Major investments in local businesses
and concrete actions in sustainable development
Gatineau, June 18, 2018 – Last Wednesday, at the Vignoble de Chelsea, the Société d’aide au développement de la collectivité (SADC) de Papineau held its annual general assembly. The organization then invited the entire entrepreneurial environment of the Collines-de-l’Outaouais RCM and the Papineau RCM to an Entrepreneurs BBQ. This was a unique networking opportunity where approximately 75 business and economic development stakeholders came together to boost trade between the two neighbouring RCMs.
At its annual general assembly, the SADC team presented its directors and partners with the organization’s 2017-2018 activities and financial results. The organization took advantage of the 5@7 to remind the Outaouais rural business community that obtaining financing is also participating in the development of a local fund dedicated to local entrepreneurs.
Key figures for 2017-2018:
- $1.3 million: the amount of financing to rural businesses from SADC
- 24: the number of businesses that received loans from SADC this year
- $2.6 million: the number of total investments made in the territory in which SADC contributed
- 130: the number of jobs created and maintained in the territory thanks to SADC financing
- 8: the number of responsible organizations accompanied in the Crédits Carbone pilot project
- 11: the number of businesses that benefited from sustainable development expertise in the Synergie Outaouais circular economy project
- 300: the number of owners and business leaders surveyed by SADC in order to provide a portrait of entrepreneurship in rural Outaouais
- $32.9 million: the total amount invested by SADC in the territory since 1985
Sustainable development is an option available to all businesses
As a community development organization, SADC was committed this year to a sustainable development approach. The organization implemented concrete actions to demonstrate to rural businesses and organizations that it is possible to plan and implement effective projects that have a sustainable impact on the economic development of a territory. To set an example, SADC’s Entrepreneur BBQ was carbon neutral. All greenhouse gas emissions were recorded by calculating all the kilometres driven by participants and the weight of the residual waste sent to the compost, the recycling, and the garbage. The greenhouse gas emissions created by the event were compensated with the buying of carbon credits and the planting of trees. Therefore, by ensuring the sustainability of its investments and by accompanying its clients, SADC was determined to carry out its mandate in a responsible manner.
“Committing to a sustainable development approach as an organization is challenging us to rethink our methodologies, to innovate in order to be more effective, and to stand out: this is our motivation!” explains Mélissa Bergeron, General Manager of SADC.
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