Support for 15,953 businesses that are victims of the crisis, support for 18,400 people who are taking over or setting up companies … In 2020, the Initiative France entrepreneurship support network was not idle. The same is true for Patricia lexcellent, its new general delegate. Although she does not take officially its functions as the 1er July, she will be on deck this month, in order to “To soak up the territorial roots” organisation. “I want to take the time to meet its vital forces”, launches the 52-year-old Parisienne, referring to the 214 associations, 20,000 volunteers and 1,000 employees of this associative group founded in 1985 with a view to supporting and financing entrepreneurs.
Former general delegate of the Federation of plastics and then of the General Confederation of Scop, Patricia Lexcellent is familiar with the operation of professional networks and other assemblies (she has been a director of employers’ organizations and a member of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council). Nevertheless, this follower of the field approaches this new mission with unfeigned enthusiasm.
Ethical and made in France boutique
“In this complicated period, we must put Initiative France’s tools at the service of the future, whether it is the loan of honor or other support provided free of charge to business creators and buyers”, indicates the one that says “Willful and impatient”, and who will take advantage of this transitional phase to perfect her roadmap alongside her predecessor, Bernadette Sozet.
Among its priority areas is the identification of funding for young people, women, job seekers and profiles from so-called difficult neighborhoods. In addition, this defender of responsible entrepreneurship intends to participate in the reorientation of the economy in favor of ecological transition. Proof of its attraction for a more tenable model, it launched in 2019 a consulting activity on the mission company, while putting on the rails a project of shops for ethical and made in France products baptized ” Excellent Reasons “. The ace ! The pandemic thwarted his ambitions to open a dozen points of sale.
Associative exhibition gallery
“Patricia is a woman of conviction, but she does not hesitate to get her hands dirty and she is a leader at heart”, gauge Françoise Naudet, co-organizer of the La Rue du Made in France event, her partner in the D’Excellentes Raisons adventure. She sees her attraction to entrepreneurship as reminiscent of her origins. ” My maternal grandparents were traders, and my paternal grandfather was a carpenter-cabinetmaker, so I was immersed in the creative professions. And my Proust madeleine is the smell of wood and varnish ”, confides the eldest of two sisters who very early on experimented with accounting entry alongside her parents, who are professional figures.
While she should have been born in Paris, the events of May 68 forced her mother to opt for the Yvelines. But it was in the capital that this holder of a master’s degree in economic and social administration, also a graduate of the School of Business Administration and Management, studied.
Passionate about heritage, to recharge her batteries, she takes time out in the Vosges plain, where her family is from. Between hikes and various initiatives (rehabilitation of an old vineyard, restoration of a sacristan’s house, etc.), this amateur photographer has converted the stable of the family house into a gallery of associative exhibitions. For now, she is working to develop the visibility of Initiative France, “Beaming with pleasure at the idea of leading this network”, in the opinion of its president, Guillaume Pepy. And the former boss of the SNCF to boast “Its new but not distant eye, its ability to train and its conviction that companies are among the best responses to economic, social and environmental issues”.
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