Okanagan Biz

Really good wood
Trevor Nichols - Feb 20, 2017 - Okanagan Biz

In a nondescript, industrial building in West Kelowna a pair of immigrants have built an internationally recognized company. Geometrik Owners Vladimir and Natasha Bolshakov might not be that well known in the Okanagan “but whomever is involved in commercial construction, they are very much aware of the Geometric brand,” Vladimir says. Sitting at a board […]

Sun Peaks fastest growing
Jon Manchester - Feb 20, 2017 - Okanagan Biz

Sun Peaks is B.C.’s fastest-growing resort municipality, according to recently released census information. The census showed a 66 per cent population increase between 2011 and 2016 at the resort near Kamloops. That growth compares to a five per cent national rate over that period and 5.6 in B.C. “We knew that we had grown well beyond our 2011 […]

Business split on minimum
Dustin Godfrey - Feb 20, 2017 - Okanagan Biz

Businesses in Penticton appear to have no single voice on how to deal with the minimum wage, as demands return for a bump to $15 per hour. Leadership in the Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Penticton Association gave some input on the question, as a provincial campaign sets its crosshairs on the […]

Chamber Week in Penticton
Okanagan Edge Staff - Feb 20, 2017 - Okanagan Biz

This week, from Feb. 20-24, it is Chamber of Commerce Week in British Columbia. “Chamber Week” is celebrated the third week of every February in the province, and recognizes “the outstanding contributions that Chambers and Boards of Trade make to communities right across B.C.,” according to the B.C. Chambers of Commerce. This year the City […]

Okanagan ‘pioneer’ awarded
Okanagan Edge Staff - Feb 20, 2017 - Okanagan Biz

A 50-year veteran of the Okanagan Valley wine industry was awarded the Vancouver International Wine Festival’s coveted Spirited Industry Professional Award last week. Harry McWatters, CEO and president of Encore Vineyards Ltd., was recognized in front of a crowd of his peers at an awards lunch Feb. 17. The SIP Award is presented annually to […]

Calling all foodies
Okanagan Edge Staff - Feb 19, 2017 - Okanagan Biz

Downtown Kelowna is putting the call out the the city’s foodies to rep their favourite feasts with its annual “DK Foodie Fight.” From Feb. 18-28 culinary connoisseurs can snap a shot of their favorite downtown Kelowna dish and share it on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #DKFoodieFight. In early March Downtown Kelowna will select […]

Bid on government tenders
Okanagan Edge Staff - Feb 19, 2017 - Okanagan Biz

The Women’s Enterprise Centre’s latest Mentor Advisory Forum is offering to teach you how to best respond to government tenders. The free webinar is designed to give participants a more detailed overview of the bidding process, and provide “key information” to help with bidding opportunities. Facilitator Kerrilee Auger of the Women’s Enterprise Centre and Panelist […]

Hemp treats to Middle Earth
David Wylie - Feb 18, 2017 - Okanagan Biz

Dogs in New Zealand are about to get a taste of the North Okanagan. True Leaf Pet, a Vernon-based company that manufactures hemp dog treats, has entered into an agreement with a Christchurch, New Zealand, company. Staring in April, Liberty Premium Pet Products will distribute the chews to pet retail stores across the country. “With […]

City cheers pot shop ruling
Colin Dacre - Feb 18, 2017 - Okanagan Biz

The City of Penticton is welcoming a recent decision from a B.C. Supreme Court judge, who has ruled local governments have the right to regulate marijuana dispensaries. The court rejected a challenge from Don Briere, who argued the City of Abbotsford was violating the constitution by refusing to grant him a permit to operate. He said the […]

A trade show for women
Deborah Pfeiffer - Feb 18, 2017 - Okanagan Biz

The biggest fundraiser of the year for a South Okanagan nonprofit is set to take place this weekend at the Oliver Community Centre. The Women of Oliver for Women, WOW, is holding the 24th annual Mainly for Women Trade Show, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. “It’s a well organized and thought out […]