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PEI BUSINESS WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION LAUNCHES NEW STRATEGIC PLAN

 

September 20, 2013 - Charlottetown PE

The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, on behalf of the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) and the Honourable Valerie Docherty, Provincial Minister of Community Services and Seniors and PEI Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, were on hand today to launch the PEI Business Women’s Association’s (PEIBWA) new strategic plan.

“Our Government understands the key role entrepreneurs play in strengthening the local economy,” said Minister Shea. “By making strategic investments in skills development, education and innovation, we are giving entrepreneurs the tools they need to create jobs and growth in our region.”

The PEIBWA 2013 - 2016 Strategic Plan represents the next chapter of value for Island women in business and was developed through feedback from PEIBWA stakeholders. The Association has identified six strategic goals to carry out its mission and achieve its vision of being the premier business women’s resource in Prince Edward Island. It will continue to do this by providing advisory services, skills development, and networking opportunities with other women in business.

“This year in Prince Edward Island, the Ministers Responsible for the Status of Women from across Canada released their booklet, The Business Case for Women on Boards, which was produced in collaboration with the Conference Board of Canada,” said Minister Docherty. “This resource contains valuable information on the importance of having women at the board table in Canadian companies. Organizations such as the Prince Edward Island Business Women's Association are incredibly vital to support female business leaders. It is exciting that this organization has gone through a strategic planning process to ensure they continue to meet the needs of women in business in the province.”

The PEIBWA will deliver services across Prince Edward Island and will support all women in business, not solely those who are entrepreneurs. Their priorities are reflected in an Implementation Plan which the group has already begun to put into action. Workshops and Business Startup 101 Information Sessions have started and women in business can obtain more information by visiting www.peibwa.org.

“PEIBWA is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and remains the only PEI-based organization focused on providing women in business support through business advisory services, professional and business skills development, and networks and referrals,” said Ms. Hannah Bell, Executive Director, PEIBWA. “The needs of women in business have changed over the past 20 years and with the support of our community and funding partners, PEIBWA will continue to evolve to meet those needs across the Island for years to come.”

The PEIBWA’s mission is to empower and inspire women to succeed in their business endeavours by providing advisory services, opportunities for development and connections with other women in business. The Government of Canada, through ACOA’s Business Development Program, invested a total of $152,984 to help the PEIBWA support and educate business women in Prince Edward Island to grow their businesses.


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Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea and Valerie E Docherty, Prince Edward Island Minister Responsible for the Status of Women were on hand today to launch the PEI Business Women’s Association’s 2013 - 2016 Strategic Plan.

The PEIBWA 2013 - 2016 Strategic Plan represents the next chapter of value for Island women in business and was developed through feedback from PEIBWA stakeholders including members, non-members, community and government partners, the board of directors and staff. The PEIBWA has built their strategic plan on six pillars, including providing advisory services, opportunities for development, and connections with other women in business.

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INFORMATION:

Katie MacNevin
ACOA PEI & Tourism
902-626-2878

Connie McNeill
PEI Dept of Community Services and Seniors
902-620-3409