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Enterprize Challenge 2020: Submit Your Entries

VERNON, BC—Her Facebook feed illustrates an eight-month journey marked by milestones (holding the first place Enterprize Challenge trophy, leasing a space in the Polson Mall, and labeling bulk laundry soap) as well as mantras (pushing against plastic for lettuce, kids’ containers, sea life and the water bottles consumed by billions). On Saturday, Dec. 7, as […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

And the Enterprize Challenge 2019 winner is…

VERNON, BC—Back in December, Teresa Sanders read an article about what she calls “the myth of recycling plastics” that opened her eyes and her imagination. She decided to do something about it and came up with a business idea to provide refillable cleaning and hygiene products to the community. Her idea will soon become a […]

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 […]