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 […]

Service with a Smile: How Inclusive Workplaces Benefit Everyone

While people line up to order their coconut milk, ginger and turmeric smoothies and kale, quinoa and sweet potato salads, a young woman works quickly and quietly in the storeroom packing vitamin supplements for mail order clients. It’s a healthy place to be this Wednesday lunch hour at Nature’s Fare Markets in Vernon, in an […]

‘I Had Hopes’: How Bridges Helped One Mom Reach Higher

She remembers feeling like she had the weight of the world on her shoulders: dead-end jobs with odd hours and little pay because she had left high school before giving birth to the first of four children; a divorce and bills and beautiful little faces looking up at her each day; and a lifetime of […]

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 […]

Trading Up: Students Learn Skills, Attain Work as Insulation Installers

Dustin McGibbon had been working as a mechanic in Fort McMurray for eight years before he decided to move back home to Vernon. Although he’d worked for a restoration company in his hometown before heading to Fort Mac, he found it was like “pulling teeth” to find work upon his return. As a single dad, […]

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, […]