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Vees hire new assistant
Colin Dacre - 4:33 pm - Okanagan Biz

The Penticton Vees have announced the hiring of a new assistant coach. Brandon West will join the Vees after spending the 2017-18 season as head coach of the Surrey Eagles. Prior to that he was the head coach of the Salmon Arm Silverbacks and went 91-77-12-16 in four years as a BCHL head. “Brandon will be […]

Penticton’s best honoured
Chelsea Powrie - 2:40 pm - Okanagan Biz

The 2018 Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce awards were announced Saturday night at a ceremony at Lakeside Resort. The awards are handed out annually in a variety of categories and are intended to honour the successes of local businesses. This year, 15 categories were honoured. They were as follows: Business of the Year: […]

Kelowna rental rates rise
Okanagan Edge Staff - 12:37 pm - Okanagan Biz

Rental rates in Kelowna went up in October for both one- and two-bedroom apartments. The city remains the eighth most expensive place in Canada to rent a one-bedroom unit, according to numbers released Monday by PadMapper. The average price of a one-bedroom increased 3.4 per cent from September to $1,210 in October, while a two-bedroom […]

Chamber hosts debate
Okanagan Edge Staff - 10:57 am - Okanagan Biz

The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce will host a proportional representation debate luncheon on Wednesday at Coast Capri Hotel. Marina Dobrinskaya, who is representing the “yes” side, and Bill Tieleman, who is arguing for the “no” supporters, will have their say in preparation for the referendum that will determine the format of future provincial elections. B.C. […]

Local up for Stevie Award
Okanagan Edge Staff - 10:54 am - Okanagan Biz

A Kelowna business owner is up for a prestigious award that will be presented in New York City next month. Kristy Carruthers, who owns Proforma Inspired Promotions, is a finalist for The Stevie Awards for Women in Business. She is up for female entrepreneur of the year (business products) with 10 or fewer employees. Proforma […]

Fender will rock Kelowna
Okanagan Edge Staff - 9:34 am - Okanagan Biz

Okanagan Valley musicians won’t have to go far for a world-class guitar. Fender last week opened up a retail space inside Wentworth Music, located at 1634 Harvey Ave., that is dedicated to its guitars. The goal is to “help players at all levels freely choose their next Fender guitar, spark creativity and further connect Fender” […]

Tolko builds up students
Darren Handschuh - 8:28 am - Okanagan Biz

Nemo Des Mazes prefers working with her hands and building things rather than sitting in a classroom. So when the chance came for the 16-year-old to take part in the Youth Trades Explorer Sampler at Okanagan College, she eagerly signed up. The program gives high school students an opportunity to discover trades as a career […]

Foresty program supported
Josh Winquist - 7:38 am - Okanagan Biz

Lumby’s Charles Bloom Secondary School is one of three schools in B.C. to be awarded for Innovation and Excellence in Woodlot Management. The Minister’s Award recognizes a woodlot licensee representing each of the Coast, South and North areas, along with an overall top performer. Award winners are nominated through official submissions received by the Federation […]

Artists get career boosts
Nicholas Johansen - 6:39 am - Okanagan Biz

With the Breakout West music festival entering its final evening in Kelowna Saturday night, grant award recipients were announced for artists, many of who are performing around town. This is the first year the province is offering the AMPLIFY BC Career Development Grants, which totalled more than $880,000 for 75 artists in 2018. “I look […]

Artists get career boosts
Nicholas Johansen - 6:29 am - Okanagan Biz

With the Breakout West music festival entering its final evening in Kelowna Saturday night, grant award recipients were announced for artists, many of who are performing around town. This is the first year the province is offering the AMPLIFY BC Career Development Grants, which totalled more than $880,000 for 75 artists in 2018. “I look […]

UBC ready to innovate
Darren Handschuh - Oct 14 - Okanagan Biz

Up-and-coming entrepreneurs showcased some creative ideas at the opening of the Innovation UBC Kelowna Hub, Thursday. From wearable technology that monitors physical activity to an online rental platform, UBC students made the most of the facility that provides a space for the UBC community to interact with the region’s innovation network. “For more than a […]

Irrigation bad for business
Colton Davies - Oct 12 - Okanagan Biz

Two farmers in Oliver are seeking compensation over lost income which they say the province caused by putting in poor water systems for irrigation. Gord Forbes and Art Dias said their water intake systems on the Okanagan River were impacted for seven years, beginning when a project was done by the province to redirect part of […]

Where is Kelowna headed?
Kirk Penton - Oct 12 - Okanagan Biz

Kelowna’s movers and shakers came together on Friday to discuss the long-term future of the city. Developers, architects, the mayor and many city councillors were just a few of the stakeholders who were at Rotary Centre for the Arts to take in the Our Future City — Our Story conference, presented by the Okanagan chapter […]

Comic book support surges
Kirk Penton - Oct 12 - Okanagan Biz

A local comic book writer has teamed up with artistic royalty in an effort to get his first publication off the ground. George Michail, a local Community Living BC employee who works with adults who have developmental disabilities, is also the author of Fire Engine Red, a comic book series about a female firefighter. He’s […]

Chute Lake Lodge bought
Colton Davies - Oct 12 - Okanagan Biz

A rural resort near Naramata is expected to get a new life after being bought by a Penticton outdoor tour operator. Hoodoo Adventures, along with “local investors,” have purchased the Chute Lake Lodge and took over operations as of Tuesday. “The Hoodoo-led investor group intends to invest in renovations to refresh the historic recreation property while […]

Grants help new businesses
Amanda Loewen - Oct 12 - Okanagan Biz

Social entrepreneurship is about using entrepreneurship (customers’ revenue) to help solve community, social or environmental challenges. Just because social entrepreneurs use customers to help fund their models doesn’t mean that grants shouldn’t also help fund solutions. To help you with your search, here are a few funding options available for both for-profit and non-profit social […]

Pot facility first of its kind
Kirk Penton - Oct 12 - Okanagan Biz

As the smell of marijuana plants wafted through the air from the production facility next door, major U.S. executives and local politicians were all smiles Thursday afternoon. Members of Hawthorne Gardening company, The Flowr Group and Scotts Miracle-Gro held a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony for a new research and development building that will be open next year on […]

Complex nearing approval
Colton Davies - Oct 12 - Okanagan Biz

Funding for a four-storey rental apartment in the heart of Oliver could be approved as soon as next month. EllisDon is proposing to build an affordable housing complex on a vacant property at 6089 Main Street, which it would then sell to BC Housing. The proposal currently includes plans for 47 rental units with commercial space on […]

Vernon work almost done
Darren Handschuh - Oct 12 - Okanagan Biz

Anyone navigating through Vernon’s downtown core over the past few months knows it’s been a bit of a challenge. Several blocks of the city centre were closed while crews replaced infrastructure and made other upgrades to the city blocks. While the work was expected to be complete by the end of September, crews are still onsite […]

Vees lose business maven
Colton Davies - Oct 11 - Okanagan Biz

The Penticton Vees have announced a staple in their front office is moving on. Director of corporate partnerships and alternate governor David Michaud will be leaving for an opportunity in Victoria at the end of October. Michaud will be joining the newly created Keycorp Sports and Entertainment as the company’s president. The parent company, Keycorp Development, owns […]

Small business celebrated
Okanagan Edge Staff - Oct 11 - Okanagan Biz

The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce will be celebrating small businesses for the next week. Friday will mark the start of Small Business Week 2018, which will feature four events and one announcement. Small Business Week, which is co-ordinated by the Business Development Bank of Canada, is a national celebration of Canadian entrepreneurs and their contribution […]

Pot building gets support
Colin Dacre - Oct 11 - Okanagan Biz

An application to lay a gravel foundation for a cannabis processing building on ALR farmland in Summerland was supported and forwarded to Agricultural Land Commission by council Tuesday. Sweet Valley Cannabis is seeking ALC approval to remove 1,290 cubic metres of soil and replace it with infill to allow for the construction of a large […]

Golf’s best honoured
Okanagan Edge Staff - Oct 11 - Okanagan Biz

Kelowna was well represented Wednesday night during the PGA of BC’s 2018 annual awards celebration. Sean Richardson of The Harvest Club in Kelowna received the Jack Westover Coach of the Year award. Meanwhile, Black Mountain Golf Club was awarded the Golf Facility of the Year trophy. The event was held at River Rock Casino Resort […]

Pot stock growing slowly
Nicholas Johansen - Oct 11 - Okanagan Biz

The first government-run cannabis retail store in the province is set to open in Kamloops next Wednesday, but the store will be stocked with less than half the strains of cannabis initially hoped for. After a busy eight months of planning, the government is opening the doors on the recreational dispensary the day cannabis becomes federally legalized, on […]

Craft brewery gets OK
Colin Dacre - Oct 11 - Okanagan Biz

A craft brewery proposed for downtown Summerland has been approved by the district council. The brewery planned for 13220 Victoria Rd., the former home of Cozy Bay Seafood, was green-lit Tuesday evening following a public hearing that saw nobody speak. A handful of letters submitted to council supported the application, which amended the property’s zoning to […]

Get McDonald’s delivered
Alanna Kelly - Oct 11 - Okanagan Biz

You can now order a Big Mac burger right to the luxury of your home in Kelowna. McDonald’s restaurant is now available for delivery to residents of Kelowna through Skip the Dishes, an online food delivery business. As of Wednesday, you can even order until 1 a.m. daily. The service is actually called McDelivery Canada and prides […]

No cannabis free-for-all
Kirk Penton - Oct 10 - Okanagan Biz

RE/Max believes Kelowna is one of two Canadian commercial real estate “hot spots” when it comes to cannabis, but the city’s community planning department manager Ryan Smith still wants a slow, deliberate process to determine who can sell recreational marijuana. The RE/Max report indicated there are more than 900 properties in Kelowna where rezoning for […]

PRH receives donations
Colton Davies - Oct 10 - Okanagan Biz

Organizers of Penticton’s annual Oktoberfest are providing a donation to the Penticton Regional Hospital that “merits a hearty toast.” The Oktoberfest Society has contributed $25,000 to the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation’s campaign for the PRH patient care tower. Meanwhile, the Penticton Heidelberg Club, which has many members who volunteer with Oktoberfest, has donated a further […]

Heil to headline conference
Okanagan Edge Staff - Oct 10 - Okanagan Biz

The region’s sports leaders will gather on Saturday in Kelowna for the 16th annual Okanagan Sport Leadership Conference. Olympic gold medallist mogul skier Jennifer Heil will be the headline presenter at the conference, which is sponsored by PacificSport Okanagan and will be held at Parkinson Activity Centre. This year’s theme is “Safe and Inclusive Sport […]

Kelowna cannabis hot spot
The Canadian Press - Oct 10 - Okanagan Biz

TORONTO — Two cities in Western Canada have been named the next commercial real estate “hot spots” for the cannabis market, according to a report. Real estate firm RE/Max Commercial says that Kelowna and Edmonton are both expected to see positive commercial growth in the coming months as a result of cannabis legalization. Prices for […]

Yoga studio changes name
Okanagan Edge Staff - Oct 10 - Okanagan Biz

A popular Kelowna yoga business is undergoing a name change in an effort to brand itself with other studios around the world. Moksha Yoga Studio, which opened in January 2011, will unite with others around the world under the moniker of Modo Yoga. “Locally, the only change our students will notice is the name, from […]

Granny’s could be yours
Colton Davies - Oct 10 - Okanagan Biz

The locally loved Granny’s Fruit Stand in Summerland is up for sale. The well-known produce market and bakery on Highway 97 also includes a cherry orchard and family home that has a pool and private yard on the property. It’s listed for $1.5 million. Granny’s was founded in 1992 by Don Cameron, who was Summerland’s mayor from […]

Thieves hurt business
Alanna Kelly - Oct 10 - Okanagan Biz

A small family business is left without power for its food truck after thieves made off with a generator while they were sleeping. Jessica Sato says they left the generator in a locked vehicle that tows their small food truck. They believe the generator was stolen on Oct. 5, about 3:30 a.m. Sato, co-owner of the […]

No ordinary storage unit
Kirk Penton - Oct 10 - Okanagan Biz

The Vaults is not your ordinary storage facility, and it’s quite clear Okanagan residents are intrigued by the one that will soon be under construction in Kelowna. “We were really blown away by the success of the launch event and the interest in the Kelowna project,” The Vaults vice-president James Murray said. “So we ended […]