City of Vernon to Host Technology Forum on June 27
How can technology companies grow and prosper in Vernon?
What steps can we take to make our community more attractive for technology investment?
The City of Vernon is inviting local technology companies to discuss strategies to promote the growth of Vernon's technology sector.
A forum will be held at the Vernon Golf and Country Club (800 Kalamalka Lake Road) on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided.
To RSVP, or for more information, please email@example.com
or call 250-550-3634.
Vernon's Aspenware Increases Production Capacity
Aspenware recently held its grand opening at its new 25,000 square-foot Vernon location on 11 Avenue. The new location, which houses a new production line, increases Aspenware's production capacity by ten-fold, allowing Aspenware to meet the growing demand for its wooden cutlery products.
Aspenware Inc. is a Canadian Company, established in 1997, that manufactures wooden forks, knives, spoons and soup spoons in Vernon, British Columbia. Aspenware takes wood that can't be sold and turns it into wooden cutlery that can be composted after its use. Over 100,000 pieces of Aspenware can be made from a single log.
Aspenware has a simple mission:
To develop and produce the highest quality premium compostable cutlery, with the minimal environmental footprint, and to displace the widespread use of conventional disposable plastic utensils.
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tekmar Recognized For Outstanding Contribution to Oil and Energy Industry
Vernon's own tekmar Control Systems has received the 2012 National Association of Oil and Energy Service Professionals Manufacturer of the Year award. The local company was recognized for its outstanding contributions to the oil and energy industry.
Award recipients are members who have made a significant impact in the areas of education, training development and technical support in the field. More than 10,000 contractors, designers, installers and engineers have attended tekmar training courses that promote a system approach.
"To be recognized as the top manufacturer is particularly meaningful to us because this honor is reflective of tekmar's commitment to develop innovative, quality control solutions to promote better system performance,"says Don
Gibbs, tekmar General Manager.
Learn more at:http://tekmarcontrols.com
Community Futures North Okanagan Offering Targeted Skills Shortage Program
Are you looking for opportunities to upgrade the skills of your staff?
The ASPECT Targeted Skills Shortage Program (TSSP) is offering eligible North Okanagan businesses and non-profit organizations the opportunity to access up to $1,500 for skill development for eligible employees.
Funding for the ASPECT Targeted Skills Shortage Program is provided through the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Agreement.
Businesses must fall into these targeted sectors:
* Health Care
* Social Assistance
* Technology/ Clean Technology
* Green Economy
For more information, please contact Leigha Horsfield, Community Futures - North Okanagan at 250-545-2215 Ext 256 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
City of Vernon Economic
New Digital Technology Adoption Pilot Program Available from National Research Council of Canada
The City of Vernon and Acton Consulting will be hosting an event for local manufacturing businesses to learn about the National Research Council of Canada's Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) and the new Digital Technology Adoption Pilot Program (DTAPP).
IRAP supports small and medium sized businesses in Canada with building their technology and innovation capabilities. Industrial Technology Advisors across Canada work with companies on-site to assess their needs and design solutions while offering direct technical assistance, access to the latest technological advances, expertise, facilities and resources.
DTAPP is a pilot program that assists small and medium sized businesses in adopting new digital technologies that improve productivity. The program provides companies with access to expertise in digital technology to help and encourage them to adopt these technologies faster.
This is a great opportunity for anyone in the manufacturing sector to learn about what these programs can offer them.
The event will be held on Monday, June 18 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Tolko Headquarters (3000 28 Street, Vernon). Breakfast will be provided.
or call 250-550-3634. Please RSVP by Friday, June 15.
City of Vernon Provides New Tax Incentives for Development or Renovations
Property owners in Vernon's City Centre and Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre now have one more reason to develop. Vernon City Council has adopted the Revitalization Tax Exemption Bylaws providing a tax incentive to encourage development in these areas.
Property owners who construct new buildings or make
additions or modifications to existing buildings in the City Centre will be eligible for the program. New buildings
only will be eligible in the Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre.
The City of Vernon will be hosting an information session on Thursday, June 28 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Vernon City Hall to provide more details about the program and how it works.
or call 250-550-3634.
You can read more about the City Centre Revitalization Tax Exemption Program here, and the Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre Tax Exemption Program here.
2012 BC Export Awards Nomination Deadline is June 15
The BC Export Awards recognize the innovative approaches and unique contributions of British Columbian export companies across all sectors from all regions of the Province. Sector Awards include, but are not limited to, Manufacturing, Digital Media and Entertainment, Professional Services, New Exporter and the Premier's Award for Job Creation. This is a great opportunity to raise the profile of a deserving company.
The deadline to nominate a company is this Friday, June 15. After June 15, companies can apply for consideration for the awards. The deadline for these applications is July 20, 2012. Companies that have been nominated receive greater consideration for awards.
To nominate a company or to apply, visitwww.bcexportawards.com.
Connect Your Business or Project With Foreign Investment Through OpportunitiesBC
OpportunitiesBC is an online searchable database of British Columbia business and project opportunities suitable for foreign investment, designed to attract more foreign investment into British Columbia. It is an online searchable database where B.C. companies and Economic Development Officers can list possible business opportunities in their communities and connect with foreign investors and potential immigrants interested in doing business in the province.
The database has three primary functions:
1. To provide updated listings of possible investment opportunities across the province.
2. To serve as a portal for foreign visitors to explore opportunities in B.C. Communities.
3. To provide a list of opportunities that will be showcased by the BC International Trade Representatives to potential foreign investors.
What are the Advantages of listing with OpportunitiesBC?
* Your company is featured on British Columbia's official international marketing website.
* You would be linked to in B.C.'s foreign language websites in China, Japan and Korea as well as localized English language sites for India, Europe and the USA.
* The database is used by B.C.'s International Trade and Investment Representative Offices when fielding inquiries in their markets about investment opportunities in B.C.
* There is potential to attract foreign investors to your opportunity through the Provincial Nominee Program.
More details can be found at this FAQ.
For more information, contact Kevin Poole, Manager of Economic Development & Tourism, at the City of Vernon at 250-550-3249 or at email@example.com .