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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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