Bonnie Gallant, executive director of RDÉE Prince Edward Island, and Raymond J. Arsenault, coordinator of the Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce of P.E.I., officially launch the provincial 2014 Lauriers de la PME entrepreneurial awards competition. Nominations for businesses and co-ops must be submitted by Jan. 31. Submitted photo
WELLINGTON — After a few years of absence, RDÉE Canada’s national entrepreneurial awards competition, Lauriers de la PME, will be back in 2014.
RDÉE Prince Edward Island and the Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce of P.E.I. are jointly launching the call for P.E.I. nominations for the competition’s five awards.
Provincial contest co-ordinator Raymond J. Arsenault says anyone can nominate one or more francophone or bilingual businesses or co-operatives for the five provincial awards between now and Jan. 31.
“Self-nominations are definitely allowed and even encouraged,” says Arsenault.
He said a provincial jury will examine all the submissions and pick a provincial winner in each of the five categories. The winners will be honored during our Acadian Entrepreneurs’ Gala March 15 in Summerside.
Arsenault says extensive dossiers on the five provincial winners will then be submitted to the national contest. A Canadian jury will sort the nominations received from all provinces and territories to come up with three or four national finalists in each category.
Only these finalists will be invited to the national Lauriers Gala to be held next November at the Delta Beauséjour in Moncton, N.B. (In the past, all provincial and territorial finalists were invited to the national gala, which was always held in Ottawa.)
The 2014 business categories include manufacturing, service, retail, micro and young entrepreneurs.
The Lauriers de la PME competition is aimed at francophone small and medium-sized businesses outside of Quebec. Eligible businesses include sole proprietorships, partnerships, stock companies and co-operatives.
A small and medium-sized francophone business, in this case, is described as a business that has fewer than 500 employees and is operated by one or more owners who speak French and who use effective administrative techniques, who have permanent contacts with their staff and who contribute to the development of Canada’s francophone economy.
In addition to providing an overview of their commercial activities, the nominations should clearly demonstrate the companies’ contributions to their community and the way they value the use of the French language within their operation.
Former Lauriers award winners (including the Coup de coeur awards) are not eligible.
To submit a nomination, one only has to download the provincial nomination form from the RDÉE PEI website at www.rdeeipe.net, under the “Documents” tab. The form explains the criteria and the simple method that should be used to submit one or more nominations. Those nominating a business must have permission from that business.
It is expected that the Lauriers de la PME awards will be presented every two years from now on. RDÉE P.E.I. and the Acadian Chamber therefore plan to alternate the Lauriers series of prizes with its own awards every other year.