EDC helped keep our business alive

I am writing to let this community, particularly the business community, know of the treasure we have in Economic Development Cowichan.

In the last three years I have had only support, encouragement and practical advice from the team at EDC. Kathy Lachman has been exceptionally helpful to me and our business in general.

I wasn’t aware of this invaluable resource when I first launched my business eight years ago. When I did learn about EDC a few years ago, I was too distracted and not adequately organized to take advantage of all that was on offer.

Three years ago, I decided to examine EDC in greater detail and to figure out how I might seek help. I have to say, doing so has been one of the best business decisions I made.

With the recession, our business was faltering and the urge to pack it all in often crept into my mind.

Kathy, Geoff and Judy (EDC team) however, encouraged and explored with me ways of keeping the business alive.

Kathy Lachman was exceptional in attempts to put our products in front of various accounts. Trade show opportunities, conversations with various buyers were made available to us as well. Kathy always reminded me of their desire to keep businesses in this community healthy, and the importance of creating job opportunities here, particularly for our young people.

I am proud to say that with the help of EDC, we have secured BC Ferries retail as one of our accounts. This is helping us turn the corner with much optimism. We also know that there is much more to come because of the assistance and support that Kathy and her team continue to give us.

Sending a huge thank you to Geoff, Kathy and Judy for the wonderful work you do to help small businesses such as ours.

Gifty Serbeh-Dunn Shea Butter Market founder