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Tara's Current Businesses/Past Projects

Business Ventures
Now & Then


TL Consulting Incorporated

Small Business Consulting, Project, Program & Community Development for Small Business Owners and Economic Development Groups focused on Entrepreneurial and Small Business Sector Development

Canada Wide



Astraea Gems and Minerals

Speciality Gem Distributor

BC | Colorado (website coming soon!)

New Moon ~ Gifts for the Spirit

Yoga Shanti & The Zen Den

Coombs, BC (2006 - 2016)

The Garden Muse (1996-2018)

Sustainable Garden Design

Qualicum Beach | Victoria BC

Current Projects, Instruction & Partnership Development

Course Development:

Strategic Small Business Management - NIC

  • BNM 010 – Business Management Fundamentals

  • Applied Small Business Management 

North Island College + Community Futures Central Interior First Nation

  • Business Development and Program Promotion

  • Partnership development

  • Project Management

  • Course Instruction 

  • Employment Coaching

  • Application Research and

  • Development and Writing



North Island College + Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce

  • Instruction of Business Management Fundamentals – BNM 010

Community Futures Central Interior First Nation + NIC

  • Instruction of Business Management Fundamentals - BNM 010

Recent Projects

NIC + The Village of Gold River

  • partnership development and application development and submission


NIC + CF Alberni + Clayoquot

  • Development of partnership for Digital Design Training Delivery ~ Program inclusive of Business Owners and Student Designer

  • Application Development  Submission




NIC – Fall 2020 - Business Planning for Market Gardeners

Port Alberni Campus – Online Delivery

Curriculum Development and Instruction


NIC – Spring 2021 – How to be an Independent Contractor

Port Hardy Campus – Online Delivery – HEO Group – River’s Inlet

Curriculum Development and Instruction

NIC / CFDC of CFIN- Winter 2023

  • Small Business Management

NIC / Comox Chamber of Commerce

  • Small Business Management

NIC Port Hardy - Winter 2023

  • Employability and Workplace Skills

Past Projects & Affiliations

2017-2018 BC Fires Floods Business and Community Support

Tara worked with the National Office of Canadian Red Cross and the BC CRC Leadership Team in the Capacity of Advisor for Small Business and Indigenous Livelihood Economic Recovery Programs.

In this capacity, Tara supported program development and implementation stakeholder relationship and management, local program delivery and coordination, and one to one  business support throughout the East Kootenays, Central Interior and North Central BC.

2020-22 Covid-19 Pandemic Business Support

Both as a Freelance Consultant and In the capacity of Business Development Office with Community Futures, Tara served over 200 Vancouver Island and BC businesses with pivot strategy for business resilience through Covid 19 . As a BDO with CF, Tara assisted with and initiated programs for community development through Project Central ( the City of PA, and the Skate and MTB Park Association to name a few.

People Saying Good Things . . .

I met Tara in the Digital Education Expertise Program. Tara was teaching business fundamentals. It was clear from the beginning that Tara came in with experience and knowledge. Her kind way of offering helpful advice put me right at ease. Her perspectives and knowledge was incredibly helpful to me. She helped me lay out long and short term goals for my current business and my pivot project. I highly recommend connecting with Tara if you are in business or starting a business. She will give you fresh new insights and help clarify areas of business you may not be aware of. I am super grateful for her own expertise in Small Business.


Kirsten Werner, Owner of Cumberland Village Wellness


More Good Things . . .

I have had the pleasure of working with [Tara] numerous times with several projects. I have required her professional guidance and expertise to help me navigate on which direction I should be moving towards within my businesses.


Tara knows her stuff and cuts to the chase. Tara is hard working and consistent in her delivery. It is always a pleasure to work with her and I'm always impressed by how she takes such care  listening to my needs. I'm also amazed at what she can accomplish in just a few short hours.I look forward to continuing our working relationship and I highly recommend her and her consulting firm.​


Jenn Gibb, Beyond the Fence


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