Acadian and Francophone Chamber adds new category to awards competition

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Catherine Rioux

Immigrant entrepreneurs to compete in 2016 awards competition

SUMMERSIDE - The Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce of P.E.I. has added a new category to its annual awards competition to honour the francophone immigrant entrepreneur award.

The new award, which is sponsored by RDÉE Prince Edward Island’s LIENS project (Linking Economic Immigration to Our Successes), will recognize a francophone immigrant entrepreneur who has at least two years of experience as of March 12, 2016, and who is recognized for his or her accomplishments and business spirit, especially over the past year.

LIENS co-ordinator Catherine Rioux noted that every week, she and her colleagues get to meet and work with more and more francophone (and usually multilingual) immigrant entrepreneurs from all over the world.

“They do excellent work, produce great products and contribute significantly to the Island economy. It is therefore time to start recognizing their valuable contributions,” she said.

The chamber is inviting its members and the public to submit nominations for its six awards no later than the Nov. 27 closing date.

At least one of the owners, co-owners or managers of the nominated businesses or co-ops must be able to speak in French, since these awards are geared specifically to recognize the contribution of francophones to the Island economy. In addition, the nominated person, business or co-op must not have won an Acadian Chamber award in that particular category for the past three years.

The awards will be presented next March during the entrepreneurs’ gala.

FACTBOX:

Awards categories

Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce of P.E.I. will hand out six awards in March

- Francophone immigrant entrepreneur

- Enterprising youth

- Co-op of the year

- Business woman of the year

- Distinguished entrepreneur

- President’s award of excellence

Nominations close Nov. 27. For more information or to obtain a nomination form, visit www.rdeeipe.net.

 

 

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

Geographic location: Iceland, SUMMERSIDE

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