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Eight grants awarded for a total of $40,000 in the Prescott and Russell region

L'Orignal, March 4, 2020 - The Prescott and Russell Entrepreneurship Centre would like to congratulate eight entrepreneurs from the region for receiving a total grant funding of $40,000 under the Starter Company Plus program for their respective business.

Through the Starter Company Plus program, these entrepreneurs were able to obtain advice from Antoine B. Carrière and Marc-André Clément of the Entrepreneur Lifestyle Academy, Renée Gendron of Vitae Dynamics and Aline Gravel of the Municipality of Champlain. Participants attended business workshops, which topics ranged from marketing, financial basics, creativity, sales, motivation and making their elevator pitch.

We are proud to present our eight recipients who received a grant funding of $5,000 each from the Starter Company Plus program:

Marie-Pier Vandette – The Interdisciplinary Family Center of Eastern Ontario – Rockland

Edgar Soriano and Fiona Taylor – Empress Distribution & Supply – Hawkesbury

Félip Duval – F.J.D Service – Plantagenet

Karl Couture – Jumper Farm – Limoges

Chantale and Nathalie Deslauriers – Académie Shanthaly – Embrun

Louis Piccone – Larvage Inc. – Hawkesbury

Chantale Stucker – Event Resource Specialist – Rockland

Justin Fisher – Covenant Springs Farm – Curran (Pendleton)

"These training and networking sessions helped participants in writing a business plan and in delivering a pitch in front of a panel of judges. The Starter Company Plus program also allowed many to connect with each other. We are certain that they acquired good tools to help them succeed in their entrepreneurial career," said Liza Langevin, the Project Officer of the PREC.

Indeed, the eight winning businesses were selected by a panel of judges. With the information and tools they acquired, they also received a grant of $5,000 each. This financial assistance, in the form of a non-refundable grant, can help with the purchase of equipment, their marketing and any other entrepreneurial expenses. Liza Langevin added that "the PREC is proud that the Starter Company Plus program, founded by the Ontario government, will be back again this year as well”.

3 CopyFrom left to right: The PREC Project Officer Liza Langevin, Elena Voloshina, Karl Couture, Edgar Soriano, Félip Duval, Marie-Pier Vandette, Fiona Taylor, Nathalie Deslauriers, Chantale Stucker, Chantale Deslauriers, Justin Fisher and family.

Elena Voloshina represents Louis Piccone from Larvage Inc. who is missing from the photo.

Photo taken by Stéphane Bourgeois.

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Eight grants awarded for a total of $40,000 in the Prescott and Russell region

Eight grants awarded for a total of $40,000 in the Prescott and Russell region

L'Orignal, March 4, 2020 - The Prescott and Russell Entrepreneurship Centre would like to congratulate eight entrepreneurs from the region for receiving a total grant funding of $40,000 under the Starter Company Plus program for their respective business.

Through the Starter Company Plus program, these entrepreneurs were able to obtain advice from Antoine B. Carrière and Marc-André Clément of the Entrepreneur Lifestyle Academy, Renée Gendron of Vitae Dynamics and Aline Gravel of the Municipality of Champlain. Participants attended business workshops, which topics ranged from marketing, financial basics, creativity, sales, motivation and making their elevator pitch.

We are proud to present our eight recipients who received a grant funding of $5,000 each from the Starter Company Plus program:

Marie-Pier Vandette – The Interdisciplinary Family Center of Eastern Ontario – Rockland

Edgar Soriano and Fiona Taylor – Empress Distribution & Supply – Hawkesbury

Félip Duval – F.J.D Service – Plantagenet

Karl Couture – Jumper Farm – Limoges

Chantale and Nathalie Deslauriers – Académie Shanthaly – Embrun

Louis Piccone – Larvage Inc. – Hawkesbury

Chantale Stucker – Event Resource Specialist – Rockland

Justin Fisher – Covenant Springs Farm – Curran (Pendleton)

"These training and networking sessions helped participants in writing a business plan and in delivering a pitch in front of a panel of judges. The Starter Company Plus program also allowed many to connect with each other. We are certain that they acquired good tools to help them succeed in their entrepreneurial career," said Liza Langevin, the Project Officer of the PREC.

Indeed, the eight winning businesses were selected by a panel of judges. With the information and tools they acquired, they also received a grant of $5,000 each. This financial assistance, in the form of a non-refundable grant, can help with the purchase of equipment, their marketing and any other entrepreneurial expenses. Liza Langevin added that "the PREC is proud that the Starter Company Plus program, founded by the Ontario government, will be back again this year as well”.

 

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From left to right: The PREC Project Officer Liza Langevin, Elena Voloshina, Karl Couture, Edgar Soriano, Félip Duval, Marie-Pier Vandette, Fiona Taylor, Nathalie Deslauriers, Chantale Stucker, Chantale Deslauriers, Justin Fisher and family.

Elena Voloshina represents Louis Piccone from Larvage Inc. who is missing from the photo.

Photo taken by Stéphane Bourgeois.

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Launch of the Starter Company Plus Grant Program for the region of Prescott and Russell

L’Orignal, November 6, 2019 – Today, Wednesday, November 6, 2019, the Prescott-Russell Entrepreneurship Centre (PREC) relaunches the Starter Company Plus Program. This grant program, which aims to help entrepreneurs start a new company, expand an existing one or buy a business in Ontario, is back again. Entrepreneurs interested can apply now for this program, which will begin in January 2020.

Through the Starter Company Plus Program, entrepreneurs can obtain one-on-one guidance from the Prescott-Russell Entrepreneurship Centre Project Officer, can participate in business workshops, seminars and networking events with topics ranging from marketing, budgeting, motivation to making their elevator pitch and more.

"This program will provide mentorship and train entrepreneurs with important information and tools from business professionals. Participants will be able to apply for a grant application worth $ 5,000. This financial assistance, in the form of a non-refundable grant, will help in equipment purchases, marketing expenses, business fees and in the installation of their business and miscellaneous entrepreneurial expenses. In addition, the program supports the writing and execution of their business plan. Indeed, the business plan is an essential document at the PREC as well as for every entrepreneur," says Liza Langevin, Project Officer for the PREC. "Our vision is to lead entrepreneurs in Prescott and Russell towards the path of success," she continues. In short, the PREC will support the participants in the training as well as in the drafting of their business plan.

The PREC works in partnership with business coaches where their knowledge and experience will push entrepreneurs to excel and achieve success. They will ensure that their services are of quality training and according to the participants. The goal is the same for everyone; provide tools and knowledge to increase the success rate of entrepreneurs and extend the life of the average business.

The Prescott-Russell Entrepreneurship Center (PREC) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to help small business owners and small business entrepreneurs succeed in Prescott and Russell by providing information, tools and support during their start-up and growth phases. Entrepreneurs interested in participating in this program have until December 20, 2019, to apply.

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A total of $24,000 in grants to eight young entrepreneurs for business start-ups
 
L’Orignal, August 2, 2018 – This summer, the Prescott and Russell Entrepreneurship Centre (PREC) received great news from the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth (MEDG). As part of the Summer Company program, the PREC received $18,000 to help-out six young entrepreneurs located in the Prescott and Russell region.

But that’s not all! Not only did the PREC matched last year’s grants support, it solidified two partnerships who each contributed $3,000 to help two more students. The Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l’Est ontarien (CSDCEO) and the United Counties of Prescott and Russell through the Department of business development and tourism (PREDT).

The Summer Company grant program delivered by the PREC for a number of years now, is a mentoring, coaching and financial assistance program in the form of a non-refundable grant of $3,000 per student. It was with hard work and determination that the PREC was able to obtain eight grants altogether, for a total of $24,000 enabling eight businesses to start up in their respective field.

We would like to congratulate eight entrepreneurs who received a grant funding of $3,000 for the 2018 Summer Company program:
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Maxime Paquette – Augmenta Services – Social Media Agency;

Sarah Bourdon – Sushi Pop Hawkesbury – Sushi restaurant;

Dominick Lefebvre – Fourdoors Clothing – Clothing/streetwear brand;

Jeremy Poirier – Do More Productions – Outdoors and sports apparel brand;

Andrew Beaulne – ESCP – Online shopping platform;

Lyns Marc-Daniel Prévost – Mdp’s summer basketball camp;

Nicolas Demers – Evoke – Social Media Agency;

Maxime Filion – Morris Village Green and Clean – Lawn mowing.
 
“We are thrilled to be in a position that community partners want to participate in our programs. This help goes beyond the financial aspect for young business owners. The knowledge and expertise of our mentors go beyond what the grant money can buy. I cannot thank the CSDCEO and DETPR enough for their help in making our region, Prescott and Russell, a great place to start and develop a business. I am happy and proud to say that our future is in good hands,” said Benoit Brunette, Project Officer for the PREC.
 
The PREC is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to help small business owners and entrepreneurs succeed in Prescott and Russell by providing information, tools and support during start-up and growth phases.
 
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Eight grants awarded for a total of $40,000 in the Prescott and Russell region

L’Orignal, July 11, 2018 – The Prescott and Russell Entrepreneurship Centre would like to congratulate eight entrepreneurs from our beautiful region as they have received a total grant funding of $40,000 through the Starter Company Plus program initiative. 

Through the Starter Company Plus program, these eight entrepreneurs have received one-on-one guidance from the Entrepreneurial Lifestyle Academy mentors and the Prescott and Russell Entrepreneurship Centre’s Project Officer, have participated in business workshops, seminars and networking events with topics such as writing a business plan, marketing & social media campaigns, budgeting and making their elevator pitch. 

We would like to congratulate the eight entrepreneurs who received a grant funding of $5,000 each for the 2018 Starter Company Plus program:

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Samuel Doucet – Kyan Culture – Vankleek Hill

Hélène Parisien – LogBox – Hawkesbury

Jonathan Lelièvre – Jonathan Lelièvre Consultation – Limoges

Ryan Doyle – Fillerrup.ca – Clarence Creek

Charles St-Denis – Agri-Expert CH 2018 – Marionville

Kayla Gillis – Bad to the Bow Grooming – Clarence Creek

Celta Riden & Beth Lamarte – Baked on the Hill – Vankleek Hill 

Jean-François Couvrette – Totum Health – Bourget

"These pleasant and constructive exchange sessions allowed entrepreneurs in the Starter Company Plus program to take a step back and quickly make progress both personally and professionally. The workshops really stimulated their creativity!", says Benoit Brunette, the Project Officer of the PREC.

"Not only did these entrepreneurs receive sound advice from Antoine Carrière & Marc-André Clément, but they also presented in front of a “Dragon’s Den” board in order to obtain the $5,000 grant. This financial assistance, in the form of a grant funding, will help with several expenses, including equipment purchases, inventory purchases, marketing expenses, registration and training fees and miscellaneous entrepreneurial expenses"

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Soirée de Filles is coming to town!

L’Orignal, February 12, 2018 – It is with great enthusiasm that the Soirée de Filles team is preparing its popular concept in the city of Hawkesbury on Friday, March 9 at the Robert Hartley Sports Complex to celebrate the International Women’s Day.

Soirée de Filles and its main sponsor the Prescott and Russell Entrepreneurship Centre, showcases local women’s entrepreneurship as part of the “Salon de la Femme” which begins the evening, where more than 40 exhibitors come to present and offer their products and services to more than 200 women expected.

The evening will have the theme “Super Woman”, a live metamorphosis, live band music and more than $5,000 in prizes to be offered to our participants.

For each of the cities visited, Soirée de Filles gives itself the mission of pampering the mother of a child taken with a heavy disability, who often has little resources and who needs a break, to enjoy a night out for herself, to receive a dose of love from the support of the female community.

Soirée de Filles warmly invites the businesswomen, the mother, the student, the grandmother who wants to have a colourful evening full of emotions to join us!

We are asking for your cooperation in making this event known to as many women as possible by publishing or broadcasting the information.

In 2018, 11 more events are scheduled across Quebec and now in Ontario.

Event│ Soirée de Filles

Venue│ Robert Hartley Sports Complex 425 Cartier Blvd., Hawkesbury, ON K6A 1M4

Date │ Friday, March 9, 2018

Time of arrival │ 5 pm

Tickets on sale for $35 plus tax at www.soireedefilles.com

Marie-Claude Banville – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – 514.692.8901

Benoit Brunette – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – 613.306.2614

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8 grants awarded for a total of $40,000 in the Prescott and Russell region

L’Orignal, December 21, 2017 – The Prescott and Russell Entrepreneurship Centre would like to congratulate eight entrepreneurs from our beautiful region as they have received a total grant funding of $40,000 through the Starter Company Plus program initiative.

Through the Starter Company Plus program, these eight entrepreneurs have received one-on-one guidance from the Prescott and Russell Entrepreneurship Centre’s mentors and Project Officer, have participated in business workshops, seminars and networking events with topics ranging from writing a business plan to marketing & social media campaigns, to budgeting and making their elevator pitch.

We would like to congratulate the eight entrepreneurs who received a grant funding of $5,000 each for the 2018 Starter Company Plus program:

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Josiane Guindon – MansioCare – Rockland 

Lucille Groulx – The King’s Domain – Wendover

Rae-Anne St.Pierre – Vankleek Hill Dental Hygiene Clinic – Vankleek Hill

Audrey Lizotte et Mireille Leroux – l’Artisan Farm – Fournier

David Gratton – Miels du Boisé/Oh Miel! – Alfred

Myriam Legault – Pastel & Panache – Rockland

Dara Barton – The Daily Dose – Vankleek Hill

Véronique Ouellette et Laurence d’Entremont Gagnon – CONCĒLĀRE – Wendover

"Not only will these entrepreneurs receive sound advice from experts in their respective fields, but also presented in front of a “Dragon’s Den” board in order to obtain the $5,000 grant. This financial assistance, in the form of a grant funding, will help with several expenses, including equipment purchases, inventory purchases, marketing expenses, registration and training fees and miscellaneous entrepreneurial expenses", says Benoit Brunette, the PREC Project Officer.

The Prescott and Russell Entrepreneurship Centre is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to help small business entrepreneurs succeed in Prescott and Russell by providing information, tools and support during their start-up and growth phases.

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A well-anticipated program for the region of Prescott and Russell

L’Orignal, October 10, 2017 – On Tuesday, October 3, the Prescott and Russell Economic Development and Tourism Department (PREDT), through the Prescott and Russell Entrepreneurship Centre (PREC) marked the official launch of the Starter Company Plus program. This grant program, which aims to help entrepreneurs start a new company, expand an existing one or buy a business in Ontario, has welcomed its first cohort of 34 businesses equivalent to 41 entrepreneurs in the Prescott and Russell region.

Through the Starter Company Plus program, these entrepreneurs can obtain one-on-one guidance from the Prescott and Russell Entrepreneurship Centre Project Officer, can participate in business workshops, seminars and networking events with topics ranging from writing a business plan to marketing & social media campaigns, to budgeting and making their elevator pitch.

Unlike the Starter Company program, which started in 2013 for adults aged 18 to 29 only, the 2.0 version of the program – Starter Company Plus – abolishes the age limitation. In other words, you can apply if you’re an Ontario resident and Canadian citizen, not attending school full-time or returning to school and are 18 years of age or older.

"Not only will these entrepreneurs get sound advice from experts in their respective fields, they will also be able to apply for a grant of up to $5,000. This financial assistance, in the form of a grant funding, will help with several expenses, including equipment purchases, inventory purchases, marketing expenses, registration and training fees and miscellaneous entrepreneurial expenses" , says Benoit Brunette, the PREC Project Officer. "If there is an essential document to present for funding or to apply for a grant, that is the business plan. Not only does it help to convince investors and lenders, it is also a reflection tool to better understand what these entrepreneurs are committing to as a freelancer, consultant or self-employed worker " he explains.

The Prescott and Russell Entrepreneurship Centre is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to help small business owners and small business entrepreneurs succeed in Prescott and Russell by providing information, tools and support during their start-up and growth phases.

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Summer of Success Stories – A Summer Company rising tide

Another summer over, meaning the return to school for our Summer Company students from the Prescott and Russell Entrepreneurship Centre. The six businesses of the Summer Company program experienced first hand the ups and downs, the challenges and successes, the defeats and victories of becoming an entrepreneur through rigorous training and hands on experience. A summer filled with joy and pride during which these six business owners grew both personally and professionally.

Capturing ever-lasting memories

For Samuel Cheff and Renée-Anne Durand of Better View Captures, this summer meant a lot of hard work for their photography business that didn’t quite feel like work. Specializing in marriage, when you work passionately for a business as these two have as a couple, you don’t actually work at all. This passion resonates through these two lovebirds as they showed their clients what it’s like to be working side by side with the person you love, doing what you love, loving what you do!

Head shot Samuel Cheff Rene Anne Durand

Heart-melting photographs

For Marie-Josée Vézina of Vézina Photo, capturing photographs of people was something she wanted to do and promote as a business. The Summer Company Program was a way to expand her equipment capabilities, allowing her to capture beautiful moments in photographs including new-borns, babies, cake smash and family portraits. Spending time editing her photos allowed Marie-Josée to develop and perfect her own style, which she looks forward to continuing to develop in the future. She has been a great student to work alongside with this program.

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Hockey and entrepreneurial spirit in her veins

For Chrissy Colizza of Competitive Edge Elite Girls Hockey, a training program designed specifically for young female athletes who desire to pursue their dreams of becoming professional hockey players, Chrissy not only talked the talk but also walked the walk. Being involved in rigorous training sessions for herself, this wing player moves the puck efficiently and has great career stats. She decided to share her passion onto her peers this summer by turning it into a business. Summer Company helped her purchase the equipment she needed in order to start her business as a trainer and suffice to say that this playmaker not only works strategically on the ice but did so in the business world as well.

Head shot Chrissy Colizza

Let’s ascend

For Brandon Séguin of Nimbus Controversy, he created his “underground” clothing line with only one thing in mind, wear clothes designed for both comfort and style. Skateboarding is one of Brandon’s passion as well as style, and what better way for the Summer Company Program to help him create clothing combining both style and comfort made to the image of this young entrepreneur. The grant helped with the purchase of his inventory, the creation of his website as well as building an empire that is far from being mainstream. This teenager and his team were truly floating on air upon creating Nimbus Controversy, a brand that truly speaks to his values and virtues.

Head shot Brandon Sguin

An expert in the cow field

Jeremy Chevalley was the winner of the Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch competition for his company Moo Call & Clip – cow grooming and tail clipping, he has truly created a business with a unique selling proposition, a spa treatment for your cows. For farmers, the task of clipping the tail of their cows may be one that is arduous and time consuming but upon hiring Jeremy, problem solved! A very honest and trustworthy individual, he has shown great passion for agriculture and entrepreneurship since they are the foundation of this young entrepreneur’s business. This was truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Jeremy sure grabbed it by the horns, or in this case, by the tail!

Head shot Jeremy Chevalley

Life is a collection of moments worth capturing

Jeremy Arbour of Arbs Edit, a videographer and photographer service, sure knows how to capture a moment and change it into a memory that will last a lifetime. Jeremy is a striving teenager that pushes to the limits and challenges himself constantly. His work speaks for itself as he is a very determined individual and very personable. He listens to the needs of his clients and offers all sorts of aerial and artistically inclined shots. With the Summer Company grant, Jeremy was able to purchase equipment such as a stabilizer for his cameras. He has been attracting corporate clients with his professionalism and has been very successful with ArbsEdit.

Head shot Jeremy Arbour

“There's a lot of talk about business succession and our succession plan. Not surprising considering that small and medium-sized businesses constitutes the foundation of Ontario’s economy and create jobs, innovation and prosperity. I am happy and proud to say that we are safe with our youth. Talent is far from wasted. ”

The Prescott and Russell Entrepreneurship Centre is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to help small business owners and small business entrepreneurs succeed in Prescott and Russell by providing information, tools and support during their start-up and growth phases.

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Benoit Brunette Project Officer

Prescott and Russell Entrepreneurship Centre

59 Court street, P.O. Box 304, L'Orignal Ontario K0B 1K0 Tel: 613 675-4661 ext. 8106 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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Additional grants – quite the hat trick for the PREC

L’Orignal, July 13, 2017 – On Thursday, June 29, the Prescott and Russell Economic Development and Tourism Department (PREDT), through the Prescott and Russell Entrepreneurship Centre (PREC) received great news from the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth (MEDG). As part of the Summer Company program, the number of grants to be awarded were doubled to $18,000 in the Prescott and Russell region.

The Summer Company grant program delivered by the PREC for a number of years now, is a mentoring, coaching and financial assistance program in the form of a non-refundable grant of $3,000 per student. Target to reach was three entrepreneurs starting each a business in the region, for a total budget of $9,000. It was with hard work and determination that the PREC was able to obtain twice the budget by the Ministry, for a total of $18,000 in order to start six businesses in their respective field.

We would like to congratulate these six entrepreneurs who received a grant funding of $3,000 for the 2017 Summer Company program:

Samuel Cheff – Better View Captures – Photographer,

Marie-Josée Vézina – Vézina Photo – Photographer,

Chrissy Colizza –Competitive Edge Elite Girls Hockey – Trainer,

Brandon Séguin – Nimbus Controversy – clothing line,

Jeremy Chevalley – Moo Call & Clip – cow grooming and tail clipping and

Jeremy Arbour – Arbs Edit – Videographer.

“There's a lot of talk about business succession and our succession plan. Not surprising considering that small and medium-sized businesses constitutes the foundation of Ontario’s economy and create jobs, innovation and prosperity. I am happy and proud to say that we are in good hands,” said Benoit Brunette, Project Officer for the PREC.

The Prescott and Russell Entrepreneurship Centre is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to help small business owners and small business entrepreneurs succeed in Prescott and Russell by providing information, tools and support during their start-up and growth phases.

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