Be at the heart of the action by becoming an entrepreneur!

Have you always dreamed of starting your own business? What if you started today? The SDECB is your best asset to propel your ideas, to guide your decisions and to build a solid springboard for your future business.

Already in business? We can also help you develop new skills and boost your sales. You wish to take over or resell a business? Consult our document dedicated to takeovers

Individualized accompaniment

Looking for personal guidance? Our consultants are there for you. Our continuous and individual follow-ups allow you to have a better understanding of yourself, your role, and the responsibilities that come with it, as well as to obtain information or advice that will give you all the tools you need to succeed in your entrepreneurial project.

Frédérique Niel 
Business Advisor

Frédérique is continually on the lookout for ways to make her business experience resonate with the needs of entrepreneurs so as to maximize their chances of success in the world of entrepreneurship. An entrepreneur herself for 15 years, she is always seeking solutions for SDECB clients, while creating practical tools and customized training.


Bruno Baumgartner
Regional Economic Development Agent

Bruno contributes to the economic development in the Okanagan Valley, but also to the greater success of the SDEB’s entrepreneurial clients through the development of projects and information or mentoring services to businesses. As a network weaver, project manager, or advisor for specific services, Bruno acts daily to better support Francophone entrepreneurs.

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Stephanie W 
Digital Marketing Advisor

Stephanie is bringing her 10 years of marketing experience to entrepreneurs, to maximize their chances of success. After defining and executing numerous successful B2B and B2C marketing strategies, she is now on the lookout for the best marketing tactics which will allow SDECB clients to reach their objectives, whatever the marketing channels necessary.

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Other services

Digital marketing tips for tourism businesses

Many tourism companies in BC have seen their business hit hard by COVID-19. To help them improve their online presence and offerings, we now offer digital marketing consulting services for the tourism sector. You work in the tourism industry?

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Professional Development Workshops

Once a month, the SDECB organizes thematic workshops for Francophone and Francophile entrepreneurs. From marketing, finance, management and logistics, develop your skills during a workshop with an expert.
Following the recent events due to the pandemic, our workshops are organized online, via ZOOM.


FAM – Business women on the move

The businesswomen in motion group is composed of nearly 300 women entrepreneurs who wish to develop their leadership and contribute to local, provincial and even national economic development. Because together you are stronger. Join the group today and move your business forward.


Virtual meeting among entrepreneurs

Every two weeks, meet with entrepreneurs in your region to discuss and exchange ideas. Hosted by Frédérique and Bruno, these meetings are an opportunity to keep in touch by meeting virtually!

  • Wednesdays from 11am to 12pm, hosted by Frédérique Niel from Vancouver.
  • Thursdays from 9am to 10am, hosted by Bruno Baumgartner from Kelwona.


Over the course of several weeks, join a group of aspiring or accomplished entrepreneurs, mixed or female. Participate in workshops to acquire new skills, develop your interpersonal skills and exchange with other entrepreneurs at the same level. A great opportunity to advance your project while being surrounded by others!

Artisans – Économusée

Artisans, did you know that sharing your knowledge can contribute to the development of your community? If you create authentic handmade products and enjoy sharing your knowledge with visitors, the Économusée® experience is for you. Join the network of BC Économusées, and open the doors of your expertise to the world!