In early 2016, Start Fresh took root as a non-profit society with founder Michael Buffett in the Central Okanagan. A chef on a simple mission, he and his team began facilitating culinary education programming to inspire people about food. Recognizing a greater need within local social service organizations, the non-profit program has now expanded to include teaching of employment and necessary life skills, while creating access to long-term meaningful employment.
This is how their team was formed and the talented chefs now bring the same knowledge and skills into the spotlight of a Collaborative Kitchen in a for profit company called Start Fresh Kitchen that has been supported by Community Futures. They have created a truly community-based kitchen that cater events, and facilitate boutique cooking classes.
Book your event with them at www.startfreshkitchen.ca You won't be disappointed.
Perfit Dental Solutions was started by two dynamic young entrepreneur brothers Steve and George Cowburn. Steve and George were previously in the dental lab business for 7 years in Calgary, sold the company and moved to the Okanagan to further develop and commercialize the technology innovations and patents that they had developed.
In February of 2016, Perfit Dental Solutions released the world’s first fully digital denture where a patient’s mouth was scanned using an intra-oral scanner, and the denture was digitally designed and milled. What once took hours of labour over a day or two is now possible in less than two hours. Their company revenues have continued to grow, have raised considerable investment capital and developed strong market interest across Canada.
Community Futures has helped fund the company scale up with more milling equipment, larger facilities and additional working capital to help meet the demand on the denture milling side of the business.
The Perfit of tomorrow is accelerating quickly and world class team continues to impress. Using software and equipment, Perfit R&D team is succeeding by decreasing the material costs and labour costs associated with production while increasing its product offering to include partial dentures and milling software while decreasing the complexity of delivering the solutions so milling can be de-centralized and increasing the scalability of their solutions.
Mazu, originally developed as the Just Be Friends and Just Be Sports platform, Mazu has evolved to a youth and family engagement company that provides a range of services from digital, offline, creative and hard goods and brands. Most recently they were shortlisted top 5 nominee for 2017 Small Business BC Innovation Award. Community Futures has provided timely support and capital to help Mazu develop and grow. https://mazufamily.com/