SADC Pontiac hosts their 30th annual meeting

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SADC board members from left: Daniel Amyotte, auditor, Rhonda Perry, Ellen Boucher and Andrea Lagarde.

Allyson Beauregard

FORT-COULONGE – OVER 50 people attended SADC Pontiac’s annual general meeting, May 28,


SADC board members from left: Daniel Amyotte, auditor, Rhonda Perry, Ellen Boucher and Andrea Lagarde.

Allyson Beauregard

FORT-COULONGE – OVER 50 people attended SADC Pontiac’s annual general meeting, May 28,
at Bryson’s Bistro du Bucheron. “This is the first step in celebrating our 30th anniversary,” said Chair of the Board of Directors, Ellen Boucher. The organization ended the year (March 31, 2015) with
a $186,000 surplus in
comparison to last year’s $313,000 deficit, which was a result of a “clean-up” of a large amount of bad debt.
In celebration of their 30th anniversary, the SADC team assembled their annual report in an attractive bilingual magazine that describes the
organization’s activities, achievements, and the
services they offer, as well as highlights some of the
businesses they have helped. “We created this
as a keepsake for our
30th anniversary. It was
put together by our
entire team, with the layout done by Brittany
Morin (Business Advisor, Marketing and Com-
munications), and we are very proud of it,” said Rhonda Perry, SADC Director General.
Last year, the SADC Pontiac issued a total of
21 loans, five of which were new youth business loans, contributed to the maintenance of 45 local jobs and creation of 20 new local jobs, and invested in the forestry, manufacturing, service, agricultural, and tourism sectors. “Through
a collective effort, the Pontiac SADC continues
to advance its mission to stimulate and support local economic growth with financial tools, support and management for entrepreneurs,” explained Boucher.
The evening ended with a workshop on branding, given by award-winning author, TV personality, and resident ‘cocktail’ista’ on the CBC show Steven and Chris, Dee Brun, also known as the ‘Cocktail Deeva’. Brun gave advice about how to market,
promote and brand a
business. She stressed the importance of finding the right hook for a business, and conducting a lot of research to ensure there are no issues with using a
specific logo, name, etc.
The event also gave those in attendance the opportunity to network and mingle. Drinks and snacks were also served.