Allysa Hopkins is the Vice President of Business Development at Small Business BC. She brings over a decade of proven experience with building tier-one commercial partnerships, driving top line sales revenues and bolstering bottom line profits through strategic marketing, careful organizational planning and management. She prides herself on fostering such relationships to generate quantifiable results, achieving record-setting sales and notable corporate patronage.
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 the Program Coordinator for Export Navigator. Export Navigator, funded by the Province and administered by Small Business BC, offers businesses free access to community-based export specialists. 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 marketing, seminars, outreach, reporting and more for Export Navigator.
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 and fellow entrepreneur. 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.
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.
Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Eyren moved to Vancouver in 2009 to experience a new city, further his education, and enjoy the west coast that he heard so much about while growing up. As Small Business BC’s Events Coordinator and resident event expert, Eyren has produced hundreds of events throughout his school and professional endeavours. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a focus on Marketing Management from Langara College and a Digital Media Design diploma from LaSalle College International Vancouver.
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.
George Hunter is the CEO of Small Business BC. Since joining in 2009 he has lead the organizational transformation of Small Business BC to become a fully developed social enterprise.
As a visionary executive, George has a proven track record as a pioneer and builder of effective private and not-for-profit organizations in both public and private sectors.
Originating from London, UK, Gill has been with Small Business BC for over 7 years. Starting first as the Content Coordinator, where she grew the website traffic from just 20,000 views to over 80,000 views per month and put Small Business BC on the road to success with it’s digital platform.
Jayme is a Business Advisor at Small Business BC. She advises clients on their business start-ups, providing them with relevant information and directing them to useful resources Jayme 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 and presents the popular Start Smart seminar, on a monthly basis.
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.
Kirsten holds a BBA from Thompson Rivers University with a major in Human Resources. A Chartered Professional in Human Resources, her career backgroun 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.
Leah is the Marketing and Communications Coordinator for Small Business BC. She enjoys sharing the successes of the organization and its clients and believes in fostering an environment of learning and growth for local businesses. Leah holds a BA in Communications from Simon Fraser University and a diploma in Journalism from Langara College.
Leah enjoys collaborating with other resources and organizations from across the province to create a network of supportive education for small businesses to rely on and grow from.
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.
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.
Meredith Holmes is the VP of Human Resources at Small Business BC. Meredith is a The Chartered Professional in Human Resources with over ten years combined experience in Human Resources management, performance management, policy design, employee relations, labour relations, training, and employment law. Joining the team in 2015, Meredith is the resident HR expert responsible for all human resources functions for Small Business BC.
Nancy is one of the International Trade Advisors at Small Business BC. In this role, Nancy is responsible for the development and delivery of the International Trade Advisory products, services and education to clients as well as the coordination of the SBBC Trade services portfolio. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in International Business and marketing.
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.
Samantha is a Business Services Representative at Small Business BC. She is currently in her 3rd year at Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business and is concentrating in Marketing. She is on an eight month co-op here at Small Business BC and is excited to learn from her colleagues and the numerous entrepreneurs that she is exposed to on a daily basis.
Sara Clark is the Head of Strategic Projects at Small Business BC, currently overseeing a number of special programs and government initiatives. In addition to her previous SBBC roles as the VP and Director of Marketing, she holds a Certificate in Advanced Project Management, a diploma in Marketing Management and a Bachelor's degree from the University of British Columbia. Sara also contributes as an Advisory Board Member for the Langara College School of Management.
Shirley Hui is one of two Education Advisors for the Canada-BC Job Grant program at Small Business BC. She has a background in adult education and corporate training, which includes working with a variety of small and medium-sized businesses. Shirley also has experience in the areas of customer service, cross-cultural communication and career development.