Okanagan Biz

Chamber backs recovery plan
Okanagan Edge Staff - 4:35 pm - Okanagan Biz

Kelowna Chamber of Commerce likes what it saw from the B.C. government’s economic recovery plan this week. The chamber is happy with a variety of initiatives the government said it will introduce in an effort to help the province survive the COVID-19 pandemic, including a 100% PST rebate on machines and equipment, more investment in […]

Markets end sluggish week
The Canadian Press - 3:47 pm - Okanagan Biz

TORONTO — North American stock markets dipped to close a relatively flat week on signs of a slowing U.S. recovery and weakness in the American technology sector. Markets started moved lower after the U.S. government announced it will ban Chinese-owned TikTok and WeChat from U.S. app stores on Sunday. They partially recovered in afternoon trading, […]

Distilleries impact local economy
Shannan Schimmelmann - 2:27 pm - Okanagan Biz

Did you know that every bottle a Canadian craft distillery produces comes from local grain or fruit producers in your area? Moreover, Canadian craft distilleries employ dozens of local residents who support their families in their local communities. To highlight how much of a driver every community’s local distillery could potentially generate, each 200-litre barrel […]

KF submits centre plans
Okanagan Edge Staff - 12:30 pm - Okanagan Biz

KF Aerospace has submitted a form and character development permit application to the City of Kelowna for its Centre for Excellence, which has been moved from its original intended location. KF Aerospace, which bills itself as Kelowna’s largest private-sector employer, unveiled plans for the centre in June 2019. The company said it was going to build […]

Top 40: Brandon Panopoulos
Contributed - 9:42 am - Okanagan Biz

Okanagan Edge and the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce are partnering to showcase some of the region’s most exciting entrepreneurs through the “Top 40 Under 40” program. Sponsored by BDO, the “Top 40 Under 40” recognizes high-achieving professionals in our community and showcases their accomplishments. This marks the sixth year the chamber has conducted a “Top 40” showcase. Honourees will […]

Drivers earn job status
Nicholas Johansen - 8:44 am - Okanagan Biz

Kelowna’s only current ride-sharing company is now offering full-time positions for drivers, after ride-sharing giant Uber was recently criticized for not recognizing its drivers as employees. After beginning service in Kelowna in early July, Victoria-based Lucky to Go announced Thursday it will now be hiring its drivers as full-time and casual employees. “From the beginning, this […]

Silver Star sets opening date
John Lawless - 7:38 am - Okanagan Biz

After much planning by staff, SilverStar Mountain Resort has announced its opening day for this ski season, along with updated information surrounding the rest of the hill’s operations. The mountain will open on Friday, Dec. 4, weather permitting, and Nordic trails will open on Saturday, Nov. 28, with limited access to facilities. This is a […]

Rogers opens new space
Jon Manchester - 6:42 am - Okanagan Biz

Rogers Communications has virtually opened its major new customer solution centre in Kelowna. More than 100 staff have already been hired and trained virtually, and the centre is expected to bring 350 new jobs to the local economy by 2021. All positions will be work from home until the centre can be safely opened, the company […]

El Rancho site a no-go
Casey Richardson - Sep 17, 2020 - Okanagan Biz

The future of the El Rancho motel site in Penticton remains a question after council split votes evenly on Tuesday, effectively nixing a potential residential development on the lot. The proposed change from tourist-commercial to urban-residential-commercial on the Westminster Avenue site led Mayor John Vassilaki, councillor Katie Robinson and councillor Judy Sentes to vote no, pushing […]

Faces of #OKGNtech
Accelerate Okanagan - Sep 17, 2020 - Okanagan Biz

A strong community can promote new ideas and ensure accountability. It can also act as motivation, support and even provide a little friendly competition. The power of community is undeniable, and the Okanagan tech community is no exception. Our community is strong and growing with record speed, and maintaining connections through a period of growth […]