A convincing welcome in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu

Promote the interests of young business people, promote their professional and personal development, train the next generation of entrepreneurs: the mandate of the Youth Wing of the Haut-Richelieu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AJCCIHR) is ambitious. Like the vitality that drives it, it gave a convincing welcome to the ten participants in the Entreprendre mission in the regions.
A partner of the RJCCQ in the initiative, the AJCCIHR did not hesitate to set up the conditions allowing the group of young entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds to envisage the future of their business on the territory. Both the scheduled meetings with the various socioeconomic stakeholders and the proposed development tools have demonstrated that the deployment of their activities outside of Greater Montreal was possible.

For the cohort, this first contact with the host region began with several highly appreciated presentations. The services of Desjardins Business Haut-Richelieu-Yamaska, the Center for Business Support Haute-Montérégie (CAEHM), the Haut-Richelieu Economic Council and ANCRE, regional immigration, services for newcomers preceded a visit of the CAEHM facilities and incubator.

“The participants were then entitled to a business speed dating session, continues the chairman of the RJCCQ, Maximilien Roy. After a conference dinner, they went to Mawashi Science & Technology, Tremcar and Station 900 coworking space. The closing evening Treat yourself to a showcase followed with its 6 to 9 networking session in the presence of 35 exhibiting entrepreneurs and the very inspiring conference by Ms. Danièle Henkel. ”

A region that has a lot to offer

“In addition to seeing the importance of tourism and information technology in the area, we realized that to do business, Haut-Richelieu represented a strategic location characterized by intermodality,” says Mr. Roy. Near Montreal, the ecosystem is also very different and relies on proximity to entrepreneurs. Particularly inspiring, we saw the example of the company Tremcar, which started a welding school in Tunisia and brings workers back here after having trained them. ”

“We would like to thank the RJCCQ for giving us the opportunity to organize this day,” said AJCCIHR president Jonathan Scarfo. I believe that Haut-Richelieu has a lot to offer young entrepreneurs and I hope they were able to discover it during the RJCCQ tour in our region. We are close to Montreal and people do not have to cross bridges to get to work. We are also close to major highways, such as highways 10, 30 and 35, and the American border, which offers vast business opportunities, especially for export, for businesses. ”

What they confided …

“Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu is a dynamic and growing city. The mission organized by the RJCCQ and Entreprendre en Région exceeded my expectations: busy day, enriching meetings; I even had the opportunity to meet potential customers and partners. An experience that I highly recommend to all those who have not yet had the opportunity to enjoy it. ”

Naysan Saran, President and CEO CANN Forecast

“The Entreprendre en Région commercial mission allowed me to discover the industrial fabric around Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, in addition to developing my network, meeting inspiring people and targeting business opportunities.”

Sylvain François-Haugrin, consultant SFH Conseil

“Following and through this mission, I would like to identify and understand the challenges faced by businesses in the region. I particularly want to meet different perspectives and ways of doing things, tackle global issues from a local perspective and use my international experience to co-create lasting and innovative solutions. ”

Hasina Razafindratandra, Founder and President of Code H

Haut-Richelieu offers all the advantages of the regions of Quebec while being close to the big centers, in particular by its proximity to the American market.
The City of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu acts as a leader in promoting local commerce. To do this, it encourages networking between entrepreneurs in the region through networking activities and through the magazine Be local.
The ANCHOR, services for newcomers reports that 50% of exploratory visits to the Haut-Richelieu result in an installation in the region.
About the program…

See beyond the metropolis and realize the breadth of business opportunities available to them: young entrepreneurs go on a mission to broaden their horizons. On the territory covered by the RJCCQ, a dozen participants travel, motivated by the prospect of taking part in the economic development of the regions.

Establishment, expansion, business takeover and networking are among the objectives pursued. On the menu of each mission: visit to innovative companies that are the pride of the region, meet with local entrepreneurs and get in touch with elected municipal officials and representatives of the administrative, economic and entrepreneurial circles.

Coming from the Québec Economic Plan, the ENTREPRENDRE en Région program is supported by the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion and the Mouvement Desjardins.

The Capitales Médias Group has joined forces with the Regroupement des jeunes chambres de commerce du Québec (RJCCQ) to highlight the ENTREPRENDRE en Région project, an innovative initiative that aims to promote the integration of entrepreneurs from diversity.

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