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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

Eagle Pass Lodge is the luxurious, intimate accommodation component of Eagle Pass Heliskiing, based in Revelstoke, B.C.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Eagle Pass Lodge wins hospitality building award

Revelstoke’s beautiful little Eagle Pass Lodge has received the Thompson Okanagan Kootenay Commercial Building Hospitality Award.

The Middletown Crossing site map shows the improvements that have been done at the intersection of Highways 3 and 43 in Sparwood.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Transportation Sparwood builds a better crossing

Middletown Crossing’s design and sensor-controlled traffic lights result in a smooth flow of traffic at the intersection of Highways 3 and 43.

Jennifer and Josh McLafferty are the owners of Monashee Spirits Craft Distillery, a certified organic distillery in Revelstoke, B.C.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Small Business, Tourism Monashee Spirits Craft Distillery: An unlikely story

A bad business deal and a bucket of molasses were the inspiration for a spirited new business in Revelstoke, B.C.

The Kimberley Conference & Athlete Training Centre is now under the management of Resorts of the Canadian Rockies.
East Kootenay, Kimberley The good, the good and the ugly

Don McCormick talks about managing Kimberley’s assets and liabilities—the conference centre, the SunMine and the wildfire interface.

Rob Wheeler (L) and Carl Lauren brought Tyee Custom Homes to Kimberley, B.C., in 2005
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Developments Tyee diversifies

Tyee Log Homes has grown and diversified since arriving in Kimberley in 2005, becoming a significant employer and economic driver.

Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce staff  Michelle Doll (L), administrative assistant and Laura Kennedy, office manager
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business Cranbrook chamber autumn events, 2018

While they await the arrival of their new executive director, Cranbrook’s chamber board and staff are busy serving the membership.

Cranbrook's mayor, Lee Pratt, outside city hall in October 2018, at the beginning of his second term in office
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments Cranbrook 2018: Future focus

Since November 2014, a change in the mindset at Cranbrook city hall has created noticeable, valuable changes for the local business community.

Chris van der Linden stands on the steps of the former Mountain View School, where renovations are being done to accommodate his restaurant, Old School Eatery, and other businesses.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Cuisine, Small Business, Tourism Old School Eatery to open in Revelstoke

Owner Chris van der Linden hopes to open the Old School Eatery in late November.

Ingrid Bron is the new director of community economic development for the City of Revelstoke and the Columbia-Shuswap Regional District Electoral Area B
West Kootenay, Revelstoke A new asset for Revelstoke

Revelstoke’s new director of community economic development, Ingrid Bron, joined the City team on October 15, 2018.

Mike Guarnery is the manager of the Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Small Business Kimberley chamber, 2018

The Kimberley chamber lends its support to business in areas including technology, hospitality, child care advocacy and taxation.

Jonah Jones and Megan Moore each put on a scowl for the camera, all in fun.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Jones Distilling leads revitalization of former Revelstoke schoolhouse

A variety of businesses and services have taken up residence in a beautifully converted heritage schoolhouse in Revelstoke.

Revelstoke Mountain CoLab provides short-term and long-term work space for established businesses and startups
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Small Business Success tips from Mountain CoLab

Revelstoke’s Mountain CoLab has been so successful that it’s outgrowing the administrative capacity of the volunteer board.

(L to R) Caitlin Berkhiem, Tamara Mercandelli and Christel Hagn are looking forward to reopening Soulfood restaurant in the Mount Baker Heritage Hotel
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Financial, Small Business Soulfood co-operative

Soulfood, a farm-to-table whole foods restaurant in downtown Cranbrook, is moving to become a co-operative.

Mark McKee, mayor of Revelstoke, opted not to run for re-election on October 20, 2018
West Kootenay, Revelstoke Revelstoke city report, 2018

“It’s the City’s responsibility to make sure that the type of development that’s coming in fits with the vision of the community.” —Mark McKee

Don McCormick has begun his campaign for a second term as Kimberley's mayor
East Kootenay, Kimberley Kimberley city report, 2018

Like many of B.C.’s small resort communities, Kimberley is experiencing some growing pains. Here’s how it’s coping.

Dustin Roskam is the owner of Peak Axe Throwing Inc. in downtown Revelstoke, B.C.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Recreation-style axe throwing

For indoor entertainment and exercise, try out Peak Axe Throwing in Revelstoke.

Beverley MacNaughton loves her job as executive director of the Sparwood & District Chamber of Commerce.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Small Business Sparwood chamber strategizes

Bev MacNaughton, executive director of the Sparwood & District Chamber of Commerce, is eager to apply what she learned at the annual BCCEC.

Flags fly over the Sparwood municipal building that is home to the District of Sparwood's administrative team
East Kootenay, Sparwood Sparwood mayor’s perspective, 2018

Cal McDougall served Sparwood through smooth and rough times, and the improved economy is allowing him to leave City Hall with an easy heart.

Jana Thompson, executive director of the Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce, finds her job exciting, satisfying and fun.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Revelstoke chamber update, 2018

The Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce advocates for the business community on critical issues and promotes community fun and cultural events.

(L to R) Randy Richmond and Ted Hall, owners of Spearhead Inc.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Trail, Kootenay Influencers Nelson influencers, 2018

Check here for an evolving list of the visionaries, innovators and implementers in Nelson’s business community.

Sean Campbell, the general manager of Community Futures East Kootenay, stands outside the CFEK office at 131 - 7th Avenue South, Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Financial, Small Business CFEK celebrates 30 years

At the grand age of 30, Community Futures East Kootenay is an established resource for East Kootenay entrepreneurs.

John Jarman (L), operations manager at Canadian Timberframes Ltd., with two crew members
West Kootenay, Golden Jarman joins CTF

John Jarman brings extensive international expertise to his new position as the operations manager at Canadian Timberframes Ltd.

This retrofitted Canadian Linen van is home to Columbia River Catering Co.
West Kootenay, Golden, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Columbia River Catering Co.: A kind of love story

This is about Dan Bracko’s long-standing passion to create wonderful, beautiful, memorable food—and there’s a love story here, too.

Michelle Kleindienst is the senior account manager for the Business Development Bank of Canada, Kootenay region. She is based in Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Small Business Small Business Week 2018

The theme of Small Business Week 2018, sponsored by the Business Development Bank of Canada, is Digitize Now: Transform Your Business.

William Trowell, the owner of Selkirk Security Services in Trail, is all about safety and peace of mind.
West Kootenay, Trail, Retail, Small Business, Technology, Products Selkirk Security Services specializes in peace of mind

State-of-the-art security at your home and place of business can’t actually make you happy, but it can certainly help you relax.

Ron Oszust, the mayor of Golden, B.C., enjoys a quiet moment outdoors
West Kootenay, Golden Golden 2018: growing strong

Formulating policies, allocating funds, managing assets and infrastructure—it’s all in a day’s work for Golden’s town council.

Magi Scallion of Magi Scallion Professional Services in Golden, B.C.
West Kootenay, Golden, Kootenay Influencers Influencers in Golden

We’re compiling an archive of information about the treasury of business people whose support and expertise are available in Golden, B.C.

Freeride World Tour medalists show some joy atop the podium.
West Kootenay, Golden, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Prime time for tourism in Golden, B.C.

Tourism Golden is building Golden’s global reputation for world-class recreation, and managing everyday services for on-the-spot visitors.

Nicole Briggs, the marketing and events manager at Red Mountain Resort In Rossland, B.C., stands for a moment at the bottom of the ski hill in August
West Kootenay, Rossland, Environment, Small Business, Technology, Tourism, Kootenay Influencers Rossland business influencers

Every community has its influencers, and we’d like to applaud the members of Rossland’s business community who are making a positive difference.

Tylene Turner, Jaime Gordon and Duane Funk are the powers behind Green Door Catering in Kimberley, B.C.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business The many sides of Green Door Catering

Creativity, versatility, reliability, a cheerful attitude and great food are a winning combination for Green Door Catering.

Kenny White of Kenny White Contracting in Montrose, B.C., is shown here at the foundation of a building site
West Kootenay, Trail, Small Business Kenny White is your guy for new builds and renos

Kenny White, a building contractor based in Montrose, B.C., especially enjoys transforming homes and adding value through renovations.

Diane Bridgewater has been the owner of DJ's Hair & Tanning since 2001.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business, Best of Business DJ’s Hair & Tanning

Readers of Kootenay Business magazine gave DJ’s high marks for its services, and highest of all for the tanning aspect of the business.

William Doeleman, a former law enforcement officer, is the founder and operator of Creston Driving Academy.
East Kootenay, Creston, Education, Small Business, Best of Business Creston Driving Academy

William Doeleman loves to help people to obtain and retain their independence through safe, competent driving.

Kathy Moore plans to run for a second term as mayor of Rossland, B.C.
West Kootenay, Rossland, Environment Rossland restructures

Restructuring at Rossland City Hall—both corporate and physical—has produced improvements, challenges and appreciation.

Black-and-white photo of Erik Kalacis
West Kootenay, Trail, Kootenay Influencers Trail influencers, 2018

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

Shelly Wadden, executive director of the Kicking Horse Country Chamber of Commerce
West Kootenay, Golden, Small Business Kicking Horse Country chamber, 2018

The Kicking Horse Country Chamber of Commerce has a new website in the works and a rich agenda of training sessions coming up.

Cutting the ribbon at the grand opening of Patterson Hall were Jesse Nichols (COTR board of governors), Sarah Weech (COTR trades student), Rick Jensen (CBT), Melanie Mark (province of B.C.), David Hall (COTR), Nancy Eckstein (nee Patterson) and Larry Davey (Teck).
Patterson Hall grand opening

Patterson Hall, the new trades training facility at the College of the Rockies, has officially been opened for business.

Kendyn Mackenzie, bearded and wearing a baseball hat, stands behind the glass showcase in his ice cream shop, offering a huge pink ice cream cone
West Kootenay, Golden, Cuisine, Small Business, Tourism Yaldilicious yummies

For a refreshing ice cream treat or a comforting bowl of soup—or both—visit Yaldilicious in Golden, B.C.

On a pretty summer day, Trail mayor Mike Martin and local stakeholders posed around a mound of soil to mark the groundbreaking for the Trail skate park.
West Kootenay, Trail Trail council wraps up on a high note

As the municipal election approaches, Trail’s mayor reviews the body of work accomplished in the city in the past four years.

Audry Durham, executive director of the Trail & District Chamber of Commerce, speaks from the podium at the 2017 Business Excellence Awards gala.
West Kootenay, Trail, Small Business Trail & District Chamber review, 2018

Audry Durham looks back over her three years as manager of the Trail & District Chamber of Commerce.

Kitt Santano is the founder and owner of Swift Internet Services 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.

Grand Forks, B.C., is making a good recovery after being ravaged by flooding in May 2018.
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Environment, Small Business, Tourism Grand Forks after the flood

The community of Grand Forks, B.C., has some distance to go before it reaches an acceptable new level of “normal.”

Craig Luke is the operations manager and Alain Chiasson (R) is a new co-owner of Queen City Shuttle in Nelson, B.C.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business, Tourism, Transportation Nelson’s fleet sustained

Queen City Shuttle & Charters has new owners and an assured future.

A Rockwool employee stands in the bed of a red Rockwool pickup truck, handing a bag of insulation to a Boundary region homeowner
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Environment Rockwool is a friend to its neighbours in need

Rockwool is donating $200,000 worth of insulation to help flood-affected residents in Grand Forks and the surrounding area rebuild their homes.

Brad Pommen presents Smrt1 Technologies at the 2018 Tech Summit in Vancouver.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business, Technology, Kootenay Influencers Vending machines meet the Internet

Smrt1 Technologies combines the convenience of the vending machine with the retail reach of the Internet and the connectivity of cellphones.

Vern Gorham, manager of the Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce, proudly shows some items of Creston's locally produced art, available in the chamber of commerce building.
East Kootenay, Creston, Small Business, Tourism The Creston Valley chamber: growing steady

Vern Gorham, manager of the Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce, is busy building foundations and keeping an eye on his budgets.

The Aspen Art Museum in Aspen, Colorado, has latice-like, woven wood cladding that admits light from all directions.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business Spearhead Inc. enables beautiful architecture

Spearhead Inc. applies timeless materials, an age-old craft, ingenuity and advanced industrial technology to the world’s beautiful architecture.

Ernest Blackmore heads up the exceptional team at the Cranbrook Arby's fast-food restaurant.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Cranbrook’s Arby’s: simply the best

The Cranbrook Arby’s is providing the best customer satisfaction in the entire Arby’s franchise. Nice going, team!

Jillian Rutherford and Andrew Hayden stand at the heart of their new business, Fernie Distillers in Fernie, B.C.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Cuisine, Retail, Small Business, Tourism Fernie Distillers is first in Fernie

First distiller in Fernie opens for business on Canada Day.

Four smiling, bearded young men: Ian McCann, Doug Wagner, Jesse Roberts and Fred Williams, are the team that oversees operations at Fire Hall Kitchen & Tap
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Hotspot: Fire Hall Kitchen & Tap

Fire Hall Kitchen & Tap is Cranbrook’s newest gastropub and craft beer taphouse, located in a cleverly converted fire hall on 11th Avenue South.