Here are some opportunities for eligible businesses to take advantage of in the new year for support, expertise, and to learn news skills.

 
Okanagan School of Business Applied Learning Opportunity

In 2021, Tourism Kelowna stakeholders can take advantage of an applied learning opportunity from Okanagan School of Business at Okanagan College.

Students will act as consultants to provide an Event Plan service, whereby they will work to understand the needs and goals of your business and to prepare an event business plan, which will include plans for marketing, sponsorship, risk management, and more. The service will be provided through three parts, with the initial development of the event and its components, the creation of the various plans, and the presentation of the completed plan to your business.

The Event Planning service will take between 8 to 11 weeks starting in either the Winter semester (January through April) or the Fall Semester (September through December).

Those who are interested can contact the Okanagan School of Business, Okanagan College through Dr. Blair Baldwin at bbaldwin@okanagan.bc.ca. As spots are limited, it is advised to contact Dr. Baldwin before January 1, 2021 for the Winter semester or prior to September 1, 2021 for the Fall semester.

 

OKGN Angel Summit

Accelerate Okanagan’s next OKGN Angel Summit kicks off on January 11, 2021, and applications are still be accepted for companies who are interested in taking part. The 10-week program is designed to help early-stage, BC-based companies learn about the capital raising process and to connect them with active investors. Six finalists will have the opportunity to make their pitch to investors, with an investment of at least $100K being made to the winner. Visit the Accelerate Okanagan website for more information and to apply before the December 31 deadline.

 

Business Resilience to Thrive

The BC Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the University of Victoria, Gustavson School of Business, is offering a 6-week online training program to help businesses "adapt their business models, re-engage their customers and adjust their workplace cultures." There are two program dates, one starting in mid-January and the other in late February. Click here for more information about the program, dates, and to register. 

 

Destination BC Tourism Digital Academy

Earlier this year, Destination BC (DBC) launched its Tourism Digital Academy, a free, 8-week program designed for BC tourism businesses looking to build their knowledge and skills in digital marketing to an intermediate level.

While intakes for the winter 2021 program are full, dates for the spring intake will be released soon, so stay tuned to DBC’s website for application opening dates. For questions, email industrydevelopment@destinationbc.ca