Community Futures is hosting business coaching in Hope area.

Community Futures is hosting business coaching in Hope area.

New business coaches available to Hope and Lillooet entrepreneurs

Community Futures initiative open until end of March

Business owners in Hope and Lillooet now have greater access to business advisory services, thanks to a new Community Futures Sun Country pilot project.

The business coaching pilot will see professional consultants in both Lillooet and Hope provide one-on-one support, including conducting assessments and assisting business owners with specific concerns to help them attain their goals.

“It’s important for us to be able to help residents succeed in all the communities we serve,” says Deb Arnott, general manager, Community Futures Sun Country. “Since our region covers such a wide area, expanding our team with remote consultants will help meet the demand for service, and we’re very fortunate to have these individuals supporting our clients.”

Serving as a business coach for Lillooet and area, Andre Kuerbis with AFK Consulting has more than 20 years of experience in marketing and sales and 10 years in bookkeeping and financial coaching. Besides coaching businesses on budgeting, cash flow planning and system implementations, Kuerbis has guided clients through all stages of business and market development.

Chartered Professional Accountant Arnice Catherine Asquin will also bring her vast experience in financial accounting and management to businesses in Hope and area. The current director of finance with the Fraser Valley Employment and Support Services Cooperative in Agassiz, and a controller/shareholder with Win Resources in Hope, Asquin has worked with a wide range of industries, including government, First Nations, service, manufacturing, retail, value-added, and start-up. She is also knowledgeable in several accounting software applications, as well as auditing, bookkeeping, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, projections, and forecasting.

Both consultants will provide business coaching in the communities of Lillooet and Hope until March 31. Originating from a January 2019 strategic planning session, the business coaching pilot project uses a concept similar to the Community Futures Wildfire Business Transition Program, which provided B.C. Interior businesses recovering from the 2017 wildfires with business advisory support and more.

For more information, please contact Community Futures Sun Country at 250-453-9165, 1-800-567-9911 (toll-free), or visit


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