Biz Profiles

Okanagan gravel pits sold
Okanagan Edge Staff - Apr 27, 2023 - Biz Profiles

An Armstrong-based company that operates gravel and sand pits in the Okanagan has been sold. Lafarge Canada on Wednesday announced it has acquired Westridge Quarries, which was incorporated in 2005 and has been a leader in the Okanagan aggregate industry. “This is an exciting step forward in our 2025 growth strategy,” Lafarge Western Canada president […]

Province buys Polson Motel
Jon Manchester - Apr 01, 2022 - Biz Profiles

The former Polson Park Motel in Vernon has been purchased by the province to house the homeless. The site will provide 29 permanent homes with supports for people at risk of or experiencing homelessness, the province says in a press release. BC Housing is investing $2.6 million to purchase and renovate the motel, which was […]

Bernard patios popping up
Miriam Halpenny - Jun 30, 2020 - Biz Profiles

The two-month closure to vehicle traffic on Bernard Avenue began on Monday with the start of the city’s patio extension program. Workers have been busy setting up fencing and barriers in order to allow for businesses to expand their patios onto the street. This project will allow businesses to expand customer capacity that otherwise would be […]

Kamloops’ best biz wanted
Glacier Media - May 26, 2020 - Biz Profiles

The Kamloops Chamber of Commerce’s annual Business Excellence Awards are slated for the fall. Before they happen, though, it needs people to nominate the potential nominees. The nomination period, which started March 13 just as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold of the economy, will conclude at the end of this month, on May 31. “Take […]

Innov8 buys Simbatech
Okanagan Edge Staff - May 07, 2020 - Biz Profiles

A B.C.-based IT firm has expanded its company through the acquisition of Kelowna business. Innov8, which has offices in Kelowna, Kamloops and six other locations, purchased Simbatech, an IT support and consulting business that is based in the Okanagan. “Our acquisition of Simbatach will further strengthen innov8’s IT offerings so that we can deliver the […]

Affordable housing sprouts
Colin Dacre - Mar 11, 2020 - Biz Profiles

Construction starts this month on a new 115-unit affordable rental development on Westbank First Nation land. Kelowna-based Traine Construction has partnered with the CMHC affordable housing program to break ground on the project at 3369 Old Okanagan Hwy. “Traine is responding to the genuine need for attractive new housing options that are attainable for individuals […]

Social media myths debunked
Okanagan Edge Staff - Mar 05, 2020 - Biz Profiles

A renowned social media expert is coming to Kelowna later this month to discuss his new book that tackles myths about the topic as it relates to business. London native Ian MacRae will be at Okanagan College on March 25, which marks the international debut of his book, Myths of Social Media: Dismiss the Misconceptions […]

Perfecting your business pitch
Anita Sthankiya - Aug 26, 2019 - Biz Profiles

The monthly Startup Founder Hot Seat event took place in Kelowna this past week with hopeful entrepreneurs vying to catch the attention of angel investors. The event featured software executive and veteran investor Grant Lawerence, who is also the president of Valhalla Angels Kelowna. Lawerence has seen countless pitches and is an expert in guiding […]

Local water park biz grows
Nicholas Johansen - Aug 23, 2019 - Biz Profiles

A local waterpark design and manufacturing company has completed a massive expansion, doubling its manufacturing space. Waterplay solutions purchased an old chopsticks manufacturing plant in Kelowna’s North End several years ago, and much of the company’s manufacturing has taken place in the 10,000 square foot facility since then. Earlier this year, Waterplay completed construction at […]

Kelowna embraces sandwich shop
Anita Sthankiya - Aug 23, 2019 - Biz Profiles

If you have been to Orchard Park Shopping Centre you may have noticed a brand new sandwich shop in the food court, but what you may not know is it is a Kelowna man’s franchise. Chachi’s may have started in 2006 in Calgary, but it has a strong connection to Kelowna as one of the […]