Information for entrepreneurs affected by COVID-19

The retail sector is growing steadily in Vaudreuil-Soulanges. Développement (DEV) Vaudreuil-Soulanges offers a bridge between experienced entrepreneurs and a population of consumers who enjoy being able to find everything they need nearby.

In concrete terms, we formulate and implement commercial development strategies to stimulate and sustain the retail sector so that it can contribute to the region’s economic vitality.

  • Targeted prospecting to create value and performance
  • Support for retailers to help them adopt best practices
  • Incentives for new businesses according to identified areas of retail flight
  • Forging and maintaining ties with local real estate agencies and major commercial real estate developers
  • Collaborating in the development of business projects (startups, relocations, expansions and consolidations)
  • Innovative solutions for reducing the number of vacant storefronts and stimulating economic activity
  • Helping owners find tenants for their commercial properties
  • Collaborating in buy local initiatives

Promoting local businesses

We are currently working with the retail advisory committee to launch initiatives focusing on the importance of supporting local businesses. These will lead to a region-wide buy local campaign. Here are some of the initiatives currently under way:

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Launched on March 25, the geolocated business directory unveils new functions to meet the needs of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges population during the pandemic. Vaudreuil-Soulanges is one of the first MRCs in Quebec to make this type of tool available, which allows users to search according to the company’s operating status. This interactive map developed by Développement Vaudreuil-Soulanges (DEV) facilitates access to products sold on our territory and contributes to collective efforts to promote local buying.

Recall that this platform was in development until recently and was to be launched to the general public in June. Thus, anyone who notices missing or erroneous information in the directory is asked to contact us by email at territoirevs@developpementvs.com.

Already used to promote local merchants, the Facebook page « Achat local Vaudreuil-Soulanges » becomes the favored platform to help retailers to promote their products and services. Merchants are therefore invited to broadcast their various services to citizens by sharing opening hours, delivery offers, their online stores, etc.

Coop-CSUR, in collaboration with DEV Vaudreuil-Soulanges, helps supporting the business community by inviting regional businesses and artisans to sell their products on its transactional web platform, the Ecolocal Market.

Businesses will therefore be able to benefit from the distribution network of the ecolocal market and consumers will benefit from a website bringing together a large number of producers, artisans and retailers in Vaudreuil-Soulanges!

The Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Vaudreuil-Soulanges is making its mobile app LOCALI-T available to all retailers on the territory. Consumers can download it now to find out all about the offers available.

The app is available (in French) on the App Store and Google Play.

In order to discuss good business practices and share about the challenges and issues experienced by people working in the retail sector, DEV has created a private Facebook group, also managed by devoted and committed merchants. This group allows everyone to create partnerships, in a mutual aid context and open discussions.

Vaudreuil-Soulanges retailers are invited to contact us to receive the free kit to display in their business: campaign guide, stickers, display, etc.

Click here to download the digital campaign kit: guide, logos and visuals.

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Assistance for your business project

Like every other clients of DEV Vaudreuil-Soulanges, merchants and retailers can receive guidance for their startup or growth project. Whether it is for help with market research, answering questions about feasibility or how to set-up a new business location, we can help you. Contact one of our advisors for more information on our technical services and financial assistance programs.

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