Summerside chamber enters partnership with Wellington Rural Action Centre

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Greater Summerside Chamber of Commerce manager Jane Sharpe

SUMMERSIDE - French-speaking entrepreneurs seeking guidance from a mentor can now benefit from the business mentorship program in their own language, due to a new partnership between the Greater Summerside Chamber of Commerce and the bilingual staff at the Wellington Rural Action Centre.

Chamber manager Jane Sharpe, says the program, sponsored by Innovation P.E.I. and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, has been tremendously successful. In its first year, 13 matches were made between relative newcomers to the business world and experienced business people.

She said the program is geared specifically to help people who have been in business long enough to see the basic ins and outs of entrepreneurship – at least six months – but who are looking to expand or are facing difficulties in surmounting challenges. A mentor who may have overcome similar hurdles over the years can therefore provide guidance, knowledge and experience to the situation.

The mentorship program is available to any entrepreneur from anywhere in the province free of charge. Anyone wishing to benefit from the program in French, either as a mentor or a mentee, may contact the Wellington Rural Action Centre at 902-854-3439, ext. 228, or

Those wishing to access the program in English can contact Jo Ann Doughart at 902-436-9651 or

Organizations: Wellington Rural Action Centre, Greater Summerside Chamber of Commerce, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Geographic location: Summerside

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