by Stella Shepard
The Eastern PEI business region is growing and prospering despite a global pandemic with help from the Community Business Development Corporation East (CBDC) located at the Rural Action Centre on Main Street in Montague.
CBDC East assists in creating small businesses and the expansion and modernization of existing businesses by providing financial and technical services to entrepreneurs.
CBDC East services target entrepreneurs who require customized financing not ordinarily available from traditional sources. Individuals have successfully used their skills, abilities, and passions to become business owners and operators in Eastern PEI.
“We live in volatile economic times, and change is inevitable,” says Martina MacDonald, Executive Director of CBDC East. “Over the last few months, we have dealt with lots of change, and the outcome for many has been remarkable.
“CBDC East staff members have been working with small business owners and operators to create a pathway to independence through funded projects.”
One of the several business-related projects initiated through CBDC East was the hiring of Margaret Gallant as a Human Resource Specialist in 2016.
Margaret develops effective Human Resources best practices for small business owners in Eastern PEI.
The HR project is in its fifth year and is now in its second phase, called the Momentum HR Program.
“Strengthening human resources is a vital link to business success and economic growth,” says Martina.
“The demand for Human Resources services for Eastern PEI continues to grow despite a global pandemic, which has resulted in adding to the HR Momentum Program and hiring Terra Quinn as Human Resource Coordinator.”
Terra will provide HR support and guidance to rural, small, and medium-sized businesses to develop successful businesses, communities, and economic growth. She will assess business needs and support them in collaboration with HR Consultant Margaret Gallant and various government partners.
The program involves business coaching and training for current and past business clients and HR support to five new small to medium Eastern PEI businesses.
Any business is welcome to reach out for questions, guidance, or support at any time.
For more information about the Momentum HR Program, contact:
- Margaret Gallant, HR Consultant, [email protected] or 902-838-4030 ext. 238 or 902-394-4625.
- Terra Quinn, HR Coordinator, [email protected] at 902-838-4030, ext. 238 or 902-808-5135.
For more information about Community Business Development Corporation East (CBDC) visit www.cbdc.ca or call 902-838-4030