Your Next Step: Starting Your Business in Kelowna

Learn about the tools & resources to help you succeed in BC’s entrepreneurial hotspot

While some parts of the country are experiencing economic uncertainty with the falling loonie and low oil prices, Kelowna is experiencing unprecedented growth, a thriving small business community and a burgeoning tech sector. Last year, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business ranked Kelowna as the second best city in Canada for entrepreneurs looking to start and grow a business.

Determining the location for your new business is just one of many key business decisions involved in the planning process, but what’s next? Expert panelists discuss where the growth opportunities are in Kelowna and what programs and resources are available to help you get your business up and running. Find out the benefits and drawbacks to owning your own business and discover what you need to do in order to successfully launch and grow your business.

This event took place February 24, 2016, in Kelowna, BC.


Rebecca Zandbergen, CBC’s host of Radio West from Kelowna


Donnie Ungaro - Executive Director, Kelowna Innovation Society
Dr. Grace Fan - Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy, Faculty of Management, UBCO
Corie Griffiths - Manager, Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission; Director on Accelerate Okanagan’s Board of Directors
Laurel Douglas - CEO, Women’s Enterprise Centre


Angela Nagy - Co-Founder and CEO, Greenstep
Tyler Dyck, BSc'97 - CEO, Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery, Vernon and Kelowna; President, Craft Distiller's Guild of BC; Co-Founder, Sun City Physiotherapy - Kelowna, Glenmore, and Winfield
Peter Matejcek - Founder and CEO of INhouse Video
Ty Summach, BBA’08 - Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer. ProSmart Sports Development Inc.
Jared Lee, BA’10 - CEO & Founding Partner of JD CONCEPTS INC; which owns & operates Central Kitchen + Bar, Central Sports Club and exPress Juice Co.

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