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Empowering Local Businesses

A message from Kim Osborne, CEO of Chemistry Consulting Group Inc. and outgoing Chair of the Scale-up Centre for SMEs (SCS) program by the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade.

A Year of Progress

At the Scale-up Centre for SMEs, our mission has always been to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Greater Vancouver area. Over the past year, we've made significant strides in achieving this goal. While you may already be familiar with our program, here's a quick refresher: The SCS was created to provide high-potential SMEs from various sectors with the resources and guidance they need to overcome growth barriers and thrive in the competitive business landscape.

Strengthening Relationships and Building Partnerships

One of the core principles of the SCS program is collaboration. We firmly believe that by working together, we can achieve more for our local business community. During my tenure as Chair, I've had the privilege of witnessing the power of building strong relationships among our committee members and the broader business community. These connections have translated into meaningful strategic alliances that continue to benefit local businesses.

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Supporting Growth Through Events

Our commitment to empowering SMEs is exemplified by the diverse range of events we've organized throughout the year. These events have been carefully designed to address the evolving needs of Greater Vancouver's business climate. Whether it's through workshops, seminars, or networking sessions, we've provided valuable resources and insights to help SMEs navigate the challenges and seize the opportunities in today's dynamic market.

The Business Distinction Awards: A Proud Achievement

One of the highlights of my time as Chair has been our involvement in the founding committee of the Business Distinction Awards. Over the past three years, this event has grown in stature, drawing exceptional nominations from the business community. The committee takes immense pride in the work we've done to recognize and celebrate the outstanding achievements of local businesses.

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Looking Ahead

As I pass the torch to the incoming Advisory Committee for the Scale-up Centre for SMEs in 2023-24, I have a simple message:

Be present, contribute your knowledge, and savor the opportunity to give back to the business community. Your dedication will undoubtedly play a vital role in the growth and prosperity of Greater Vancouver's SMEs.

As my term as Chair concludes, I am excited to see the SCS program continue to flourish. By empowering SMEs, we are not only helping them defy gravity in their growth journey but also contributing to the vibrant economic landscape of Greater Vancouver.

Thank you for the privilege of serving as Chair, and here's to a bright future for our SMEs!

About Kim Osborne:

Kim Osborne is the CEO of Chemistry Consulting Group Inc. Chemistry is a BC based well-respected HR Consulting firm with a solid reputation for providing high quality HR Consulting, Professional Recruitment, and Leadership Development and Coaching services across Canada. The team at Chemistry includes Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (CPHR), Registered Professional Recruiters (RPR), Certified Organizational Coaches (COC, ACC) Certified Personnel Consultants (CPC), and Certified Management Consultants (CMC). These team members have extensive, multi-sectoral and broad-based HR experience and enjoy working closely with clients to meet their unique HR needs and to ensure successful, long-term results.

Join us to celebrate businesses at the 2023 Business Distinction Awards on Oct. 25. Register here.

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