Enterprize Challenge returns & goes virtual

Community Futures North Okanagan calls for emerging entrepreneurs to participate in Enterprize Challenge, being held virtually in 2021. VERNON, BC— More than three years ago, nurse and new mother Kayley Letendre moved back to Vernon from the coast to raise her young family when she started craving something that she and her husband devoured while travelling […]

Recognizing 35 Years of Service to Community Futures North Okanagan

Community Futures North Okanagan recognizes founding chairperson Claudette Everitt with its Long Service Award. VERNON, BC— Claudette Everitt still remembers the day when the North Okanagan’s entrepreneurial and business landscape changed for good. While serving as the first female president and later executive director of the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce, Everitt received an envelope […]

What’s in it for you at The VIEW?

As The VIEW (Vernon Innovation & Entrepreneur Workspace) prepares to open its doors this week, Community Futures North Okanagan and Accelerate Okanagan can’t wait for the energy of its first tour guests and tenants in downtown Vernon! Here is an overview of what this amazing centre has to offer you and our community, and how […]

Innovation Centre prepares to welcome & inspire local tech community

Growing demand for workspace, connections amid COVID-19 fuels excitement about Innovation Centre For so many reasons, and now more than ever, the upcoming opening of the Vernon Innovation & Entrepreneur Workspace in downtown Vernon is something to look forward to. While many storefronts have had to dim their lights in recent months, a new face […]

Making Connections: How Enterprize Gave Them a Headstart

Past Enterprize Challenge participants share how the competition helped them get to where they are today VERNON, BC— As a new arrival to Vernon, Mitchal Derksen knew he’d have to build strong relationships for his business to grow. A chartered accountant with a background in finance, he already had a business plan. All he needed […]

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 […]

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, […]