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Small Business Week2022October 16 to 22

What is Small Business Week?

BDC Small Business Week is an annual celebration of entrepreneurship that the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) has organized for over 43 years. Every year, close to 10,000 entrepreneurs gather to learn, network and celebrate Canada’s dreamers and doers.

What is Small Business Week in Prince Edward Island?

Small Business Week is here! This week, and every week we celebrate our Island entrepreneurs and their team members who make PEI a great place to do business.

We want to thank small businesses for your continued dedication to providing for our communities and inspiring the next  generation of entrepreneurs with your work ethic and kindness.

At Innovation PEI, the supports and programs we provide are designed to help PEI’s small businesses thrive.

 

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Oct
17
Mon
2022
Making Business Connections @ Hello Kitchen
Oct 17 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Come join us for coffee and snacks and get to know more people in the community to make some more connections and potential partnerships!

Thank you to CBDC for their support with this event.

Also Learn about an internship program and about sales missions to Quebec, presented by Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce, RDÉE PEI & Wellington Rural Action Centre.

A few Benefits of Speed Networking:

  • Help increase your number of business contacts.
  • Meet businesses working in the same or different sectors who could become potential providers.
  • Create synergies, generating new opportunities through collaboration.

Make new friends & have fun!

KACC Speed Networking Event

@ Coopers Red & White
Oct 17 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
 @ Coopers Red & White

In celebration of Small Business Week October 17 to 21st, the Rural Action Centre Montague is hosting free Barbecues across the region in collaboration with the following partners:

  • CBDC PEI East
  • Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce
  • Fisheries & Communities (Rural & Regional Development division)
  • Innovation PEI
  • Skills PEI
  • Points East Coastal Drive
  • PEI Connectors
  • PEI Business Women’s Association
  • Scotia Bank
  • and Business Development Bank of Canada.
Small Business Week Drop-In: Tignish Co-op @ Tignish Co-op
Oct 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Small Business Week Drop-In: Tignish Co-op @ Tignish Co-op

In celebration of Small Business Week, the Rural Action Centre Alberton staff and partners (CBDC WPV, Community Navigator Western PEI, Develop West Prince, Fisheries & Communities, Innovation PEI) are hosting events throughout the region from October 17 to 21st.

Drop in to the Tignish Co-op to have a chat and find out how we can help you succeed in your business or community development endeavour. We are pleased to offer complimentary food samples.

Small Business Week Marketplace @ Convention Center
Oct 17 @ 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Celebrate Summerside’s small business community at the GSCC’s Small Business Week Marketplace!
Experience all that our amazing local businesses have to offer!  Featuring exclusive deals, prizes, food and so much more, it’s the perfect way to celebrate Small Business Week!
Free for all to attend.  Donations are welcome and will go to support the Young Millionaires Program to help build up the next generation of local entrepreneurs.
To register as a Vendor for this event, please click the “Register Now” option above, and complete the forms below and submit to jessice@summersidechamber.com by October 7, 2022.

Fees/Admission:
Free to attend.
Donations will be accepted in support of the PEI Young Millionaires Program.

Registration fees for Vendors:
$100+HST for Members
$200+HST for Non-Members

Oct
18
Tue
2022
“Profits, People and Planet” Featured at Entrepreneurs’ and Co-operators’ Morning Conference @ Centre Belle-Alliance
Oct 18 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
“Profits, People and Planet” Featured at Entrepreneurs’ and Co-operators’ Morning Conference @ Centre Belle-Alliance

French-speaking business people interested in learning more about sustainable development, including its “profits, people and planet” concepts, are invited to attend the free Entrepreneurs’ and Co-operators’ Morning Conference on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 8 a.m. at the Centre Belle-Alliance in Summerside. Guest speaker will be Israël Poulin. During the breakfast, RDÉE PEI will launch its Francophone Ignition Contest and CCAFLIPE will launch its Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards Competition.The morning will serve as the kickoff to Co-op and Small Business Week, which runs Oct. 16-22. Presented and sponsored jointly CCAFLIPE, RDÉE PEI, the Wellington Rural Action Centre and CBDC Central PEI.

To register contact Josée Ouellette at 902-854-3439 or by email josee@rdeeipe.org

Small Business Week BBQs – Butler’s Clover Farm, Murray Harbour @ Butler's Clover Farm
Oct 18 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Small Business Week BBQs – Butler’s Clover Farm, Murray Harbour @ Butler's Clover Farm

In celebration of Small Business Week October 17 to 21st, the Rural Action Centre Montague is hosting free Barbecues across the region in collaboration with the following partners:

  • CBDC PEI East
  • Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce
  • Fisheries & Communities (Rural & Regional Development division)
  • Innovation PEI
  • Skills PEI
  • Points East Coastal Drive
  • PEI Connectors
  • PEI Business Women’s Association
  • Scotia Bank
  • Business Development Bank of Canada.
Business Builder Luncheon: Power up for growth @ Memorial Hall, Confederation Centre of the Arts
Oct 18 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Power Up for Growth

Fees/Admission
Member – $45
Non-Member – $65
*All prices subject to HST
*Registration includes plated lunch

No matter the industry, workforce shortage has been a hot topic in PEI for years. This issue has only been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, our province’s aging population, inflation, and more.

As a community, we are stronger together. Join us for this engaging and collaborative session as trade experts, industry professionals, and your fellow Chamber members share valuable expertise on tackling the ongoing labour shortage.

Our lineup of presenting members will kick off Small Business Week with thought-provoking discussions on their own workforce challenges, how they’re overcoming them, and their top tips on recruitment and retention funding, resources, and best practices.

About our speakers:

Jason Aspin, CEO/CTO,
Aspin Kemp and Associates

Jason Aspin co-founded Aspin Kemp and Associates (AKA) in 1996. Since graduating in marine engineering from the Canadian Coast Guard College in 1987 with specializations in power engineering and systems integration, he has built over 35 years of progressive experience in systems engineering. As an innovator, he designs solutions which are both socially and environmentally responsible often introducing energy storage technologies to new applications. He has collaborated with other global innovators to develop new technologies of which several have been patented and have made a significant contribution in reducing the environmental footprint, increasing reliability, and reducing operating costs.
Learn more about Aspin Kemp & Associates

Jeff Burry,
Executive Director,
 PEI Workforce Innovation Partnership

Jeff Burry is an economic development practitioner with three decades of public sector experience and leadership at the federal, provincial and municipal levels across Atlantic Canada.

Over 20 years in multiple capacities with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (Government of Canada), Jeff advanced priorities in international trade, enterprise development, innovation and immigration.

Currently, Jeff is on secondment to Holland College to establish the PEI Workforce Innovation Partnership as a new initiative to strengthen institutional engagement with industry, community and government stakeholders on workforce development in the province.

A born and bred Newfoundlander, Jeff holds a Bachelors degree in Political Science/Business from Memorial University and a Masters degree in Political Science from the University of Waterloo.

Outside of work, Jeff is an active community volunteer and loves to play the sticks (golf and drums)!

Preparing PEI’s labour force for the future
 

Hariana Brooks,
Outreach Officer, IRCC

Hariana Brooks is an Outreach Officer with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in Atlantic Canada. Hariana moved coasts after growing up in British Columbia and began her career with IRCC in 2013 in Halifax, Nova Scotia where she continues to live and work. Hariana originally immigrated to Canada from the United States and this experience fueled her passion and interest in Immigration. In her role as a the Halifax-based Outreach Officer for the Atlantic provinces, Hariana is motivated to assist employers, learning institutions and internationals students in navigating federal economic immigration programs.

Cindy-Lynn Frenette, IRCC

Cindy-Lynn has been a proud public servant for over 16 years and most recently joined Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in 2019 under the Atlantic Settlement Network. Cindy-Lynn is born and raised in New Brunswick’s Acadian peninsula and is an avid advocate of Atlantic growth opportunities and long-term prosperity. In her role as a Fredericton-based Outreach Officer serving the Atlantic Provinces, she actively works on promotion IRCC’s key immigration priorities.

Small Business Week Drop-In: Backwoods Breakaway – O’Leary @ Backwoods Breakaway, O'Leary Rink
Oct 18 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Small Business Week Drop-In: Backwoods Breakaway – O’Leary @ Backwoods Breakaway, O'Leary Rink

In celebration of Small Business Week, the Rural Action Centre Alberton staff and partners (CBDC WPV, Community Navigator Western PEI, Develop West Prince, Fisheries & Communities, Innovation PEI) are hosting events throughout the region from October 17 to 21st.

Drop in to Backwoods Breakaway to have a chat and find out how we can help you succeed in your business or community development endeavour. We are pleased to offer complimentary food samples. 

Cash in on Your Content Webinar @ Virtual Event
Oct 18 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Are you creating your social media content with profits in mind? Join Jenn Waugh of JW Media as she explains how to cash in on a ‘Value First’ content strategy.

Jenn Waugh has been working in the digital media space (both on a corporate and local scale) and is thrilled to be leveraging her 8+ years of expertise to bring industry leading digital marketing strategies to local business across the maritimes. Her strategies and systems have helped her clients see real results and return on their investments.

BONUS: All webinar participants will receive a FREE one-on-one strategy session Jenn Waugh, allowing her to recommend exact strategies to focus on to help grow their specific business.

This presentation is taking place virtually over Zoom and is free for all members of the Greater Summerside Chamber of Commerce ($10 fee for non-members).

Please register in advance as space is limited. The Zoom link will be sent out to all registrants prior to the webinar.

Successful Business Basics Workshops @ Montague Rural Action Centre
Oct 18 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Successful Business Basics Workshops @ Montague Rural Action Centre

Join us for this FREE 5-part workshop with Blair Aitken which covers your basics to successful bookkeeping for your business.

Successful Business Basics covers: Budget, cash flow, excel, tax responsibilities (HST), and understanding financial statements.

Each session runs from 6:00-9:00PM October 11, 13, 18, 20, and 25th.

Contact Emma Gamble to register.

emma.gamble@cbdc.ca

(902)838-4030

Hiring & Retaining Newcomers Panel Discussion @ St. Joachim's Hall
Oct 18 @ 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Hiring & Retaining Newcomers Panel Discussion @ St. Joachim's Hall

Join Lindee Gallant – Eastern PEI Community Navigator – for a panel discussion about how to hire and retain newcomer employees.

Oct
19
Wed
2022
Breakfast with the Premier 2022 @ The Oval
Oct 19 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Join us on October 19th as we host Premier Dennis King for his annual economic development outlook presentation. We will also be joined by some of PEI’s youngest entrepreneurs, as we recognize the recipients of the 2022 Young Millionaires award!

Greater Summerside Chamber of Commerce members are invited to submit questions in advance for Premier King. Questions can be submitted HERE.

Thank you to our sponsors Standard Aero and CBDC Central PEI!

Fees/Admission:
$30.00+HST for Members and $50.00+HST for Non-Members
Small Business Week BBQs – Elliott’s General Store, Souris @ Elliott’s General Store
Oct 19 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Small Business Week BBQs – Elliott’s General Store, Souris @ Elliott’s General Store

In celebration of Small Business Week October 17 to 21st, the Rural Action Centre Montague is hosting free Barbecues across the region in collaboration with the following partners:

  • CBDC PEI East
  • Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce
  • Fisheries & Communities (Rural & Regional Development division)
  • Innovation PEI
  • Skills PEI
  • Points East Coastal Drive
  • PEI Connectors
  • PEI Business Women’s Association
  • Scotia Bank
  • and Business Development Bank of Canada.
2022 LUNCH & LEARN: Work From Anywhere @ Hybrid Event - Chamber Office and Virtual
Oct 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Work From Anywhere

Presented by:

Work from Anywhere is the ecosystem that gives organizations and employees choice in where and when work occurs. This presentation deals with looking at the entire ecosystem: office, home, and ‘third places’, and what companies need to consider accommodating employees who will demand or expect this new approach to the workplace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About our presenters:


Mario Cormier, Account Manager

What Mario loves most about a career in sales is building strong working relationship with his clients. Over his decade of sales experience, Mario has learned that those strong customer relationships can only be built on a foundation of honesty and trust.

Outside the office, Mario loves teaching and playing basketball, baseball and golf with his three daughters.

Tim Coyle,
Territory Sales Manager Atlantic Canada,
Architecture Market Manager Eastern Canada
Reporting to the Eastern Canadian team, Tim is responsible for all sales activities in the Atlantic Canada region, encompassing the 4 Atlantic Provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.Tim is also responsible for Haworth’s Architectural Wall product Sales and Support for Eastern Canada where he relies on his 20 (+) years of construction, Project management and acoustics experience.
Professional Headshot Sessions: Montague @ Montague PEIBWA Office
Oct 19 @ 12:00 pm
SBW Drop-In: Sari-Sari Retail Take-out, Bloomfield @ Sari-Sari Retail Takeout
Oct 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
SBW Drop-In: Sari-Sari Retail Take-out, Bloomfield @ Sari-Sari Retail Takeout

In celebration of Small Business Week, the Rural Action Centre Alberton staff and partners (CBDC WPV, Community Navigator Western PEI, Develop West Prince, Fisheries & Communities, Innovation PEI) are hosting events throughout the region from October 17 to 21st.

Drop into Sari-Sari Retail Takeout to have a chat and find out how we can help you succeed in your business or community development endeavour. We are pleased to offer complimentary food samples. 

Oct
20
Thu
2022
Member Appreciation Day @ Register online and we come to you!
Oct 20 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

We want to celebrate you!

The Greater Summerside Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all our members for all the ways you contribute to our local community!

As our final event to celebrate Small Business Week, the GSCC will be spending the day visiting our members, taking promotional pictures, handing out some goodies and swag, and listening to your stories.

If you would like us to stop by your location, please register!  It’s free for all members!

Fees/Admission:
Free!
Please note that registration is required in order to schedule your visit!
Professional Headshot Sessions: Bedeque @ Rural Women's Business Centre
Oct 20 @ 9:00 am
Rural Recruitment Conference with Daniel Bragge, theheadhunters.ca @ Rodd Brudenell River Resort
Oct 20 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Rural Recruitment Conference-ON THE HUNT @ Rodd Brudenell
Oct 20 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Small Business Week Drop-In: Tyne Valley Teas Café @ Tyne Valley Teas Cafe
Oct 20 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Small Business Week Drop-In: Tyne Valley Teas Café @ Tyne Valley Teas Cafe

In celebration of Small Business Week, the Rural Action Centre Alberton staff and partners (CBDC WPV, Community Navigator Western PEI, Develop West Prince, Fisheries & Communities, Innovation PEI) are hosting events throughout the region from October 17 to 21st.

Drop in to Tyne Valley Teas Cafe to have a chat and find out how we can help you succeed in your business or community development endeavour. We are pleased to offer complimentary food samples. 

Small Business Week BBQs – Daryl’s General Store, Georgetown @ Daryl’s General Store, Georgetown
Oct 20 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

In celebration of Small Business Week October 17 to 21st, the Rural Action Centre Montague is hosting free Barbecues across the region in collaboration with the following partners:

  • CBDC PEI East
  • Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce
  • Fisheries & Communities (Rural & Regional Development division)
  • Innovation PEI
  • Skills PEI
  • Points East Coastal Drive
  • PEI Connectors
  • PEI Business Women’s Association
  • Scotia Bank
  • and Business Development Bank of Canada.
Professional Headshot Sessions: Charlottetown @ Charlottetown - Main Office
Oct 20 @ 1:00 pm
Charlottetown Chamber of Commerce Mega Mixer Social @ Confederation Centre of the Arts
Oct 20 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Charlottetown Chamber of Commerce Mega Mixer Social @ Confederation Centre of the Arts

Wind down after your workday and join us as we celebrate Small Business Week together! Mingle with over 200 Island business owners and professionals, exchange ideas, build connections, at one of the Chamber’s largest social events.Job Seekers’ bring your resume’s!

Employers’ display your ‘We’re Hiring’ signs!

Enjoy music, fun activities, and more while exploring products and services presented by the more than 20 exhibitors showcasing who they are and what they do.

Let’s celebrate and grow Small Businesses together!

Want to be an exhibitor? Contact Tania Crouse Hardy for details.

FREE to attend and open to the public

Exhibitor space available – contact Tania Crouse Hardy for details
Members $150
Non-Members $200
*All prices subject to HST

Small Business Bash @ Copper Bottom Brewing
Oct 20 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Small Business Bash @ Copper Bottom Brewing

In celebration of Small Business Week (Oct 17 – 21), stop by Copper Bottom for our Small Business Bash from 4:30-7:00PM to celebrate our local business owners!

Come mix & mingle – food provided in sponsorship by ADL, Sobeys, and Atlantic Superstore.

Successful Business Basics Workshops @ Montague Rural Action Centre
Oct 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Successful Business Basics Workshops @ Montague Rural Action Centre

Join us for this FREE 5-part workshop with Blair Aitken which covers the basics to successful bookkeeping for your business.

Successful Business Basics cover Budget, cash flow, excel, tax responsibilities (HST), and understanding financial statements.

Each session runs from 6:00-9:00PM October 11, 13, 18, 20, and 25th.

Contact Emma Gamble to register.

emma.gamble@cbdc.ca

(902)838-4030

Oct
21
Fri
2022
Dare to do things Differently: Power Up for Growth
Oct 21 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Dare to do things Differently: Power Up for Growth

Dare to do things Differently: Power Up for Growth
No matter your industry, “workforce shortage” has been a hot topic on the Island for years now, and it’s only been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, our province’s aging population, inflation, and more.

Join us for Small Business Week 2022 as we hear experiences and expertise from those who are dealing with ongoing labour shortages, and how we can face these challenges together.

2022 Corporate Challenge Golf Tournament @ Fox Meadow Golf Course
Oct 21 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

SOLD OUT! 

Add your name to our waiting list by clicking on the registration link

The Chamber’s Corporate Challenge Golf Tournament is one of the most popular events of the season.

Join us for a Texas scramble tournament format with fellow members of the Greater Charlottetown Area business community, and enjoy a fun day of refreshments, activities, networking and building connections.

Awards ceremony and dinner will follow at Hunter’s at the Fox providing further opportunities for camaraderie and good times!


BECOME A SPONSOR! 

Hole Sponsor (multiple opportunities)
Vendor (multiple opportunities)

View our Sponsorship page and contact Tania Crouse Hardy, Events & Sponsorship Manager for details

AGENDA
9:00 am – Registration
10:00 am – Shotgun Start
3:30 pm – Post Reception, Dinner & Awards Ceremony
6:00 pm – Event Concludes
Fees/Admission
MEMBERS Individual $200 / Team of 4 $800
NON-MEMBERS Individual $250 / Team of 4 $1000
*All prices subject to HST

REGULAR PRICING begins July 1, 2022 until September 9, 2022
MEMBERS Individual $250 / Team of 4 $1,000
NON-MEMBERS Individual $300 / Team of 4 $1,200
*All prices subject to HST

Rural Recruitment Conference-ON THE HUNT @ Rodd Brudenell
Oct 21 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Rural Action Centre Open House @ Rural Action Centre Alberton
Oct 21 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Rural Action Centre Open House @ Rural Action Centre Alberton

In celebration of Small Business Week, the Rural Action Centre Alberton staff and partners (CBDC WPV, Community Navigator Western PEI, Develop West Prince, Fisheries & Communities, Innovation PEI) are hosting events throughout the region from October 17 to 21st.

We are committed to supporting businesses, not-for-profits and communities in our region.

We invite you to drop into our Open House to have a chat and find out how we can help you succeed in your business or community development endeavour. 

SBW: Rural Action Centre Open House @ Rural Action Centre Alberton
Oct 21 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
SBW: Rural Action Centre Open House @ Rural Action Centre Alberton

In celebration of Small Business Week, the Rural Action Centre Alberton staff and partners (CBDC WPV, Community Navigator Western PEI, Develop West Prince, Fisheries & Communities, Innovation PEI) are hosting events throughout the region from October 17 to 21st.

We are committed to supporting businesses, not-for-profits and communities in our region.

We invite you to drop into our Open House to have a chat and find out how we can help you succeed in your business or community development endeavour. 

National Food Co-op Day @ Wellington COOP
Oct 21 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
National Food Co-op Day @ Wellington COOP

Activities at the Wellington Co-op – Everyone is invited to the Wellington Co-op throughout the day to celebrate National Food Co-op Day. Barbecue, activities, contests and prizes to be won.

Small Business Week Celebration BBQ @ West Prince Chamber of Commerce
Oct 21 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Nov
2
Wed
2022
LUNCH & LEARN: 3 Tactics To Expedite The Entry Of Foreign Workers @ In-Person and Virtual Session Chamber Office & ZOOM
Nov 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Presented by:

The COVID-19 pandemic changed many aspects of the workplace for good – but pre-pandemic labour shortages isn’t one of them. While the pandemic put labour shortages on the back burner for the last two years, it’s again front, centre, and particularly acute in Atlantic Canada. More employers than ever are expanding their search for a solution beyond Canadian borders – but are met with processing backlogs. Join McInnes Cooper Immigration Lawyer Chera Lee Gomez for a discussion about how to expedite the entry of the foreign workers your business needs now.

About our presenter:

 

Chera-Lee Gomes, Lawyer

Chera Lee Gomez is an Immigration Lawyer based in McInnes Cooper’s Charlottetown office. Cher advises businesses on the employment of foreign nationals and immigration compliance, and offers assistance with Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIA) or specialized work permits. Cher also advises individuals seeking to immigrate or bring their family members to Canada on applications for citizenship, permanent residency, and temporary residency.

Fees/Admission

FREE for Chamber Members
$10 for Non-members

Wondering if your company is a Member? Click here to search our Member Directory to find out! 

All virtual registered attendees will receive the link the day before the session (Tuesday, November 1).

Nov
29
Tue
2022
Storytelling for Startups with Permjot Valia @ Startup Zone
Nov 29 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Being able to quickly and powerfully convey your business idea has never been more important. In this highly interactive and dynamic session with Permjot Valia you will learn and be able to practice your networking event pitch, your two minute presentation and learn how to construct a pitch for an investor.

Using lessons from the best story tellers like Disney and Pixar, this session will be highly relatable and fun. That’s a promise!

Join us at Startup Zone on November 29th from 9:30am to 11:30am for this engaging pitch coaching session! Resgistration is required.

 

About the Presenter:

Permjot Valia has been involved with startups for over 20 years, as an investor, as a board member and as a coach.

He is considered one of the best pitch coaches in the world and teams he has coached have won numerous competitions wining more than $10m. With a background in Economics, Permjot began his career in sales and following his role as the Sales and Marketing Director for Entrepreneurial Services, EY, London, he began working with StartUps.

He is now on the board of several companies in the UK and Atlantic Canada and continues to be a very active investor.

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