THRIVE small business expo

THRIVE Business Resource Expo

We all share the same goal to help business grow, strengthen our local economy and help our communities Thrive!

Help celebrate Small Business Week by participating in THRIVE, the 1st ever South Kootenay Business Resource Expo. This event is a collaboration between Community Futures Greater Trail, Lower Columbia Initiatives Corporation (LCIC), Trail & District Chamber of Commerce, and The Greater Trail Community Skills Centre.

Date: October 24, 2018
Time: 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM PDT
Location: The Riverbelle, 1350 Esplanade Avenue in Trail

THRIVE is a FREE EVENT for the local business community, entrepreneurs, students, indigenous peoples, and anyone else needing help with their business ideas.

THRIVE will showcase local business service providers, and offer advice and resources such as:
– Business loans
– Education and training
– Starting up a new business
– Best practices on social media, advertising and promotion
– Manufacturing and exporting
– Innovation and digital technologies
– Youth entrepreneurship
And much more…

This will be an excellent business networking opportunity, creating awareness and promoting your organization in a relaxed and social evening with refreshments. There’s also a terrific DOOR PRIZE: Dinner for 2 and a 1-night stay at the beautiful Josie Hotel in Rossland, BC!

Contact Information: Loro Seymour – (250) 364-2595 ext. 21 or email.

THRIVE small business expo



Distance Venture Acceleration Program Info Session

Distance Venture Acceleration Program Info Session | October 24, 2018

New Ventures online coaching

Thinking about focusing on your startup this Fall? Set yourself up for success by finding out how New Ventures BC can help!

Whether you have a venture idea and are ready to turn it into a business or already have a startup going and are looking for more traction, the Distance Venture Accerlation Program can support you in reaching your goals. The best part? Since it’s online, the program won’t interrupt your day job, and you can participate from anywhere in BC.

The info session will share how our program works, then leaves time for you to network and ask questions. We’ll have our mentors on hand as well so you can meet them and ensure that you see a great fit, before taking the leap to apply.

October 24, 2018 | 5:30-7:30pm

Info session format:

  • 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm: Program overview, information, and Q&A with our Executives in Residence (mentors) + past program participants
  • 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Networking and chance to chat with program staff, mentors, and fellow attendees

Participate in the session:

Please join in on Facebook as it will be streaming on Facebook Live:



#BCTECH Summit 2019

#BCTechSummit 2019 March 11-13, 2019

#BCTECH Summit 2019

#BCTechSummit 2019 is just around the corner, March 11-13, 2019 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Last year’s #BCTECH Summit 2018 broke records. Join us – the teams from KAST and MIDAS –  for the largest innovation conference in Western Canada.

Large corporations. Small companies and start-ups. Job-seekers and recruiters. Innovation leaders and media. They’re all here and looking to connect, build relationships and help the BC technology ecosystem take its place on the world stage.

Global Thought Leadership

Global thought leadership gained through keynote speakers, interactive sessions and deep dives covering innovation and its impact on the way we work, live and play. The #BCTECH Summit will bring together the world’s brightest entrepreneurs and creative minds to shape and challenge the future of business.

Largest Showcase of Innovation in B.C.

Get a glimpse of cutting-edge made-in-BC discoveries and inventions in our Marketplace, Technology Showcase, Startup Village and Ignite Research Pavilion. Collaborate with our emerging entrepreneurs, ecosystem builders and service builders.

Business Deals through B2B Matchmaking

This program connects large corporations, technology buyers, innovation scouts and government procurement specialists with B.C.-based technology solution providers.

Inspiring Youth 

There’s a career in tech waiting for our young people! Open to BC high school and post-secondary students.

Stay tuned for information about tickets (coming soon!) as well as featured speakers and other special events, including the annual #BCTECH Summit Koots meetup – more info to come!

Basin RevUp is a business growth accelerator program

Basin RevUp: New Program Accelerates Business Growth

Basin RevUp is a business growth accelerator program

While our focus is always on science and technology and doing what we can to develop these sectors, we are always, first and foremost, advocates for economic development and a growing a healthy economy for this region as a whole.

As such we’d like to help share the news about a new program to help non-tech businesses get the support they need to grow their businesses through the Trust’s new Basin RevUp program for non-technology businesses.

If you’re poised for significant growth, this accelerator business growth program can help you overcome challenges and strategize your next move through:

  • expert mentorship
  • leadership coaching
  • customized growth plans
  • targeted training and business skill development
  • peer to peer guidance

The Trust is seeking eight to ten motivated companies to participate in the first round of the program. Learn more about Basin RevUp at

Who can apply for the Trust’s new Basin RevUp program?

Non-technology based businesses based in the Columbia Basin Trust region that:

  • are positioned to grow,
  • have been operating for a minimum of two years,
  • are in a strong financial position with minimum annual revenues of $500,000,
  • have a motivated and committed senior leadership team, and
  • can confirm time commitment and financial contribution.

Ideal businesses will meet all other eligibility and commitment criteria outlined in the Program Guide.

If your business is interested in being considered for the program, review the Program Guide, and eligibility and commitment criteria. If your business is eligible, submit your expression of interest here: Basin RevUp questions and expression of interest.

If you are a technology-based business and your company is showing some revenue and investment potential but you’ve run up against some challenges, there’s a RevUp program for you too!

RevUp is a program developed by Accelerate Okanagan where it has successfully supported growth stage Okanagan companies that have created jobs and now employ over 450 people.

BC Timber Sales celebrates National Forest Week

BC Timber Sales (BCTS) Celebrates National Forest Week

BC Timber Sales celebrates National Forest Week

It’s National Forest Week and BC Timber Sales (BCTS) is on board to help celebrate!

From Sept. 23-29, this year’s theme, Research Forests: Canada’s Living Laboratories, highlights the importance of forest research for continued knowledge of climate change, biodiversity and forest management.

As a self-financing program within the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, BCTS’s primary role is to manage the harvesting and reforestation of a significant portion of the timber in British Columbia’s provincial forest.

Research is fundamental to every aspect of BCTS’s planning and operations. Forest management issues, climate change impacts, species at risk considerations and cumulative effects are a few of the research areas on which BCTS focuses.

BCTS also is working on projects to improve marten habitat, the conservation and colonization of rare lichens, and the conservation of northern goshawk breeding and forage territories.

In celebration of National Forest Week, BCTS staff will visit numerous schools to share information on silviculture, forest ecology, fire research, tree breeding and genetics. In the 100 Mile House area, BCTS foresters will lead students in grades 4 to 7 through educational stations set up in Centennial Park and introduce them to subjects including forest pathology, wildlife habitat, tree identification and orienteering.

On Wednesday, Sept. 26, an annual Forestry Day event will be held at Kokanee Provincial Park for all Grade 5 students in the Kootenay School District.

The event is organized by Selkirk Natural Resource District and BCTS staff with participation from Kalesnikoff Lumber and A.F. Timber Co. Ltd. The event will include information and activity stations on array of topics, such as forest health, wildlife, tree growth, local ecosystems, harvesting, wood products, forest sector safety and sustainable forest management practices.

Accelerate Okanagan: Economic Impact of Okanagan Tech Sector

Accelerate Okanagan: Economic Impact of Okanagan Tech Sector

Accelerate Okanagan: Economic Impact of Okanagan Tech Sector

We love to hear how our neighbouring regions are leveraging technology to grow their economies. It’s so exciting to see how a healthy and growing tech sector is impacting greater economic development – as we believe it inevitably does!

Last year, Accelerate Okanagan commissioned the 2017 Economic Impact Study in conjunction with the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission (COEDC) and the results indicate that the Okanagan region’s technology sector is booming. In fact, the report has lots of good news for the Okanagan economy, including the year-over-year economic growth of 15% since 2013.

The tech sector is estimated to contribute $1.67 billion to the region’s economy.

Accelerate Okanagan: Economic Impact of Okanagan Tech Sector 1.67 Billion

There are now 693 technology businesses operating in the Okanagan, which represents a 24% increase since the first survey was conducted in 2013. Those companies, including home-grown success stories like BananaTag, Yeti Farm, Piscine Energetics, employ a total of 12,474 workers.

“We are excited by the consistent growth indicated by the findings in this report,” says Raghwa Gopal, CEO of Accelerate Okanagan. “They’re proof of what those working in the Okanagan tech sector have long known: big things are happening here, and we’re just getting started. The Okanagan is ripe with potential for entrepreneurs of all kinds.”