Okanagan Biz


Female-led startups wanted
Okanagan Edge Staff - 12:42 pm - Okanagan Biz

A group of Okanagan women has created an angel investment fund that it hopes will help more females get into the local business world. Okanagan Women’s Mentoring and Angel Network, or WMAN, is part of the Women’s Equity Lab, which was founded in Victoria in 2017. WEL’s mission is to increase equal gender opportunity in […]

Top 40: Mark Tompkins
Contributed - 11:15 am - Okanagan Biz

Mark Tompkins is the owner of BUZZ Marketing, one of the premier digital marketing companies in Kelowna. Buzz has helped many local businesses thrive, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tompkins also helped create the Trailer Park Boys and Viking board games at High Roller Games. Prior to starting BUZZ, Tompkins was the community relations co-ordinator […]

Faces of #OKGNtech
Accelerate Okanagan - 9:39 am - 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 […]

French connection in Penticton
Contributed - 8:57 am - Okanagan Biz

By Michael Lamont When David Mullner and Celine Nativel immigrated to Canada with their family four years ago, their resumes looked very different. Nativel, who was previously a psychologist for the hospital, and Mullner, who operated his own physiotherapy clinic, traded in their white coats for chef’s jackets when they became chocolatiers. “When we arrived […]

O’Keefe Ranch future bright
Darren Handschuh - 7:45 am - Okanagan Biz

 Like so many other attractions, 2020 was a rough year for Historic O’Keefe Ranch. The sudden and unexpected collapse of the tourism sector due to COVID-19 hit the ranch hard. Deep cuts, including reducing staffing levels to the bare minimum, were necessary to keep the 154-year-old ranch afloat. But the ranch weathered the storm, and […]

Wineries want party location
Wayne Moore - 6:42 am - Okanagan Biz

Two wineries at the far end of Lakeshore Road have an application into the province that, if approved, could increase capacity by about 900 people. Cedar Creek Estate Winery and the adjacent Martin’s Lane Winery have both applied to the provincial Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch for a “winery special event area.” According to signs […]

Casino eateries to reopen
Jon Manchester - Mar 05, 2021 - Okanagan Biz

Match Eatery restaurants at casinos in Vernon, Kamloops and Penticton have been given approval to reopen. A BC Government Employees Union memo to staff says the restaurants will reopen at the Cascades casinos in Penticton and Kamloops, and Lake City Casino in Vernon, as well as the Starlight Casino in New Westminster. The restaurants will […]

WEC study highlights needs
Okanagan Edge Staff - Mar 05, 2021 - Okanagan Biz

Kelowna-based Women’s Enterprise Centre has recommendations for those who offer funding to female entrepreneurs. WEC conducted a survey in advance of International Women’s Day on Monday, and it found the major of women in business feel current funding models don’t fit their needs. Nearly 80% of the more than 400 women who took the survey […]

URBA gets new board, new look
Okanagan Edge Staff - Mar 05, 2021 - Okanagan Biz

Uptown Rutland Business Association has a new board of directors as well as a new look. The organization held its annual general meeting on Wednesday and revealed its 11-member board, which includes president Jamie Needham of Interior Savings. “I look forward to working with this year’s board as we will be developing a new focus […]

Young entrepreneurs go online
Okanagan Edge Staff - Mar 05, 2021 - Okanagan Biz

Mountain Girl Crafts, Tie Dye Towels and Woodwork with Grandpa are just a few of the online stores that have been created by students at Big White Community School. The Big White Community School’s Young Entrepreneurs program is usually an in-person affair each year, but the COVID-19 pandemic prevented that from happening this year. Instead, […]