Columnists


Growing companies wanted
Accelerate Okanagan - Dec 11 - Columnists

One of the biggest challenges facing entrepreneurs is money. Accessing growth capital, securing investments, and generating revenue are issues that plague startup and growth-stage businesses alike. Is your revenue limiting your growth rate? Are you in the process of preparing to raise capital? We’ve got just the thing for you! The OKGN Angel Summit is an […]

It’s time to open borders
Contributed - Dec 07 - Columnists

By Sen. Jane Cordy and Sen. Diane Bellemare Troy Media Canada’s framework for interprovincial trade is patchy at best. While Canada has signed on to free trade agreements with countries around the world, there are significant barriers to the free flow of goods and services within our own borders. Studies have suggested that these interprovincial […]

Faces of #OKGNtech
Accelerate Okanagan - Dec 06 - Columnists

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 […]

Faces of #OKGNtech
Accelerate Okanagan - Nov 19 - Columnists

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 […]

Market levelling off
Bill Hubbard - Nov 16 - Columnists

Even though sales have slowed and inventory has risen in the Okanagan Shuswap housing market, prices have continued to rise. This is very typical of any correcting market. Prices have now levelled off. I doubt we will see any significant rise or fall in prices in 2019. Toronto is in recovery, Montreal is in a relative boom, […]

Canada losing its edge
Contributed - Nov 09 - Columnists

By Fred McMahon Say you’re a store owner and your competitor across the street offers everything at lower prices, with higher quality and a friendlier attitude. You’re in trouble. If your competitor was on the other side of the city, things might be a bit better. But across the street? That’s roughly where Canada finds […]

Faces of #OKGNtech
Accelerate Okanagan - Oct 29 - Columnists

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 […]

Grants help new businesses
Amanda Loewen - Oct 12 - Columnists

Social entrepreneurship is about using entrepreneurship (customers’ revenue) to help solve community, social or environmental challenges. Just because social entrepreneurs use customers to help fund their models doesn’t mean that grants shouldn’t also help fund solutions. To help you with your search, here are a few funding options available for both for-profit and non-profit social […]

Must disclose pot grows
Bill Hubbard - Oct 09 - Columnists

Growing recreational marijuana in your home will be legal on Oct. 17, and you will be legally allowed to grow four plants. You would think that having to disclose this to a prospective buyer would go away after it became legal. Not so fast. The property disclosure statement, one of the standard forms realtors use in any […]

Market is just fine
Bill Hubbard - Oct 05 - Columnists

It’s a good real estate market. Home prices are up 9.5 per cent in all three zones in the Okanagan-Shuswap compared to last year’s to-date statistics. Inventory is below the 10-year average, and absorption and sales are above the 10-year average. It’s a market where if your house is valued at less than $700,000 it […]