Register for the Hiring & Housing Forum

Recruiting challenges? You should attend the hiring stream at the Hiring & Workforce Housing Forum. Already have the right team, but can’t find the right place for them to live? Then the housing stream is for you. Spend a day on September 18th exploring and discussing these two hot topics in employment in the South […]

The residual impact of tourism in Penticton

Penticton is often called a “tourist town”, and rightfully so, especially from the spring and right through October as the shoulder seasons in the spring and fall now bookend an increasingly busy summer of events, beach-goers, wine tourists, and outdoor enthusiasts. The numbers (from the Tourism Industry Association of BC), tell the story: more than […]

Financial Support for Hiring Youth

The Get Youth Working! Program, funded by the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Job Fund, offers employers a $2,800 Wage Subsidy to hire eligible candidates 15 to 29 years of age. The program is designed to provide youth participants with the skills that are required to be successful in the labour market through a combination of […]

Great Bear Paleo Bites – Community Futures Small Biz Spotlight

Great Bear Paleo Bites is an Oliver-based food manufacturer, producing coconut nutritional snack cookies that are sold in approximately 400 locations across Canada, supported by their brokerage company Connect Brand Management and via their Canadian distributors: Horizon, PSC Naturals and Ecoideas.  The company moved to Oliver in May, 2013 from Vancouver and set up their […]

Chamber Membership – a community worth seeking out

The Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce celebrated it’s 110th birthday in 2017 during Chamber Week in February. 110 years is a number we can really sink our teeth into and be proud of. Some might think the Chamber is an old school organization, having been around for over a century, but chambers are […]

Reasons why you need a Recruitment Video

Video is extremely attractive and engaging to job seekers, especially the younger generation, and can give organizations a competitive edge. Videos can capture what words can’t, the faces of your employees; how your company looks and feels; and the passion, authenticity, enthusiasm and culture that lives inside your company. Video is the most watched, shared […]

Posting a Job

Posting a job is easy to do from your employer dashboard on Start Here Okanagan. Let’s review the different fields that can be customized so that you make the best presentation of your job post. Posting Date: This is the date on which you wish the job to be posted. In most cases, you’ll probably […]

Screening & Shortlisting Candidates

Finding the perfect candidate is easy with the tools built into your employer dashboard on Start Here Okanagan. Let’s review how these tools can assist in screening & shortlisting candidates. Please note that these features are only available if you select options #1 or #3 when posting your job. Applicant Preview: See a high-level summary [...]

Okanagan labour market study suggests putting your HR strategy on the front burner

Total new hires for the region are estimated to be in excess of 75,000 workers by the year 2020. Population growth and current migration levels are sufficient to cover between only between 52.3% and 69.4% of all new hires. Central Okanagan Development Commission contracted a report in 2014 to analyze a range of human resource […]

Grants & Incentives for hiring Apprentices and Red Seal Vocations

Apprentices bring value to both your workforce and your bottom-line If your business employs apprentices and people in vocational trades, you may be eligible to apply for several grant and tax incentive programs. Employing apprentices has many benefits. In addition to being a part of this valued tradition, sponsoring is a great way to recruit and retain […]

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