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Business news, 2017

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Our businesses change, adapt, evolve, and present ever more diversified offerings. It was time to salute the entrepreneurial spirit of the economic players of our area who work to make Mont-Tremblant shine. 1-The Lounge becomes the Q.G If you’re looking for the Lounge as you travel through Tremblant’s pedestrian village, you will now find instead the Q.G., an all-new resto-pub which accommodates

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Celebrating Our20th Anniversary!

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When reflecting upon the history of the last 20 years of Mont-Tremblant Real Estate, there are no other feelings then extreme pride to express our team’s accomplishments to date! From humble beginnings, with our offices located on Chemin du Village in a quaint, little red and white cottage, our brokers diligently tackled the real estate market creating record sales and a multitude of new listings.

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The igloo, reinvented

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Only a Quebecer could have invented such a marvel. The skeleton of an igloo, capable of supporting the equivalent of one thousand pounds of snow, will henceforth allow children in the northern hemisphere to enjoy winter in safety. Its name: the Play Snow. Its inventor, Éric Villiard, tells of having created the structure to allow children to take advantage of the joys of winter without the

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Fifteen years of recognition

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For a 15th consecutive year, the Gala Excellence of the Chambre de commerce du Grand Mont-Tremblant provided the opportunity to celebrate, at a glamorous evening event, the excellence of local businesspeople. Hosted by none other than Alain Cyr, this year’s Gala Excellence was attended, on October 29, by some 230 guests from the area’s business community. The evening, the fifteenth annual

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Tremblant reinvents business get-together!

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With explorer Bernard Voyer in attendance, on June 6 Tremblant Resort Association officials unveiled the new identity of their convention centre, the gateway to meaningful meetings and trailhead to countless experience routes: Quartier Tremblant – Base Camp.Blending sports, wellness, music, relaxation, exciting food and nightlife, Quartier Tremblant redefines group and business get-togethers

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Kayak Café: the shepherd of the Rouge River

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The Kayak Café, originally located at the foot of Iroquois Falls in Labelle, moved in the autumn of 2014 to a magnificent site on the banks of the Rouge River less than two kilometres from its original location. As part of its new life, it has also taken on a new eco-lodging formula that translates into camper-ready accommodation. Here’s a brief visit with the owners. Established in 2007,

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Fish farming in Mont-Tremblant

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Tucked away below lac Tremblant beside the rivière Cachée, Pisciculture Mont-Tremblant (fish farm) is perhaps the region’s best-kept secret. Close to 80 tonnes of trout are produced there every year, which places this company in the top five among land-based fish farms in Québec Created in 1945, the fish farm specializes in raising rainbow and speckled trout. The fish grown

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Doing their thing . . . well

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The daring, excellence, creativity and vision of Mont-Tremblant entrepreneurs are often worthy of note. This is certainly the case here: excellence was honoured within a Mont-Tremblant real estate team, and there are three new businesses to discover in our pretty town. Royal LePage Tremblant among the provincial elite The Royal LePage Tremblant real estate agents brought home a triple at the most

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Century 21 honours Yanick Laporte

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For the 2nd consecutive year, Yanick Laporte, the young, energetic real estate broker and owner of Century 21 Tremblant, was recognized for his success at the annual Century 21 Canada awards ceremony with the prestigious Double Centurion award. Yanick also holds the #1 title for waterfront property sales in 2014 & 2015 in the Laurentians among all the brokers in Québec.  He mentions

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New look for the St-Hubert

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The St-Hubert rotisserie restaurant in Saint-Jovite sector, owned by Michel Rochon since 2005, was completely renovated in November. Close to a million dollars was invested to fully renovate the dining room, bar and exterior terraces, which will be used in the spring. The construction firm Groupe Laverdure of Mont-Tremblant won the mandate to carry out the renovations, which it did in record time.

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Local economy active

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Well-known companies, spectacular new florist, new additional store for designer Nicole Brault, and a ground-breaking open-air cinema downtown established by two young visionaries.... You certainly can’t say that there’s nothing new in downtown Mont-Tremblant. Albi le Géant Albi le Géant will set up shop in Mont-Tremblant in the Ameublement Branchaud building on Highway

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Consulting service for entrepreneurs

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The Chamber of Commerce of Greater Mont-Tremblant has announced that a program is being set up to support its member businesses. In addition to ensuring that jobs are maintained and created, this initiative aims to equip entrepreneurs with the tools they need to develop a marketing plan for their commercial offering and improve their competitiveness. The program, which stems from a partnership between

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New places to eat

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As summer gets underway, new restaurants will open their doors in Mont-Tremblant. We took a brief exploratory tour of a Spanish pastry shop, French bistro, restaurant on Lac Mercier and an all-new Tim Hortons that have appeared in our town. A St-Hubert Express will also be added to the offerings during the summer.  Churros & Churros Now you will be able to get churros in the Petit Hameau,

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New in town: shops, restos and more!

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Spring is bringing with it a fresh flock of new businesses in Mont-Tremblant, particularly in St-Jovite sector. Florists, bistros and restaurants will further enrich the array of pleasures that make up the wonderful Mont-Tremblant lifestyle. Fleuriste St-Jovite The famous flower shop, located on the rue de St-Jovite, has changed owners. Both of the new owners are passionate about flowers and united

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All North, all honey

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The Upper Laurentians appear to provide the ideal environment for the production of a wide range of exceptionally high quality honeys. The absence of intensive farming, along with the diversity of flowers that grow in these mountainous regions, allows beekeepers to harvest, over the seasons, aromatic honeys that are remarkably pure. Two producers in particular drew our attention: the Miels d’Anicet,

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Warmly welcoming the world

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Located just steps from Lac Tremblant, Auberge Le Lupin B&B has been welcoming skiers and visitors from around the world for 23 years. In January, TripAdvisor—the world’s biggest travel site—accorded the Mont-Tremblant inn the prestigious Trip Advisor Travellers' Choice 2015 award in the category Bed and Breakfast. The inn, owned and hosted by Pierre Lachance and his wife Sylvie,

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A chef at the pinnacle of his craft

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As the star chef at the seafood restaurant and grill Altitude Fruits de mer et grillades of the Casino de Mont-Tremblant since December 2014, Éric Gonzalez now contributes to the culinary heritage of Mont-Tremblant. A native of Juan-les-Pins in the south of France, the chef obtained his culinary training in the hotel school of Nice, France. He started his career with two Michelin-starred chefs

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They chose Mont-Tremblant

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Besides their fame, what do the couple Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas; Mario Lemieux; Mitsou; Angèle Dubeau; the Governor General of Canada and members of the Molson and Bronfman families have in common? Perhaps nothing, except that all these public personalities have chosen to have a vacation property in the Mont-Tremblant region.   Whether they elect to stay here for a season

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The Formula 1 of snowboarding

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It was only five years ago that Jasey-Jay Anderson, four times World Champion in snowboarding, won his first gold medal in parallel giant slalom at the Vancouver Olympic Games. While he still competes on the World Cup circuit, the athlete now spends most of his time developing high performance snowboards. Tremblant Express met with him to get an update on his life as an entrepreneur . . . just one

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Club Privilège Mont-Tremblant: Twenty-five years of sharing

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For the past quarter century the Club Privilège Mont-Tremblant, located in the heart of the Village sector, has welcomed thousands of vacationers each year from around the globe. It’s a window on the world that offers the 3.8 million or so members of RCI the opportunity to experience a stay in Mont-Tremblant. Located by the shore of Lac Moore, Club Privilège Mont-Tremblant is a

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A community with a colorful accent

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In Mont-Tremblant there is an impressive number of restaurateurs and business people from France. This community, scattered throughout the Mont-Tremblant area, includes expert professionals in a number of fields. What could have motivated these specialists to try a new life and elect to live in Mont-Tremblant? Tremblant Express met with some of them. To the delight of gourmets, many of these new Quebecers

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Upholding the Scandinavian tradition

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It’s been 15 years already since the Scandinave Spa Mont-Tremblant first offered a matchless relaxation experience. Not one of these years dedicated to relaxation and well-being has managed to diminish the authenticity of this Nordic-inspired spa.  Portrait of a success that has spread to include some of the most beautiful locales in Canada. Tucked snugly against the edge of the Laurentian

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Jardin Cérès: flourishing for twenty years

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In La Conception, beside the Rouge River, there’s a five-acre plot covered with vegetation and surrounded by majestic pines. This remarkable, peaceful and thoroughly enchanting flower garden celebrated its 20th birthday early this summer. Jardin Cérès welcomes, from dawn till dusk daily from May 1 to November 1, individuals who love the beauties of nature. Visitors can simply walk

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Royal Laurentien: 25 years and counting

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A quarter of a century of operation has allowed the Royal Laurentien to carve out a special place for itself among Québec golf courses. The future of this family business, founded in 1989, is now assured by a highly committed next generation. Born of the passion of Gabriel Ménard, a talented and visionary entrepreneur, the Royal Laurentien was, first and foremost, a daring bet on the

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The English residence

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On the shores of beautiful lac Desmarais, just a few minutes by car from the Village of Mont-Tremblant, stands a unique residence evocative of a rich historic heritage. It is anything but ordinary, and bears witness to a surprising history. In 2010, Andrew and Laura Merton achieved one of their many dreams: that of building a sumptuous villa inspired by the four magnificent residences in which they

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Northland: landscape creators

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For the past 25 years, the Northland landscapers have been skillfully shaping the landscape of the greater Mont-Tremblant area. A quarter century of creation during which the company has admirably enhanced the beauty of this region. Sixty-six tough, strong employees—38 of which have been with the company for more than 10 years—labour tirelessly from the first stirrings of spring. You can

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Feet in the water for 20 years

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Beside Lac Tremblant, just steps from the slopes, you’ll find the boat rental centre belonging to a four-time water-skiing champion and a lady with a warm heart. Welcome to the Centre Nautique Pierre Plouffe. It’s a place to dream about.  Located on a splendid Lac Tremblant beach, the Centre Nautique Pierre Plouffe (CNPP) has offered, for 20 years, rental of a variety of watercraft

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Rouge Marketing: ten years and going strong

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Ten years in business is occasion to celebrate and to look back on the achievements of one of Mont-Tremblant’s thriving, highly successful enterprises. Rouge Marketing is such an enterprise but its principals, president Dominique Laverdure, strategy vice-president Marie-Stéphane Asselin and artistic director Sylvain Cayouette, measure success in a different way. Profitability is a sine

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CLD generates $21.6M in investments

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The regional economic development organization, Centre Local de Développement des Laurentides, continues to be a major generator of business activity and economic development in the MRC des Laurentides County. Director Paul Calce with president Yvan Paradis and MRC prefect Denis Chalifoux released the results of the CLD’s activities for 2013 last month. Financial assistance totaling $891,141

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Ironman energizing real estate market

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The advent of Pure Tremblant, a $22 million residential development on Le Diable golf course, the first major project in Mont-Tremblant in several years, raises two questions: Is this project the beginning of a turnaround in the region’s real estate market? Are the Ironman races having an appreciable impact on real estate activity in Mont-Tremblant? The two questions are closely related. The

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Mont-Tremblant Ironman reaps more honours

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“There’s a loud buzz about Mont-Tremblant,” said Ironman producer Dominique Piché after travelling to Los Angeles to accept a highly-coveted award bestowed by the trade organization Triathlon Business International. Under the category “Triathletes’ Choice”, the Mont-Tremblant Ironman was named “Best Large Triathlon Race” in the world for 2013,

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2014 and beyond: what’s in store?

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After 15 years of exuberant growth, the recession-induced calm of the past six years in Mont-Tremblant has left many people in the region wondering what the future holds. Since the suspension of construction of Tremblant resort’s Versant Soleil, economic growth has been flat. Real estate development and sales, a major barometer of economic activity, have been slow. Tremblant maintains that business

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The next generation of notaries at LaSalle & Villeneuve

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Master notaries in Mont-Tremblant since 1890, the firm LaSalle & Villeneuve is continuing thanks to the next generation of family members, with transfer of the company from fathers to daughters. Here is part of its history. June 20, 1890, marked the opening of the firm of Me P.A. Barrette, Mont-Tremblant’s first notary. (“Me” is the abbreviation for Maître, the French

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Creative moves towards economic diversification

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The establishment of two unique enterprises in the region indicates that efforts to diversify the economy by providing support for the specialty food processing industry is well underway and beginning to bear fruit. Gourmet Sauvage, an edible wild plants and herbs producer, is in operation at the Parc écotouristique de la MRC des Laurentides, and the Fromagerie Mont-Tremblant, a curd cheese

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Employee discounts for buying local

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Employees working for member enterprises of the Mont-Tremblant Chamber of Commerce have a golden opportunity for substantial price reductions on goods and services under the Chamber’s buy-local drive. To have access to those savings, the enterprise where the employee/employees work must join the Chamber of Commerce’s Ambassador program and the employees of that enterprise must pay a six-dollar

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Rue de Saint-Jovite copes with slow economy

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Are commercial property rents too high on rue de Saint-Jovite? The question was raised recently by some of the owners who have closed down their enterprises on the main street in the centre of town. Their affirmations to a local newspaper that rents were indeed too high considering the weak economy warranted closer research in the field.  The heavy tourist traffic this summer on rue de Saint-Jovite,

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New placement assistance service

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Job-seekers and employers in the Laurentian region now have direct access to a new placement assistance service located in Mont-Tremblant. Financed by the provincial government agency Emploi-Québec, the service does more than just bring employers and employees together. It’s a window for concerted manpower recruitment, giving business enterprises the opportunity to make known their employment

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The growing triathlon industry

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Walking through the Ironman tent village at the foot of Tremblant’s pedestrian village, one is struck by the wide array of specialty clothing, equipment and services on sale for triathlon athletes in the main tent and in the many surrounding stall tents. Running and cycling shoes, bicycle/swim shorts, caps, wetsuits, tank tops, tights, arm and calf sleeves, sport socks, cycling gloves, sunglasses,

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Wanted: more entrepreneurs

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For some years, the Québec government has worried over a problem that could have considerable impacts on the province’s economy – a growing shortage of next-generation entrepreneurs to assure the transfer and continuation of business enterprises in Québec. The concern prompted the state investment agency, the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, to mandate

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A tale of two cycle shops

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Turning the love of a sport into a thriving enterprise in a premier outdoor destination resort such as Mont-Tremblant is an idea many athletes cherish. The dream becomes reality for only a few. Jonathan Korb, owner of Jo Vélo cycle shop in the downtown district, and Benoit Poirier, owner of Cybercycle in the Village district, have seen their dreams come true. Both are and have always been avid

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Chamber more involved in community

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Since the election of Dominique Laverdure as president, Mont-Tremblant’s Chamber of Commerce has clearly taken a larger and more active role in community affairs. Dominique acknowledges that the Chamber’s primary function is to serve and support its member enterprises but adds that community involvement and contribution is part of the values of her generation, the new generation of business

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A good idea

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Many business start-ups begin with nothing more than a good idea and a keen interest. But having a good idea is one thing; taking the plunge is another. Starting a business from nothing is a risk, a big risk, says Valéry Hamel of Sainte-Adèle. She and her sister Carolyne started their enterprise, Mesdemoiselles Survie, last November. They offer training in first-aid for anyone who wants

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Ressour-C: event on May 24 & 25

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Recharge your batteries and live better in a business: that’s what this executive retreat offers. It’s scheduled for May 24 and 25 in the Tremblant Centre des congrès. Ressour-C is an intitiative of Clientis and its president, Béatrice Javaudin. There are two parts to this well-being event. On March 13, 2013, more than 250 people visited the trade show at the Westin hotel

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TAL brings $13M to regional economy

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Tourisme aérien Laurentides’ (TAL) efforts to promote air travel tourism from Toronto and New York to Mont-Tremblant through Mont-Tremblant International Airport (MTI) in La Macaza has had significant economic benefits. In 66 months of operations, from the 2007/2008 winter to the 2012 summer, the flights have brought 25,433 visitors to the region, injecting $13 million into the economy.

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Chamber emphasizes strategic development

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The Mont-Tremblant Chamber of Commerce had many irons on the fire last year and will continue its busy schedule for 2013 as it stays the course. In outlining the Chamber’s plans for the year, president Dominique Laverdure put emphasis on extending the organization’s scope beyond Mont-Tremblant’s borders by establishing closer links with the region’s Chambers of Commerce. That,

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Léo Bureau-Blouin passing through

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The former president of the FECQ (Québec’s college student federation) and currently the youngest member of parliament in history and parliamentary assistant for youth to the premier of Québec, Léo Bureau-Blouin has confirmed that he will be at the Rendez-vous de la relève (meeting of the next generation), scheduled for March 21 at Mont-Tremblant’s Hôtel

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Doing business on the slopes

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The seventh annual “Ski and Network” (“skiez et réseautez”) event was held on Thursday, February 21, at Tremblant and on Tuesday, February 26, at Mont Saint-Sauveur. For the past two years the event has been divided in two with one half taking place at Saint-Sauveur and the other at Tremblant. It seems there are more independent workers in Saint-Sauveur and that they’re

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Contest for new entrepreneurs

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The 15th edition of the Québec Entrepreneurship Contest is on. "You have a project? We have a contest!" is the slogan of the SADC des Laurentides, which oversees the contest open to all new businesses in the region. Eligibility criteria: no sales revenue before April 1, 2012, or planning a business start-up before December 31, 2013. This will give the winner’s project great exposure,

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Self-employment in Mont-Tremblant

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Dreaming of living in Mont-Tremblant and skiing to your heart’s content? Falling in love with Mont-Tremblant deeply enough to want to live here is not an uncommon occurrence! But most people have to find a way to pay the bills. Jobs are available but the best kind of employment for those who want to play when they want to play is self-employment. The term here is “travailleurs autonomes”

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College offers door to success in business

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It’s perhaps not widely known that the Centre collégial de Mont-Tremblant offers a course in business management focused on acquiring skills to prepare for employment in small enterprises of the kind found everywhere in the Laurentian region. In fact, the course was created and designed in response to suggestions from the regional business community and its content adapted to the region’s

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