A third and final regional business liaison has been hired to help area businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic recovery.
The Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce said Tuesday it has hired Brendan Loewen for its position, created with funding from the Northern Development Initiative Trust.
Loewen, born and raised in Fort St. John, will provide services and assistance to help the business community recover and grow in the wake of COVID-19. He brings with him business experience in commercial ventures, as well as the oil and gas, and agriculture sectors,.
“I am excited to build some new relationships with members of the business community, as well as aid businesses in the area,” Loewen said in a statement. “I look forward to continued growth in our community.”
Loewen joins Fran Haughian of the Community Futures Peace Liard in Dawson Creek, and Youness Bourhim of the Fort Nelson Chamber of Commerce. A biography notes Loewen's involvement with the minor hockey community as a team manager and assistant coach.
The three liaisons will be expected to touch base with as many businesses as possible to provide resources and collect data, the Chamber noted.
“Though the need for a position like this has been exacerbated by the impact of Covid-19, the role fills a need in our business community to provide assistance and information to businesses who may not be aware of programs, funding and resources available to provide opportunities for growth,” said Cheryl Montgomery, executive director for the Fort St. John Chamber.
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