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Darcy Wanuk is wearing one of her creations, a jean jacket with swaths of added cloth.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Environment, Small Business Darcy Wanuk repurposes old textiles into funky, fun clothes for women

Darcy Wanuk started stitch + cloth Ecodesigns in Kimberley, B.C., to reconstruct old textiles into funky women’s clothing

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Jon Wedel of Cranbrook
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.

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A headshot of Christina Chalifour with a blue knitted scarf around her neck.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Retail, Small Business Knitting is the new yoga

The Knitty Gritty shop in Kimberley can get you started on a new, healthy hobby

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Samantha Gernhart
East Kootenay, Invermere, Small Business, Technology Bringing clarity to work and life

Samantha Gernhart is an influential woman in business in her community of Invermere, where she works at Copper Point Resort and runs a home-based business

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Shawna L’Heureux, owner of Zen Mountain Float + Wellness, was an Influential Woman in Business award winner in 2019.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Health & Wellness, Small Business Shawna L’Heureux restores the Kootenays one float at a time

Shawna L’Heureux, owner of Zen Mountain Float + Wellness in Kimberley, is an expert in all things skin. She’s also one of Kootenay Business’s 2019 Influential

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A Unifab tradesman wears protective gear to meet welding safety standards.
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Small Business Unifab: fabulous fabricators

Unifab Industries of Grand Forks celebrates 20 years in the steel fabrication industry with continuing innovations.

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Judy Banfield of Nelson, in a garden
West Kootenay, Nelson, Health & Wellness, Small Business, Influential Women in Business, Kootenay Influencers Judy Banfield listens

Judy Banfield of Nelson has long been a source of support and influence for people at their most vulnerable times: infancy, youth, parenthood and advanced age.

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Kitchen design showroom for Spruced Kitchens
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business Building the heart of the home

Caralee McKinney’s kitchen design business in Nelson is built on her design aptitude, skills and strong relationships with clients and colleagues.

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Magnified piece of flake graphite
West Kootenay, Nelson, Energy, Environment, Mining, Small Business, Transportation Clean energy from Eagle Graphite

Eagle Graphite, near Nelson, has been granted $290,000 from the Province of B.C. to support the development of improved electric vehicle batteries.

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Lilina Lysenko holds a congratulatory bouquet and a certificate recognizing her as a 2019 influential woman in business
West Kootenay, Rossland, Trail, Small Business, Influential Women in Business Everyday law, exceptional lawyer

Through her law firm, Lilina Lysenko helps West Kootenay residents solve everyday—and sometimes exceptional—legal questions and issues.

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Mickey and Sharon Tarasoff, along with daughter Shawna.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Castlegar businesses reap the rewards at the annual Chamber of Commerce Excellence awards

Castlegar businesses came together on Saturday, June 8 to celebrate their achievements at the annual Excellence awards

Two children sit on a small orange tractor with sunshine piercing through a tree.
East Kootenay, Creston, Agriculture, Cuisine, Small Business Cardinals flock to Creston to build their nest at Red Bird Estate Winery

Remi and Shannon Cardinal, owners of Red Bird Estate Winery in Creston, B.C., have started a ma ’n’ pa winery

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Imogen Whale of Revelstoke
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers Imogen Whale informs and influences

Imogen Whale, publisher of The Revelstoke Current, is a lover of reading, writing, Revelstoke and her family—not in that order, of course.

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Colourful storefront of Kootenay Virtual Reality
East Kootenay, Creston, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Virtual reality has a home in Creston

The virtual reality experience is a new entertainment option in the Kootenay region thanks to Kootenay Virtual Reality in Creston, B.C.

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Front of Columbia Auto & Radiator Service in Castlegar.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business, Transportation Auto repair shop takes old-fashioned approach with “treat your customers right” motto

"We want to be a good, old-fashioned automotive shop that treats people fair,” said Brandon Black, head of the Powerstroke Diesel division

Lucas Roach drawing on a piece of paper
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Small Business Making the magic happen in Kimberley, B.C.

Lucas Roach of Big Magic Design is proud to serve Kimberley clients.

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Smiling Megan Lescanec at Bumble Tree Baby and Children Essentials
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Retail, Small Business Bumble Tree puts down new roots

Bumble Tree Baby and Children Essentials has found its forever home in a bright new location on 10th Avenue in Cranbrook, B.C.

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(L to R) Kristy Jahn-Smith of Cranbrook Tourism, Kathy Cooper of Kootenay Rockies Tourism, Paula Amos of Indigenous Tourism BC and Richard Porges, Destination BC.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism A wide-angle look at tourism

A four-member tourism panel presented information about trends, opportunities and challenges in the Kootenay tourism industry.

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Man wearing a puffy vest and checkered shirt using a tablet.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, West Kootenay, Nelson, Trail, Education, Small Business Growing your business with FTAs — Presentation & Networking event

Join us to hear how to boost your export opportunities - free events held in Cranbrook, Trail and Nelson

Woman holding a cup of coffee and smiling into camera.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business New Coffee House and Bookstore Opens in Cranbrook

Kootenay Grounds Cafe and Bookstore is open Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and is located at 16D 11th Avenue South in Cranbrook.

Jeremy and Felicity Youngward standing in their music store, with row of guitars behind them.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Retro Sound and Collectibles puts nice spin on music store

Retro Sound and Collectibles has an eclectic selection of music related merchandise — everything from posters, CD's and vinyl records to musical instruments

Jillian Rutherford and Andrew Hayden, owners of Fernie Distillers, have released their first seasonal gin in Fernie, B.C.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Cuisine, Retail, Small Business Fernie Distillers has launched its first seasonal spirit

Fernie’s only small-batch distillery has released a limited release product that reduces local bear attractants and supports wildlife initiatives.

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The inside of Lane & Meadow in Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Retail, Small Business Cranbrook gains a Lane & Meadow

Theresa Kostiuk’s boutique-style shop carries a wide range of home decor, gifts and seasonal items for Cranbrook shoppers.

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Executive director Pete Bourke and visitor centre supervisor Sarah Miller of the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce, beside the chamber sign on Highway 93/95
East Kootenay, Invermere, Small Business Leading the Columbia Valley chamber

The board of the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce welcomes Pete Bourke to the position of executive director.

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Brad Parsell, Executive Director at the Fernie Chamber of Commerce.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Small Business, Tourism “Staffing for Businesses” session designed to address employment challenges in Fernie

Staffing for businesses is a challenge in the Fernie area due to the seasonal nature of the tourism economy and a small labor market.

Lisa Aasebo-Kennedy is dressed up like a squirrel in front of an informational stand at a farmers market in Cranbrook.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education, Small Business There’s a new space to monkey around in Cranbrook

Lisa Aasebo-Kennedy, founder of the theatre company Creative Monkeys, offers classes at her new location in Cranbrook, B.C.

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Paul Denchuk and Meredith Hamstead are standing together in front of a home.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Energy, Environment, Small Business thinkBright Homes: A lighter touch on the planet

thinkBright Homes, based in Invermere, B.C., is at the cutting edge of the green building industry

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Female flag person, Theresa Clarke, in high-visibility gear, with a D&B Flagging truck behind her
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, First Nations , Small Business, Transportation D&B Flagging: 100 per cent Ktunaxa owned

Nupqu Development Corporation and ʔaq̓am Community Enterprises recently joined forces to acquire D&B Flagging and Traffic Control.

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Coraley Letcher and Dave Thomson, owners of 5 Gen Construction in Fernie, B.C.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Developments, Small Business 5 Gen Construction helps to build community

Since its conception in 2017, the family-run company has positively grown its brand and its community.

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Castlegar's Downtown Shell - Benson Oil, showing fuel truck at station.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business, Transportation Castlegar’s Downtown Shell – Benson Oil Celebrates 30th Anniversary

The busy and popular stop with the motoring public is celebrating 30 years in business and recently held an open house for staff and customers.

An artist's rendition of the future renovations planned for Cover Architecture's new building.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Developments, Small Business Cover Architecture plans move to new building in the Fall of 2019

The brick building, which will become Cover’s new home, is located at the south entrance to Nelson’s developing Railtown commercial neighbourhood

The two owners, Petra and Tiffany Ware, are standing in their store with body care products on shelves behind them.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Health & Wellness, Retail, Small Business Your nose knows the difference in natural body care products

Petra Naturally in Cranbrook, B.C., expanded to offer even more natural bath and body products and loose teas

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MP Wayne Stetski
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial, Retail, Small Business MP Stetski allocates more than $774,000 for summer jobs in Kootenay-Columbia

The Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) Program provides wage subsidies to aid employers in creating quality summer work experiences for youth aged 15 to 30.

Three smiling  business-women holding bouquets of flowers: Shawna L'Heureux, Zen Mountain Float & Wellness, Kimberley; Anna Lamb, Pro-Fitness Gym,
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Small Business, Influential Women in Business Influential Women in Business awards, 2019

We congratulate all of the nominees to the Influential Women in Business list and thank them for their work and their contribution.

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Head shot of smiling young blonde woman wearing glasses and business attire
East Kootenay, Elkford, Small Business Shawna Bryant heads up the Elkford Chamber of Commerce

Shawna Bryant brings a full-time passion for business growth to her part-time job as executive director of the Elkford Chamber of Commerce.

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Community Futures Central Kootenay named Charlotte Ferreux its 2019 Volunteer of the Year.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business Charlotte Ferreux awarded Community Futures Volunteer of the Year

Ferreux was first introduced to Community Futures as a client of the Self Employment Program, which helps aspiring entrepreneurs to start their own business.

Chris Thom of Dunlop Truck Centre is presented with the Business Person of the Year award at the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce Award night.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Retail, Small Business Cranbrook Chamber 2019 Business Excellence Awards Gala

The sold out gala dinner attracted an audience of over 250 people and was held at the St. Eugene Golf Resort

Beach cleaning machine on sandy beach.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business Nelson company will clean up your beach

If you're looking for a cleaner beach full of soft, silky sand this summer, then you may want to check out Nelson’s Better Lawn and Garden

Brad Parsell became the executive director of the Fernie Chamber of Commerce on April 8, 2019
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business Fernie chamber’s new exec

Oz transplant Brad Parsell takes on a big job in Fernie.

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Dick Griffith, owner of Interior Trophy and Engraving.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business Interior Trophy and Engraving moves to new premises in Cranbrook

Interior Trophy and Engraving, owned by Dick Griffith, has served Cranbrook and the East Kootenay since 1978.

Sign advertising Secondhand Heaven's new location in Creston.
East Kootenay, Creston, Small Business Creston’s Second Hand Heaven finds new home

The new location gives the store a new high visibility location fronting busy Highway #3

Hailey Troock is a Young Agrarian and land matcher for the Columbia Basin.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Nelson, Agriculture, Small Business Missed connections: Farmer seeking farm

Hailey Troock, Young Agrarian and land matcher for the Columbia Basin in Nelson, B.C., connects farmers to farms across the Kootenays

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Tiny Greens in Nelson, B.C. Growing microgreens for local restaurants and homes.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Agriculture, Cuisine, Health & Wellness, Small Business Tiny Greens grow in Nelson, B.C.

Matt Kelk’s new business supplies local residents with microgreens year-round.

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Logo for Innov8 Digital Solutions Inc., with picture of small town in Kootenays.
West Kootenay, Retail, Small Business, Technology Innov8 Digital Solutions Inc. acquires Lang Business Systems

Innov8 Digital Solutions Inc. is B.C.’s largest independently owned and operated office equipment sales and service organization

“We yearned to provide intimate and life-changing safaris in the bush that mirrored our own experiences throughout Africa,” said Fannuel Nsingo, co-owner of Escape to Africa Safaris.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business, Tourism Escape to Africa via Nelson, B.C.

Fannuel Nsingo and Colleen Chisholm, co-owners of Escape to Africa Safaris in Nelson, B.C., take small groups of travellers on intimate trips into Africa

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Brittany's Flower Farm in Creston, B.C.
East Kootenay, Creston, Agriculture, Retail, Small Business Brittany’s Flower Farm has opened in Creston, B.C.

Brittany Tilling has a green thumb and a love of plants and flowers. She is now ready to share her love with the town of Creston and surrounding Kootenays.

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Fred Searle is standing in the crafts store near a row of paints and stretched canvases.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Retail, Small Business Put down your phone and pick up a paintbrush

Kootenay Arts and Crafts opens on Baker Street in Cranbrook, B.C.

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Wylie Jack Tap Handles & Branding in Invermere.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Retail, Small Business Wylie Jack Tap Handles & Branding taps into Budweiser

Richard and Karen Gendron of Invermere find a new client in Budweiser, designing and producing tap handles for the industry giant’s cold-tapped beer.

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Shown is the interior of a tiny house, showing the kitchen in the foreground with lots of wood everywhere.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Environment, Small Business Nelson Tiny Houses are big on charm

Nelson Tiny Houses in Nelson, B.C., proves that downsizing can mean upgrading

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Erin and Trevor at the new Huckleberry Books on 9th Avenue in Cranbrook.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Cranbrook’s Lotus Books moves & transforms into Huckleberry Books

You will find Huckleberry Books at 16 - 9th Avenue South in downtown Cranbrook.

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