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Michelle Forbes, author of Viking Lullaby, reads her book to her son, Jack.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Small Business A Viking lullaby

Michelle Forbes, a Kimberley, B.C., business owner, event organizer and now author, has written a children’s book called Viking Lullaby

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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.

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John Harding stands on one of his ferries
West Kootenay, Nakusp, Small Business, Transportation Waterbridge Steel in Nakusp, B.C., is ferrying change over West Kootenay waters

John Harding, president and owner of Waterbridge Steel Inc. in Nakusp, B.C., is overseeing construction for four ferries to service B.C. waterways

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Jill Bentley-Lobban at her new store in Kimberley, Fullfill Market.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Health & Wellness, Small Business Waste Not, Want Not at zero waste fullfill market in Kimberley

The Fullfill Market in Kimberley was inspired by the zero waste movement

Storefront of Circle Health Food in Invermere.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Kimberley, Entertainment and Hospitality, Health & Wellness, Retail, Small Business Invermere’s Circle Health Food and Café purchased by Kimberley’s Jill Bentley

Stoke Cold Pressed Juice has been a regular supplier to Circle Health Food & Café and owner Jill Bentley see this as a natural gateway to expand their business

Owner of Kays Contracting, Matt Hanlon, poses with one of his contracting machines.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Developments, Small Business Kays Contracting in Nelson will get the job done

Kay Contracting in Nelson provides its customers with top-notch experiences (and results).

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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.

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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.

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Sign for Old Crow Emporium and interior picture of shop.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Small Business, Tourism Kimberley’s Old Crow Emporium sells a lot of “Fabulous Crap”

Kimberley's only indoor market, Old Crow Emporium, is chock full of vintage finds, timeless treasures, art and handicrafts

Rebekah Tebrinke stands in front of her business, PV Ranch Getaway, north of Grand Forks.
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Small Business, Tourism, 40 Under 40 Get away to this award-winning ranch

Rebekah Tebrinke, owner and manager of PV Ranch Getaway, north of Grand Forks, B.C., runs an award-winning business retreat in the backcountry

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The Crockett Book Co. is a bookstore with a couple of display tables and stands in front of the store.
West Kootenay, Trail, Retail, Small Business, 40 Under 40 Follow the Trail of imagination to The Crockett Book Co.

Brad Crockett, president and owner of The Crockett Book Co. in Trail, B.C., has successfully brought his bookstore into the digital age

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Kyle Hamilton and Jude Smith are the co-founders of birr  in Fernie, B.C.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Small Business, Best of Business Simplify your marketing strategy with birr

birr in Fernie, B.C., is one of the best in the marketing business when it comes to delivering measurable results.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dennis Djonlich is the owner of the Vogue Theatre in Fernie, B.C. (L to R) Junah, Cedar, Roxana, Dennis and Norah Djonlich.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Best of Business Fernie’s movie theatre is still in vogue

Dennis Djonlich, owner of the Vogue Theatre in Fernie, B.C., has brought the century-old theatre into the modern age

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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.

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Volunteers with the third annual Business Walk in Cranbrook.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Retail, Small Business Cranbrook Business Walk Survey: 87.4% rate business as good or very good

The annual Business Walk captures the pulse of businesses throughout Cranbrook.

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.

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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.

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A trial is underway in the Viking village at the Kimberley City Bakery Medieval Festival 2018.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Developments, Small Business Could the Bavarian City become a Viking village?

Eric and Michelle Forbes, organizers of the Kimberley City Bakery Medieval Festival, announce plans to create a Viking village

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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.

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New businesses are popping up in Kimberley’s Platzl thanks in part to the work done by Alison Walker and Jamer Holdings.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Developments, Small Business Rejuvenating Kimberley’s Platzl

Alison Walker, COO of Jamer Holdings, is doing her part to reinvigorate and stabilize Kimberley’s Platzl

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Greg Eaton, Tamara Mercandelli, Caitlin Berkhiem and Christel Hagn, outside Cranbrook’s Historic Baker Hotel.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Soulfood relocating to historic Baker Hotel this fall

In the new location, Soulfood plans to highlight their gourmet coffee bar as well as their organic wine and craft cocktail bar.

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.”

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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.

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Junior Achievement British Columbia needs qualified businessmen and businesswomen to help educate children about communication, collaboration and leadership in the business world.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Small Business Shaping the next generation of Kootenay entrepreneurs

Alanna Tynan, program co-ordinator for Junior Achievement British Columbia’s Columbia Basin South, is looking for business volunteers to educate children

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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.

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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.

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West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Finally, the perfect thyme and the right plate

Taking home four golds from our Best Places to Eat and Drink Awards, The Thyme and Plate is a cut above the rest—and they’ve only been open for nine months.

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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.

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Shauntelle Nelson is the current owner/operator of Mugshots Café in Fernie, B.C. She has been there for 10 years now and finds that the relationships she builds with her staff and customers make coming to work every day a little bit better.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Line up to get your Mugshots

This cafe is serving up a different kind of mugshots in Fernie, B.C. You won’t mind standing in a lineup for these.

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Nicholas and Wendy Fominoff take great pride in what they make and can’t wait to share that experience with everyone who comes to visit.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Slocan, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism This Winlaw bakery is worth driving for

Nicholas and Wendy Fominoff have set their family’s bakery apart with their handmade treats and lunches. Here is what makes their place so special.

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Stuart Cope and Crystal Leonard hope to continue on the mission Gerry Taft first set upon when he opened Gerry’s Gelati in Invermere 14 years ago.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Radium Hot Springs, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Small Business, Tourism Do you wanti some gelati?

The new owners of Gerry’s Gelati in Invermere, B.C., have found the secret recipe for success.

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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.

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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.

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Owner Kara Clarke is standing in her store in front of lots of jewelry.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Small Business Tumbled Earth lands on Wallinger Avenue

Kimberley jeweller Kara Clarke opens the Tumbled Earth Studio Boutique

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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.

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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.

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A picture of the window of Zinnia Textiles.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business Nelson welcomes Zinnia Textiles — a shop honouring makers and materials

A few of the lines available at Zinnia include the internationally renowned Nomads Hempwear, based in the Slocan Valley and Smoking Lily from Victoria.

Fisher Peak Brewing Company’s brewmaster, Jordon Aasland, earned a gold medal for his creation, Hellroaring Scottish Ale, at the Canadian Brewing Awards.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Small Business Fisher Peak strikes gold

Fisher Peak Brewing Company in Cranbrook, B.C., has won a gold medal at Canadian Brewing Awards for its Hellroaring Scottish Ale

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(L to R) Co-owner warriors Vuk, Ruk and Wuk—a.k.a.—Victoria Lang, Richard Matthews and Josh Wall.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Cuisine, Small Business “Glory” to Invermere’s Viking bar

Richard Matthews, co-owner of Ullr Bar in Invermere, B.C., has opened a new Viking bar in the Columbia Valley

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Lana Schanzenbach is holding several of her Little Lunches Reusable Wraps.
East Kootenay, Creston, Cuisine, Environment, Small Business Little Lunches Reusable Wraps reduce your plastic use

Little Lunches Reusable Wraps keep food fresh and reduce plastic use in your lunchbox

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East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Breweries to visit—Kootenay style!

Our region is home to some amazing local breweries. Here are a few of our top choices.

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Sign showing new home of Rite-Way RV Services.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business Cranbrook’s Rite-Way R.V. Services moves and expands

The company has moved to a larger 4-acre yard and a more spacious repair facility as well as a bigger office and parts department.

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