Cutest Pet Contest!

  1. Local business Rusty Spur Feed & Tack is sponsoring a Cutest Pet Contest through Pure Country Local Radio! The winning pet will receive 1 year’s worth of pet food (up to $500 value) from the Rust Spur – that’s a lot of kibble!

Take photos of your adorable pet and upload them to the Contest page in the link below:

Listen to Pure Country on February 1st to hear the winner announced, and check back to see the oodles of cute pets!

Thanks to the Rusty Spur for this fun and furry contest!

Enterprize Challenge Goes Virtual

Community Futures North Okanagan calls for emerging entrepreneurs to participate in Enterprize Challenge, being held virtually in 2021.

The 2021 Enterprize Challenge registration opens Jan. 4, 2021 and closes at noon Feb. 5. All workshops will be in the evenings, live through Zoom. The Enterprize Challenge is open to all North Okanagan residents with a business idea they intend to turn into an operating business in 2021 or are an independent business that opened in 2019. To learn more or register, visit enterprizechallenge.ca.

“This year’s fully virtual challenge has been adapted to serve our community during the pandemic. We hope that moving to an online format makes the Enterprize Challenge even more accessible to those with young families and those who live outside Vernon or are working,” says Kazia Mullin, CFNO Business Services Manager. “More than ever, this year’s Enterprize Challenge is about finding 2020’s silver lining and highlighting how our local entrepreneurs’ creative thinking, problem-solving, and flexibility has been an important part of keeping our community going during these difficult times.”

As in the past, 2021 entrants will have the opportunity to attend online workshops to learn everything from marketing and financials to building a sound business plan. They’ll also receive one-on-one mentorship virtually from local business owners and professionals.

In April seven finalists will pitch their business idea in front of judges in a format similar to CBC’s popular television show Dragon’s Den. However, instead of in front of a live audience, the event will be live-streamed from the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre. Finalists will vie for prize packages valued at $35,000 that include marketing, advertising, legal, printing, banking, and accounting services. Participants also have the chance to earn a marketing package with the People’s Choice Award.

“A lot of businesses have pivoted and changed in 2020, so it will be interesting to see a continuation of that creativity and innovation, and how that will spill over to Enterprize Challenge,” says Mullin. “We’re looking forward to seeing how this year’s challengers change traditional business ideas to meet a new marketplace.”

 

Learn About Indigenous Lands Management

Thanks to Secwepemc Lakes Training and Employment Initiative and Helder Ponte for putting on this latest informative webinar, featuring information on how to permit, lease, develop and manage indigenous

lands contracts. Partner with our neighbours and hosts here in British Columbia to help all of us attain greater economic success and prosperity- with useful, mindful, ecologically protective methods!

Take your business to the next level by expanding not just your square footage, but your horizons!

Contact Bonnie Thomas, Labour Market Coordinator, to reserve your seat at the webinar, taking place January 13 6 – 7:30 pm.

New Year – Share Your Thoughts!

Now that 2021 is upon us, help the EDCC to develop a new year of advocacy and policy recommendations for all levels of government.

Ensure that as this year continues to challenge businesses and industries in our region, we can ask for the help and assistance you need!

Take this quick survey and let us know about your struggles, your fears and your hopes, and we will make sure that your voice is heard.

 

Master TripAdvisor and more!

Do you have a hotel, motel or bed & breakfast? Would you like to learn how to get common review and booking sites like Tripadvisor, Booking.com and even Google Maps to work

for you?

Reserve your spot for a free webinar, January 29, 2021 at 10 am, where you can learn how to Manage your Online Presence.

Contact us at info@enderbychamber.com with your name, business name and contact details – take the fluctuating tourism market and master it with savvy online networking skills!

Giant Sale – Animal InsTincT Yoga!

Start the New Year off with a sale at Enderby business, Animal InsTincT Yoga!

Great prices on all items in-store; contact info@animalinstinctyoga.com for more information on specific products or artworks, or drop by during the following hours:

January 1, 2021 – 10am – 4pm

January 2, 2021 – 10am – 4pm

for great deals on everything in the store!

Animal InsTincT Yoga is going virtual, with all of its services and items available online and via appointment.

Pivot with proprietor Jenni Gladue in 2021 for fun and amazing Yoga services and products, at your door or in beautiful socially distant nature-oriented yoga and new-age products!

New Year Event Order

Please click the link below to read the amended hours for establishments, changed by a Public Health Order issued in the Province of BC.

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support/restrictions

The EDCC wishes everyone in the region the safest New Year’s celebration possible, and good wishes in 2021.

 

Digitize and Earn!

With the ongoing challenges faced by small business, why not digitize?

The Enderby & District Chambers of Commerce offers the lowest prices on online store setup, app creation for ordering and curbside pickup, and ongoing online maintenance.

If you’re starting your own store or online order service, contact us for free advice and information.

Once it’s online, advertisement and promotion are essential! Why not take one of our monthly Social Media 101 for Business courses to learn how to get your shiny new digital store out there, not just in the local sphere, but worldwide! Courses re-starting in January, 2021.

 

Contact info@enderbychamber.com for details, pricing, and course reservations. Seats, and slots for January online services, are limited!

Elfie Winners Announced!

There’s an extra Christmas present under the tree for these three lucky winners of Enderby’s selfie contest!

Congratulations to the three #EnderbyElfie winners:

Lynn McCarthy

Barb Adams

Sherie Baird

You can see their winning photos taken below, in order of name- a fun and socially distant way to spread some holiday cheer! Thanks to the City if Enderby for providing the 3 $25 Enderbucks prizes, which can be claimed at Enderby Jewellers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Support for Craft Distillers

The Enderby & District Chambers of Commerce supports  the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce in its continuing advocacy for Craft spirit producers and others in the craft economy. Yesterday, the GVCC drafted a letter to Ottawa, urging the federal government to create an environment that allows craft distilleries to thrive, create jobs and compete with their U.S. counterparts.

 

Creating excise parity does more than merely open up the world of designer beverages: it is a meaningful part of economic diversification and recovery for our region.

By creating asimilar policy to the American modelin Canada, domestic craft distilleries will have additional finances to invest in equipment and facilities as well as creating employment opportunities in numerous communities across Canada such as Vernon, Armstrong and Enderby. These entrepreneurs will also increase the demand for products and services from suppliers and particularly producers of fruit and grain.

We thank Dan Proulx, Richard Rolke from the Greater Vernon Chamber for their advocacy lead on this point, and emphasize the Enderby Chamber of Commerce’s continued commitment for diverse economic recovery options in our region.