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Interior view of a Highland Crossing townhouse.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Developments, Real Estate New Highland Crossing townhomes in Invermere complete for show

Few remaining units available in this sought-after development

Storefront of Circle Health Food in Invermere.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Kimberley, Entertainment and Hospitality, Health & Wellness, Retail, Small Business Invermere’s Circle Health Food and Café purchased by Kimberley’s Jill Bentley

Stoke Cold Pressed Juice has been a regular supplier to Circle Health Food & Café and owner Jill Bentley see this as a natural gateway to expand their business

Chasse Holding’s Jacques and Shelly Chasse plus Brady and Krystle Chasse receive their prestigious award from Canfor management.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Forestry Columbia Valley Logging Contractor is Canfor’s Top Canadian 2018 Contractor

Congratulations to the owners and staff at Chasse Holdings in Invermere.

A scenic view of the poolside at the Copper Point Resort in Invermere, BC.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Entertainment and Hospitality, Financial Invermere’s Copper Point Resort changes hands

Copper Point Resort, located just off busy Highway 95/93, caters to golfers, skiers, business meetings, conferences and the independent traveler.

Stuart Cope and Crystal Leonard hope to continue on the mission Gerry Taft first set upon when he opened Gerry’s Gelati in Invermere 14 years ago.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Radium Hot Springs, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Small Business, Tourism Do you wanti some gelati?

The new owners of Gerry’s Gelati in Invermere, B.C., have found the secret recipe for success.

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WestJet Link aircraft at Canadian Rockies International Airport on June 20, 2018.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Creston, Fernie, Invermere, Sparwood, Small Business, Tourism, Transportation WestJet touchdown in Cranbrook

WestJet Link is a new, three-times-a-weekday travel option at the Canadian Rockies International Airport.

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(L to R) Co-owner warriors Vuk, Ruk and Wuk—a.k.a.—Victoria Lang, Richard Matthews and Josh Wall.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Cuisine, Small Business “Glory” to Invermere’s Viking bar

Richard Matthews, co-owner of Ullr Bar in Invermere, B.C., has opened a new Viking bar in the Columbia Valley

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A family participating in one of Columbia River Paddle's adventures.
East Kootenay, Invermere, West Kootenay, Tourism Take to the water, and don’t forget to bring a paddle

Whether you’re planning on taking your family—or your work family—on a paddling adventure, here are some important tips to keep in mind

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College of the Rockies’ educational partners from Tanzania visited the city recently.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Invermere, Education News and Notes: College of the Rockies

Educational partners visit from Tanzania, and a new course offering at both the Invermere and Fernie campuses.

Elana Rosenfeld, CEO and founder of Kicking Horse Coffee
East Kootenay, Invermere, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers Invermere’s intrepid influencers

We shine a little light on a few of the business people who are leading the field in their own way in Invermere.

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Bryan Armstrong and Heather Rennebohm are deeply involved in the planning process for the Columbia Lake Recreation Centre
East Kootenay, Invermere, First Nations Columbia Lake Centre welcomes the Valley

The ʔakisq̓nuk First Nation is building the Columbia Lake Recreation Centre to promote sport, fitness and community in the Columbia Valley.

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A picture of Kicking Horse Coffee headquarters with a mountainous background.
East Kootenay, Invermere Kicking Horse Coffee is Canada’s best place to work

Kicking Horse Coffee was named 2018’s Best Workplace in Canada by the research group Great Place to Work.

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Susan Clovechok is the executive director at the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce
East Kootenay, Invermere, Small Business CVCC offers advocacy and opportunity

A new online tool at the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce enables the chamber to be more responsive to the immediate issues of its members.

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Young lady holding up a snowboard at Panorama
East Kootenay, Invermere Top employers in the Columbia Valley

Find out which companies have brought the most jobs to this Kootenay region

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Taynton Bay Spirits in Invermere
East Kootenay, Invermere, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Invermere’s Taynton Bay Spirits captures multiple national awards

The Canadian Artisan Spirit Competition (CASC) recently held their first ever national event recognizing excellence in the independent distillery market.

Eden Yesh and his son, Liam, enjoy the beauty of the Columbia Valley in winter.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Small Business, 40 Under 40 Eden Yesh

Eden Yesh is setting up investment co-ops to help entrepreneurs access business capital and mentorship.

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Stephanie and Aaron Van de Kemp opened Cleanline Automotive in Invermere in 2013.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Small Business, 40 Under 40 Stephanie Van de Kemp

Stephanie Van de Kemp’s approach to business includes teamwork, community support and a purpose beyond profits.

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David Read stands next to a Jeep
East Kootenay, Invermere, Small Business, Technology, 40 Under 40 David Read

David Read’s business, Valley Hawk Security, offers safety to the Columbia Valley

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College of the Rockies Invermere sign.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Education, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism College of the Rockies launches first-ever Diploma Program in Invermere

The Hospitality Management diploma program was developed in direct response to needs voiced during community and industry consultations in Invermere.

A headshot of Forrest Campbell, owner of Freewheeling Energy in Invermere, B.C.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Energy, Environment, Small Business Sun-kissed lemons and buckets of optimism

Based in Invermere, B.C., Forrest Campbell formed Freewheeling Energy

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The Kootenay Columbia region's total property assessments increased from $38.6 billion in 2017 to $40.87 billion this year.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Fernie, Invermere, West Kootenay, Golden, Nelson, Real Estate Top 25 most expensive residential properties in the Kootenays (by assessed value)

Invermere leads the way with the highest assessed value for a property in the Kootenay Columbia region.

The Export Navigator pilot project offers workshops for businesses new to the complexities of exporting goods and services.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Fernie, Invermere, Kimberley, West Kootenay, Golden, Trail, Education, Small Business Training for exporters

If you own or manage a small business that is ready to expand into markets outside of British Columbia, this free workshop can help.

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The Nicholas family: Jesse, Jake and Rachael
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Invermere, Education, First Nations , Kootenay Influencers Jesse Nicholas, influencer

In all of his roles, Jesse Nicholas strives to listen, understand, build consensus and serve his community.

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(L to R) Eric Lapointe (co-manager of AG Valley Foods), Greg Lapointe (co-manager of AG Valley Foods), Ian Dickson (Associated Grocers wholesaler), Sydney-Anne Porter (owner/operator of AG Valley Foods) and Larry Chmielewski (Associated Grocers wholesaler).
East Kootenay, Invermere, Retail, Small Business East Kootenay business wins big at the academy awards of the grocery world

AG Valley Foods in Invermere, B.C., won the 2017 Independent Grocer of the Year silver award

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Couple with bike on gondola.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Developments, Tourism Vancouver-based Replay Resorts selected as master developer partner for Panorama Mountain Resort

Panorama Mountain Resort is a four-season destination resort situated in British Columbia's Purcell Mountains.

The Columbia Valley's new Economic Development Officer is Ryan Watmough
East Kootenay, Invermere, West Kootenay, Golden, Developments, Financial Ryan Watmough is the new Economic Development Officer for the Columbia Valley

Ryan Watmough has recently been hired by the Regional District of East Kootenay to be the new Economic Development Officer

The Calgary Connector bus.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Transportation “Calgary Connector” brings bus service connecting Invermere and Calgary

The new transit service is scheduled to run every other week Wednesdays and Thursdays starting on August 2nd.

Picture of Columbia Valley Pioneer and the Invermere Valley Echo newspapers.
East Kootenay, Invermere Invermere’s Valley Echo shuts down after 64 years

The Invermere Valley Echo was founded in 1953.

An aerial view of the Columbia Valley Classics Autumn Show & Shine event.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Radium Hot Springs, Entertainment and Hospitality, Transportation Radium officials express disappointment that Classic Car Show is moving venues

The Show & Shine portion of the event will be moving from the Springs Course Driving Range to the Copper Point Golf Club's driving range.

Cover story from June 1998 issue of Kootenay Business magazine.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Looking back on the Kicking Horse Coffee story: From a backyard shack to a $215 million deal

When news broke that Invermere’s Kicking Horse Coffee had sold in a $215 million deal to Italy's Lavazza Group, it reminded us of the company’s humble beginning

Michelle Cubin blends essential oils
East Kootenay, Fernie, Invermere, Kimberley, Health & Wellness, Retail, Small Business The other oil industry

Michelle Cubin’s essential oil business, Healing Hollow, continues to spread across the East Kootenay

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The Kicking Horse Coffee manufacturing facility, based in Invermere, B.C.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Cuisine, Financial, Retail Italy’s Lavazza Group buys Kicking Horse Coffee in $215 million deal

Kicking Horse Coffee is one of the Kootenay’s largest employers with over 110 people working out of the company's Invermere manufacturing facility.

The Invermere Liquor Store has now been open for one year.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Small Business First anniversary for Invermere Liquor Store

A year into his new business venture, Ryan Haynes is enjoying his increased investment and involvement in the community of Invermere.

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Ashley Pederson is a farrier with clients throughout the East Kootenay region.
East Kootenay, Elkford, Invermere, Radium Hot Springs, Animal Care, Small Business Ashley Pederson, farrier

Ashley Pederson is a horse/donkey/mule-loving farrier who works with equines throughout the East Kootenay.

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(L to R) Roberta Hall, Kent Kebe and Kara Cassidy welcome people to the Radium Hot Springs Visitor Centre.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Radium Hot Springs, Small Business, Tourism Radium Hot Springs chamber, 2017

In this, Canada’s 150th anniversary year, the visitor centre in Radium Hot Springs is welcoming an unprecedented number of tourists.

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Mike Gray is a village councillor and the owner/operator of the Horsethief Creek Pub & Eatery in Radium Hot Springs, B.C.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Radium Hot Springs, Entertainment and Hospitality, Health & Wellness, Kootenay Influencers Hospitality and hope in Radium Hot Springs

“I don’t want anyone to fall through the cracks. If there’s someone in need, I want the community to be able to help.” —Mike Gray

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The Columbia Valley is looking to hire an Economic Development officer for the region.
East Kootenay, Invermere Request for Columbia Valley Economic Development Officer issued

The Columbia Valley is looking to hire an Economic Development officer for the region.

Susan Clovechok (right), executive director of the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce, checks out a coach that should soon be engaged to shuttle Columbia Valley residents between the valley and Calgary.
East Kootenay, Fairmont Hot Springs, Invermere, Radium Hot Springs, Small Business, Tourism Columbia Valley chamber 2017

Susan Clovechok supports the vision of the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce to have a thriving economy and an engaged business community.

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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 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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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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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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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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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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Rob Porter, of Just Liquid Sports in Cranbrook
Marie Milner photo
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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A young, brown haired woman.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Health & Wellness, Retail, 40 Under 40 Kari Asselin found her niche in the “green” beauty world

OM Organics Boutique Apothecary is a successful Invermere-based business that is run by nature lover Kari Asselin.

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Jocelyn Brunner stands in front of her Invermere store, Summit Footwear & Fashion.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Retail, 40 Under 40 Jocelyn Brunner: A creative and strategic shop owner

Jocelyn Brunner offers something for everyone—without sacrificing quality, comfort and design—at her store, Summit Footwear & Fashion.

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Wayne Stetski at Small Business Forum in Fernie.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Small Business Stetski brings all levels of government together to support small business

The second in a series of Small Business Forums will be held in Invermere on March 1st.

Elana Rosenfeld, CEO of Kicking Horse Coffee in Inveremere.
East Kootenay, Invermere Elana Rosenfeld

The co-founder and CEO of Invermere’s Kicking Horse Coffee is a visionary with a love of the outdoors and a great appreciation for the Columbia Valley.

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Cassy Campbell with husband Forrest and their two children
East Kootenay, Invermere, Small Business Balancing business, quadriplegia, and motherhood

Invermere’s Cassy Campbell is a CEO, mother, and caregiver for her quadriplegic husband

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