Amy has been a Business Advisor at Small Business BC for over 20 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 Talk to an Expert program manager at Small Business BC.
Anna Chu is a Business Consultant Co-op at SBBC. She is currently pursuing her Business Administration degree in Simon Fraser University, specializing in Human Resources Management and Innovation & Entrepreneurship. With her sales experience and genuine passion for helping small business owners, she is here with Small Business BC to support our client's journey to success.
Anthony is a Business Advisor Co-op at Small Business BC. He is currently a student at Simon Fraser University, majoring in business administration with concentrations in finance, management information systems, and international business. He is passionate about helping small business owners succeed, and he has worked in both the public and financial sectors, gaining valuable insights into the workings of different industries.
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 Digital Content and Website Manager 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.
Dylan is a Business Planning Advisor and Strategy Coach, helping entrepreneurs launch and grow successful ventures from the ground up. From technology to social enterprise, he aligns purpose with profit adding creative strategy and practical advice through all stages of the business journey. An intrapreneur for SBBC’s special programs, he has led initiatives to strengthen BC’s business community like the BC Business Covid Support Service and BC Marketplace.
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.
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 is the Regional Business Advisor for Vancouver Island. He 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 Chief Operations Officer 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.
Leo Chow is the Internal Program Manager at Small Business BC. He is a nonprofit sector professional with over fifteen years of experience spanning various areas including education, government grants, immigrant settlement, community health, and more.
Mark is the Market Research Analyst at Small Business BC. He teaches both primary and secondary market research techniques, guest lectures on market research, and provides market research coaching for small businesses.
Paola is the Digital Marketing Coordinator at Small Business BC. Born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, Paola came to Canada to study digital marketing and to have a new experience abroad. She fell in love with Vancouver and decided to give it a try. She has more than fifteen years of experience in marketing, gravitating towards public service back in Colombia, and non-profits in Canada. As a marketing specialist, her focus is on social and cultural causes. Paola helps entrepreneurs and small businesses become more visible from a digital perspective and supports SBCC with all of our digital campaigns and promotions.
With several years of experience in community engagement, 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 is passionate about business.
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.
Sarah is from Vancouver, BC, and is a graduate of UBC and SFU. She uses her versatile background encompassing journalism, marketing, and public relations to help inform SBBC’s community about the latest updates for business owners.
Sarah is also a small business owner herself, running Mystic Rose Tarot Co., a tarot reading service for events in Metro Vancouver. With a passion for both her work at SBBC and her thriving soloprenuer venture, Sarah brings a unique blend of skills and experiences to her diverse roles.
Shubhangi Jain is a driven HR professional with over six years of experience in Human Resource, Operations and Finance management. She finds joy in enhancing performance and operations by analyzing existing processes and creating/implementing effective systems, strategies, policies, and procedures. Shubhangi is truly passionate about supporting small and local business success through effective talent and HR management.
Steven is a Business Consultant Co-op from the University of British Columbia. He is pursuing a degree in Psychology and Business, looking to develop towards a career in project management. Through his experience with SBBC, as well as previous roles in sales and customer service, Steven is well equipped in supporting clients on their journey in becoming a small business owner.
Steven is also proficient in Cantonese and Mandarin, allowing him to support clients from diverse backgrounds.
Tom Conway is the Chief Executive Officer for Small Business BC (SBBC), holding the position since joining in April 2019.
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.
Victor is the Data Reporting Analyst at Small Business BC. He has a background in the E-commerce and software industry in Vancouver.
Yvonne Bayer-Cheung is the Client Services Manager at Small Business BC. A passionate entrepreneur, business strategist and advisor, Yvonne has a diverse range of experience in management and leadership, marketing, operations and financial lending. She was most recently a Business Advisor at the Women's Enterprise Centre of Manitoba (WECM), contributing to their community for three years.
She has launched over a dozen restaurants in Manitoba and Ontario including the branding, operations, and franchise development of Za Pizza Bistro. As a solopreneur, Yvonne has successfully pivoted her fitness business of 10 years, Yvonne’s Fitness where she markets and teaches virtual fitness classes to clients from around the world. She has an International MBA specializing in Marketing and Finance from York University and worked in China as the General Manager for the Canada China Business Council as well as the Director of Membership and Business Services in Toronto.