Cornwall ON – Local Language School Caf + is in hot water with a group of local merchants in Cornwall Ontario. The group, a non-profit has been running what Janie Desjardins calls a “Social enterprise” which she told me was quite popular in Hawkesbury, Cassleman, and many parts of Quebec. Caf + has recently added a French Language bookstore as well as Caf + Technologies as extensions of their Language and skills services.
Recently founded, CAF Technologies is an enterprise allowing the public & commercial sectors of Cornwall & Eastern Ontario to partake in a personalized experience when purchasing technology supplies. CAF Technologies is fortunate to have a valuable team of qualified professionals with over two decades of experience in sales & service of most major technology distributors. The grade of service that you will find at CAF Technologies will not be encountered anywhere else.
The thing is that many of the local merchants feel very different about Caf+’s social enterprise of selling and supporting office machines, supplies and services and have sent letters to the local MP, MPP, and City officials including Mayor Bob Kilger.
At issue is what they feel is unfair competition and the fact that Caf+ receives generous amounts of money from various levels of government.
Ms Desjardins stated the group will be releasing an official statement Monday March 29 that will include the statement that Caf+ does not use any governmental monies on any of the services of Caf+ technologies.
Letters have been sent from local businesses such as Jtec, Island Inkjet, J.L.Computers, Stormont Stationers, and a few others that declined to be mentioned as of print time.
Many asked why the school wasn’t using local merchants services instead of competing against them?
We are going to be doing a segment about this story on Seawayradio.com either Tuesday or Wednesday as this story evolves.
What do you think Cornwall? Should Caf + participate in a competitive business with these merchants? Should they be able to still receive government monies? Feel free to post your thoughts and comments below.
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