The Vermont-Quebec Enterprise Initiative (VQEI) was born of the belief that the historic relationships shared by Quebec and Vermont provide an excellent foundation upon which to build even greater economic ties. For centuries, the state and province have seen families and businesses migrate back and forth across the border bringing with each migration a deeper understanding of family, culture, history and shared experiences.
There are many successful companies that got their start in Quebec that now house part of their operations in Vermont. Likewise, Vermont companies look to Quebec as its largest trading partner. These ties that bind us can and should only get stronger. Each year, $5 billion in trade crosses the border, the biggest piece of that being goods imported from Canada into Vermont.
The VQEI is focused on bilateral, value-added, economic development. We know that Vermont is the best place for a Quebec company seeking a US presence. Our state offers world class educational, arts, cultural and lifestyle opportunities. Our communities are true neighborhoods where residents quickly feel that they are welcomed and at home. For any company that values their workforce, the families of their workers and that are looking for a partnership with government, there is no better place than Vermont.
That is why the VQEI has organized the resources and considerations that Quebec companies need to consider when expanding across the border. We understand that doing business across the border can come with a variety of challenges that need to be navigated strategically in order to avoid any serious consequences or penalties. The VQEI is here to connect you with a tactical network of professionals in order to make cross-border business as easy as possible.
Throughout the year, the VQEI offers a high-quality program of content-rich events that enables companies to explore and expand their networks. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for up to date news and events.
Ever wonder what we do at the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce? Hear from our members what our programs are doing for the community. We're CULTIVATING our work force. CREATING opportunities. COLLABORATING across sectors, cultures and borders. We're your partners in better business.