Kelowna’s INhouse Video recognized by Microsoft

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Posted by:Heidi Mann, Accelerate Okanagan July 19, 2017

One of 8 marketing vendors to join the Microsoft Partner Network marketing program.

INhouse Video, a former Venture Acceleration Program graduate and current Accelerate Okanagan Patron, has been selected by Microsoft as one of only eight marketing vendors for their Microsoft Partner Network marketing program.

Microsoft has over 22,000 partner resellers in the US and 350,000 globally. These partners are  trying to find new and innovative ways to market Microsoft products and services in an increasingly crowded marketplace. The Microsoft Partner Network marketing program was designed to provide marketing resources for these partners to ensure they reach customers and achieve performance goals. Kelowna based, INhouse was selected as the preferred video marketing vendor for this program.

“This is an awesome opportunity to showcase INhouse in the Microsoft Partner Network,” says Peter Matejcek, CEO of INhouse. “Our previous work with both Microsoft and Microsoft Partners has highlighted our success in creating differentiating marketing videos. It is great to be recognized for our team’s work.  We are excited to further develop the relationship and bring more videos to the Microsoft Partner Network.”

INhouse works closely with companies to introduce video into their marketing programs. The INhouse team helps companies come up with a video strategy that aligns with their marketing goals, then produces and publishes videos quickly and cost-effectively. Current clients include primarily software companies but INhouse also creates videos for energy services firms, non-profit organizations, law firms, and educational institutions. This recent recognition from Microsoft is expected to increase brand awareness and lead generation on an international scale.

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Not A Tourist Guide

Front Cover HR Kelowna book cover
Tim Young and Hugh Philip are two enthusiastic, but realistic, long-time Kelowna residents who have gathered research from hundreds of reliable sources to create this one-of-a-kind . . . no-nonsense guide. There is no other single source of information that tackles the questions on the minds of potential newcomers. Unbiased Answers to these and many more important questions:
  • Is it true that Kelowna has a Sunshine Tax
  • Will I be able to find a job?
  • Will my family be safe?
  • Is the weather really as good as they say?
  • Give me a break, what are the challenges to living in Kelowna?
  • Is there available and affordable daycare for my children?
  • How does the housing market compare to other cities in Canada?
  • Is Kelowna business friendly?
  • What are ‘the’ best things to do for fun in the area?

Bonus! Each book is a coupon for a minimum 10% discount from trusted Kelowna businesses.

$2.00 from each book sold is donated to the Central Okanagan Food Bank.
This 6” x 9” soft-cover book includes 218 pages; 40 chapters; and 86 tables and illustrations.

Order online from ($14.95) or  Also sold at Kelowna bookstores and many other local retailers.

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Start Fresh Collaborative Kitchen Grand Opening


Come join the grand opening for the Start Fresh Kitchen. This will be an event with amazing local vendors, delicious food, live classes, and select wineries!  

The kitchen willbe open. They have been working very hard at using historic elements of Kelowna in building the space. The catering menu will be sampled at the event. Enjoy local and delicious high quality menu items paired with wine, live classes, and local vendors.

Tickets will be sold for $15 online and $20 at the door. Your purchase includes drink tickets and access into an amazing event!

- Glow Juciery
- Moonstone Ferments
- Elixir H Kombucha 
- Salt & Sage Jewelry
- Multiple local wineries will be attending for sampling 

**MUSIC** (Band will be announced soon)


When: Thursday, June 1, 2017 from 2-10pm

Bring your business cards for a draw being accounced at the end of the evening for prizes.

2:00pm - Doors will be opening, check in at the door and receive your gift 
3:00pm - Tour around the vendors, sample food, sip wine, check out live classes in our Start Fresh kitchen 
5:00pm - Live music will start
7:00pm - Prizes announced 
10:00pm - End of an unforgettable evening

Looking forward to bringing our community together and collaborating with new businesses.


Location: Ground Floor Landmark 2 Building, Kelowna BC

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SoFün - Social Enterprise Fundamentals Workshop by Pürppl

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SoFün is a social enterprise fundamentals workshop that has been developed for those who want to learn more about the lean startup principles for social enterprise. This full-day workshop on May 25 (9:00 - 4:00) provides in-person education, contextual examples, exercises, and tools to help you build and grow a social enterprise. Using a case study of an award winning social enterprise, Mission Possible, participants will walk through the business model canvas and then have an opportunity to build one for their own situation. Come and learn with and from social entrepreneurs.

Tools and Topics Include:

  • Business Model Canvas
  • Customer Discovery Process
  • Financial Modeling & Corporate Structure for Social Enterprise
  • Theory of Change
  • Pitching and Storytelling
  • Funding Opportunities

A social enterprise is an organization that is setup to use a business model to solve a social or community challenge. Incorporation models can include non-profit, charity, coop, for-profit, CCC, etc. It is about using entrepreneurial models to fund long-term solutions to social and community challenges.

This workshop is ideal for non-profit and charity leaders, entrepreneurs, 'wantrepreneurs,' students, government employees, employees of small and medium size companies, and anyone who is looking to implement community and social change initiatives.

Your ticket includes a copy of all content, exercises, coffee, tea, water, and lunch.

Purppl, in collaboration with the Scotiabank Centre for Non-Profit Excellence is excited to offer the SoFun workshop.

to register:

Price $45


Thu, 25 May 2017

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM PDT

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Okanagan College

1000 K. L. O. Road

Centre for Learning - Room E103

Kelowna, BC V1Y 4X8

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Una Gabie is Community Futures Volunteer of the Year

una gabieTo celebrate and recognize volunteers, Community Futures Central Okanagan is pleased to announce that Una Gabie has been awarded Community Futures Volunteer of the Year. Congratulations Una!

Una is a long time and active Community Futures Board Member who participates in the Loan Review Committee. Her legal and business background is constantly called upon to help evaluate and adminster complex loan applications and offers. Through leadership and community based decision making like this, Community Futures Central Okanagan has thrived in the community for over 26 years.

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Tesla Taxis Hit the Road in Kelowna

Kelowna’s newest taxi company is hitting the road in style.

Not only is Current Taxi billing itself as the provinces’ first entirely electric taxi service, it is using two stylish vehicles to start its fleet—Teslas.

In a news release issued Friday announcing the grand opening of its new service in Kelowna, Current Taxi founder Dale Conway said the aim was to provide luxury car service using environmentally friendly vehicles.

“Our passion for offering the travelling public with a highly elevated, customer-centric transportation option is only equaled by our commitment to do so in the most environmentally responsible manner possible,” he said.

Tesla’s range in price in Canada from $65,00 to just under $87,000.

Taxi companies and service are regulated and licensed by the province and Conway said his company will charge the same amount as its competitors despite its luxury vehicles. The taxi’s will be available for booking only through a website and an app.

The grand opening of the new service will take place, appropriately, at Kelowna’s Tesla charging station at the Best Western Hotel Feb. 24.

The new taxi service using the Tesla vehicles has been up and running for a few weeks in the city, with rides being booked through local hotels because the website and app were not yet fully functional.

The service will continue to be available through the local hospitality industry, and the Current Taxi app. click here.

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Really Good Wood

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In a nondescript, industrial building in West Kelowna a pair of immigrants have built an internationally recognized company.

Geometrik Owners Vladimir and Natasha Bolshakov might not be that well known in the Okanagan “but whomever is involved in commercial construction, they are very much aware of the Geometric brand,” Vladimir says.

Sitting at a board table with his back straight and his hands folded, Vladamir is imposing but not threatening.

He and his wife Natasha immigrated to Canada in the early 2000s and his speech is still coloured by a Russian accent.

When the couple bought Geometrik in 2006 it was a small company making children’s furniture – but they knew exactly where they wanted to take it.

They both had years of experience manufacturing wood acoustic panelling, and they set about creating a brand new product.

“Me and my business partner, my best friend and my wife, we worked together in this industry since our graduation from university,” Valdamir says. “It’s now going to be 26 years since we got sucked into the manufacturing of wood acoustical ceilings and walls. All our life is here, it’s just that.”

Acoustic panelling is used in large spaces like hallways and auditoriums to dampen sound and create a more pleasant acoustic environment.

There are scores of products that can do that, but Vladamir says Geometrik’s wooden panelling is more “aesthetically intense,” appealing in buildings that want to “wow” visitors.

Starting out with just three employees, Vladimir and Natasha now employ about 30, and their product is used all over the world.

One of the big reasons for their success, Vladimir says, is the Okanagan’s unique climate, which is ideal for woodworking.

“I would probably have a hard time finding a place that’s better for woodworking industries,” he says, pointing to the regions ideal temperature and humidify, which allow them to work easily with climate-sensitive wood.

The crazy part, Vladamir admits, is that they weren’t even aware of that when they came here. Their decision to stay was based on the beauty of the region.

“We just arrived and it was a total wow effect,” he says.“It takes probably about 10 seconds to make the decision we are staying.”

Now, Vladamir says, the products from the business they built are all over the region, the country and the world.

But of everywhere Geometrik panels are found, Vladamir says Toronto’s Pearson International Airport is the most meaningful to him.

“This is our first step in Canada,” he says. He leans forward slightly and opens his hands. A smile creeps onto his face. “This is where we immigrated and now we are happy to provide them with acoustical ceilings, so it’s very emotional.”

He leans back, his smile widening.

“This is where we came, just hopeful for the future, hopeful for the product … and this is us now.”

“This is the beauty of our business. It’s not just a block of wood with a bunch of holes, there’s a storyline for almost everybody,” he says.

“We kind of hoped that we could make it when we left our shores and made it over here, and I think we are the proof that if somebody believes hard and works hard it is possible. Anything is possible, especially in Canada.”

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