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Vernon Small Business Week Talks Social Enterprise

Small Business Week only happens once a year, spans one week, and covers both timely and timeless topics ranging from social enterprise development to selling your product beyond BC. This year, small business week kicks…

Local Charities Get Boost From New Social Enterprise Accelerator Fund

Today, United Way Central and South Okanagan/Similkameen (CSO), in partnership with Interior Savings Credit Union, announced the recipients of the inaugural investments from the Social Enterprise Accelerator Fund. In Penticton, the Okanagan School of the…

The Start Fresh Story: Looking Back at the 12 Month Scramble

It started with a simple idea of hosting monthly cooking classes at the CMHA, and grew from a side step into a full-on journey. The classes were instantly popular. A farm was donated. The classes…

Local Mentors to Support Kamloops Social Enterprises

Development of social enterprise is often decidedly local. Local people respond to local challenges. Kamloops Food Policy Council, Kamloops Music Collective, and the Lived Experience Committee are three good examples. While they each borrow people…

Let’s Move the Dial. For Real.

Let’s get this on the table. And then clear the table. We (that includes you) are all tired of the dial not moving on community, social, and environmental challenges. At times it feels like we’re…

City of Kamloops Awards Inaugural Social Enterprise Accelerator Program Grants

Kamloops, BC – City Council has authorized the recommendations from the Social Planning Council to award the initial grants from the new Social Enterprise Accelerator (SEA) Program, as well as nine Social Planning Grants. The City…

SXSW Report: Start With Your Own Soil

At the end of February Brian Smith, CEO of Persephone Brewing and Rhiza Capital, discussed the importance of tilling your own soil. It took a trip to India for him to recognize this for the…

Social Innovation Key Theme in Global and Local Startup Weekends

In 2017, Social Innovation & Sustainable Development were some of the most common themes chosen around the world for Startup Weekend. Startup Weekend is a 54-hour weekend event where participants can kickstart their entrepreneurial journey…

Purppl to Support Kamloops Social Enterprise’s with New Pilot

Purppl invites interested non-profit organizations in Kamloops to submit applications for the new 2018 Social Enterprise Accelerator Program. This year, Purppl is working with the City of Kamloops to pilot the Social Enterprise Acceleration Program…

ChangeUP: Looking Past the Logo Garden

‘We’re better together.’ Sounds a bit buzzwordy these days but let’s use it to unpack ChangeUP, the sold out social entrepreneur event coming up on Wednesday in Kelowna. The Event ChangeUP brings six local social…

ChangeUP: Celebrating Social Entrepreneurship

The Okanagan Valley has a growing reputation for its entrepreneurial ecosystem. One of the hidden undercurrents is a growing cohort of social entrepreneurs. These people are using non-traditional organization models and business models to help…

Giving Back May Not Solve the Problem

I’ve been thinking a lot about giving back and community needs. I’d like to build solutions from the ground up rather than waiting until I’ve made it to give back. The practice of ‘giving back’…

Featured Client & Alumni Stories

Social Enterprise Profiles

Take 5 To Know Them, Our Spotlight on a Social Impact Leader

This month’s Purppl Partner is Naomi Woodland from the United Way British Columbia. Take a quick 5 to get to know this leader! Where do you consider “home”? Home is an interesting concept, my roots…

Social Enterprise Profile: Kamloops Music Collective

The Kamloops Music Collective is committed to building a vibrant and diverse music culture in Kamloops by offering music-based programs to youth in the community. Through their education and programs, the Kamloops Music Collective inspires…

Social Enterprise Profile: Trellis

Trellis is an online platform that enables charities and non profits to showcase their impact and raise funds from their donors. Their software allows fundraising professionals and their donors the ability to simply create and…

Social Enterprise Profile: Elevation Outdoors

Elevation Outdoors is focused on breaking down barriers and helping young people find a passion to help them lead a healthy, happier life. Since their inception they have expanded their program offering to include snowboarding,…

Social Enterprise Profile: OGO Car Share Co-op

OGO Car Share Co-op is a social enterprise that launched in 2013 that gives Okanagan drivers a more affordable and environmentally responsible transportation option. Take a look at what Executive Director Christian Brandt had to…

Social Enterprise Profile: Clubhouse

NAME OF COMPANY: The Clubhouse Child Care Center TYPE OF ORGANIZATION: Registered Charity HEADQUARTERS: Kelowna NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: 50 YEAR FOUNDED: 1996 THE PROBLEM: Children often do not get enough outside time for play and…