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Four students launch their small business in Prescott and Russell with the support of the Summer Company program

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Four students launch their small business in Prescott and Russell with the support of the Summer Company program

L'Orignal, September 15, 2021 – The Prescott and Russell Entrepreneurship Centre (PREC) and the Economic Development and Tourism of the United Counties of Prescott and Russell, in collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, have helped four businesses start up. These four businesses were supported by the Summer Company program which offers financial support as well as mentoring sessions from professionals in the field during the creation of their business.

The recipients of the Summer Company 2021 program are Samyka-Sarah Lacelle (Kitsune Design), Kirk Davidson (That Yard Waste Kid), Anu Ola-Audu (LH Click) and Olivier Langlois (Rockland Soccer Camp). Each has successfully run their respective entrepreneurial business. The program continues to adapt to the pandemic with projects that adhere to health and safety measures. Students participated in virtual meetings with mentors, Marc Lecompte of Kwik Tax and Louis Béland of the Eastern Ontario Training Board. They supported the students with their advice, knowledge and business experience.

Kirk Davidson is a 16-year-old Rockland man with autism. Despite his young age, Kirk has a strong desire to be involved in his community. This led to the idea of starting his small business, That Yard Waste Kid. Kirk collects yard waste, old paint cans and old electronics from residents in his village. Over the summer, he acquired a new trailer to facilitate the pick-up and deliveries to the waste centre. Many Clarence-Rockland residents have heard about Kirk and his good work. His schedule quickly became busy, and he even surpassed his goal! Kirk gives back to a cause that is close to his heart with donations from his business’s profits to foundations helping autism.

Samyka-Sarah Lacelle is a 19-year-old woman from L'Orignal. She had the idea to create a small business where she designs various trinkets for different occasions such as stickers, pinning buttons, postcards, vinyl decorations and more. She has opened an online store where she adds products at her own pace. Despite some of the challenges she has encountered, she has always looked for solutions, like a true entrepreneur!

Olivier Langlois is a 17-year-old entrepreneur from Rockland. With the help of his brother, Jacob Langlois, they started a soccer camp, Rockland Soccer Camp. Being an active young man, he used his passion for soccer to turn it into a small summer business. About 20 kids signed up to attend his camp in early July. A lot of planning took place in May and June to organize the schedule, location and gather the necessary equipment. Olivier has had many facets to his business. He is not only the owner, but also a soccer coach.

Anu Ola-Audu is an 18-year-old student from the village of Russell with a very creative and artistic personality. For some time, she wished to create design. She has fulfilled her dream by starting her small business, LH-Click, which produces personalized items, wood art and craft products, sewing for special events, simple home decorations and everyday accessories. In addition, some items are customized at the request of consumers. Her target customers are teenagers and young adults. She makes her products in her home office and features her products on her website.

As part of the program, students returning to school for the following academic year receive a grant of up to $3,000 to support their business start-up project. "We are proud to have these four small businesses come to life this summer. The participants had the chance to receive business coaching. They were able to stand out and grow through this experience. They all plan to continue their business after the summer," says Liza Langevin, the PREC’s Project Officer.

The PREC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support small business owners and small entrepreneurs to succeed in Prescott and Russell by providing information, tools and support during their start-up and growth phases.

 

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The application period for the Starter Company Plus program is open for businesses in Prescott and Russell

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The application period for the Starter Company Plus program is open for businesses in Prescott and Russell 

L'Orignal, August 23, 2021 – The United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) and the Prescott and Russell Entrepreneurship Centre (PREC) are proud to launch the application period for the Starter Company Plus financial assistance program for SMEs in Prescott and Russell. This program offers grants, training and mentoring to entrepreneurs wishing to start, grow or purchase a small business. Interested parties can apply now for this program which will start in November 2021. 

Through this program offered in collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, entrepreneurs will be able to participate in virtual seminars on topics that affect small and medium-sized businesses such as financial basis, marketing, customer service, business innovation, etc. The PREC works in partnership with trainers and business coaches to offer current seminars. 

The seminars are also a networking opportunity for participants. Participants can apply for a $5,000 grant. This financial assistance, in the form of a non-refundable grant, will help businesses with the installation and acquisition of important equipment as well as any other expenses related to the costs associated with launching or expanding a business. In addition, the program supports the realization and execution of their business plan, as well as the presentation of their project. 

"The United Counties of Prescott and Russell’s Economic Development and Tourism Department is proud of the opportunities development that the Entrepreneurship Center has created since its arrival at the UCPR. Our business community can benefit from its services and mentoring especially in these times of pandemic," said Carole Lavigne, Director of the EDT of the UCPR. 

"Over the years, the program has helped many entrepreneurs in the region to start and grow their businesses. We continue to adjust to the needs of the entrepreneurial community with each cohort," says Liza Langevin, PREC project officer. The program supports businesses on their path to success with advice and tools on various entrepreneurial aspects and to innovate during unexpected events such as Covid-19. 

The Prescott and Russell Entrepreneurship Centre is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help small business owners in Prescott and Russell succeed in their start-up or expansion project. Entrepreneurs interested in participating in the program have until October 31, 2021, to apply by filling out the application form on the PREC website www.prec-cepr.com. If you have any questions, please contact Liza Langevin at 613-675-4661 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

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Thirteen grants awarded for a total of $32,500 in Prescott and Russell

L'Orignal, February 2, 2021 - The Prescott and Russell Entrepreneurship Centre would like to congratulate the hard work of thirteen entrepreneurs from the region in obtaining grants totalling $32,500 under the Starter Company Plus program for their local business.

As part of the Starter Company Plus program, offered in collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade these entrepreneurs attended workshops given by Antoine B. Carrière (Entrepreneur Lifestyle), as well as Marc Lecompte and Paul Dumetz (Universyn). In addition to training on financial basics, innovation, virtual presence, adapting to new realities and customer service, the participants developed their business plan and delivered a pitch in front of a panel. The thirteen laureate businesses were chosen by a selection committee that included Steve Loiselle (Flowater Martial Arts), Danika Bourgeois-Desnoyers (Collège La Cité), Miguel Araujo (Collège La Cité) and Mariam Lkhoyaali (Ontario Economic Society).

The Prescott and Russell Entrepreneurship Centre is proud to present the thirteen recipients of the Starter Company Plus program grants:

Sara Anne Mailhot - Café Sucré - Casselman

Lorraine Auclair - Gâteaux Lila Cakes and Sweets - Hawkesbury

Marc Leduc & Nikolas Dupuis - Seal N Clean - Rockland

Stéphane Noël - Noël Mediation Services - Services de Médiation Noël - Casselman

Benoit Bonneau - Boucherie Bonneau Meat Shop - Plantagenet

Patrick Lalonde - Lalonde Physio - L'Orignal

Marc-André Amyot & Valérie Lachaîne – Winston – L’Orignal

Simon et Élise Guindon - With Simon Commercial Plumbing - Hawkesbury

Michael Inskip - Fairway Green Cannabis – L’Orignal

Éric Turgeon - Garage Mechlec - Hawkesbury

Vanessa Viau, Samuel Doucet & Aude Martel - Kyan Cuisine - Embrun

Thaila Riden - The Grand Barn – Vankleek Hill

Elena Piccone - Abaru Construction and Property Management, Inc. - Hawkesbury

The Starter Company Plus program provides financial support to existing businesses as well as new businesses. Indeed, with the information and tools acquired, they received a grant of $2,500 each. This financial assistance, in the form of a non-refundable grant, will allow the purchase of equipment, advertising, the implementation of a website and all other miscellaneous entrepreneurial expenses.

The virtual meetings allowed networking among participants and obtaining advice on how to overcome COVID-19 and other challenges. "Despite the current pandemic, it is reassuring to see entrepreneurs with this passion for business who continue to move forward with their dreams and adapt to the circumstances in which we live," says PREC Project Officer Liza Langevin. "We're confident that they have good work skills and the tools they need to move forward in their entrepreneurial careers," she continues.

The Prescott and Russell Entrepreneurship Centre (PREC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help small business owners in Prescott and Russell succeed in their start-up or expansion project.

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Prescott and Russell Global Entrepreneurship Week unveils its virtual programming

L’Orignal, November 5, 2020 – The Prescott and Russell entrepreneurial community is pleased to announce the programming for the 12th edition of the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), to be held from November 16 to 22, 2020.
 
The objective of the GEW is to promote the creative spirit and drive innovation through activities aimed at enabling entrepreneurs to interact with potential collaborators, mentors and investors. This year, the Prescott and Russell organizing committee is offering a virtual program, free of charge. Participants can consult the calendar of the week's activities included below and click on the session link at the designated time to participate.
 
“As an entrepreneur, I recognize the importance of holding events that are designed to generate new ideas and facilitate networking, especially in these unprecedented times. I encourage all entrepreneurs in the region to participate,” explained Mark Kelly, President of KB Media Corp. and Director of the Prescott-Russell Chamber of Commerce.
 
The organization of the Prescott and Russell GEW 2020 edition is made possible thanks to the collaboration of the Prescott and Russell business community, and more specifically: the Prescott and Russell Economic Development and Tourism, the Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l'Est ontarien, the Prescott-Russell Employment Services Centre (CSEPR), the Prescott and Russell Entrepreneuship Centre (Centre Entrepreneurship Centre Prescott-Russell), the Société Économique de l'Ontario -SÉO, the La chambre de commerce de Prescott-Russell Chamber of CommerceChambre de Commerce Hawkesbury Chamber of CommerceLa Cité collégiale, the Eastern Ontario Agri-Food Network (Réseau Agroalimentaire Est ontarien - Eastern Ontario...), Tourisme Prescott-Russell Tourism, and the Union des cultivateurs franco-ontariens (UCFO).
 
“The Prescott-Russell Employment Services Centre is proud to offer two conferences on the themes of adapting to change and cultural diversity. These topics are of key importance for our regional employers who support our economy through innovation and also by their resilience through the current pandemic,” added Caroline Arcand, Director of the Prescott-Russell Employment Services Centre.
 
Among other things, GEW participants will benefit from an interactive workshop about the most effective business networking techniques, hosted by the Société économique de l’Ontario. Also, bilingual training sessions on online sales and best practices to counter the effects of COVID-19 on business will be offered by the Prescott and Russell Entrepreneurship Centre.
 
“Due to the strong involvement of our community partners, of which we are very proud, the programming will be extremely diversified. This is a must-attend event for all types of entrepreneurial projects,” stated Carole Lavigne, Director of Economic Development and Tourism for the United Counties of Prescott and Russell.
 
To access the complete program, please consult the attached calendar of events or click here: http://ow.ly/UZ6R30ritfe.
 
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The return of the Starter Company Plus program supports the recovery of businesses in Prescott and Russell

L'Orignal, September 9, 2020 - The Prescott and Russell Entrepreneurship Centre (PREC) present again this year the Starter Company Plus financial assistance program for SMEs in Prescott and Russell. This program offers grants, training and mentoring to entrepreneurs wishing to start, grow or purchase a small business. Interested parties can apply now for this program, which will begin in October.

Through this program offered in collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, entrepreneurs will be able to participate in virtual seminars on topics that affect small and medium-sized businesses. The PREC works in partnership with business coaches to offer seminars where entrepreneurs will be able to access valuable advice and tools on various entrepreneurial topics.

As a result of COVID-19, the program will be delivered differently than before. First of all, funds have been redistributed to support a larger number of businesses and thus be able to offer grants of up to $2,500 per business to a maximum of 13 recipients. This financial assistance, in the form of a non-refundable grant, will be available to both existing and new businesses. The program will provide financial support for the purchase of equipment, the development of a website or any other expenses related to the costs associated with the launch or expansion of a business.

"Over the past few years, we have witnessed the start-up and growth of many great businesses with the help of this program. The PREC always tries to adjust to the needs of the entrepreneurial community and this is the case with this program this year," said Liza Langevin, PREC Project Officer. "Our vision is to lead entrepreneurs in economic recovery," she continues. PREC will support participants in the training and in the writing of their business plans. In addition, this program is expected to increase the success rate of entrepreneurs.

The Prescott and Russell Entrepreneurship Centre is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help small business owners in Prescott and Russell succeed in their start-up or expansion project. Entrepreneurs interested in participating in the program have until October 16, 2020, to apply by filling out the application form on the PREC website www.prec-cepr.com/en/our-programs/starter-company-plus. If you have any questions, please contact Liza Langevin at 613-675-4661 ext. 8106 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Two new businesses launched by students with the support of the Summer Company program in Prescott and Russell

L'Orignal, September 1st, 2020 - The Prescott and Russell Entrepreneurship Centre (PREC), in collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, saw the start-up of two small businesses. These two businesses were supported by the Summer Company program, which offers financial support as well as business mentoring sessions provided by professionals in the field during all the stages leading to the creation of their business.

Under the program, students who commit to returning to school for the following school year can receive up to $3,000 to support their business start-up project, allowing them to gain solid entrepreneurial skills and experience. This year, the program had to adapt to the current pandemic. To do so, throughout the summer, the students had to hold virtual meetings with their mentors. As a result, mentors Marc Lecompte from KwikTax, as well as Louis Béland and Mariam Lkhoyaali from the Société Économique de l’Ontario (SÉO), were still able to support the students with their advice, knowledge and experience. In the end, the recipients of the Summer Company 2020 program are Alexi Forget (Ciné-Parc Horizon Drive-In) and Sabrina Boileau (Jada Jewels) who successfully carried their respective entrepreneurial projects.

Alexi Forget is a 21-year-old student from Bourget who is passionate about cinema. Alexi was able to evaluate his business environment by developing his idea of creating a mobile drive-in to meet the demand of his customers who want to enjoy a good movie in times of a pandemic. His friend Micheal Lemire, also a 21-year-old student from Bourget, joined the project and brought his ideas to help the business evolve. The two entrepreneurs travel around Prescott and Russell with their equipment and offer a selection of films for different audiences. They have adapted their business to the market demand and have shown perseverance and leadership throughout this adventure. Alexi and Micheal will continue this project during their studies. From now on, they plan to develop their business by offering different services with their large inflatable screen, such as rentals and event organization. For more information, their services are available on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/cineparchorizon. 

Sabrina Boileau is a 25-year-old student from Curran who has turned her interest in jewelry into a real passion by creating her own artisanal jewelry business. Each of her creations is handcrafted in her small workshop. Sabrina is not only an entrepreneur, she is also a talented artist. Her products are affordable and are made with high-quality materials such as 14k gold and sterling silver. Her vision is to make high quality jewelry accessible to women of all ages and from all walks of life. Her summer business has been a positive learning experience that she will also continue during her studies. In fact, she will continue to look for new opportunities to expand her business, such as selling her products in selected beauty salons. Her products are available on her website http://www.jadajewels.com/. 

"We are pleased to have these two new small businesses that have been launched this summer. Not all projects have been able to adapt to the pandemic. However, they have been able to stand out and be successful", said Liza Langevin, PREC Project Officer. " The Summer Company program has been in existence for several years and we are always proud and pleasantly surprised by the creativity of our young entrepreneurs," adds Carole Lavigne, Director of Prescott and Russell Economic Development and Tourism (PREDT) Department. "It is clear that this program is of undeniable importance for the entrepreneurial development of our region and that is why the PREDT manages it through the PREC," she continues.

The PREC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support small business owners and small entrepreneurs to succeed in Prescott and Russell by providing information, tools and support during their start-up and growth phases.

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From left to right: Alexi Forget and Micheal Lemire (Ciné-Parc Horizon Drive-In)

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From left to right: Micheal Lemire and Alexi Forget (Ciné-Parc Horizon Drive-In)

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Logo of Jada Jewels, business of Sabrina Boileau

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