Alvaro is the Program Coordinator for the Export Navigator program. He plays a key role in liaising with Export Advisors across the province and promoting the program through various channels.
His diverse work experience includes international experience in the financial industry, non-profit sector, global commerce and market research. He majored in International Business both for his Bachelor’s Degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati and Master’s Degree from the University of Queensland in Brisbane. Alvaro also speaks Spanish and French.
Amy has been a Business Advisor at Small Business BC for over 15 years. Specializing in general business advising, corporate registry services, tax requirements and industry-specific regulations, she uses her wealth of experience to help clients gain access to the relevant information, appropriate tools and resources they need to achieve a successful and sustainable business. Amy is the Ask the Expert program manager at Small Business BC. Amy operates her own part time specialty cake bakery business.
Audrey Bai is a Project Analyst Small Business BC. Audrey has extensive experience working in non-profits, from leading and supporting projects in primary care and mental health, to working and volunteering at summer camps, to coordinating and developing research on apps. She applies her diverse experience to coordinate a variety of projects at Small Business BC.
Born and raised on the west coast, she recently moved to Vancouver from Victoria and is excited to continue exploring local businesses around the province.
Belinda is a Trade Advisor at Small Business BC. She has successfully launched several businesses ranging from selling online to trading internationally, shipping to every continent in the world with the exception of Antarctica.
Having worked in strategic analysis, marketing, and international trade, she utilizes her experience in assisting clients through the process of starting and growing their business at Small Business BC.
Bridget Field is the Client Services Manager at Small Business BC. A graduate of the UBC Sales and Marketing Management Executives Program, she has over 20 years’ experience in retail management, sales and marketing. Bridget shares her expertise with clients at Small Business BC as well as teaching business courses for local community colleges.
Connie Miao is an Education Coordinator at Small Business BC. Coming from a background involving university education programs and alumni relations, she applies her experience in the Education Centre to coordinate and develop new content relevant to small business communities across the province of BC. She holds a BCom with a specialization in Marketing Co-op from the Sauder School of Business and hopes to become an entrepreneur one day.
A native of Dublin, Ireland, Darren has an extensive background in journalism and content creation that stretches back over a decade. He has worked at Small Business BC since August 2017.
In his position as Content Coordinator he oversees the upkeep of the SBBC and SBBC Awards website, writing articles, developing relationships with external bloggers, and collaborating with industry experts on articles of interest to the SBBC community.
David is a Business Advisor at Small Business BC. Born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, David came to Canada to study commerce at UBC. Having specialized in entrepreneurship, he gravitated towards the province’s entrepreneurs at Small Business BC, first as a Co-op student and now back fulltime after graduating. As a Business Advisor, David helps entrepreneurs get started on their journeys by advising our walk-in clients and helping put on all of our education programming.
Dylan Hrycyshen is a start-up advisor and entrepreneur with a passion for technology, social enterprise and sustainable design. Dylan loves big ideas and the passion that fuels small business.
As a Business Advisor, Dylan uses his community development experience to foster the relationships that accelerate business skill training.
Gary has been a part of Small Business BC for over twenty years. Currently, as a Business Advisor, he advises clients on all aspects of business start-up including registration, licencing, sales tax registration, workers compensation coverage, business insurance and industry specific regulatory requirements. Gary has first-hand knowledge of what it takes to successfully start, run and sell a business, having operated his own coffee shop business, in Kitsilano, over a span of 6 years. Given this experience, he is able to provide clients with very practical insights during one-on-one consultations. In particular, he is able to advise on financial and operational aspects of clients business strategies that they often overlook.
James is the Marketing Manager of Small Business BC.
James has over 8 years experience working in marketing, specialising in digital he has managed countless marketing campaigns, launched multiple new websites and mobile apps. He started work as an intern (co-op) in a team of 4 at a small business in London, progressing to become their Marketing Director, while helping the the business grow to a team of over 20.
James believes good marketing means adding value to people's experiences.
Jayme is a Business Systems Analyst at Small Business BC. She is a graduate of the Bachelors of Business Administration, Marketing Management program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She also has experience launching her own online-based business. Jayme has contributed as a writer on the Small Business BC website.
Jayme also spearheaded the launch of the Small Business BC Meetup Group which has successfully grown to over 2,000 members in just over 2 years. Jayme regularly participates in outreach events and presentations on behalf of Small Business BC.
Josh Ludgate is the VP of Operations at Small Business BC. He has a background in leading and building technology and telecom start-ups in Vancouver, as well as international roles with Hewlett Packard Financial Services. He applies his diverse and extensive business experience to help clients successfully plan and grow their business.
Jovi is a Marketing and Events Assistant Co-op student at Small Business BC. Jovi is currently in her 4th year of studying at UBC Sauder School of Business with a concentration in Marketing. Jovi assists in organizing and planning major events as well as participating in marketing campaigns across all different channels of communication.
Kelsey is the Marketing and Communications Coordinator for Small Business BC, where she oversees all social media channels, email communications and media relations.
Kirsten is the HR manager at Small Business BC. She holds a BBA from Thompson Rivers University with a major in Human Resources. A Chartered Professional in Human Resources, her career background is in municipal government.
Kirsten has previously worked for the City of Kamloops and City of Vancouver.
Laura Aveledo is the Business Planning and International Trade Advisor. Laura takes her clients on a “business planning journey” which includes research, evaluation and development of business strategies and defining actions to encourage business growth.
Leo Chow is the Education Services Manager at Small Business BC. He is a nonprofit sector professional with over a dozen years of experience that spans many boundaries, including immigrant employment, wage subsidy grants, community health, academic assistance for inner-city students and more.
Lewis is a Business Service Consultant Coop Student at SBBC. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance at SFU Beedie School of Business. As part of his role, Lewis performs initial assessments of clients, consult with their needs and find ways that SBBC can help them. On the side, Lewis is continually working with a couple of friends to launch a online apparel store.
Mark is a Market Research Analyst and has worked at Small Business BC for over 25 years. He specializes in helping clients with market research.
Max Vitali is an International Trade Advisor at Small Business BC. He is passionate about supporting local organizations developing import and export opportunities in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
Robert Chorner is a Manager, Business Development and Sponsorship at Small Business BC.
Robert is an entrepreneur at heart and at the age of 17, he started his own a small business selling men’s clothes at a flea market. By the age of 21, he grew that business to 4 retail outlets and a distribution centre and launched his professional career. Robert went on to produce award winning sales results for The Vancouver Board of Trade and the Vancouver Canucks but he never forgot where it all started. He’s one of the many individuals at SBBC who understands the passion and perseverance it takes to be a successful small business owner.
Roop Johal moved from England to Canada in 2009. She studied at Lordswood and Kwantlen Polytechnic University before proceeding to work in the event production industry for several years. Enamored with the greenery and beautiful mountain views of the west coast, immigrating to Vancouver, British Columbia was a natural fit. With her passion for production management and community engagement, she has built several small and large scale events in both the private and public sectors.
Ruby Wang is the Events Coordinator at Small Business BC. She is responsible for the execution and coordination of numerous SBBC signature events, including the annual Small Business BC Awards and INSPIRE.