Entrepreneurs and co-operators to learn how to promote themselves to compete against big box stores

Acadian Chamber to launch entrepreneurial awards contest

Bernard BelliveaulowresSUMMERSIDE – Oct. 1, 2014 – Francophone and bilingual business people from all over PEI will soon get a chance to learn, from a marketing specialist, free solid tips on how to better promote and position their business or co-op as they compete against big box stores.

They will also learn details about the next entrepreneurial awards contest being launched by the Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce of PEI.

These tips and details will be shared during the extremely popular and free “Entrepreneurs’ and Co-operators’ Luncheon” being held at Centre Belle-Alliance in Summerside Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 12 noon. The Wellington Rural Action Centre, the CBDC Central PEI and the Acadian Chamber are joining forces to once again present this annual event. It is part of the Centre Belle-Alliance’s annual Pumpkin Festival program as well as Co-op and Small Business Weeks.


Guest speaker Bernard Belliveau recently served as president of the Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce and counsellor with Enterprise Greater Moncton. He has worked for more than two decades in the field of marketing and communications, working particularly with projects in sectors such as tourism and culture, technology, manufacturing, retail sales, lottery products, education, forestry, professional services, the public sector, etc.

In 1999, he founded Apropos Marketing Communication, a business that has helped develop numerous marketing projects, prepare marketing plans, carry out quantitative and qualitative research, carry out public relations initiatives, develop social media programs and prepare integrated marketing campaigns.

“We are extremely fortunate to welcome a speaker of such high calibre to our Entrepreneurs’ and Co-operators’ Luncheon,” says Raymond J. Arsenault, co-ordinator of the Acadian Chamber. “We had the honor of hosting him on PEI a few years ago when he was delivered a series of marketing training sessions with ProfitLearn PEI. It will therefore give us great pleasure to see him again as he continues to share his vast knowledge about business promotion.”

Arsenault adds that the Chamber is also starting to organize its 2015 Entrepreneurs’ Gala. In fact, during the Oct. 22 luncheon, “we’ll explain the various categories and criteria for the awards and we’ll hand out copies of our new nomination form.”

Even though the luncheon is free, those interested in attending must register before Oct. 17 by contacting Ève-Alexandre St-Laurent at (902) 854-3439, Ext. 228, or at eve@rdeeipe.org.



CUTLINE: Bernard Belliveau, president of Apropos Marketing Communications and former president of the Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce, will be the guest speaker at the Entrepreneurs’ and Co-operators’ Luncheon, slated for Wednesday, Oct. 22, at the Centre Belle-Alliance in Summerside.


For more information:

Raymond J. Arsenault
Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce of PEI
(902) 854-3439, Ext. 231