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!

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.”

Emerging Economy Task Force to guide B.C.’s economic strategy

Emerging Economy Task Force Guides B.C.’s Economic Strategy

Emerging Economy Task Force to guide B.C.’s economic strategy

Earlier this summer the new B.C. Emerging Economy Task Force was launched, with the goal of ensuring British Columbians around the province can benefit from advances in innovation and technology.

The 14-member task force, led by chair Kathy Kinloch, is composed of people with a range of expertise and experience, from industry, business and academia. It has been established to provide a better understanding of how global conditions and emerging technological advancements will shape the future of B.C.’s economy.

“Understanding the emerging economy is imperative to ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to participate and benefit from our economy as it grows and evolves,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology. “The task force will gather input from industry leaders to assess and determine the changing nature of business and the economy in the years ahead, and recommend how our government can best anticipate change.”

The Emerging Economy Task Force is a central part of the B.C. government’s Confidence and Supply Agreement with the B.C. Green Party caucus.

“To support our province’s long-term economic success, we need made-in-B.C. solutions to stay on top of the changing nature of business,” said Andrew Weaver, B.C. Green Party leader. “We proposed an Emerging Economy Task Force as a means of addressing how technology, innovation and global trends are changing business and society. This task force brings together key people who can identify the challenges we will face in the years ahead, and help us capitalize on the opportunities that arise.”

To maintain B.C.’s strong economic position, it is important for communities and industries to embrace innovation in order to capitalize on potential new developments.

“The priority of the task force is to define what an emerging economy in B.C. looks like, and what factors will affect economic growth in the next five, 10 and 25 years,” said Kinloch, president of the British Columbia Institute of Technology. “We will be working collaboratively to deliver advice and recommendations to the government that will help shape policy and provide made-in-B.C. solutions to support an innovative and diverse economy.”

The task force held its first meeting on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at MineSense Technologies, a leading B.C. data analytics firm that specializes in creating innovative technologies for the mining industry.

“MineSense develops and utilizes new digital technologies that are transforming the mining industry,” said Jeff More, MineSense CEO. “The work of the Emerging Economy Task Force will help B.C.’s industries stay ahead of the technological curve.”

The task force will undertake engagement, assessment and advisory work starting in summer 2018, and will provide an interim report to the Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology in fall 2018. A final report is due in spring 2019 and will be made public shortly thereafter.

Learn More: Emerging Economy Task Force

BC Farmers’ Market Trail is Ripe for Exploration

BC Farmers’ Market Trail Initiative Provides Web Directory of BC Markets

BC Farmers’ Market Trail is Ripe for Exploration

The BC Farmers’ Market Trail Initiative offers new website to showcase 145+ farmers’ markets throughout B.C.

If you attended a farmers market anywhere in the Koots this summer you know how popular they’ve become, with most communities having jumped aboard to offer them every summer. In fact, we all now look forward to the return of summer so we can collect our fresh produce and baked goods, shop for unique handicrafts and just generally enjoy the happy, bustling outdoor market energy with our many friends and neighbours.

Farmers’ markets in British Columbia contribute more than $150 million to the provincial economy each year and the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets (BCAFM) is expecting them to contribute even more with last month’s announcement of the new BC Farmers’ Market Trail.

“The BCAFM is thrilled to launch the BC Farmers’ Market Trail initiative this summer. It showcases the rich experience of farmers’ markets in our province and the phenomenal local farms and food throughout the regions. The Trail will make it easy for locals and visitors in BC to find the freshest, local, in-season food and will serve as the definitive guide to 145 community farmers’ markets across BC,” said Wylie Bystedt, president of the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets and Cariboo rancher.

The project was supported by Destination BC’s Co-op Marketing Partnerships Program with a $30,960 grant as well as $30,000 from the Columbia Basin Trust and $10,000 from Kootenay Rockies Tourism. The first trail showcasing regional farmers’ markets was launched at the end of the summer and the BCAFM plans to showcase all of BC’s unique regions over the coming years.

The impetus behind creating an easy to use consumer-facing website was to highlight how abundant and diverse farmers’ market experiences are across the province, particularly in rural and remote areas. With the increasing trend of people seeking healthy, local, in-season products, the BC Farmers’ Market Trail provides a comprehensive solution to finding these sources available through BCAFM’s member farmers’ markets.

And through the BCAFM’s newly launched website, along with printed guides, visitors and BC residents are now able to easily discover regional farmers’ markets selling freshly harvested fruits and vegetables, locally raised meat and eggs, artisanal cheese, preserves and honey, craft beer, wine and spirits, savoury treats, and handmade artisan goods.

This is all in support of BCAFM’s quest to better support local food producers and their markets.  It also encourages visitors and locals to explore BC in new ways, discovering regional ingredients, unique growers and hidden artisanal gems.