Tag Archives: Futures BC

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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. […]

Business Loan Helps 4-H Member Raise a Steer

Isabella King remembers seeing Norman for the first time. Born at Higgins Family Ranch near Kamloops, Norman was grazing in the pasture at her friend Ashlyn’s house, where he had been dropped off for Isabella, as her family does not own a farm. She instantly fell in love with the Maine-Anjou’s milky white and black-spotted […]

Fighting More Than Just Fires

With axes in hand and 65-pound pumps strapped to their backs, Craig Moore and his wildland firefighter crew run towards disaster when others are running away. Whether venturing deep into isolated forests or into populated communities, Moore, owner/operator of Rider Ventures, and his team work together in an atmosphere of mutual respect to deal with […]

Community Futures Releases Feasibility Study on North Okanagan Innovation Centre and Maker Space

Salmon Arm has one, and Nelson, BC is about to get one. The Innovation Centre, work-share, and maker-space concept is gaining traction all over BC, with numerous Innovation Centres opening throughout the province. The idea has gained interest from the North Okanagan business, technological and creative community, as was seen when Community Futures North Okanagan […]

Grooming a Future: Employ! Helps Animal Lover Land Dream Job

The clippers buzz as the large tomcat lifts his paw to get his thick undercoat trimmed. Toffee-coloured fur piles up on the linoleum, as Cassie Martel watches for any sign of escape. The cat purrs as the razor gently caresses his belly. “That’s going to feel so much better, especially in this heat,” says Cam Albert, […]

Mentorship, Skills & Big Steps: Enterprize Offers More than just Prizes

It’s been a long road since he entered the Enterprize Challenge, but Ryan Silverthorn attributes much of the knowledge and mentorship he attained during the entrepreneurial competition for the success of his business. After taking part in the 2017 Dragon’s Den-like competition, hosted by Community Futures North Okanagan, the former golf pro at Predator Ridge […]

Charging Ahead: New Business Owner Overcomes the Odds

Before arriving in BC in 2008, Darcy Lacombe did not have a fixed address. He had been incarcerated for a time and spent more than a decade homeless, living on the streets in Calgary. “When I was released from prison, I managed to use the acquired skills that I learned there, such as carpentry, to […]