(SHERBROOKE) Through the program ready to undertake the Sherbrooke Chamber of Commerce (CCS) has distributed three checks totaling $ 85,000 to three young entrepreneurs from Sherbrooke or Joanie Venne, the amusement center The Fun, François Côté, of SE2-Alice, and Elijah Oisilleau of Flooring Carpet VN.
Ready to begin offering comprehensive support to entrepreneurs by granting unsecured loans without interest or collateral worth up to $ 30,000, coupled with mentoring and technical support. The loan represents a fifth of the capital invested by the contractor.
“It’s an honor to give new talent in business the opportunity to participate in this initiative. Financial support and access to a network of experts are valuable supports, particularly when you start an entrepreneurial dream, “said the chairman of the Interregional Committee David Quirion.
The financing of $ 30,000 will allow the amusement center of the Fun grow. “Medium-term plan is to open a second center The Fun which will create five new jobs. the occupational therapy component is also thought to develop further, “notes Ms. Venne.
Moreover, the $ 30,000 received by Flooring Carpet VN facilitate the project falls within the company. “VN Carpets was founded in 1972 and this loan helps to ensure business continuity,” says Oisilleau who bought the trade there five months.
Agent Program Ready to take three years, CCS has supported entrepreneurs in the Eastern Townships and Central Quebec by loans totaling $ 600,000. A sum distributed among 17 companies.
The selection committee received ten nominations for this round of funding. The three selected folders have distinguished themselves either by their innovation, their ability to create jobs or potential succession observed.
This initiative, unique in the country, was conducted with the cooperation of the Ministry Economy, Innovation and Exports, the Caisse de depot et placement du Québec, Desjardins and Capital regional et coopératif Desjardins, the Federation of Chambers of Commerce Quebec (FCCQ), the entrepreneurship Foundation (EDF) and Quebecor. The total budget is around $ 7 million, funded by three of the project partners, the Quebec government ($ 4 million), the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec ($ 1 million) and Desjardins ( $ 2 million).
After five years in which the program ranges up to 300 most promising entrepreneurs of all ages and from all regions of Quebec have benefited from funding and a high-level support offered by a team of volunteer mentors.
The entrepreneurs of the region can count on a network of a hundred mentors at different profile, thanks to Sherbrooke Innopole and Entrepreneurship Centre Dobson Lagasse.