With start-up help from Community Futures and BDC, Geometrik's high end accoustical ceiling and wall panels are now being ordered by architects, designers and builders across North America. Geometrik owners Vladimir Bolshakov and Natasha Bolshakova have more than 15 years' experience in manufacturing wood acoustical ceiling and wall panels, working for leading suppliers in Europe and North America. Originally from the Ukraine, they met while attending university in Odessa. Vladimir graduated with a degree in manufacturing engineering from the Academy of Manufacturing and Refrigeration while Natasha earned her degree in manufacturing economics from the Academy of Marine Engineers. After 15 years' working for others, they decided to apply their engineering and financial management expertise to their own business in the Okanagan.
Geometrik is the only custom manufacturer of high quality wood acoustical ceiling and wall panels on the west coast of Canada. Beginning in Summerland, B.C. and now a larger facility in West Kelowna, Geometrik offers a unique blend of experience, engineering expertise and manufacturing capability. The dry climate in the Okanagan is ideal for wood manufacture while the lower operating costs allow them to pour extra value into their products. Geometrik’s highly motivated team of skilled work workers and artisans carefully craft panelling to exacting standards, giving the ultimate in sound control and beauty. As wood manufacturers, Geometrik is committed to innovation and quality, utilizing the best materials, hardware, and the latest construction methods and they believe in superior customer service.
When you call, they are there to answer the phone. Geometrik provides prompt answers to your enquiries, professional workmanship, and sound control that will merge seamlessly with your room or facility design. http://www.geometrik.com/
Bob and Lorna Smith started Sun Valley Processed Foods in 1997 with a modest 4000 square foot facility producing fresh and healthy pre-packaged food products. In 2002 they came to Community Futures looking for a loan to purchase much needed equipment to keep up with demand. By 2009, Sun Valley Processed Foods had grown to a 38,000 square foot facility and over 50 employees. Sun Valley’s fresh, ready to eat products are now sold across Canada. Bob and Lorna Smith contribute their success to recent trends in healthy living and their ability and willingness to adapt and change to market trends and customer demand, and having organizations like Community Futures available to lend a hand to businesses in need. http://www.svff.ca/index.php
Started as a home based business in the Okanagan Valley by Barbra Johnston and a partner, Barbra had a business idea to produce all natural herbal extract health products to market to doctors and health food companies. In 1990, Barbra came to Community Futures looking for a small loan to grow the business. Since then, the company has grown to become a leader in the formulation of liquid-based herbal health products in Canada. Today, Natures Formulae operates in a modern 30,000 sq.ft. facility located in Kelowna, British Columbia producing over 5000 herbal-based products and providing a large inventory of herbal ingredients. They have developed their own branded product lines which include our original Master Formulae along with NaturPet, NaturTech, and recently acquired SpagoMed. The Natures Formuale modern facility includes an experienced Research and Development team providing scientific oversight and innovative services. They are a competitive Custom Manufacturing service that can accommodate a number of manufacturing needs including product development, product processing, filling, labeling and packaging. Barbra now volunteers at Community Futures and currently is Chairperson. This is her way of giving back to the organization that helped her. http://www.naturesformulae.com/
Congratulations to Dustin on the opening of Float Space, Kelowna’s first commercial float centre. Dustin is a local Kelowna student entrepreneur finishing off a degree in biology and was recently awarded 2016 Enactus National Student Entrepreneur at the competition in Toronto. He discovered floatation tanks a couple of years ago and realized the only place that had float tanks for public use was in Vancouver. With no nearby places to float and personal tanks being prohibitively expensive, he had to turn the idea into a viable business model to share it with as many people as possible. In March 2013, he started putting the idea into motion.
Float Space - the community. Dustin started with an idea and took it to Community Futures to develop a business plan. With the support of a grant from the Community Futures Youth Mean Business program, funding from CYBF “Futurepreneurs,” and small business bank financing supported by the Canadian Government, Float Space became a reality. Dustin invested many hours of hard work to put together all the pieces that resulted in the May 15 launch.
"It is our goal to provide a clean and creative space designed to share and enhance the art of floating."
Never heard of floating? It’s really quite simple. A “float tank” a.k.a. saltwater isolation tank a.k.a. sensory deprivation tank, is basically a large bath tub filled with about 10-inches of water and around 1000 lbs of Epsom salts. The solution is heated to skin temperature and is ultra-buoyant so you float effortlessly on the surface, simulating zero gravity. You can close the door if you choose, making the tank completely dark and soundproof. For a brief time, the outside world is gone and amazing things can happen. When your body does not need to process any external stimulation in the form of light, sound, taste, smell, gravity, and temperature differences across the skin, it is easy to enter a state of deep relaxation and stress relief. Your brain begins to produce more Theta (4-7 Hz) and Delta (0.1-3 Hz) waves than usual, which are responsible for that “in between waking and sleeping” feeling and is a very similar state found by those who routinely practice meditation.
Some of the benefits of floating include: reduction in blood pressure and the release of stress hormones such as ACTH and cortisol; relief from chronic pain, anxiety, insomnia, and depression; boosts the production of dopamine and endorphins (our body’s natural painkillers); improved immune function, muscle recovery, mood, and sense of well-being; boosts creativity, imagination, and memory retention. Many athletes, artists and business professionals float for performance enhancement. The sensory void is a very effective environment for visualization and distraction free decision-making. By combining the relaxation and community feel of a Yoga studio or spa with the empirically based biological benefits of their isolation tanks, Float Space hopes to promote creativity, happiness and contribute to the mental and physical well-being of Kelowna for a long time. If you think floating is something you would like to try, or simply want to learn more, check out their website www.floatspace.ca.
Float Space - The Science of Nothing. The Art of Well-Being.
Give them a call at (778) 484 3562, or go check out their gorgeous space at 104-1851 Kirschner Road, in the Stewart Centre North plaza.
Soles4Souls Marks 5 Years.
Jim Belshaw is the Community in Community Futures.
Many of you reading this article will remember a trip to Roy’s Shoes in Downtown Kelowna. Whether you were finding just the right shoe for your lifestyle or trusting the shoemakers to restore a loved pair or dropping off shoes for those who need them, it would have been clear that Jim Belshaw has a heart for helping. It is all about the shoes. Five years ago Jim was instrumental in bringing Soles4Soles to Kelowna and over 400 thousand pairs of shoes later, the Soles4Souls Canada charity continues to flourish. This initiative is a vital service that is geared at helping the over 300 million kids in this world that go shoeless every day and some of those kids are right here in our community.
What some of you may not know is that Jim purchased Roy’s Shoes in 2007 and started to learn the trade. As Jim was transitioning both himself and the new business, Community Futures came alongside with additional financing for growth and reorganization. “Community Futures was a lifeline” says Jim. He also learned that involvement in the community is key to business strength. http://www.roysshoes.com/
Community Futures recognizes Jim for all his behind the scenes efforts to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate ... and operate an outstanding business.