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If it was a hockey game it would be a double hat-trick plus the star player nomination for the home team in Prescott-Russell. Six young entrepreneurs will receive both, an investment from the provincial govern- ment in their summer project, and valuable mentoring aid to help ensure its success. The Prescott and Russell Entrepreneur- ship Centre (PREC) and the economic de- velopment and tourism department of the United Counties of Prescott-Russell (UCPR) both received confirmation that this region has obtained funding support approvals for six applications to the PREC’s Summer Com- pany program.There were three applications scheduled for funding assists but officials with theMinistry of Economic Development and Growth (MEDG) have decided to double the amount available to the PREC as a show of support for the regional youth business mentoring program. “There’s a lot of talk about business suc- cession and our succession plan,” stated Benoît Brunette, PREC project officer. “Not surprising considering that small- and medium-sized businesses constitutes the foundation of Ontario’s economy and create jobs, innovation and prosperity.” The PREC is a non-profit organization which helps small business owners and small business entrepreneurs succeed in

Six jeunes entrepreneurs enthousiastes de la région de Prescott-Russell auront droit à des conseils enmatière d’aide financière et de mentorat pour leurs projets de création d’entreprises , du programme Entreprise d’été du Centre d’Entrepreneurship Prescott et Russell. —photo fournie

Prescott and Russell by providing informa- tion, tools and support during their start-up and growth phases.The Summer Company is amentoring and financial assistance pro- gramwhich PREC developed to foster youth entrepreneurial skills. The Summer Company programprovides successful applicants with a non-refundable $3000 grant for use in covering start-up op- eration costs for their operation.This year’s programwould have provided initial support

funding for three applicants but the pro- vincial aid grant approval means $18,000 is available for PREC to invest in six applicants and their businesses. This year’s successful Summer Company applicants are: photographer Samuel Cheff with his Better ViewCaptures business based in Bourget; photographer Marie-Josée Vé- zina of Vézina Photo in Crysler; Wendover’s Chrissy Colizza, trainer, and her Competitive Edge Elite Girls Hockey program; Brandon

Séguin of Hawkesbury and his Nimbus Con- troversy brand clothing line; Jeremy Cheval- ley of Moose Creek and his Moo Call & Clip cow grooming and tail clipping service for dairy farmers; and Jeremy Arbour, a vid- eographer from Limoges with his Arbs Edit video service. Chevalley is also the winner of the Make Your Pitch competition. His video pitch is available to view at http://www.makeyour-

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