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Port Alberni-based program helps bridge business generation gap

By Mike Youds
The Alberni Valley News
June 13, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Slowly but surely, there’s a grey tsunami bearing down on Main Street. No cause for panic, but the entrepreneurs of the post-war generation are clearing out their desks… in smaller centres such as Port Alberni. …Eight years ago, Community Futures — a non-profit mandated to support small business, entrepreneurs and economic development — set its focus on the issue. …Scott Lemkay called on Venture Connect when he wanted to become a minor partner in Sitka Silviculture. The company, currently relocating to Port Alberni from Cumberland, contracts with Island Timberlands (now Mosaic) for silviculture services. Lemkay needed advice and the reassurance of a partnership contract to proceed, services received from Venture Connect. “They definitely got me along the right path,” he said.

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