Category Archives: News

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Enterprize Challenge 2018 Open for Entries

Following the 2017 Enterprize Challenge, which brought forth a record 23 entrepreneurs—many with business ideas that harnessed the bounty and beauty of the Okanagan—judges can’t wait to see what contestants will pitch this year. “Everyone was so impressed with the business ideas that were presented at Enterprize Challenge last year,” says Leigha Horsfield, General Manager, […]

Organizing a Brighter Future

It all started the day Kimberly Mason’s sister, Leslie Battersby, left town. Battersby had asked Mason to housesit her farm in Prince George for a week, and Battersby knew Mason might get bored. As Battersby reached for her keys, one hand on the back door, she said, “You know, if you’re looking for something to […]

Celebrating 20 Years

The Community Futures Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program (EDP) is a business loans program that reduces the obstacles that people with disabilities or ongoing health issues may face when looking for financing. The program began in 1997 through funding from Western Economic Diversification and the support of the Community Futures network. In 2006, the EDP was […]