Community Futures Names Thompson-Okanagan Export Advisor

Thompson-Okanagan business owners interested in exporting their products will now have the chance to receive guidance at every step from an experienced business leader and CEO coach. Community Futures North Okanagan has named Ken MacLeod as Export Advisor for the region’s Export Navigator program.

“We are thrilled to be able to provide clients with this caliber of support,” says Leigha Horsfield, general manager, Community Futures North Okanagan. “We look forward to the continued success of this program as entrepreneurs connect with Ken to grow their markets beyond BC.”

Export Navigator assists businesses already exporting and those with export potential as they access new business market opportunities and develop strategies to innovate, grow and enhance their competitiveness in BC and internationally. With support from the Province through the Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology, and the Government of Canada through Western Economic Diversification, and in partnership with Small Business BC, North Okanagan entrepreneurs can now receive enhanced support with a locally based Export Advisor.

MacLeod is an accredited Family Enterprise Advisor and an experienced entrepreneur, innovator, business leader and CEO coach.  His corporate, franchise and family business experience in Canada, United States and Asia makes him ideally suited to support the Export Navigator clients.

“I’m looking forward to helping companies achieve success by identifying and building new markets, innovating next-generation products and services, and championing the best in business thinking.”

Ken MacLeod
Ken MacLeod

“This role aligns so well with my vision because I really am passionate about advancing support for small business entrepreneurs in BC,” says MacLeod, who has also been active in the community as past Director and then President of the Vernon Chamber of Commerce, Director on the BC Chamber of Commerce and has held seats on several for-profit and not-for-profit boards.

“I’m looking forward to helping companies achieve success by identifying and building new markets, innovating next-generation products and services, and championing the best in business thinking.”

Export Navigator provides essential services at no cost to qualified businesses that will receive a personalized, step-by-step approach to exporting as well as assistance to connect their business to available market information, export programs, financial services, and business development experts at every stage of the process.

MacLeod will offer Export Navigator assistance to clients across the Okanagan Valley as well as parts of the Thompson and Shuswap regions.

Export Navigator Services include:

– Expert advice and guidance throughout the entire process
– An export readiness assessment and business needs assessment
– Market entry strategy support
– Market tools and information
– Streamlined service connections to support services

Entrepreneurs interested in learning more about Export Navigator can visit https://smallbusinessbc.ca/export-navigator/.

For more information, please contact:

Ken MacLeod, FEA  

Export Advisor, North Okanagan Region, Export Navigator

Community Futures North Okanagan

250-306-5915

Ken@exportnavigator.ca

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