She Owns It Women's Entrepreneurship Conference

Get inspired, feel empowered and grow your network at the BECN She Owns It Women’s Entrepreneurship Conference!

This event has already occurred! Stay tuned for more 'She Owns It" workshops and events in 2024. 

The Business & Entrepreneurship Centre Northumberland invited women in business to join them at the 'She Owns It' Women's Entrepreneurship Conference on Thursday, November 9th

pink graphic with the words 'She Owns It'The 'She Owns It' conference highlighted and celebrated women in business, and aimed to inspire women in their entrepreneurship journey. Last year’s agenda included motivational sessions by Cheekbone Beauty Founder and CEO Jenn Harper and Co-Founders of The June Motel and stars of the 'Motel Makeover' Netflix series, April Brown and Sarah Sklash, as well as an informative session about leveraging e-commerce for small businesses by Digital Main St. E-Commerce Program Manager Candice Cristovao.

This event was brought to you by the Business & Entrepreneurship Centre Northumberland and Northumberland County, with support from Regional Tourism Organization 8.

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Meet our keynote speakers

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Cheekbone Beauty Cosmetics INC. Founder and CEO, Jenn Harper

Presenting 'Helping The World See Indigenous Faces'

Jenn Harper is an award-winning social entrepreneur, leading the way in sustainable cosmetics, while giving back to the Indigenous community. Jenn is an Anishinaabe woman and a member of the Northwest Angle #33 First Nation in Kenora, ON. She is the Founder and CEO of Cheekbone Beauty—a sustainable cosmetics company that aims to help every Indigenous person see and feel their value in the world. Cheekbone Beauty has been gaining popularity throughout North America, following Jenn's appearance on the CBC’s hit show Dragons' Den in 2019, and is available and at 52 Sephora locations across Canada. Since the launch of her business, Jenn has received widespread recognition across the country, including being listed as one of Chatelaine’s 'Women of the Year' in 2019, in the '2022 New Innovators List' by Canadian Business, and in Entrepreneur Magazine’s '100 Women of Influence in 2022' list.

April Brown & Sarah Sklash headshotThe June Motel Co-Founders and stars of 'Motel Makeover' Netflix series, April Brown & Sarah Sklash

Presenting 'Let’s talk business friends: Lessons from The June Motel’s success'

April Brown and Sarah Sklash (pictured left to right) are the Co-Founders of The June Motel and stars of Motel Makeover, a Netflix reality series following the renovation of The June Motel. April Brown studied business and public relations at Western University, before beginning her career at a PR agency, where she worked on big name consumer brands. Sarah Sklash studied at Ivey Business School, and spent a decade working in public service, focused on creating customer-centric processes. In 2016, April and Sarah left their desk jobs and purchased a rundown roadside motel. Through dedicated work, they shaped The June Motel into the globally recognized destination it is today.

Meet our professional development speaker

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Digital Main St. E-Commerce Program Manager, Candice Cristovao

Presenting 'Digital Transformation for Small Business: E-commerce considerations to streamline your strategy'

Candice is the driving force behind the Digital Main St. e-commerce programs. With a passion for empowering small businesses, Candice's mission is to revolutionize the way local entrepreneurs embrace the digital landscape. Candice's enthusiasm for technology and its potential to transform businesses is evident. Her attention to detail and client relations expertise leave a lasting impact, inspiring others to embrace innovation and digital transformation.


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