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AGAO+ continues to grow its membership

The Association des gens d’affaires d’Ormstown et des environs (AGAO+) held its annual general meeting on March 12 at the Ormstown Legion.

Nearly 50 members attended the activity, which included a conference given by Éric Faubert, the director of the Société d’Aide au Développement des Communautés (SADC) Suroît-Sud, and Jean François Turgeon, a director of small business with the Business Development Bank of Canada. The discussion focused on the current economic context and its impact on rural regions such as the Haut-Saint-Laurent.

During a brief presentation, AGAO+ president Philippe Besombes spoke about the association’s achievements over the past year, including the creation of a bilingual website and social media page offering visibility to members, as well as the organization of free networking activities.


Éric Faubert of the SADC Suroît Sud and Jean François Turgeon of the Business Development Bank of Canada spoke about the current economic context for small businesses during a conference following the annual general meeting of the AGAO+ PHOTO Sarah Rennie


The association is also organizing free workshops in partnership with the SADC Suroît-Sud for members, including topics such as website design, business plans and grant applications, taxes, and social media marketing. The program began in February and is expected to continue into the fall.

The membership renewal campaign is underway, and Besombes is confident the association will soon count over 70 members.

The evening closed with a wine and cheese reception hosted by Salaberry-Suroît MP Claude DeBellefeuille and Huntingdon MNA Carole Mallette. (SR)

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