Author Archives: Natalie Appleton

Enterprize Challenge 2019 Finalists Announced

Many have big goals, such as keeping plastic from landfills and keeping people active. Some want to spread the joy of simple pleasures like real, French-style ice cream or board games over breakfast. All have their eyes on the 2019 Enterprize Challenge grand prize. Community Futures North Okanagan (CFNO), which hosts the annual Enterprize Challenge, […]

Multi-community Job & Business Fair a Success!

With some job-seekers getting hired on the spot and attendance of more than 500 guests and nearly 60 organizations, the inaugural Multi-community Employment & Business Fair was an overwhelming success. “This event exceeded our expectations and all of the organizers are so pleased with the response from both businesses and attendees,” says Connie Viszlai, business […]

Multi-community Job Fair Connects Job-seekers with Employers

ENDERBY—Organizers behind the upcoming North Okanagan-Shuswap Employment and Business Fair say this event will be a unique and valuable opportunity for local job-seekers to meet dozens of potential employers from across the region.   More than 50 businesses and organizations will have booths at the inaugural event, taking place March 11 at the new Splatsin […]

Mentorship, Skills & Big Steps: Enterprize Offers More than just Prizes

It’s been a long road since he entered the Enterprize Challenge, but Ryan Silverthorn attributes much of the knowledge and mentorship he attained during the entrepreneurial competition for the success of his business. After taking part in the 2017 Dragon’s Den-like competition, hosted by Community Futures North Okanagan, the former golf pro at Predator Ridge […]

Enterprize Challenge 2019 Now Open for Entries

For the finalists, it’s the chance to take home thousands of dollars in prizes to kickstart a business idea, and for all participants serious about their start-up, it’s an invaluable business bootcamp. The 2019 Enterprize Challenge, hosted by Community Futures North Okanagan, is now open for registration. Organizers say if last year’s entries are any […]

Charging Ahead: New Business Owner Overcomes the Odds

Before arriving in BC in 2008, Darcy Lacombe did not have a fixed address. He had been incarcerated for a time and spent more than a decade homeless, living on the streets in Calgary. “When I was released from prison, I managed to use the acquired skills that I learned there, such as carpentry, to […]

Multi-community Job Fair Seeks Employers, Sponsors

In the first event of its kind, the communities of Enderby, Armstrong, Spallumcheen and the Splatsin First Nation will host the North Okanagan-Shuswap Employment and Business Fair in March, bringing together employers and job-seekers from across the region. “We’re hoping to see 100 employers join us for this event,” says Sabrina Vergata, administrative assistant, Splatsin […]

For the Love of Dogs: Employ Participants Overcome Challenges, Raise Funds

Growing up on his grandfather’s Westside ranch, Cyprian Louis was more accustomed to the movements of horses and the family’s 12 blue heelers than the small talk of strangers. But he wasn’t just shy around people. He also had anxiety, and as a young adult trying to secure—and keep—a job, Cyprian struggled. “I was really […]

Small Business Week Talks Cannabis, Social Enterprise

Small Business Week is kind of like Pro-D day for business owners, except it only happens once a year, it spans a week, and it covers both timely and timeless topics ranging from cannabis entrepreneurship and cyber security to succession planning and selling your product beyond BC. “We have a real diverse line-up this year, […]

Where Good Things Grow

Sonja Peters knows how fulfilling it is to grow something from a simple seed of an idea. She planted seeds and tended plants for years, working for others in the fields of agriculture and horticulture. However, after she moved to rural Lumby to live with her partner, she decided a change was in order. That’s […]