Author Archives: Natalie Appleton

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 […]

Business Recovery Survey to Drive Supports

Vision North Okanagan reaches out to business community to understand recovery needs Local businesses will have a chance to share what kind of support they need to reopen and stay resilient through the Business Recovery Survey being conducted by Vision North Okanagan in May. “The Business Recovery Survey allows us to hear first-hand from Vernon […]

Coping During COVID: CFNO Helps Businesses with Emergency Loan Funding

Loans of up to $25,000 are available to North Okanagan businesses to help them endure the economic impacts of COVID-19 When Darren Bezanson had to shut down the seating inside his Armstrong restaurant due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements, he knew who to call.  Worried about how he was going to pay his staff and […]

Experts Help Businesses Navigate COVID-19 with New Regional Roundtables

Amidst a rapidly changing business landscape, employers in the North Okanagan can gain greater insight on how to access new programs and continue operating during this difficult . The #NOKTogether Regional Roundtables hosted by Community Futures North Okanagan will take place every Thursday morning, and feature presenters on specific topics to support business owners navigating […]

New #NOKTogether group launches website

Online resources help business community & residents navigate COVID-19 NORTH OKANAGAN, BC—With the launch of the new #NOKTogether partnership and website, North Okanagan businesses and residents have access to a single hub of relevant and timely information as well as important tools to help endure the COVID-19 crisis. “This is an incredibly unique and challenging […]

Virtual Roundtables & One-on-One Resources: Supporting Your Business

Community Futures North Okanagan (CFNO) is hosting weekly virtual roundtables to help local business owners discuss challenges, solutions and resources around operating during the COVID-19 health crisis. Business owners can also access one-on-one support in telephone and virtual meetings with CFNO advisors. North Okanagan Weekly Business Roundtables These weekly community meetings give business owners an […]

That’s the Spirit! Community Futures helps distillery reach new markets

Blair Wilson looks up at the steam wafting from the crown of his copper still. The sweet smell of apples enters the nostrils as the vapour passes through two shiny plated columns that resemble giant flutes. The steam condenses back to a liquid, drops, then evaporates before continuing its journey. The process repeats and repeats. […]

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 […]

CFNO launches Rural Northern Immigration Pilot

RNIP project helps Okanagan attract—and keep—talented international workers VERNON, BC—In just a few weeks, local employers will be able to post jobs that could help bring up to 100 skilled foreign workers to the North Okanagan every year until 2022— bolstering the economy and helping employers overcome a looming skilled labour shortage that can’t be […]