Okanagan Edge this week
Trevor Nichols - Jan 13 - Biz Releases

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Okanagan Edge this week is out look back at all the week in business in the Okanagan Valley, and beyond.

Local business news

Westbank Shopping Centre sold

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Prominent West Kelowna business owners bought the Westbank Shopping Centre for close to $14 million.

Vibrant’s $1million expansion

A million-dollar expansion at a well-known Kelowna winery will see the Vibrant Vine expand to triple its current size.

New lease for old building

A Kamloops investor has bought the long-vacant, downtown Vernon building that once held the Liquidation World

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Big bucks for AO exports

Accelerate Okanagan is getting a hefty chunk of federal funding to export some its startup-building programs.

The money will allow the tech accelerator to take two of its most popular programs out of the city, and into some of B.C.’s more far-flung communities.

 

Merger means ‘major shakeup’

There was a “major shakeup” in the B.C. insurance world this month, when an Okanagan and Vancouver insurance brokerage merged.

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Raudz eyes downtown diner

The restauranteurs at RaudZ Regional Table are about to bring new restaurant to downtown Kelowna.

Audrey Surrao and Chef Rod Butters have taken over a prime Bernard-Avenue space, and plan to put a modern spin on the traditional diner concept.

Issues

Kelowna’s new pot economy

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Legalized pot has the potential to dramatically reshape Kelowna, and the Okanagan’s economy.

Frustrated over fee hike

An association representing BC home inspectors is upset with a looming, 95 per cent hike in its licensing fees.

People in business

New head of Grand kitchen

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Chef Daniel Craig has taken over as the new executive chef at Delta Hotels Grand Okanagan Resort.

New exec at KCIB

A former Calgary police officer and travel agency owner will soon take over as the new executive director of the Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association.

Provincial business news

New rules for high rollers

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New rules are being brought in for big-spending gamblers at British Columbia’s casinos.

Ride-sharing could ‘destroy’ taxis

The B.C. Taxi Association claims it has found an app to meet customer demands across the province, making the need for ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft unnecessary.

Empty home tax looms

The City of Vancouver has launched its empty homes tax audit system meant to ensure residents are complying with the program.

Featured column

Giving back may not solve the problem

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Andrew Greer says its time to ditch corporate charity. He says the next evolution of company will build solutions right into its bones, rather than throwing a few token donations to community groups each year.

 


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