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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.

The Sirdar Station Pub has undergone renovations but still maintains its historic charm.
East Kootenay, Creston, Cuisine, Small Business Renovations 90 years in the making at the Sirdar Station Pub

Charly Harwood has (re)done it all at the Sirdar Station Pub

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Diana Fox is standing in front of display shelves of glass items.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Retail, Small Business A curated collection of glistening glass awaits

The Mountain Grass Glass Gallery is a new shop in Kimberley, B.C.

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The High Caliber team can work on up to seven vehicles at a time.
East Kootenay, Creston, Small Business, Transportation Team approach sets a higher standard — celebrating 10 years of service

High Caliber Auto Collision & Repair is a 4,800-square-foot, state-of-the-art collision repair facility incorporating the latest in industry equipment.

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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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

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