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Erin Dalton stands in front of shelves of books.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Retail, Small Business Enjoy the freshness of Huckleberry Books in Cranbrook

Lotus Books in Cranbrook has moved and rebranded as Huckleberry Books

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MP Wayne Stetski in his Cranbrook Office.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Environment, Small Business, Tourism MP Wayne Stetski looks behind and ahead

After serving as Cranbrook’s Mayor from 2011 to 2014, MP Wayne Stetski continues to serve the Kootenays on a grander, federal scale in 2019.

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Maryann Puliz is the owner and trainer at FiTBoX Cross Training in Castlegar.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business Strong is the new sexy at FiTBoX Cross Training in Castlegar

Maryann Puliz, owner and trainer at FiTBoX Cross Training in Castlegar, B.C., has combined kickboxing and crossfit into a stellar workout

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Ryan Burton, owner and operator of Valhalla Refrigeration based in Castlegar.
West Kootenay, Small Business New HVAC company – Valhalla Refrigeration now operating in West Kootenay

Valhalla Refrigeration services the entire West Kootenay region, including the Arrow Lakes area.

Rebekah Tebrinke of PV Ranch Adventures, in front of the fireplace
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Rebekah Tebrinke, PV Ranch Adventures

Rebekah Tebrinke is following in the footsteps of her parents and grandparents at PV Ranch Adventures, near Grand Forks, B.C.

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Natalia Pacheco, owner of Gravi Tea Coffee & Toys in Castlegar, B.C., and Castlegar Chamber’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2018.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Top 10 Business People Natalia Pacheco

Natalia Pacheco, owner of Gravi Tea Coffee & Toys in Castlegar, has earned a place on our Top 10 Kootenay Business People 2019 list.

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Ian Benson of Elkford owns Bearspaw Contracting and several other companies across Canada.
East Kootenay, Elkford, Mining, Small Business, Top 10 Business People Ian Benson, Bearspaw Contracting

Ian Benson supports Elkford and the entire Elk Valley through his labour contracting company and his charitable foundation.

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The Chopstick Truck, Vietnamese food in Fernie, B.C. and the surrounding Kootenay towns.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Top 10 Business People Sydney and Taylor Salvador

Sydney and Taylor Salvador are co-owners of The Chopstick Truck in Fernie and deserve a parking spot on our Top 10 list.

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The Career Internship Program provides wage funding for employers to hire college and university graduates in permanent, career-focused positions.
East Kootenay, Fernie, West Kootenay, Education, Financial, Retail, Small Business Get up to $25,000 to hire an intern

Columbia Basin Trust program helps businesses create and retain jobs

Sean Campbell is one of the Top 10 Business People of 2019.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business, Top 10 Business People Sean Campbell

Sean Campbell, general manager of Community Futures East Kootenay in Cranbrook, B.C., has ushered in accessible entrepreneurialism

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Grant Thorton group photo.
West Kootenay, Small Business Grant Thornton welcomes Berg Lehmann of the West Kootenay region to the firm

Grant Thornton LLP, a professional services firm providing accounting, audit, tax and advisory services, is pleased to announce its union with Berg Lehmann.

Nicole Leclair is a Kimberley entrepreneur with diverse businesses.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers Nicole Leclair reinvented

“A lot of us in the business community have put everything we have on the line for our businesses.” —Nicole Leclair

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Kristin Parsons
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business Getting to know Kristin Parsons

Kristin Parsons, executive director of the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce, talks about the chamber’s ABCs and building bridges.

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Mike Konkin, one of the owners of Trail Hammer and Bolt, is standing in front of the store counter with goods for sale in the back.
West Kootenay, Trail, Retail, Small Business Trail Hammer and Bolt gets the job done

Trail Hammer and Bolt is a new business in Trail, B.C.

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Denise Nagai is standing in front of fabric panels of wild animals.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Retail, Small Business There’s always time for quilting

The newly opened Ragtime Quilts in Cranbrook offers workshops and classes

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Angela Ross and Dan Steele
East Kootenay, Invermere, Cuisine, Health & Wellness, Retail, Small Business Sobeys welcomes Angela’s Organic Pasta

Angela’s Organic Pasta in Invermere blends authentic methods with good-for-you ingredients. Its products are soon to be on Sobeys' shelves.

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East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education, Health & Wellness, Real Estate, Retail, Small Business, Technology Make the year colourful and bright with 2019’s Pantone Color of the Year

The 2019 Pantone Color of the Year has been announced. Here’s how you can make the most of it in your interior and online design.

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Jason Wheeldon is a successful Realtor in Cranbrook, and a tireless community volunteer.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers Cranbrook influencers

Successful in their busy day-jobs, these are people who find time and energy to enrich their community.

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Andrea Wilkey and Michael Hoher promote  the benefits of Export Navigator.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Small Business Accessing international markets

Evidence confirms that the Export Navigator pilot project is uniquely answering ongoing needs of expansion-ready businesses.

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Milena Huebener (L) and Kyla Gent are the owners of Glow Decor Rentals in Invermere.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Small Business Furniture that Glows

Kyla Gent and Milena Huebener, owners of Glow Decor Rentals in Invermere, B.C., rent vintage and modern lounge furniture for idyllic weddings and events

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The two owners of The Purist Pantry are shown seated: Todd and Melinda Kopet.
West Kootenay, Rossland, Cuisine, Environment, Small Business The Purist Pantry in Rossland offers healthy foods from scratch

Melinda and Todd Kopet create healthy foods from scratch out of The Purist Pantry in Rossland, B.C.

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Ed Attridge, the new executive director of the Trail & District Chamber of Commerce, stands at the chamber entrance
West Kootenay, Trail, Small Business New leadership for the Trail chamber

The Trail & District Chamber of Commerce has new staff and a renewed commitment to its members and the community.

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Shown are Angela and Perry Symes, who opened Black Dog Cycle and Ski in Kimberley's Platzl this summer.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Retail, Small Business Black Dog Cycle and Ski in Kimberley, B.C., will fuel your fitness goals

Black Dog Cycle and Ski is contributing to the small-business climate thriving in Kimberley’s Platzl

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Kristy Jahn-Smith became the first executive director of Cranbrook Tourism on September 4, 2018
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Small Business, Tourism A leader for Cranbrook Tourism

As the first executive director of Cranbrook Tourism, Kristy Jahn-Smith aims to put Cranbrook on the map as a tourism destination.

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Zoe Ferguson, co-owner of Treehouse Toy Co., holds a stack of games in her newly opened store in Kimberley's Platzl.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Retail, Small Business Kimberley welcomes the Treehouse Toy Co.

With perfect timing for the holidays, Zoe and Sheldon Ferguson opened the Treehouse Toy Co. in Kimberley, B.C., in November

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Alicia and Nicola Herman stand in front of their storefront, Grow Tea & Elixir Corner in Kimberley, B.C.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Environment, Health & Wellness, Small Business Growing a sustainable business in Kimberley, B.C.

Grow Tea & Elixir Corner won the Kimberley chamber’s Environmental Stewardship Excellence Award in 2018

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Sharon Silvaggio is one of the partners and owners of Cranbrook Yarn and Gifts
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business New yarn and knitting shop now open in Cranbrook

Cranbrook Yarn and Gifts remains Cranbrook's one and only local yarn outlet serving knitters and fibre-lovers throughout the district

Sandwich board advertising the Treehouse Toy Co.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Cuisine, Retail, Small Business Business news from Kimberley’s Platzl

There have been some recent additions and changes to the scene on Kimberley's Platzl

Diane Manson, owner of Mountain City Travel in Kimberley, is a consistent supporter of the city's business community.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Real Estate, Small Business, Tourism, Kootenay Influencers Kimberley influencers

Here are a few members of Kimberley’s business community whose attitudes and practices inspire and influence others.

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Cans of
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Mining, Small Business, Tourism “Pan In A Can Paydirt” harkens back to Wild Horse Creek’s Gold Rush heyday

A new venture called "Pan In A Can Paydirt" has been launched by Stephen Lathem of Fort Steele, the owner of the Nip and Tuck Gold Mine

Karilyn Kempton is the technology strategy co-ordinator for the City of Revelstoke
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers Revelstoke influencers

These are some of the community-loving business people who are making a difference in Revelstoke, B.C.

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Mike Adams
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Financial, Small Business Taylor Adams now Apex Accounting

Following the retirement of Trent Taylor, founder of Taylor Adams, the accounting firm has been rebranded as Apex Accounting

Indoor view of the Cranbrook Winter Market
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Agriculture, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Special Winter Markets — November 24 and 25

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

Robin Gallant in Nelson, B.C., owns Patina'd. Patina'd is an antique store.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Nelson, Retail, Small Business, Best of Business Patina’d shines up old beauties in Nelson, B.C.

Robin Gallant created Patina’d to bring renewed and restored items to Nelson homes, offices and more.

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Brittney Dickson (on left) takes some women out for a ride during one of Stay Wild Backcountry Skills’ Ladies Sled Shred Camps.
West Kootenay, Golden, Small Business, Tourism A Golden business idea

Brittney Dickson, owner, lead instructor and coach for sled and touring camps at Stay Wild Backcountry Skills in Golden, B.C., teaches courses for women

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Lorri and Chris McCready, founders of Thör’s Pizzeria, stand in front of rock formations in the Kootenays.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Cuisine, Small Business, Best of Business Thör’s Pizzeria in Nelson, B.C. brings the hammer down on its competition

Lorri and Chris McCready combined their marketing and culinary skills to create an award-winning pizzeria.

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East Kootenay, Kimberley, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Spirit Rock Climbing–to the peaks of youth-friendly business

Spirit Rock Climbing Center took home the 2018 Kimberley chamber award for Youth Friendly Business, and it’s easy to see why.

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A new Centex gas bar has opened at the ?aq'am Trading Centre.
East Kootenay, Developments, First Nations , Small Business, Transportation ʔaq’am Trading Centre opens Centex Gas Bar

Officials such as Chief Joe Pierre and ʔaq'am Community Enterprises CEO Christopher McCurry were on hand for the occasion.

Eagle Pass Lodge is the luxurious, intimate accommodation component of Eagle Pass Heliskiing, based in Revelstoke, B.C.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Eagle Pass Lodge wins hospitality building award

Revelstoke’s beautiful little Eagle Pass Lodge has received the Thompson Okanagan Kootenay Commercial Building Hospitality Award.

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Ashlée Martin of Ashlée Dawn Photography in Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business, Best of Business Ashlée Dawn Photography excels in storytelling

Ashlée Martin uses her passion of photography to tell stories and showcase East Kootenay personalities.

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“I have always loved fashion and vintage clothing,” said Zabrina Nelson, owner of Revival Boutique. She runs the store with her business partner and daughter, Madyson Hartwig.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Retail, Small Business Revival Boutique has been rebirthed in Castlegar

Zabrina Nelson, owner of Revival Boutique, has moved her clothing store from Rossland to Castlegar

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The Paper Excellence Skookumchuck Pulp Mill won Manufacturer of the Year.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Retail, Small Business, Kootenay Manufacturers Manufacturing excellence

The 2018 Kootenay Manufacturing Awards are given to outstanding companies of various sizes in our region

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Ryan and Lea Martin are the owners of Marzano, a new Neapolitan-style pizzeria inside Best Western Baker Street Inn in Nelson.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Cuisine, Small Business Marzano, a Neapolitan-style pizzeria inside Best Western Baker Street Inn, is a piece of Italy

Ryan Martin, owner of Marzano, a Neapolitan-style pizzeria inside Best Western Baker Street Inn, has brought Italian authenticity to the West Kootenay

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Sharyl Paull working with clients in the Instill Yoga Therapy Studio in Invermere, B.C.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Health & Wellness, Small Business Invermere welcomes Instill Yoga Therapy

Sharyl Paull helps people to listen to their bodies through healing touch, asking the right questions and creating a space of trust and support.

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An artist's rendition of the
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Developments, Real Estate, Small Business Castlegar Chamber offers commercial spaces in new “Hub” building

The Hub will be the centre for tourism and economic development and is expected to draw 20,000+ people annually for hub occupants.

Photo from Lit Photo/Video Creston, B.C., of a light effect with steel wool over the camera lens.
East Kootenay, Creston, Small Business Lit Photo/Video Creston brings creativity to life in the Kootenays

Dennis Charles’s new business in Creston combines his passion for photography with helping other local businesses craft their brand’s image.

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A carpentry machine splits wood
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Forestry, Small Business Mobile Recovery Milling: Transforming rural woodlands into bountiful harvests

Darrin Brown, owner of Mobile Recovery Milling in Cranbrook, B.C., repurposes unused trees into useful lumber products

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Jennifer and Josh McLafferty are the owners of Monashee Spirits Craft Distillery, a certified organic distillery in Revelstoke, B.C.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Small Business, Tourism Monashee Spirits Craft Distillery: An unlikely story

A bad business deal and a bucket of molasses were the inspiration for a spirited new business in Revelstoke, B.C.

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Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce staff  Michelle Doll (L), administrative assistant and Laura Kennedy, office manager
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business Cranbrook chamber autumn events, 2018

While they await the arrival of their new executive director, Cranbrook’s chamber board and staff are busy serving the membership.

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Pictured, left to right: Virginia Rasch, editor, Koocanusa Publications; Chantel DeLaney, Vice-President, Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce; Mike Guarnery, manager, Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Retail, Small Business 2018 Business Excellence Awards at Kimberley Chamber of Commerce

Under the banner, “Kimberley is a good place to be…Doing Business” ten awards were handed out to a variety of businesses.

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