Montague, PEI February 20, 2018 – On February 13th, the Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce joined over 150 leaders in business, government and community to celebrate the achievements of outstanding local businesses, organizations and individuals at the EPEICC Business and Community Excellence Awards Banquet.
“The Eastern region is fortunate to have so many great businesses and innovative entrepreneurs,” explains Russell Compton, Acting President of the Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce. ” The Business and Community Excellence Awards Banquet gives us a chance to showcase some of the amazing business talent that we have here in Eastern PEI,” noted Mr. Compton. “This annual event is a great opportunity to recognize and reward outstanding performances of business excellence, while continuing to encourage the entrepreneurial and community spirit Prince Edward Island is known for.”
Recipients of this year’s 2018 Awards were selected from a robust list of finalists and nominees from across eastern PEI and are:
Provincial Credit Union, Excellence in Business Award:
Dr. John M. Gillis Memorial Lodge
Grant Thornton, Emerging Business Growth Potential Award:
Seaside Innovation Inc.
MRSB, Pillar of the Community Impact Award:
Innovation PEI, Employee of the Year Award:
Sandra Smith, Baker’s Corner Express + Petro Canada
The Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce was also excited to host and receive remarks from Her Honour the Honourable Antoinette Perry, Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island and from the Honourable Chris Palmer, Minister responsible for Economic Development and Tourism.
This year’s banquet took place at the St Peter’s Bay Complex in St Peter’s Bay. In addition to the Excellence in Business Awards, it included a keynote presentation sponsored by CDBC and delivered by Michel Neray on Powerful Storytelling. Michel shared inspiring stories which kept the audience engaged.
Martina Macdonald, General Manager with CBDC noted, “These awards confirm people want to celebrate the successes in our community and spread the message that eastern Prince Edward Island is a great place to live, work and do business.” She urges everyone to consider nominations for the next year. It is a great way to honour those in your business community that go above and beyond.
Eastern Chamber Encourages Members & Public to Attend Public Meeting
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Montague, PEI – 8 February 2018 The Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce (EPEICC) encourages all members and the concerned public to attend a public meeting between Northern Pulp and the PEI Standing Committee for Agriculture and Fisheries to be held on Friday, Feb. 16th – 10:00 am at the George Coles Building in Charlottetown.
“The EPEICC’s mission is to disseminate the information from all points of view and keep our membership and the concerned public well informed,” said Russ Compton, Vice President of the EPEICC.
“The EPEICC Board of Directors feel that it is important that concerned chamber members and the public be informed of the proposed pipeline that will pump effluent directly into the prime fishing grounds of the Northumberland Straight,” said Russ Compton, Vice President of the EPEICC. “Representatives from the EPEICC board will be in attendance and we encourage everyone to attend.”
The EPEICC requested that the PEI Fishermen’s Association (PEIFA), Friends of the Northumberland Straight and Northern Pulp participate in a public information session. However, Northern Pulp elected to meet directly with the PEI Standing Committee for Agriculture & Fisheries. While this is not the meeting that the EPEICC had originally requested, we strongly encourage the members of our community to attend and be informed.
For more information, contact:
Tara Burke, EPEICC Communications, email@example.com 902 940-1339
Russell L Compton, EPEICC Acting President, firstname.lastname@example.org 902 394-2616
MONTAGUE – Jan. 16, 2018 – The Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce will host the Annual Business and Community Excellence Awards sponsored in part with CBDC. This the 11th year for this outstanding event that will be held Tuesday, February 13th, at the St. Peter’s Bay Complex, 1968 Old Cardigan Road, St Peter’s Bay.
The evening kicks off at 6PM with a stand-up reception and three-course meal followed by keynote presenter, Michel Neray. Michel is a professional speaker, consultant and founder of momondays who will engage and entertain you in the art of story telling. Michel has helped thousands of individuals craft and perform ‘purposeful’ stories to become more effective leaders, salespeople, coaches, teachers, trainers, speakers, and influencers of all types. He also uses Purposeful Storytelling to more effectively differentiate, position and brand organizations in the market.
The Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce will celebrate members’ successes, innovations and contributions to the Eastern community. This wonderful event recognizes businesses, entrepreneurs and community leaders who have demonstrated excellence in four different categories:
The Provincial Credit Union Business Excellence Award, which recognizes those companies who have demonstrated excellence in business operation. This year’s nominees are Kings County Construction (Montague), Bohemian Findings (St. Peter’s Bay) and Dr. John M. Gillis Memorial Lodge (Belfast).
The Grant Thornton Emerging Business, Growth Potential Award, which recognizes companies that have achieved outstanding business performance in a short period of time and have demonstrated exceptional promise of continued growth. This year’s nominees are East Coast Paddle Adventures (Souris), Shiny Paint Art Company. (Montague), and Seaside Innovation Inc. (Souris).
MRSB Pillar of the Community – Impact Award, which recognizes the organizations or individuals that have made an outstanding contribution to the economic, social and cultural well-being of one or all the communities in Eastern PEI. This year’s nominees are the Eastern Kings Sports Council (Souris), Town of Montague (Montague) and Scott Annear (Brudenell) and the Southeast Environmental Association.
Innovation PEI Employee of the Year Award, which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated community pride and a commitment to making Eastern PEI a positive place to live and work. This year’s nominees are Loretta Campbell of Chef Michael Smith’s Flavour Shack, Ayden Clinton and David Stewart of Main Street Pharmasave and Sandra Smith from Baker’s Corner Express, Montague.
The Business and Community Excellence Awards is an important community-building and social event for local businesses. “It’s exciting,” said Martina Macdonald, General Manager, Active Communities East , “Nominations in each category will have to be narrowed down to only one very deserving candidate, and seeing the nominations involved, it will be a tough task for the selection committee”.
“We are proud of all the nominees and entrepreneurs who are doing business at home,” says Paul Lypaczewski, President of the Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce. “It is a demonstration of giving back to those who have worked so hard to make vibrant communities in eastern Prince Edward Island.”
Everyone is invited to attend what is expected to be the premier business event of the year. You are encouraged to reserve your tickets early by going online www.epeiccawards.eventbrite.com or by contacting the Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce office at (902) 838-3131 or email@example.com.
There is no charge for the event, but pre-registration is required. Please register early to guarantee your spot.
For more information contact:
Managing Director at the Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce
November 21, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MONTAGUE, PE – On December 13th the Eastern PEI Business Christmas Party will take place at Lot 45 Pub and Eatery at 41 Breakwater St, Souris from 5 to 7 pm. Musical entertainment by Mark Haines, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will ensure a festive evening for all.
Hosts Island East Tourism Group, Rural Action Centres and the Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce invite all entrepreneurs, businesses and staff to attend. To RSVP or for more information contact Chantale Ansems at 902-838-4030 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Martina MacDonald Rural Action Centre (902) 838-4030
Patsy Gotell Island East Tourism Group (902) 838-4030
Marie Lavie Eastern PEI Chamber (902) 838 3131
Montague, PE, November 8, 2017 –
The Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2nd Annual Explore Economics East Conference November 4th at the King’s Playhouse in Georgetown, sponsored by Credit Unions of PEI, NorCan Marine Ltd, Aspin Kemp Associates and Innovation PEI.
Nicole Verkindt captivated the audience with her keynote, deliberating the myth of the ‘overnight success,’ the importance of resilience in the face of difficulty, and the importance of small business to the Canadian economy.
The First Panel, “Finding a Niche in the Market and Market in the Niche” featured Frances Sands of Eastern Kings Rustic Timber, Starla Wilson of Shiny Paint, Sherri Spatuk and Mark Mahar of M4G Alternative Housing, and Kim Doherty-Smith of Fleece and Harmony. Prompted by MC, Maureen Hanley, these up-and-coming businesses discussed their ability to find and fulfill niche markets, scaling their work, distribution and success by leveraging the unique skills of both partners in their company.
The Second panel “Being Relevant and Staying Relevant” starred Rose Viaene of the Chuckwagon Farm Market, Jeff Beck of Beck’s Home Furniture, Karen Creighan of Main Street Pharmasave, and Brodie Rice of A.M. Auto Parts. As more established businesses, they discussed targeting a varied audience, making their business a destination point and the importance of maintaining connections.
Thanks to the strong support of our many sponsors, the event was a huge success due to the presence and strength of the Eastern PEI business community, with over 100 businesses in attendance.
“This conference is growing to be a premier networking and educational event for the Eastern PEI business community,” stated Paul Lypaczewski, president of the Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce. “We have a vibrant, growing and dynamic economy in Eastern PEI, with world-class companies. Our goal is to bring together entrepreneurs from the whole region, and encourage them to work together and learn from each other.”
ABOUT EPEICC – The Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting its member’ businesses and economic environment of the community. They are committed to the growth and success of Eastern PEI businesses.
2nd Annual Explore Economics East Conference to showcase business successes – by Charlotte MacAulay
Eastern PEI is home to world class businesses which is something worth celebrating.
Marie LaVie, executive director of the Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce, said the best way to do that is showcase these pillars of the community by coming together to hear their diverse stories at the second annual Explore Economics East Conference.
Two panels of local entrepreneurs will share their stories at the event along with award winning keynote speaker Nicole Verkindt, founder and CEO of OMX and Dragon on CBC’s Next Gen Den.
The first panel, Finding a Niche in the Market and a Market in the Niche, will feature Rose Viaene of Chuckwagon Farm Market, Starla and Ryan Wilson of Shiny Paint Company, Sherri Spatuk and Mark Mahar of M4G Affordable Housing, and Kim Doherty-Smith of Fleece and Harmony.
“There is opportunity here and we need to get those good news stories out there so people can see these opportunities,” Ms LaVie said, describing how panel members have taken their unique talents and carved out a place to do business right here.
Tickets are selling fast for the event to be held on Saturday, November 4, from noon to 5:30pm at the Kings Playhouse in Georgetown. The conference is sponsored by PEI Credit Unions, Aspin Kemp & Associates and NorCan Marine Inc.
The second panel, Being Relevant and Staying Relevant, will highlight Doug Nobles of Belfast Mini Mills, Barry and Jeff Beck of Beck’s Home Furniture, Karen Creighan of Main Street Pharmasave, and Brodie Rice of AM Auto Parts, all business owners who with vast experience who are staples in their communities.
“These are folks who have been in business for a long time and they are rolling with the punches,” Ms LaVie said. “They keep reinventing themselves to stay in business.”
When it comes right down to it is about being proud of your community and what is in it, said chamber communications director Tara Burke.
“In this conference we are talking about business, but without businesses in those communities what would we have?” Ms Burke said.
Attending this conference is another way in which residents can support business, she added.
Ms Verkindt’s experience will only enhance the stories of local entrepreneurs.
She first worked with her family’s aerospace business, and went on to found her own company, Offset Market Exchange, in 2011. With OMX, she invented a software solution to match aerospace companies with Canadian technology partners and she continues to grow the company internationally.
She is passionate about helping entrepreneurs learn the power of refusing to accept no as an answer when developing a business.
Just last week Ms Verkindt was the recipient of the 2017 National Start up Canada Women Entrepreneur Award. She believes the root of any success is about attitude – being optimistic and open to new ideas, and about collaboration. She recognizes that PEI is made up of tight-knit communities which she sees as a competitive business advantage because the businesses and individuals collaborate by sharing information and supporting each other.
The conference is an opportunity for just such sharing, Ms LaVie said, noting there is no better way for community members and budding entrepreneurs to derive information from these seasoned business owners.
The Eastern Prince Edward Island Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the businesses grow and reach their full potential.
October 12, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The 2nd Annual Explore Economics East Conference
Being Relevant and Staying Relevant
MONTAGUE, PE – On November 4th, the Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the 2nd annual Explore Economics East Conference sponsored by Credit Unions of Prince Edward Island, Aspin Kemp and NorCan Marine Inc at 12:30 pm at the King’s Playhouse in Georgetown, PEI.
Tickets are on sale and going fast. The event will begin at 12:30 pm, with a jam-packed line up featuring Nicole Verkindt as the keynote speaker.
Nicole is the founder and CEO of OMX, “Dragon” on CBC’s Next Gen Den and panelist for CBC News and the Exchange. Nicole believes the root of success is about attitude – being optimistic and open to new ideas, and about collaboration. She knows that PEI is made of tight-knit communities; the ability to help each other, share information and leads and support each other should be used as a competitive business advantage.
Nicole Verkindt began her work life with her family’s aerospace business, but soon founded her own company Offset Market Exchange in 2011. With OMX, she invented a software solution to match aerospace companies with Canadian technology partners and continues to grow the company internationally.
The conference will also feature two panels celebrating Eastern PEI businesses. The first panel “Finding a Niche in the Market and a Market in the Niche” will feature Frances and Tommy Sands of Eastern Kings Rustic Timber, Starla and Ryan Wilson of Shiny Paint Company, Sherri Spatuk and Mark Mahar of M4G Alternative Housing, and Kim Doherty-Smith of Fleece and Harmony.
The second panel “Being Relevant and Staying Relevant” will highlight Rose Viaene of Chuckwagon, Jeff Beck of Beck’s Home Furniture, Karen Creighan of Main Street Pharmasave, and Brodie Rice of AM Auto Parts sharing their expertise on how they keep reinventing their business to stay relevant.
ABOUT EPEICC – The Eastern Prince Edward Island Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting its members’ businesses and economic environment of the community. They are committed to the growth and success of Eastern PEI businesses.
Nicole Verkindt, Keynote Speaker
Montague, PE, October 4, 2017 – Preparations are well underway in Eastern Prince Edward Island for the 2017 edition of the Business Development Bank (BDC) Small Business Week ™ which runs October 15 -21, 2017.
The Eastern PEI community and business partners are taking a page from the notebook of Henry Ford. “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” They are teaming up to support the small business sector through training, lunch/breakfast & learns, luncheons, barbeques and networking socials. The partners are devoted to Eastern PEI entrepreneurs; accompanying them in all the steps of their business journey and helping them prepare for the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead.
Partners include the Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce, CBDC – East Montague an Souris, Rural Action Centres, Island East Tourism Group, Innovation PEI, Skills PEI and Rural and Regional Development.
Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit, member based organization dedicated to promoting and advocating for the business community by hosting network events, educational workshops, fundraisers and other activities with the aim of growing the local economy.
Canadian Business Development Corporation, Eastern (CBDC) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping business owners succeed.
Rural Action Centre, (RAC) is a client-focused, one-stop services centre housing multiple government organizations focused on business and community development.
Island East Tourism Group is a non-for-profit, member based organization dedicated to the promotion of the tourism industry in Eastern PEI.
Rotary Club of Montague is an international association of professional and business owners organized as a service club to promote community service.
Eastern Graphic is a weekly publication devoted to people, places and things in Eastern Prince Edward Island.
Innovation PEI is focused on accelerating economic development in PEI by investing in people, innovation and infrastructure. It is the lead economic agency in the province.
Calendar of Events:
Monday, October 16
Lunch & Learn – Twitter 101
No Charge RSVP email@example.com
hosted by Island East Tourism Group
venue: Rural Action Centre, 540 Main St, Montague
Tuesday, October 17
Lunch & Learn – 10 Healthy Habits of Financial Management
Noon-1pm (lunch provided)
No Charge RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org
hosted by CBDC/Rural Action Centre
Venue: Rural Action Centre, 540 Main St, Montague
Ted Talk Tuesday Networking Social
No Charge RSVP email@example.com
Hosted by Eastern PEI Chamber to be
Venue: Lot 45 Eatery, Breakwater St, Souris
Wednesday, October 18
Breakfast & Learn- 10 Healthy Habits of Financial Management
830-930am (breakfast provided)
No Charge RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org
hosted by CBDC/Rural Action Centre
Venue: Rural Action Centre, 15 Green St, Souris
Montague Rotary Club Roving Lunch & Learn – Who We Are & What We Do
Fee $10 RSVP email@example.com
Venue: Lane’s Riverhouse Inn, 33 Brook Street, Montague
Thursday, October 19
Visit us at the GCACC, Biz2Biz EXPO
Venue: Eastlink Centre, Charlottetown
Friday, October 20
Eastern Graphic OPEN HOUSE BBQ
NEW LOCATION: Eastern Graphic, 530 Main Street, Montague
Small Business is big business in Eastern PEI and we invite you to join us in recognizing the important role small business plays in driving our economy forward and be sure to look for us on all social media platforms.
September 6, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PROPOSED TAX CHANGE SESSIONS WITH GRANT THORNTON
Information session and Q&A hosted by the Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce
MONTAGUE, PE – Proposed tax reforms announced recently by Finance Canada may pose a significant added burden to many small and medium sized businesses. The Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with the tax specialists at Grant Thornton to ensure those affected have a clear understanding of the Federal Government’s proposed new tax changes and how they will impact business. Grant Thornton will share a brief presentation, followed by a Q & A session. This presents a great opportunity to get specific questions answered.
Incorporated companies and those planning to incorporate are encouraged to attend one of these sessions. Proposed changes will affect the following tax rules:
Information sessions will be held in the evening at the following locations:
Montague: Thursday, September 7th, LANE’S RIVERHOUSE INN, 33 BROOK ST, 6:30-7:30 pm.
Souris: Monday, September 11th, Souris Regional School, 15 Longworth St, 6:30–7:30 pm.
Those wishing to attend should RSVP at (902)-838-3131 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Voice of Business – The Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce represents 250+ companies in the region and advocates for issues on behalf of the local business community.
Tara Hill-Burke, Communications Marie La Vie, Managing Director
(902) 940.1339 (902) 838.3131