What’s the LOCO Business Clinic?
The LOCO Business Clinic is the first stop for local businesses to get affordable professional advice for everyday business problems. In a one-hour session, businesses can get quick and professional advice on their most pressing business problems without a long, taxing search or vetting process. They get immediate value from the session by gaining clarity and insight into the issue at hand, and receive recommendations to specialists within the LOCO network when needed.
The objectives of the program are to:
- Provide access to high-level consulting expertise to members who might not otherwise be able to afford it.
- Assist growing businesses by connecting them to the right expertise to move their business forward for an affordable price.
- Engage LOCO members (and potential members) as participants and advisors.
- Allow LOCO to get to know its member business and their needs at a deeper level.
Non-Members: $75 (first session-use promo code “NonMemberFirstSession”); $100 (follow-up sessions)
Vancity is generously offering Business Clinic bursaries for Vancity business members. If your business is a Vancity member, use the promo code “VancityMember” to reduce LOCO member and non-member pricing by 50%.
Availability and Booking
Hillary Samson: Apr 29th, May 27th. Check Hillary’s bio and availability and book now.
Jonathan Vroom: May 6th, Jun 3rd, Jun 17th. Check Jonathan’s bio and availability and book now.
Lydia Taylor: May 13th, Jun 24th. Check Lydia’s bio and availability and book now.
Carla Shore: Jun 10th. Check Carla’s bio and availability and book now. Check Carla’s bio and availability and book now.
LOCO’s Business Clinic is hosted by the HiVE – Vancouver’s Community Hub for Social Impact!
Check out more info on LOCO’s Business Clinic Advisors.
How do we choose our advisors?
LOCO’s Business Clinic is based on knowledge philanthropy – our advisors donate their time and leverage their networks to bring people into the clinic, to help LOCO build a revenue stream, provide support to local businesses, and connect businesses to all the other valuable LOCO member service providers and programs. (We also promote other service providers and programs where appropriate, but we hope that all will join us to build a stronger local economy!) We hope to bring in rock star advisors that see this work as philanthropic, and can use the clinic to donate time to clients they may not otherwise be able to provide service to. We allow the LOCO network to vet our advisors – we typically hear about the best from all our members, and pursue them to be part of the clinic. Advisors must have recommendations from at least three LOCO members. If you fit this profile and you’re interested in becoming an advisor, contact us.
We felt we were in a place where we were ready for higher level advice and we left the session (with Matt) feeling recharged with a clear vision of what to do next. We trusted LOCO to recommend a business minded coach with similar values and we trust that LOCO has the best interests of its members at heart. We also liked the flexibility of the program and that we can pursue the advice on our own time without being locked into a formal program and longer term commitment.
~Ian Christie and Josephine Chan from Pure Souls Media
It was great having the opportunity to step back from the daily grind. The amount of work I try to do is often unmanageable. So this part was very valuable. Matthew was helpful at providing both guidance and a structured time to try to articulate what the real challenges are, and a sounding board.
The advantage of having this opportunity available through LOCO is their ability to provide a vetting service. To work with advisors who have aligned values and are good at their job. Skipping the vetting process is VERY helpful.
~Rick Havlak from Homestead Junction
That Business Clinic session (with Hillary Samson) was worth the price of my LOCO membership for the whole year!
~Paola Ardiles from Bridge for Health