Lauriers de la PME entrepreneurial awards still looking for nominations

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Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce of P.E.I. say there are lots of deserving business, but they have to be nominated.

WELLINGTON — Those wishing to nominate a francophone or bilingual business or co-op for the 2014 Lauriers de la PME entrepreneurial awards only have a few days left to do so since the competition’s deadline is Jan. 31.

Raymond J. Arsenault, who is co-ordinating the competition for RDÉE Prince Edward Island and the Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce of P.E.I., says so far they have only received a handful of nominations.

However, he said there are dozens of qualifying businesses on P.E.I. that deserve the five awards because they deliver exceptional services.

“But they won’t win is nobody nominates them,” says Arsenault.

He said all francophone and bilingual businesses that have never won a national Lauriers de la PME award are eligible, even those who’ve won our other entrepreneurial awards over the years.

Arsenault is imploring people to immediately nominate businesses so the chamber can have an actual competition for the awards. He said all that needs to be done is fill out a short nomination form with contact information as well as the nominated business’ contact information.

A one-page business profile must accompany the nomination; it should explain the company’s accomplishments and contributions along with the reasons why it is being nominated. The profile must show how the company values the French language in its affairs.

“Businesses are also welcomed to nominate themselves,” said Arsenault. “Or, if they prefer, an employee or a family member can submit the nomination.”

This year’s categories are Processing Business, Service Business, Retail Business, Micro-Business and Young Entrepreneur. To qualify for the first four categories, businesses must have been in business for at least three years; those in the Young Entrepreneurs category must be in business for at least one year.

The winners will be honored during the Acadian Entrepreneurs’ Gala March 15 in Summerside.

P.E.I. will then nominate its five provincial winners to the national contest. A Canadian jury will sort through 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 in Moncton, N.B.

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.

Organizations: Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce

Geographic location: P.E.I., Summerside, Moncton

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