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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

Tom Thomson, executive director of the Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce, is an advocate for the business community.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism News from the Nelson chamber

The Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce has a full agenda, including advocacy, research, collaboration, planning and support implementation.

Jodi Gravelle is the chief operating officer for the ?aq?am Community near Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, First Nations , Influential Women in Business, Kootenay Influencers Jodi Gravelle, communication conduit

Human resources and communication are Jodi Gravelle’s main focuses in her position as COO for the ʔaq̓am Community.

(L to R) Brenda Palmer, Michelle Forbes and Jodi Gravelle received special recognition at the 2017 Kootenay Business magazine Influential Women in Business luncheon on June 8, 2016.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, First Nations , Small Business, Influential Women in Business 2017 Kootenay women of influence

Hard work, creativity and perseverance characterize the best of the best among businesswomen in the Kootenay region.

Aaron Lucke, owner of Wynndel Electric, is providing a mobile solar station to the vendors at the Creston Valley Farmers Market.
East Kootenay, Creston, Energy, Small Business, Technology Solar-powered market

Aaron Lucke, owner of Wynndel Electric, is providing a mobile solar station to power the Creston Farmers Market.

Brenda Palmer, founder and owner of Mrs. Palmer's Pantry in Cranbrook, B.C., has the support of family, friends, customers and—just possibly—an angel on her shoulder.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, First Nations , Retail, Small Business, Influential Women in Business, Kootenay Influencers Brenda Palmer is taking her chips to the bank

Brenda Palmer believes that we should value our time as much or more than we do our money, and invest both wisely.

Sydney Black is the executive director of the Nelson & District Arts Council.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Attracted by Nelson’s art

People want to live in a culturally relevant location—it’s a big part of the reason professionals come to live and work in Nelson. —Sydney Black

The Board Room Café, owned by Alf Him, his daughter Savanna Hines and her husband Justin Hines, opened in mid-June 2017.
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Board Room Café comes to Grand Forks

Shy? Bored? Need a conversation starter? Sit down to a game from the Board Room’s library, and you’re good to go.

Jen Comer has been growing the impact of the Creston Valley Farmers Market since she became its manager in 2010.
East Kootenay, Creston, Agriculture, Retail, Small Business, Tourism Celebrating the Creston Valley: The little farmers market that could

“I think passionate people can get a lot done if you just give them some appropriate direction and let them run with their ideas.” —Jen Comer

Kootenay Cycling Adventures is based in beautiful Nelson, B.C.
West Kootenay, Kaslo, Nakusp, Nelson, New Denver, Revelstoke, Small Business, Tourism Nelson’s bike trek deluxe

John Bowden of Nelson, B.C., is working to make group bicycle touring the next big thing in his region.

Flowering trees enhance the curb appeal of Creston Town Hall.
East Kootenay, Creston Creston’s OCP is official

Supporting the vision for a more prosperous, inclusive, responsible community is a big job, and the community of Creston is on it.

Joy Barrett, cultural development officer for Nelson, B.C., and executive director of Castlegar Sculpturewalk, stands within “Sculpture Walk” by Spring Shine, Christopher Petersen and Hans Winter (2016).
East Kootenay, Creston, West Kootenay, Castlegar, Nelson, Rossland, Small Business, Tourism, Kootenay Influencers The power of art in Nelson, B.C.

Joy Barrett combines creativity and hard-headed business sense in her work as cultural development officer for the City of Nelson, B.C.

The architecture in downtown Nelson, B.C., contributes much to the city's appeal.
East Kootenay, Creston Historic charm meets 2017 tech in Nelson, B.C.

Upgraded esthetics and conveniences meet Nelson’s current needs while distinctive, historic architecture gives the city its timeless charm.

Kootenay-Columbia MP Wayne Stetski joined representatives from the Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce to open the 2017 Creston Valley Trade Show.
East Kootenay, Creston, Small Business Creston Valley Chamber, 2017

Recent changes at the Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Creston Visitor Centre have empowered both organizations to thrive.

Cranbrook-born Eric Termuende is an internationally recognized speaker who has just published his first book, called
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Kootenay Influencers Eric Termuende, Kootenay-grown global influencer

Due in large part to technology, the workplace is becoming a colder, lonelier place. Eric Termuende is on a mission to change that.

(L to R) Clint Cawsey, Patricia Pollitt and Gary Pottage are the investors and developers of The Woodlands at Wildstone, in Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Real Estate Welcome to The Woodlands

The Woodlands at Wildstone is a 125-unit residential development situated at the Wildstone Golf Course in Cranbrook, B.C.

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.

Living units at Fairmont Creek Property Rentals are  beautifully finished and maintained to a high standard for the comfort of their residents.
East Kootenay, Fairmont Hot Springs, Real Estate, Tourism Memorable Fairmont Creek

A second Business Excellence Award for Fairmont Creek Property Rentals confirms its clients’ appreciation and confidence.

Eagle Plains Resources Ltd., a Cranbrook, B.C.-based mineral exploration company, was founded in 1992 by Bob Termuende and his son, Tim.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, West Kootenay, Mining, Small Business Seeking paydirt

Mineral exploration is a long-shot game with a high expectation of failure—so what attracts people to it?

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.

(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.

Kathy Wright, the outgoing executive director of the Boundary Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, has laid solid groundwork for her successor.
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Small Business Boundary chamber 2017

As Kathy Wright wraps up her time with the BCRCC, she has a number of projects well begun to hand off to the board and her successor.

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

The 36th Grand Forks International baseball tournament is organized and run by volunteers including these: (L to R) Gerry Foster, GFI president; Chris Hammett, GFI treasurer; Kevin McKinnon, GFI board member.
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Grand Forks slams it out of the park

Twelve superb Canadian and U.S. college baseball teams will compete in Grand Forks, B.C., from June 27 to July 2, 2017.

Tim Termuende, P.Geo.,co-founded Eagle Plains Resources Ltd. with his father in 1992, and is currently the president and CEO of the Cranbrook-based company.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, West Kootenay, Mining, Small Business, Services Unearthing Western Canada’s treasure

Eagle Plains Resources Ltd. has projects on the go across Western Canada, but its heart and home are in the Kootenays.

Long-time hearing specialist Garth Brears has opened his own audiology centre, Burntwood Hearing, in Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Health & Wellness, Small Business Burntwood Hearing health

Education to maximize hearing health and capacity are specialties at beautiful Burntwood Hearing in Cranbrook.

The Sterzer family enjoys a panoramic view of Canal Flats and the Columbia Valley from the top of Mount Sabine.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Health & Wellness, Kootenay Influencers Canal Flats champion

“I know I can’t change the whole world, but I can make a positive difference in the small world around me.” — Karl Sterzer

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.

Lee Pratt (left), mayor of Cranbrook, with David Kim, Cranbrook CAO, at the April 19 chamber of commerce luncheon
East Kootenay, Cranbrook Cranbrook CAO addresses chamber

The City of Cranbrook’s administration has adopted a mindset that focuses on results rather than bureaucratic process.

John Addison is the president of the board of the Kaslo & Area Chamber of Commerce.
West Kootenay, Kaslo, Nakusp, Slocan Kaslo chamber 2017

Collaboration figures large for Kaslo’s chamber of commerce as a technique to accomplish greater goals than it could manage on its own.

Lynn Relph, president of the Downtown Business Association in Grand Forks, B.C., owns and operates Lynden Tree Yarns.
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Small Business, Tourism Building business in Grand Forks

Good communication, multi-generational involvement, creativity and fun are the tools of the Grand Forks Downtown Business Association.

Roly (Roland) Russell, Ph.D., is the elected representative for Area D in the Regional District of Kootenay-Boundary He also sits on a variety of boards for local organizations.
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Kootenay Influencers Roly Russell supports rural Boundary

As an elected representative in Kootenay-Boundary and a volunteer on several local boards, Roly Russell is a person of influence.

The 13th annual Community Economic Development Regional Forum presented by Community Futures Development Corporation, Boundary, is titled
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Agriculture, Education, Environment, Small Business, Events, Services CFDC hosts agriculture forum

The Community Economic Development Regional Forum takes place May 23 and 24 in Grand Forks, B.C., hosted by Community Futures Development Corp.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Christina Lake Welcome Centre is home to several community organizations, an art gallery and a gift shop as well as the visitor information centre
West Kootenay, Christina Lake, Small Business, Tourism The creative community of Christina Lake

Christina Lake, B.C., runs on a compatible blend of conservationists, creative types and business people.

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.

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.

The Stemwinder Chalet in Kimberley, B.C., is one of the guest accommodations owned by Tod Caton of Simply Kimberley.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Tourism tips from Tod

Encouraging success in other tourism service providers is a smart move on the part of Tod Caton of Simply Kimberley.

Kris Murrell is a new arrival in the Columbia Valley and the new owner of Smoking Waters Coffee Co. in Fairmont Hot Springs.
East Kootenay, Fairmont Hot Springs, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Smoking Waters, a Columbia Valley classic

A streamlined menu allows Smoking Waters Coffee Co. to focus on high quality fare.

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.

Chris Fuhs of Ace's Pit Stop in Grand Forks, B.C., brings positivity and enthusiasm to the tire business.
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Retail, Small Business, 40 Under 40 Chris Fuhs, Grand Forks community builder

Chris Fuhs of Grand Forks, is a generous, hard-working, community-spirited family man.

Jon Wedel of Cranbrook has a brilliant future ahead in the world of e-commerce.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business, Technology, 40 Under 40 Jon Wedel pushes limits

Crazy ideas, pushing limits and working under pressure are common elements for the team at Flex Commerce.

Adam Pomeroy's shared passion for bikes and biking led him and Rob Gretchen to open Cycology Bikes in Castlegar, B.C.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Retail, Small Business, 40 Under 40 Adam Pomeroy, Castlegar Cycologist

Adam Pomeroy’s bicycle business allows him to have fun, stay fit and enjoy his environment, and to help others do the same.

Jordan Strobel is a full-time student, a certified drone pilot and an experienced entrepreneur.
West Kootenay, Rossland, Trail, Small Business, Technology, 40 Under 40 Jordan Strobel, born to be in business

Demonstrating wisdom beyond his years, Jordan Strobel embraces the struggle that accompanies achievement.

Justin Storm became general manager of J.H. Huscroft Ltd. in 2013, at the age of 30.
East Kootenay, Creston, Forestry, 40 Under 40 Justin Storm, Creston’s dedicated lumberman

Justin Storm appreciates the collaboration among Creston’s businesses and community agencies, supporting the local economy.

Tyler Beckley owns and operates the Three BVars Guest & Cattle Ranch near Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism, 40 Under 40 Tyler Beckley, cowboy businessman

The owner of Three Bars Guest & Cattle Ranch thrives on guiding his guests through exciting new experiences.