YLW clean-parking options

Yes! Kelowna Park and Fly is in business and Dan King has some added perks for us, too.

If you bring your car to the Kelowna Park and Fly lot, they will bring you to YLW and when you return, your car will be spotless because every car will be washed and waxed when you’re gone. That’s a $100 value.

If you need a full detailing, they offer several options for you at their advertised rates plus the $10-per-day parking fee.

If you do not fly home in first class, at least you have the option to drive home in first class.  

The Centre Culturel Francophone de l’Okanagan (CCFO) is presenting the 39th Kelowna MapleFest next weekend. 

This is always a great event.

People can enjoy performances by local singers, dancers, musicians, artisans, theatrical character performers and more at the Saturday outdoor family day. 

Sunday is their traditional brunch at the Laurel Packing House, and The Old Time Fiddlers will surely be back again, adding a touch of folk entertainment.

Check out all the details. I will see you there.

The Kelowna Kinsmen are hosting a Texas Hold’em Tournament this Saturday at Rusty’s. 

First place is $1,000, but the last five alive are in the money.

The Kelowna Kinsmen have been supporting the Kelowna community for years and these proceeds will go directly to minor sports and other community projects. 

It is supposed to rain tomorrow, so if you’re going to be indoors, go win some money.

Next week, the Kelowna Jaycees are hosting their JCI Experience night. 

They are inviting entrepreneurs and young professionals 18-40 who are looking to better themselves and give back to the community at the same time. 

This is also a premier network to be part of if you have just moved to town because every industry is represented in the membership. 

Come out to the Film Factory to get a feel for the group and maybe win a door prize, too. 

Sisters for a Cause have posted the save the date for the second and, I hope annual, Lip Sync Battle. 

Emma and Liz blew the audience away last year and it’s safe to assume they will do the same this year. 

It is being held Saturday May 6 at 8 p.m. at the Habitat downtown. 

Performers need to contact the sisters right away so that you can secure your spot.  

Make it a great week!


City firm one of the best

Happy St. Patty’s Day!

Congratulations to Gene Bernier, Rick Bjarnason and their team of monkeys because they have just made Clutch Co.’s list of the top SEO (search engine optimization) companies in Canada.  

Cheeky Monkey Media is a results shop not just a marketing web shop here in Kelowna. They are brilliant developers who help their clients execute, and deliver amazing brand experiences.  

Have a look at their website to see what they have done to help great companies be better.  

Check out Clutch Co’s website too to find a top firm for your next big project.

Congratulations to Dan Vrskovy of Shack Shine for adding yet another vehicle to his fleet. 

He was in one of my first articles a year ago being congratulated on starting a new venture.  

Like every new business owner, he has had sleepless nights and new stresses, but the hard work, dedication and the quality of his work has paid off.  

The provincial government announced its updated BCTech Strategy this week. 

The renewed strategy is built on three pillars – talent, capital and markets — and this year they are adding a forth, data.  

The technology industry affects B.C.’s bottom line directly, and it also indirectly affects the bottom line of every industry in this province.

A thriving tech sector makes all industries more competitive through improvements in productivity, quality and safety.

Read the entire article and updated stats on the Accelerate Okanagan website.  

Roger Haulstein has invited you to the Okanagan College 38th Annual Business reception March 23. 

If you are a business owner in search of business students then this might be for you too.  

This unique event provides the opportunity for students, local businesses, and the faculty of the Okanagan School of Business to interact in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. 

Check it out and support these students because they are our next leaders.  

I normally like to promote Kelowna’s businesses, their successes and local events, but when I read the details of Okanagan Spirits' BRBN Release Prohibition Party in Vernon it  was too cool not to let you know.  

They are converting their distillery to a 1930s secret night club. Grab your flapper dresses, your fedoras and wait for the password to get in. 

We wish Stuart Grant all the best as he has just taken on the controller position with Norelco Cabinets.  

This is a good match as Stuart is as unique as their talented designers, and will continue to help Norelco in raising the bar in the industry.

Stuart is quite involved in the community representing young accountants in Kelowna and also has just been re-elected as a director on the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce.  

Don’t be surprised if you see him running of mayor some day soon.  

People are laughing at my attempt to yoga in this week’s financial planning video.  Check it out.  

Make it a great week!

No talk, all action

Why not spend this weekend creating a company?  

If that sounds right up your alley, click Start Up Weekend right now. Startup Weekend is a global movement of active entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. 

Startup Weekends are where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. On average, half Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical or design backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds.

Over the weekend, they'll feed you, power you with coffee and energy drinks and watch while you take that idea and create a company.   

At the end of the weekend, you'll pitch your company to our panel of judges and some great prizes will be awarded.

Demo night is Sunday night and this is something you should definitely check out because that’s only 54 hours to create a company meaning ‘no talk all action’ and I know you will be impressed with the outcomes.

Get your tickets here.

Old Vines Restaurant at Quails Gate Winery has kicked it up notch to, I hope, end winter. 

They have added a long table dinner Wednesday nights. Each week, they explore a different theme or region in the world. You can expect three family-style courses for $49 per person. 

Also join them Sunday mornings for their Jazz Brunch Series. To reserve your table, call 250-769-2500.

I am learning more and more about agriculture these days and so many of my friends are doing year round gardening.  

If you're like my friends, I encourage you to attend Seedy Saturday at the Westbank Lions Club this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Go buy, sell and trade seeds from a variety of vendors and community organizations.  


The Dinosaurs Unearthed exhibition opened March 4 at the Okanagan Science Centre in Vernon and has been over the top popular. 

This is something to consider with the kids spring break coming up. 

This exhibit is questioning what we know about dinosaurs and they are being shown in a different kind of way.   I’m excited. 

XChange is turning one this Saturday and you’re invited to the party. 

Cam Colin will be celebrating with happy hour all day and live entertainment at night. They know this is going to be rockin', so they're offering a complimentary cab home with free overnight parking.

When you come back in the morning, they will also be taking care of you even more as they are offering their first ever brunch.  

Congratulations and thanks in advance for the presents your offering. 

This week in my video blog, I take a serious approach on how to protect your family no matter what the future holds. 

Make it a great week!


Don't wait on hold

Congratulations to Time Brokers for celebrating one year in business. 

Michael Lavigne started helping people and businesses reduce their monthly bills by negotiating a discount with the providers. Time Brokers reviews your Internet, TV, and phone services, but watch out, more services will be added shortly. 

If they can’t save you money, you don’t pay anything.

Don’t think I am just promoting my family’s business because Michael and I are not related, but I wish we were because he’s frickin awesome. No one cares about creating positive change in the world than him. 

Time Brokers donates a good percentage of their revenue to the food bank. They also pay referral fees, but if you don’t want them, Michael will give them to charity, too. 

Support him and your local food bank while you save yourself a lot of money and time. 


Celebrate UN World Water Day and Canada's Water Week at the RiverBlue screening on March 22.

Creator David McIlvride is from Kelowna and he gives a big thanks to the Okanagan Basin Water Board and Okanagan WaterWise for sponsoring this screening. 

RiverBlue uncovers how the fashion industry plays part in destroying our world's rivers. 

This documentary is up for some impressive awards so make sure to purchase your tickets in advance because they are not available at the door.


Congratulations to Josh Szalay of Royal LePage for earning the Master Sales Award in his first year of business. 

You won't find anyone who works harder then Josh. He has had multiple business successes and has all the right stuff to be successful in whatever he does. 

Give him a call if you need help with your property. 


"If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball." 

Neel Dhatt, CEO of Techfire Solutions is hosting a 19 plus dodge-ball tournament this weekend in support of Mamas for Mamas. 

Sixteen teams are fighting for bragging rights and a pretty awesome trophy tomorrow at Central Sports Club.  Go check it out.

Bryan Ruck just introduced me to Scott Hermanson’s food truck Burger Boss.  

You can find it on Facebook under Hermco Street Food. The burger of the day yesterday was ridiculous and yes they have a Royale with Cheese. 

Their burgers and fries all handmade, so you need to check them out.

Tickets are now on sale for the B.C. Bacon and Cider Festival. This event pairs 20 B.C. cideries with bacon dishes created by Okanagan Culinary Arts Students.  

If you act quickly, you could probably get a ticket to DJ Jeff Haymakers Father Daughter Dance happening May 7.  

This event is intended to strengthen relationships between fathers and daughters, aged three to 13, as well as provide an evening of all-out, crazy, whacky fun including dancing, games, contests, prizes, pizza, and more. 

It's pretty awesome. 

I do some curling while explaining how I make money work for you in this week's video blog.  

Make it a great week!

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About the Author

Kevin Lavigne is a local advisor with Reid & Associates Financial Solutions creating comprehensive financial plans for individuals and small businesses.  Kevin enjoys meeting and learning about people.  He is known for his abilities to connect both people and businesses as he tries to help everyone to succeed.

Kevin graduated from the University of Guelph in 2002 with a Bachelor of Commerce.  He has since completed his Insurance Licence and is in the process of completing his Certified Financial Planning Designation.  He has been involved in multiple businesses and investments including tech start ups.

Kevin married his wife Amy in 2009 and they currently have 2 young daughters.  They moved from Ontario with a few stops along the way and have lived in Kelowna since 2008.   Kevin and his family enjoy the outdoors and have a great passion for Food & Wine. 

Kevin was nominated in 2014 for Kelowna’s Top 40 Under 40 because of his successful business and the financial education he provides in the community.  He is also the 2016 President of Junior Chamber International, he works with multiple non profits as well he is a mentor for the Canadian Youth Business Foundation.

The views expressed are strictly those of the author and not necessarily those of Castanet. Castanet does not warrant the contents.

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