlantic Canadian Women in Growth Partnership launches Moving Women Online project

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted women business owners throughout Atlantic Canada and forced us to rethink how we do business now and into the future. The Atlantic Canadian Women in Growth Partnership is launching a new virtual project, Moving Women Online, that will help a cohort of women entrepreneurs to move their current business operations to an online eCommerce program. 

Expression of interest deadline: Monday, June 29, 2020 at 12pm (noon) AST 

Learn more about Moving Women Online. 

June 22: CWB seeking qualified candidate for eCommerce project

The Centre for Women in Business (CWB) is seeking a qualified candidate to help support the selection and implementation of eCommerce websites for a cohort of 12 women business owners in Nova Scotia. We invite members of the CWB with eCommerce experience to submit a proposal. 

Submission deadline: Monday, June 29, 2020 at 12pm (noon) AST 

Continue reading the call for proposals. 

June 21: 'Virtual Trade Mission' To Jamaica A Success, Except You Miss Out On Jerk Chicken

The CWB, with the support of ACOA, have been running trade missions to Jamaica for five years. Tanya Priske, CWB Executive Director, and delegate Flora MacLeod, Vice-President of Business Development at Ven-Rez, speak to Huddle reporter Trevor Nichols about our recent move online to a virtual trade mission.  

Read the full story on Huddle. 

June 19: OTC President Christine Gaudreau honoured in IBC Magazine

The International Business Magazine (IBC) issue 8.03 celebrates 45 of the Canadian insurance industry's foremost female leaders and member Christine Gaudreau of OTC Insurance is one of them. Congratulations, Christine! We are #CWBproud of you and the work that you do. 

Continue reading about Christine's accomplishment

June 18: Supporting women business owners across NS during COVID-19

The global COVID-19 pandemic has affected almost every aspect of our daily interactions with each other and our communities. It has also impacted the way that we do business. Learn more about the Centre for Women in Business' response to COVID-19 and of business owner Michelle Petitpas' re-connecting with the CWB. 

Read the full story on Mount Saint Vincent University's website.

June 18: New Leaf Running Company launches Online Group Coaching 

New Leaf Running Company launched an online coaching membership, Beyond the Plan, to help people looking to start running or those setting new running goals to get the support that they need. Membership includes group coaching, core learning such as how fast you should be running, proper form, nutrition and hydration, goal setting and more, training plans and a supportive online community to cheer you on. 

The first group started in May. Get on the waitlist now to be the first to know when the doors open for membership again. 

View New Leaf Running Company in our CWB Business Directory. 

June 17: Congratulations to CWB member recipients for the 2020 CANIE Awards

The CWB team would like to congratulate our members who were recently awarded 2020 CANIE Awards. The CANIE awards recognize excellence in Canadian innovation and entrepreneurship while educating present and future generations of disruptors. The award recipients will be honoured at the 2020 CANIE Awards Ceremony being held virtually this Thursday, June 18. Tune in and show your CWB support!

Atlantic region Women Entrepreneur Award

Dallas Mercer, President & CEO of Dallas Mercer Consulting Ignite Labs

Dallas Mercer Consulting (DMC) is a disability and safety management company, specializing in workplace injury, non-occupational leave management, occupational health & safety consulting and training, as well as industrial hygiene services. Founded in 2002 by Dallas Mercer, the DMC team works to reduce the time and cost associated with managing workers’ compensation and sick leave claims.

Atlantic regional Social Innovation Award


IGNITE is Nova Scotia’s rural innovation hub where entrepreneurs, start-ups, small businesses and ecosystem partners work together. By providing structure, mentorship, and opportunities for start-ups to operate, grow, and create, IGNITE is encouraging everyone to explore entrepreneurship as a career path without restrictions.

Congratulations to both Dallas and Ignite, we are #CWBproud to work with you!

Register to watch the ceremony on Tuesday, June 18

View all Atlantic Region CANIE Award Winners




June 13: Sugar Moon Farm now open for takeout

Take out meals from Sugar Moon Farm are now available on Saturdays and Sundays for pickup or to eat on their picnic tables out front between 11am and 3pm. Pre order online

Their online shop remains open. Their sugar camp and sugar woods trails are temporarily closed, but Rogart Mountain Trail remains open. 

June 6: Highland Hearing Clinic to reopen June 8

Highland Hearing Clinic has announced that it will reopen on June 8. Read what they are doing to keep clients and staff safe

View Highland Hearing Clinic's listing in our CWB Business Directory


June 4: Freshii Scotia Square to reopen June 8

Freshii Scotia Square has announced that it will reopen on June 8 and continue to delivery healthy food options. View Freshii's listing in our CWB Business Directory


June 2: Boxing Rock taproom to reopen June 5

Boxing Rock has announced that its taproom will reopen on June 5. Read their reopening announcement for more information related to reservations, hours, greeting, seating, food & drinks, cleaning and feedback. 


June 1: Find Your Voice Music Therapy celebrates six years in business

Congratulations Mackenzie Costron of Find Your Voice Music Therapy in celebrating your sixth business anniversary! This is a wonderful accomplishment. We are #CWBproud of you, Mackenzie. 

View Find Your Voice Music Therapy's listing in our CWB Business Directory


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.
Co-operative education at Mount Saint Vincent University


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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