Eye of Mem­phré peers at projects

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

Last week, the “Eye of Mem­phre” had the chance to look at six­teen in­ter­est­ing projects dur­ing the 2013 edi­tion of l’Oeil de Mem­phre which was held in front of a panel of ex­perts at the Estri­mont Suites et Spa. The panel mem­bers an­a­lyzed the projects to see if they mer­ited fi­nanc­ing. In to­tal, the projects rep­re­sented al­most $10 mil­lion of in­vest­ment in the re­gion.

The projects were quite varied. Among the six­teen files pre­sented, half were projects to get new busi­nesses off the ground while the other half were ex­pan­sion projects. The dif­fer­ent sec­tors rep­re­sented were recreo-tourism, in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy, ser­vices and man­u­fac­tur­ing.

“The same num­ber of projects were pre­sented as last year, how­ever, we be­lieve that this time the pro­mot­ers were bet­ter pre­pared and equipped to present their files since they ben­e­fit­ted from the in­for­ma­tion ses­sions of­fered by the CLD and the many hours spent with con­sul­tants,” said Yves Lan­thier, the di­rec­tor gen­eral of the CLD of the Mem­phrem­a­gog MRC.

Fol­low­ing the pre­sen­ta­tions, the pro­mot­ers meet in­di­vid­u­ally with or­ga­ni­za­tions and in­sti­tu­tions that have shown in­ter­est in their project. Also, Que­becor Me­dia pro­ceeds with a fur­ther anal­y­sis of files sub­mit­ted by the CLD fol­low­ing a pre-qual­i­fi­ca­tion, in or­der to choose the win­ner of the Bourse En­trepreneur­ship Que­becor Me­dia Estrie which is $10,000 of pub­lic­ity.

Seen here are the panel of ex­perts : (top row) Paul Berthold, In­vestisse­ment Québec; Ju­dith Pa­que­tte, min­istère

des Fi­nances et de l’Économie; Robert Ro­drigue, CLD de la MRC de Mem­phré­m­a­gog; Louise Par­adis, CAE Mem­phré­m­a­gog; Anick Morin, Cen­tre fi­nancier aux en­treprises Des­jardins de l’Estrie; Don­ald O’Hara, City of Ma­gog. In front are: Yvan Lan­thier, CLD of the MRC of Mem­phré­m­a­gog; Manon Lescault of the CIBC; and Karine Lavoie of the Banque Na­tionale.

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