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Civic award finalists named
Wayne Moore - Mar 21, 2017 - Biz Releases

After weeks of discussion and debate, the field for Kelowna’s annual civic awards has been set. The three finalists in each of the 17 categories was announced during Monday’s city council meeting. “It was a difficult task narrowing down finalists as we had some exceptional submissions in each of the award categories for 2016,” said […]

Up for 8 in Germany
Trevor Nichols - Mar 21, 2017 - Biz Releases

Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery is once again reppin’ the Okanagan Valley as its team heads to Germany for the World Spirits Awards. This year the valley’s home-grown distillery has been nominated in eight different categories, for everything from its single malt whiskey to its absinthe to its highly renowned black currant liqueur. In the craft […]

Into the Dragons’ Den
Colin Dacre - Mar 20, 2017 - Biz Releases

After a long wait, a Penticton business will appear on the CBC’s Dragons’ Den on Wednesday. The People’s Craft House, a local craft soda company, travelled to Toronto in May 2016 to film the segment. Co-founder Jason Cox says it’s been difficult to keep the results under wraps for so long. “We were told we are […]

Contracts worth millions
David Wylie - Mar 20, 2017 - Biz Releases

A Penticton company has won two contracts worth millions to repave stretches of Highway 3 near Princeton. Peter’s Bros Construction Ltd. of Penticton was the successful bidder for two projects: a $5.33-million contract and a $1.98-million contract. “Highway 3 is an important west-east travel route in British Columbia and this resurfacing work will benefit residents, businesses, commercial […]

Kelowna looking up
Wayne Moore - Mar 20, 2017 - Biz Releases

The metropolitan Kelowna region is heading in the right direction. That’s the conclusion of several trends tracked by the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission. Commissioner Corie Griffiths relayed the findings during a panel discussion on the future of B.C. and the Okanagan, hosted by the Okanagan chapter of the Urban Development Institute. MLAs Norm Letnick and […]

Brewing bigger
Trevor Nichols - Mar 20, 2017 - Biz Releases

Right now they may just be a small operation, tucked away in the corner of town, operating with a home-made setup and secondhand furniture, but Kettle River Brewing Co. has big, hoppy dreams. As it stands the young craft brewery operates out of a former industrial building in Kelowna’s north end and brew using a […]

Companies go international
Darren Handschuh - Mar 20, 2017 - Biz Releases

Vernon companies made some international connections Friday during the B.C. Trade and Investment session. More than 80 people turned out for the event that featured representatives from Japan, China, East China, Korea, India, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and the United States. Kevin Poole, manager, economic development and tourism for the City of Vernon, said each […]

Vernon petition hits record
Dustin Godfrey - Mar 20, 2017 - Biz Releases

Organizers of a B.C. petition to recognize paramedics as an essential service say Vernon’s turnout on Saturday set a provincial record. Canvassers were set up at the Real Canadian Superstore in Vernon on Saturday, where they were gathering signatures for the initiative, which would provide paramedics with the same collective bargaining rights as firefighters and police […]

Glenmore park moving on
Wayne Moore - Mar 20, 2017 - Biz Releases

Kelowna city council is expected to clear the way for the start of construction of a long-awaited recreation complex in Glenmore. The park would be situated on two properties zoned for agricultural use at the intersection of Valley and Longhill roads. In order to begin the phased in construction of the complex, council is being […]

New rink in town
Wayne Moore - Mar 18, 2017 - Biz Releases

Residents of the Scotty Creek neighbourhood of Ellison will get to have an outdoor ice rink next winter. The Regional District of Central Okanagan has begun the first phase of what will become a multi-purpose sports court in the neighbourhood. It’s being built adjacent to Ellison Elementary School. The regional district came up with the […]