Communities among business award finalists

Vernon and Lake Country in the running for the most business friendly town in B.C.

Two North Okanagan communities are in the running for the most business friendly town in B.C.

Vernon and Lake Country are among the 15 finalists for the 2013 Open for Business Awards, which recognize communities that support  small business through local government measures aligned with the B.C. Small Business Accord.

“We will have to see what happens,” said Kevin Poole, Vernon’s economic development officer, in terms of the competition.

Award evaluations are based on how the communities enhance small-business  competitiveness, recognize the contributions of small businesses to  the community and promote the principles of the B.C. Small Business Accord.

“We have done surveys of small business and asked them why they are setting up business here and how it could be better for them,” said James Baker, Lake Country mayor.

Baker says other measures have included having an active economic development manager.

“We have also signed on with Kelowna Tourism to expand our advertising base with tourists.”

In Vernon, initiatives have focused on economic development as an internal city department instead of a stand-alone agency.

Vernon is also hiring an economic development planner.

‘No other community in B.C. has taken this approach. There will be one point of contact for development applications,” said Poole.

The awards are issued by B.C.’s Small Business Roundtable,  which was established in 2005 to be the voice for small business to government.

Each winning community will receive $10,000 to  help implement measures that benefit small business.

The winners will be announced Sept. 19 at the Union of British Columbia  Municipalities convention in Vancouver.

 

Just Posted

Vernon bylaw officer best in B.C.

Al Harrison named Bylaw Officer of the Year at annual association conference

Vernon council waits on fence as report prepared

Council to get information on cost of erecting fence for off-leash dog area at Marshall Field

Vernon Transit enjoys stellar year

Ridership up over tier average, says BC Transit representative

Biker airlifted from Vernon mountain resort

22-year-old injured at SilverStar Mountain Resort

Inaugural KidSport Greater Vernon golf tourney raises $18,000

Event raises single largest fundraising amount for Greater Vernon KidSport

Video shows fireworks shot at swan in Alberta

Alberta Fish and Wildlife is investigating the incident in Grande Prairie

Man accused of assault at South Okanagan beach gets bail

Thomas Brayden Kruger-Allen was granted bail at the Penticton provincial courthouse on Monday

‘Text neck’ causing bone spurs to grow from millennials’ skulls, researchers say

Technology use from early childhood causing abnormal bone growths in 41 per cent of young adults

B.C. teen killed by fallen tree on field trip remembered as hero

13-year-old Tai Caverhill was the first to spot the tree falling and warned his friends

Surrey RCMP raises Pride flag amid din of protesters

There were about 30 protesters on either side, and 20 Mounties doing crowd control

Should B.C. get rid of Daylight Saving Time?

The province wants to know, as state governments down south make the move

Air Canada reviewing how crew left sleeping passenger on parked plane

In a Facebook post, the woman said she woke up ‘all alone’ on a ‘cold dark’ aircraft

Canadians crash out of Women’s World Cup in 0-1 loss to Sweden

Canada missed a chance to tie the game on a penalty shot

Four-year-old boy assaulted at B.C. soccer game

It happened at a weekend tournament in Ashcroft

Most Read