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Business association brewing in Ormstown

Merchants, business owners, associations, and non-profit organizations in the municipality of Ormstown are facing common issues and challenges, some of which have been aggravated by the pandemic.
Last April, more than 20 Ormstown business owners and representatives from non-profit organizations based in the municipality met for the first time. The meeting concluded with participants expressing the need to create a formal business association in Ormstown.

The purpose of this association will be to promote the interests of the business community as well as the quality of life of the citizens of Ormstown. The association will develop its activities in collaboration with the municipality, the MRC du Haut-Saint-Laurent, and various levels of government, but without any political vocation. The aim is not to replace the existing chamber of commerce, but to have a local group to address specific issues together.

More concretely, the association could organize networking activities (conferences, training, etc.), provide visibility to businesses in the community, and work on solutions to common problems such as labor shortage issues.

A meeting has already taken place with the Ormstown mayor, Christine McAleer, and members of her team. Another meeting to define the goals of the association and to proceed with its constitution will be organized on Wednesday, September 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ormstown branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. All interested business owners and committed citizens are invited to attend.

For more information, and to confirm your attendance, contact Philippe Besombes:, René Gauthier:, Suzanne Hutchinson:, or Gabrielle Limoges: (SR)

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