ChangeUP – Six Social Enterprises Changing Kamloops

Six social enterprises operating in Kamloops are set to present their stories and solutions to some of the toughest community, social, and environmental challenges at this year’s ChangeUP on October 2nd, 2019. Tickets are nearly…

Program Expansion Builds Sustainability for Elevation Outdoors

Since 2007, Elevation Outdoors has been focusing on breaking down barriers and helping young people find a passion to help them lead a healthier and happier life. What started as one program and six participants,…

Social Enterprises to Pitch at ChangeUP on October 2nd

Kamloops social entrepreneurs are invited to pitch their stories and solutions to some of the toughest community, social, and environmental challenges at this year’s ChangeUP on October 2nd, 2019.

Music Collective Sings a Social Enterprise Song

Social Enterprises Tackle Tough Challenges in Kamloops In the last 12 months the Kamloops Food Policy Council, the Lived Experience Committee, and the Kamloops Music Collective have launched and scaled their social enterprise activities. The…

Regional Mental Health Service Keeps People in School, Work, and out of Hospital

Communities are struggling under the weight of mental health and substance use. Citizens and governments, and health providers alike are frustrated with lack of progress. The issues are boiling over on the streets, in our…

Rescued Fruit to Fruitpops

Social Enterprises Tackle Tough Challenges in Kamloops In the last 12 months the Kamloops Food Policy Council, the Lived Experience Committee, and the Kamloops Music Collective have launched and scaled their social enterprise activities. The…

Street Paper Creates Opportunity and a Voice

Social Enterprises Tackle Tough Challenges in Kamloops In the last 12 months the Kamloops Food Policy Council, the Lived Experience Committee, and the Kamloops Music Collective have launched and scaled their social enterprise activities. The…

Is Farm to Table Dead?

Guest post from Giulio Piccioli, One Big Table. As a chef particularly interested and actively involved in the local food movement, I have always been curious in understanding the role chefs play in the creation…

Social Entrepreneurship – You’re Invited to the Party

– One third of new startups globally now have social impact baked directly into their mission, not as an afterthought. Entrepreneurs are becoming more social. The social sector is becoming more entrepreneurial. The anchors that…

Nationally Renowned Social Entrepreneurs and Impact Investors to Speak at ChangeUP

ChangeUP, brought to you by Valley First and Purppl, is a pitch style event for social enterprises on February 28, 2019. Featured social enterprises will share their stories and solutions for some of the toughest…

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…

Starting a Social Enterprise from the Street

Last Friday, Kamloops launched the first edition of their street newspaper “The Big Edition”. Joining over 100 cities worldwide, The Big Edition is produced by members of the Kamloops Lived Experience Committee — a group of…

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Social Enterprise Profiles

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: 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…