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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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Regional Job Fair and Business Showcase set for March 9, 2020 in the North Okanagan-Shuswap

The North Okanagan-Shuswap Employment and Business Fair hosted by the Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with Community Futures North Okanagan, WorkBC Centre – Enderby, Splatsin Development Corporation and the Enderby & District Chamber of Commerce are hosting the second annual job fair on Monday March 9, 2020, 11am-5:30pm at the Splatsin Community Centre, […]