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Professionals giving back

A huge congratulations to Ty Summach and Alan Schuler because their company ProSmart just went public this week.  

It is the first Accelerate Okanagan client to hit the TSX as well.

ProSmart is a Kelowna-based media company focused solely on the sports software marketplace.

ProSmart supports coaches, managers, teams, players and families in over 1,500 registered governing bodies and associations spanning 100 different countries with a platform that blends player, coaching, and team development content supported by a diverse suite of team management tools.

You can read all the details on Accelerate Okanagan’s blog page.


Accelerate Okanagan also announced Nido Design Inc. to their new VAP (Venture Accelerate Program) this week.

Nido Design Inc. is one of the largest Net Zero (Passive House) design and consulting companies in North America and they are looking to revolutionize the construction sector.

The Kelowna-based startup (formerly known as Brett Sichello Design) is transitioning to provide a one-stop-shop including design, construction of prefabricated building envelopes, onsite construction management, and ongoing client care.   

You can also check that out on Accelerate Okanagan's blog page.  


Happy fifth anniversary to Pulp Fiction Coffee house.  

Max and Gloria Sloan, in my opinion, have created a unique coffee shop, so you must go see it for yourself.

I understand they have a new Nitro coffee that, when poured, looks like a pint of Guinness, so I assume it is for both coffee and beer connoisseurs.  

If coffee is not your thing, then kombucha and milk shakes are the next popular items.


If you need a break from business then come hang out with Kelowna Cruises Sunday night because Mike Wiald is hosting a party cruise. 

There will be two dance floors rocking the Boardroom from 7:45-11 p.m. 


The Okanagan Feast of Fields is next Sunday, Aug. 13, and only a few tickets remain.  

This is one of my favourite events of the year, so mark it on your calendar.

Feast of Fields is a three-hour, wandering gourmet harvest festival that highlights the connections between farmers and chefs, field and table, and between farm folks and city folks.

With a wine glass and linen napkin in hand, guests stroll across a farmer's field, travelling from tent to tent.


The 2017 Okanagan Dream Rally is this Sunday.  

The Okanagan Dream Rally hopes to provide special children and their families with an incredibly fun-filled experience of being in the hot seat of a dream car for a day. 

Spectators are welcome to join the excitement of the Okanagan Dream Rally starting at 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 6 by the Sails on Bernard Ave in downtown Kelowna. 


Don’t forget about Coast Capital Savings Canada 150 Fireworks celebration happening Saturday night.


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.



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