Clee has over 25 years of diverse international business experience. This has encompassed credit risk management, business consulting, community economic development, financial reporting, and business planning.
For several years, Clee has facilitated finance training workshops for entrepreneurs, as part of the Community Futures self-employment program. He is passionate about helping entrepreneurs achieve their goals.
Sandra has over 20 years of experience as an international trade expert working in multiple countries. She is fluent speaking French and Spanish as well as English. Sandra has a diverse record of experience working in sales and marketing, customs, and advisory services. She has accumulated expertise in international trade and business management. Sandra has also in a wide range of industries, including multinational companies, Canadian customs, and the French Chamber of Commerce in Montreal.
Sandra worked for a supplier in the retail industry during the start-up phase of that business. Her duties were HR management, marketing, sales management and public relations. She was also an international trade advisor at Small Business BC for close to 10 years, then moved to the Okanagan joining the Women’s Enterprise Centre where she was a business advisor, loan analyst and international trade advisor.
Over the past eleven years, Sandra has advised and assisted almost one thousand entrepreneurs to grow their business and has helped entrepreneurs to start and/or expand their business through financing.
Business Resources | Loans | Projects
Jaimie takes care of marketing, business resources, administration and support for CFOS. She has a background in sales, marketing, and administration within the South Okanagan wine & tourism industry, and has a keen interest in the history and culture of the region. She is an alumni of the Centre for Arts & Technology Kelowna, in the business management department, and is partner in a building design firm in Penticton. She also sits on the board for Habitat for Humanity.
Nicole has been coaching, mentoring and training in the real estate industry for 30+ years – the skills learned there are fully transferable to any business. During that time she hired and trained, coached and mentored literally hundreds of realtors. She developed a Realtor’s Business Plan that is fully implementable and complete with Action Plan.
Over the past several years she has helped a number of South Okanagan entrepreneurs get their start; helping them take their businesses from the “great idea” stage to “open for business!”. In addition to supporting the creation and implementation of successful business plans, Nicole’s strengths are in the areas of Social Media, Overcoming Overwhelm, Time Management and the creation of Action Plans that allow entrepreneurs to get out of their own way and bridge the gap between their dreams and their reality.
Cathy became the Accounting Manager in August 2015, after receiving her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Okanagan College in Kelowna. She grew up in the South Okanagan and is a strong believer in “Buy Local”. She is thrilled to be able to put her experience and abilities to use, for an organization that encourages growth and prosperity of the communities in our region.