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 […]

The scoop on growing the family business – Community Futures Small Biz Spotlight

Located on the south end of Skaha Lake, Okanagan Falls (OK Falls) was originally named after a small set of falls that lay on the Okanagan River. However, if you go looking for the now-submerged falls you may find another way to cool down in the summer sun at Tickleberry’s. The locally owned and operated […]

Work in the morning, ski in the afternoon

FACT: It’s not slacking off when you’re at your computer at 5am to deal with the essentials of work before the lifts open, and back at it by 3pm until well-past-dinner to close off the deadlines for the day. On blue sky and fresh snow days, I work what is essentially a split shift. Sure, […]

From Dream to Business Launch: The Anomaly House of Art – Community Futures Small Biz Spotlight

Looking to start your career on your own terms is ambitious.  Shae Ayris, of The Anomaly House of Art, located in Apple Plaza Penticton, learned that Community Futures could help her with her dream.  A friend recommended that she contact Community Futures after feeling lost about what to do first, how to get funding, and […]

Craft Corner Kitchen Introduces Gastropub to Penticton – Community Futures Small Biz Spotlight

After celebrating one year in business in Penticton, Community Futures asked Jon Cote to summarize what he learned this past year. Throughout the year, Craft Corner Kitchen received great recognition and accolades for the talent they brought to both their kitchen and bar programs. As much as they were getting recognition from their peers in […]

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 […]

Molly’s Beach Farm – Community Futures Small Biz Spotlight

This month’s client is Dave Caswell, of Molly’s Beach Farm. This next generation farmer from Keremeos, in the South Okanagan, recently took over his parents’ farm, Starvation Flats Farm.  You can find him at the Penticton Farmers’ Market every Saturday morning from April to October.   Dave attended the Self Employment Program at Community Futures Development […]

Not finding the job you want?

Shift out of anxiety and into adventure in your job search. Humans are creatures of habit. We get an idea in our heads about what we want or don’t want and scan the landscape with that measuring stick firmly in hand. It’s very easy to miss new possibilities when this creates ‘inattentional blindness’ – the […]

Dubh Glas Distillery – Community Futures Small Biz Spotlight

Our featured small business owner is Grant Stevely of Dubh Glas Distillery  (pronounced dugh-luhs) at Gallagher Lake. Stevely’s appreciation of single malt led him to learn more from industry experts in craft distilling in the United States and Scotland.  Community Futures asked him to share some advice for new entrepreneurs.   If you were to […]

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