Local business matters to VantageOne, and it always has. We have been committed to helping grow our members, local businesses and communities since 1944.

As part of our commitment to supporting local businesses, our commercial services team is highlighting some of our outstanding local business members. This month we are shining the spotlight on Kelver Coatings to share more about their business and how VantageOne Credit Union has helped them grow.


Tell us a bit about your business and history.

We are the Okanagan’s premier specialty coating company and we absolutely love what we do. We specialize in show-quality powder coating, performance ceramic coatings, and a few other various specialty coatings to cover all your requirements no matter the project.

Kelver Coatings opened in September of 2020 right before the pandemic and since then we have put our boots to the ground and really hit the market hard. We now coat for many well-known companies in the valley ranging from high-end exotic supercars, custom hot rods, and motorcycles to local home builders and custom architectural projects.

What do you love most about being in Vernon?
Vernon is a fantastic city and has so much to offer for everyone and all businesses. We love the fact that as a community, we all support one another and the support within the community for small business thrives.

If you could give one piece of advice to new business owners or those thinking of starting a business what would it be?
No matter when or how, there is no better time to face your fears of starting a business than right now. Nothing happens overnight, and everything takes more time than there is in a day. So stay passionate about what you are doing and know that through patience, hard work, and adaptation, you will succeed and achieve your goals!

How has VantageOne helped you start, succeed or grow your business?
We approached many banks, and VantageOne literally has been the only one that took our idea and vision seriously and supported us from the very beginning.  Even when things were getting difficult they stood behind everything, they were open and never said “No”, instead they offered sound advice and options to keep us growing and moving forward.

We stand behind saying that VantageOne Credit Union really and truly allowed us to chase our dreams and make our vision a reality.

www.kelvercoatings.com

 

Summer doesn’t have to empty out your wallet. When you plan ahead, you can also save and even earn extra cash!

  1. Head to Your Local Library

Did you know? Our local libraries offer so much more than only books to check out. Our libraries are also filled with summer reading programs, DVD rentals, apps, audiobooks, online movies craft and art programs and so much more! “Check-out” one of the local libraries closest to you to see what they are offering this summer. Learn something new or keep your kids busy over the summer, either way, your local library has something to offer for all ages! Learn more here.

 

  1. Stay Close To Home with a Staycation

It’s vacation season but traveling a lot during the summer can really increase your expenses. Instead, choose to stay closer to home with a Staycation!

There are lots of things you can do locally that are free or low-cost…. maybe even things that you’ve never done before! You’ll have fun AND save money all while getting to sleep in your own bed! Find Staycation ideas, planning, and budget tips in our Staycation guide here.

 

  1. Bring Your Own Snacks

Whether you’re home with the kids for the summer or taking a road trip, one thing is for sure…… you’re going to need snacks! But those quick-stop, gas station/convenience store snacks run up a bill much higher than their value.

Before you head out, take the time to purchase plenty of healthier snacks from your local grocery store. Tip: Purchase in bulk and divide up the snacks into re-usable containers or bags to create individual snack portions for everyone in the family.

 

  1. Earn Money By Selling Items You No Longer Need

Not only can you save money during the summer months, but you can also make money too! Make good use of the warmer temperatures and sunlight by planning a garage sale or clean out your closet and post items online for sale on Facebook, Instagram or in a local online marketplace group.

 

  1. Ease Up on Your Air Conditioner

When the temperature rises outside, you’re going to want a cool, comfortable house to come home to…but excessively cooling off your home also leads to a larger energy bill! Try these tips to help keep your home comfortable and your bill low:

Grill outside – When you use your stove or oven to cook, you are heating up your home. Therefore, as you cook, your air conditioner is working harder which raises your energy bill. Besides…who doesn’t love a picnic or barbeque in the summer? Eating outside also means less mess, so it makes mealtimes easy!

Turn down the AC –Along with grilling outside, you can save money on your utility bill by using your air conditioner less. Keep things a little warmer inside to save a little dough. You could also consider getting a programmable thermostat that would allow you to raise the temperature during the hours you’re out of the home and drop it back down when you’re there.

Replace air filters—Before it gets too far into the summer, replace the filters on your air conditioner. It’ll help your air conditioner work more efficiently.

Shut the blindsThe more sunlight you have coming into your home, the higher your air conditioning bill will be. Close the blinds during the sunniest part of the day if you can. Even if you love the light during the day and can’t stand to close your blinds, at least shut your blinds when you leave home.

 

6. Let the Sun Be Your Dryer

Finally, if the sun is going to cause the temperatures to rise, you might as well use it to your advantage by allowing the sun to dry your laundry outside on a clothesline. Not only will you help save money by not using your dryer, you will also bring the fresh smell of the outdoors to your clothing and linens, too!

 

For Immediate Release
June 7 2021

VANTAGEONE CREDIT UNION SUPPORTS S.T.E.A.M. PROGRAMMING
AT FOUR LOCAL LIBRARY BRANCHES

KELOWNA, BC – VantageOne Credit Union’s generous $4,000 donation to Okanagan Regional Library (ORL) has helped strengthen community programming in the communities of Peachland, Vernon, Armstrong and Enderby, BC. The charitable gift will support ORL in two vital ways: Improving public access to digital learning and tools and fostering the development of S.T.E.A.M. programming at four of our smaller library branches.

“We are thrilled!” says ORL’s Chief Executive Officer, Don Nettleton, on receiving the charitable gift. “ORL is so grateful for this timely donation from VantageOne which will help support community needs for STEAM programming.” STEAM includes activities that encompass an educational approach to learning using Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics. It enables young people, and those of all ages and abilities, to innovate and build critical thinking and problem-solving skills and to engage in self-motivated learning and collaboration.

“We are very pleased to partner with Okanagan Regional Library to help support this type of educational programming in local community library branches,” says Roxanne Davyduke, Vice President of Consumer Banking Services at VantageOne. “It is very encouraging to know that our donation is being used to support STEAM programming and the purchase of four new Cricut Cutter machines for four local library branches in communities where we do business across the Okanagan Valley.”

Circuit Cutters safely and accurately create beautiful and precise designs out of paper, balsawood, vinyl, fabric, leather, mat board or tissue paper. Participants will take turns using the machines as they create innovative things like fabric banners, labels, iron-on-T-shirt designs, greeting cards, paper gift boxes, leather earrings, decals, jigsaw puzzles, sewing patterns, and fridge magnets. Staff in the four branches are actively planning to use the devices to support the needs of do-it-yourselfers and crafters in their local communities. VantageOne’s support will help ensure that library patrons and members of the public, who may otherwise not be able to acquire their own Cricut Cutter, have easy access to a state-of-the-art digital creation tool and educational support on its use.

Okanagan Regional Library was founded in 1936 and serves more than 380,000 residents of the BC Southern Interior through 31 branches and online resources.

Contact:
Michal Utko, Director of Marketing & Communications
Okanagan Regional Library
p | 250.878.5814
e | mutko@orl.bc.ca

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Sincerely,
Your VantageOne Team

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