To further assist companies in our region with adjusting to the impacts of COVID-19, the Valley Regional Enterprise Network (Valley REN) has expanded its business support services by introducing a new Virtual Adviser Program. 

Powered by On-Demand Talent Platform BoomersPlus, this free program will match qualified Annapolis Valley companies with a seasoned Virtual Adviser to help their business management and recover from COVID-19. Virtual Advisers are experienced professionals from across Canada representing a full range of disciplines, industries, and environments, willing to share their lessons learned. 

In these challenging and ever-changing times, local businesses need support in all forms.  Access to highly skilled advisers that are matched to individual company’s need, is an exciting opportunity,” says Jennifer Tufts, Valley Regional Enterprise Network CEO. The intention is that through these connections businesses will gain effective, concrete solutions to support their future success.”  

Businesses can apply on the Valley Regional Enterprise Network website http://www.valleyren.ca/virtual-adviser-program/. Applications will be reviewed by Valley REN staff. If accepted, businesses will be matched with a Virtual Adviser from a network of thousands of professionals based on the business need or challenge. On a mutually agreed schedule, the businesses will meet virtually with their business adviser to discuss the challenges and find potential solutions. 

“The Virtual Adviser Program is a natural evolution of our mandate – to help organizations and communities leverage the wisdom and experience of seasoned professionals. We are excited to partner with the Nova Scotia RENS to help small businesses struggling through the challenging economic environment created by the COVID-19 crisis, said Kevin MacIntyre, VP, Marketing, BoomersPlus. ” 

Participants will have access to four to six calls over a two to three month period, with the potential for an extension. To participate, businesses must be in the Valley REN’s service area and able to complete four to six phone calls with an adviser, along with any follow-up work necessary for the duration of the program.  There are a limited number of spots available and businesses are encouraged to apply before July 15th. 

The Valley REN is launching this program in partnership with the Nova Scotia Regional Enterprise Network (NS REN). Regional Enterprise Networks lead a collaborative approach to economic development and supporting business growth.  To learn more, visit https://nsrens.ca/. 

To learn more about BoomersPlus, visit www.boomersplus.com . 

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Media Contact: 

Jennifer Tufts 

CEO, Valley Regional Enterprise Network 

902-678-2200 

jtufts@valleyren.ca   

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