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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.

The author is sitting on top of Mount Brewer near Invermere with a sea of mountains in the background.
Environment, Health & Wellness Time to play . . . on Earth Day!

This year’s theme for Earth Day—April 22nd—is EarthPlay

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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.

Junior Dragons Den logo.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Trail, Financial, Small Business Join us for Junior Dragons Den!

Junior Dragons Den is a youth-based business competition that encourages entrepreneurial skills among students from Grade 7 to college and university level.

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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Pictured in this photo (L to R): Ferraro Foods's Jodi Bradford; Karen Parkinson; Carolyn Whitley (Starbucks manager); Matthew Newton and Danny Ferraro as they excitedly announced the new Starbucks to the local Trail Times newspaper.
West Kootenay, Trail, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality Trail’s Ferraro Foods brewing up a brand new Starbucks

The iconic coffee shop is slated to be up and running by summer 2017.

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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Seasons Property Care and Seasons Watersports & Rentals in Christina Lake, B.C., are owned and operated by Brian Coutts.
West Kootenay, Christina Lake, Small Business, Tourism Seasons Property Care

Seasons Property Care Ltd. is a new service for the convenience of Christina Lake property owners.

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Marion Peterson's first venture into business ownership with Refinery 180 Consignment in Grand Forks, B.C., is a welcome addition to the city's retail options.
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Retail, Small Business Refinery 180 Consignment

A visit to Refinery 180 Consignment brings fun and profit to the serious work of recycling.

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Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital in Trail.
West Kootenay, Trail, Developments, Financial, Health & Wellness Over $18 million in upgrades for Trail’s Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital

The emergency department expansion will address immediate space and service challenges and accommodate projected patient care needs for years to come.

Frank Konrad (L) joined other B.C. mayors as well as provincial ministers at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities annual convention.
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Small Business Grand Forks, B.C.—streamlined and sustainable

Thanks to a successful asset management plan and proven performance, Grand Forks, B.C., is a good candidate for project funding.

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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

Cedra Eichenauer of the Nakusp & District Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Centre predicts a busy and enjoyable summer for her community.
West Kootenay, Nakusp, Small Business, Tourism Nakusp chamber 2017

The Nakusp & District Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Centre is central to the community’s function.

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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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