/C O R R E C T I O N from source -- Fonds régionaux de solidarité FTQ; Fonds de solidarité FTQ/

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Unprecedented Number of Regional Businesses Place Their Trust in the Fonds régionaux de solidarité FTQ

TROIS-RIVIÈRES, QC, June 7, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Fonds régionaux de solidarité FTQ (FRS) have reached a record-breaking 350 partner companies across Québec. The 16 FRS, which cover the entire province, offer high risk capital to local SMEs, mostly in the form of unsecured loans, which are not usually available from other financial institutions.

As further proof of their increasingly important role, the FRS have averaged one new partner company per week in the last year. Of 77 financing agreements completed, 54 were with new partners, 19 of which involved transfers.

During the annual FRS meeting in Rouyn-Noranda this week, employees of the regional funds talked of the challenges awaiting Québec enterprises in the years ahead.

"We are very proud to have aligned ourselves over the last 12 months with quality firms that are leaders in their regions. Our regional funds make investments in start-up, growth, acquisition and business transfer projects, making them partners you can count on for your projects," said Charles Lahaye, General Manager of the Fonds régionaux de solidarité FTQ Mauricie, Centre-du-Québec and Estrie.

"With a new partner company every week, it's clear that the Fonds régionaux de solidarité FTQ have become partners of choice for enterprises all across Québec. And with a record-breaking 350 partner companies, our regional funds are helping to drive economic development in all the regions," added Luc Pinard, President and CEO of the Fonds régionaux de solidarité FTQ.

Since their inception, the Fonds régionaux Mauricie, Centre-du-Québec and Estrie have granted 101 financing agreements totalling $58.9 million that have created, maintained or protected over 3,300 jobs.

About Fonds régionaux de solidarité FTQ

Integral part of the Fonds de solidarité FTQ network since they were launched in the spring of 1996, the 16 Fonds régionaux de solidarité FTQ have been actively participating in the economic development of the regions of Québec. As of March 31, 2013, the Fonds régionaux's portfolio comprised 350 partner companies, bringing the total number of jobs created or protected to more than 14,700. Total investments stood at $239.6 million.

SOURCE: FONDS REGIONAUX DE SOLIDARITE FTQ

For further information:

Patrick McQuilken
Senior Adivsor, Media Relations and Communications
Fonds de solidarité FTQ
Phone:  514 850-4835
Mobile: 514 703-5587
Email:  pmcquilken@fondsftq.com


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