SADC looks ahead after 30 years of helping Pontiac’s businesses grow


The SADC Pontiac team raise a glass of Coronation Hall’s cider to celebrate 30 years of helping Pontiac businesses prosper.  Left to right:  Andrea Lagarde; administrative assistant; Nancy Dagenais, business advisor; Rhonda Perry, director general;  Amy Taylor, business advisor; and Brittany Morin, business advisor-marketing and communication.

Lynne Lavery

CAMPBELL’S BAY –   A breakfast gathering was held in the SADC offices on Thursday morning, December 11, between 7:30 and 9:30 am, where members of the staff and the Board of Directors met with local partners and clients to thank them and to look ahead to their 30th anniversary in 2015.  Director General, Rhonda Perry, spoke briefly about the SADC’s a mandate of working with business, industry and local communities to help create  employment, to support economic growth and to encourage business development.  Given the challenges that the Pontiac will face if the many cut-backs announced by the provincial government come to pass, she said, “Now, more than ever, we need to work together.  But we are up to the challenge and will do what is needed to help Pontiac prosper!” 
The SADC has special monthly special events planned for next year’s 30th anniversary:  training, workshops, networking and more.  Some of the topics to be covered include a legal evening in February (English) and March (French) covering ‘The 4 contracts every business needs’; later in the year there will be a youth entrepreneur networking event and a
seminar on customer
service training.  Another highlight of the year will be a gala to be held in May, where the SADC will salute all their partners and celebrate their 30 years of supporting local business; there will also be a surprise presentation made at that time.
The SADC is federally funded through Economic Development Canada and has a privileged partnership with Business Development Canada.  They also partner with other funding organizations such as the Pontiac’s CLD, the local Caisse Populaires and Investment Québec.