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Disappointment and anxiety are felt among entrepreneurs. Frédérique Marseille, general director of the Backbone climbing center in Bromont, shared her frustration on the show Tout un matin, on ICI Première.
The entrepreneur says she is particularly disappointed that the hot potato is being sent to financial institutions, who are not there to save small businesses, but rather to capitalize.
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Frédérique Marseille, owner of the Backbone climbing center, in Bromont. (Archive photo)
Frédérique Marseille says she was pushed towards the private sector and felt the knife in her throat when her financial institution contacted her on January 10 to offer a loan to high interest rate (10.65%), also committing her to personal guarantees which would force her to pay out of her own pocket in the event of being unable to repay the loan.
In our eyes, the government looked good during the pandemic by doing whatever it could to save its citizens, but we are still in it. [The government has] launched this in the courtyard of the institutions, but the institutions are not giving us any gifts.
A quote from Frédérique Marseille, general director of the Backbone climbing center in Bromont
< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">Finally, Frédérique Marseille's company signed this loan, which the entrepreneur immediately perceived as a gamble, not having the certainty that an extension from the government was really ruled out. She estimates that by doing this, her business saves $10,000.
Ms. Marseille, who runs a family business, is saddened also that we put all SMEs in the same basket.
The word "SME" is very very wide. […] Not all SMEs in Canada have experienced the pandemic in the same way. We are a small service business in indoor sports and catering, so it is certain that we have experienced the pandemic in a very difficult way, and we are still experiencing the repercussions to the fullest.
With information from The Canadian Press, Andrée-Anne St-Arnaud, Tout un matin, Marie-Ève Arsenault and Yannick Lepage
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