Our employees are business experts with extensive knowledge of the local economy. They are experts in business planning, financial forecasting, and entrepreneurship. Most importantly, they are great business advisers and mentors dedicated to working one on one with clients to help them in the best way possible.
Allan Main Executive Director
Before taking the position Executive Director, Allan was a long time board member of a Community Futures office in the Okanagan, where he worked as a management consultant assisting small companies with market strategy and product development. He brings a depth of business knowledge to the Community Futures North Fraser office with his experience as a previous small business owner, and as a marketing and management consultant. Supporting his business experience is an MBA degree earned from the University of British Columbia.
Michele Blackwell Business Analyst
Michele’s career in commercial lending started at a Credit Union where she worked in commercial lending and account management for many years. As the Business Analyst she provides loans to qualified applicants to help them get started or to expand their existing business. She enjoys the flexibility Community Futures offers clients and the potential to work with businesses that don’t fit the lending policies of chartered banks and credit unions. Here she has more opportunity to work with small businesses, particularly if you have a great idea, a viable business plan and the dedication to carry it out.
Debbie Cave Accounts Administration
Debbie started at Community Futures as the Administrative Assistant in 2005, moving to the Accounts Administrator position in 2007. Through her involvement with Community Futures, Debbie has come to appreciate the valuable role this organization plays to support small business in our community. When not at Community Futures, Debbie enjoys hiking, skiing and kayaking in the natural beauty of Mission Parks and local mountains.
Gwen Atkinson Marketing Coordinator
Gwen’s background with a local credit union gave her the inspiration to want to help small businesses from the beginning of their journey. She has a passion for social media and helping businesses spread the word of their successes. She has lived in Mission most of her life and loves the town and all it has to offer. Gwen has always enjoyed being involved in the community, from fundraising for local charities to being an active Executive Board member with the Mission Skating Club. Gwen is happy to help you register your business and help with all your business’s social media needs.