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Artist's rendition of Oso building development in Golden.
West Kootenay, Golden, Developments, Real Estate Animating the downtown

This new development by Innovation Building Group houses eco-friendly spaces in a lively downtown setting

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Two men walk along a path in nature.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Mining North Coal is climbing closer to construction in the Elk Valley

North Coal, an emerging steel-coal producer in Sparwood, B.C., is bringing the Michel Coal Project into reality

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Nathan Lieuwen, majority owner; Lee Pratt, Cranbrook mayor; Chris Hebb, BCHL commissioner; and Scott Niedermayer, a Hall of Fame NHL defenceman and part owner of the new Junior Hockey franchise, stand in front of the new Cranbrook Bucks logo at Western Financial Place.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook Happy days in Cranbrook: Hockey is coming back to town

The Cranbrook Bucks will begin playing in the BCHL in the fall of 2020 and will try and follow in the footsteps of some great hockey teams

by Kerry Shellborn
Inside of tiny home.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism This tiny home hotel in Fernie is a first in Canada

Snow Valley Lodging in Fernie celebrated the grand opening of their 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

CFO Krystle Seed, CEO and president Ken Kalesnikoff, and COO Chris Kalesnikoff visit Kallesoe Machinery in Denmark to see their new state-of-the-art glulam line in action.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Environment, Forestry Kudos to the Kalesnikoff Lumber Company

The fourth generation keeps Kalesnikoff Lumber Company a proud and successful enterprise with its forward-thinking approach to forestry

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Group of students who worked on trails.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education Creating Destinations to be Desired

This summer, an enthusiastic group of youth gave a helping hand in the Basin, improving the condition of several high-use locations

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

People skiing down ski hill
East Kootenay, Fairmont Hot Springs, Tourism Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Ski area extends its season with new snowmaking technology

Family-friendly ski area in the heart of the B.C. Rockies improves facilities for the upcoming season

Contractor and home owner discussing renovation of house.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Developments, Real Estate WorkSafeBC raising awareness of asbestos dangers in older homes

Risk of asbestos exposure most common during home renovations and demolitions

Outside of Kemlee dealership in Creston.
East Kootenay, Creston Kemlee Equipment and Kubota Expands With New Facility in Creston

The new building features a spacious showroom, functional sales and administration offices and a full service shop, parts and accessories facility

Outside of Buffalo Trails Coffee House, showing signs in window that they are moving.
East Kootenay, Creston, Small Business Creston’s Buffalo Trails Coffee House on the move

Buffalo Trails will be taking over the former location of the Break in Time Cafe in Creston

Sparwood Mayor and Council at Komatsu Mining groundbreaking ceremony. Left to right: Councillor Brad Bowen, Councillor Ron Saad, Councillor John Baher, Councillor Joe Jarina, Mayor David Wilks, Councillor Amy Cardozo and Councillor Jason Christensen.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Creston, Sparwood, West Kootenay, Castlegar, Nelson, Revelstoke, Trail, Developments Seven major projects are in the works around the Kootenays

The Kootenays sees growth and expansion across the region

by Julie Matchett
A conceptual drawing of one of five buildings that will make up the new College of the Rockies residence facility.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments Work begins on College of the Rockies student housing facility

Students to be welcomed to the new facility in fall 2020

David Bonk, CEO, HomeFree Living was able to take his sustainable housing initiative to the next level thanks to research conducted by College faculty researcher Becky Pelkonen (centre), and overseen by Gaby Zezulka, Chair, Academic Innovation and Applied Research.
East Kootenay, Education, Financial, Small Business College of the Rockies providing new round of research assistance

For-profit enterprises in the East Kootenay region with 500 or fewer full-time equivalent employees are eligible for up to $5,000 in research assistance

Red Mountain’s Nowhere Special hostel front entrance in Rossland, B.C.
West Kootenay, Rossland, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism, Best of Business Nowhere Special Hostel is a haven away from home

The Nowhere Special Hostel in Rossland, B.C., is a unique new version of the traditional hostel ideal, and is one of our 2019 Best of Business winners.

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Keith Powell
East Kootenay, West Kootenay Publisher Keith Powell steps into retirement

After 42 years of involvement in the local publishing scene, Kootenay Business publisher Keith Powell is retiring

Four young girls in high-visibility vests sit on a wooden staircase with bags of trash
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Kimberley, Environment Cranbrook and Kimberley clean up

On September 20, Cranbrook and Kimberley volunteers joined a world-wide effort to clean up our communities and raise awareness about protecting our environment.

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Playground in park.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Developments, Financial Outdoor gathering spaces enhanced

Trust provides over $1.9 million for 12 community projects

Caliper Machine & Hydraulics owner Mike Hambalek (left) and Troy Ross, Caliper GM, are shown here with some of the heavy equipment that comes to them for repair.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Mining, Small Business Exciting expansion at Caliper Machine

Caliper Machine took a big step in 2019, investing in a second shop, almost tripling its workforce and planning more expansion on the City’s industrial land.

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Group of young business people in casual meeting.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Small Business Celebrating business dreamers

The Business Development Bank of Canada sponsors Small Business Week in late October, shining the spotlight on the changing face of entrepreneurship

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Person browsing the internet on a laptop.
East Kootenay, Technology Online Portal Seeks to Test Internet Connectivity Performance Across the Basin and Boundary

The online testing portal is designed to measure internet connections speeds and get a better understanding of current broadband services

Cooper Baley hiking on a hillside with his family.
West Kootenay, Rossland, Education Local high school students in Rossland to benefit from ‘Free Fridays’

Seven Summits Centre for Learning (7S) in Rossland is beefing up the perks for staff and students by modifying its week into four longer days

Smiling Erika Krest, executive director of the Trail & District Chamber of Commerce
West Kootenay, Trail, Small Business Community-motivated leader at Trail chamber

“The online resources are amazing when it comes to small business, but nothing replaces the feel of a community.” —Erika Krest, ED, Trail chamber of commerce

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Rhythms Dance Showcase from 2019 summer event.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Financial Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance announces 2019–2020 funded projects

Funding applications were adjudicated in May by the CKCA Steering Committee, with input from community arts councils

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
Anna Lamb is the co-owner of Pro-Fitness, and is one of our 2019 influential women in business.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Health & Wellness, Small Business, Influential Women in Business Anna Lamb is an influential woman in the Kootenays

Anna Lamb works with her family to make their Cranbrook gym welcoming and customer-oriented.

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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
WIth a big smile, Karey Pion is mixing a tub of ingredients.
East Kootenay, Fernie The best soaps, the best life

With a thriving family and a thriving business, Karey Pion provides Soco Soaps to more than 40 markets in Canada, including hometown Fernie

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New Centex gas station.
East Kootenay, Creston, Retail, Transportation New Centex Gas Station Opens in Creston

The high profile location fronts busy Highway #3 traffic and will serve travellers before or after the Kootenay Pass

Fernie Brewing Company occupies an attractive, two-storey purpose-built facility at 26 Manitou Road in Fernie, B.C.
East Kootenay, Fernie Small craft brewery, big Fernie impact

Fernie Brewing Company is loved for its Cheers to Charity initiative, its economic support of the community through employment and, of course, its brews.

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Monte Smith, owner and operator of Brown Dog Contracting, on site at one of his projects
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business, Best of Business Applauding Brown Dog Contracting

Clients of Brown Dog Contracting appreciate the team’s professionalism, patience and beyond-expectation results.

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Tablet being held between two hands, screen shows Climate Change website.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Environment Climate change info centralized online

There’s a new online source for people seeking easy-to-understand information on climate change specific to local communities

Cole, Melanie, Chris and Courtney Sutherland, with a Sutco truck
West Kootenay, Salmo, Forestry, Small Business, Transportation, Best of Business Sutco cares for its people

Sutco Transportation Specialists is recognized as an industry leader for best practices in human resources, focusing on workplace safety and work/life quality.

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Melanie Joy, Creston resident and owner of Fly in the Fibre, brings Canadian-made goods and fibre-filled fun to the Kootenays.
East Kootenay, Creston, Retail, Small Business Fly in the Fibre offers the comforts of coffee and crafts

Melanie Joy, owner of Fly in the Fibre, has brought fibreworks, crafting and coffee to new heights with her award-winning business.

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Robin Hicks, new Vice President, Academic and Applied Research, at College of the Rockies.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education College of the Rockies welcomes new Vice President

Hicks takes over the Vice President role from Heather Hepworth who filled the position, on an interim basis, for the previous two years.

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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The Josie Hotel at RED Mountain Resort in Rossland, B.C.
West Kootenay, Rossland, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism The Josie Hotel in Rossland in the running for the 2019 Best New Ski Hotel in the World

The World Ski Awards is the only global initiative to recognize, reward and celebrate excellence in ski tourism

Close-up of two helicopters at low altitude
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Environment Cranbrook floodplain mapping underway

The City of Cranbrook had a busy summer, upgrading infrastructure and undertaking floodplain mapping to inform land use planning and future protective measures.

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The official ribbon cutting for the Silver King Campus Refresh project was handled by (middle L-R) Selkirk College President Angus Graeme, Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall, Millwright/Machinist Program student Kai Roenspiess, Elder Anne Jimmie, AEST Minister Melanie Mark and Kootenay West MLA Katrine Conroy.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Developments, Education Selkirk College officially opens refreshed Silver King Campus

A project that began in 2015 to bring new life to a campus was celebrated recently with the official opening in Nelson

Airplane taxiing on tarmac, with airport worker marshalling plane.
West Kootenay, Trail, Financial, Tourism, Transportation Government of Canada investing in safety at the Trail Regional Airport

Well-maintained runways, taxiways and aprons ensures safe usage by aircraft, passengers, and crews, and helps protect costly airport safety assets

Kids holding up a French Immersion sign.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education French Immersion enrolment sets new record in Southeast Kootenay School District

Province-wide, French immersion enrolment has been increasing for 21 consecutive years

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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Career BUZZ logo
East Kootenay, West Kootenay Career BUZZ: Top Jobs in the Kootenays - September 6

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

View of towering mountains, with alpine slopes below.
Environment, First Nations MP Wayne Stetksi congratulates the Ktunaxa on approval of project to protect Qat’muk

To the Ktunaxa, Qat’muk is home to the Grizzly Bear Spirit which is a source of protection, guidance and strength

Lynn Hiscoe offers connection, compassion and community in the Creston Valley through her new business, emPoweredlives.
East Kootenay, Creston, Health & Wellness, Small Business Social entrepreneur starts a new business in the Creston Valley

Lynn Hiscoe seeks to empower lives through her new business based in the Creston Valley

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A white water rafting trip down the Elk River is the culminating event organized for College of the Rockies’ Orientation Week.
East Kootenay, Education College of the Rockies prepares for new academic year

Jumpstart and Community Showcase events help kick-off the semester

Gundula Hirn presenting collection at Vancouver Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2020
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality Gundula Hirn, Cranbrook-raised designer, to debut bridal collection at Vancouver Fashion Week

2009 Mount Baker Secondary School graduate amongst designers presenting at Vancouver Fashion Week

Kristin Parsons speaks enthusiastically about the Cranbrook chamber's upcoming events
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers Cranbrook chamber creates meaningful connections

The energy that Kristin Parsons brings to her role as executive director of the Cranbrook chamber has fueled new supports for the business community.

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