Hundreds of people from the Okanagan business community packed into Gatzke Orchards for the Valley Wide Business After Hours last week.

Hundreds of people from the Okanagan business community packed into Gatzke Orchards for the Valley Wide Business After Hours last week.

Business is ripe

Spring time is here and while the fruit trees at local orchards are just beginning to bloom, business people from all over the Okanagan were already enjoying the fruits of their labours at Gatzke Orchards last week.

Thats where this year’s annual Valley Wide Business after hours took place this year. It was the first time that Lake Country has hosted the event.

And if ticket sales are any measure of the event’s success then the organizers at the Lake Country Chamber of Commerce couldn’t have asked for better results. Five hundred tickets were printed and the evening was sold out.

The purpose of Business After Hours is to provide an opportunity for business owners to network and learn more about the products and services that are available locally.

Attendee Bruce Murray will have an opportunity to do just that here in Lake Country. Murray was the winner of the Destination Gift Basket featuring well over $1,000 in donated prizes from a variety Lake Country businesses.

Katharine Russell, member services and events coordinator at the Lake Country Chamber of Commerce put the gift basket together.

“I wasn’t really thinking about the value of the basket and then I started adding it all up and I just could believe the generosity in the business community,” said Russell.

For those who missed out on the action, the Chamber also organizes monthly Business After Hours events at different businesses throughout Lake Country. Check their website at www.lakecountrychamber.com for scheduling.

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