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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
hosted by CBDC/Rural Action Centre
Venue: Rural Action Centre, 540 Main St, Montague
Ted Talk Tuesday Networking Social
No Charge RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
EXTEND THE TAX DEADLINE BEYOND OCTOBER 2ND 2017
Call to Action – Private Corporation Tax Reform
Dear Atlantic Chamber of Commerce Members:
The federal government has implemented a 75-day consultation period on tax reforms that they say will close loopholes, but in practice will negatively impact every small incorporated business or professional in the country.
It is important the federal government appreciate the impact these legislative changes will have and that they are the most radical in more than 50 years. More time is needed for government and taxpayers to agree on measures that will not penalize honest entrepreneurs who provide up to 90% of the jobs in Canada. Tell your MP that business needs more time to review the tax changes and to extend the consultation deadline beyond October 2, 2017.
The Atlantic Chamber of Commerce has created a webpage that will help everyone better understand the very negative effects the proposed reform will have on individuals and the economy and allow users to quickly email a message to their member of parliament requesting an extension of the consultation deadline until a more appropriate solution can be developed.
There is also a section for small business owners to share their story about how these changes will impact their business operations or future business.
Spread the word. Please encourage members to voice their support. Visit the websites below to send a letter to an Atlantic Canadian MP or to share their impact story with us, so that we may share with the Federal Government.
#ExtendtheTaxDeadline #AtlanticChamber #TaxFairnessInAtlanticCanada
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 email@example.com.
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
The Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present Professional Headshots with Grant Rushton, Photographer. We are teaming up to boost your professional profile by providing access to high resolution portraits. Headshots outside of the chamber can range between $75 – $250, but Chamber members pay only $50 + HST.
Having a recent, high quality headshot is a must in business, especially in the digital age. Regardless of category, creating a professional online presence helps improve your business’ public image and shows that you take pride in what you do.
EPEICC Members: $50 + HST
Non-Members: $75 + HST.
Payable upon arrival – MC, Visa, cheque, or cash
Date & Location
SOURIS: September 19th, 10 am – 5 pm
Grant Rushton, Photographer STUDIO, 116 Main Street.
MONTAGUE: September 20th, 10 am – 5 pm
Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce OFFICE, 544 Main Street.
Appointment registration closes September 15, 2017
Register early, appointments will go fast! To book your 15-minute appointment:
visit http://bit.ly/2gagtDp for Souris,
http://bit.ly/2xwNjC9 for Montague or
call Amelia at (902) 838.3131.
Each Headshot will be on a white backdrop and includes:
– Two versions of your photo, one high resolution and one for LinkedIn
– Finalized photo delivered within a week
– Corrective editing, i.e. blemishes, stray hairs
Sessions last approximately 15 minutes. Your chosen image will be retouched, edited and emailed to you. During the session Grant will take multiple shots and poses. All photos are close-ups.
Approximately one week after photo session, completed images will be sent back to the client. You will be sent two versions (one high-res and one for LinkedIn) of your chosen photo. From there, you will have the ability to use them for whatever professional needs they may have, including your business website, LinkedIn and Facebook.
Grant Rushton is a highly experienced photographer located in Souris PEI offering a full-service photography studio. With over 25 plus years experience taking photographs, he will ensure your comfort during the process to get the best possible photo. For more information on Grant’s services and full portfolio, visit GrantRushton.com.
EPEICC Expresses Relief With Announcement
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Montague, PEI – 8 May 2017
The Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce (EPEICC) today expressed strong support for the announcement of a proposal that completely revamps the ferry service operations between PEI and Nova Scotia to provide long-term support and stability.
“We are very pleased with the announcement today of the Government’s proposal,” said Kier White, President of the EPEICC. “The economy of Southern Kings and Queens is reliant on the ferry service and last year was a wake-up call, highlighting the need for stability and reliability. The potential for a twenty-year contract along with a three year program to phase in new ships would be hugely beneficial to our region. We are encouraged by Northumberland Ferries support for this proposal and look forward to seeing the successful outcome of this process.”
The new Prince Edward Island Ferry Task Force wants feedback from Islanders on the importance of the Wood Islands-Caribou ferry service to the province.
After Northumberland Ferries Ltd. (NFL) announced that the Island would not have full two-ferry service during summer 2016, the provincial government immediately attempted to secure a second ferry – while stressing to NFL and the federal government the importance of full ferry service. Islanders can submit written comments to the ferry task force at www.princeedwardisland.ca/ferryinput through April 30.
“The Wood Islands ferry is a vital transportation link for trade and tourism in eastern Prince Edward Island, with economic spinoffs for communities right across our province,” Rural and Regional Development Minister Pat Murphy said. “It is critical that stable, two-vessel ferry service continues, and as a province we will work together to ensure our voices are heard by the federal government.”
The Prince Edward Island Ferry Task Force was created in February. Members include Ray Keenan, Audrey Shillabeer, and Scott Annear.
The goals of the task force include:
Recommendations from the task force will be presented to cabinet by June 1. After that, cabinet will share the task force’s recommendations with the federal government – as ferries are a federal responsibility – while it continues to reiterate the importance of the ferry service.
The Wood Islands-Caribou ferry contributes an estimated $27 million to the Prince Edward Island economy each year, carrying approximately 475,000 passengers, 160,000 passenger vehicles, and 18,000 commercial trucks. The service also provides stable, seasonal employment for more than 200 employees.
The Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce, (EPEICC) will host the 10th Annual Business & Community Excellence Awards on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at the St Peters Bay Complex, 1968 Cardigan Road, St Peters Bay at 6pm.
This annual, Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce event recognizes businesses, entrepreneurs and community leaders who have demonstrated excellence in four different categories:
The guest speaker for this event will be Carl Brothers from Frontier Power Systems. He will speak on their vision for Eastern PEI, which includes their wind powered micro-grid technology and their refurbishments of the former Georgetown Timber facility.
The Business and Community Excellence Awards is an important community-building and social event for local businesses. “It’s exciting,” said Doug Bridges, Marketing & Communications for Provincial Credit Unions, “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 Keir White, President of the Chamber. “It is a demonstration of giving back to those who have worked so hard to make vibrant communities in Eastern PEI.”
Everyone is invited to attend what is expected to be the premier business event of the year. Guests are encouraged to get their tickets early by contacting the Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce office at (902) 838-3131 or firstname.lastname@example.org.