Inhouse Export Navigator at Community Futures

Community Futures now has inhouse Export Navigator specialist Raeanne Anderson resident at the CFDC office in Kelowna. We look forward to introducing you to our clients especially the value added agriculture product businesses. Welcome Raeanne.

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Community Futures Central Okanagan to Host Rural Resilience Program

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Community Futures Central Okanagan is pleased to announce that they will be hosting a suite of Rural Resilience programs to help communities and businesses deal with increasing disruption and difficulties as a result of extreme weather and wild fire events occuring in the Central Okanagan.

A key part of the Rural Resilience suite of programs is a Program Ambassador supported by a team of experienced subject matter business experts and programs. The Program Ambassador will support Indigenous and non-Indigenous businesses, communities, and enterprising not-for-profits by support and resources to the local community.  The goal is to ensure that business owners and managers can effectively and efficiently access the Rural Resilience suite of services and programs.

Community Futures Central Okanagan invites interested individuals and consultants that are interested in helping with the program to contact Larry Widmer, FCMC, General Manager of Community Futures Central Okanagan about these opportunities. Phone 250-868-2132 ext 223 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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Shawn Edwards Joins Community Futures

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Community Futures is pleased to introduce our newest addition to our team. Shawn is a Chartered Professional Accountant, CPA, CMA,  and a B.Sc. from UBC specializing in Earth and Environmental Sciences. Shawn has over 15 years of financial and business experience with a wide range of industry understanding (Finance, Manufacturing, Mining and Technology). He is well equipped to help Community Futures clients with strategic and development finance and business counseling. Shawn can be reached at phone: 250-868-2132 ext. 227  email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Welcome Shawn!


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Happipad Partners with Nova Scotia Government

Happipad and the province of Nova Scotia have announced an official partnership.

This program, officially announced on August 4 by Nova Scotia Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing John Lohr, ensures that the Happipad app is free to use for all Nova Scotians. 

What is Happipad?

Happipad is a federally incorporated nonprofit on a mission to create a safe, seamless, and enjoyable experience for individuals seeking to share homes. We firmly believe that fostering compatibility among housemates alleviates financial burdens. But it also plays a pivotal role in nurturing meaningful friendships and cultivating an inclusive society.

Happipad has created Canada’s first dedicated web platform to enable peer-to-peer creation and management of house sharing arrangements. Happipad provides users with a safe and convenient way to handle:

  • Rent payments
  • Safety deposits
  • Legal documentation
  • Background checks
  • Conflict resolution and support if needed

These features generally can’t be accessed for those looking for companion housing in the open market.

“The Hospitable nature of all Nova Scotians”

“We all have a role to play as we work together to overcome this housing crisis, and today’s announcement is a call to action to all Nova Scotians who may have extra space in their homes to consider hosting a person or family in their home,” said Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister John Lohr. “We know we have 130,000 vacant bedrooms in Nova Scotia, and through this expanded program more people like students, healthcare workers, tradespersons and any others who may need a safe, affordable and comfortable short-term accommodation could be matched with a room. This partnership truly encompasses the hospitable nature of all Nova Scotians.”

“NSCC is excited to learn of the province’s partnership with Happipad. The organization shares our commitment to providing safe and affordable housing and uses a platform I trust our students and community members will find accessible and helpful,” says Chauncey Kennedy, NSCC Manager, Housing and Student Life. “As our college has sites in communities across Nova Scotia, we look forward to working in partnership with Happipad to increase opportunities to address the urgent provincial housing needs.”

If you are interested in joining Happipad, you can check out what the process for joining Happipad looks like. And if you still have questions, you can always contact Happipad at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Dylan Vinci Joins Community Futures

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Community Futures Development Corporation of the Central Okanagan is pleased to announce that Dylan Vinci has joined Community Futures as Program Coordinator. He will take the lead on the Self Employment Program including business plan development training and business counseling. Dylan is a recent Okanagan College Business Program graduate where he specialized in marketing. He has many years of hands on business management, digital marketing and promotions experience that will make him a valuable addition to Community Futures team.

Phone: 250-868-2132 ext. 224   Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Applications now being accepted for Okanagan Business Incubator September Intake



 Okanagan Business Incubator

Next Cohort September 25 to December 1

  • Assess your opportunity
  • Research your market, develop market driven strategy
  • Develop a detailed business plan
  • Business coaching support
  • Prepare to launch

Contact Ali Brent or Dylan Vinci for more details and to book in for a 1-on-1 assessment.
Ph. 250-868-2132 ext. 224
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Model Bean Coffee, local online coffee seller, opening first cafe in Rutland

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A Colombian couple who started their own coffee business during the pandemic has found enough success to finally open their first coffee shop in Rutland.

Camilo Isaza says they can’t wait to share with Kelowna their unique Colombian brew that’s imported from their family farm back home.

“There are so many varieties that we can showcase, and that’s kind of the whole purpose of having the tasting bar," said Isaza. "So for me to say which one is my favourite or which one is my top seller, I can’t really narrow that down because every coffee is sort of unique in a way and has its own rich profile."

Isaza says the cafe will give customers the chance to try their coffees—which they have already grown a following with by selling online—and take some home to "make that perfect cup of coffee every morning.”

Sticking to three traditional roasts, the owners of Model Bean Coffee tell Castanet they have grown from a home-run business that transitioned into the local market before now opening a retail cafe.

“We have our light-medium, our medium, and our medium-dark. We roast it locally and we kind of make our own little blend in house of those three to make our espresso as well," said Isaza.

"A lot of people say I buy your coffee but I go home to make it and it’s not the same. Well, it is the same. It’s just the patience and the passion behind how to make a coffee, so come on by, I’d love to teach you how to make the perfect cup of coffee.”

Isaza said their coffee is organic and locally roasted after being imported straight from the farm.

"It’s probably the freshest coffee you can find in western Canada. Not to brag, but it is that fresh," said Isaza.

If all goes according to plan, Model Bean Coffee is expecting to open July 15 at 205 Asher Road in Rutland.


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