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MRC offers start-up support for regional entrepreneurs

The MRC du Haut-Saint-Laurent is now offering personalized support to self-employed entrepreneurs looking to start a small business. The Soutien au Travail Autonome (STA) program allows individuals looking to start a self-employed business to benefit from a special status, so they may devote the necessary time and energy to successfully launching their project.

Johanne Bellerose-Messier, an economic development officer with the MRC, accompanies candidates from the start of their entrepreneurial journey. “I am available to answer questions and to direct new entrepreneurs to the support resources best adapted to their needs,” she says, in a press release issued by the MRC. Bellerose-Messier is a member of the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (CPHR); she specializes in wellness and leadership, and has experience working with businesses undergoing reorganization.

The STA program is a government-funded measure offered through a partnership with Services Québec. It provides eligible candidates with technical and financial support during the start-up phase of their business. The program includes business plan development and support services, including follow-up and coaching over a two-year period by an experienced advisor. Financial support is also provided in the form of a subsidized salary equivalent to the minimum wage for up to 52 weeks.

Participants in the program must meet certain eligibility requirements and must currently be receiving employment insurance or social assistance benefits, be unemployed without public income support, or be employed but with precarious status.

For more information on the STA program, contact Johanne Bellerose-Messier at 450-264-5411, ext. 250. To find out more about support measures for any other type of entrepreneurial project available at the MRC, contact Réjean Lampron, the regional development coordinator, at ext. 227.

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