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 […]

Taking One Step at a Time

Tina Phillips had always been surrounded by music. A pianist, she started playing before her feet could reach the pedals and she ended up becoming an on-demand accompanist and self-employed music teacher. Students would come to her home, where she’d give lessons on the 100-year-old grand piano that sits in her living room. She did […]

Building Bridges: Longtime Community Futures Facilitator Retires

It’s a week before Vickie Roraph’s retirement party and the long-time facilitator of Community Futures North Okanagan Bridges program hasn’t even started packing. The walls of her corner office on the second floor of CFNO’s downtown Vernon building are covered in inspirational quotes, paintings, and pictures of butterflies. The shelves are filled with books, such […]

Nicholas Alexander Landscaping Goes Back to Its Roots

Vernon’s Nick Moffat comes by his profession honestly. Having grown up in his parents’ garden centre, it was a natural progression for him to work his way up in the industry, first as a landscaper and now as the owner of Nicholas Alexander Home & Garden. “I worked at the garden centre my whole childhood,” […]

LOCALITY takes the lead at Enterprize 2018!

Julia Allen and Kate Johnson—the founders of LOCALITY, which delivers quarterly subscription boxes of Okanagan goods—held hands as VantageOne Credit Union CEO Glenn Benischek took to the stage to announce the winners of Enterprize Challenge 2018. But as he announced the business that took third place (Steakholder, Richard and Danielle Toperczer), and then second place […]

Machine Operator Turned Support Worker Gets ‘a New Direction in Life’

Several months after an invasive neck surgery was performed and following years of working as a bobcat operator, Justin Arcand lay awake, staring at the ceiling, wondering what his future held. “I really had no idea what I was going to do. My doctor had written a note saying I needed to change jobs.” Arcand […]

Enterprize Challenge 2018 Finalists Announced

From a ‘glamping’ wellness resort and athletic wear for plus-size women to a First Nation’s café and gift shop and an ethical beef-sharing program, the ideas among this year’s Enterprize Challenge finalists show where there is a niche, there is a business. Community Futures North Okanagan, which hosts the annual Enterprize Challenge, has just announced […]

Time to Smell the Flowers: Starting a New Life and Business

Brenda Tuttle walks through the maze of fragrant purple flowers and reaches down to pick a spiny stalk. The tiny buds slip through her fingers to be swept up by the wind. Research has shown that lavender contains healing properties. Inhaling the oil extracted from the botanical can help calm the mind. It not only […]