Our Events

Entrepreneurship training workshops for immigrants

The Prescott and Russell Entrepreneurship Centre offers support to French immigrants and newcomers. Integrating into a new community is not easy, and we want to provide you with the information and tools you need to settle into the business world and start your small business.

Free services are available:

Entrepreneurship training workshops

Participants will be trained and matched with a mentor or coaching service for the creation of their business.


Workshop 1: Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. (French)

Introduction to Entrepreneurship: Roles and Responsibilities of the Entrepreneur.

Workshop 2: Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. (French)

Markets: From local to international, a wealth awaits you! This training is to help you fully grasp the business opportunities emerging from our changing world.

Workshop 3: Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. (French)

The types and structures of business: Social or private entrepreneurship; the raison d'être; the social role; governance.

Workshop 4: Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. (French)

Networking: The importance of networking, methods and opportunities for networking. How to build a network when you are new to it? This training will give you the tools and techniques that will allow you to build your business network in a solid and efficient way.

Register here for these workshops.


Contact us now to find out how we can help you get established in our entrepreneurial community!

Bridges to Better Business 2020 Prescott-Russell (Webinar/Workshop)

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As part of Bridges to Better Business, the Prescott and Russell Entrepreneurship Centre is offering a day of workshops on online marketing and how to overcome the pandemic as an entrepreneur. Join us, network and get advice for your small business. 

Register HERE, it's free!
  • 10:00 A.M. - Workshop on "Create powerful Facebook ads for your small and local business" hosted by Steve Loiselle. This presentation will teach you the basic things you need to understand before and during the process of Facebook Ads. This will give you the tools and ideas you need to IMPLEMENT in your business to give it a try. You will learn different strategies, important Facebook Ads policies, Facebook Ads Tips and Manychat strategies. Combined, this will give you a STRONG advantage against your competitors and will increase your visibility and hopefully, drive more sells! 
  • 1:00 P.M. - Workshop on "Emerging COVID-19" hosted by Renée Gendron. COVID has provided business owners and managers with the opportunity to do some deep thinking on their operations and their ecosystem development. When social isolation measures ease, things won’t be back to the way they were before. Too many other things have changed in the market — higher debt, higher unemployment, shifting market, increased uncertainty. Other business owners and managers are also thinking about how to best to relaunch.
These workshops will also be available in French on Thursday, November 19, 2020.

Business Sisters - Webinars

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Virtual collaborative event for women business owners

The Prescott and Russell Entrepreneurship Centre is working in partnership with the Business Sisters to support women entrepreneurs.

We’ve been hunkering down for over two months now… Time to reconnect with your Business Sisters! Join us for 75 minutes of conversation around you, your business and the way forward.

This event will focus on an exchange between peers. You will have the chance to introduce yourself and say a few words about your business or your professional activities. The facilitator will then open the discussion where everyone will be invited to share tips, to ask questions and to brainstorm together.

Each week we are putting the spotlight on women entrepreneurs in different sector -- hairdressers, estheticians, massage therapists, acupuncturists, etc. . Note however that ALL are welcome!



  •  Launch / Online Networking: Tuesday, May 19, 7:00 to 8:15 pm (bilingual)
  • Seminars, by sector: (all from 19:00 to 20:15)
  • Retail: Monday, May 25 in French, Wednesday, May 27 in English
  • Personal Care: Monday, June 1 in English, Wednesday, June 3 in French
  • Restaurants/hospitality/tourism: Monday, June 8 in French, Wednesday, June 10 in English 
  • Online Networking: Tuesday, June 16, 7:00 to 8:15 pm (bilingual)
Consult their Facebook page for the link to join for free!

Summer Company 2020 - Apply now!

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L`Orignal, Ontario – Summer Company is a program funded by the Government of Ontario to help students start a new business with mentoring and financial support.
Through the Summer Company program, you can get:
  • start-up money to kick-off a new summer business
  • advice and mentorship from local business leaders to help get the business up and running
Learning how to run your own student business is one of the best summer jobs you can have. You get to be your own boss while learning what it takes to manage a business. Sales, marketing, bookkeeping, customer relationship management and networking are just a few of the highly useful skills you’ll develop.
To be eligible for the Summer Company program, participants must:
  • go to high school, college or university
  • live in Ontario
  • are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • are between 15-29 years old (if under 18: a parent or guardian must sign the agreement for the applicant)
  • are not already running a business
  • are not working at another job or going to school for more than 12 hours a week during the program
  • are returning to school after the program ends
  • You cannot apply again, if you have received a Summer Company grant in the past.
Financial Support:
Students who are accepted into the Summer Company program will receive up to $1,500 upfront to help with start-up costs. An additional $1,500 will be available for participants who successfully complete the program requirements by the end of the summer. In total, successful Summer Company participants will receive up to $3,000 in a grant.
How to Apply:
Those interested in applying for the 2020 program must complete their applications by May 17, or when capacity is reached. PREC encourages those interested to submit applications much earlier than the posted deadline in order to have the best chance of being accepted. A limited number of participants will be accepted.
Steps to apply:
  • Visit www.ontario.ca/summercompany
  • Check to see if you’re eligible for the program
  • Complete the online application inquiry
  • Select your local program provider (Entrepreneurship Centre Prescott and Russell)
  • Assign yourself a password
  • Submit your application
For additional information, contact Liza Langevin by phone at 613-675-4661 x8106 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PREC is in partnership with:  SITEWEBFINAL