by Stephen Dafoe
A local investment consultant has made a significant investment in the community he has called home for most of his life. Joel Chevalier, a financial consultant with Investors Group, recently purchased the former Putnam & Lawson building on 100 Street. He is planning on expanding his own business as well as offering an affordable opportunity to those who may be looking to move their businesses to the next level.
“We’re going to be here forever,” Chevalier said. “We’ve been looking for a building of our own since we moved here.”
That opportunity presented itself when Gord Putnam and his business partner Andrew Lawson built a new building for their law practice across the road.
Now that Chevalier has plenty of office space to help his clients reach their financial goals, he is looking to take on more consultants, so the business has an even stronger presence in the community.
“It’s time to have a bigger presence. With the growth that’s happening in Morinville, I think it’s a time that we can try and do that,” Chevalier said.
The financial consultant, who has been in the business for 11 years, has been speaking to a number of people who are looking to make the transition to a new career. He is hoping to add one consultant with a military background and a French-speaking consultant to serve Morinville’s French and military population.
Chevalier said those interested in joining his team have to acquire a mutual funds license and a life insurance license, two licenses required prior to the start of training. “Investors Group does do the rest of the training to help people develop their knowledge,” he said. “Like any new career, there is a high learning curve.”
Above all – it is a friendly attitude that is essential to success. “One of my mentors said ‘People don’t care what you know until they know that you care’,” Chevalier said. “You have to be a people person and willing to learn.”
Office space for lease
In addition to using his new space to expand his business, he is also looking to help other entrepreneurs make the transition to the next step. He has two or three furnished offices for lease on one-year leases as well as the potential to share a receptionist. “It’s a very professional work space,” he said of the offices for lease.
He sees the future of the community as a bright one for his own business as well as those of others. “I think there is confidence in what is occurring here,” he said. “I think Morinville will continue to grow. That’s exciting.”
Those interested in getting into the financial consulting business or leasing space in Chevalier’s building can contact Joel Chevalier at 780-939-994 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.