New advisor will support Slocan Valley businesses with COVID-19 economic recovery
Community Futures Central Kootenay is pleased to welcome Karen Kornelsen to the role of Slocan Valley Small Business Support Advisor.
This one-year position will see Karen working with the Slocan Valley Economic Development Partnership to implement its business retention and expansion program, alongside Economic Development Coordinator, Ron LeBlanc.
“With Karen onboard we will have a greater capacity to support local businesses, particularly in response to the strange new world we find ourselves in,” LeBlanc said. “Karen’s skills, experience, enthusiasm and big heart makes her a natural fit for the role.”
Beginning this summer, Karen will be reaching out to business owners, following up on a recent business survey to help match their specific needs with available programs, and lending a hand where needed.
There will be more on-the-ground work done to advance the Shop Slocan Valley campaign, explore business cross-promotions and find more ways to support home-based businesses and professionals. Karen will also manage the website and social media content for the Slocan Valley Economic Development Partnership.
“The Slocan Valley has a vibrant business ecosystem filled with passionate business owners, artists, makers, remote workers, and people living and working off the land,” adds Karen. “I am thrilled and honoured to put my skills to work to assist Slocan Valley communities and businesses in accessing support, connecting them to resources, bridging gaps and making a difference in their livelihoods.”
Karen is the owner of Peak to Moon Creative, a business focused on helping businesses with digital marketing and copywriting. She most recently worked for the Kootenay Association of Science and Technology (KAST) and the Nelson Innovation Centre, supporting and connecting local businesses. She has called the Slocan Valley her community for over 10 years.
The Small Business Support Advisor position is funded by Economic Trust of the Southern Interior (ETSI-BC)’s Rural Business and Community Recovery (RBCR) Program.