Biz Profiles


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 […]

Bylands best in the country
Anita Sthankiya - Aug 22, 2019 - Biz Profiles

West Kelowna’s Bylands Garden Centre has been recognized by the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association as they have received the 2019 Garden Centre of the Year Award. The National Awards of Landscape Excellence took place in Abbotsford on August 14 with more than 130 people in attendance. The best in the landscape horticulture profession came together […]

Concrete flowing at Brooklyn
Anita Sthankiya - Aug 19, 2019 - Biz Profiles

The first major concrete pour has begun at the Brooklyn tower in downtown Kelowna as the long awaited project finally takes shape. Ground was broken on the site, owned by Mission Group, in March 2019 and while work has been underway for a while, the pouring of concrete means the site will begin to look […]