DIY versus hiring a pro: graphic & web design

“Just GOOGLE it!” We live in a world where information is accessible at the tip of our fingers. We can youtube how to fix that plumbing problem, sign up for that free or low-cost software-as-a-service (SAAS) that’ll do a “quick and dirty” version of what we need. Instant gratification and saving money… that’s what it’s[…]

A Celebration of Women: International Women’s Day Luncheon

Recently I attended an annual luncheon to celebrate International Women’s Day organized by the local Chamber of Commerce, featuring an annual recipient of the Woman of the Year Award, and keynote address. This event draws a few hundred women from business and social services communities in the region and is a valuable way to connect,[…]

#GWEnGetsSocial about Facebook Live

We spent an afternoon all about Facebook Live today and want to share with YOU what we’ve come up with for tips, trick and more! Do… strategy and purpose for the live broadcast gather your audience during your introduction promote that you’re going live in advance end your broadcast with a call to action —[…]

Connecting for Success: The GWEn Mastermind Groups

This month sees the end of the first full 12-month GWEn Mastermind group, and wow… what a year! The growth that has been seen by the group members has been palpable. Shells have been broken out of, personal AND business development has happened, collaboration and connections have been created, and new friendships formed. When I thought[…]

Off your game?

Summer can bring with it sunshine, beach days, and unpredictability. All of which can throw you off your game. Your routine is altered. People aren’t as easy to get in touch with. Business development takes a back seat to patio drinks with friends. In business, activity brings more activity. In other words… sales. Momentum lost[…]

Empowered Women, Empower Women

“Women Empowerment refers to the creation of an environment for women where they can make decisions of their own for their personal benefits as well as for the society.” as stated in “Essay on Women Empowerment: Its Meaning and Importance” (, August 6, 2015). Looking at how an India-based resource defines Women Empowerment may seem[…]

Tap Into the Power of a Mastermind

Owning and operating a business can be isolating. Whether you have staff, a team that you work with, or are a solo-superwoman, who can you turn to for business advice, experience and idea sharing? Who is there to hold you accountable to your goals, and to run those quirky 3am ideas past? Having a business[…]

GWEn Recommends #shoplocal this holiday season…

Support of local, independently owned business is a pillar of what the GWEn Community is built on. With that in mind this holiday season, we’ve put together a listing of “GWEn-approved” businesses in the Niagara and surrounding region. This directory can be referenced all year round… bookmark it and support your local small businesses shaping[…]

Can ANYONE be an Entrepreneur?

This is a question that’s been looming in the back of my mind the past week or so. After attending the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce’s Niagara Economic Summit on October 30th, and hearing the “buzz” be around all things entrepreneurial – it made me wonder if we’re sending an accurate, or complete, message to[…]

#GWEn2015 speakers are rock stars!

This year’s GWEn Conference roster is full of instantly recognizable names of women entrepreneurs. As these ladies have built their companies in Niagara and beyond, they’ve found success in brand development, marketing, community engagement and social media. We’re excited to learn from them and go “Beyond the Brand” for a day of education, inspiration and[…]