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BDC: What Entrepreneurs Can Expect in 2024

Jan 9, 2024

Pierre Cleroux is the Vice President of Research and Chief Economist for the BDC. Back in November 2023, we invited him to address a fully engage crowd at our Speaker Series as he unpacked the latest updates for our global, Canadian, BC, and regional...

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Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives: Top 100 CEO Pay Report

Jan 2, 2024

For their January 2, 2024 report on CEO pay in Canada, the CCPA chose the title "Canada's New Gilded Age". And in the early hours of a new year, the country's top executives will have met the income of the average Canadian worker. W...

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Q4 2023 Canadian Survey on Business Conditions Report

Dec 20, 2023

On December 14 we joined the Canadian Chamber of Commerce's Chief Economist Stephen Tapp and Senior Director Patrick Gill of their Business Data Lab for a special Quarterly Briefing. The team spoke to some of the key findings from their in-depth ...

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OP-ED: A Road Warrior Talks About Retail Therapy (and chocolate)

Dec 14, 2023

I’ve been seeing folks wearing red fluffy Santa hats lately in Kelowna. Even though we don’t have reindeer, the Okanagan – especially at holiday time – is a great place to live and to give a helping hand to local business and ...

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New Dean to join Okanagan College's School of Business

Dec 12, 2023

Kelowna Chamber member Okanagan College has announced that Joe Baker has been named the new Dean of the OC School of Business. Baker spent nearly 15 years in academic leadership roles at George Brown College and Centennial College. Over the last ...

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Thank You Dr. William (Bill) Gillett, OC School of Business

Nov 30, 2023

The Kelowna Chamber would like to extend a heartfelt thank you and sincere best wishes to Dr. William Gillett on his retirement as Dean of the OC School of Business. Bill (as we know him) has been an advisor on our Board of Directors since 2020, and&...

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Need People? Take the Hire Youth with Disabilities Survey!

Nov 29, 2023

Calling all employers! Young people (aged 15-30) with disabilities want to work, yet they remain an under-utilized part of the labour force. In 2022, CanAssist at the University of Victoria issued a survey to 463 young people with disabilities fro...

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BC Government Rebate Program Now Open for Applications

Nov 29, 2023

Recognizing the increased costs to businesses due to property crime and vandalism in rural and urban communities across the province, the Ministry of Jobs, Economic Development and Innovation has launched its $10.5 million Securing Small Business Reb...

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Canada is Alone in the World

Oct 12, 2023

OPINION Canada is alone in the world. PERRIN BEATTY, BESSMA MOMANI AND KIM RICHARD NOSSAL CONTRIBUTED TO THE GLOBE AND MAIL October 9, 2023   Perrin Beatty is president and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. B...

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Member Spotlight: Farming Karma

Aug 3, 2023

Welcome Farming Karma to the Kelowna Chamber network! Karma is a local family-owned and operated business known for producing exceptional canned beverages using high-quality fruits. For over 30 years, Karma and Kuku Gill have grown fruits in Kelow...

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Jun 20, 2023

Wildfire season is upon us and the ramifications of an evacuation, isolation, or even worse, loss of structures, is devastating.   The Kelowna Chamber and BC Economic Development Association (BCEDA) urges all local and Indigenous governme...

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How to Avoid Common Social Media Mistakes - and What to do Instead

Jun 19, 2023

For small businesses, a presence on social media platforms can be a valuable (and free!) marketing tool. Whether it's Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, Facebook or elsewhere, it’s critical to leverage the power of social media for the benefi...

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May 16, 2023

Established in 1973, Pushor Mitchell is a law firm located in Kelowna, British Columbia. This year, they are celebrating their 50th anniversary of providing legal services to clients throughout the Okanagan Valley and beyond. With a reputation for ex...

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Why you should have plants at work. Really!

May 2, 2023

When you picture a workplace full of plants, you might be imagining a trendy coffee shop with a wall full of succulents and climbing vines. A trend toward greenery in workplaces has been driven by plant-loving interior design fans, along wi...

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Member Spotlight: The Vineyards Residence

May 2, 2023

Welcome to new member The Vineyards Residence!  With the slogan “Life’s Better Here”, The Vineyards Residence has been providing senior living in The Okanagan since 2021, and they pride themselves on offering a unique approach ...

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Member Spotlight: Epoch Environmental Consulting

Apr 25, 2023

Meet new Kelowna Chamber member: Epoch Environmental Consulting! Their mission is simple: prevent anyone from ever being exposed to hazardous materials. Epoch has been providing hazardous materials inspections, testing and site assessments since...

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3 Easy Ways to Improve Cyber Security

Apr 18, 2023

Cyber security is a growing concern for organizations of all sizes as the prevalence of cyber attacks rises. An attack can cause costly disruptions to daily operations, compromise customer or internal data, and damage brand reputation. Fortunately, m...

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Member Spotlight: Canucks Autism Network

Apr 11, 2023

Welcome to new member: Canucks Autism Network! Spotlighting them this week not only as new members but also as April is World Autism Month. Since 2014, the Canucks Autism Network (CAN) has been delivering programs to individuals on the autism spectru...

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International Womens Day | Embrace Equity

Mar 8, 2023

March 8 is International Women’s Day (IWD), an opportunity to celebrate and recognize women’s and girls’ contributions and achievements. It also marks a call to action to accelerate gender equality. Despite remarkable progress, t...

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Stress, Burnout and the Importance of Self-Care

Feb 7, 2023

The following is a summary of the most recent episode of the Awareness Advantage podcast. Each week bestselling Blind Spots authors, Kevin McCarthy and Likky Lavji and a studio audience of managers and senior leaders throughout North America dis...

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