City of Vernon to survey ‘hidden professionals’

People who work remotely or out of non-traditional office space considered hidden professionals

The City of Vernon is seeking the input of people who work remotely or out of non-traditional office space to learn how to better support these “hidden professionals.”

The hidden professional movement is on the rise globally and the City wants to gain a fuller understanding of this existing cluster of professionals in order to better assist them and to quantify their socio-economic contributions to the region.

“We know there are people who live in our community that are making significant contributions and who are often exporting their services and bringing new money into our economy,” said Kevin Poole, Vernon’s manager of economic development and tourism. “We’re conducting this research to measure these contributions while gaining a full understanding of how business support agencies can better meet their needs.”

Poole said as Vernon is already well positioned to attract and retain this type of professional, the City wants to make sure they’re doing all they can to this end.

“The City recognizes that this group presents an emerging economic opportunity,” Poole said. “People choose Vernon for a variety of reasons, from lifestyle to climate, recreation amenities to our fibre optic capabilities, just to name a few.”

The City of Vernon has partnered with Urban Systems Ltd. to conduct research regarding the region’s hidden professionals. Urban Systems is coming to the table to pilot the research and identify these individuals.

“The needs of these hidden professionals are often different than other traditional home-based businesses and it’s important to draw that distinction between the groups,” said Wayne Robert, management consultant of Urban Systems. “Often, we see that there is a large social aspect that needs to be fulfilled. It’s important to find ways to manifest an inclusive work environment that truly supports them and keeps them in the community. This sometimes requires thinking outside the box of a traditional suite of business needs or services.”

Hidden professionals are asked to complete the survey at

Related: FortisBC hits Vernon streets to help small businesses


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Vernon ducks race for BC Guide Dogs

Ducks will be available to “adopt” for the race at Superstore, Safeway, the Bay and Buy Low Foods

BOOMER TALK: Dem bones gonna walk around you

Columnist Carole Fawcett looks at human bones and joints

Vernon Secondary Class of 1979 readies for reunion

Group celebrates 40 years since graduation with weekend golf, meet and greet and dinner/dance

Standard of living is not sustainable

LETTER: In response to Student Indoctrination letter

National Painting Week brings new look to Vernon senior home

Sherwin-Williams store volunteered their time and supplies to Abbeyville House

Police release photos of suspect in daytime sex assault at Vancouver woman’s home

A young woman, in hers 20s, was followed home by the man, before he violently attacked her inside

Raptors beat Bucks 100-94 to advance to franchise’s first-ever NBA Finals

Leonard has 27 points, 17 boards to lead Toronto past Milwaukee

Third person charged in death of B.C. teen Bhavkiran Dhesi

Inderdeep Kaur Deo facing charge of accessory after the fact to murder

Missing Shuswap teen found safe

The teen was found by searchers at 4:30 a.m. on May 25

Firefighter spring training comes to Lake Country

From LNG to breaking down doors, firefighters get training from industry pros

More than just a playground: Penticton’s Busy Beans Play Café to help parents and children

Owners Kim Wade and Tracey Wiseman want to use their expertise to help struggling families

Kamloops girl, 9, recovering from carbon monoxide poisoning now out of ICU

Her mother who was sleeping in the same tent with her did not survive

Highway 1 closed east of Revelstoke

Highway 1 is closed east of Revelstoke near Canyon Hot Springs due… Continue reading

‘I think he’s still alive’: B.C. mom pleads for help finding son last seen a month ago

Family offering $5,000 reward for information leading to the safe return of Tim Delahaye

Most Read