CONNECTING NEW ISLANDERS TO THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY
Immigrant entrepreneurs, skilled workers bring an abundance of experience, resources and access to new markets that are enormously beneficial to the provincial economy. However, they are challenged by a lack of familiarity with the local business and work environment, and the absence of professional networks. A welcoming support system is needed to help them succeed in business in PEI.
On the Island, skilled workers and immigrant entrepreneurs access this support through PEI Connectors, where they are introduced to established business professionals who help familiarize them with local business community. Known as “connectors”, they volunteer their time to provide knowledge, access and contacts to clients who are launching, purchasing and/or investing in businesses in PEI.
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Can You Be A Connector?
Connectors can be anyone with real work experience who are willing to share their knowledge. They could be the person you share a wall with or sit next to at lunch. They could be you or me. Whether you have a few years’ experience or are an executive, you have the potential to be a Connector.
As a Connector, what benefits
will you enjoy?
- Access to the newest talent group of skilled workers in the local community
- Satisfaction of opening doors and helping people succeed
- Pre-qualified candidates for reduced risk when hiring new employees
How does it work for Connectors?
- You meet with our clients – skilled workers, graduates, immigrant entrepreneurs
- You listen, ask questions and share knowledge of current market demands and the skills required in your field
- After the meeting, you provide them with other industry contacts
- You provide honest feedback to the clients through a PEI Connector Program Officers
- Our clients follow-up with Connectors and begin to develop their own personal network
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their goals through PEI Network
Connector General Manager
at the Construction
Association of PEI
According to Sam Sanderson, general manager of the Construction Association of PEI, volunteering as a connector has helped him grow and diversify his organization. This has led to partnerships and opportunities, for current and new members. “It has allowed me to open up the world to PEI, and the construction industry locally,” he said. “It also allows us to search for that next group of skilled people for our sector.”
at Cox & Palmer
Charity Hogan serves as a volunteer connector to make starting a business in PEI as easy and stress-free as possible for newcomers. As an associate with Cox & Palmer, she provides immigrant entrepreneurs with licensing information and other legal requirements related to their businesses. This reduces the likelihood of regulatory business interruptions in the future. “Being available to answer questions and advise entrepreneurs on their business endeavours helps to relieve some of the stress associated with starting a new company,” she said.
at Fitzpatrick & Co
When Jamie Arsenault, a partner with Fitzpatrick & Co., meets with PEI Connectors clients, he spends a lot of time discussing filing requirements, deadlines and general taxation issues, to help them gain some understanding and comfort with the Canadian system. “They’re coming to a new country and having to learn a whole new system,” he notes. “Things that we take for granted as common knowledge are completely new to them.”