Make your nominations for the 2020 Business Excellence Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2020 Penticton & Wine Country Chamber Business Excellence Awards presented by Total Restoration Services South Okanagan. These are peer-nominated awards that celebrate entrepreneurial and community achievement. The 33rd annual awards are open to any business, organization or individual conducting business within Penticton and area (Naramata, Okanagan Falls, Keremeos, Summerland). […]

8 reasons to check out Visit Penticton right now

All around Penticton, people are working together to support each other – and our local businesses. Visit Penticton has been digging in to some of these local business stories and sharing the love all over their website and social media feeds. Here are eight reasons to check out Visit Penticton right now. Instagram takeovers Each […]

FRIDAY UPDATE, April 3 — COVID-19: information roundup

As the week comes to a close, the procedures and information for both businesses and individuals to access the different levels of financial support have become clearer, however the situation can change as various agencies respond the most recent developments related to healthcare and the effects COVID-19 is having on our daily lives, and our […]

WEDNESDAY UPDATE, April 1 — COVID-19: task force and toolkits

This week the City of Penticton launched its Economic Recovery Task Force, created by the Economic Development Department. The full press release can be read here;  the nut and bolts of this task force is to  investigate measures the City can take to support local residents, businesses and workers during these challenging times. This group of […]

ARGAN-ic connection – a Community Champions story

Did you ever wonder about Moroccan argan oil?  Wonder no more. Meet Hamza and Magali. Hamza El Gasouani is the owner and CEO of Alia Collection Inc. based in Osoyoos. Magali Gadea is his friend and supporter. Hamza had a dream and a plan. Magali believed in him and helped him get it off the […]

Tips to grow a business in culinary tourism

This article has been updated with excerpts from the Okanagan Taste column on Castanet. If you’re thinking of starting a business in culinary tourism — maybe a tour company that specializes in wine, beer, spirits, or ciders; a food truck, or “foodie” festival; maybe an artisan product, or a bistro — there are many opportunities […]

Eskala – Go Climb! – a Community Champions story

Claudia was on a backpacking trip in British Columbia, far away from her home country – Mexico. It was 2003. “I really want to learn English”, she shares, “I wanted to find someone who could help me with that, and I did”. She met Margaret, a lady from Germany, who owned an organic farm in […]

My Dream is to Build a Successful Business in my Community – a Community Champions Story

Immigration is not easy. If you experienced it, you know what I mean. If not, imagine moving to a country where you don’t know anyone, you don’t speak the local language, you don’t have a home, and you don’t have a job. How would that go? Studies show that it may take up to 15 […]

BC Beverage Technology Access Centre opens at Okanagan College Penticton

Penticton-based writer Roslyne Buchanan recently visited the new BCBTAC at the Penticton Campus of Okanagan College. Funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and an initiative by Okanagan College (OC) culminated in a new resource for business services, testing and applied research assistance for BC wine, beer, cider and spirits industries. […]

Community spirit this season

The spirit of community and giving back is strong in the South Okanagan — we’ve compiled a few recent stories in and around Penticton as we roll into the holiday season. If we missed a charitable story, visit the Start Here Okanagan Facebook page and leave a comment. The Penticton Public Library held a warm […]

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