Tag Archives: Community Futures North Okanagan

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 […]

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, […]

Both Sides Now: How an Employer and Employee Benefit from Wage Subsidy

Blondie’s Parallel Lines spins on the turntable as Becca greets customers and works the espresso machine. Making the perfect Americano —dark and rich with just the right amount of foam— is just one of Becca’s talents as an employee of Record City, a second-hand retail music store that sells records, cassettes, instruments, stereo equipment and […]

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 […]

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,” […]

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 […]

Escaping to a New Adventure

IT LOOKS JUST LIKE GRANDMA’S LIVING ROOM. Every detail of the space screams vintage, save for the large flat-screen monitor off to the side. Centred on the chocolate brown shag are two rusty brown floral patterned sofas. Pictures of family members in shiny metal frames are showcased on shelves around a veneer cabinet that is […]

Everybody Loves Drew

Drew Derosier is a familiar face at Vernon’s Home Depot, where he now works thanks to the employment services he received at Community Futures North Okanagan and Kindale Developmental Association. “Drew to electrical,” the loudspeaker calls from above, as the young man manoeuvres his electric wheelchair with fine precision. Driving his chair carefully past shelves […]

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 […]