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Mother’s Day Giveaway!

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We know how hard moms work, and when you throw entrepreneurship in the mix, we know things can get even crazier! This Mother’s Day, we wanted to do a little something to let our members know that we appreciate them…

Thanks to our partners at Coca-Cola Canada, we are excited to be able to offer Admit-One passes to Cineplex Theatres to Mompreneur members across Canada!

With such a vast network of over 17,000 women entrepreneurs, and a limited number of passes available, we’ve selected members randomly, each of whom will receive a special card in the mail hand-written by our Founder & CEO, Maria Locker containing an Admit-One pass — whether you go solo, with family, or with friends, we’re excited to be able to “take you to the movies”!

But wait, there’s more!

We’ve put together a Mother’s Day Package for one lucky Mompreneur worth over $200, which includes:

  • 4 x Admit-One passes to Cineplex Theatres
  • a 1-year subscription to Mompreneur Magazine
  • a selection of 4 business books from previous speakers at the Mompreneurs Conference
  • a beautiful pashmina scarf
  • a “Mompreneur – #OurTribe” t-shirt


CONGRATULATIONS TO Michelle Watterson of Cat Nap Cottages Inc. – our winner of the Mother’s Day Giveaway!



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Business Grants & Financing Programs

There are many opportunities for women entrepreneurs to gain access to capital through business grants and financing programs, though we have to admit – it’s often very tricky to actually hear about these opportunities, or find them easily online! We’ve compiled a quick and easy breakdown of the key links to help you explore options for your own business.


(If you know of any other opportunities that you feel should be added to this list, please let us know by emailing info@themompreneur.com)


Canada Small Business Financing Program

The Canada Small Business Financing Program makes it easier for small businesses to get loans from financial institutions by sharing the risk with lenders, through Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. This is not a grant program.

List of Lenders — find out which banks and credit unions are affiliated with this program

Guidelines for Loans — find out what loans can be used for, and whether you are eligible


Canada Business Network — Grant Search Tool

Explore opportunities to receive public funds to help propel your business – certain opportunities apply to businesses in all provinces and territories, and others apply only to businesses in a specific region.

Grants, Contributions and Financial Assistance


Canada Business Network — Private Sector Financing

Private Sector Lenders and investors offer various types of financing in order to earn a return on their money, ultimately deciding whether to provide you and your company with financing after assessing the risks and potential rewards of doing business with you.

Types of Private Sector Financing — a great breakdown of opportunities and helpful links, from Angel Investors, Venture Capital, Business Incubators, Crowdfunding, and more.


Need More Info?

Looking for other organizations and groups to further support your journey in entrepreneurship?

Visit the HELPFUL LINKS page for a comprehensive list of organizations across Canada ready to help you take your business to the next level!


 

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SAVE at The Art of Leadership for Women

The Art of Leadership for Women returns to Toronto on June 13th, 2017, bringing together a collection of five world renowned bestselling authors, thought leaders and visionaries.

This one-day conference will help you lead more effectively, adapt to the challenges of today’s rapidly changing business environment and provide your organization with a sustainable competitive edge.

This conference will sell out! Register today and SAVE up to $100 per pass with our special Mompreneurs offer!

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Drumroll Please! Our Finalists…

Top Finalists for The 2017 Mompreneur Awards presented by TruShield for female entrepreneurs in Canada

The 5th Annual Mompreneurs® Award Finalists have been selected. Winners will be announced at the Annual National Mompreneurs® Conference taking place in Toronto, March 3rd and 4th, 2017.

TORONTO – Jan. 9, 2017 – PRLog — Mompreneurs® and ParentsCanada Magazine have teamed up once again to recognize and reward the country’s top mompreneurs with over $30,000 in cash and business services designed to drive the winners’ companies forward to further success.

Voting began on November 9th and closed December 31st, 2016 for the 2017 Annual Mompreneur® Awards, presented by TruShield Insurance. The Mompreneur® Awards recognizes the hard work and talent of busy female entrepreneurs who are making advances in today’s Canadian business environment, inspired by new lifestyle needs and armed with the education and talent to do so.

This year, winners will be scrutinized by an expert panel of prestigious judges, including Manjit Minhas (CBC’s Dragon’s Den)Krista Scaldwell (VP Public Affairs, The Coca-Cola Company),Lorraine McLachlan (President/CEO of the Canadian Franchise Assoc.), Jill Schoolenberg (VP, GoDaddy Canada), and Victoria Lennox (Co-Founder, Startup Canada). All Finalists will be judged based on criteria such as innovation, commitment to community, sales growth, leadership, and scalability, in 4 award categories: Mompreneur Award of Excellence(exemplary product/service)Mompreneur Startup Award (for a business under 3 years), Mompreneur Award of Merit (for a consultant or franchisee), and the Mompreneurs “Momentum” Award (for a female-led non-profit, charity, or service-based business).

Women were nominated or registered online at themompreneur.com/award, and after accumulating points based on support from over 20,000 public voters and impression ratings from judges, the finalists were narrowed down.

The finalists in each category are:

Mompreneur® Award of Excellence
Dana Shortt Gourmet & Gifts – Dana Shortt, Waterloo Ontario
Easy Peasy Patches – Andrea Winarski, Aurora Ontario
Olivia Rose – AnnaMaria DiNicolantonio, Milton Ontario
Snugabell Mom & Baby Gear – Wendy Armbruster-Bell, Coquitlam British Columbia
YUM: Plant-Based Recipes for a Gluten-Free Diet – Dr. Theresa Nicassio, Vancouver British Columbia

Mompreneurs® “Momentum” Award
Blue Ocean Office Supplies – Stephanie Birt, Guelph Ontario
Homeworks Etc. – Jacqueline De’Ath, Surrey British Columbia
Oxygen Fitness – Lori-Ann McLeod, Milton Ontario
Sanctuary Studios – Michelle Emson, Bracebridge Ontario
TIKKO – Christine Frances Poe, Burlington Ontario
The Wedding Coach – Jennifer Reece Maxwell, Ajax Ontario

Mompreneur® Startup Award
K’pure Naturals – Karen Johnson, Mission British Columbia
Malarkey Kids (The Munch Mitt) – Melissa Hyslop, Burlington Ontario
Mama Knows Luxury – Sarah Willey, Edmonton Alberta
Nutracelle – Melanie Wildman, Stratford Prince Edward Island
Nutrition Bites – Sandra Venneri, London Ontario
Talii Towels – Lisa Iafrate, King City Ontario

Mompreneur® Award of Merit
Arbonne International – Mirella Canavan, Mississauga Ontario
Mommy Connections London – Nicole Hennessy, London Ontario
Par-T-Perfect – Amber Dinda, Oakville Ontario
SendoutCards – Duette Anderson, Surrey British Columbia
Stella & Dot– Paula Alblas, Puslinch Ontario

The winners will be announced in Toronto at the 5th Annual National Mompreneurs Conference over International Women’s Day Weekend on March 3rd & 4th, 2017.

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GoDaddy awarding $5,000 to help entrepreneurs

GoDaddy life fulfilling ventures contest in Canada

GoDaddy Canada announces call for nominations for eligible small business owners who could benefit from professional web development services, mentor advice and $5,000 in seed funding!

Building the business of your dreams or pursuing a life-fulfilling venture has never been easier or more popular, whether it’s a passion project or starting a company that allows you independence. In fact, 77% of Canadians said they would like to be their own boss, as polled in a recent survey by Ipsos, commissioned by GoDaddy. Canadians are looking to pursue their own businesses for a myriad of reasons, the most popular being to allow more time to pursue passions like spending time with family or training for a race, to building a business legacy.

More Canadians than ever are valuing flexibility in their lives. 61 per cent of Canadians polled say the most attractive part of starting a business is the flexibility to work when, how, and where they want.

The GoDaddy survey also revealed that many Canadians, at any age, have a desire to start a business with the most popular age being millennials between 21 and 30. 79 per cent per cent of Canadians surveyed said that they would be more productive and motivated to succeed if they pursued a venture that would help them lead the life they want.

To help Canadians realize their entrepreneurial goals, GoDaddy has announced a call for nominations to help 3 lucky small business owners get their company to the next level by offering a monetary prize of $5,000 in seed funding, and an additional $2,500 in credit for GoDaddy professional web development services. The winners can use their GoDaddy credit towards any GoDaddy services, including having a professional website built, optimizing their site with Search Engine Optimization and more.

To enter, submit a 250 word nomination describing who deserves the prize and why. Enter at www.lifefulfillingventures.ca.* Continue reading GoDaddy awarding $5,000 to help entrepreneurs

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Get Creative with Moo.com

At MOO, we love great design and believe it can work wonders for every business. That’s why we make it simple to create beautiful, expertly crafted business stationery and promotional materials that’ll help you start conversations, open doors and strengthen relationships.
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We like to think a little differently to help our customers stand out – by inventing products like MiniCards, our extra-thick Luxe range made with our own Quadplex technology, and bespoke options like Printfinity. All so we can offer you a full professional suite with a few added extras – from Square Business Cards to Flyers and Letterhead.
Printfinity, it’s the word we invented for a technology that’s completely unique to MOO. With Printfinity you can print a different photo or design on every Business Card, Sticker or Postcard in a pack. It’s a real conversation starter that means you can carry your portfolio in your pocket, show off your favorite products and help people remember your business.
We’ve never thought ‘satisfaction guaranteed’ was the most inspiring phrase. We’d like you to be satisfied of course, but we’d prefer it if you were absolutely thrilled beyond words with your order. We take great pride in our work, and we want you to feel the same about yours. So, even for the tiniest of typos, we’ll move heaven and earth to make sure you get exactly what you want – or your money back!
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The Success Session

The Success Session - Guelph event for Mompreneurs featuring Colin Sprake


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NEW LOWER RATE THANKS TO COCA COLA AND MOMPRENEURS MOMENTUM!!!

Are you ready to take your business to the next level? Ready to be the best version of yourself and live the life of your dreams?

Colin Sprake is a heart-centered Business Sherpa, 4 time Bestselling Author, International Speaker, Trainer, Creator of The Ultimate Business Success System…with SOUL! He has created a 7-Step System to six figures in profits or more, in 12 months or less and we are bringing him to YOU!

Guelph & KW Mompreneurs together with Mompreneurs Momentum Enterprise of Canada brings you the 7 Vital Steps to Increase Sales, Marketing & Profit sponsored by Make Your Mark Training & Consulting. This event will take your business to thenext level and is open to men and women who are committed to doing what it takes to get there!


Success Session for Mompreneurs - with Colin Sprake

When: August 9th, 2016 {4pm-9pm}

Where: Cutten Fields  {190 College Ave. E, Guelph Ontario}

What: An educational event focused on business education that promises to take your business to the next level with featured speaker and global trainer Colin Sprake! This event will also feature 20 Mompreneur® Members as exhibitors for you to connect with and learn more about, 150 entrepreneurs for you to connect and network with, food, cash bar, door prizes and more! Each guest will receive a gift from Make your Mark Training & Consulting Inc valued at $1498!

Who: All business owners, entrepreneurs or anyone aspiring to starting their own business are encouraged to attend. This event is open to Men and Women and you do NOT have to be a member to attend! Continue reading The Success Session

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Annual Women’s Conference – Vancouver!

Join Vancouver Mompreneurs® for their first annual conference for women entrepreneurs… enjoy a day of inspirational speakers, motivational influencers, and industry experts that will leave you feeling ready to take your business to new heights!

Find out more information on this incredible upcoming event by visiting themompreneur.com/achieve-lead Continue reading Annual Women’s Conference – Vancouver!

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How to Hold a Promotional Contest

Everyone loves contests, but before you invest the time and money into holding one, you want to make sure that it will get you tangible results.  Not all contests are created equal; some are effective marketing campaigns, while others just amount to a waste of time.

Here are some tips that will help you ensure that your contest makes a solid contribution to your business.

Know your goals.

What are you trying to accomplish with this contest?  Brand recognition?  Increased followers on your social media sites?  More referrals from existing customers?  Who is your target audience?  When you are clear about what you want to accomplish, you are able to design the contest with your specific goals in mind.  It also makes it a lot easier to evaluate the success of this strategy. Continue reading How to Hold a Promotional Contest

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And The Winners Are…

It was truly a national affair as four women representing different regions from across Canada were announced winners in four categories at the 4th Annual National Mompreneurs® Conference and Awards this past weekend in Toronto. And what better time than on the cusp of International Women’s Day to celebrate the achievements of Canadian women and moms who have developed businesses that innovate, improve and enhance the lives of people locally and around the world.

Over 300 women attended the conference that spanned two days in Toronto, packed with inspirational speakers (Debbie Travis, Natalie MacNeil, Erica Ehm, Julie Cole, Fay Chapple, Ruthie Burd), educational experts (from GoDaddy, TELUS, Sage North America, UPS Canada, Global Payments, and TruShield Insurance; as well as key speaker Colin Sprake), and fun activation areas for all attendees to make the most of their weekend!

The event was capped with the announcement of Canada’s four Mompreneur® Award winners, all equally deserving, and each honoured by the Mompreneurs® organization for their efforts in business success.


Announcing Canada’s 2016 Mompreneur® of the Year:

Colleen Dyck, Mompreneur of the Year 2016 for GORP Clean Energy BarsColleen Dyck, founder of GORP Clean Energy Bars from Niverville, Manitoba was named Canada’s Mompreneur® of the Year for 2016, and was awarded the esteemed Mompreneur® Award of Excellence along with a $30,000 prize package. Colleen has kept up the tradition of our winner innovation and creating a niche business in an area that is generating a need. Colleen started GORP as a need in her own life, for a convenient source of whole food, which started on her family farm and grew with increasing demand from locals who loved the taste, and the wholesome ingredients fresh from the farm.

After rigorous review from a panel of 8 esteemed judges of all Excellence finalists and their in-depth 7-page essays, Colleen came out on top. Each of the finalists had to answer and provide details of their businesses, providing judges the platform to assign points based on core business criteria, including product innovation, growth potential, revenue, community impact, and inspiration to others. While all finalists showed commendable attributes in each of the criteria categories, Colleen and her company GORP Clean Energy Bars stood out among the crowd for growth and scalability, and inspiration to others. These traits ultimately led to the Manitoba native’s win and title of “Mompreneur of the Year” Continue reading And The Winners Are…