The new manager at the Community Futures Howe Sound plans to get more local youth involved in entrepreneurship. Kieran Hale, 30, joined the organisation last month as the new general manager of Community Futures.
Hale said traditionally entrepreneurship was not really introduced to youth as a career option. He plans to talk to local schools and raise awareness about entrepreneurship and get youth interested in opening new businesses.
“I am focussed on encouraging youth entrepreneurship, and preparing them for it and giving them the skills to get going,” Hale said. Before joining Community Futures, Hale served as a finance manager and a general manager at R&B Brewing in Vancouver.
Originally from UK, he falso ounded and managed an online retail company called Blue Mangu Ltd, which procured and sold sustainable alternatives to single use plastic products, via Amazon UK.
Besides focussing on youth entrepreneurship, Hale also plans to improve the internal processes at Community Futures. “My specific goals are to firstly improve and modernise the internal operations of our organisation. I then look to continue the great work around small business lending and coaching previously spearheaded by Jeff Dawson. In addition to this I look to encourage and be a part of increasing entrepreneurship in youth,” he said.
Community Futures provides free small business advice, business coaching and community-based loans, and helps startup or established local businesses succeed, thrive, and contribute to the local economy.