Jodi Silva, CPA, CA- Grant Thornton

HERE Partner Accounting Expert Jodi Silva, CPA, CA- Grant Thornton

Jodi Silva, CPA, CA- Grant Thornton

Like all of our exceptional local service providers in the HERE program, Accountant Jodi Silva is excited for entrepreneurs embracing the challenges and rewards that come with the journey of owning their own business.

Understanding the value that the KAST HERE program brings to the startup and entrepreneur community, Jodi was happy to offer her accounting expertise and help people to realize that accounting decisions are best made early on as an integral piece of the puzzle towards success.

Accounting and bookkeeping tend to be an area of business that people muddle through until it’s too late. It’s often not an area of expertise for business owners and one that is put off, unfortunately to great expense.

Jodi brings a decade of practice since obtaining her Chartered Accountant designation.  A valuable member of the Grant Thornton (formerly Yule Anderson) team, working in the Castlegar office, she is a leader at the practice in the implementation of professional standards.  Jodi has extensive experience with assisting startups through the initial development and growth phases of their business, making her services a tremendous asset to HERE clients.

A frequent question Jodi fields with entrepreneurs is whether they should remain a Proprietorship or move to incorporating.  “There’s a lot to be considered and it’s a question often covered early on in consultation.”  Jodi discusses not only the running of the business but also lifestyle and family life, considering all facets that may impact the direction, and, ultimately, the success, of a startup or entrepreneur.

Clients are also looking for information regarding general bookkeeping, documentation, tracking, payroll as well as the oft-dreaded tax planning.  These are areas where Jodi can lend valuable guidance, ensuring more money stays in the pockets of her clients.  Her primary objective is to provide the necessary help so clients are better able to accomplish their goals.

There are those that think that accounting is a “necessary evil,” and it becomes an afterthought for many companies. But Jodi cautions against this attitude and says, “The earlier you can meet with an accountant, the better.” For instance, in considering whether to incorporate, a meeting with Jodi, even before meeting with a lawyer, can save time, money and stress down the road. This is especially true for tech startups where a solid accounting foundation and record keeping are important to be eligible for SR&ED tax credits, or if you are considering outside investors.

Though earlier is better, Jodi is emphatic in stating, “It’s never to late to meet with an accountant!”  Jodi’s expertise and understanding of tax regulations and all of the required documentation can be helpful in tweaking and improving business operations.  She’s also well versed in the tricks of the trade that can save clients a great deal of time and stress, offering the right advice to help a business run more smoothly and help keep money where it belongs: in the client’s pocket!

Jodi finds satisfaction working and living in such a close-knit community and is impressed at how supportive individuals and businesses are to work and shop locally.  This appreciation of supporting, developing and growing local business makes Jodi particularly well-suited to helping entrepreneurs working hard to find success in our Kootenay communities.

#nvbc2017 Round 2.5 – placing 17-43

KAST VAP Client Cyberdontics Advancing #nvbc2017

#nvbc2017 Round 2.5 – placing 17-43The results are in for those companies moving on to the next round of the #nvbc2017 competition! The esteemed panel of judges have evaluated the Round 2 submissions.

While there were a few ties, there are 16 ventures moving directly into Round 3, and 27 ventures pitching in Round 2.5.  KAST VAP client, Cyberdontics, was one of them!

Rose Hoeher: Nominated for Outstanding Women in the Kootenays

Anyone who knows our Innopreneur Director, Rose Hoeher, won’t be surprised at all to hear about her recent nomination for the 6th annual Influential Women in Business Awards.  And while those of us who work with Rose are aware of how much she brings to her work and that of regional entrepreneurs we’re so pleased to bring greater attention to all she does.

A successful serial entrepreneur and oh-so-effective at coordinating KAST’s coaching services for entrepreneurs she contributes whole-heartedly to the successes of not only the clients of the Venture Acceleration Program but to the variety of pies she has fingers in, such as the growing Tech Meetups throughout the region.

Bucking the trend in the male-dominated fashion industry, she and a female business partner launched their own successful modelling agency in Toronto. Later she went on to open a giftware importing business from the Philippines. As human resources manager at the early stage internet technology company Simply Audiobooks Inc., Rose was part of a fast paced, dynamic tech company.

We are proud of her accomplishments and are so very happy to see her recognized on a larger scale with this esteemed nomination.

You’ve got our vote – good luck, Rose!

Ladies Learning Code Nelson BC

Ladies Learning Code Launches in Nelson!

Ladies Learning Code Nelson BCWe’re thrilled to announce that Ladies Learning Code’s newest Chapter in Nelson, BC will be launching on Saturday, May 20th!  This workshop will be hosted at the Kootenay Career Development Society on Vernon Street, and tickets are still available!

In August of 2011, we hosted our first ever workshop in Toronto and today we are adding Peterborough to the growing list of 29+ Chapters that include Vancouver, Ottawa, Halifax, London, Edmonton, Montreal and Calgary. We are thrilled to be able to provide the same beginner-friendly tech workshops that are so beloved by other communities to the folks of Nelson and surrounding area!

RoseSo what does this mean for Nelson-ites? First and foremost, it means that you are now going to have access to the same fun, collaborative, and beginner-friendly coding workshops that are beloved by tens of thousands of your fellow Canadians! At Ladies Learning Code, we believe in digital literacy for all Canadians, including those who live in smaller communities. And we are so grateful to Chapter Lead Rose Hoeher (pictured here) for inviting us out to Nelson and her incredible leadership in getting programming off the ground in the region.

Interested in getting involved? We’re always on the lookout for volunteers who want to lend a hand! Please reach out to Rose (contact info below) for more details.

Nelson, we’ll see you soon!

Nelson Chapter Contact

Rose Hoeher

Nelson Chapter Lead

Request For Qualified Applicants Nelson Innovation Centre Project Manager

Request For Qualified Applicants Nelson Innovation Centre Project Manager

Request For Qualified Applicants Nelson Innovation Centre Project ManagerRequest For Qualified Applicants 
Nelson Innovation Centre Project Manager 
Closing Date: May 25, 2017 

Community Futures Central Kootenay is seeking to engage a Project Manager on behalf of the Nelson & Area Economic Development Partnership (NAEDP) to establish a Nelson Innovation Centre and invites qualified applicants to submit the requested information as outlined below.

It is the intention of Community Futures Central Kootenay to enter into a 10-month contract with the successful applicant for 20 hours per week ending March 31, 2017 with a possibility for extension subject to funding. The applicant is expected to have the ability to work from an off-site location and provide their own computer, cell phone and vehicle for travel.

The NAEDP is a partnership between the City of Nelson, Community Futures Central Kootenay, the Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce and RDCK Areas E and F. The partnership’s goal is to take a unified approach to community economic development initiatives for the city and region.

In 2015, the NAEDP set a strategic goal to grow and strengthen its digital economy and to do so by using the best practices identified by the Intelligent Community Forum. One of the pillars of communities that are competitive in the digital economy is the ability to support an innovation ecosystem. A Strategic Doing workshop was held in February 2016 that invited “thinkers” and “doers” in the community to identify projects to move Nelson towards being recognized as an Intelligent Community. A highly motivated project group emerged with the objective of setting up a Nelson Innovation Centre. The work that followed included:

  •  research on Innovation Centre best practices;
  •  project concept development informed by a grassroots volunteer group; and
  •  a feasibility study which included stakeholder engagement and data analysis to determine the viability of a Nelson Innovation Centre as well as recommendations for next steps based on the project concept.

The feasibility study:

  •  identified that Nelson has the assets in place for a Nelson Innovation Centre to be successful. These assets include: an entrepreneurial culture, an educated and creative workforce, business and regional industry base, broad community support, physical infrastructure, business development resources and programs and government support;
  •  narrowed the scope of the project concept;
  •  recommended that a proof of concept be put in place and tested; and
  •  recommended that a business plan as well as a five-year financial feasibility assessment be developed to ensure the sustainability of the Nelson Innovation Centre.

Nelson Innovation Centre Project Concept 

The Nelson Innovation Centre (NIC) project concept is an entrepreneurship-focused business incubator with a subset focus on the technology sector.

NIC’s goals are to:

  •  strengthen the community’s position as a regional leader of digital innovation and entrepreneurship;
  •  improve Nelson’s ability to create technology and knowledge workers through education and training;
  •  drive growth for technology businesses including start-ups; and
  •  retain and attract technology companies and workers – creating jobs.

NIC to include:

  •  anchor tenants;
  •  a co-working space;
  •  programs and services;
  •  events; and
  •  other assets as identified to meet client needs and to ensure the sustainability of the NIC.

Project Manager Deliverables 

The Nelson Innovation Centre Project Manager will report to the Executive Director of Community Futures Central Kootenay and will be responsible for the successful development and implementation of the Nelson Innovation Centre Proof of Concept, which will include:

  •  Creating and liaising with an NIC Advisory committee and NAEDP designated lead;
  •  Assessing potential locations and providing a recommendation to the Advisory Committee on the physical location of the NIC;
  •  If required, negotiate lease terms with landlord and manage any building engineering and/or design processes;
  •  If required, identifying and negotiating with anchor tenants and co-work space tenants;
  •  If required, identifying and negotiating with external technology companies with an interest in partnership/co-location;
  •  Conducting a client need analysis to understand client needs in terms of physical space, programs and services both of tenants and community at large e.g. Tech & Knowledge workers and Start Up Nelson group.
  •  Identifying, assessing and implementing infrastructure, capital, program and service needs.
  •  Building agreements with anchor tenants;
  •  Identifying and securing partners which may include corporate partners who would be able to be a key financial contributor as well as identifying potential Federal or Provincial government partnerships to support the longevity of the NIC;
  •  Developing a NIC business plan and financial feasibility assessment for the next 3 years to ensure the sustainability of the NIC in the future;
  •  Identifying and implementing revenue streams;
  •  Marketing;
  •  Developing grant applications and reporting on grants received; and
  •  Ensuring that the project deliverables are met on time, within budget and at the required level of quality.

Proposals will be accepted until 4:30 pm on May 25th, 2017 and should be submitted by email to: marked RFQA: Nelson Innovation Centre Project Manager 

Contact: Andrea Wilkey, Executive Director
Community Futures Central Kootenay
201-514 Vernon Street, Nelson, BC V1L 4E7

Read more HERE.

KAST Talent & marketing Manager

Wanted: Administrative Coordinator MIDAS Fab Lab

Hiring MIDAS Administrative CoordinatorMIDAS (Metallurgical Industrial Development Acceleration & Studies) is a project of the Kootenay Association for Science & Technology ( MIDAS offers the best “FAB”rication equipment available in the Kootenays for public, academic & commercial use. The building is a newly renovated accessible space with state of the art, enterprise-level equipment and training on that equipment including: 3D Printers, 3D scanners, CNC milling equipment, woodworking, an electronics lab, teaching and co-working space and more.

Main responsibilities of the MIDAS Administrative Coordinator will be to provide support to the Lab Director, and to provide exceptional customer service to MIDAS members, potential members, the general public and our commercial clientele.  On a day-to-day basis, you will be expected to ensure the website, social media, training and operations calendars are updated, member information is accurate and current, assist with FabLab inquiries as needed, monitor lab usage, update and maintain all documents and manuals, ensure safety procedures are followed immaculately, and other operational duties as required. To achieve this, you will be working as part of a progressive team. You will be working at the FabLab reception desk.

Requirements and Qualifications: KAST is looking for a creative and motivated individual with confidence, judgement, flexibility, a desire to learn, a love of detail and a sense of humour. You will need to be outgoing and provide a high level of service while remaining professional and discreet.  You will have preferably completed post-secondary education and will have a minimum of 5 years of customer service/office management experience.  You will have demonstrated time management and organization skills, and adore detail and other forms of geekery. You will be willing to work flexible hours from Monday-Friday.  You will be at the front line at MIDAS, and you will be ready at any given moment to switch tasks multiple times throughout the day to accommodate the needs of members, the Lab Director, and other operational staff at the facility. That said, we’re super fun. Promise!

Hours per week: 40
Hourly rate ($): $19
Salary ($): $39,520
Closing date: May 24, 2017
To Apply: Email with resume and cover letter. No calls please.