Business Beat

What’s new in Kootenay business

The Kootenay communities live and breathe creativity, ingenuity, and talent. From the colourful summer markets of Invermere to the tailored boutiques in Nelson, it’s the people behind the scenes that make business in the Kootenays something to be proud of.

Are you a business owner—or know of a business—in the Kootenays with something new and exciting happening with the company? Please submit your information, and we will follow up with you for a possible entry on this page.

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View of ski hill and buildings.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism New website connects resort-based employers and job-seekers looking for their next working holiday

Understaffing at ski resorts and towns is a chronic problem and new website aims to help alleviate that shortage

by Julie Matchett
Steve Kuffler, left, and Justin Atterbury, owners of Taynton Bay  Spirits in Invermere pitch their products to the Dragons' Den panel.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Entertainment and Hospitality With the Dragons slayed, Invermere’s Taynton Bay Spirits strives for world domination

A successful deal with the Dragons' Den inspires small-town craft distillery Taynton Bay Spirits to aim higher

by Julie Matchett
A solar array installed on the rooftop of Castlegar City Hall.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Environment Castlegar is committed to energy conservation

The City of Castlegar is dedicated to sustainability and renewable energy generation

by Julie Matchett
Rows of cupcakes in a clear container.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Small Business Crumbs Cakery & Cafe cruises down the highway to Sparwood

A fixture in Fernie for the past four years, popular eatery Crumbs Cakery has relocated to Sparwood

by Julie Matchett
Amy Keonen sitting outside at table.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Education, Entertainment and Hospitality, Health & Wellness, Small Business Community connection for women in Castlegar

Her HQ is a unique women-centred co-working and personal growth space in downtown Castlegar

by Julie Matchett
Company booth at a trade show.
West Kootenay, Trail, Technology Metal Tech Alley company scores $1.5 million in funding to kickstart product expansion

Fenix Advanced Materials, part of Trail's Metal Tech Alley, specializes in the manufacture of ultra-high purity metals

by Julie Matchett
Signpost with 'work, 'life' and 'balance' pointers.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay Working hours: How does Canada compare?

We don't have it too bad - a look into the work-life balance around the world

by Julie Matchett
Crawford Bay Park.
West Kootenay, Environment, Financial Partnerships allow purchase of key lands

Columbia Basin Trust contributes $800,000 for purchase of recreational land in Crawford Bay

Two pilots in cockpit of small plane.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Health & Wellness East Kootenay region Save-On-Foods stores raise $19,390 for Angel Flight East Kootenay

Angel Flight East Kootenay is a non-profit charity dedicated to flying patients to medical appointments in Kelowna

Heidi Lettrari, general manager, and Stefan Lettrari, production manager, of Kaslo Sourdough enjoy a tasty snack while perched on top of a local peak.
West Kootenay, Kaslo, Health & Wellness Pasta’s Up! Kaslo Sourdough research study concludes

A joint research study with the University of Calgary has confirmed that sourdough pasta can be part of a beneficial diet

Two grain elevators in Creston, B.C.
East Kootenay, Creston Creston landmark gets a new lease on life

Only four wooden grain elevators remain standing in British Columbia - two of those are located in Creston

Graph showing financial status of Columbia Basin Trust.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial 70 active programs supporting Basin residents

Annual revenues for Columbia Basin Trust totalled $71.9 million in 2018/19

Inside of tiny home.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Snow Valley Lodging’s tiny home hotel in Fernie is a first in Canada

Snow Valley Lodging in Fernie celebrated the grand opening of its tiny home concept on October 8

Car parked at EV charging station.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Transportation New rebates for EV charging stations make it easier to go electric

For an electric vehicle owner, at-home charging is now more accessible than ever thanks to rebates from the Province of BC, FortisBC and BCHydro

Vehicles travelling on snowy highway, with Shift Into Winter logo.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Transportation With winter approaching, it’s time to plan ahead for safe driving

ShiftintoWinter.ca provides free tips and resources on how to stay safe in different driving conditions

Ian Fillinger, senior vice-president and COO at Interfor Corporation.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay Long-time Interfor Corporation president and CEO to step down; new leader at helm

Current senior vice-president and COO, Ian Fillinger, has been appointed to replace Davies in the new year

by Julie Matchett
Vivienne Hurley, Youth Recruitment and Marketing Coordinator at Seven Summits Centre for Learning in Rossland.
West Kootenay, Rossland, Education New appointment to put Rossland’s high school education on the map

Vivienne Hurley, new Youth Recruitment and Marketing Coordinator at Seven Summits Centre for Learning in Rossland, touts the benefits of the innovative school

by Vivienne Hurley
Bona Fide, in Golden, B.C., supplies locals (and online customers) find quality gifts for their feminine family members and friends.
West Kootenay, Golden, Health & Wellness, Retail, Small Business Bona Fide in Golden, brings a big city feel

Morgan Jmaiff’s new business offers locals Canadian-owned brands, locally-made vendors and access to eco-friendly companies.

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Noemie Roy, owner of Thread the Needle, is a professionally trained seamstress who works to repair customers’ well-loved items to their former glory.
West Kootenay, Golden, Environment, Small Business Thread the Needle in Golden, B.C., gives your gear a second life

Noemie Roy, owner of Thread the Needle in Golden, B.C., offers clients a chance to repair and restore their well-loved outdoor gear.

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Dan Rothon, owner of Coyote Indie Books, in his store
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Retail, Small Business Coyote Indie Books, for the love of reading

For great reads, gifts and writing support, prowl through Coyote Indie Books in Grand Forks, B.C.

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