WEEKLY UPDATE, May 7 — planning to re-start

The Government of BC outlined its four-phase plan to re-open the province for business, and re-start the economy, in a safe and progressive manner. We are currently in Phase 1, the plan can be viewed here or read the official press release for an outline.  And, everyone can download a comprehensive PDF. Phase 2, which will […]

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 […]

WEDNESDAY UPDATE, April 8 — COVID-19: recruiting tools for employers

Employers: have you explored the tools here on Start Here Okanagan? We’ll get you started with these tips and a video tutorial so you can start posting jobs and opportunities here on the most comprehensive job listing service in the South Okanagan. By adding your company to Start Here Okanagan, you are accessing free marketing services […]


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 […]

MONDAY UPDATE — Preparing for the unexpected: COVID-19

Businesses, large and small, are in the midst of responding to ever-changing information regarding the health and safety of their employees, clients, customers, stakeholders, volunteers, and their own families as we all tackle this extraordinary world-wide event. We’ve compiled a few tips and resources to help us all support one another. The unprecedented amount 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tune up your HR fundamentals

Thanks to a series of easily digested videos, the City of Penticton has made it simple to shape up your human resources skills. Watch a few of them over a cup of coffee or at lunch.  Designed to provide businesses with key Human Resources fundamentals to support hiring, onboarding and to provide the foundations for […]

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