Major support initiative for entrepreneurs - Canada's new government to organize Business Contact event in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean

    SAGUENAY ,QC, Aug. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - (Jonquière borough) The Honourable
Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Labour and Minister of Canada Economic
Development, today announced that a Business Contact event will be held this
coming September 6th in Saguenay. A first for the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean
region, this initiative, organized in partnership with the Centre québécois de
développement durable (CQDD), will seek to encourage entrepreneurial
activities among business leaders and promote dialogue aimed at bringing about
innovative solutions to regional issues.
    Business Contact is, first and foremost, a forum for discussion on the
challenges facing entrepreneurs and other business community stakeholders. The
event is also intended to raise greater awareness about the programs and
services the Government of Canada has to offer small and medium-sized
businesses (SMEs). Moreover, this initiative serves as an ideal opportunity
for obtaining customized advice and finding practical solutions.
    "Designed in collaboration with local stakeholders to reflect economic
development issues of regional concern, Business Contact is intended for
entrepreneurs wishing to transform today's challenges into opportunities for
growth. This initiative is perfectly in line with the determination of
Canada's new government, as outlined in our Advantage Canada strategic plan,
to support the dynamism of our enterprises and foster their success," stated
Minister Blackburn.
    "The CQDD is proud to join Canada Economic Development in bringing this
Business Contact event to Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean. Held under the banner of
expertise-sharing and networking, this event should help SMEs increase their
strategic capabilities and thereby seize the opportunities for growth that
come from incorporating principles of sustainable development into their
business practices," explained CQDD President Raymond Rouleau.
    Business Contact Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean will offer a broad range of
informational and entrepreneurial activities, including conferences on such
themes as business development for SMEs, sustainable development and human
resource management. The event will also include the Business Floor, an
information, leadership and consultation fair tailored to the needs of
entrepreneurs and socio-economic stakeholders that will feature numerous
experts from the public, private and university sectors, among them some
20 representatives of Government of Canada departments and agencies serving
SMEs. Furthermore, Business Contact will serve as a unique opportunity to
promote the region's enterprises and to encourage networking among the many
participants during the business luncheon.
    Minister Blackburn stressed the importance that the region's
entrepreneurs and other economic stakeholders widely attend this September 6th
Business Contact. "It is my hope that this not-to-be-missed event will pave
the way for numerous development initiatives in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean
region," he concluded.

For further information:

For further information: Nadia Marceau, Communications, Canada Economic
Development, (418) 668-4602, 1-800-463-9808,; Yan
Plante, Special Assistant, Office of the Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn,
Canada Economic Development, (819) 953-5646, Cell.: (613) 808-8309,; Canada Economic Development is online at Subscribe to the Agency's press releases at to keep up
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