1-1 Expert Advisors

One-on-one coaching provided by industry experts is a highlight of SOHO Nanaimo.

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Whether you have a specific challenge you are facing in your business or just something you’d like to understand better, you can get free 1-1 time with an industry expert.

This incredible opportunity is included free with your registration. The value of three 20-minute sessions could be worth $200 or more.

As a SOHO registrant you can reserve a 20 minute time slot with the expert(s) of your choice. To book a time slot go to the agenda and create your own customized schedule.

Register NOW to ensure you don’t miss your chance to lock-in this incredible offer. You can choose from different Expert Advisors including:


Jill Earthy is the Chief Growth Officer at Frontfundr in Vancouver, BC

Areas of expertise:

  • Financing options
  • Entrepreneurial resources
  • Equity crowdfunding
  • Mentorship
  • Collaborative financing

Examples of questions Jill can answer:

  • What is the right type of financing for my business at each stage?  How do I put my funding puzzle together?
  • There are so many financing options and resources available, where do I start?
  • What are the three things I need to know when exploring funding options for my business?
  • How do I find a mentor, or form a Board of Advisors?

 


Allison Morgan is a Sales Manager, Small Business at Royal Bank of Canada in Nanaimo, BC.

Areas of expertise:

  • Managing business and personal banking needs of business owners
  • Financial advice for small business through the complete business cycle
  • Business and personal financing
  • Providing sound advice for making a business “bankable”

Examples of questions Karen can answer:

  •     How can I maximize my banking while minimizing my costs
  •     What does a bank look for when applying for business loans
  •     How can I do all my business banking on line
  •     What are my financing options

Bosco Anthony is a Digital Strategist | Integrated Marketing Campaigns | Content Engineer | Founder of Tribe1 in Vancouver, BC.

Areas of expertise:
  • Social Media 
  • Digital Marketing and or Strategy 
  • Influencer Marketing 
  • Personal Branding 
Examples of questions Bosco can answer:
  • How to improve my digital growth?
  • How can I grow my personal brand and identity
  • How do I incorporate a social media strategy
  • How can I acquire influencers

Karen Dyler  – Small Business Account Manager, Royal Bank of Canada, Woodgrove Branch, in Nanaimo, BC.

Areas of expertise:

  • Managing business and personal banking needs of business owners
  • Financial advice for small business through the complete business cycle
  • Business and personal financing
  • Providing sound advice for making a business “bankable”

Examples of questions Karen can answer:

  •     How can I maximize my banking while minimizing my costs
  •     What does a bank look for when applying for business loans
  •     How can I do all my business banking on line
  •     What are my financing options

Matthew Van Den Hooven is a ​Barrister, Solicitor & Notary Public in Parksville, BC

Areas of expertise:

  • General Legal Practice in administrative tribunals
  • Provincial Court
  • Supreme Court of British Columbia

Examples of questions Matthew can answer:

  • How can I improve my legal contracts?
  • Where should I sue to enforce my legal rights?
  • How can I prevent legal problems from occurring?
  • Should I incorporate?
  • How can I ensure I get paid?
  • How can I minimize risk?
  • Where can I file a complaint?
  • How should I respond to a complaint?

Janice Porter is a LinkedIn expert and Business Building Strategist at Janice Porter and Associates in Vancouver, BC. 

Areas of expertise:

  • Online brand optimization
  • Online lead generation
  • Building referral networks
  • Generating qualified prospects & clients

Examples of questions Janice can answer:

  • Why is it important for me to have a LinkedIn profile?
  • How can I use LinkedIn to grow my business?
  • I have my LinkedIn profile completed – Now what?
  • What can I do on LinkedIn to differentiate myself from other professionals
  • in my field?
  • How do I best use LinkedIn for lead generation?

Bonnie Chomica is a Marketing Communications Specialist at Marketing Done Write, in Nanoose Bay, BC

Areas of expertise:

  • Building business and individual trust and credibility
  • Content Marketing – planning, writing, distribution
  • Email Marketing – newsletter, autoresponders, follow up series

Examples of questions Bonnie can answer:

  • How can blogging benefit my business?
  • What does it take to start and maintain a newsletter?
  • What can I use as a lead magnet on my website?
  • What kind of follow up emails go with my lead magnet?
  • Are press releases a useful strategy?
  • What can I do besides social media?
  • How do I use testimonials beyond my website?
  • What do I need to know about the Canadian Anti Spam Legislation (CASL)?

Greg Bombardir, CPA, CA is an Accountant and Business Advisor with MNP LLP  in Nanaimo, BC

Areas of expertise

  • Setting up or improving your accounting and business systems
  • Maximizing your cash flow
  • Minimizing your personal and corporate taxes
  • Protecting your assets
  • Managing the growth of your business

Examples of questions Greg can answer:

  • How do I interpret my financial statements?
  • How can I structure my business to save taxes?
  • How can I increase the cash in my bank account?
  • How do I increase the value of my business?
  • How can I grow my business?

Nic Przada, CPA, CA is an Accountant and Business Advisor with MNP LLP  in Nanaimo, BC

Areas of expertise

  • Setting up or improving your accounting and business systems
  • Maximizing your cash flow
  • Minimizing your personal and corporate taxes
  • Protecting your assets
  • Managing the growth of your business

Examples of questions Nic can answer:

  • How do I interpret my financial statements?
  • How can I structure my business to save taxes?
  • How can I increase the cash in my bank account?
  • How do I increase the value of my business?
  • How can I grow my business?

Kalon Goodrich is a Regional Manager at LegalShield in Nanaimo, BC 

Areas of expertise:

  • Effective networking
  • Building relationships that build business
  • Startup and operational legal issues to consider
  • Protecting and empowering entrepreneurs
  • Solving big business problems on a small business budget

Examples of questions Kalon can answer:

  • Is networking a good way for me to build my business?
  • If so, what are three networking skills that will help me be more effective?
  • What are the best ways to build relationships that can build my business?
  • How can I spend less on legal expenses, and get the right protection for my business and family?
  • What are some good options for incorporation?
  • I need documents for my business…how can I get them and make sure they’re legal in B.C.?
  • What if I have questions around signing a lease, intellectual property protection, insurance disputes, employee/customer disputes, or liability?

Marc Ebdrup is a Strategic Interventionist and the Owner of Performance Driving Coaching in Nanaimo, BC Marc Ebdrup

Areas of expertise:

  • Sales training
  • Developing and implementing sales processes
  • Evaluating and defining opportunities for growth

Examples of questions Marc can answer:

  • Should I invest in sales training?
  • How will sales training improve my business?
  • How can I/my staff become better at sales?
  • How can I get new customers?

Shanda Wright

Shanda Wright is a Sales & Marketing Specialist and an Account Executive at Island Radio (102.3 The Wave & 106.9 The Wolf the wave plus 6 more!) | NanaimoNewsNOW.com| Get in The Loop App for Local Business in Nanaimo, BC.

Areas of expertise:

  • Marketing
  • Networking
  • All Vancouver Island Markets
  • Advertising
  • People/public speaking

Examples of questions Shanda can answer:

  • I have XYZ  dollars$ for marketing where would you recommend I start advertising?
  • I don’t want to spam my friends on social media.. how do I still get my name out there on a reasonable budget?
  • How can I use app advertising for my small/medium sized business
  • Coupons used to work for me but stopped.. what do I do now?
  • I tried radio and it didn’t work, why?
  • I used to use Newspaper and its not the right thing anymore, what do I do now?

Hans Trupp is a Business Performance Coach in the Qualicum Beach, BC.Hans Trupp

Areas of expertise:

  • Sales process development and sales training
  • Profit improvement
  • Team development to support growth
  • Strategic thinking and planning support
  • Increasing effectiveness of systems and process for time efficiency

Examples of questions Hans can help you answer:

  • What can I do to increase sales?
  • How do I build a more engaged, motivated and productive team?
  • How can I find more time to live a better balanced life while growing my
  • business?
  • How can my business make more profit?
  • What are the best strategies to meet my medium term and long term goals?
  • How can I best scale my business?

Eugene Chung

Eugene Chung is a Social Media Strategist and the owner of Peer Garden Media in the Comox Valley.

Areas of expertise:

  • Social Media Strategy
  • Storytelling on Social Media
  • Instagram

Examples of questions Eugene can answer:

  • Which social media platforms should I be using to market my business?
  • What kind of equipment do I need to produce content? (i.e. photo, video, smartphone, etc)
  • I’ve set up an account on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter etc… What’s my next step?
  • What are some tips that I could use to get more organic reach on my Facebook posts?

Chris Whiteley is a WordPress & SEO Expert at bWEST Interactive in Victoria, BC.Chris Whiteley

Areas of expertise:

  • WordPress development, troubleshooting and training
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • Blogging/Content Marketing strategy

Examples of questions Chris can answer:

  • How can I keep my WordPress site secure?
  • What is the most effective SEO tactic for attracting quality traffic to my website?
  • What is content marketing and how can it help my business?

Philip Birrer is an Accountant and Partner at Birrer Sangret LLP in Nanaimo, BC. Phil BIrrer

Areas of expertise:

  • Financial accounting and assurance
  • Personal and corporate tax
  • Bookkeeping and cloud solutions
  • Budgeting, tax planning and consulting

Examples of questions Phil can answer:

  • When should I consider incorporating?
  • Do I need to be registered for GST? PST? WCB? Payroll?
  • How do I register for the above?
  • What are “write-offs” and what can I “write-off”?
  • How do you know how much money your business has?
  • How much money did your business make?
  • What did you do with your money?
  • Do I need a budget?
  • What programs should I use for bookkeeping?
  • Should I use a cloud system?
  • Can I run a paperless business?

Celeste Walmsley is the Vancouver Island Queen of Facebook and the owner of Modern Marketing Advantage in Qualicum Beach, BC.Celeste Walmsley

Areas of expertise:

  • Facebook Marketing, Management, Advertising & Posting
  • Running business’s social media campaigns
  • Digital Community Building, Networking, Connections & Engagement

Examples of questions Celeste can answer:

  • How do I use Facebook?
  • How do I decide when and what to post?
  • How do I create engagement and grow my page?
  • How early should I start an ad campaign?
  • What is the minimum budget on Facebook allowed for advertising?
  • Are Facebook Live videos effective for reach?
  • How do I create a community on Facebook?
  • How can I start a buzz on Facebook about my business/services/product?

Billy-Joe Checko is a Commercial Insurance Specialist at Waypoint Insurance in Nanaimo, BC. Billy-Joe Check

Areas of expertise

  • Commercial General Liability
  • Errors & Omissions/Professional Liability
  • Directors and Officers (for-profit & non-profit)
  • Strata
  • Building/Property

Examples of questions Billy-Joe can answer:

  • What type of commercial insurance do I need
  • How do I know my broker/brokerage are working for me
  • What are common mistakes insurance brokers make
  • What are common mistakes clients make
  • Where are my risk exposures
  • When is self insuring the best option
  • What is a Continuity Plan and why is it important

Ben McCulloch is the President of App Culture in Victoria, BC

Areas of expertise:
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  • Local app development
  • Brand building
  • Marketing strategies
  • Advertising campaigns
  • SEO
  • Reputation management

Examples of questions Ben can answer:

  • Why does my business need a mobile app?
  • What is the competition doing with apps?
  • What is the cost – budget and opportunity lost without one – of having a custom app?
  • What timeline should I plan for to launch an app?