Business Development Officer
City of Prince George
Bahar Mostofee Afshar had the credentials to be a business leader in any city, and she chose this one. After learning to talk the talk at UNBC with an Economics and Political Science degree, she went out and walked the walk out the door to Vancouver, then right back to Prince George again where she is one of the city’s young mentors for entrepreneurs young and old alike.
First she put her degree to use in the not-for-profit sector working in this city for the Immigrant & Multicultural Services Society, and then in business for herself in Vancouver co-owning an imports and distribution company for three years. But then she turned that – her education, her not-for-profit foray, and her private sector business experience – into a foundation for mentorship. For the past two years at Community Futures she has been on the frontlines of teaching the art and science of business to those wishing to become entrepreneurs themselves.
“I am very results-orientated and therefore I am always in pursuit of perfecting processes, programs, and projects in order to achieve better outcomes,” she said. “For example, I proposed the development of six new workshops for Community Futures to address a training gap. Similarly, while working with IMSS, I developed and got funding for four projects.”
Her international skills are put to community use as a board member of the United Nations Association of Prince George, and she has also been involved with Pride Prince George, the West Broadway Business Association, the International Development Society of Prince George and other causes close to her heart. Other volunteer positions close to her heart include the Two Rivers Art Gallery and the Nechako Aboriginal Training and Employment Association, once again marrying business with community development.
Her latest special project is a joint initiative with Tourism Prince George to establish this region as an adventure tourism destination.
Presented by the Prince George Chamber Of Commerce
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