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…

Sun Shines on Social Enterprise

Last week I spent several days in Gibsons BC which is part of a small, rural region called the Sunshine Coast, a 40 minute ferry ride northwest of Vancouver BC. While you expect the small…

We Need To Think Bigger – Learnings From the Social Enterprise World Forum

The Social Enterprise World Forum is an international event for social entrepreneurs from around the world to come together, connect, build networks, and focus on how we can create a more sustainable future. This year,…

Funding Sources for Non-Profit and For Profit Social Enterprises

Social entrepreneurship is about using entrepreneurship (customers revenue!) to help solve community, social, or environmental challenges. Just because social entrepreneurs use customers to help fund their models doesn’t mean that grants shouldn’t also help fund…

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…

Featured Client & Alumni Stories

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…