- Oct 17 - 21, 2023
2023 Co-op and Small Business Week
TUESDAY, OCT. 17 – 2023 ENTREPRENEURS’ AND CO-OPERATORS’ BREAKFAST: All French-speaking entrepreneurs and co-operators are invited to attend the free Entrepreneurs and Co-operators’ Breakfast at 8 a.m. at La Trappe Restaurant in the Village musical acadien in Abram-Village. Following a full breakfast, RDÉE Prince Edward Island will launch its Francophone Ignition Contest and the Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce of PEI will launch its annual Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards Competition. The morning’s motivational guest speaker, professional photographer Rémi Arsenault, will share how he overcame numerous challenges to transform his House of Common Studio in Ottawa into an entrepreneurial success story. The morning will wrap up with draws for door prizes. All interested individuals must register by Tuesday, Oct. 10, by contacting Josée Ouellette at email@example.com or (902) 854-3439.
This event is jointly organized by RDÉE PEI, the Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce of PEI, Wellington Rural Action Centre and CBDC Central PEI. (Event in French only.)
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 18 – BUSINESS MIXER AT MILL RIVER: The Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce of PEI and the West Prince Chamber of Commerce are jointly organizing this business mixer from 4-6 p.m. at Mill River Resort in Woodstock. All businesspeople are invited to attend this free event to chat and mingle with other businesspeople, to enjoy some hors d’oeuvres and to take advantage of the cash bar service. RDÉE Prince Edward Island will give brief presentations on its PERCÉ internship program and on its Quebec sales mission, in the hope of convincing businesses to participate in both. Several door prizes will be presented.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 18 – CO-OP BINGO THE CHEZ-NOUS: Le Chez-Nous Co-op is inviting seniors from the area to join the community care centre’s residents for their annual Co-op Bingo Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 2 p.m. Since the number of spots is limited, those interested must reserve their place by calling Linda or Diane at 902-854-3426.
THURSDAY, OCT. 19 – CREDIT UNION DAY: Come and visit one of the 10 Provincial Credit Union branches to help us celebrate this beautiful day. Bring along a non-perishable food item to donate to the food bank. (We’ll be doing “Random Acts of Kindness” throughout the week.)
THURSDAY, OCT. 19 – CO-OP FORUM: All Evangeline area co-ops are invited to send two representatives to this private forum, which will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Village musical acadien in Abram-Village. The forum will begin with a complimentary supper and then the co-ops will be invited to take turns sharing their recent successes, challenges and future plans. This year’s forum is made possible thanks to a contribution from the Evangeline branch of the Provincial Credit Union.
FRIDAY, OCT. 21 – WELLINGTON CO-OP EVENT: Everyone is invited to the Wellington Co-op between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to celebrate National Food Co-op Day. Hamburger and hotdog barbecue, musical entertainment, games and prizes to be won.
Among the local organizers of the 2023 Co-op and Small Business Week are RDÉE Prince Edward Island, the Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce of PEI, Wellington Rural Action Centre, Provincial Credit Union (Evangeline branch), Wellington Co-op, the Conseil scolaire-communautaire Évangéline and the Division of Rural Economic Development.