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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

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 manager 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.

Kris Koop of Blue Barn Pet & Hobby Farm supports the health and welfare of animals.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Animal Care, Small Business, 40 Under 40 Kris Koop, Castlegar’s critter champion

Lifelong animal lover Kris Koop, owner of Blue Barn Pet & Hobby Farm, provides care for pets through his products and services.

Sarina Beran, owner of Remedy's Rx in Sparwood, B.C., balances her work with her enjoyment of outdoor activity
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Health & Wellness, Small Business, 40 Under 40 Sarina Beran’s remedy works

Sarina Beran of Sparwood, B.C., loves the independence that comes with entrepreneurship.

Tim Wiley, owner/operator of Rustic Crust Pizza, loves to provide delectable fare for the people in and around Trail, B.
West Kootenay, Trail, Cuisine, Small Business, 40 Under 40 Tim Wiley, Trail’s favourite pizza man

“All the environments I encounter are positive because, well . . . pizza!” said Tim Wiley, owner of Rustic Crust Pizza in Trail, B.C.

t's a pleasure to spend time on the Platzl, Kimberley's European-style pedestrian mall.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Small Business, Tourism Kimberley, reinvented and revitalized

Kimberley, B.C., is taking its place among the elite of B.C.’s tourist destinations while retaining its small-town charm

Quiet, beautiful Kaslo, B.C., is a gem set on the west shore of Kootenay Lake.
West Kootenay, Kaslo, Tourism Kaslo, B.C.: small, beautiful and connected

Residents and visitors in Kaslo, B.C., enjoy a wealth of history, arts and culture, outdoor recreation and business opportunities.

Cranbrook is the largest urban centre in southeastern B.C.'s Kootenay region.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Tourism Cranbrook serves up a bounty of amenities

Cranbrook’s “mountains of opportunity” slogan includes access to education, healthcare, culture, recreation and business success.

Mount 7, near Golden, B.C., is a popular launch site for people-powered flight.
West Kootenay, Golden, Tourism Golden grows opportunity

Both traditional and niche businesses can find a balanced, rewarding home in Golden, B.C.

Bobby Hutchinson of Sparwood, B.C., is a successful and prolific writer of romance novels.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Technology Bobby Hutchinson, romance writer

Bobby Hutchinson loves books so much that she’s made a career of writing them.

With spring approaching, the real estate market is warming up.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Real Estate Tips for getting top dollar for your home

Jason Wheeldon suggests ways to improve the saleability of your home without a lot of work and expense.

Nancy Trotman and Chris Bell are generous supporters of the community of Castlegar, B.C.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers Castlegar influencers 2017

These Castlegar residents demonstrate the vision, patience and work ethic that it takes to grow their community.

Susan Clovechok (L) of the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce and Jessica Fairhart of Imagine Kootenay are enthusiastic about regional collaboration.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business Imagine Kootenay success

Imagine Kootenay promotes the region as a good place to work, a great place to invest and an amazing place to live.

Tammy Verigin-Burk, executive director of the Castlegar & District Chamber of Commerce, is a lifetime resident of the West Kootenay community.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business, Tourism Castlegar collaborates

In Castlegar, collaboration is seen as a common-sense measure that leverages the resources of individuals and groups for maximum effect.

Chris Brien and his partners at Pinnacle Professional Accounting in Castlegar, B.C., are building a new office for the business, with residences above it.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Financial, Small Business Chris Brien picks Castlegar

Improved Internet service in Castlegar opens new possibilities for Chris Brien, his partners and the staff of Pinnacle Professional Accounting.

Adam Pomeroy (left) and Rob Gretchen opened Cycology Bikes Inc. in Castlegar, B.C. in April 2016.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Retail, Small Business, Tourism Bike kings of Castlegar

Adam Pomeroy and Rob Gretchen have opened a bike shop in Castlegar, B.C., and business is good.

Cal McDougall has been Sparwood's mayor for about 12 years—from 1996 to 2005 and from 2014 to the present.
East Kootenay, Sparwood Transition year for Sparwood

District of Sparwood mayor, Cal McDougall, admires the resilience of his community.

Andy Cohen is the general manager of Fernie Alpine Resort and Kimberley Alpine Resort.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Kimberley, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism, Kootenay Influencers Fernie’s long-time supporter

As a people person, networker, relationship builder and idea guy, Fernie’s Andy Cohen uses his influence to benefit the East Kootenay region.

Tamara Mercandelli, Christel Hagn and Caitlin Berkhiem are the owners of Soulfood restaurant in Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Small Business Cranbrook’s Soulfood

Exquisite, ethical edibles are the trademark of Cranbrook’s Soulfood restaurant.

Kris Koop owns and operates the Blue Barn Pet & Hobby Farm shop in Castlegar, B.C.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Animal Care, Retail, Small Business Blue Barn business

The owner of the Blue Barn Pet & Hobby Farm in Castlegar loves critters and their people.

Jack Moes, dean of trades and technology at College of the Rockies, is pleased about the imminent $10-million expansion of the trades teaching facility.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Creston, Fernie, Education, Kootenay Influencers Jack Moes influences futures

Jack Moes, dean of trades and technology at College of the Rockies, has an affinity for relevant, practical, applied learning.

Katherine Russell is a world traveler and glass artist who lives in Elkford, B.C.
East Kootenay, Elkford, Fernie, Small Business, Tourism Art meets lifestyle in Elkford

Glass artist Katherine Russell chose to settle in Elkford because it offers the wilderness recreation she loves.

Johnny Strilaeff is the new President and CEO of Columbia Basin Trust, headquartered in Castlegar, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, West Kootenay, Castlegar, Developments, Education, Financial New leader, same philosophy for Columbia Basin Trust

In his new role as President and CEO, Johnny Strilaeff will rely on his experience as a Basin resident and on his work experience with the Trust since 2005.

Elkford, B.C., is a thriving village in the Rocky Mountains of southeastern British Columbia
East Kootenay, Elkford, Small Business Elkford chamber update, 2017

Community support, inclusion and economic development are the ongoing focus of the Elkford Chamber of Commerce.

Leslie Vissers, a computer programmer for AMEC, works from her home office in Nelson, B.C.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business, Technology The lure of Nelson’s lifestyle

With only a dial-up connection, Leslie Vissers boldly moved from her traditional office to work from home, thousands of miles from her employer.

Danielle Ecclestone opened her eclectic novelty shop in Cranbrook in early October 2016.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Retail, Small Business Fun merchandise at Seams Fun

Seams Fun carries a stock of novelty clothing, accessories and home decor items.

Mark Colgate, PhD, from UVic, spoke at a professional development session organized by Patty Vadnais (R) for the Fernie Ambassadors Program.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Tourism Fernie Chamber update, 2017

Clear communication, inclusive participation, support and fun are keys to success for the Fernie Chamber of Commerce.