Alpana Sharma, Export Business Advisor
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Alpana Sharma, PhD, is the Export Business Advisor with Women’s Enterprise Centre. Women’s Enterprise Centre is a non-profit organization devoted to helping BC women launch, lead and scale their own businesses. We provide business loans, skills training, mentoring, advice and resources from our three offices in Kelowna, Vancouver and Victoria.
Alpana works directly with women business owners to provide one-on-one complimentary business guidance. Innovative and entrepreneurial, Alpana has operated her own import business successfully for several years. She is a Forum for International Trade Training (FITT) professional and supports clients who plan to export or import and grow their business internationally.
Before joining Women’s Enterprise Centre, Alpana was the Coordinator of Business Services at Business Victoria, providing hands-on assistance to entrepreneurs. In 2010, she received a National & British Columbia Outstanding Community Partner Award from the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (now Futurpreneur Canada) for helping young entrepreneurs.
Enthusiastic about giving back, Alpana spends several months per year in India volunteering for different organizations. In 2016, she created a mentoring program for WEConnect International in India, based on the highly successful WEC Mentoring Program, to support Indian women entrepreneurs. She has also volunteered as a mentor with Immigrant Services Society of BC to help new immigrants gain confidence and skills.