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Jeanne Shaw with her three border collies.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Kaslo, Nelson, Slocan, Trail, Animal Care, Small Business Making a connection with man’s best friend

Jeanne Shaw uses her experience as a teacher and her passion for pets to help people understand what their dogs are trying to tell them.

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A border collie performing agility.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Nelson, Slocan, Animal Care Fun things to do with your dog that you’ve probably never heard of

Here are some ways you can have fun with your dog that will be of benefit to both you and your canine friend.

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Chad Bullock
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business Repairing rides on the road

Chad Bullock’s new mobile repair business, Kootenay Auto Worx, is out and about in Castlegar

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A grassroots group is looking to build connections between entrepreneurs and innovators in the community to strengthen
Castlegar’s entrepreneurial culture. Pictured from left to right are: Gregg Neelin, Consultant; Andrea Wilkey, Community Futures; Dan
Salekin, Columbia Networks Inc; Jason Taylor, Selkirk College; Arry
Dhillon, City of Castlegar and Ron Perepolkin, Community Futures.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Developments, Education Building Castlegar’s culture of entrepreneurship & innovation

A grassroots group of entrepreneurs and likeminded community individuals are working together to build an engaged network to support innovation in Castlegar

Sarah Holliday is owner of Bagels and Brew in Castlegar. (L to R) Daughter Maddox, husband Ryan, Sarah and daughter Preslee.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Retail, Small Business, 40 Under 40 Sarah Holliday: Customer service-oriented bagel maker

Sarah Holliday purchased Bagels and Brew four years ago and she hasn’t looked back since

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Adam Pomeroy's shared passion for bikes and biking led him and Rob Gretchen to open Cycology Bikes in Castlegar, B.C.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Retail, Small Business, 40 Under 40 Adam Pomeroy, Castlegar Cycologist

Adam Pomeroy’s bicycle business allows him to have fun, stay fit and enjoy his environment, and to help others do the same.

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Kris Koop of Blue Barn Pet & Hobby Farm supports the health and welfare of animals.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Animal Care, Small Business, 40 Under 40 Kris Koop, Castlegar’s critter champion

Lifelong animal lover Kris Koop, owner of Blue Barn Pet & Hobby Farm, provides care for pets through his products and services.

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Charlotte Ferreux
West Kootenay, Castlegar, 40 Under 40 Charlotte Ferreux: Coach and founder

Charlotte Ferreux is a Certified High Performance Coach and founder of Thrive Consulting

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Amy Goodman, award-winning alternative investigative journalist.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Education Journalist and author Amy Goodman coming to Selkirk College Mir Lecture series

Goodman is the host of Democracy Now, an independent global news program.

Nancy Trotman and Chris Bell are generous supporters of the community of Castlegar, B.C.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers Castlegar influencers 2017

These Castlegar residents demonstrate the vision, patience and work ethic that it takes to grow their community.

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An artist's rendition of the new ultra-modern Castlegar Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Centre building.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Developments, Financial, Small Business, Tourism New chamber building envisioned for Castlegar

Castlegar is buzzing these days with the exciting prospect of building a new, ultra-modern Chamber of Commerce and visitors centre building.

Canada Border Services Agency is an employer exhibitor participating in Selkirk College Career & Education Fair.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Education, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Small Business, Technology, Tourism Selkirk College Career & Education Fair makes employment connection

“Our employer exhibitors find the Career Fair a valuable venue to recruit to their organization or business,” says Amy Byers, College Recruitment Specialist.

Tammy Verigin-Burk, executive director of the Castlegar & District Chamber of Commerce, is a lifetime resident of the West Kootenay community.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business, Tourism Castlegar collaborates

In Castlegar, collaboration is seen as a common-sense measure that leverages the resources of individuals and groups for maximum effect.

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Chris Brien and his partners at Pinnacle Professional Accounting in Castlegar, B.C., are building a new office for the business, with residences above it.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Financial, Small Business Chris Brien picks Castlegar

Improved Internet service in Castlegar opens new possibilities for Chris Brien, his partners and the staff of Pinnacle Professional Accounting.

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Adam Pomeroy (left) and Rob Gretchen opened Cycology Bikes Inc. in Castlegar, B.C. in April 2016.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Retail, Small Business, Tourism Bike kings of Castlegar

Adam Pomeroy and Rob Gretchen have opened a bike shop in Castlegar, B.C., and business is good.

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Kris Koop owns and operates the Blue Barn Pet & Hobby Farm shop in Castlegar, B.C.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Animal Care, Retail, Small Business Blue Barn business

The owner of the Blue Barn Pet & Hobby Farm in Castlegar loves critters and their people.

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Johnny Strilaeff is the new President and CEO of Columbia Basin Trust, headquartered in Castlegar, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, West Kootenay, Castlegar, Developments, Education, Financial New leader, same philosophy for Columbia Basin Trust

In his new role as President and CEO, Johnny Strilaeff will rely on his experience as a Basin resident and on his work experience with the Trust since 2005.

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Tracey Butler brought 20 years of experience in municipal administration to her position as director of corporate services in Castlegar, B.C.
West Kootenay, Castlegar Tracey Butler, DOCS, Castlegar

Tracey Butler, DOCS for Castlegar, B.C., is all about teamwork, serving the public and keeping things real.

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Picture of plane coming in to land.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Financial, Transportation $265,000 aviation study underway to determine improvements needed at Castlegar’s airport

The difficult geography, challenging mountainous terrain and low-ceiling weather conditions have often plagued the airport's year-round accessibility.

Outside of Stanley Humphries Secondary School.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Education, Financial Financial literacy month program “By the 100’s” comes to Castlegar High School

“Dollars with Sense” is a program that is fun and interactive and provides practical information to students about money and debt.

A Nissan Leaf is recharging at a unique electric car charging station at the Kettle River Museum Society in Midway. The charging station is located on the back of an old gasoline pump.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Castlegar, Nelson, Energy, Environment, Transportation Filling in the geographic gap for electric car charging stations in the Kootenays

Shifting to electric cars is needed in the Kootenays as our current transportation accounts for 60 per cent of our total greenhouse gas emissions

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John Belland, HR manager at Zellstoff Celgar.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Nelson, Developments, Forestry Homegrown skilled labour

A variety of programs are filling the need for skilled labour in the Kootenays, with both high schools and colleges offering ways into the trades.

by Galadriel Watson
Wayne Postnikoff
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business Feeling at home

Wayne Postnikoff: home matchmaker.

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General manager Chris Sapriken stands outside the store.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Nelson, Small Business Taking advantage of opportunity

Focusing on people yields results.

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Jim Bradbury stands outside his store Playmor Power Products in Crescent Valley, B.C.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business Mixing work and pleasure

Jim Bradbury of Playmor Power Products turned his passion for snowmobiling into a business.

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Group of people standing with banner.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Education, Financial, Technology New chemistry labs at Selkirk College a catalyst for learning

The two old chemistry labs on the Castlegar Campus were well-maintained and functional, but dated back 50 years to the original construction of the college.

The Zellstoff Celgar pulp mill in Castlegar, B.C.
East Kootenay, Fernie, West Kootenay, Castlegar, Forestry Predictions for the pulp industry

Experts agree that there is likely to be a shift in pulp prices due to capacity exceeding demand.

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A comfortable conversation bench is featured on the grounds of the Mir Centre for Peace, located on the Castlegar campus of Selkirk College.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Trail, Education Selkirk College at 50 years

For five decades, this college has served the West Kootenay well

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Outside of the Selkirk College Geospatial Research Centre.
Castlegar, Technology Exciting updates from Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre

There are exciting updates on two major applied research and innovation initiatives of the Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre (SGRC): Open Data and UAVs.

Whitewater rafting is one of many activities available through Get Lost Adventure Centre in Rossland, B.C.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Nelson, Rossland, Trail, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism The Get Lost adventure

If you’re looking for adventure, Get Lost Adventure Centre in Rossland, B.C., can hook you up with exciting outdoor activities year round.

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Chris and Andrea of Endless Adventures pose with their daughter Raddison, showing how to be safe while on the water.  Always wear a life jacket!
Castlegar, Education, Financial, Health & Wellness, Tourism Volunteering to Rescue: The West Kootenay Search and Rescue training weekend can use your help

To help raise awareness and funds Endless Adventure is hosting an online photo contest and an endless fundraising campaign.

FortisBC management, local dignitaries, civil officials and representatives from area First Nations groups were all on hand at the offical sod-turning ceremony for the FortisBC Kootenay Operation Centre.
Castlegar, Developments, Energy, Technology Ground breaking at new FortisBC Operation Centre in Castlegar

The new Kootenay Operation Centre near Castlegar's airport will centralize many of FortisBC's key operations.

Mike Balance, Dale Donaldson, Christina Champlin and Cassandra Urbshas of Mallard's Source for Sports in Nelson, B.C.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Nelson, Rossland, Salmo, Trail, Financial, Health & Wellness, Retail, Tourism Influencing Nelson

Our research rewarded us with information about a few of Nelson’s most influential business people.

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Group of Excellence Award winners.
Castlegar Castlegar Chamber hands out the hardware

Deserving Castlegar businesses, individuals and organizations were recognized at the recent Excellence Awards banquet.

Action shot of man riding bicycle through forest.
Castlegar, Rossland, Financial, Transportation Three Kootenay communities receive BikeBC funding

Rossland, Castlegar and the South Slocan will be receiving funding for projects in their communities.

Tom and Kathy Frauley, owners and cooks at Dawn's Early Rising Cafe in Castlegar, stand outside their restaurant.
Castlegar, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality Sunshine and flavour

Come sit down at Dawn's Early Rising Sunshine Cafe for a family meal

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Eric Lawson, new regional Black Press publisher for the company's West Kootenay/Boundary area.
Creston, Castlegar, Grand Forks, Nelson, Rossland, Trail West Kootenay Black Press papers get new regional publisher

Eric Lawson replaces Chuck Bennett, who had been group publisher since 2007.

A group of business women all standing together.
Cranbrook, Castlegar, Golden, Kaslo, Nelson, Revelstoke, Trail, Financial, Health & Wellness, Real Estate, Small Business, Influential Women in Business Kootenay Business Magazine presents the 2016 list of Women in Business nominations

Kootenay Business Magazine will announce the winners of the 2016 Women in Business awards at luncheons in the East Kootenay and West Kootenay

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Sylvia Caldwell, Food Industry Specialist of Foundtree Product Design.
Castlegar, Nelson, Small Business, Influential Women in Business Sylvia Caldwell

Sylvia Caldwell wants to actively grow a vibrant food industry in the Kootenays.

Nathan Staplin has the MC of Junior Dragon's Den, Glen Hicks, try on a Black Dust Apparel jacket.
Cranbrook, Castlegar, Grand Forks, Nakusp, Nelson, Trail, Developments, Financial, Small Business Junior Dragons take the stage at Kootenay-wide Championships

Students from all over the Kootenays took the stage to compete in the Junior Dragons Den championship held at the Charles Bailey Theatre in Trail.

Cali Olleck is engaging in conversations about sustainability with people throughout Selkirk College as part of the work she’s conducting with the help of a grant from FortisBC.
Castlegar, Nelson, Education, Financial FortisBC grant energizes Selkirk College’s Sustainability Project

A grant from FortisBC will help the college take a closer look at energy use and setting new goals for reduction.

The new Applied Research and Innovation Centre in Castlegar provides Selkirk College students a learning environment equipped with the latest technology.
Castlegar, Education Selkirk College opens new Applied Research & Innovation Centre

The new Applied Research and Innovation Centre in Castlegar provides Selkirk College students a learning environment equipped with the latest technology.

Dylan Peil, a Grade 9 student at LV Rogers Secondary School,  designed and prototyped an Active Solar Tracker using a satellite dish covered with mirrors.
Castlegar, Nakusp, Nelson, Trail, Education, Technology Student scientists win big at the regional Science Fair

The fair was open to students from across the Kootenay Boundary region and featured 95 projects in experiments, innovation, and research.

An artist's rendition of the new Fortis BC Kootenay Operations Centre in Castlegar, B.C.
Castlegar, Developments, Energy FortisBC receives approval to build new Kootenay facility

New location supports better customer service for regional electricity customers

Graphic of Imagine Kootenay website.
Fernie, Kimberley, Sparwood, Castlegar, Golden, Nakusp, Nelson, Revelstoke, Rossland, Trail, Developments, Financial, Real Estate, Small Business New partnership launched to attract investment and a diversified workforce to the Kootenays

Imagine Kootenay (IK) focuses on highlighting the region as a great place to work, and excellent area to invest and an amazing place to live.

Windermere Valley Golf Course, on the sunny east side of the Columbia Valley is always one of the region's first golf courses to open.
Cranbrook, Creston, Fairmont Hot Springs, Fernie, Invermere, Kimberley, Radium Hot Springs, Castlegar, Christina Lake, Golden, Revelstoke, Rossland, Trail Projected 2016 opening dates for Kootenay golf courses

Here's a list of Kootenay Golf Course opening dates we have been able to track down.

Picture of Gord McArthur, world-class ice climber from Cranbrook.
Cranbrook, Creston, Fernie, Invermere, Kimberley, Castlegar, Golden, Grand Forks, Kaslo, Nakusp, Nelson, Revelstoke, Rossland, Trail, Small Business Don’t miss world-class climber, Gord McArthur, guest speaker at 40 under 40 luncheon

Kootenay Business sought out the top 40 young business leaders in the Kootenay/Boundary/ Revelstoke areas to honour this group of under-40-year-old rising stars

Andrea Ryman is SUP river surfing in Trail, B.C.
Castlegar Andrea Ryman

Andrea Ryman has made a career out of doing what she loves

Florio Vassilakakis of Castlegar, B.C., owns V Squared Development Co.
Castlegar Florio Vassilakakis

His family, his business and his community are top priorities for Florio Vassilakakis of Castlegar, B.C.

Jordan Perkins, Boston Pizza franchise owner, prepares the restaurant's bar for service in Castlegar, B.C.
Castlegar Jordan Perkins

Jordan Perkins of Castlegar's Boston Pizza is empowering his community and his staff.

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