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I read with interest Tracey Gairns Brioux’s recent observations (in The Guardian, Jan. 6) on the challenges of running a business online in rural P.E.I. without reliable internet access. Even with a costly cellular-data plan, the result has been unreliable, and she has had to rethink her business model. The P.E.I. Business Women’s Association, with federal and provincial funding, has just opened the Rural Women’s Business Centre in Central Bedeque. It offers 2,500-square-feet of co-working space, reliable fibre optic internet access, and business advising – all free, including the coffee! All are welcome to join us and use the space. While it won’t fix broader internet issues across the province, it can serve as a resource for the innovative and ambitious rural entrepreneurs of P.E.I.
Margaret Magner is the executive director of the P.E.I. Business Women’s Association,