WEEKLY UPDATE, April 23 — preparing a return to work

While there is much we all still need to do to #flattenthecurve, it is promising to see businesses starting to re-open, though in different ways as it is not business-as-usual. Check your local chambers of commerce or business improvement associations for lists of what’s open; that includes farmers’ markets throughout the region and province, with […]

WEEKLY UPDATE, April 16 — new support for business

Our COVID-19 updates and other articles will now be posted weekly on Thursdays. Our Facebook page, and that of our partner network, PentictonWorks, is updated weekdays with information for both individuals and businesses to support our wider community. Everyone can also sign up for email alerts from the City of Penticton. Earlier this week a […]


We are seeing many businesses “pivot” in these unprecedented times, and as we head into the weekend when we usually make plans to go out, we take special note of this afternoon’s announcement by BC’s chief health officer that all restaurants in the province must move to takeout or delivery ONLY. A number of establishments […]

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 […]

The growing community of remote workers

Pentictonites know this is a great place to live, work, and play. Many businesses began after an entrepreneur visited the city and decided a move to the Okanagan should be planned, and many businesses and their owners have made Penticton their home base, as seen in the increase in business licenses – up by 525 […]

Oliver Eats: an incubator for food businesses – Community Futures Small Biz Spotlight

When a new business opens its doors, it brings vibrant energy and attention to any area it occupies. And when the business in question is modeled to support other businesses, that energy can only be intensified. Derek Uhlemann travelled the west coast working as a chef and witnessed service companies, often contracted by wineries, in […]

Lake Village Bakery: Succession Success- Community Futures Small Biz Spotlight

What would you do when faced with the difficult decision to sell the business you have been growing successfully for years? You pass it on to good friends. When Sean and Shannon Peltier opened The Lake Village Bakery (LVB) in Osoyoos, they never imagined that shortly after opening Sean would develop a severe allergy to […]

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