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 […]

Fighting More Than Just Fires

With axes in hand and 65-pound pumps strapped to their backs, Craig Moore and his wildland firefighter crew run towards disaster when others are running away. Whether venturing deep into isolated forests or into populated communities, Moore, owner/operator of Rider Ventures, and his team work together in an atmosphere of mutual respect to deal with […]

Community Futures Releases Feasibility Study on North Okanagan Innovation Centre and Maker Space

Salmon Arm has one, and Nelson, BC is about to get one. The Innovation Centre, work-share, and maker-space concept is gaining traction all over BC, with numerous Innovation Centres opening throughout the province. The idea has gained interest from the North Okanagan business, technological and creative community, as was seen when Community Futures North Okanagan […]

Grooming a Future: Employ! Helps Animal Lover Land Dream Job

The clippers buzz as the large tomcat lifts his paw to get his thick undercoat trimmed. Toffee-coloured fur piles up on the linoleum, as Cassie Martel watches for any sign of escape. The cat purrs as the razor gently caresses his belly. “That’s going to feel so much better, especially in this heat,” says Cam Albert, […]

Land to Table in action: CFNO supports food systems network

How can we develop a local food system that is prosperous, environmentally sustainable and accessible? Even more, how can we go from talking about doing this, to making it happen? These are just some of the questions that have driven Land to Table, a network of partners committed to building a thriving local food network […]

Community Futures Names Thompson-Okanagan Export Advisor

Thompson-Okanagan business owners interested in exporting their products will now have the chance to receive guidance at every step from an experienced business leader and CEO coach. Community Futures North Okanagan has named Ken MacLeod as Export Advisor for the region’s Export Navigator program. “We are thrilled to be able to provide clients with this […]

For the Love of Trees

Like the Lorax from Dr. Seuss’ famed fable of the same name, you could say that Caitlyn Snyder speaks for the trees. She not only loves trees, like the Lorax, but she also has a penchant for bright colours, which is evident from the very pink wood chipper that is attached to her new work […]