In 2016, we welcomed the first cohort of businesses into our flagship BusinessConnect Network

Since a significant portion of job creation comes from Business Retention and Expansion efforts, SIPP developed the BusinessConnect Network, with the aim of assisting growth-oriented companies already established in the Greater Victoria region.

We have assembled a team of Senior Business Advisors who possess the knowledge and network to take these companies to the next level. To date, 11 businesses have entered into the program to foster their success and help us “co-design” our model.

Our ‘BusinessConnect’ clients are granted exclusive opportunities and access to expertise in a variety of areas, including:

  • Financial modelling
  • Governance
  • Operations
  • Export assessment
  • Trade Mission Opportunities
  • Peer-to- Peer Executive Forums

How does it work?

Our BusinessConnect Network offers three unique components: One-on-One Mentoring, a Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Circle, and access to Professional Development events. We also offer an a-la-carte system that allows our clients to connect with the targeted expertise they need to take their business to the next level.


Who can join?

If your business is approaching (or exceeding) one million in annual revenues, has been established for at least three years, and has potential to grow beyond the South Island, we want to talk to you!

Our BusinessConnect Network offers a flexible year-round rolling application process. If you’re ready to move business towards a more prosperous future, contact our team for more information today. Our mentors are ready to work with you to identify operational efficiencies and evaluate potential growth opportunities.


  • The opportunity to bounce ideas around with seasoned executives from outside my industry was invaluable. SIPP also connected me to potential advisors - from a branding expert to assess my value proposition, to an executive with financial and transactions experience to help me assess a potential investment for my company. Finally, being industry-agnostic, SIPP was able to facilitate a connection between a competitor and I, which has led to our two companies exploring ways to collaborate.

    Ray Brougham President and CEO, Prototype Equipment Design
  • South Island Prosperity Project has been a great source of networks within the business community for companies who want to encourage growth. We found SIPP to be a great resource in helping us implement the next phases of expansion within our business. We’d recommend anyone who is looking to make next steps, but are unsure what those steps are, to be open to working with the SIPP program!

    Jennifer Mitchell Titan Boats, Ltd
  • SIPP connected me with solid advisers ‘who have done it and seen it’, which forced me to think strategically, consider out-of-the-box approaches, and shift my vision into longer term vs. day-to-day firefighting. My team and I are positioning the company for growth. I recommend SIPP wholeheartedly to companies that are on a similar path.

    Kristen Needham Owner and Cidermaster, Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhous
  • SIPP helped us stress-test our strategic plan, which exposed two key gaps. Based on this we were introduced to a finance and operations expert who helped us create a growth plan with a tangible governance structure. Our growing business is better positioned today as a result of our engagement with SIPP, and we won’t hesitate to recommend other organizations in our region to engage them for a deeper insight into sustainability.

    Valerie Foster Co-owner and General Manager, JSF Technologies