Small Business

Pedestrians stroll along Spring Garden Road in Halifax on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. A new retail shopping event has arrived, encouraging consumers to support local, independent businesses during the holiday season. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

‘Nightmare on Main Street:’ After a tough year, campaign urges consumers to buy local

Only 38 per cent of retail businesses are reaching their usual sales levels

 

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Single COVID-19 case contained at Vernon sports club

The Roster postponed squash season for two weeks following confirmed case

 

Accelerate Okanagan is launching the Digital Economy: Rapid Response + Resiliency (DER3) Program in response to COVID-19. The program will help businesses from Salmon Arm to Osoyoos enter or expand into the increasingly online economy. (Contributed)

Get web savvy: New program schools Okanagan businesses

Accelerate Okanagan is offering its DER3 program in response to COVID-19

 

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Okanagan businesses achieve international success with Export Navigator

Okanagan businesses achieve international success with Export Navigator

How small businesses are finding new customers in changing times

  • Sep 21, 2020
Okanagan businesses achieve international success with Export Navigator
A new survey from CFIB found that a mid-range estimate shows 21,000 small businesses at risk of closing in B.C. (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)

21,000 small businesses in B.C. at risk of closure due to COVID-19: survey

Sectors like hospitality hardest hit, while others like agriculture and construction remain more stable.

A new survey from CFIB found that a mid-range estimate shows 21,000 small businesses at risk of closing in B.C. (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Vernon Walmart staffer finds $7K lost by Enderby business owner

Vernon Walmart staffer finds $7K lost by Enderby business owner

Entrepreneur elated after Walmart worker, who lost his own business to COVID, returned lost deposit

Vernon Walmart staffer finds $7K lost by Enderby business owner
North Okanagan business parked by COVID-19

North Okanagan business parked by COVID-19

Social distancing requirements curb Bitterman’s Driving Service

North Okanagan business parked by COVID-19
Almost half of shops in North Okanagan mall reopened

Almost half of shops in North Okanagan mall reopened

Reduced food court capacity, curb-side pickup program en route

Almost half of shops in North Okanagan mall reopened
COVID-19: Survey drives recovery support for North Okanagan businesses

COVID-19: Survey drives recovery support for North Okanagan businesses

Business Recovery Survey reaching out to see what’s needed

COVID-19: Survey drives recovery support for North Okanagan businesses
Spider-web formations from where an unidentified suspect struck it three times with a golf club Saturday at 2:30 a.m., May 3, can still be seen on the front door windows of Ebenezer’s on 29th Avenue in downtown Vernon Sunday. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

WATCH: Shoeless suspect clubs downtown Okanagan business door

Golf club-wielding suspect smashes door window at Ebenezer’s in Vernon

Spider-web formations from where an unidentified suspect struck it three times with a golf club Saturday at 2:30 a.m., May 3, can still be seen on the front door windows of Ebenezer’s on 29th Avenue in downtown Vernon Sunday. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
COVID-19 fails to curb opening of North Okanagan farm orchard

COVID-19 fails to curb opening of North Okanagan farm orchard

Davison Orchards going ahead with May 1 seasonal opening

COVID-19 fails to curb opening of North Okanagan farm orchard
Darren Bezanson, owner of Fairways Bistro & Catering in Armstrong, was able to keep his business going thanks to the Emergency Loans Relief Program from Community Futures North Okanagan. (Submitted Photo)

COVID-19: North Okanagan businesses get a boost

Community Futures provides emergency loans

Darren Bezanson, owner of Fairways Bistro & Catering in Armstrong, was able to keep his business going thanks to the Emergency Loans Relief Program from Community Futures North Okanagan. (Submitted Photo)
Eric Foster, Vernon-Monashee MLA, and Coralee Oakes, Official Opposition critic for small business, answered questions and provided guidance to local business owners as they navigate their next steps amid the COVID-19 pandemic April 21, 2020. (Contributed)

COVID-19: ‘money needs to get out the door,’ Okanagan MLA says

Cariboo North, Vernon-Monashee MLAs talk business with chamber of commerce

Eric Foster, Vernon-Monashee MLA, and Coralee Oakes, Official Opposition critic for small business, answered questions and provided guidance to local business owners as they navigate their next steps amid the COVID-19 pandemic April 21, 2020. (Contributed)
Kiley Routley (left) and her daughter Trinity delivered more than 1,000 bottles of Back to Earth hand sanitizer to vulnerable groups such as the care home her dad stays at. (Submitted Photo)

Sanitization spread to North Okanagan’s most vulnerable

Local business donates natural hand sanitizer to care homes, transition house, Mission

Kiley Routley (left) and her daughter Trinity delivered more than 1,000 bottles of Back to Earth hand sanitizer to vulnerable groups such as the care home her dad stays at. (Submitted Photo)
Final Farmers’ Market cancelled for season in North Okanagan

Final Farmers’ Market cancelled for season in North Okanagan

Indoor market forced to cancel, plans for outdoor market OK, so far

Final Farmers’ Market cancelled for season in North Okanagan
The Downtown Vernon Association responded to the COVID-19 pandemic Friday, March 13. (File photo)

COVID-19: ‘For most of us, we have no backup plan,’ North Okanagan business says

Downtown Vernon Association urges public to support local businesses

The Downtown Vernon Association responded to the COVID-19 pandemic Friday, March 13. (File photo)
B.C. Jobs Minister Bruce Ralston (right) introduces small business task force members, Cybel Negris, CEO of Webnames.ca, Shahraz Kassam, owner and CEO of Shamin Diamonds and Michael Hwang, founder of Amicus Lawyers, May 2, 2018. (B.C. government)

Taxes, housing pressures measured in B.C. small business survey

Minister Bruce Ralston seeks input from business owners during June

B.C. Jobs Minister Bruce Ralston (right) introduces small business task force members, Cybel Negris, CEO of Webnames.ca, Shahraz Kassam, owner and CEO of Shamin Diamonds and Michael Hwang, founder of Amicus Lawyers, May 2, 2018. (B.C. government)
B.C. Jobs, Trade and Technology Minister Bruce Ralston. (Black Press files)

B.C. NDP names small business task force

Trio to tour province looking for economic growth input

B.C. Jobs, Trade and Technology Minister Bruce Ralston. (Black Press files)
B.C. Finance Minister Carole James (Hansard TV)

NDP matches B.C. Liberal tax cut promise

Small business income tax relief retroactive to last spring

B.C. Finance Minister Carole James (Hansard TV)