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February 1, 2011
For immediate release

Chinese Islanders Business Summit to match businesses, investors

Innovation and Advanced Learning

A business matchmaking event will give Island business people a chance to explore opportunities for partnership and investment with new Islanders in the Chinese-Canadian Community, says Innovation and Advanced Learning Minister Allan Campbell.

“In recent years we have seen a great influx of new Islanders, many of whom have been successful business people in their countries of origin. The government of Prince Edward Island wants to help these newcomers repeat that success by investing in our Island business community,” said Minister Campbell.

“In partnership with the Chinese Canadian Association of PEI, we are hosting what we hope will be the first in a series of such events.”

The Chinese Islanders Business Summit, scheduled for March 2 and 3 at the Delta Hotel in Charlottetown, will include presentations on starting and operating businesses on Prince Edward Island and will be followed by a pitching event and a matchmaking session pairing interested businesses with prospective new investors from the community of Chinese Islanders. Translators and facilitators will be on hand to help discussions take place.

Other partners in this inaugural Business Summit include the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce and the PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada.

“The Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce is committed to assisting newcomers to our province integrate successfully into the business community. Also, there are tremendous opportunities for our members to benefit from the experience, resources, and connections these individuals possess,” said Kathy Hambly, Executive Director of the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce.

“We are very excited to partner with Innovation PEI, the Chinese Canadian Association of PEI, and the Newcomers Association on this event.”

“This is a wonderful opportunity for cross-cultural sharing within the business community,” said Lisa Hill, PEIANC Employment Program Coordinator.

Media Contact: Ron Ryder
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