Jennifer Chocolates in Nakusp is one of Pamela Clausen's clients.

Helping others find work they love

At Community Futures Central Kootenay, it's all about helping workers see their potential.

Dan Moberg, Kootenay Insulation Systems Ltd., Jenny Mitchell, White Ladder Painting, and  Darren Hatina,D’s Drywall Inc. in front of a project designed and managed by Chernoff Architect Inc. and Crescent Consulting Ltd. Fernie trades find opportunity in B.C. building code changes

Three Fernie businesses have turned changes in the BC Building Code into an opportunity to improve building quality, reduce costs and experience fewer delays.

by Trina Ayling
Jimmy Bundschuh, of Shambhala Music Festival fame, owns the Savoy Hotel in Nelson, B.C. New Savoy to debut in June

Jimmy Bundschuh is overseeing reconstruction of the old Savoy Hotel on Nelson’s Baker Street, and the first phase will open in June.

student practicing electrical wiring trade skill College of the Rockies hosts trades event for grade 9 Students

The Cranbrook Campus saw students from Cranbrook, Jaffray, Fernie and Elkford.

D'Arcy Giberson standing in front of Signal Collision in Cranbrook. Signal Collision wins excellence award

Kootenay Business magazine sits down with the owner, D’Arcy Giberson, to find out why.

Four exclusion gates prevent the endangered sturgeon from entering the powerhouse. Stewarding the sturgeon, snakes and songbirds

Numerous steps were taken to reduce the environmental impact of the Waneta Expansion Project near Trail, including locally engineered sturgeon gates.

Kim Collens, Realtor, Columbia Valley Auto expression

Three local residents talked with us about their vehicles and why they chose them.

MBSS students Devon Kennedy and Brandon Ouillette are 2015 Skills Canada B.C. gold medal winners in TV/video production. Will our medallists get to the nationals?

The Skills Canada B.C. gold medallists need to get to the national competition in Saskatoon in May, and the Cranbrook group needs your help.

Kootenay Entrepreneurs is a column that celebrates small, innovative companies and the people who make them prosper. If you are a proud small business owner, we would love to hear about your victories, challenges and plans for the future. Share your story with us!

Are you a small business entrepreneur?

Kootenay Entrepreneurs is a column that celebrates small, innovative companies and the people who make them prosper.

Elk graze in a snow-covered pasture with the Rocky Mountains in the background. An elk-filled essay for Earth Day

The elk and I were on our morning commutes this lovely morning, Earth Day 2015

A bedroom that has been staged.  It has neutral colours on the walls, has no blinds or curtains, and no personal details on the walls. Why staging your home can get you a better sale

Staging is the best short term investment a seller can make.

Rane Wardwell oversees the lifting of a panel for a prefab home. Building with green foresight

Collective Carpentry in Invermere builds healthier and greener houses by fabricating the homes in its shop.

Stacey Chartres is the manager of the Luca Hair Studio in Trail. Greening the hair industry

Luca Hair Studio in Trail is joining a movement to green up hair salons across Canada.

John Walker, VP of western canadian operations for Fortis Inc stands in front of the Waneta Expansion Project. John Walker on the Waneta Expansion Project

Kootenay Business magazine talks to the vice-president of Fortis Inc. about the Waneta Expansion Project.

by Kirsten Armleder and Keith Powell
Audrey Repin talking to Keith Powell. Communication was key for Waneta

Communication with the community contributed to the success of the Waneta Expansion Project near Trail.

Federal Minister of Industry James Moore speaks to Cranbrook chamber

There are positives in the Canadian economy but inter-provincial trade barriers need to come down, industry minister says.

Minister of Industry James Moore speaking at Cranbrook Chamber luncheon.  Robert Hawkins photo
The arts are also big business

Federal Minister of Industry James Moore believes supporting arts and culture results in financial gains

Wally Penner with a white hard hat on and high vis gear at the Waneta Expansion. The end of an era for Wally Penner

The Waneta Expansion Project near Trail signals the end of an era for regional project manager Wally Penner.

Marion Eunson (left) and Wally Penner, the regional project manager for SNC-Lavalin, show off an artistic depiction of the Ktunaxa creation story. The spirit of co-operation

First Nations involvement in the Waneta Expansion Project in Trail included mutual respect and employment

Dave Lamb is co-owner with his brother, John, of Interior Reforestation Co. Ltd. and Interior Seed & Fertilizer in Cranbrook, B.C. Land reclamation and productivity

Interior Reforestation reclaims land disturbed by industry, and Interior Seed & Fertilizer supports agricultural productivity.

(L to R) Dave Struthers, president, Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce; David Wilks, MP, Kootenay-Columbia; Marty Gundarson, project manager, River's Crossing. Promoting Canada’s internal trade

The message from Ottawa is that the provinces must work together to eliminate barriers to internal free trade.