Most of us had thought that the pandemic has been over or at least felt we have mitigated the risks to life by getting double vaccination. But as I sit today to write, Covid-19 pandemic has turned all the limelight towards its way at the beginning of the year owing to this new variant of concern, Omicron. Countries around the world though unaware of how stubborn this new variant is are scrambling hard to get a grasp of this situation. Few like Canada have gone all the way up to issuing travel advisories to residents to shun non essential travel.

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However disparaging this news is, this new variant is going to have ravaging effects on businesses in Canada. While restaurants and bars will continue to operate at a maximum of 6 people at the table, two meters or physical barriers between tables, no dancing. Bars and Gyms are closed. Although the good news is that the vast majority of the population is fully vaccinated today, the government’s main focus will be to abate  the hospitalizations that will strain the country’s health care infrastructure. Employers have been advised to favor work from home and people are expected to follow social distancing once again. Although the government will not go to an extent of imposing full scale lockdowns like those that happened last time, increased caution at every point will help us sail through these turbulent times.  While the time will tell what new rules governments rope in and how the Covid-19 situation turns out to be in the future, we still hope that one day we will get over all of this.

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Andrea Welling

Regional Director, BC


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Helping entrepreneurs connect with valuable resources in the entrepreneurship community is one of my passions. In addition, I strongly believe in the power of mentorship to support new ventures to be able to build confidence to go to their next level. For existing businesses struggling to scale, mentorship provides another invaluable perspective and a way to broaden the entrepreneur’s skillset.

For more information about Futurpreneur Canada or to learn more about entrepreneurship, please contact Andrea at [email protected].

Testimony about your experience at LBCN:

As a guest speaker with LBCN, I felt supported to create a presentation around pivoting your business that would directly speak to the entrepreneurial mindset which I feel is a key aspect of being a successful business owner. LBCN was very professional in creating a colorful advertisement for the event and I was so pleased to share this through my network. The event itself was well attended and participants felt comfortable to share and ask questions which made the experience interactive and engaging. LBCN staff were organized, efficient and friendly and I felt look after every step of the way.

Manuel Banales



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I was born and raised in Mexico, where I studied law in Guadalajara, Jalisco. This permitted me to become aware of the fact that business relationships are what makes up most of organized society. My passion is to create businesses catered to the current demand of society. However, my biggest passion is to create healthy and diverse businesses by always maintaining the customer as my number one priority.

Testimony about your experience at LBCN:

Being an active member of LCBN has permitted me to have access to a large data base of other entrepreneurs and a vast amount of companies which each specialize in different mercantile niches. This has enabled our company (Western Canada Education Services) to become well-known amongst the Latin community in Canada. This, in effect, has given us the opportunity to position ourselves effectively in Latin America.

Rosa Maria Delgado

Financial Planner


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Rosa has been in Canada since 1999, and previous to her current business as an Insurance and Mutual Fund agent, had a successful career in Corporate Finance in the Tech Industry.

Rosa’s mission is to teach new Canadians the ABCs of personal finances and help them implement a financial plan to achieve their goals. Rosa truly believes all new Canadians from Latin America and elsewhere have the skills, knowledge, and dedication to succeed professionally in Canada. Rosa’s job is to guide them to make the most of their finances, following the premise: “It does not matter how much you make, but how much you keep”

Testimony about your experience at LBCN:

LCBN was a great platform to launch my business. When I first decided to turn my part-time business into my new mission and long-term career path, I started attending LCBN’s monthly breakfasts. These networking events were paramount in helping me meet other professional members in the Latin community and create a brand for myself.

I would highly recommend you become part of LCBN to fast-start your business, and become part of the Latin-American business community.

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