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Many organizations and departments support business start-up and development in the Baie-des-Chaleurs region by offering training, technical support or funding.

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Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
The Bank actively supports the development and growth of SMEs by offering solutions related to funding, investment and consulting.

Centre financier aux entreprises - Caisses Desjardins de la Gaspésie (CFE)
The mission of the CFE is to contribute to improved economic and social well-being within the limits of its field of endeavour, in particular by becoming a major financial partner.

Centre francophone d’informatisation des organisations (CEFRIO)
The CEFRIO studies the impact of new technologies on the economic development of rural areas.

Centre local de développement d’Avignon et de Bonaventure
The Local Development Centre offers front-line services and technical (consultation, guidance and referrals, business mentoring and follow-up) as well as financial support to the promotors.

Community Economic Development and Employability Committee (CEDEC)
The CEDEC is an economic development organization that works with members of the Baie-des-Chaleurs English-speaking community.

Conférence régionale des élu(e)s de la Gaspésie et des Îles-de-la-Madeleine (CRÉ-GÎM)

The CRÉ-GÎM is a cooperative and planning organization whose base is made up of elected municipal officials working in collaboration with representatives from various socioeconomic sectors.

Coopérative de développement régional Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine (CDRGÎM)
The CDRGIM provides information on the creation, development and representation of cooperative businesses, to foster sustainable development within its territory

Canada Economic Development (CED)
CED promotes long-term regional economic development by assisting SMEs directly; it offers consultation services and financial aid, and also supports regional business communities and the organizations that sustain them.

Emploi Québec (Centre local d’emploi or CLE)
The local employment centre offers a wide range of services and salary assistance related to job preparation, insertion, maintenance, stabilization and creation.

Fédération de l’UPA de la Gaspésie
UPA can provide information on farms for sale in the region.

Financière agricole du Québec (FADQ)
The mandate of the FADQ is to stimulate investment and protect income, with a view to promoting the success and sustainability of farms in the region. It offers a wide range of financial products to guarantee the economic and financial stability of these farm businesses.

Femmessor Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine
A regional organization to supports women’s entrepreneurship. They manage an investment fund to assist women entrepreneurs with business start-up and expansion.

Fonds régional de solidarité FTQ
This Fund offers between $50,000 and $2 million in financing, in the form of debentures, shares or participatory loans.

GIMXPORT
Offers documentation and services to promote increased exports (business plan, market studies, training, strategic planning, representation and assistance in foreign countries).

Investissement Québec
The mission of Investissement Québec is to promote investment growth by offering businesses avast array of financial products that supplement those offered by financial institutions.

Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec (MAPAQ)
The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food advises stakeholders in the fields of agriculture and food and refers them to appropriate resources offering technical and financial support.

Ministère de l'Économie, de l'Innovation et des Exportations (MEIE)
The ministry of Economic Development, Innovation and Export provides financial or technical support to help implement projects, and promotes the establishment of agreements with government ministries. The department manages the program FAIR.

Société d’aide au développement de la collectivité de Baie-des-Chaleurs (SADC)
The mission of the SADC (Community Futures Development Corporation) is to promote community participation in its own sustainable development. It offers businesses personalized follow-up and technical and financial assistance.

Société de développement de l’industrie maricole Inc. (SODIM)
SODIM provides financial assistance to businesses specializing in mariculture. It also helps prepare business plans and offers start-up supervision and support for projects related to mariculture.

In addition to economic development organizations, many private businesses are active in Baie-des-Chaleurs.

If you are seeking:

An accounting firm
Legal or notarial services
Banking services
A human resources management firm
or many other types of business or service, click here to consult the on-line business directory.

You may also visit the Capital Connection website in order to learn about possible business opportunities in Avignon and Bonaventure.

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