Promoting innovation and productivity growth in Chaudière-Appalaches - Développement PME Chaudière-Appalaches receives $1.5 million from Canada's new government to support the growth of businesses in the region

    SAINT-ANTOINE DE TILLY, QC, June 18 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable
Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Labour and Minister of Canada Economic
Development, today announced the awarding of $1.5 million in non-repayable
funding by Canada's new government to the organization Développement PME
    "In directly fostering the emergence of new exporters, helping dozens of
small and medium-sized businesses arm themselves with strategies to improve
their productivity and enabling numerous enterprises to become more
innovative, Développement PME Chaudière-Appalaches plays a part in
strengthening the regional economy. I am sure it will continue doing a
brilliant job over the years to come," stated Minister Blackburn.
    "With today's announcement, Canada Economic Development is recognizing
the key role our organization plays in providing support to the small and
medium-sized enterprises of Chaudière-Appalaches," noted Développement PME
Chaudière-Appalaches Director-General Michel Gilbert. "This invaluable
assistance will ensure our organization is even better able to guide
businesses in their efforts to develop their managerial capabilities and make
the transition from a conventional management style to one more akin to
world-class enterprises. In so doing, Développement PME Chaudière-Appalaches
seeks to support the region's businesses in their ongoing quest for
improvement and excellence," he added.

    Développement PME Chaudière-Appalaches is a non-profit organization
dedicated to helping the region's enterprises acquire the knowledge they need
to become more innovative, boost their productivity, increase their exports
and improve the functioning of their supply chain.

    The new Government of Canada is committed to principles and policies that
will set the stage for economic growth and new business opportunities. To that
end, this funding from Canada Economic Development, awarded through the RSI
program for Québec/Chaudière-Appalaches, will enable the organization to
continue providing skills enhancement, networking, coaching and foreign market
penetration support services to SMEs. Between now and 2008-2009, Développement
PME Chaudière-Appalaches will organize some 50 activities aimed at helping
firms become export ready, prepare for innovation or reinforce other strategic
skills, will co-ordinate seven new foreign trade missions and will carry out
60 business coaching projects among Chaudière-Appalaches enterprises.

For further information:

For further information: Guylaine Beaudoin, Communications, Canada
Economic Development, (418) 648-7464,; Roxane
Marchand Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn,
Canada Economic Development, (819) 953-5646, Cell.: (613) 816-5094,; Canada Economic Development is online at Subscribe to the Agency's press releases at to keep up
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