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Michael Hoher, Export Advisor for the Kootenay Boundary, facilitates an workshop for West Kootenay manufacturers on November 29.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Education, Small Business Export Navigator: Expanding Markets for Kootenay Manufacturers

Manufacturers attended a free Export Navigator workshop to learn about growing their businesses through exporting.

Worker at ATCO Wood Products, working in saw mill.
West Kootenay, Small Business ATCO Wood Products wins 2017 BC Export Award

The BC Export Awards annual awards program occurs in either Vancouver every fall and hosted by Business In Vancouver.

The Sears store in Nelson.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Retail, Small Business Sears to Bears—Nelson’s newest furniture/appliance retailer

Bears Furniture and Appliances will also operate under the BrandSource label, with an extensive selection of appliances, furniture and electronics.

A headshot of Monica Swagar with snow in the background
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Environment, Health & Wellness, Small Business Monica Swagar thrives on growth

The Swag Hair Studio won a green award from the Kimberley and District Chamber of Commerce

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Wild Horse Surgical's new clinic is under construction near Hot Shots Cafe.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Real Estate, Retail, Small Business Cranbrook Developments and New Business Roundup

The Cranbrook and area business landscape has been busy over the last 12 months, with businesses expanding, renovating and updating.

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(L to R) Eric Lapointe (co-manager of AG Valley Foods), Greg Lapointe (co-manager of AG Valley Foods), Ian Dickson (Associated Grocers wholesaler), Sydney-Anne Porter (owner/operator of AG Valley Foods) and Larry Chmielewski (Associated Grocers wholesaler).
East Kootenay, Invermere, Retail, Small Business East Kootenay business wins big at the academy awards of the grocery world

AG Valley Foods in Invermere, B.C., won the 2017 Independent Grocer of the Year silver award

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Picture of people shopping in an indoor market.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Cranbrook Farmers’ Winter Market November 25 and 26

Festive market celebration brings together more than 70 local producers and artisans

Jared Brand is the owner of J. Brand Painting in Nelson and is pictured here with his wife, Crystal.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business J. Brand Painting earns an award dipped in gold

Jared Brand, owner of J. Brand Painting, has cultivated a stellar reputation and strong relationships within his hometown of Nelson, B.C.

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(L to R) Alden, Mark, Sarah and Grace Yancey sit on a helicopter
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Small Business, Tourism Boulder Hut Adventures welcomes voyagers to the Purcell Mountains near Kimberley, B.C.

Mark Yancey, owner of Boulder Hut Adventures, discusses what’s changing within the skiing tourism industry

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(L to R) Murray Kimber, owner and creative director, Tori Lotecki, client services and production lead, and Stephanie Delnea, senior designer, make up the Speedpro Signs team in Nelson, B.C.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business Speedpro Signs supersizes business messages

Murray Kimber, owner and creative director of Speedpro Signs in Nelson, B.C., has big ideas and knows the right way to wrap up anything

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Two pilots stand in front of a small aircraft owned by ELT Aviation, based in Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Environment, Forestry, Health & Wellness, Mining, Small Business, Tourism, Transportation Eclipse Helicopters, Cranbrook

A small aviation company is providing important support to the Kootenay region.

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The Whitetooth Brewing Co., in Golden was recognized as the New Business of the Year in the Chamber's Business Excellence awards, along with 13 other businesses or individuals.
West Kootenay, Golden, Retail, Small Business Golden Chamber presents Business Excellence Awards

The Kicking Horse Chamber of Commerce hosted a gala dinner event and presented 14 awards in a variety of categories.

Works of art are displayed to visitors at Adrian Wagner Studio
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business Shooting and showcasing creative content

Adrian Wagner Studio is a new business and showroom for creative photographic works in Nelson, B.C.

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Picture of worker in wood factory.
East Kootenay, Creston, West Kootenay, Agriculture, Forestry, Small Business Two Kootenay companies finalists in BC Export Awards

The BC Export Awards annually seeks out BC’s Top Exporters and honours companies for their excellence and achievements in 9 categories.

Maggie Spizzirri.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Small Business, Technology Helping you market with moxie

The key to success for this entrepreneur is open and honest communication with her customers

by Julie Matchett
Terry Bedwell, leaseholder and operator of True Root Café stands at the entrance of the eatery.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Small Business, Tourism True Root—not just for travellers

True Root Café in Cranbrook’s Best Western Hotel offers breakfast, lunch and catering.

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Amy Walker in the black, white and silver decor of Lux & Lace, her new hair salon.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business Lux & Lace Hair Boutique

Amy Walker has opened her own elegant new hair salon in Cranbrook.

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Beachfront property
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Real Estate, Retail, Small Business Top ten most unique businesses for sale in the Kootenays

The Kootenay area has an eclectic selection of businesses for sale to suit every sort of entrepreneur.

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Ryan Doehle of Isoceles IT (pictured here with his family) was named Fernie Chamber of Commerce's Entrepreneur of the Year for 2017.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Retail, Small Business Fernie holds annual Business Awards Banquet

The Fernie Chamber of Commerce recently gave out their Community and Business Excellence Awards for 2017.

A group shot of the staff of Canadian Timberframes Ltd.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Retail, Small Business, Kootenay Manufacturers 2nd annual Kootenay Manufacturing Awards announced

Golden’s Canadian Timberframes Ltd. named Manufacturer of the Year

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Connie Lawrence, owner of The New West Trading Co. 1985 in Grand Forks, is standing outside her store with three staff members.
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Health & Wellness, Retail, Small Business For a local gem, visit this health food store in Grand Forks, B.C.

For great health choices, visit Grand Forks’s New West Trading Co. 1985

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Nicole Fricot is the director of community economic development in Revelstoke, B.C.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Developments, Financial, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers Nicole Fricot for Revelstoke development

Building permit applications are piling up at Revelstoke City Hall, and Nicole Fricot, community economic development director, is busy.

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(L to R) Aaron Christensen and Noah Wesche are the owner-operators of Sullivan Machine Works.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Small Business, Technology A modern Sullivan for Kimberley

Two of Kimberley’s native sons hope to expand Sullivan Machine Works to a location in their home town.

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New Sushi & More restaurant.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Animal Care, Cuisine, Developments, Health & Wellness, Real Estate, Retail, Small Business Part III: The Entrepreneurial Spirit is Thriving in Kimberley — New Businesses Roundup

Kimberley and Marysville have been seeing a surge of new businesses, construction and start-ups over the past year.

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In late summer 2017, Jamie Mayes of Revelstoke, B.C., became the interim program manager for Imagine Kootenay.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Small Business Better life through Imagine Kootenay

Imagine Kootenay’s motto, “This is your better life,” certainly applies in the case of Jamie Mayes, the organization’s new program manager.

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(L to R) Marie Milner, Kirsten Armleder, Sandra Albers, Kyle Born, Virginia Rasch and Julie Matchett celebrate a day of teambuilding with Life Roots Consulting’s Lego Serious Play.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business Building a better business with Lego bricks

Krystal Oleson, owner of Life Roots Consulting in Cranbrook, constructs workplace collaboration through Lego Serious Play

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The Can-Filters mascot appears in front of their Six Mile location north of Nelson
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business Nelson’s Can-Filters acquired by US-based Hawthorne Gardening Company

Can-Filters produces a top brand of air filtration systems for safer workplaces and environments.

Jana Thompson took on the role of executive director of the Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce in September 2017.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Small Business Revy chamber welcomes Jana Thompson

Jana Thompson, a relative newcomer to Revelstoke, is the new executive director of the Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce.

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Don McCormick, mayor of Kimberley, B.C., is working to diversify the sources of support for Kimberley's economy.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Financial, Small Business Focus forward: Kimberley 2017

“I don’t spend a lot of time looking back at where we’ve been—I always focus on where we’re going.” —Don McCormick, mayor of Kimberley

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Sebastien Bilodeau-Roy
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Health & Wellness, Small Business Erasing agony

Completely Healthy Acupuncture is Sebastien Bilodeau-Roy’s new Chinese medicine clinic in Cranbrook, B.C.

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Peter Legge (L), prolific author and chairman and CEO of Canada Wide Media, is pictured here with Chris Botterill, president of the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business Pearls from Peter Legge

Peter Legge, chairman and CEO of Canada Wide Media, charmed, enlightened and entertained Cranbrook chamber members on October 18.

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Kimberley Chamber of Commerce president, Rachelle Langlois, presents Allissa Keane (left) of Fruition Wellness with Business of the Year honours
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Retail, Small Business Kimberley Chamber hands out 2017 Excellence Awards

Here is a list of the nominees and the winners in each category of the Kimberley Chamber 2017 Excellence Awards

RKP Atlantic Business Services owner, Ron Pomerleau.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Small Business, Technology Kimberley software company expands to Atlantic Canada

Point of sale system 'POS-n-Go' is designed for small business owners.

West Kootenay, Small Business Burton City Cider expands operations to double capacity

Owners/operators/cider makers/beekeepers Alan and Barbara Ross are the people behind the unique business, which opened in the spring 2016

East Kootenay, Fernie, Small Business Fernie Brewing Company raises a glass to The Professor with new seasonal beer

The Professor Märzen is a commemorative brew, named after a partially created recipe found in past FBC brewmaster Gord Demaniuk’s recipe book

Well-known business owner, Dan Ashman (pictured centre), is dealer principal of AM Ford and was recently awarded Trail's Business Person of the Year Award.
West Kootenay, Trail, Small Business Trail Chamber hands out Excellence Awards

The Trail & District Chamber of Commerce hosted the 3rd Annual Business Excellence Awards on Saturday, September 30, 2017

Cass and Matt Peterson have started up a new garbage disposal service in Cranbrook called Synergy Garbage.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business Synergizing trash

Matt and Cass Peterson have started up Synergy Garbage, a new disposal service in Cranbrook

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Kai Palkeinen and Kelly Hutcheson are owner-operators of Pulse Boot Lab & Ski Co. in Revelstoke, B.C.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Retail, Small Business, Tourism, Kootenay Influencers Revelstoke’s excellent boot fitters

The experts at Pulse Boot Lab can fine-tune the fit of your ski boots for a critical improvement in your performance and comfort on the hill.

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Karen Cathcart is the administrator of the Golden campus of College of the Rockies and the director of Area A (rural Golden) in the CSRD.
West Kootenay, Golden, Education, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers Influence and administration in Golden

Karen Cathcart is the administrator of the Golden campus of College of the Rockies, and she’s also the director for Area A (CSRD).

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Parker Vaile (L) and Jordan Peterson (R) are owner-operators of VP Waste Solutions in Golden, B.C.
West Kootenay, Golden, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers Cleaning up in Golden

VP Waste Solutions of Golden, B.C., is a star in the unglamorous realm of waste management.

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Janet Fraser owns and operates
West Kootenay, Rossland, Retail, Small Business, Tourism, Kootenay Influencers Janet Fraser, business mentor

Business mentorship and volunteer projects make Janet Fraser an influencer in Rossland, B.C.

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Colourful bedding
West Kootenay, Nelson, Retail, Small Business Shoot for the Kootenai moon in Nelson

Valerie Semeniuk, owner of Kootenai Moon Furniture, has multiplied her retail space tenfold via dedication and endurance

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Smart, hardworking and ambitious are words that describe Jaime Dekkers, the new owner/operator of Cranbrook Bookkeeping
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Financial, Small Business Cranbrook Bookkeeping: the next generation

Young Jaime Dekkers is the new owner/operator of Cranbrook Bookkeeping.

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Caleb Willems owns and operates East Kootenay Outdoor Specialist in Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Environment, Small Business East Kootenay Outdoor Specialist keeps it simple

Caleb Willems’s goal for his clients is “more garden, less gardening.”

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Darrel Fry is a third-generation Rosslander who is on a mission to disrupt climate change.
West Kootenay, Rossland, Trail, Environment, Small Business, Technology, Kootenay Influencers Replacing petro-plastic

Breakthrough technology from Advanced BioCarbon 3D of Rossland will create biodegradable, high performance, good-for-the-earth plastic.

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Creston Hotel
East Kootenay, Creston, Cuisine, Small Business Jimmy’s Pub in the Creston Hotel: Where everybody knows your name

Creston Hotel and Jimmy’s Pub have undergone a radical modernization transformation

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Eagle Pass Lodge
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Developments, Small Business, Tourism Eagle Pass Lodge celebrates grand opening of new day lodge

Eagle Pass Lodge near Revelstoke celebrated the official grand opening of their new day lodge in June 2017

Adults learn in a classroom
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Fernie, West Kootenay, Golden, Nelson, Revelstoke, Education, Small Business Workshops to address common non-profit needs

Columbia Basin Trust offers workshops this fall through its non-profit advisors program

Sparrow Hair Salon
East Kootenay, Fernie, Small Business Fernie’s Sparrow Hair Salon celebrates grand re-opening

Stacey Goldade and Noel Vanoostenbrugge are celebrating the official grand re-opening of Sparrow Hair Salon

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