Author Archives: Natalie Appleton

Virtual Roundtables & One-on-One Resources: Supporting Your Business

Community Futures North Okanagan (CFNO) is hosting weekly virtual roundtables to help local business owners discuss challenges, solutions and resources around operating during the COVID-19 health crisis. Business owners can also access one-on-one support in telephone and virtual meetings with CFNO advisors. North Okanagan Weekly Business Roundtables These weekly community meetings give business owners an […]

That’s the Spirit! Community Futures helps distillery reach new markets

Blair Wilson looks up at the steam wafting from the crown of his copper still. The sweet smell of apples enters the nostrils as the vapour passes through two shiny plated columns that resemble giant flutes. The steam condenses back to a liquid, drops, then evaporates before continuing its journey. The process repeats and repeats. […]

Making Connections: How Enterprize Gave Them a Headstart

Past Enterprize Challenge participants share how the competition helped them get to where they are today VERNON, BC— As a new arrival to Vernon, Mitchal Derksen knew he’d have to build strong relationships for his business to grow. A chartered accountant with a background in finance, he already had a business plan. All he needed […]

CFNO launches Rural Northern Immigration Pilot

RNIP project helps Okanagan attract—and keep—talented international workers VERNON, BC—In just a few weeks, local employers will be able to post jobs that could help bring up to 100 skilled foreign workers to the North Okanagan every year until 2022— bolstering the economy and helping employers overcome a looming skilled labour shortage that can’t be […]

Employ Participant Wakes up to a Brand, New Day

The alarm jolts Jareth Leo from a deep sleep. Rubbing his eyes, he checks the clock reading out the 6 a.m. wake-up call. With little time to get dressed, have breakfast, shower, and brush his teeth, Leo is determined to be on time for his daily commute. The 21-year-old high school graduate woke up early […]

Enterprize Challenge 2020: Submit Your Entries

VERNON, BC—Her Facebook feed illustrates an eight-month journey marked by milestones (holding the first place Enterprize Challenge trophy, leasing a space in the Polson Mall, and labeling bulk laundry soap) as well as mantras (pushing against plastic for lettuce, kids’ containers, sea life and the water bottles consumed by billions). On Saturday, Dec. 7, as […]

Business Loan Helps 4-H Member Raise a Steer

Isabella King remembers seeing Norman for the first time. Born at Higgins Family Ranch near Kamloops, Norman was grazing in the pasture at her friend Ashlyn’s house, where he had been dropped off for Isabella, as her family does not own a farm. She instantly fell in love with the Maine-Anjou’s milky white and black-spotted […]

North Okanagan-Shuswap Employment and Business Fair seeks employers, sponsors

VERNON, BC—More than 600 people attended the inaugural 2019 North Okanagan-Shuswap Employment and Business Fair last March and organizers of the upcoming 2020 event are expecting to see an even greater turnout this year, making it an invaluable opportunity for businesses and organizations in the region. “This is the only job fair of its kind […]

Let’s Go Jetsitters! How a Ski Resort Childcare Service is Gliding into New Territory

Growing up, Jacky Martin’s family vacationed with cousins and friends at their favourite BC ski resorts, such as Big White, Silver Star, Sun Peaks and Whistler. By day, the kids snow-plowed alongside parents under the sun. By late afternoon and evening, they played board games by the fire while their mittens dried and parents took […]

CFNO puts out call for diverse volunteers

Community-minded individuals and those with business expertise have a chance to make a lasting impact in the region and help others benefit from their experience in volunteer roles with Community Futures North Okanagan (CFNO). The organization is seeking a young, diverse range of volunteers to join its Self-employment Advisory Panel, Loans Committee and Board of […]