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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

(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.

Rylee Christenson, shown here in Glacier National Park, became the manager of the Creston Valley Farmers Market in April 2018.
East Kootenay, Creston, Agriculture, Small Business, Tourism The new face of the Creston Valley Farmers Market

After studying people, places and natural systems for her B.Sc. in geography, Rylee Christenson is managing the Creston Valley Farmers Market.

Construction is underway for the new Columbia Lake Technology Center in Canal Flats, B.C.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Technology Economic turnabout in Canal Flats

A new technology centre being built in Canal Flats creates opportunities for businesses and a powerful incentive to building contractors.

WestJet Link aircraft at Canadian Rockies International Airport on June 20, 2018.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Creston, Fernie, Invermere, Sparwood, Small Business, Tourism, Transportation WestJet touchdown in Cranbrook

WestJet Link is a new, three-times-a-weekday travel option at the Canadian Rockies International Airport.

Tim Termunde, president and CEO, Eagle Plains Resources Ltd.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Creston, West Kootenay, Mining, Small Business Eagle Plains goes solo on Iron Range

At the Iron Range property, where Eagle Plains Resources has exclusive ownership interest, the company is breaking with precedent.

Bob Hellman, paddling on Kootenay Lake in one of his own canoes
West Kootenay, Nelson, Retail, Small Business, Tourism Hellman Canoe & Kayak—a passion project

Bob Hellman has an enduring love for paddling and for Canada’s wilderness, and his business keeps him connected to that passion.

Tom Thomson , executive director of the Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce, appreciates the upgrades  to the chamber's new home in the former CP Rail station.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business Meeting needs for Nelson’s businesses

Tom Thomson is dedicated to learning about the needs of the business community in Nelson and advocating to get those needs met.

Tracey Buckley of Revelstoke, B.C.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Technology, Influential Women in Business Tracey Buckley — a rare combination

An aptitude for technology, natural communication skills and an easy way with people have been key to Tracey Buckley’s success.

Brian Conn is the owner-operator of Kootenay Shade Works and Northstar Roasting Co.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Cuisine, Retail, Small Business Coffee dreams

Northstar Roasting Company is Brian Conn’s dream come true.

Costa Rica-born Pilar Portela, CEO of Astra Smart Systems Inc. and i4C Innovation in the West Kootenay, is passionate about rural sustainability and the practical application of emerging technology
West Kootenay, Rossland, Trail, Small Business, Technology, Influential Women in Business Pilar Portela: Business leader, role model, mentor

Technology entrepreneur Pilar Portela shares her perspective on the leadership roles of women in business.

Melanie Mark, minister of advanced education, skills and training, listens to children enrolled in the Early Childhood Education Program at College of the Rockies on May 25, 2018.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education New funding for education benefits the newest generation

New provincial funding allows College of the Rockies to double the size of its Early Childhood Education Program.

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.