Getting "out there" with a plan for success is critical to actually achieving success.

If you are planning to actively market and directly sell your work - to gift stores, on Etsy, in Markets, at Trade Shows... there are essential skills you need to have a handle on that will help ensure your success and sustainability.

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myCEO helps take your organization to the next level. We support entrepreneurs, small businesses, and mission-based organizations helping them navigate the complexity of competing priorities as their businesses grow and evolve.

We get it! We’ve been there!

At myCEO, we specialize in digital marketing, brand development and brand strategy, sales process, change management, business plan creation and growth execution. Other areas of expertise include operations and logistics, costing and budget analysis, hiring, training, personnel management and team building.

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myCEO is:

Betty Hasker

Betty is an entrepreneur and senior level manager with expertise and knowledge in a wide breadth of industries, both with for and not for profit companies. Being both creative and technically skilled, Betty knows how to communicate effectively with key audiences. Helping clients meet their goals, whether that means increasing online influence, acquiring more leads, or growing a customer base, Betty has a proven track-record in implementing successful business strategy and social media engagement, helping companies grow to the next level.

Glorie Averbach

Glorie is a business coach and tech entrepreneur with career experience in business development, marketing and brand strategy, as well as operational execution. Glorie is an analytical team player and leader, with a positive and “nothing is impossible” attitude who excels in team and relationship building. Skilled in communications and project management, Glorie works tirelessly to find and connect insights that will make a meaningful impact for individuals, companies and organizations.


Local presenters

Katie Brennan

Katie Brennan is an art consultant, artist, educator and creative entrepreneur currently based in Courtenay, BC. She holds a MFA from the University of Guelph and a BFA from Emily University. Previously Katie was the Executive Director of the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan, the Curator of the Lake Country Art Gallery and a sessional lecturer at UBC Okanagan. She’s also an active creative entrepreneur and has run a pop-up gallery, an online event listserv, an online art event website, an online art magazine, a boutique art consulting business and the business of her artistic practice. She is an alumni of Seth Godin’s altMBA and Marie Forleo’s B School.



Ina-Griet Raatz von Hirschhausen

Born 1962, Ina-Griet went to Waldorf-Kindergarten, got her high school diploma, trained as make-up artist and massage therapist, then got a master’s in health-science and choreography/physical education. Ina emigrated from Germany in 1999, settling first in Kelowna, and then High Level Alberta, and finally to Qualicum Beach. While moving around in Canada, she worked on developing her unique and multi-medium artistic style. When she got the opportunity for a solo exhibition in Germany, she took the chance and went back to prepare for that show. After a stunning success, she got offered more solo and numerous joint shows, which kept her busy for four years. During that time she wrote a children’s book, published two poetry books and toured with her ‘Poetry Performance’. In 2014 she finished her last German Exhibition, returned to Canada and moved to the Island where she opened a small gallery “Maloonie”. Ina’s philosophy is: Art can be elevating, fun, meaningful and is accessible to everybody by simply enjoying it or being actively involved.

Vanessa Raven-Vipond

Vanessa Raven-Vipond is an Illustrator and Graphic Designer branded under the company Sea Salt design, currently based in the Comox Valley. Her work includes custom illustration, logos, print materials and websites both locally and abroad. Her T-shirt designs in particular have been sold to various companies across Canada and the US specifically for the tourist souvenir markets. Much of Vanessa’s work can be found at various Tourist Attractions and gift shops across Canada, including Marineland, Upper Canada Pioneer Village, Gastown and more.  She has also created brands for US based company Moon Beam Baby, UK company Scuba Togs and various small businesses in the Comox Valley, Vancouver Island and across Canada.