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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 […]

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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 […]

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‘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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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New relief fund helps non-profits & ‘all the other businesses’

North Okanagan small businesses & non-profits can apply for Regional Relief and Recovery Fund’s loans of up to $40,000 to cover expenses incurred during COVID-19 VERNON, BC—The rent while doors were closed. The cleaning supplies. The fees to create an online store. These are just some of the COVID-19 operating expenses some small businesses and […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Employ Participant Wakes up to a Brand, New Day

The alarm jolts Jareth Leo from a deep sleep. Rubbing his eyes, he checks the clock reading out the 6 a.m. wake-up call. With little time to get dressed, have breakfast, shower, and brush his teeth, Leo is determined to be on time for his daily commute. The 21-year-old high school graduate woke up early […]

Thompson Okanagan Tourism Micro Loan in Partnership with the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA)

Community Futures North Okanagan and eight other Community Futures offices in the Thompson Okanagan region are working in partnership with the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) to assist the tourism industry in overcoming the challenges presented by the current COVID-19 crisis through the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Resiliency Program. In July 2020, a formal agreement was […]