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KELOWNA Molenbeek Ventures was the winner of three Gold Tommie Awards this year

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BC Businessman David Black’s plan would utilize cutting edge technology while creating an estimated 2,500 jobs



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Home Builders Association an Industry Advocate CHBA: Group has been serving the construction industry since 1943 BY DAVID HOLMES

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E L OW N A – Fo r m o re than 70 years the Canad i a n Home Bu i lders’ Association (CHBA) has served as a champion and advocate for the Canadian home construction industry. With representat ion f rom ever y prov i nce and territory in Canada, exclud i n g Q u eb e c, t he CH B A represents more t ha n 8,500 member firms, ranging from small scale ventures to industry giants. “The CHBA has been representing the building industry since 1943. We are the voice for the construction industry with our membership including everyone from home builders and developers to product SEE HOME BUILDERS|  PAGE 15

CHBA’s Provincial Executive Officers (l to r - top): Sharrie Paulsen, Dayna Aysals, Terri McConnachie, Sherri Paiement, Rhonda Williams, Christy McCleod. (l to r – bottom): Bob DeWit, Kevin Lee (National CEO-Ottawa), Neil Moody (CHBA Provincial CEO)

IT Company Provides Peace of Mind Hotels and resorts get remote, fast support service BETH HENDRY-YIM

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EACHLAND - Ken Shuler found it a natural transition to put his Information Technology (IT) degree to use serving the tech needs of resorts and hotels. After all, he grew up in the hospitality industry with his parents managing hotels and resorts throughout Alberta. Today, a f ter 27 yea rs providing specialized IT services while working for other companies, Shuler and his partners have struck out on their own, creating Aurous Technologies, based in the Okanagan Valley

and specializing in hospitality IT needs. “Especially during the busy season, a hotel or resort can’t afford to have its computer or network go down,” he said. “We provide managed service that monitors and remotely accesses their system.” Shuler said it’s a cost effective solution that saves businesses time and money. “ No t a l l b u s i n e s s ow n e rs understand computer issues. What takes us a few minutes to repair could take the client hours. Their time is better spent focused on what they do best, running

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their business.” Based in Peachland, Aurous offers a broad suite of services within their managed support packages, including assistance with antivirus programs, software updates, networking set up, and troubleshooting. “Having this kind of service takes the fear of computer crashes out of the picture,” Shuler said, adding that, because computer problems aren’t always about hardware, Aurous’s technicians have training in various software and can generally fix the problem remotely. “We don’t hesitate when it

comes to software issues,” he said. “For specialized needs, our technicians will create new software or augment existing programming.” T he subscription packages Aurous provides range from allinclusive to cost averaging and per user device. With many of its resort clients located in small, rural communities, he said having an IT support team able to remotely access servers and computers gives peace of mind. “With a subscription service, the business owner doesn’t get SEE AUROUS TECHNOLOGIES   |  PAGE 6

Business Examiner Thompson/Okanagan - March 2016  

Featuring the latest business news and information from Kamloops, Salmon Arm, Vernon, Kelowna, Summerland and Penticton.

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