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!

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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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