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Community Futures North Okanagan hosted free virtual valley-wide seminars during Small Business Week. (Contributed)

Organization equips Okanagan businesses with pandemic tools

Community Futures sees success in its all-virtual Small Business Week seminar series

Community Futures North Okanagan hosted free virtual valley-wide seminars during Small Business Week. (Contributed)
The Med Restaurant was named the 2020 Business of the Year at the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. (Contributed)

Greater Vernon businesses honoured for excellence

Greater Vernon Chambers of Commerce has announced its 2020 Business Excellence Award winners

The Med Restaurant was named the 2020 Business of the Year at the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. (Contributed)
Caken Me Crazy and Saucies27 Pizza combine dinner and dessert under one roof on 27th Street. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Pizza and cake businesses combine forces in Vernon

Small businesses share space to offer sweet and savoury

Caken Me Crazy and Saucies27 Pizza combine dinner and dessert under one roof on 27th Street. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
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District of Lake Country Council approved Lightbox Enterprises Ltd. for a non-medical cannabis retail license Monday, Oct. 20, 2020. (Black Press Media File).

Council greenlights Lake Country’s second cannabis store

Council voted 4-3 to approve Dutch Love Cannabis at Oct. 20 meeting

District of Lake Country Council approved Lightbox Enterprises Ltd. for a non-medical cannabis retail license Monday, Oct. 20, 2020. (Black Press Media File).
Color Room hairstylist Soleah DeJay said hanging onto the hope of seeing clients again kept her going through mandated COVID-19 closures. (Cierra Carlyle Photography - Contributed)

Clients keep Vernon hairstylist motivated through COVID-19 crisis

‘Holding onto hope of seeing everyone’ after COVID-closure kept Color Room stylist Soleah DeJay going

Color Room hairstylist Soleah DeJay said hanging onto the hope of seeing clients again kept her going through mandated COVID-19 closures. (Cierra Carlyle Photography - Contributed)
(Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Team effort completes Vernon neighbourhood

Construction has finished on the 77th and final home at Barnard’s Village

(Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
North Okanagan Skin and Laser has adapted to COVID-19 by adding an e-store to its website and switching to paperless operations. (Morning Star photo)

Vernon medical spa draws positives from pandemic

North Okanagan Skin and Laser launches e-store, switches to paperless operations

North Okanagan Skin and Laser has adapted to COVID-19 by adding an e-store to its website and switching to paperless operations. (Morning Star photo)
Vernon’s Okanagan Spring Brewery rolled out its first product – Premium Lager – 35 years ago on Oct. 19, 1985. (Google Maps)

Cheers to Vernon’s Okanagan Spring Brewery

Company produced first brew 35 years ago on Oct. 19, 1985

Vernon’s Okanagan Spring Brewery rolled out its first product – Premium Lager – 35 years ago on Oct. 19, 1985. (Google Maps)
Jim Lenton of Modern PURAIR’s Vernon franchise, providing HVAC cleaning and other air quality services throughout the North Okanagan. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Vernon business sees higher demand for clean indoor air

Vernon’s Modern PURAIR performing more HVAC cleaning services during pandemic

Jim Lenton of Modern PURAIR’s Vernon franchise, providing HVAC cleaning and other air quality services throughout the North Okanagan. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Copy Cut Fashions is offering sewing lessons again starting Oct. 28, 2020. (Contributed)

Vernon sewing studio takes advantage of COVID-19 pause

Copy Cut Fashions owner Dawne Whelpley made the most of quarantine

Copy Cut Fashions is offering sewing lessons again starting Oct. 28, 2020. (Contributed)
Dave and Diane Quinn of Miska Haven Bed Breakfast, located east of Enderby along the Shuswap River, has kept busy with guests from closer to home in 2020. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

‘Staycation’ spike keeps North Okanagan bed and breakfasts bustling

Owners say locals have been filling the void left by fewer travellers from afar during the pandemic

Dave and Diane Quinn of Miska Haven Bed Breakfast, located east of Enderby along the Shuswap River, has kept busy with guests from closer to home in 2020. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Willms Electrical Contracting Ltd. has seen its renovation projects double in 2020 as North Okanagan residents forgo travelling amid COVID-19, in favour of working on the home. (Contributed)

Vernon business flourishing as pandemic leads home renovation spike

‘Our renovations have increased by double,’ says Graham Willms, owner of Willms Electrical Contracting

Willms Electrical Contracting Ltd. has seen its renovation projects double in 2020 as North Okanagan residents forgo travelling amid COVID-19, in favour of working on the home. (Contributed)
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

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)
Noodlelegs Health and Fitness offers a variety of classes, including Nordic Pole Walking which took place Tuesday, Oct. 6. (Caitlin Clow - Morning Star)

Vernon business focuses on fun in workouts

Noodlelegs Health and Fitness targets those who need extra boost

Noodlelegs Health and Fitness offers a variety of classes, including Nordic Pole Walking which took place Tuesday, Oct. 6. (Caitlin Clow - Morning Star)
Second cannabis store could crop up in Lake Country

Second cannabis store could crop up in Lake Country

Lightbox Enterprises applying for recreational cannabis license

Second cannabis store could crop up in Lake Country
Small Business Week goes virtual in Okanagan

Small Business Week goes virtual in Okanagan

Community Futures hosts valley-wide development workshops

Small Business Week goes virtual in Okanagan
The True Leaf Campus in Lumby is an 18,000-square-foot facility designed and licensed to cultivate, process and sell cannabis. (File photo)

North Okanagan cannabis company in bankruptcy

True Leaf Cannabis Inc. owns 18,000-square-foot facility in Lumby

The True Leaf Campus in Lumby is an 18,000-square-foot facility designed and licensed to cultivate, process and sell cannabis. (File photo)
Peter Kaz is the new marketing, communications and promotions director for the Downtown Vernon Association. (DVA photo)

Downtown Vernon Association introduces new, familiar face

Peter Kaz is the association’s new marketing, communications and promotions director

Peter Kaz is the new marketing, communications and promotions director for the Downtown Vernon Association. (DVA photo)
Community Futures North Okanagan’s Business Exchange is looking for new members. (CFNO photo)

Vernon business development group seeks new members

Community Futures North Okanagan’s Business Exchange meets bi-monthly

Community Futures North Okanagan’s Business Exchange is looking for new members. (CFNO photo)
Vernon’s Edie Jorgenson has been busy turning unsold T-shirts at the Kindale Thrift Store into shoulder bags. She launched her Bags by Edie business despite the challenges of COVID-19, with help from WorkBC employment advisors. (Contributed)

Vernon entrepreneur gives second-hand tees a new purpose

Edie Jorgenson’s creative business turns unused T-shirts into eco-friendly shoulder bags

Vernon’s Edie Jorgenson has been busy turning unsold T-shirts at the Kindale Thrift Store into shoulder bags. She launched her Bags by Edie business despite the challenges of COVID-19, with help from WorkBC employment advisors. (Contributed)