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The scoop on business stories and events taking place in our community.

October 26, 2018

Six Primrose Premiere

The world premiere of the documentary film, Six Primrose, is taking place this fall in Wolfville!

A heartwarming story about food, friendship and community development in the north end of Dartmouth will have its world premiere at this month’s Devour! The Food Film Fest. Six Primrose is a film by Truefaux Films which brilliantly captures the vision of the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre and how their quest to create food security for their neighbourhood turned into much more.


November 1, 2018

Trade Mission: Supplier Diversity Mission to Connect, Collaborate, Succeed 2018

Toronto, ON

Registration deadline: September 13, 2018

Nova Scotia Business Inc. is currently seeking companies interested in participating in a Supplier Diversity trade mission, centered around Connect, Collaborate, Succeed 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, hosted by Supplier Diversity Alliance Canada. The event will provide valuable networking opportunities with a focus on cultivating, building, and growing relationships and opportunities between certified diverse suppliers, corporations and public organizations.

Nova Scotia businesses of diversity that are interested in becoming certified, newly certified, and have experience with certification are encouraged to apply. 


November 27, 2018

Successfully Speaking Women Toastmasters Club Meeting

Room 327, Evaristus Hall, Mount Saint Vincent University

6:30 to 8:30

Successfully Speaking is a club designed with women in business in mind.  The club invites women interested in developing their communication and leadership skills to join. Want to find out more about what Toastmasters is all about?  Why not come along to a meeting as a guest to see for yourself.

Halifax Area Founding Providers Incentives

A message from CWB Member, Melanie Little:

Vlife is an online marketplace exclusively for small, independent, locally-run, businesses. We are set to launch early 2019 and are currently growing their Halifax Area Founding Providers list.

Here’s the link to the Vlife Demo on our website to get a sense of our offerings!

Kick the Sugar

A message from CWB Member, Reena Davis:

Kick the Sugar

November 24th, 12 noon
6218 Quinpool Road. (Nalanda Bodhi)
Learn why you crave sugar, what keeps you stuck on it and 7 strategies to kick the habit once and for all!
Space for 15 people only.
Register with me:

Graphic Fundamentals Training

A message from CWB Member, Corrie Melanson:

I want to offer a special discount to CWB members for my upcoming Graphic Fundamentals Workshop Nov. 23rd.

Graphic Fundamentals Training

Graphic Fundamentals is a fun, easy, hands-on introductory workshop on using basic visuals, graphics and images in your facilitation practice to encourage interactive, engaging, and productive meetings. Designed to build confidence in incorporating graphics and visuals into group meetings, the session is chock-full of opportunities to put your knowledge into practice.

No previous drawing experience necessary! No matter how small or big your talent, you will take your first visual steps on large paper and learn how to use small details to make spaces look clear, attractive, and lively. You will work alone and in small groups with lots of opportunity to address each participant’s needs.

Date- Friday, November 23rd, 2018

Location- CEED- Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development, Bayers Road

Time- 9am-4:30 pm

Cost- ($150 +HST ($22.50) for CWB Members

Normally the cost if $350+, so this is more than a 50% discount!!

More Info-

What You’ll Learn

In this interactive one-day workshop led by graphic recorder Corrie Melanson, you will learn the basics of graphic language and its potential to enhance your facilitation, leadership, and business effectiveness. You will:

  • Understand the principles and benefits of visual thinking and learning
  • Acquire basic techniques for typography and lettering, drawing simple shapes, icons and people
  • Learn effective use of colour and metaphor
  • Walk away with your own inventory of ready-made icons
  • Practice “live” recording and adding visuals to a variety of facilitation processes
  • Learn and have fun!

And you’ll get a goodie bag of materials including markers, pastels, sketchbook, etc. to help you do all of your work! Snacks and coffee/tea included.

Please contact Corrie directly if you are interested in this opportunity.

Bodacious Voices: Women connecting through the magic of storytelling

A message from CWB Member, Beth McKay:

“We’re hosting a Pad Party & we want you to join us. What’s a Pad Party? It’s exactly what it sounds like: a party to collect donations of tampons & pads. One-third of Canadian women under the age of 25 say they’ve struggled to afford menstrual products, according to Plan International Canada. That’s why Dignity. Period. is working to supply menstrual hygiene products across Nova Scotia to people who struggle to afford or access the supplies they need. Menstrual hygiene products are not a luxury. Without them, people with periods cannot maintain their health, participate fully in school or work, or reach their full potential. Addressing “period poverty” is a key element of working toward gender equality. Thousands of people in Nova Scotia have to make tough choices every month. Food or tampons? Rent or Pads? I can’t wait to fill the Local Council of Women with women that will & do make a difference. We’ll be creating some incredible magic on the 22nd.”

For event information, please visit:

A Message from our Friends at Volta

Innovate Atlantic is a one-day conference designed to provide the inspiration, tools and information entrepreneurs and innovators need to drive growth in their companies and the region. This conference is for the community to meet each other in the context of quality conversations from some of the leading innovative ‘doers’ in Canada and beyond.

For more information, please visit:

Inspired Leadership Podcast

A message from CWB Member, Susan Power:

“Tyler Bayley and Susan Power talk about what is Inspired Leadership. The purpose of this podcast is to celebrate examples of inspired leadership to create more of it in our workplaces. The word “Inspire” means to excite, encourage, or breathe life into. Inspire comes from the Latin word that means to inflame or to blow into. When you inspire someone, it is as if you are blowing air over a low flame to make it grow.

If you have a leadership story you think we should feature on a future episode, we would love to hear from you.”

Catering Services in the Atlantic Region

Does your business offer catering services in one of the four Atlantic provinces? Is it owned or led by a woman? If you answered yes to these two questions, then you will want to participate in a pilot project where your business name will be part of a list shared with all federal departments and agencies across the region!
The Government of Canada is committed to increasing the percentage of women-owned businesses that participate in federal procurement. To that end, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) in the Atlantic region has recently launched a supplier diversity pilot for catering services offered by women-owned or led businesses.
The more than 40 federal departments and agencies with a presence in Atlantic Canada will have access to the list of qualified suppliers and be encouraged to use the list for their catering needs. 
It’s easy to participate and it’s free! Suppliers interested in doing business with the Government of Canada simply need to fill out a short questionnaire available via this link.  For more information about this opportunity, visit the Request for Information (RFI) published
If you have any questions about this pilot project or about federal procurement, please contact the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME), Atlantic region:
Telephone: 902-426-5677

Launch of vLife

A message from CWB Member, Melanie Little:

“vLife is our soon to be launched Support Local Online Marketplace connecting small local businesses with more support local customers. Here’s some supporting information to illustrate our passion, vision, and vLife service. I would welcome contact from anyone interested in discussing ideas, feedback, synergies and opportunities – at this email address ( ) or any of the contact info in my signature below.

vlife Support Local Online Marketplace on YouTube – a broader description:

Our Pre-launch website with our vision, passion, and product sneak peak as well as our Subscribe button to be added to our growing list of Halifax Area (and broader NS) providers and buy local customers – to keep up to date with emails about our progress and for first access to Founding Provider incentives:   We’re very keen to engage both providers and buy local shoppers in informing our service and to that end we have also devised two surveys. Both provider and customer survey responses thus far indicate we’re filling a real gap on both sides of the marketplace. We’re always interested in more feedback however, so would be grateful for anyone who wanted to spend the few minutes it takes to respond to the survey that interests them:

Our Local Providers Survey:

Our Shop Local Supporters Survey:

October 11, 2018: Announcement from Trust Communications

Trust Communications Inc. is pleased to announce and welcome Mike Reynolds as Senior Business Development Strategist. Mike will be responsible for developing new business opportunities and connecting new clients with our eLearning solutions.

Mike is a seasoned sales professional with 20+ years of experience in the IT sector.  He has created and executed successful sales strategies for many respected companies and has a deep understanding of the opportunities and challenges associated with marketing digital products and services.

In addition, Mike has a proven record of facilitating long-term business relationships with both customers and industry influencers. His strong winning attitude and personality are assets that will complement and enhance our ability to meet the needs of our clients as we continue to provide quality, innovative products and services to the marketplace.

To learn more about Trust Communications please visit our website or email us.

Market Pursuits Inc.

Here’s a new program designed for consultants, coaches, therapists, and trainers who want to create passive income in an instructor-led classroom setting from experts in their field.

Market Pursuits Inc. is excited to announce that Loralee Hutton, of Your Portable Biz is coming to Halifax! She has launched over 24 online courses, two non-fiction books, and a paid membership site and will show you how to grow your business with digital info products.

Mary Dable Arab, of BARA Management Group and formally a VP with Scotiabank will show you how to add real estate to your portfolio.

If you’re not sure where to start, Bonnie O’Toole will help you plan the path to your business growth.

You may be eligible for a Nova Scotia WIPSI gran, but you must apply soon.

The program runs this fall in Halifax. Pick only the modules you want.

More info at:

Bonnie O’Toole, MBA


Now taking registrations for fall courses, and you may be eligible for government funding.


If you are looking to obtain your optimal dental health; look no further…..New Dental Office in Dartmouth on  133 Baker Drive, in Health and Wellness Centre is equipped with modern technology, wheel chair accessible and friendly staff waiting to meet and greet you. We offer General Family Dentistry including Pediatric and Geriatric Dentistry. Our dentists are Invisalign Certified. Our extended hours open Monday-Thursday

8AM-8:30 PM, Friday- Saturday 9AM-5PM. Please see attached limited time promotions for year 2018.

Parkwood Home Care is a proud Member of the CWB and Lorna is a Mount Alumni.

-Lorna MacMillan, Founder & CEO

Below is a little it about my business. I would love to learn about your business.  Please call or text and we can grab a coffee. 902-817-9000

As a family run company, helping and caring for others has always been a huge part of our life.  My sister is my inspiration. She has Cerebral Palsy and along with her challenges, she has taught us all the importance of patience, integrity and dignity.  One of our strengths is that we are a Halifax independently owned and operated home care company.  My promise to you is that we will treat your loved ones with the same compassion that we treat our own family members.

Nova Scotia’s Trusted Home Care Company

East Coast Life Solutions

East Coast Life Solutions is a health and wellness company and we – Linda Holmes and Debbie Hart –  are strong advocates for Self Care. Women’s days can be long and tiresome, often neglecting ourselves while helping others.  We feel it’s important to use a wholistic approach through Body, Mind and Spirit with supplementation, essential oils and energy modalities.  We are Certified Aroma-Touch, Nutritional Therapists and Reiki Masters.  We can show you simple steps to empower you by increase your energy and uplift you wholly, back to your intended vibrancy.

East Coast Life Solution’s desire is to help you make the Rest of Your Life, the Best of Your Life!


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Embed Sustainability into your Brand

In 2018 we have noticed that more and more companies are purchasing with sustainability in mind. Whether you are looking for sustainable products for a summer event, or an upcoming fall conference, we can help you brand your company the way you want.

The products below are examples of some of the sustainable products that we can customize with your brand, and order through Oyster. If you are interested in any of the following, or would like to see more ideas, please let us know and we will send you a quote.

We are always looking for unique ideas to meet your needs, and are open to your suggestions. We would love to work with you to come up with new and exciting products!

These sweaters are completely organic and made in Canada. They are customizable, and are a great way to unify your work team!

This spork is the newest addition to your outdoor activities! It is great for camping or hiking, and would be perfect for a company retreat.

Copper and aluminum straws are a new, aesthetic addition to barware and can help all of us cut down on single-use plastic. These straws are made in Canada, and can be engraved.

Mindful Career & Leadership Conversations

Welcome to Summer!

We have just returned from a 2 week family vacation in Portugal! The adventures were endless! Often the internet was not functioning which reminded my husband and I to remain disconnected and savour every moment! The benefits of a family vacation are clear. “We know that taking a break is extremely good for one’s mental health,” says Susan Krauss Whitbourne, an adjunct professor of gerontology at the University of Massachusetts Boston, who frequently writes about the benefits of vacation. “It puts you in a different frame of mind, gets you out of your standard patterns and can give you time with family.” The family memories we have to savour from our recent trip to Portugal are priceless! For us business leaders “it’s vital to take time to renew, re-energize, refocus, and return to work with a heightened sense of clarity, contentment, and purpose.”

Shelley Cox, an Executive Career and Leadership Coach, creates mindful spaces for Emerging Leaders to tap into their radical self-awareness, crafting authentic career and leadership brands they love, so they EMERGE STRONG, resilient and energized with an entrepreneurial mindset to serve with passion.

Is Your “Quacking Duck” Stealing Your Brain?!!?

In a recent meeting a leader mentioned a difficult situation with another leader. The purpose of this meeting was to share highlights of a recent successful project, but her natural instinct was to begin the interaction with a negative comment that set the tone for the entire meeting


“Your story and resiliency is something that a lot of women can relate to. I certainly do. I love the Calm Power methodology and how this helps to build your “why” to move forward with your goals. Leaders who are tired of the command and control world who want to build a business-life with a more nurturing and compassionate approach will find your coaching and your programs extremely valuable!”


Lets keep in touch

Shelly Cox



Honourary Rotarian:“Persons who have distinguished themselves by meritorious service in the furtherance of Rotary ideals and contributions to society. Honourary membership is conferred only in exceptional cases.” On June 13th, Mud Creek Rotary recognized Elsie Morden as an official Honourary Rotarian. Famous Honourary Rotarians include Sir Winston Churchill, Thomas Edison, Walt Disney, John F. Kennedy, and Neil Armstrong to name a few. The Rotary International theme for 2018-2019 is “Be the Inspiration” and that is exactly what Elsie intends to do.

Please call us today for special
promotion for parents to Save Money:
Limited Time Only

$75.00 off of the full course
Call us today for details
902 8772146

All of our courses for new drivers have key components to effectively change drivers driving habits.

25 hours of classroom where you learn how collisions are caused and how to predict them and then avoid them

10hrs in car training also have prepared for road test

.Next we have professional cognitive training to help with decision making skills,which overlaps the 10 hours of one on one in are training where you learn how to use all the theory from the classroom.

Watching professional videos help students to better understanding of what we are teaching then the practice time in between is that much more effective.

Also for those people who believe that they do not need a full course we also offer private in car sessions as well as with best price

High Classdriving school serving Tantallon, Nova Scotia, Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia,  Harrietsfield, Nova Scotia,  Fall River, Nova Scotia, Spryfield, Nova Scotia

Halifax Regional Municipality, High Class driving School has helped drivers of all ages obtain the right skills and techniques for safe driving.

We are dedicated to offering quality driving instruction that will help you feel confident when operating a vehicle.

  • We offer a schedule of classes each month convenient locations.
  • We offer a fleet of new and modern cars to learn how to operate a vehicle.

Our instructors are friendly, patient and well-trained with the knowledge you need to be safe behind the wheel with 21years experience

Call today at (902) 8772146 to book your course.


Nova Scotia Graduated Licensing “Learn to Drive full Course

Defensive Driving (driving improvement 6hrs Course)

ClassesInternational Licence

TransfersRoad Test

Preparation Individual Driving

SessionsSenior “Drive Safe” Programs


Aziz Master Tailor and Dry Cleaning
Located at 936 Bedford Highway
Bedford NS
Unit 109
902 8320600
Monday to Saturday:
9am- 6pm

We are professionals on Wedding dresses, formal dresses, custom tailoring, leather and suede, zippers etc.

Our Dry Cleaning is environmentally friendly

High End Beautiful Suites on Sale $150.00

High quality, 100% cotton Shirts only $25.00 on sale

Limited time offers

First alteration 30%

Please come to see us today to enjoy quality service and low prices.

This week, Kathrin Bussmann had the pleasure of meeting and then interviewing Centre for Women in Business member Darlene Duggan. Darlene had lots of insights to share about the value of working with an experienced trade consultant when planning to expand your business internationally. #TWM110




Are you a business owner?  We have a specialized perspective and service.  Our objective is to act as the facilitator in the process of proper Personal and Corporate Estate Planning. We involve the interaction of the client with professionals from the financial, legal, and accounting sectors.  With the proper structuring and integration of insurance and investment products with the client’s tax, legal, and business affairs, the result is a significant improvement in the client’s current position.

Brenda has worked as a successful Certified Financial Planner for the past 20 years and has been in finance for more than 30 years.  Her financial knowledge, independent strengths and self-motivation are assets in her position.

For the months of July and August, Brenda is offering a complimentary financial review and/or 2nd opinion to ensure you, your family and business partners have “Peace of Mind” in the event of an unplanned financial crisis.  She can be reached at (902) 497-9622.


LetterPerfectVA is a virtual office for hire when you need us. We focus on your administration, so you can focus on making money, without hiring staff.

It’s that easy!

If you have growing stacks of paperwork, projects you never have time for, or a shoebox full of receipts we can help.

For a full list of services, check us out online at Call Terri today!


Marcela Cameron Wellness

Centre for Women in Business member Marcela Cameron invites you to check out her Facebook Page and introduction video . Marcela is excited to start this new journey as a Wellness and Life Coach!

“Becoming a coach gave me the tools and the confidence to help others in their own journey. I believe health is inside yourself, you just need help finding it.

Today, I am happy and confident in my own self, I am a multi passionate woman that loves inspiring others to be the best of what they can be! I am a writer, a mom, a wife, entrepreneur, nature addict, spiritual junkie, I dance to my own drum and I run free!

My vision for you is that you become the real person you want to be!” – Marcela Cameron

I am Marcela Cameron, your wellness and life coach!

Welcome to my facebook page! I am so excited to start my new journey as a Wellness and Life Coach! Check out my video and send me a message so we can schedule a FREE Discovery Session! I am taking clients now! Share this video with your friends

Posted by Marcela Cameron on Friday, May 25, 2018

Content for Consultants: a Process for Getting Started

If you’re a new business owner – or new to developing marketing content – knowing where to start is likely what’s holding you back. In this mini-course, you’ll learn exactly how to get started with the best topics for your business. The process will help any new business blogger, it’s especially suitable for consultants, coaches, trainers, facilitators, speakers and similar service-based independent professionals. – Linda Daley





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