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Marie Milner, always a lover of words and language, has worked for most of her life in secretarial and administrative positions in the medical field. She hopes that her stories in Kootenay Business magazine do justice to the motivation and commitment of Kootenay business people. Milner is grateful for the inspiration that she experiences in the course of her interviews and hopes to share that inspiration.

Most recent articles by Marie Milner

Suzie LaRose of Suzie's Designer Nails is a young entrepreneur in Castlegar, B.C.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business, 40 Under 40 Suzie LaRose

Passion, determination, ongoing education and a support system are the cornerstones of success for Suzie LaRose.

Dawn English opened Diggers and Daisies, a children's consignment and toy store in Castlegar, in October 2017.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Retail, Small Business, 40 Under 40 Dawn English

Diggers and Daisies Children’s Consignment has been welcomed to the Castlegar retail scene with open arms.

Sierra Dante is the founder and operator of Sweet Sleep Consulting in Nelson, B.C.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Health & Wellness, Small Business, 40 Under 40 Sierra Dante

Pediatric Sleep Consultant Sierra Dante comes to the rescue of sleep-deprived parents and their children.

(L to R) Evan Kleindienst, David Struthers and Shawn Vokey, owners of Vast Resource Solutions in Cranbrook.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Cranbrook, Environment, Mining VAST Resource Solutions goes big

Six years of work by VAST Resource has enabled CertainTeed Gypsum Canada to receive provincial approval for a new gypsum mine near Canal Flats

The Josie is a boutique hotel scheduled to open in the spring of 2018 in Rossland, B.C.
West Kootenay, Rossland, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism, Content The Josie at RED Mountain

RED Mountain Resort’s Josie Hotel is a welcome new amenity for Rossland, the Kootenays and Western Canada.

Robin Brazenall is the owner/director of Münter Design & Build in Kimberley, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business Münter Design & Build

Projects completed by Münter Design & Build are attractive, functional and sustainable.

Greg Fortier is the founder and operator of Trapper Snowboards in Revelstoke.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Retail, Small Business, 40 Under 40 Greg Fortier

Passion for the Revelstoke lifestyle, commitment to quality, and a strong work ethic are the foundations of Greg Fortier’s success.

Ned Johnson of Innovation Building Group and Vidorra Developments, plans to build a mixed commercial and residential building in Golden, B.C.
West Kootenay, Golden, Developments High-quality housing for Golden

Ned Johnson of Vidorra Developments in Golden hopes to break ground on the Oso rental apartment project in 2018.

This is an artist's rendering of the proposed Kicking Horse River Dike Improvement Project in Golden, B.C.
West Kootenay, Golden, Developments, Mining, Real Estate Good news from Golden

Golden is seeing more tourists year round, a significant increase in housing starts and responsible improvements in infrastructure.

(L to R) Phanuphong (Bass), Chansuai (Mam) and Udorn Siri own and operate the Family Thai Restaurant in Cranbrook.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Fab Family Thai Restaurant

The Family Thai Restaurant in Cranbrook has been pretty much an instant success.

German-trained Uwe Pallas opened Pallas Plumbing Works in Cranbrook in January 2018.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business Expert tradesman

Uwe Pallas of Pallas Plumbing Works has transitioned from employee to business owner.

Mateus Dachwitz is the owner-operator of Red Path Movement in Nelson, B.C.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Health & Wellness, Small Business, 40 Under 40 Mateus Dachwitz

Twenty-four year old Mateus Dachwitz has turned his long-held passion into a career and a business.

Aaron Davidson of Revelstoke is the brains behind a popular nutrition, fitness and health tracking app called Cronometer
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Health & Wellness, Small Business, Technology, 40 Under 40 Aaron Davidson

Revelstoke’s Aaron Davidson has designed a health tracking app that is growing in popularity in Canada and internationally.

David Perehudoff, CAO for the City of Trail, in the city hall boardroom
West Kootenay, Trail Sharing the pulse of Trail

Improved amenities, attractions and industry opportunities, along with a revitalized hockey club, are creating sustainable growth in Trail.

Sean McTernan owns and operates Beyond the Summit Print & Digital Design in Fernie B.C.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Small Business, Technology, 40 Under 40 Sean McTernan

A business approach that includes client collaboration and exceptional client service is winning Sean McTernan, web designer, a loyal following.

GeoLyn Mantei is the CEO at Moda Partners, chair at Kootenay Quick Shot Media and founder of Muddy Stiletto.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Technology, 40 Under 40 GeoLyn Mantei

GeoLyn Mantei of Nelson is a motivational speaker, a successful entrepreneur, a mother and an inspiration to women everywhere.

Kat Cadegan, jewelry designer, poses wearing a wide-brimmed hat
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Retail, Small Business, 40 Under 40 Kat Cadegan

Kat Cadegan, designer and creator of handmade jewelry, talked with us about entrepreneurship.

Wabie Quayle of Nelson is making a great success of her business, Starbird Bakehouse
West Kootenay, Nelson, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, 40 Under 40 Wabie Quayle

Wabie Quayle of Starbird Bakehouse creates exquisite feasts for the eye as well as the palate.

Kyle Hamilton is the owner/operator of Kyle Hamilton Photography, and co-owner of birr marketing agency.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Small Business, 40 Under 40 Kyle Hamilton

Kyle Hamilton of Fernie is a photographer, a chronicler, a marketer and a community supporter.

A Madden Timber Construction interior staircase is the backdrop for company owner David Madden and his beautiful baby.
West Kootenay, Nakusp, Environment, 40 Under 40 Dave Madden

Dave Madden of Madden Timber Construction Inc. is a local leader in his industry and a champion of regional prosperity.

Castlegar mayor Lawrence Chernoff (left) congratulates the Oglow family on its Lifetime Achievement Award from the Castlegar & District Chamber of Commerce.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business, Tourism Economic momentum in Castlegar

A collaborative effort in Castlegar has produced an exciting three-year economic development work plan.

Lynnette Wray sits on the staircase inside the lovely new Ground Floor business complex on Seventh Avenue South in Cranbrook
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Financial CDCF’s perpetual harvest

All donations to the Cranbrook & District Community Foundation’s endowment funds work in perpetuity to support the community forever.

Norm McInnis, CAO of the City of Fernie, at his desk at City Hall
East Kootenay, Fernie Fernie’s CAO reports

Fernie’s CAO, Norm McInnis, is creating opportunities for citizens to help create policy and become invested in the city’s sustainability.

Chris Barlow became the CAO for Castlegar in September 2017
West Kootenay, Castlegar Renewal in Castlegar

Chris Barlow, long-time city employee and Castlegar’s new CAO, talked with us about his background, his work and the year ahead.

(L to R) Graeme Nunn (Rockies Law), president, Fernie chamber board; Patty Vadnais, Fernie chamber executive director; Anita Palmer (College of the Rockies, Fernie campus), Fernie chamber board vice-president
East Kootenay, Fernie, Small Business Fernie chamber, 2018 report

Patty Vadnais, executive director of the Fernie chamber of commerce, applauds Fernie as a community of doers and problem solvers.

Mike Adams of Taylor Adams Chartered Professional Accountants is celebrated as Cranbrook's 2017 Citizen of the Year.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers Mike Adams, Cranbrook Citizen of 2017

Mike Adams is an inspiring example of professionalism in business, generous community service, steadfast friendship and commitment to family.

(L to R) Claude and Lillis Perreault and Fredrik Bergkvist are partner-owners of the Bridge Bistro in Fernie, B.C.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers Fernie influencers 2018

Creativity, practicality and appreciation for their community drive these Fernie residents to high levels of contribution.

Brett Kryski opened Columbia Respiratory in Trail, B.C., in April 2017.
West Kootenay, Trail, Health & Wellness, Small Business Breathing easy in Trail

Columbia Respiratory provides the convenience of in-home sleep apnea screening in Trail and the surrounding area.

The owners of VAST Resource Solutions are (L to R) Evan Kleindienst, David Struthers and Shawn Vokey.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Environment, Forestry, Mining, Content Managing and protecting our vast resources

The VAST team facilitates effective resource management and utilization while protecting and conserving the natural environment.

Kootenay Career Development Society provides assistance to employers and to job seekers in the Kootenay region
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Kaslo, Nelson, Salmo, Services Kootenay career support

Kootenay Career Development Society matches employers with job seekers and helps to ensure success for both.

Kathy and Chris Sykes received the 2017 Business Person of the Year Award from the Castlegar & District Chamber of Commerce.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers Castlegar influencers 2018

These Castlegar citizens have gone beyond the necessary to create quality in the business community and benefits for the community at large.

The Kicking Horse River pedestrian bridge has undergone a significant restoration to replace rotting timbers and prevent further water damage.
West Kootenay, Golden, Tourism Golden pedestrian bridge restored

Restoration of the timber-frame bridge spanning the Kicking Horse River restores convenient access for pedestrians and cyclists.

Rich and Annie Murphy are the owners of the Trail Smoke Eaters Hockey Club.
West Kootenay, Trail, Kootenay Influencers Trail influencers, 2018

Trail’s influencers demonstrate a mindset that supports Trail itself and the surrounding region

Darrell Kemle, owner of Kemlee Equipment Ltd. in Creston, posed with a large, red Kubota-brand machine.
East Kootenay, Creston, Agriculture, Small Business Kemlee comes to Cranbrook

Creston-based Kemlee Equipment Ltd. has opened a parts depot in Cranbrook.

Brian Lawrence contributes to the media, the arts and small business in Creston, B.C.
East Kootenay, Creston, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers Applauding Creston’s influencers

Creston is fortunate to have these people of influence working in many sectors of the community.

Sophie Larsen, co-ordinator of Cranbrook's Farm Kitchen, is shown here in the shared-space commercial kitchen
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Cranbrook’s Farm Kitchen

Cranbrook’s Farm Kitchen, opened by Community Connections Society of Southeastern B.C., is a shared-use commercial kitchen plus office space.

Dee Connell of Main Street Fun & Games, stands before shelves full of games and toys
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.

Jason Louie, chief of the Lower Kootenay Indian Band, appears in his ceremonial headdress and colourful beaded vest
East Kootenay, Creston, First Nations , Small Business, Tourism, Kootenay Influencers Chief and influencer

Jason Louie, chief of the Lower Kootenay Indian Band, remembers his roots and works to improve life for the next generations.

Lee Pratt, mayor of Cranbrook, is a community influencer
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers Influencing Cranbrook, 2018

If we were making up a dream team of Cranbrook’s influencers, the people listed here would be on the roster.

Danny Rickaby, who passed away early in 2017, was the managing partner at the Adventure Hotel in Nelson, B.C.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Top 10 Business People Danny Rickaby

In posthumous recognition of Danny Rickaby’s years of influence in Nelson, we include him on our list of 2018’s Top 10 Kootenay business people.

Tim Popowich is the passionate power behind Fernie Copper Works Inc., a new business in Fernie, B.C.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Small Business A passion for copper

Tim Popowich loves copper, his chosen craft medium, for its functionality and beauty.

Angela White is the office manager for Fairmont Creek Vacation Rentals in Fairmont Hot Springs, B.C.
East Kootenay, Fairmont Hot Springs, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism, Top 10 Business People Angela White

Fairmont Creek Vacation Rentals has a treasure in its office manager, Angela White.

Rob Jay and Terra Park own and operate Terra Firma Farms in Revelstoke, B.C.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Agriculture, Retail, Small Business, Top 10 Business People Terra Park and Rob Jay

Terra Park and Rob Jay are intimately connected to the people of Revelstoke—their organic farm provides food for the community.

Barry Benson, a Realtor in the Columbia Valley, is based in Canal Flats.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Kootenay Influencers Empowering Canal Flats

Leaders in Canal Flats are developing plans for strategic economic growth in the community.

William Trowell, shown here with his wife and son, is the owner of Selkirk Security Services Ltd., in Trail, B.C.
West Kootenay, Trail, Retail, Small Business, Top 10 Business People William Trowell

Thirty years of experience and knowledge in the security industry have placed William Trowell at the top of his game.

Jimmy Bundschuh, owner of the Savoy Hotel in Nelson, B.C.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism, Kootenay Influencers Bundschuh sets the stage

Jimmy Bundschuh is most comfortable working behind the scenes, but recognizes that the scope of his business has made him a regional influencer.

Dr. Rebecca Kolbenson took over the Golden Optometric Clinic in Golden, B.C., in 2013.
West Kootenay, Golden, Health & Wellness, Top 10 Business People Dr. Rebecca Kolbenson

The Golden Optometric clinic received the 2017 Professional Service Excellence Award from the Kicking Horse Country Chamber of Commerce.

Lolli and David Gagnon of Golden, B.C., display two awards presented to their business, Higher Ground Sports.
West Kootenay, Golden, Retail, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers Higher Ground Sports takes the high road

Lolli and David Gagnon have founded a business and a not-for-profit organization that support the community of Golden, B.C.

Darrell Kemle is the owner/operator of Kokanee Ford and Kemlee Equipment Ltd. in Creston, B.C.
East Kootenay, Creston, Retail, Small Business, Top 10 Business People Darrell Kemle

Darrell Kemle’s businesses run on a tried-and-true combination: high-quality product at a fair price, backed by exceptional customer service.

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.