Your Next Step: Starting Your Business in Kelowna

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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.

Event Series Sponsors

Manulife Financial

Official Broadcast and Online Media Partner:

CBC

Moderator

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

Panelists

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

Entrepreneurs

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.