WEEKLY UPDATE, April 30 — rent assistance for business

In addition to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy — applications for this program opened earlier this week — there are now more details via the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation on the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program. CECRA offers forgivable loans to eligible commercial property owners so that they can reduce the rent owed by their […]

Planning for disaster at FutureBiz

We’ve all heard, and have probably said, “I didn’t think this would happen to ME.” As a business owner or entrepreneur, have you thought about the phrase, “I didn’t think this would happen to MY business.” When a disaster or crisis strikes, big or small, it’s already too late to plan a response, especially in […]

Canada’s first wine village to open in the Okanagan

The first village of its kind in Canada, District Wine Village will bring small-batch wine, beer, cider and spirit producers together alongside unique events and creative culinary offerings, all in one South Okanagan location. Breaking ground in spring 2020, District Wine Village came from an idea at Greyback Construction in Penticton. Having been responsible for […]

International school now offer boarding opportunities

Unisus School in Summerland is bringing the world to the Okanagan while offering high quality educational programs to Canadian and international students. The private school opened in September 2018 to local students from Junior Kindergarten through Grade 6 and added Grade 7 to 10 this year.  The Pre-K Saplings program which welcomes students age 2.5 […]

Tips for networking during summer vacation

Here in the Okanagan the business vibe in the summer takes a bit of a turn towards a more casual feel, as we head outdoors to enjoy hikes, beaches, festivals and events, and seek out seats on the nearest patio for a leisurely afternoon or evening. But, of course, business itself doesn’t stop. While the […]

Spring cleaning for your business

Tidying up has become trendy, as de-cluttering for your home recently became a hot topic thanks to Netflix, not to mention a handful of reports on how organization can help with your productivity, and even your mental health. Spring is a good season for tidying up your business before we move into the busy season […]

2018 – a retrospective on the year in Penticton

As the year comes to a close, it’s time for some reflection on the changes and achievements of the last 12 months, and anticipating what’s ahead for 2019. Penticton continues to attract entrepreneurs looking for business opportunities combined with an “Okanagan lifestyle” of year round outdoor activities, a growing and diverse culinary and cultural scene, […]

Annual Ryga Arts Festival in Summerland

Summerland’s premier arts festival is a vibrant addition to the Okanagan cultural scene. Located in the heart of the beautiful Okanagan Valley, Summerland is the perfect setting for celebrating the legacy of internationally acclaimed author George Ryga while also enjoying the sunshine, local wine and small-town hospitality. Started in 2016, the five-day festival held annually […]

A swirl, sip, and hop through downtown Penticton

When the work day wraps up, perhaps a bit early on a crisp fall day just as the lights around downtown Penticton flicker on, and a visiting colleague or client asks, “where can we walk to for a drink?” … the answer is simple. From craft beer to local spirits to wine bars, a sip […]

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 […]

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