I feel fortunate to have James as a business coach/mentor. He thoroughly reviewed my business plan and provided constructive feedback, along with asking the hard questions I avoided asking myself. He reviewed my plan, rephrased my ideas into a more professional language and asked the essential questions that I needed to consider. He helped me build the foundation for my business.
Working with James was probably the most valuable piece of my business planning. First of all, he’s very clear and professional with his expectations as coach and mentor. Secondly, he’s lighthearted and encouraging - in the moments of doubt and questioning, he affirmed my progress without denying my fears. Thirdly, even after completing his review of my business plan, he was willing to respond to some of my uncertainties with motivating encouragement. In the early days of business planning, I highly recommend working with IES.
Creating a business plan with James was a business altering process. He took me through a value added model that, at the time, seemed unrelated to my industry. At the end of the process, my business model completely transformed into one that is unique to the industry.
James made me feel comfortable and confident about my vision for my business and helped guide me along the path. His passion for his clients and confidence in their ideas helped prepare me for life as an entrepreneur.
James is energetic and passionate about people and their growth. As both a trainer and coach, he is exceptional. As a first time entrepreneur, I highly recommend him to help bring your entrepreneurial dreams to life.
I was very impressed with James' dedication, professionalism, and enthusiasm during the business plan writing phase. His wide ranging knowledge and expertise in the subject matter was obvious and his ability to transfer that knowledge in a useful to client manner was very helpful and instrumental in getting my enterprise off the ground.
James provided the training, education, workshop facilitation, coaching, and mentoring for me to become an entrepreneur. He provided the expertise in planning, researching, and structuring the process to establish a real business. James aided me in developing a stelar business plan.
After I launched Fernie Copperworks, Integrated Economic Solutions continued to support us in growing and developing from a start-up to an established enterprise. If not for James’ attention to detail and forward thinking when COVID hit, Fernie Copperworks survival would have been in jeopardy. Instead, he helped with our mitigation plan that we successfully executed and implemented. We have not looked back. In fact, we are into our 4th year our operation and our results have surpassed all our expectations. Through James continued support, unique style of mentoring and coaching, he has been instrumental in our ongoing development and continued success.
Quartz Creek Cannabis is successful because of the guidance and support from Integrated Economic Solutions. James turned my anxieties and confusion involved with starting my business into a calculated, well researched, comprehensive, professional business plan. The plan paved the way for me to secure funding in a sunrise industry that still has a very real stigma. As a result of James’ commitment to my knowledge development, decision making skills, and the business venture, I was confident that I would be successful.
James’ ongoing support, instruction, and knowledge was a key foundation in my successful start-up and business management during the COVID pandemic. He helped me to react, respond, and recover from the initial impact of the COVID chaos.
Today, Quartz Creek Cannabis Company is thriving. With the support of Integrated Economic Solutions, we have been trailblazers with an entrepreneurial spirit that is a locally owned and is community focussed cannabis retail store.
IES was helpful, proactive, and knowledgeable in going above & beyond to educate, guide, and inpsire businesses like Education en Francais. I admire your hard word, professionalism, and approach.
Your entrepreneurial and business planning workshops and presentations skills made the learning process smooth and enjoyable. Our many meetings and one-on-one coaching sessions were a huge help to keep me on track with timelines and the multitude of tasks that needed completing in the start-up stage of my business.
James provided comprehensive support to our clients through his workshop facilitation, coaching, mentoring, and on-going support. He is an entertaining facilitator and has an in-depth knowledge & understanding of the process of designing, launching, and operating a business.
James provided valuable guidance to individuals from understanding the dynamics on what it is to be an entrepreneur to developing a business plan through to business launch and implementation.
IES was tasked with reviewing the organization and providing a pathway for renewal and repositioning. Mr. Umpherson was a fantastic communicator with the Board and an efficient administrative organizer. He was an effective researcher, analyzer, and facilitator of timely and relevant information to the Board of Directors. He provided valuable support for the Board's process of determining direction and making decisions (Gina Bennett, KRIC Board Member)
James Umpherson is a highly valued instructor. He has consistently exceeded expectations through his strong attention to curriculum, teaching methodology and the learning needs of his students. Moreover, he fully understands that education is a vehicle for personal, professional and community development.
James is an astute, committed individual with a solid understanding and knowledgeable individual of what it takes to attract new investors and business to a a community. He negotiated a very attractive long-term lease with the Province of BC bringing a long lasting legacy to the City's taxpayers. He also worked closely with the Ministry of Technology, Innovation, and Citizens Service on a highly confidential project that is instrumental in diversifying Merritt's economy.
His work in media relations, communications, website development, First Nation partnerships, tourism development, and economic development planning process provided the City of Merritt with a solid base to build from and have success into the future.
Your presentation at our Tourism Symposium on Community Tourism Opportunity Planning was easy to understand and confidently delivered. I believe that the presentation had a lasting impact on our participants. The overview was thorough and informative, leaving the participants wanting to know more of the course.