Lisa Barnes holding her Customer Service Excellence award, standing beside Darcy Kennedy

Cranbrook honours its business community

A gala evening showcased the nominees and winners of the Cranbrook & District Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards.

Loaves of crusty bread on a wire shelf Quality above all

Artisan breads, custom wedding cakes, pretzels, chocolate confections and dog treats—Quality Bakery in Invermere, B.C., makes the best of them all.

A prospector panning for gold in a river. East Kootenay Chamber of Mines moves to protect prospectors

Discussions are ongoing with the provincial government about protecting grassroots explorers from excessive new fees.

by Jessica Kirby
Sue Foraie, haul truck driver, at Fording River Operations, stands on the deck of a yellow haul truck. Mining Week with Teck

Teck Coal is once again offering free mine tours in Sparwood and Elkford in southeastern B.C. in conjunction with Mining Week in May 2014.

Earth moving equipment, a trench holding a metal framework, and a few workers A new reservoir for Canal Flats

If all goes as planned, the village of Canal Flats, B.C., will have a new $2.7-million water system completed by the end of June 2014.

Audra Wallace of the Rocky Mountain Redneck Cafe and Denise Pallesen of Nutter's Bulk & Natural Foods Business women helping business women

Denise Pallesen of Nutter's Bulk & Natural Foods in Cranbrook, B.C., is involved with the Women’s Enterprise Centre, which offers mentoring for business women.

Two people sitting in wooden lawn chairs overlooking a small lake, forest and mountains World famous in our own backyard

Hiking and fly-fishing enthusiasts, along with corporate and social event groups, keep Island Lake Lodge near Fernie, B.C., busy during the summer months.

A display of sliced baked pastry, small dishes holding red jam and diced  rhubarb, and fresh strawberries. Proposed food business incubator for the Columbia Valley

A food business incubator and commercial kitchen could open worlds of opportunity for entrepreneurs in B.C.'s Columbia Valley.

Cheryl Savaia sits next to  Bree Lockhart on stairs at Thistle Pot Gifts in Grand Forks with wares behind them. Thistle Pot Gifts: evolving in a small town

When two artists took ownership of their co-op in Grand Forks, B.C., and grew a retail shop, they learned to build and nurture a business and its customers.

A small Bobcat machine holds a helical pile suspended above the ground, with lake and mountains in the background. Local builder introduces old technology

Reinhart Construction of Invermere, B.C., is using an innovative technique to build fail-safe foundations in poor-quality soils.

Cynthia Howard, manager of Kettle Valley Waste, stands with owner Ron Liddle and a driver. They all wear bright yellow company shirts. Taking out trash for the Boundary

Kettle Valley Waste is a business in B.C.'s Boundary region that has helped the local district implement exceptional waste disposal and diversion services.