Small Business

Black Crow Cannabis is just one of Vernon's many pot shops now open in town. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Kelowna has highest cannabis fees in Okanagan

Vernon’s 14 stores pay second highest business licence fees

 

Matt Nicholas, owner of Vernon's Black Crow Cannabis, runs one of the many pot shops now open in town. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Cannabis shops paying premium to operate in Vernon

Business licence fee is $2,000, compared to $135 for other businesses

 

Crime Stoppers is hoping someone can ID this suspect who broke into a medical clinic between 10:22 and 11:40 p.m., Feb. 11, 2021, on Hill Road in Lake Country. (Contributed)

Help sought for Lake Country business hit by theft

Counselling clinic one of two victims in Feb. 11 crime, suspect being sought

 

The coronavirus and the drastic measures put in place by government officials to try to control its spread had a severe toll on many small businesses. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

B.C. pilot program launches to help small businesses weather COVID

1,000 entrepreneurs across the province will be chosen to receive free help from experts

The coronavirus and the drastic measures put in place by government officials to try to control its spread had a severe toll on many small businesses. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Kiki Lally is seen in an undated handout photo at Pinnovate, a craft studio in Calgary. When the pandemic began, Lally couldn’t host birthday parties, camps or bridal showers anymore, so she started making DIY kits and offering them for delivery. The DIY kits had to be sold through a new website called DIY Delivery that she built. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Jennifer Chabot, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Kiki Lally is seen in an undated handout photo at Pinnovate, a craft studio in Calgary. When the pandemic began, Lally couldn’t host birthday parties, camps or bridal showers anymore, so she started making DIY kits and offering them for delivery. The DIY kits had to be sold through a new website called DIY Delivery that she built. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Jennifer Chabot, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Metis Financial Corporation BC has grants, loans and core services to help Metis businesses through the pandemic, and beyond.

A chance to thrive — New financing options for Métis entrepreneurs

Grants, loans and core services for pandemic-relief and long-term growth

  • Jan 4, 2021
Metis Financial Corporation BC has grants, loans and core services to help Metis businesses through the pandemic, and beyond.
Triumph Coffee had hoped to create an outdoor patio space in the accessible parking stall in front of its business, but the City of Vernon has curbed those plans. (Triumph photo)

Vernon coffee shop bid for patio space curbed

Triumph wanted to expand into accessible stall but was denied

Triumph Coffee had hoped to create an outdoor patio space in the accessible parking stall in front of its business, but the City of Vernon has curbed those plans. (Triumph photo)
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

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
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Single COVID-19 case contained at Vernon sports club

The Roster postponed squash season for two weeks following confirmed case

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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)
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)
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
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Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

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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)
A couple of youth were caught on video surveillance around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 9 smashing lighbulbs out at Ratio Coffee & Pastry. (Video still)                                A couple of youth were caught on video surveillance around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 9 smashing lighbulbs out at Ratio Coffee & Pastry. (Video still)

Youth smash lights with skateboards at Vernon business

More vandalism hits the city following graffiti spree

A couple of youth were caught on video surveillance around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 9 smashing lighbulbs out at Ratio Coffee & Pastry. (Video still)                                A couple of youth were caught on video surveillance around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 9 smashing lighbulbs out at Ratio Coffee & Pastry. (Video still)
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
Vernon business parked by COVID-19

Vernon business parked by COVID-19

Social distancing requirements curb Bitterman’s Driving Service

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

Almost half of shops in Vernon mall reopened

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

Almost half of shops in Vernon mall reopened
How to keep your family business connected and compassionate as it grows

How to keep your family business connected and compassionate as it grows

Plumbing, heating, cooling, electrical… this home service company puts customers first

  • May 25, 2020
How to keep your family business connected and compassionate as it grows