Tag Archives: small business

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 […]

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. […]

Enterprize Challenge 2017 Finalists Announced: Part 2

Community Futures North Okanagan lists the next five of 10 finalists competing for $35,000 in Enterprize prizes! There’s a shop where you can buy hand-baked spuds and a storefront that sells local artisans’ wares. There’s a place to rent RV’s, have your skin health analyzed and your audio-visual needs fulfilled. It seems the third annual […]

How Tom Bought Charlie’s: The Business Loan that’s Helping a Whole Community

THE MOMENT TOM MAXWELL stepped inside Charlie’s Grocery last June, he had a feeling that the little Alexis Park store was where he and his wife Louise needed to be. “There was just something about the place that tugged on our hearts, and we felt that this was the perfect place for us,” says Maxwell. […]