Alison Bjorkman

Program Manager

An entrepreneur at heart, Alison has owned and operated several businesses in her career, including current business involvement with her husband.

Joining the BBA team in 2018, Alison spent time as an Advisor before becoming the Program Manager. She has worked for Community Futures Central Kootenay for six years, supporting numerous businesses as a BBA Advisor and as the Self-Employment Facilitator in Creston. She has operated as a consultant in both facilitation and business planning. This experience has exposed to her a multitude of businesses and personalities.

Alison grew up and worked on a grain farm in Central Alberta; this first-hand experience is very valuable in supporting the Agriculture Specialist position. Leaving the family farm, Alison went to Red Deer College for a diploma in Business Administration and onward to operate several businesses, including a bookstore in Creston what she started in 2002 when she moved to the Kootenays.

Over 30 years of diverse business activity, from retail and production to art and hospitality, has only emphasized Alison’s belief in the need for fundamental business practices to be embraced.

Her consideration for the day-to-day reality of operating a business is paramount when working with businesspeople. She believes in finding actionable solutions based on fundamental business practices that consider the goals and strengths of the business owners. Alison’s curious mind is fed through genuine enjoyment of people and helping them find success.

Alison is also an artist, having made wheel-thrown pottery for over 20 years and operated an art gallery in Creston for three years. Her leisure activities include kayaking, hiking, camping, skiing, reading and relaxing in hot springs.

Alison is based out of Community Futures East Kootenay in Cranbrook.