Canadian start-ups explore business opportunities in Vermont

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Governor Phil Scott welcomed dozens of Sherbrooke, Quebec-based startup companies to the Green Mountain State Wednesday to explore expansion opportunities.
 
“We want you to succeed in Vermont because your success is our success,” Gov. Scott said. 
 
The delegation of businesses is traveling around New England to learn how business works in the U.S. and connect with economic development and legal leaders. Vermont is their first stop.
 
“As you grow your businesses here in the United States, we want you to think about Vermont as a good way to do that,” said Mike Schirling, Secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development.
 
Officials say Vermont’s small size will allow businesses to grow intimate relationships and provide unique access to resources. It’s something that’s important to Louis-Pierre as he’s looking to grow and expand his business, which manufactures high-tech batteries for forklifts.
 
“To build a relation is a real challenge,” said Louis-Pierre Letourneau. “To have a resource that knows its network and answers the phone has a lot of value.”
 
The Canadian businesses say they’ll bring well-paying jobs to the state. The Governor adds the expansions would also help grow the long-standing relations between Vermont and Quebec.
 
“Welcoming new friends and companies will only help strengthen the bond we have between the two regions,” Gov. Scott said.
 
The delegation will also visit New Hampshire, Connecticut, Maine, and Massachusetts.

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