Columbia Basin (based out of Community Futures Central Kootenay in Nelson)
Tracey’s early career was as a journalist, marketer and business consultant in Vancouver and the Okanagan Valley including positions with major publications, Chambers of Commerce and the Business Development Bank of Canada. In 2002, she began working with the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission out of Kelowna and over 15 years provided guidance and advisement to hundreds of businesses in diverse sectors. Agriculture became her area of preference and she developed an award-winning agricultural services program recognized as a provincial best by the Union of BC Municipalities.
Tracey takes a highly customized approach to helping each of her clients identify and address challenges, plan, and realize new opportunities for their farm business. With her move to Nelson to join the BBA program in 2018, she is excited to be working with all members of the agricultural industry while she and her partner enjoy the exceptional beauty and recreational opportunities the region is well known for.
Creston and area (based out of Community Futures Central Kootenay in Creston)
Alison is an entrepreneur at heart, owning many businesses over her career, including current involvement with her husband in their businesses based in Creston. Aside from being an advisor for the Basin Business Advisors Program, she is also the Self-employment Program Facilitator in Creston and a current and founding board member of the Creston and District Investment Co-op. Over 30 years of diverse business activity from retail and production to art and hospitality has only emphasized her belief in the need for fundamental business practices to be embraced. This experience has exposed her to a multitude of businesses and personalities.
Using a values based consulting approach to business and marketing, she guides her clients to their own solutions, capitalizing on strengths. Her consideration for the day to day reality of running a business is paramount when working with business people, finding actionable solutions based on fundamental business practices. Creative problem solving within the unique parameters of a situation is her specialty. Her curious mind is fed through genuine enjoyment of people and helping them find success.
Nelson and area (based out of Community Futures Central Kootenay in Nelson)
Barb started her entrepreneurial journey young, when she wrote a proposal to provide contract landscaping services to West Kootenay Power (now Fortis), at the age of fourteen. She has been with Community Futures Central Kootenay for over twenty-four years, including eighteen years working for and managing the Self-employment Program where she helped hundreds of successful businesses launch, before joining the BBA team in 2013. Barb has a proven record of coaching, mentoring and training businesses, as well as developing and delivering workshops on a variety of business topics. She loves crunching numbers, is an Excel and bookkeeping expert and continues to manage her own retail business (11 years & counting).
Trail and area (based out of Community Futures Greater Trail)
After she traveled twenty-seven countries on one journey, Wendy settled down in her early twenties to operate her own national marketing agency, which she successfully exited after two decades. She has also provided advertising and design services, event management, publishing and business development council for a broad range of businesses. Wendy then worked as a business consultant for the Alberta Government before she and her partner operated an organic farm and tourist retreat in central Alberta for thirteen years. Wendy joined the BBA team in 2013.
Revelstoke and area (based out of Community Futures Revelstoke)
Roberta has a diverse history having managed businesses in the tourism, food service, accommodations and event planning sectors. She started working with Community Futures Revelstoke in 2007 as a Self-employment Program Coordinator before moving to the BBA team in 2013. Roberta has served on a number of non-profit boards, and has been instrumental in the presentation of Social Enterprise and Succession Planning workshops around the Columbia Basin. Roberta’s passion is helping people excel in their business by helping them to see their value and potential.
Cranbrook and area (based out of Community Futures East Kootenay in Cranbrook)
Bob spent a number of years travelling the world as an independent consultant, specializing in change management, continuous improvement and key performance measurement. His clients included healthcare, bulk transportation, airline, resource and prints industry businesses. In 2015, shortly after he realized that the Colombia Basin was the best place to call home, Bob joined the BBA team. Since then, he has excelled at helping companies and small business owners identify what is important to them and the key elements to measure as they continually improve their business.
(based out of Community Futures East Kootenay in Cranbrook)
Will has been working with the BBA program since 2007, and took on the role of Program Manager in 2015. In addition to his previous experience in consulting, he has worked extensively in food service and national retail management. He enjoys reviewing business operations to look for efficiencies and has an ability to clear away the clutter in order to focus on the primary issues and opportunities within a business.