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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

Natasha Lockey was please to be recognized by Kootenay Business magazine as an Influential Woman in Business in the West Kootenay
West Kootenay, Rossland, Small Business, Tourism, Influential Women in Business Natasha Lockey, influential entrepreneur

Natasha Lockey is all about adapting to change, taking responsibility and grasping new opportunities.

Rauni Naud was recognized by Kootenay Business magazine as an Influential Woman in Business in the West Kootenay region
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Financial, Influential Women in Business Rauni Naud: focused, balanced and fulfilled

Rauni Naud combines a single-minded focus, continuing education and passion for her community to achieve financial success and a balanced life.

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.

Curtis McLaren, owner of Kimberley Electric, in his hardhat and safety vest
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Small Business Industry opportunities

Kimberley Electric has been busy with some significant projects in Cranbrook in the past year.

Pilar Portela, Natasha Lockey and Rauni Naud were given special recognition as influential women in business for 2018.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Small Business, Influential Women in Business 7 women who represent the spirit of Kootenay women in business for 2018

We applaud the Kootenay businesswomen who were nominated to our Influential Women in Business list for 2018.

Alan Rice stands outside the new BDO office in Kimberley
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Financial, Small Business BDO opens in Kimberley

BDO now maintains a full-time accounting office in Kimberley

Construction of the Tobacco Plains Indian Band Community Admin & Health Center is scheduled for completion in July 2018.
East Kootenay, First Nations Centralized amenities for TPIB

The Tobacco Plains Indian Band Community Administration & Health Centre is designed to be a multi-faceted community hub.

Aerial view showing many points of interests in the area of Christina Lake
West Kootenay, Christina Lake, Tourism Christina Lake wayfinding made easy

A slick new wayfinding app—available as a free download for mobile devices—is now available for Christina Lake and its immediate area.

Two young women try their skills at logrolling during Logger Sports in Kaslo, B.C.
West Kootenay, Kaslo, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Summer-long celebrations in Kaslo

Come to the party in Kaslo—enjoy the beauty, the welcoming atmosphere, and the many events and activities that mark Kaslo’s 125th anniversary.

Exterior of the Wildhorse Surgical Clinic in Cranbrook, with construction almost complete
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Health & Wellness, Small Business Wildhorse Surgical Clinic nears completion

Wildhorse Surgical Clinic, a sleek and modern new building in Cranbrook, is almost ready for its “family” to move in.

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.

The new trades building at College of the Rockies will be open for classes in August 2018
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education New trades building at COTR

By September, the new trades facility at College of the Rockies will be hopping with student activity.

Krista Berg and Patrick Tolchard, owners of Valley Zipline Adventures in Radium Hot Springs, B.C., celebrated opening day on June 21, 2017.
East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs, Entertainment and Hospitality, Environment, Small Business, Tourism Aerial adventures in the Valley

Valley Zipline Adventures is a hot new tourist draw near Radium Hot Springs.

First Nations people in colourful traditional dress, at National Aboriginal Day parade
East Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, First Nations , Small Business, Tourism Indigenous tourism is a growing sector

The trend toward experiential, educational getaways is driving a spike in the interest in Canada’s Indigenous cultures and activities.

Tyler McNaughton and Sacha Bentall, owners of Cutter Ranch, on horseback on their farm near Fort Steele, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Agriculture, Small Business Outstanding award for Cutter Ranch

Full-time farmers Sacha Bentall and Tyler McNaughton of Cutter Ranch received a prestigious award from an organization of their peers.

Jennifer and Darren Krotz are the owner-operators of Canadian Rockies Landscape—winner of a 2018 Business Excellence Award—in Cranbrook.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business Insight from Cranbrook’s award-winning landscaper

Owners of Canadian Rockies Landscape talk about their history, business success and industry trends.

Clara Reinhardt, mayor of Radium Hot Springs, with the beautiful Columbia Valley behind her
East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs RHS Village updates, 2018

Radium Hot Springs has a new community hall, new energy in the business community and a mayor who loves her job.

(L to R) Roberta Hall, Kent Kebe and Kara Cassidy welcome people to the Radium Hot Springs Visitor Centre.
East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs, Small Business, Tourism Tourism support is tops for the RHSCC

Together with Parks Canada and the Village administration, the Radium Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce takes care of regional visitors.

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.

Tammy Morgan has been the executive director of the Cranbrook History Centre since January 2017
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Tourism Growing collections in history

The Cranbrook History Centre is building new housing for the trains and adding artifacts, fossils, and more merchandise in the gift shop.

The well-used Canal Flats Arena is undergoing some welcome upgrades
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Tourism Refreshing the heart of Canal Flats

Here’s why the Canal Flats Arena matters so much to the Village and the surrounding communities, and why it needs help.

George and Rachel Freitag are the owners of Elizabeth Lake Lodge, an award-winning accommodation in Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Elizabeth Lake Lodge scores again

Appreciation from customers and community are sweeping Elizabeth Lake Lodge to high rankings on lists that matter.

Dave Grimsdell (L) and Ryan Johnson, founders of Sniper Action Photos, installed cameras for Rockland Estates in St. Martin.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Small Business, Technology, Tourism Sniper Action Photo captures adventure

The success of Sniper Action Photo, a two-man Revelstoke company, is pretty much an entrepreneur’s dream come true.

Kendra Begg became the executive director of the Boundary Country Regional Chamber of Commerce in June 2017.
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Small Business Focus forward for Boundary chamber

Kendra Begg, the executive director of the Boundary Country Chamber of Commerce, is proactive, action-focused and tenacious.

Chris Fields is the current economic development officer in the village of Canal Flats, B.C.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats Creating a new Canal Flats

“The world is changing fast, and adaptability equals success.” - Chris Fields, economic development officer, Canal Flats, B.C.

Western Financial Place, the home arena for the Kootenay Ice Hockey Club, will have a jumbotron installed in time for the 2019-2020 hockey season.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality New features for WFP

Word has come down from the Western Hockey League that Western Financial Place must undergo upgrades to comply with league standards.

The sign for the new Dan Joe Memorial Gymnasium was unveiled on April 6, 2018.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, First Nations ʔaq̓am Community gym now complete

On April 6, 2018, the ʔaq̓am Community celebrated the opening of the Dan Joe Memorial Gymnasium.

Bighorn Meadows Resort offers a complete package of luxury accommodation and a wide variety of year-round recreation options in southeastern B.C.'s beautiful Columbia Valley.
East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs, Entertainment and Hospitality, First Nations , Tourism True Key expands its family

On February 1, 2018, True Key Hotels & Resorts took on the management of the Radium Golf Group.

The winning team members from the Business Management program at College of the Rockies are (L to R) Jordan Lydell, Yunguang (John) Li, Bradley Schmidt, Brandon Ouillette and Rezin (Butch) Butalid course instructor and team coach.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education Top honours for COTR team

Rezin (Butch) Butalid talked with us about the Business Management diploma program at College of the Rockies, and the value of competition.

Diane Heinrich became the CAO for the City of Grand Forks on January 18, 2018
West Kootenay, Grand Forks Diane Heinrich, Grand Forks CAO

The City of Grand Forks has an excellent management team—young, full of energy and doing well. CAO Diane Heinrich is there to assist them.

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.

Dennis Scott is the founder of DC Scott Construction & Installations in Cranbrook.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business, 40 Under 40 Dennis Scott

Dennis Scott’s passion for his craft and close communication with his clients are helping him build a reputation for excellence.

Chris Mansbridge owns and operates Chris Mansbridge Acupuncture In Castlegar
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Health & Wellness, Small Business, 40 Under 40 Chris Mansbridge

Chris Mansbridge, traditional Chinese medicine practitioner, brings positivity and realism to his healthcare practice in Castlegar.

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.

Carina Klassen is the sole proprietor of Spinning Fables Children's Apparel & Crafts in Winlaw.
West Kootenay, Small Business, 40 Under 40 Carina Klassen

Fulfilling a need for a children’s clothing store in the Slocan Valley, Carina Klassen opened Spinning Fables Children’s Apparel & Crafts.

Carly Hadfield stands before the bar at the Lion's Head Smoke & Brew Pub in Castlegar, B.C., where she is the co-owner and vice-president
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, 40 Under 40 Carly Hadfield

Carly Hadfield deserves recognition for her role in starting a successful taphouse and furthering the craft beer industry in the West Kootenay.

Bethany Thate is the owner and founder of Divinyl in Grand Forks, B.C.
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Small Business, 40 Under 40 Bethany Thate

Bethany Thate provides a way for us to create special messages for display in our homes and offices.

Mandy Chutskoff of Oranj Express fitness studio teaches yoga classes and encourages general fitness
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Health & Wellness, Small Business, 40 Under 40 Mandy Chutskoff

Mandy Chutskoff of Castlegar is sharing her love of yoga with her clients, and encouraging improved wellbeing in the region.

Lee Tengum is the president of 7am Development in Cranbrook.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business, Technology, 40 Under 40 Lee Tengum

Lee Tengum believes that the success of business depends on an expanded reach into the marketplace.

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 summer 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.