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(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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Julie Taylor and Natasha Benson.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Retail, Small Business Juice goes raw at Cranbrook’s new juicery

Co-founders Julie Taylor and Natasha Benson recently opened Cranbrook's first dedicated cold-pressed juicery called The Raw House.

The new Angry Hen Brewing Company location
West Kootenay, Kaslo, Developments, Small Business Kaslo’s Angry Hen Brewing Co. nears completion, set to open this summer

Kaslo's new Angry Hen Brewing Co. is expected to open for the 2017 summer season

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

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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.

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Cover story from June 1998 issue of Kootenay Business magazine.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Looking back on the Kicking Horse Coffee story: From a backyard shack to a $215 million deal

When news broke that Invermere’s Kicking Horse Coffee had sold in a $215 million deal to Italy's Lavazza Group, it reminded us of the company’s humble beginning

Selection of Mt. Begbie beers.
East Kootenay, Fernie, West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Brewery of the Year goes to Revelstoke’s Mt. Begbie

The 15th annual Canadian Brewing Awards and Conference was held in Ottawa recently at the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre.

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.

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Michelle Cubin blends essential oils
East Kootenay, Fernie, Invermere, Kimberley, Health & Wellness, Retail, Small Business The other oil industry

Michelle Cubin’s essential oil business, Healing Hollow, continues to spread across the East Kootenay

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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.

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The 2017 Dragons Den competitors.
West Kootenay, Trail, Education, Financial, Small Business Audience vote helps to determine winners at Junior Dragons Den Championship

The Junior Dragons Den Championship was held on May 6th at the Charles Bailey theatre in Trail, B.C.

Jeanne Shaw with her three border collies.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Kaslo, Nelson, Slocan, Trail, Animal Care, Small Business Making a connection with man’s best friend

Jeanne Shaw uses her experience as a teacher and her passion for pets to help people understand what their dogs are trying to tell them.

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Windermere's Saunders Family Farm members at the Grocery & Speciality Food West exhibition.
East Kootenay, Cuisine, Retail, Small Business Windermere jams and jellies maker recognized at major trade show

The company made the Top 10 Most Innovative Products appearing on shelves of B.C. grocery stores, as selected by a panel of food experts.

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.

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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?

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Torchlight logo
West Kootenay, Nelson, Cuisine, Small Business Thy growler runneth over: Nelson’s Torchlight Brewing Company is expanding

Torchlight Brewing Company in Nelson has quintupled its size by moving to a new location

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Co-owner Wendy Lyn holds out a two-scoop ice cream cone while standing in front of the Happy Cow Ice Cream's logo.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Fernie, Cuisine, Small Business Happy cows and happy eaters

Taste the delicious, decadent difference when indulging in premium Happy Cow ice cream in Fernie and now Cranbrook.

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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.

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Sherry Jackson and Jill Bentley-Lobban celebrate the installation of a new [stoke] juice outlet at Cranbrook's Hot Shots Cafe.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Cuisine, Health & Wellness, Small Business Kimberley’s [Stoke] Cold Pressed Juices expanding distribution network

The company recently transitioned all their cold-pressed juices into sustainable, recyclable glass bottles.

Chad Bullock
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business Repairing rides on the road

Chad Bullock’s new mobile repair business, Kootenay Auto Worx, is out and about in Castlegar

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(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.

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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.

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Kimberley City Bakery owners Michelle and Eric Forbes
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Cuisine, Small Business Forbes bakery is best

Kimberley City Bakery owners Eric and Michelle Forbes have been awarded Canada’s most prestigious bakery award

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Kootenay Haven
East Kootenay, Fernie, Developments, Small Business Two talented builders unveil the top trends in home design

LWE’s Ian Larsen and Steve Whelan share their insight about how to design a functional and creative home

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(L to R) Steve Whelan and Ian Larsen, owners of LWE in Fernie.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Developments, Small Business Two of Fernie’s longest tenured creative builders divulge what makes them tick

LWE’s Steve Whelan and Ian Larsen came to Fernie, B.C., to ski, but stayed to build some of the most elegant homes on Earth

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Georgie Award winners (L to R) Andre Bloemink (LWE), Steve Whelan (LWE - owner), Marcelain Blancette (LWE), Ian Larsen (LWE - owner).
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Developments, Small Business LWE’s Kootenay Haven secures two coveted Georgie Awards

LWE in Fernie is the undisputed champ when it comes to custom homes in B.C. They have the photos and awards to prove it

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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.

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West Kootenay, Nelson, Trail, Financial, Small Business Junior Dragons take to the stage at Shambhala Music & Performance theatre

The event saw students pitch everything from automotive diagnostic apps to sophisticated branding companies, in a fast paced live show format.

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.

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A retro cereal box.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Retail, Small Business How to pull off that vintage look with ease

Janet Mueller, owner of Olde Koots Vintage in Kimberley, gives her expertise on what works and what doesn’t when it comes to antiques

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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.

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Junior Dragons Den logo.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Trail, Financial, Small Business Join us for Junior Dragons Den!

Junior Dragons Den is a youth-based business competition that encourages entrepreneurial skills among students from Grade 7 to college and university level.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Steve Mercandelli (left), sales manager at Cranbrook Dodge is congratulated on being Cranbrook's Business Person of the Year by Brent Jossy of Scotia Bank and a representative of the Bankers Association of Cranbrook.
East Kootenay, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Small Business Business Excellence Awards handed out by Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce

"From vibrant non-profits to young entrepreneurs and successful businesses, we have a lot to celebrate and recognize," stated the Chamber of Commerce.

Kate and Matt Walker
East Kootenay, Invermere, West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business Transitioning from the NHL to award-winning brewery owner

Matt and Kate Walker have shifted from life in the NHL to brewery owners in Nelson, B.C.

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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.

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Evie Tjader
West Kootenay, Cuisine, Small Business Simmer Down in Fruitvale

Evie Tjader is an experienced cook, now serving homemade meals at her new restaurant, Simmer Down Café in Fruitvale, B.C.

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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.

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Craig Swendson, owner/operator of Torchlight Brewing Co. in Nelson, BC
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business, 40 Under 40 Craig Swendson: Brewing in the Kootenays

Craig Swendson is the proud owner and operator of Torchlight Brewing Co., one of Nelson’s most flourishing businesses.

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Leanne Tegart
East Kootenay, Invermere, Small Business, 40 Under 40 Leanne Tegart: Beer provider

Invermere’s Arrowhead Brewing Company is riding the wave of Leanne Tegart’s savvy business sense

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