The Rural Women’s Business Centre is a place for women to find the support and inspiration they need to succeed in their business endeavours. Located in Central Bedeque, the Centre predominantly serves women in the central Queens to West Prince regions.
Shelley Jessop, Manager, says the centre was established to make it easier to help women who don’t have the time to drive to Charlottetown. It has an advisory group of women from central Queens to West Prince to guide its development.
“The new business centre provides a meeting place and offers support and inspiration, and is here to meet the needs of business women with training, information sessions, workshops, networking and mentoring,” says Shelley. “Our co-working space offers high-speed Internet access.
“The centre aims to provide women entrepreneurs with the training and resources needed to overcome obstacles on the road to building a business, and to provide working women with the skills to support their success in the workplace.”
Shelley recently visited the Tignish Employment Resource centre to speak with women from the community about the new centre and its services.
“Coming to Tignish was an excellent way to meet and network with business women from this area,” says Shelley. “It was amazing to hear stories of how they have grown from employee to management roles.”
At the meeting, Paulette Arsenault from Tignish Co-op Member Relations says her job requires a lot of speaking at public events. “I think confidence building is necessary for success. I struggled with this, and many others do too. It is one thing to have a great product but to be able to stand in front of crowds and speak is another.”
Paulette says attending the speech craft program held last winter at the Tignish Employment Resource Centre was a great help. “It was the best thing I could have done for myself. I would take it again.”
Partners work together to offer support
The Rural Women’s Business Centre, Tignish Employment Resource Centre, and Tignish Co-op Member Relations are very much looking forward to continuing their partnership. They encourage women in business to stay tuned to their social media posts for upcoming events.
“We also encourage anyone to contact us to share their ideas and their business needs,” says Shelley.
Sign up for workshops and events at www.peibwa.org.
For more information about the services and events at the Tignish Employment Resource Centre, contact Ruby Arsenault at 902-882-2498 or email [email protected].