Celebrating and supporting women in business – Ontario News

Celebrating and supporting women in business – Ontario News

Powerful female movers and shakers took to the stage at the fifth annual Celebrating Women in Business event.


Organized by Enterprise Renfrew County (ERC) in partnership with Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation – and sponsored by the Ministry of Economic Develop Growth and Algonquin College’s Waterfront Campus – the day-long business seminar took place at the Best Western Pembroke on March 29.

A total of 68 women – coming from various parts of the county – attended the event. The participants included local business owners, aspiring entrepreneurs, members of various non-profit organizations along with some retirees.

The day kicked off with opening remarks from local political figures including MPP John Yakabuski, MP Cheryl Gallant, Pembroke’s mayor Mike LeMay and Renfrew County warden Jennifer Murphy.

Thereafter, the participants were engaged in a full day of networking, learning from top female business leaders and discussing ways to overcome challenges and key strategies to achieve success in the realm of leadership and entrepreneurship.

Among the entrepreneur panel was Pembroke’s Janna Fortin (co-owner of Kerry’s Place and owner Janna’s Gallery Cafe), Ottawa-base photography Lindsey Gibeau, Eganville architectural guru Kimberly Lehman and 2016 Business Woman of the Year (as proclaimed by the Women’s Business Network) Margo Crawford.

The panellists shared their first-hand accounts of their unique journeys and the steps it took for them to achieve entrepreneurial success.

“The entrepreneur panel gives the participants a chance to ask questions to current female entrepreneurs – asking…

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