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Winners of the 2014 provincial Lauriers de la PME Awards for small and medium-sized businesses, who were honoured during the recent 2014 Entrepreneurs’ Gala in Summerside, are from left: Henri and Gloria Gallant, owners of HMS Office Supplies (Retail Business), and Ronald Arsenault, owner of Ron’s Construction (Micro-Business); Louise Richard, administrative assistant from the Acadian Fishermen’s Co-op (Manufacturing/Processing Business), Justin Arsenault, employee with OMD Construction & Consulting (Young Entrepreneurs), and Jean Allain, manager of the PEI branch of Atlantic Roofers Ltd. (Service Business).

SUMMERSIDE — Three construction-type businesses, an office supplies retailer and a fish-processing plant have won the provincial 2014 Lauriers de la PME Awards for P.E.I.

The awards, honouring small and medium-sized businesses and co-ops, were presented here during the recent 2014 Entrepreneurs’ Gala, hosted jointly by RDÉE Prince Edward Island (the provincial francophone economic development council) and the Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce of P.E.I.

The winners were:

— 2014 Processing/Manufacturing Business: Acadian Fishermen’s Co-operative Association Ltd., Abram-Village;

— 2014 Service Business: Atlantic Roofers Ltd. (Jean Allain), Winsloe;

— 2014 Retail Business: HMS Office Supplies Ltd. (Henri and Gloria Gallant), Summerside;

— 2014 Micro-Business: Ron’s Construction (Ronald Arsenault), Urbainville;

— 2014 Young Entrepreneur: OMD Construction & Consulting Ltd. (Jamie Caissie), Maximeville.

“Our winners represent the excellence of our Acadian, francophone and bilingual businesses and co-ops on P.E.I.,” said RDÉE president Martin Marcoux. “They offer top-ranking services and products, either locally, provincially, nationally or even internationally.”

He said the provincial selection committee was impressed by the quality of the submissions as well as by their accomplishments and economic performance.

The president congratulated the winners and the finalists and encouraged them to continue their great work “since you are fantastic inspirations for P.E.I.’s current and future entrepreneurs.”

Over the next few months, nomination packages will be prepared for each of the five provincial winners so that they can be submitted to the national Lauriers de la PME Awards contest, hosted by RDÉE Canada. A national jury will review the list of candidates from provinces and territories throughout Canada. Following a pre-selection, it will invite four finalists from each category to attend the national gala, to take place in Moncton, N.B., Nov. 22.

”We are confident that that our five provincial finalists have what it takes to make it to the nationals,” said the president. “It is quite an honour to be able to measure our businesses against the best in all of Canada.”

Organizations: Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce of P.E.I., HMS Office

Geographic location: SUMMERSIDE, Canada, Moncton

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