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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 […]

How Enterprizers have been filling a need for customers in 2020

COVID-19 was not in the business plan. And yet, two former Enterprize Challenge participants have managed to shift, thrive and support their communities in interesting ways. When Marilyn Courtenay stood on the stage and made her pitch to judges in the 2019 Enterprize Challenge, she painted a scene of The Boarding House Café: A group […]

New criteria for North Okanagan Immigration Pilot

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) for the Vernon-North Okanagan is updating its community criteria effective December 1, 2020. The criteria have been enhanced to support employers to hire more employees and grow the local economy. The three-year pilot began accepting applications in February 2020, with a maximum applicant limit of 100 per year. […]

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 […]

Community Futures hosts valley-wide virtual Small Business Week

VERNON, BC—Small business owners from across the Okanagan-Shuswap region have the chance to participate in three days of development workshops and connect with peers from across the valley as Community Futures hosts a virtual version of Small Business Week events. “This is an important business development opportunity that our community looks forward to every year, […]

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 […]

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 […]