Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

April 23, 2008 23:59 ET

BDC one of the expert resources accredited by the Quebec government to help Quebec manufacturers

MONTREAL, April 23 - The Business Development Bank of Canada
(BDC) is pleased to announce that it is now one of the expert resources
accredited by the Ministère du Développement économique, de l'Innovation et de
l'Exportation (MDEIE) of Quebec under its new initiative to support
productivity. BDC clients can now receive the financial assistance for Quebec
manufacturers available from the MDEIE. This can be as much as $50,000 per
company to cover the costs of carrying out productivity improvement projects.
"BDC has many manufacturing clients in Quebec and we have a deep
understanding of the challenges they face in today's competitive environment,"
says Serge Coulombe, Vice President, BDC Consulting, Eastern Canada. With this
accreditation, not only will we be able to continue supporting our
manufacturing clients in their productivity improvement projects, we will also
be able to pass on to them the financial assistance available from the MDEIE."
BDC Consulting is active across Quebec and takes a multidisciplinary
approach to the projects it undertakes for its clients. It is a one-stop-shop
for all the support services that qualify under the MDEIE initiative,
including financial planning, marketing, production, human resources,
information systems, technological innovation and product development.

Companies eligible for the MDEIE initiative

The MDEIE productivity support initiative covers a 5-year period and is
available to some 240 companies per year. It targets manufacturing companies
that have strong growth potential, sales of at least $1.5 million and meet the
MDEIE criteria.
Quebec manufacturers who would like more information about BDC consulting
services and the MDEIE initiative can contact the BDC branch in their area. To
find the closest branch, entrepreneurs can check the Our branches
section on
BDC's website or call BDC customer service at 1 877 BDC BANX (232-2269).

About BDC

BDC is a financial institution wholly owned by the Government of Canada.
BDC actively supports the development and growth of Canadian small and
medium-sized businesses through its complementary financing, investment, and
consulting services. For more information visit www.bdc.ca.

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