Author Archives: Natalie Appleton

Business development group seeks new members

VERNON, BC—A Community Futures business development group that has been supporting small business owners for decades will now bring its members together virtually—and the group is accepting applications for new members. Business Exchange, hosted by Community Futures North Okanagan (CFNO), meets bi-monthly to help entrepreneurs navigate a range of challenges and opportunities. “This is really […]

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 […]

‘I have accomplished so much’: How Momentum is helping women grow businesses

Kristen Trovato and her team have spent the last several weeks turning 55,000 pounds of cherries, 50,000 lbs of blueberries and soon 80,000 + lbs of apples into juice—all destined for export markets, especially Asia. Trovato and her husband, Remo, own Mobile Juicing and they also import and sell the fruit processing machinery that turns extra […]

CFNO Helps Social Enterprises Access Regional Relief and Recovery Funding

The Canadian Mental Health Association’s Georgette Shop and Elks Lodge in Vernon are now able to continue essential operations thanks to the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF), accessed through Community Futures North Okanagan (CFNO). For the Elks Lodge in downtown Vernon, it will mean their doors can stay open and someday resume the meat […]

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 […]