A Prescott-Russell agency is leading the way when it comes to coaching and training women in business in rural, francophone communities.

On August 7, Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MP Francis Drouin announced that the Prescott-Russell Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC) will receive $955,128 from the federal government to administer a program that will provide coaching, mentoring, investment, and skills development assistance to francophone women entrepreneurs in Prescott-Russell, but also in other francophone communities in southern Ontario.

“We must focus on the growth of women in business,” said CFDC Chair Eric Drouin.

CFDC Executive Director John Candie said the agency will assemble experts and coaches before developing the application process for women who want to participate in the program.  He said the service will be managed and structured by female entrepreneurs.

The announcement was made at Quad Expert in Hammond, a business led by a successful female entrepreneur, Roxanne Rollin.  It is one of Canada’s leading Yamaha quad/ATV dealerships.