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Economy indicators humming
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jan 29, 2019 - Biz Profiles

The fourth-quarter numbers are in, and 2018 was another strong year for the Central Okanagan economy, according to numbers released by the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission on Tuesday. The most stunning number in the economic indicators report was job postings, as the region experienced a whopping 49.3 per cent increase in that category last […]

Conservation adds officer
Darren Handschuh - Nov 07, 2018 - Biz Profiles

There is another conservation officer working the North Okanagan. Last spring, 20 conservation officers were sworn in and they are now working at various locations throughout the province. The new faces mark the largest influx of recruits the B.C. Conservation Officer Service (BCCOS) has had in a decade and will fill existing vacancies and newly-funded […]

Motel will serve as shelter
Colin Dacre - Nov 01, 2018 - Biz Profiles

BC Housing has announced plans to operate a new cold weather shelter at a motel on the south end of Penticton. The Swiss Sunset Inn at 2604 Skaha Lake Rd. will host 20 cold weather beds, possibly to be operated by ASK Wellness, which manages the Fairhaven transitional housing development next door. BC Housing would […]

Canada’s challenge at capacity
Special to Okanagan Edge - Aug 29, 2018 - Biz Profiles

Paul Ferley, assistant chief economist at RBC, will tell a Kelowna audience next month how red-hot economies on both sides of the 49th parallel can coexist in the time of Trump. Ferley is scheduled to be keynote speaker during a noon-hour speech at the Urban Development Institute’s annual general meeting on Sept. 20. The event […]

Profess love elsewhere, please
Okanagan Edge Staff - Aug 08, 2018 - Biz Profiles

Stephane and Beatrice Facon have a message for the person or people responsible for spray-painting the windows and walls of their downtown Kelowna business overnight Tuesday. “We all know the reputation of the French lovers,” the owners of Bouchons Bistro wrote in an e-mail to the media. “We do encourage to love as much as we do […]

Big wins for Oliver winery
Colton Davies - Jul 23, 2018 - Biz Profiles

Oliver’s Covert Farms Family Estate has brought an impressive amount of hardware home from a wine competition in Germany. The winery earned five gold medals and one silver at the International Organic Wine Award for several of its 100 per cent organic, estate-grown-and-produced wines. Covert Farms was the only Canadian winery in the competition, which […]

Local earns Foodie of the Year nod
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jun 21, 2018 - Biz Profiles

An Okanagan business owner has been named one of the top 10 foodies of the year by Western Living. Christine Coletta, who founded Okanagan Crush Pad in Summerland, was announced as one of the honourees today. Coletta has been a leader in the B.C. wine industry, most notably creating a B.C. wine and Alberta food […]

Time to Do Some Good
Kirk Penton - Jun 19, 2018 - Biz Profiles

A local tech startup has a new name, a new app, and several new initiatives that will make it easier for people to help their communities. Do Some Good, formerly known as Volinspire, held a relaunch party on Monday night at the Okanagan Centre for Innovation to unveil its new look and its new features. […]

Taking the food truck floral
Trevor Nichols - May 22, 2018 - Biz Profiles

A short time ago, Diane Herron left her business, sold all her stuff, and made her way to the Okanagan Valley. Now, less than a year after she first landed, Herron is making an impact in Kelowna, crisscrossing the city in a tiny, fragrant, pink truck. Herron’s new business, Sweet Dee’s Flowers, takes the food […]

Tourist org ‘bullying’ members?
Trevor Nichols - May 14, 2018 - Biz Profiles

After being barred from board meetings, asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement, and “ignored” for years, Luke Weller is speaking out against Tourism Kelowna. The owner of Ogopogo Parasail is spearheading a small group of Tourism Kelowna members who say the marketing organization’s new information centre will cripple their businesses. The new building will open […]