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From left to right: Michael Hoher, Export Advisor, Andrea Wilkey, Executive Director Community Futures Central Kootenay, Allison Boulton, Program Manager, Export Navigator Program, and David Coburn, Manager of Strategy and Policy, Ministry of International Trade.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education Export Navigator pilot program launched in the Kootenays

Export Navigator is a one-year pilot developed by the Province and administered through partnerships with Small Business BC and Community Futures offices.

College of the Rockies math instructor, Leslie Molnar, is very happy with the pilot of her gamified calculus course.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education College of the Rockies pilots innovative course

The Winter 2017 Differential Calculus (MATH 103) online course had two types of gamification elements incorporated into the curriculum.

Photo of young girl on zipline.
East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Financial, Tourism New Radium Valley Zipline looks for $20K in investment

The Valley Zip Line Adventures site is in an ideal location, situated just off of Highway 93/95 and a major route for tourism.

When completed the project will include a combination of six ziplines crossing Fairmont Creek in several locations.
East Kootenay, Fairmont Hot Springs, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Mineral Mountain Zipline coming to Fairmont Hot Springs

The zip line course design will give riders spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains, Columbia Lake and the adjacent Fairmont Hoodoos.

A home at night
East Kootenay, Elkford, Sparwood, Real Estate Is it worth owning a second property and renting it out?

Tammie Davy is the owner of Custom Real Estate Property Management in the Elk Valley and has some advice on how to invest in a second property

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Kurt Huebert’s carpentry companion is a Krüsimatic G1 CNC robot.
East Kootenay, Elkford, Sparwood, West Kootenay, Golden, Forestry, Technology Carpentry for robots

Kurt Huebert of HübertHaus Timberframes in Golden, B.C., has created a company based on hard work, ingenuity and a sophisticated million dollar robot

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Lisa Schulz and France Andestad are sisters who own and operate Avenue, a women's wear shop in Invermere, B.C.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Retail, Small Business Invermere’s fashionistas

“We want every single client who walks out of the store to be in love with the clothing they’re taking home,” said France Andestad.

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The unveiling of the memorial statue was attended by local area dignitaries and representatives.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Mining Miner’s sculpture unveiled in Sparwood to commemorate lives lost in the coal industry

On April 3, a ceremony commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Balmer North Mine Explosion in British Columbia's Elk Valley took place in Sparwood

Popular Fernie Brewing Company is undergoing renovations starting in early April.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality Fernie Brewing Company announces major expansion: closed to public during renovations

Fernie Brewing Company is in expansion mode and plans to close their store and tasting room during the renovations.

Heli-skiing operation.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Financial, Tourism Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH) sold along with Intrawest in $1.5 billion deal

Intrawest is a North American mountain resort and adventure company, delivering distinctive vacation and travel experiences to its customers.

Logos of BC government.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Technology Completed web project helps local businesses reach new markets

Imagine Kootenay has introduced a new live feed into B.C.'s main trade and investment website.

Guests of The Flats RV & Campground launch their canoe onto the adjacent Kootenay River
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Developments, Small Business, Tourism Embracing Canal Flats

Canal Flats is a new field of dreams for former Calgary entrepreneurs Kate McLean and Kelly Kask.

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East Kootenay, West Kootenay Career BUZZ: ‘Best Of’ Top Jobs in the Kootenays - April 7 issue

Kootenay Business is pleased to present a weekly snapshot of the top jobs available in the region.

A Chevy Bolt is parked next to the newly unveiled DC fast-charging station in Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Energy, Environment, Tourism, Transportation Accelerating the future of electric vehicles in the Kootenays

Accelerate Kootenay is a two-year $1.5-million project to install over 50 electric vehicle chargers along Highway 3

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Koocanusa Lake.
East Kootenay, Environment, Financial Koocanusa strategy to address recreation issues

The actions outlined in the strategy will begin this spring, and will be funded in part by $750,000 over three to five years from Columbia Basin Trust.

The pot is into a plastic bag that is inside the solar collector.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Cuisine, Energy, Environment Faisal Jhandir of Fernie, B.C., has invented a portable solar kitchen

Retired physician Faisal Jhandir is on a mission to save the planet with solar cooking

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People using a SUPSquatch.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism, Transportation Fernie company introduces Canada’s first and only SUPSquatch river tour

The SUPSquatch river tour ride is unique in Canada, as it is the first and only adventure tour being offered across the country.

The Columbia Valley has received $159,600 from B.C.'s Rural Dividend Fund to address economic development.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Financial, Small Business New money for the Columbia Valley

A provincial grant of $159,600 will be used to establish and staff an economic development office for the Columbia Valley.

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Steve Mercandelli (left), sales manager at Cranbrook Dodge is congratulated on being Cranbrook's Business Person of the Year by Brent Jossy of Scotia Bank and a representative of the Bankers Association of Cranbrook.
East Kootenay, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Small Business Business Excellence Awards handed out by Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce

"From vibrant non-profits to young entrepreneurs and successful businesses, we have a lot to celebrate and recognize," stated the Chamber of Commerce.

The new Columbia Valley Multi-Use Centre is scheduled for completion in May 2017. It will be available for use by all of the communities of southeastern B.C.'s Columbia Valley.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Fairmont Hot Springs, Invermere, Radium Hot Springs, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality New centre for the Columbia Valley

The new, 17,000-square-foot Columbia Valley Multi-Use Centre will provide service to communities throughout the Columbia Valley.

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East Kootenay, West Kootenay Career BUZZ: Top Jobs in the Kootenays—March 31 issue

Kootenay Business is pleased to present a weekly snapshot of the top jobs available in the region.

Kate and Matt Walker
East Kootenay, Invermere, West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business Transitioning from the NHL to award-winning brewery owner

Matt and Kate Walker have shifted from life in the NHL to brewery owners in Nelson, B.C.

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Design sketch of the new community centre in Radium Hot Springs.
East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs, Developments, Financial Trust’s largest project in Radium is all about community

Columbia Basin Trust contributes $500,000 for new community centre

The Stemwinder Chalet in Kimberley, B.C., is one of the guest accommodations owned by Tod Caton of Simply Kimberley.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Tourism tips from Tod

Encouraging success in other tourism service providers is a smart move on the part of Tod Caton of Simply Kimberley.

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2016/17 Recreation Infrastructure Grants infographic.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial Enhanced ways to get moving, have fun and get fit

Columbia Basin Trust approves 38 recreation infrastructure projects

Jeff Chynoweth and his family have entered into an agreement to sell the WHL team to Winnipeg entrepreneur Greg Fettes and hockey executive Matt Cockell.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality, Financial Kootenay Ice WHL franchise sold – looks for fresh start in Cranbrook

Matt Cockell, who will be relocating his family to Cranbrook, plans to take over the role of President and General Manager

College of the Rockies’ Bachelor of Science in Nursing coordinator, Barb Fenwick, looks forward to the ‘Spring into Health’ Fair on March 30.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education, Health & Wellness College of the Rockies nursing students holding Health Fair

Everyone is invited to stop by to support the students and to be introduced to important health information

Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy offers numerous programs for all ages.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education Trust continues partnership with Alliance for Literacy

$1 million over two years committed to CBAL

Kris Murrell is a new arrival in the Columbia Valley and the new owner of Smoking Waters Coffee Co. in Fairmont Hot Springs.
East Kootenay, Fairmont Hot Springs, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Smoking Waters, a Columbia Valley classic

A streamlined menu allows Smoking Waters Coffee Co. to focus on high quality fare.

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An aerial view of the District of Sparwood.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Developments, Financial, Transportation Sparwood to receive infrastructure funding

The grant will go toward new construction and modern safety improvements to the Middletown Crossing—Highway 3/43 intersection.

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East Kootenay, West Kootenay Career BUZZ: Top Jobs in the Kootenays - March 24 issue

Kootenay Business is pleased to present a weekly snapshot of the top jobs available in the region.

East Kootenay, Real Estate Cranbrook Real Estate Trends: Getting Ready to Buy or Sell This Spring in Cranbrook—Episode 5

Jason Wheeldon, one of Cranbrook's leading realtors, provides insight into real estate trends in Cranbrook.

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Jen Comer has business savvy that has served Creston well.
East Kootenay, Creston Jen Comer is fostering community spirit

Jen Comer has taken her business knowledge and used it to make the Creston Valley Farmers’ Market thrive.

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The new program will help with energy retrofits such as replacing boilers.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial Upgrading affordable housing in the Basin

Many of the affordable housing units operated by non-profit organizations in the Columbia Basin need energy retrofits, such as replacing boilers and windows.

40 under 40
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, 40 Under 40 The latest 40 under 40 list is here

Kootenay Business magazine presents the second annual 40 under 40 list of rising young entrepreneurs in the Kootenays

by Kerry Shellborn
Allissa Keane, R.Ac, owner of Fruition Wellness.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Kimberley, Health & Wellness, 40 Under 40 Allissa Keane: Bringing wellness to the Kootenays

Allissa Keane followed her passion, and found her calling, when she started Fruition Wellness, with clinics in Cranbrook and Kimberley.

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Leanne Tegart
East Kootenay, Invermere, Small Business, 40 Under 40 Leanne Tegart: Beer provider

Invermere’s Arrowhead Brewing Company is riding the wave of Leanne Tegart’s savvy business sense

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A family business: Jessica, Briley Hailey and Chad Woshall of Kootenay Crates in Creston BC.
East Kootenay, Creston, Small Business, 40 Under 40 Chad Wobshall: Creston’s great crate company

Chad Wobshall turned a yard-sale find into a thriving business building colourful crates for major Canadian suppliers

by Kerry Shellborn
Tristen Chernove.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Small Business Don’t miss the 2nd Annual 40 Under 40 Luncheon (Event Cancelled)

Our 40 under 40 luncheon is a salute to the Kootenay's rising stars of business, our shining young entrepreneurs.

Invermere's Kanata Inn is owned by the Best Canadian Motor Inns group.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Motel metamorphosis

Invermere’s Kanata Inn is the new and improved version of the former Super 8 motel, and the first Kanata in B.C.

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Clint Eaton, owner/operator of Cranbrook Flooring Ltd. with his parents, Harold and Peggy Eaton.
Marie Milner photo
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, 40 Under 40 Clint Eaton: Keeping it in the family

Raised with the spirit of entrepreneurship, Clint Eaton has lived up to his parents’ legacy by taking the family business to new levels.

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Denai Bell
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Retail, Small Business, 40 Under 40 Denai Bell: Innovator

Denai Bell’s creative efforts have landed Arrow and Axe into the centre of Kimberley’s Platzl

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Rob Porter, of Just Liquid Sports in Cranbrook
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East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Invermere, Small Business, 40 Under 40 Rob Porter is bringing outdoor recreationists together

The Kootenay waterways have inspired a booming business, owned by an avid outdoor recreation lover, Rob Porter.

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Cayle Pasiechnyk has created a legacy with his Sparwood business.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, 40 Under 40 Cayle Pasiechnyk: Building a business from the ground up

Cayle Pasiechnyk started his landscaping work when he was young, and used his impressive skill set to build Elk Valley Greenhouse & Landscaping in Sparwood.

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Manager Mike Miller proudly shows off the new Cummins facility in Sparwood.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Developments, Transportation Cummins opens state-of-the-art facility in Sparwood

The new, 10,000 square-foot shop features dedicated space for maintenance and repairs, offices, tool storage and a customer conference room.

(L to R) Lisa Christopher and Amber Biberdorf
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Real Estate, 40 Under 40 Lisa Christopher and Amber Biberdorf: Property gals

The East Kootenay branch of PropertyGuys.com is headed by Lisa Christopher and Amber Biberdorf

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Artist's rendition of residential care facility.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Health & Wellness Interior Health awards contract to Golden Life for new residential care beds in Cranbrook

Interior Health has awarded a contract for the development of 30 residential care beds in Cranbrook to Golden Life Management.

Jon Wedel of Cranbrook has a brilliant future ahead in the world of e-commerce.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business, Technology, 40 Under 40 Jon Wedel pushes limits

Crazy ideas, pushing limits and working under pressure are common elements for the team at Flex Commerce.

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Owner Murray Floyd at the company's new state-of-the-art bottling facility.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Retail, Small Business Trio of award-winning companies continues to expand

One of the most dynamic and fast-growing businesses in the Kootenays is owned and operated by Cranbrook’s Murray Floyd and his wife, Sherri.

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East Kootenay, West Kootenay Career BUZZ: Top Jobs in the Kootenays - March 17 issue

Kootenay Business is pleased to present a weekly snapshot of the top jobs available in the region.

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