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Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery was named Distillery of the Year at the 2020 World Spirits Awards in Europe. (Submitted Photo)

Okanagan Spirits named world’s best, earns nod from Premier

Distillery in Kelowna and Vernon take top honour at spirits awards

Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery was named Distillery of the Year at the 2020 World Spirits Awards in Europe. (Submitted Photo)
Local cannabis stores are reporting an uptick in sales amid growing COVID-19 concerns. (Thought Catalog - Unsplash)

Vernon pot stores see sales rise amid COVID-19

Spiritleaf says province should loosen regulations to allow for delivery amid pandemic

Local cannabis stores are reporting an uptick in sales amid growing COVID-19 concerns. (Thought Catalog - Unsplash)
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
BC Chamber and partners asked businesses to offer feedback on COVID-19 impacts. (BC Chamber)

Closures, revenue, staffing among main impacts of COVID-19 on 90% of B.C. business: survey

Paints ‘dire picture’ of what businesses are experiencing now and in the near future

BC Chamber and partners asked businesses to offer feedback on COVID-19 impacts. (BC Chamber)
BC Chamber and partners asking businesses to offer feedback on COVID-19 impacts. (BC Chamber)

Business survey could help mitigate impacts of COVID-19 across B.C.

Deadline is March 18 at 6 p.m. for business owners to share feedback with the government and more

BC Chamber and partners asking businesses to offer feedback on COVID-19 impacts. (BC Chamber)
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)
PROVIDING ACCESS                                One of the buses owned and operated by Ogopogo Tours of Summerland can accommodate six conventional wheelchairs or five motorized wheelchairs. The company has worked to provide accessibility to those in wheelchairs or with mobility issues. (Contributed.)

Summerland tour company recognized for providing accessibility

Ogopogo Tours has two buses which can accommodate users in wheelchairs

PROVIDING ACCESS                                One of the buses owned and operated by Ogopogo Tours of Summerland can accommodate six conventional wheelchairs or five motorized wheelchairs. The company has worked to provide accessibility to those in wheelchairs or with mobility issues. (Contributed.)
BUSINESS OF THE YEAR NOMINEES                                A total of 14 Summerland businesses have been nominated for this year’s Business of the Year Award. The annual Summerland Business Excellence Awards were to be presented April 4, but have now been postponed. (Contributed)

Summerland Chamber postpones business excellence awards

Concerns over COVID-19 lead to decision

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR NOMINEES                                A total of 14 Summerland businesses have been nominated for this year’s Business of the Year Award. The annual Summerland Business Excellence Awards were to be presented April 4, but have now been postponed. (Contributed)
The Community Expo planned for Saturday, March 14 has been postponed due to health concerns. (Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce photo)

Health concerns postpone Okanagan Expo amid COVID-19

Close to 100 vendors and even more patrons were expected at March 14 event

The Community Expo planned for Saturday, March 14 has been postponed due to health concerns. (Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce photo)
Vernon’s Interior Freight and Bottle Depot Ltd. placed 14 of 30 in the BC Used Oil Management Association’s 30 Top Collectors of oil, oil filters, oil containers, antifreeze and containers across the province. (Interior Freight and Bottle Depot Ltd.)

Three Okanagan businesses recognized for recycling oil

Vernon and Kelowna Return Collection Facilities make Top 30 list

Vernon’s Interior Freight and Bottle Depot Ltd. placed 14 of 30 in the BC Used Oil Management Association’s 30 Top Collectors of oil, oil filters, oil containers, antifreeze and containers across the province. (Interior Freight and Bottle Depot Ltd.)
Employ participant Jareth Leo greets customers at the Fruit Union Plaza Subway restaurant. (Submitted Photo)

Employ program wakes up North Okanagan youth to opportunities

Community Futures of North Okanagan now accepting intakes for 16-30 year olds

Employ participant Jareth Leo greets customers at the Fruit Union Plaza Subway restaurant. (Submitted Photo)
The new workspace will be located at #305, 1979 Old Okanagan Highway in West Kelowna, B.C. (Contributed)

Big Bear Software to launch new West Kelowna shared office space

Big Bear Software provides custom software solutions

The new workspace will be located at #305, 1979 Old Okanagan Highway in West Kelowna, B.C. (Contributed)
Vernon’s Jeff McSweeney has launched a new wheelchair shuttle service to help North Okanagan residents get to and from medical appointments from outlying areas. (Photo submitted)

Vernon man rolls out wheelchair shuttle business

North Okanagan Wheelchair Shuttle to help people in rural areas get to and from appointments

Vernon’s Jeff McSweeney has launched a new wheelchair shuttle service to help North Okanagan residents get to and from medical appointments from outlying areas. (Photo submitted)
The Starbucks in Vernon’s Hwy. 6 Fruit Union Plaza closed Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. (Google Maps)

Closing down: One less Starbucks in Vernon

Seattle-based coffee giant says last cup of joe served is part of regular business

The Starbucks in Vernon’s Hwy. 6 Fruit Union Plaza closed Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. (Google Maps)
B.C. Finance Minister Carole James presents her 2020 budget at the Victoria Conference Centre, Feb. 18, 2020. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

B.C. budget fails to ‘excite’ Kelowna business community

Chamber says Budget 2020 lacks a clearly defined competitiveness strategy

B.C. Finance Minister Carole James presents her 2020 budget at the Victoria Conference Centre, Feb. 18, 2020. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
Magda Kapp of the Okanagan Alzheimer’s Society (second from left) along with T-Bone’s employees Brian Ulveland, Sherri Lynn LaRush and Dennis Ulveland. The Vernon business donated $11,000 to the society in December 2019. (Contributed)

Okanagan business throws bone to B.C. Alzheimer Society

T-Bone’s Fresh Meal Markets raised $11,000 for the society in December 2019

Magda Kapp of the Okanagan Alzheimer’s Society (second from left) along with T-Bone’s employees Brian Ulveland, Sherri Lynn LaRush and Dennis Ulveland. The Vernon business donated $11,000 to the society in December 2019. (Contributed)
Dan Proulx and Richard Rolke from the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce remind the public that time is running out to nominate someone for the Top 20 Under 40 awards. (Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce Facebook photo)

Nominations sought for North Okanagan’s Top 20 Over 40

Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce switches up awards to showcase more experienced business pros

Dan Proulx and Richard Rolke from the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce remind the public that time is running out to nominate someone for the Top 20 Under 40 awards. (Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce Facebook photo)
Sue Cairnie performed more than 80 wedding ceremonies across B.C. last year and she credits the Enterprize Challenge for showing her the importance of networking. (Sue Cairnie Ceremonies)

Enterprize Challenge gives North Okanagan businesses a boost

Deadline to enter the Dragon’s Den style event is Feb. 7

Sue Cairnie performed more than 80 wedding ceremonies across B.C. last year and she credits the Enterprize Challenge for showing her the importance of networking. (Sue Cairnie Ceremonies)
$11K fine for Vernon mutual fund dealer

$11K fine for Vernon mutual fund dealer

Fines for altering, pre-signing documents between 2014-17

$11K fine for Vernon mutual fund dealer