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.
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 has also completed the Data Analytics certificate program at BrainStation. Jayme has worked in several different roles at Small Business BC including Business Services Consultant and Education Coordinator and most recently Business Advisor. In her current role, she analyzes the organization's systems and processes to improve operational efficiency.
Jayme has spearheaded several projects at Small Business BC including the launch of the Small Business BC Meetup Group and most recently the new website redesign. She loves working for an organization that supports entrepreneurs in reaching their goals.
John Baxter has a Bachelor of Mathematics and Business Administration and a Masters of International Development. Having worked on entrepreneurship programs both in Canada and Abroad he has worked with a wide variety of businesses. He uses this experience to help his clients with all aspects of their business idea, helping them to develop a business plan that will guide their business through startup and growth.
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.
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 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.
Nicole is the Business Development & Marketing Coordinator at Small Business BC. Growing up, Nicole has always loved helping people, so it was a natural transition for her to work in the non-profit industry upon her graduation from UBC with a Bachelor of Commerce.
Nixon Vu is a Business Services Consultant at Small Business BC. Nixon is working towards his Bachelors of Business at Simon Fraser University with a concentration in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Marketing. As a consultant, Nixon assist clients with the initial steps to starting a business and coordinates resources at SBBC that can help them.
With several years of experience in community engagement, cooperate sponsorship, and stakeholder relationship management, Roop looks to actively improve and provide business excellence in business development and partner relations. She has a deep commitment to serve the community and passionate about business.
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.
Sara Clark is the VP of Strategic Projects at Small Business BC, currently overseeing a number of special programs and government initiatives. In addition to previous roles such as the VP and Director of Marketing, she holds a Project Management Professional (PMP)® Certification, a diploma in Marketing Management and a Bachelor's degree from the University of British Columbia. Sara participates in various small business and economic development focused groups and committees, including the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association’s (DVBIA) Policy Advisory Council.
Tom Conway is the Chief Executive Officer for Small Business BC (SBBC). As an experienced business owner himself, he understands how having access to education, support and resources can make all the difference when starting and growing a company.
Tuan Pham is an Education Coordinator at Small Business BC. He studied Business Administration at Capilano University before embarking on an eclectic career in hospitality, travel, sales, and the non-profit sector in Cambodia and the Philippines.