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 COVID-19. Businesses from all North Okanagan communities are welcome to participate in these no-cost roundtable sessions.


Starting at 11am

The regional roundtables kick off April 16, and will focus on employment law with guest presenters Kelsey Wheelhouse, a litigation lawyer from Davidson Lawyers with extensive understanding of employment, labour and human rights law; and Selena Stearns, wage subsidy advisor, CFNO.

This topic will help employers better understand their obligations as they lay off and rehire employees in these unique times.

Each week, presenters will share expertise on a different and specific theme, and these will continue to be announced.

Presentations will be followed by a Questions & Answer period so please bring your questions.

Thursday, April 16

Topic: What You Need To Know As An Employer During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Presenters: Kelsey Wheelhouse, Davidson Lawyers, and Selena Stearns, CFNO

Thursday, April 23

Topic: What You Need To Know About Your Small Business Financials During The Pandemic Economic Slowdown

Presenters: TBD

#NOKTogether is a collaboration of business support organizations and local government with a goal of streamlining communication and resources to support local businesses and residents through the new website The project is supported by Community Futures North Okanagan, City of Vernon, Lumby & District Chamber of Commerce, Splatsin Band, Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce, City of Armstrong, Downtown Vernon Association, City of Enderby, Enderby & District Chamber of Commerce, Township of Spallumcheen, Village of Lumby, Okanagan Indian Band, the Regional District of the North Okanagan, Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce, District of Coldstream, Okanagan College, Beach Radio and Vernon Matters.

In addition to updates about virtual roundtables, webinars and training opportunities, the website provides streams of curated resources for employees and employers as well as additional health resources, news updates and a list of businesses still open in the region.  

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