Free breakfast to kick off Small Business and Co-op Weeks in PEI’s francophone community

Guest speaker from Innovation PEI

ABRAM-VILLAGE, PEI – Sept. 26, 2012 – All francophone and bilingual entrepreneurs and co-operators from PEI are cordially invited to a free breakfast being held in their honor Monday, Oct. 15, from 8-9 a.m. at the Centre Expo-Festival in Abram-Village.

Organizers will take advantage of the occasion to officially launch Small Business Week and Co-op Week, which will take place simultaneously Oct. 14-21.

Special guest speaker will be Gerald Arsenault, business development officer with Innovations PEI. Although he works specifically in food product development, his presentation will provide a general overview of his department’s numerous technical and financial support programs for small businesses.


The four organizations that have partnered to present this information breakfast will also say a few words:

  • The Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce of PEI will launch Small Business Week and will speak about its Entrepreneurs’ Luncheon that will be held later in the week;
  • The Conseil de développement coopératif de l’Î.-P.-É. (the francophone co-op council) will launch Co-op Week and present a list of planned activities;
  • CBDC Central PEI will provide a brief overview of its financial support services for entrepreneurs;
  • The Rural Action Centre in Wellington will give an overview of its entrepreneurial development and support services.

Those interested in participating in this free business breakfast must register no later than Oct. 11 by giving their name, phone number and email to Jeannine Arsenault at 902-854-2328, Ext. 228, or at

“We hope a large number of entrepreneurs and co-operators will take advantage of this nice, free event, which is funded by CBDC Central PEI, to learn more about a host of services that are available to them,” say organizers.


CUTLINE: Guest speaker Gerald Arsenault will provide an overview of the various entrepreneurial support services provided by Innovation PEI during a free breakfast for entrepreneurs and co-operators Oct. 15 at 8 a.m. at the Centre Expo-Festival Centre in Abram-Village.

For more information:

Raymond J. Arsenault
Communications officer/Co-ordinator
Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce of PEI
(902) 854-3665