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Small Business Success

Cole Weber is a successful small business owner in Kelowna. Rather than complain about the lack of jobs and how tough it was for a new graduate to get hired around Kelowna he simply started his own business, Coles Summer Lawn Care. 
I met Cole about 10 years ago while I was working at Casorso Elementary and caught up with him just a few years before he graduated through my work as a CEA at Kelowna Secondary School. I saw him start honing his business skills at the KSS snack shack. He was a dedicated worker then and always focused on overcoming any challanges put in his way.
Our city is about to celebrate our Civic Awards shortly and although he isn't nominated I wanted to do this story this week as my vote for small business of the year in Kelowna. He has not only found a way to fill a gap in our community, he is now in the position of hiring 3 others, and continues to volunteer around town. He's a great example of a community orientataed business owner who has had his fair share of challanges but has risen above them to get to where he is today
My hope in sharing Coles story is to shine a light on just one of the many small business success stories in our community. Yes of course give Cole a call if your yard needs some work this summer but maybe your son or daughter has recently graduated and is still looking for work. Seeing what Cole has done offers an example of what it takes to be successful in our community.
His website is and of course it was designed by him and built by one of his old classmates from KSS.
Canuck Place Fundraising Event:
In other news around town one of my videos for "What's on?" was about Isla. She is now turning 5 and her annual fundraiser for the Childrens Hospital is coming up soon so get your tickets today. 
Here is a link to her facebook event: 

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About the Author

Ryan Donn, singer/songwriter who started his career around the same time that cassette tapes were losing out to CD sales. He produces events such as Global Music Fest,, and Music in the Park (West Kelowna). You can also find him in local schools teaching songwriting or sharing the stage with many of our emerging local artists. He is a passionate supporter of all things creative and his column focuses on the creative community and events throughout the Okanagan.

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